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The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance is out! The results are not quite as across-the-board extraordinary as last year’s study – that would have been hard to match – but it offers individual results that are every bit as eye-opening – and overall it’s quite revealing. What startled me in last year’s study was […]

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How to manage a project

The essentials of project management in under 500 words What’s a project? A project is any endeavor that takes time and involves more than one person. Typically, we don’t call it a project unless it involves at least 3 to 5 people, and then we call them a team. A project requires communication, collaboration and […]

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What if two product managers disagree on something and can only agree to disagree?

I received the below great question a few days after my Art of War for Product Managers and High-Performing Professionals.  I thought you might be interested in the answer as well. What if two product manager colleagues disagree on something and can only agree to disagree and cannot come to a resolution, what do you […]

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Do one scary thing a day.

This week we will take a short-cut into slapping ourselves back on the path. We won’t spend time investigating why and what took us off our course. Instead, we will jump into action with the idea of “doing one scary thing a day” to help keep up moving forward at a faster pace.

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Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?

Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?

In the first and second blog posts of this series we talked about heavy stuff. I shared some thoughts about disappointment and forgiveness, two key human conditions that I’ve observed in my practice that consistently drain and distract people from reaching their full potential (and enjoyment) in the workplace. Now I’d like to shift gears and to […]

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Twins – Double Your Efficiency, Double Your Fun

Twins – Double Your Efficiency, Double Your Fun

If I ever hear “Well – could you make a baby in one month with nine mothers?” again – I will scream.  Personally, I average four months per baby with my preemie twins.  Because designing is so costly, looking for twin opportunities – more often called “design re-use” – is a very sensible plan. In […]

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The Essence of Personal Improvement

The Essence of Personal Improvement

One of my favorite topics in professional life concerns the things we do to develop ourselves. The most interesting part of this topic is realizing that it is not complex. The ideas you need to master are well known and quite simple. The only question is whether or not you will become committed to building […]

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Common Sense Produces Uncommon Results

Common Sense Produces Uncommon Results

Originally published on CareerShorts.com where Kimberly has been invited to contribute blogs periodically on global leadership and project management. Did you know that there are 192 countries recognized by the United Nations and a total of 233 listed on Wikipedia?  You may not even have heard of the smallest ones, some of which have less […]

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90%?

90%?

“Project management?  That’s just a lot of useless overhead!”   I remember hearing variations of this a lot years ago.  I don’t hear this much anymore (due at least in some part to the good work at PMI), but I have been seeing something of a variation. Working with some engineering teams at some big […]

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Are You Managing Your Projects, or Is Your E-mail Managing You?

Are You Managing Your Projects, or Is Your E-mail Managing You?

This post features a recommended “daily start-up” routine that will keep you focused on your key projects and priorities rather than being driven by your e-mail and the “crisis du jour” on a daily basis, by Randy Dean, the author of the recent Amazon E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast.

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Tools & Techniques – Microsoft Project Best Practices (2)

Tools & Techniques – Microsoft Project Best Practices (2)

Project Conference 2009 continues through this week in Phoenix, AZ.  As Microsoft prepares for the release of Project 2010, it’s a good time to reflect on some additional best practices that project managers should keep in mind when using their current version of Microsoft Project. Know the Limitations of Critical Path Methodology – CPM was […]

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Tools & Techniques – Microsoft Project Best Practices (1)

Tools & Techniques – Microsoft Project Best Practices (1)

With the kick-off of Project Conference 2009 in Phoenix, AZ this week Microsoft has invited some customers and partners to get a sneak peek at Microsoft Project 2010.  I have been managing projects and teaching classes on this tool for quite a long time and have had a chance to read about some of the […]

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Planning for the new Job

In my last blog I mentioned that I recently received a job offer at a new company.  This started me thinking about what is my plan for getting started at the new job, so today I figured I’d share my thoughts and maybe it will help you or maybe you’ll have some feedback for me.

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Risk? What Risk?

Risk?  What Risk?

Every program manager has run into the same situation at some point in their career. You put together your program plan with lots of spreadsheets, Gantt charts, requirements documents, resource requirements, risk management plan, etc. You present the plan to management and everything goes reasonably well until you start to talk about risks and how […]

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What is a Risk?

What is a Risk?

By Frank Mangini Project management and risk management are two sides of the same coin. Projects cannot exist without risk. Project managers must understand risks and how to describe risk before they can hope to manage risks. We should all agree what a risk is, how to state a risk and how a risk statement […]

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Project Progress Trend Analysis

Project Progress Trend Analysis

If you are like most project managers, you wish you had a better real-time handle on the progress of your project so you could predict when you will finish or when a change is needed in order to stay on track. I have used a simple yet powerful method that is applicable to most projects […]

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Can Using PM Tools Come More Naturally?

Between my blog and my role at gantthead, I probably get two or three meeting requests a week from Project Management tool vendors. The general trends these days (or at least what they punch in demos) seem to be toward: Software as a Service (making implementation easy and quick) Portfolio Views and Back End Data […]

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Be positive – Be happy…………..build the team…

  OK here is the scenario – Do you pass the “ink blot test”??. It is Friday afternoon on the day before a holiday weekend. You are on the telephone to a venture capital company in New York wanting to know about RoHS impact. The project you are working on since October and which has […]

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Project Turkey

Project Turkey

Just as there are many ways to manage a project, there are many ways to cook a turkey. We all have our favorite way to do it:  Oven-baked, Bar-B-Cued, Deep fried, or even Outsourced.  And we choose the best technique using various success criteria: –          Results –          Taste –          Moisture content –          Effort –          Expense –          […]

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How to Get the Estimates You Need

How to Get the Estimates You Need

So you need to put together a schedule, but are having trouble getting estimates from your team?  Believe it or not, that’s good news!  Well, not great news: great news would be quick, accurate estimates, honed by years of experience and factoring in a reasonable amount of risk.  But it’s not bad news, either.  Bad […]

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Risks or Problems – What’s the Difference?

Risks or Problems - What's the Difference?

Most of us know that risk comes inherent with a project because projects involve unknowns. What I find in my project management travels is that many project managers don’t understand the difference between a risk and a problem. Why is this important?

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