New PM Articles for the Week of December 23 – 29

New PM Articles for the Week of December 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 23 – 29. And this week’s video: ER doctor Darria Long explains key lessons from hospital emergency rooms on handling stress and chaos. Great examples from a great storyteller. 14 minutes, safe for work. Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy Karen Hao calls for the ethical development and application of AI and related technologies. 3 minutes to read. Emily Daniel pinpoints the trends in AI development and application that will command real investment in 2020. 4 minutes to read. Peter Diamandis gives his take on how 3D printing will completely change retail. 4 minutes to read or 7 minutes to the podcast, safe for work. Anna Prist predicts the trends for voice technology in the coming year. 5 minutes to read. Managing Projects Mike Clayton presents a capstone essay on how to be the best project manger you can be. 14 minutes, plus a couple of linked videos. Anna Balyuk and Anna Bashyrova analyzed over 50 job requisitions at Amazon, Apple, and Google to determine what they are looking for...
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Implementation Plan: How to Create and Execute One

Implementation Plan: How to Create and Execute One

From the beginning of a triathlon to the first notes of an opening night play—the way you start things off can set the tone for the rest of the event. The same goes for an implementation plan. Without one, your organization could rolling out big changes with nothing but an online reference guide and a stressed-out developer trying to make everything happen. So what is an implementation plan, how do you make one, and how do you execute it successfully? Let’s take a look. What Is an Implementation Plan? Used as a support device for your strategic plan, an implementation plan maps out how to bring your strategic plan to life by breaking it into identifiable steps, where each step is assigned a to team member to complete on a set timeline. Strategic planning is done on an organizational level, dictating the direction of the company strategy and allocating resources to make that strategy come to life. Thus, the implementation plan traces the edges of that, mapping out how to best implement a strategic plan from...
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6 Tips for Better Schedule Management

6 Tips for Better Schedule Management

Timetables, deliverables, resources and even risks—everything that is involved with a project is wrapped up inside the schedule. Arguably one of the single most important aspects to any well-planned project, your schedule dictates which tasks need to be done when, and which resources will be allocated to complete those deliverables. But as they say, even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. It’s up to an extremely adept project manager to enact better schedule management for their teams. Let’s take a look at how that’s done. What is a Project Schedule? A project schedule is a list of a project’s tasks, milestones, deliverables and resources with pre-determined beginning and end dates. Project schedules can be conceived from many places, but are primarily put together from a list of stakeholder requirements. Project scheduling occurs during the planning phase of a project and shows how the tasks (and, ultimately, the entire project) will progress over the project timeline. Related: Project Scheduling Software How to Make a Good Project Schedule Just like the 5 W’s of journalism, start creating your project schedule by...
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Agile vs Waterfall: What’s the Difference?

Agile vs Waterfall: What’s the Difference?

According to Newton’s third law of physics, every action in nature has an equal and opposite reaction. The same can be said for the field of project management, where every constraint usually impacts another constraint, and every missed deadline puts the project off the delivery date by just a little bit longer. Newton’s third law is also true in the case of agile vs waterfall, where one sprang to life as a reaction to the other. But which one was first, what are their differences, and do they have anything in common? Let’s take a look. What is Waterfall? The waterfall methodology is a process where project activities are broken down into linear phases. Created a few decades before the agile methodology, each phase is reliant upon the deliverables of the previous phase. Commonly used in engineering and software development, it’s a more structured approach because progress falls in one direction, like a waterfall, from ideation to launch. One of the very first citations of the waterfall method was in 1970 by Winston W. Royce. The waterfall model is...
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