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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Project Management

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Project Management | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
I’m an ENTP — what are you? If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment, you know exactly what I mean, and you’re likely to respond with “I’m an INFJ” or one of the 14 other MBTI …Read »
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"Those of us who have done project management for any length of time know that many project challenges arise not from some technical or budgetary reason, but because you’re dealing with people. It’s often hard for even people with the best of intentions to communicate effectively.


That’s exactly what the MBTI addresses. Knowing what Myers-Briggs type you are — and, crucially, knowing the types of your other team members — can be a great help in getting past those communication roadblocks on your projects."

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Starting Swarming

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nough prattle! All this theory is great, but how do we actually set the conditions for swarming to occur? How can we make it work?
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"Enough prattle! All this theory is great, but how do we actually set the conditions for swarming to occur? How can we make it work?"

 
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Keep your priorities on track: Five online apps for IT managers

Keep your priorities on track: Five online apps for IT managers | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Plan, execute, and track your projects and workflows with these five popular apps.
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"LiquidPlanner says it best: "Traditional project management software relies on single-point estimates that hide the uncertainty that is inherent in today's projects. That means that risk in your projects can be hidden until it's too late. Liquid Planner solves this problem with ranged estimates and statistically correct calculation for realistic schedules you can trust."

 

Beyond cool."

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Say What? Project Management Speak, Decoded - LiquidPlanner

Say What? Project Management Speak, Decoded - LiquidPlanner | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Read about these common project management questions and what they actually mean.
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"Here are some of my favorite “PM speak” phrases, what they really mean, and how to take action on them."

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What is continuous integration (CI)?

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Continuous integration (CI) is a software engineering practice in which isolated changes are immediately tested and reported on when they are added to a larger code base.
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Continuous integration has evolved since its conception. ..

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A cure for Ineffective Project Management? | UAE Web Design Company's Blog

A cure for Ineffective Project Management? | UAE Web Design Company's Blog | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Business... issues regarding project management... Here is a quick infographic with some of the causes and the potential cure of ineffective project management!
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3 Words That Can Rescue a Failing Project: What Project Managers Can Learn from Mandela - AMA Playbook

3 Words That Can Rescue a Failing Project: What Project Managers Can Learn from Mandela - AMA Playbook | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
The minute something goes wrong on a project or in the company we look for the person at fault and remove or demote them. Learn what 3 words from the late Nelson Mandela can change your company's culture and improve the success rate of your projects.
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"Advocacy destroys complacency.  Employees who blindly accept and comply with direction reduce the power of the team.


Complacency stifles what you can gain from your team’s most innovative resources."

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8 Reasons You Need Project Management Software for Marketing - PM Hut

8 Reasons You Need Project Management Software for Marketing - PM Hut
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"When a project is properly organized, every member knows what needs to be accomplished and by when, and the project expectations are clear to everyone."

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Gamasutra: vincent meulle's Blog - Agile, a practical point of view

Gamasutra: vincent meulle's Blog - Agile, a practical point of view | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
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"Agile Project Management is all about how you run your project on a daily basis."

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Communication is difference between project success and failure [Video] | Association for Project Management

Communication is difference between project success and failure [Video] | Association for Project Management | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
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“One of the key things to remember is every stakeholder is different, communication is never a one-size-fits-all approach.

“You have to understand your stakeholder, understand what they want from the project and also think about what you want from them – then tailor your communications accordingly.”

 

This can be seen as a time-consuming piece of work and is a lot to ask of a project manager, which is why Ann believes there should be a place for a communication specialist on the project team.

“Communication is a professional skill, it is a specialist skill, and is very often one of the things that gets lost on projects."

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Agile testers must develop new mindset: Janet Gregory

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Janet Gregory Testers have a vital role to play in the agile world, but in order to do so, they need to develop a distinct mindset. Speaking at a w..
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"The agile tester no longer sees herself as someone whose main purpose is to identify bugs or ensure that specific requirements are met. Agile testers are thinkers and take a much broader view, asking: ‘What can I do to help deliver the software successfully?' says Gregory. "The ideal agile tester is analytical, curious, observant and critical – and combines a wide cross-functional knowledge with deep skills in the discipline of testing."

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How Data-Driven Marketing Makes Your Company More Agile

How Data-Driven Marketing Makes Your Company More Agile | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Forrester defines business agility as “the quality that allows an enterprise to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine.” Of course, for marketers, the concept is nothing ne…
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"An agile marketing department is one that uses data so it can respond in real time to market conditions. Customers now expect real-time response and brand availability, and that means you must be able to pivot to make a difference. If you can’t pivot, you’re not agile. And if you’re not agile, well . . . you just won’t be able to keep up with the competition."

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Project Management

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Project Management | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
I’m an ENTP — what are you? If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment, you know exactly what I mean, and you’re likely to respond with “I’m an INFJ” or one of the 14 other MBTI …Read »
Steven Jackson, MBA's insight:

"Those of us who have done project management for any length of time know that many project challenges arise not from some technical or budgetary reason, but because you’re dealing with people. It’s often hard for even people with the best of intentions to communicate effectively.


That’s exactly what the MBTI addresses. Knowing what Myers-Briggs type you are — and, crucially, knowing the types of your other team members — can be a great help in getting past those communication roadblocks on your projects."

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Microsoft botched all aspects of Exchange outage response

Microsoft botched all aspects of Exchange outage response | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Failure to communicate with users shows Microsoft has lots to learn from utilities, says crisis expert
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"First, you have to get out there with the narrative of what happened and what you're doing about it," said Grabowski. "You have to do that within the first hour, you can't let your customers wait. In your absence, customers will create the narrative, and it will almost always be negative."

 

Microsoft dropped the ball there: The company didn't publicly message about the outage until 11:07 a.m. PT, five hours after email vanished, and then only in a single tweet to the Office 365 account. Even the tweet didn't describe the problem as the outage it was, at least from customers' perspectives, but called it "email delays."

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How to use metrics to optimise the value of agile development | Information Age

How to use metrics to optimise the value of agile development  | Information Age | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
It's not enough simply to have agile software development teams - to hit your delivery windows you need to coordinate work across multiple teams, and you need your teams firing on all cylinders
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Inspect and adapt


Once you’ve made the commitment to scaling Agile and have launched an Agile program, you’re likely to find that the performance of your teams is inconsistent. As a result, you aren’t getting value out the door in a reliable, predictable way.

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8 Ways to Become a Big Data Project Manager - LiquidPlanner

8 Ways to Become a Big Data Project Manager - LiquidPlanner | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it

Become a big data project manager with these eight tips from Will Kelly.

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"If you’re a project management professional with aspirations to manage big data projects, you already have a good foundation"

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Five Project Management Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

Project management isn’t easy. To ensure your projects – and your team members – stay on track, I’ve compiled several common mistakes that even the
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15 Project Management Quotes That Will Help You Stay Motivated

15 Project Management Quotes That Will Help You Stay Motivated | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Project Management motivation and leadership inspiration!
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'Words to live (and manage your projects) by.'

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The strategic role of the project management office - Working Papers

The strategic role of the project management office - Working Papers | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
This presentation argues that, for complex organizations, significant improvements in corporate value can be delivered through positioning of the PMO as the strategic tool for the executive team. To achieve this, the PMO must be capable of articulating linkages between project objectives, corporate strategy and the value of delivered strategic benefit. Quality of information is critical. The PMO manager must be independent of functional streams and participate in the decision making process as a peer. Project management office value from HumanWare
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"The PMO must be capable of articulating linkages between project objectives, corporate strategy and the value of delivered strategic benefit."

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What Makes a Perfect Project Initiation Document (PID)? - PM Hut

What Makes a Perfect Project Initiation Document (PID)? - PM Hut
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"The purpose of writing a PID is not to tick a box so that you can say you have done it, but to ensure that everybody understands the premise of the project."


A good PID should answer the following questions:

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The mutant starfish Retrospective | Agile Karma

The mutant starfish Retrospective | Agile Karma | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
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I’m sure that everyone of you knows the retrospective exercise named “The starfish”.

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To Highlight Priorities for Business Success, Read "Scrum"

To Highlight Priorities for Business Success, Read "Scrum" | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
The book Scrum will help you break through obstacles and put the rubber to the road in growing your ideas into a viable business.
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Excellent review of Scrum, The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, by Pierre Debois.

 

"Scott Maxwell, a venture capital founder, discovered through creating scrum teams that his firm’s productivity under its past structure was not really creating meaningful gains.

 

“OpenView discovered how people actually work instead of how they say they work…people who work too many hours start making mistakes, which can take more effort to fix than create.”

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Why Only The Agile Survive

Why Only The Agile Survive | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Agility is incredibly important to an enterprise and can be maintained to gain competitive advantages.
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"Agility, by definition, is an enterprise's response to change and challenges driven by macro- and micro-economic conditions. Business leaders often use the term "agility" to describe their business plans and strategic initiatives, but it is often little more than a buzzword — and a fervent wish.

 

Thriving under constant market pressure requires business leaders to identify, understand, and respond in real time to change and disruption."

 

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Regroup from a Failing Project - Management Tip of the Day - July 02, 2014

Regroup from a Failing Project - Management Tip of the Day - July 02, 2014 | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it

When teams commit more resources to a clearly failing project, it’s even more of a problem. The more cohesive the group, the more likely they are to hang in there when it’s best to walk away. To get back on track, your team needs to look at its investments objectively, deciding what to scale back on and what to cut altogether.Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.

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"When teams commit more resources to a clearly failing project, it’s even more of a problem. The more cohesive the group, the more likely they are to hang in there when it’s best to walk away.


To get back on track, your team needs to look at its investments objectively, deciding what to scale back on and what to cut altogether."

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World-Class Lessons from World Cup Coaches - Voices on Project Management

World-Class Lessons from World Cup Coaches - Voices on Project Management | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
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"At the end of every game, World Cup coaches spend time with the team as well as the media, sharing their thoughts on the outcome of the game. In addition, they will frequently share key decisions and outcomes that resulted in a win or loss for the team. World Cup coaches do this in a manner that reflects the overall effort of the team as opposed to the efforts of a few key players.  Project managers should provide this type of feedback at regular intervals throughout the project, especially during project status meetings."
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So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster? | The Agile Management Blog

So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster? | The Agile Management Blog | Progressive Project Management | Scoop.it
Qualities a Project Manager can bring to being a Scrum Master
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"I can assure you the ScrumMaster role will be one of the most challenging and enjoyable roles you’ve ever played on a team."

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