What Is The Value of a Project Manager Today?

What Is The Value of a Project Manager Today?

With the popularity of Agile, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Scrum, organizations are asked to justify the project manager’s role on a project. Scrum purists reject the idea of adding a project manager to the team as the team should be able to solve all the problems with the help of the product owner and scrum master. I’ve had clients ask, “Why do we need project managers in the portfolio since we’re supposed to be Agile?”. As organizations change from a systems focus to a product focus, they are seeking to streamline costs and reduce administrative overhead. Agile approaches will help organize the team around a product backlog, increase feedback, and improve incremental delivery. However, don’t throw out the project management role just yet. Below are five reasons why adding a project manager to Agile and traditional teams still adds a lot of value. #1 Project managers improve predictability Just because a project team has adopted Agile doesn’t mean the project manager role needs to be eliminated. Agile and traditional project teams have their own set...
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Project Proposal Template

Project Proposal Template

Use this template to start a new project –outline project goals, deliverables, timelines, resources and budget. Then, let everyone know what problem your project solves… putting you that much closer to approval and kickoff! Download your template now and start your project off right. Download Now ✅ Great! Please check your email for your download link. Just enter your business email below and we’ll email you the link to the download: Download Why You Need a Project Proposal What is a project proposal? In short, it’s a request for buy in and support, usually in the form of financial assistance, to start a project. It outlines the plan and organization of that project in detail. You can think of a project proposal as the vehicle in which you deliver the rationale for your project. It’s a formal communications document that exists to convince your sponsor or boss that the project has a good reason for existing, in that it addresses a specific problem or exploits a unique opportunity. The project proposal is created to kick-off a new project. In it, you’ll...
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How The PMP Exam is Changing in 2020

How The PMP Exam is Changing in 2020

It’s widely known that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is changing in July 2020, but what exactly is going to be different? Whoah, the exam is changing? I didn’t know. How did that happen? OK, so maybe it’s not that widely known. Every so often PMI carry out an assessment of what a project manager does all day. In the past these have been Role Delineation Studies (RDS). This time, they are talking about a Job Task Analysis, but from what I can tell it’s basically the same thing. In other words, PMI (or more specifically, the agency contracted to do this work) look at what a project manager actually does day-to-day and link this back to the qualification. If they didn’t, you’d find that the PMP exam was still based on the ways of working we had back when the certification was first introduced. This latest analysis from PMI has shown, as is to be expected, that the project manager’s role has evolved. Plus PMI want to put more emphasis on Agile ways of working. The...
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Project Charter Template

Project Charter Template

This project charter template assists in all phases of scope definition. Clearly identify project objectives and deliverables, then build out task lists as well as resource, financial and quality plans to outline the work ahead. This document is what shows why a project is important and how those reasons will be addressed. Download Now ✅ Great! Please check your email for your download link. Just enter your business email below and we’ll email you the link to the download: Download Why You Need a Project Charter There’s a reason for initiating a project, and the project charter is the document in which you outline those reasons. You also include how the project is going to be structured to meet the goals of the project, so it is a success. Some of the things described in a project charter is the vision, objectives, scope and deliverables of the project. Then you’re going to need to address everyone’s responsibilities in the project, from the stakeholder on down. Finally, you want to explain how you are going to take on the project—that is...
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New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work. Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read. Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade. Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read. Managing Projects Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read. Mike Clayton explains how...
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Thank you 2019

Thank you 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to take a moment and reflect on the year and thank everyone that has made a Girl’s Guide to Project Management a success this year. It is always one of my favorite parts of the year. A very special thank you goes to… Companies that let me review their software These companies asked me to review their software this year: Bridge24 Backlog from Nulab GamePlan Companies that let me review their training courses uCertify PMI-SP Certification BrainBOK PMP and CAPM Training From Technical to Exceptional People I have interviewed Thank you to everyone that took the time to be interviewed. Carole Osterweil Ruth Pearce People who provided guest articles Sidar OK, How to Create a Stellar Independent CV That Gets Clients Harry Hall, How to Select Your Risk Responses Leigh Espy, How to Present to Project Executives Elisa Cepale, 7 Secrets to Successful Project Manager/Team Collaboration Nadine Rochester, Challenging Project Leaders to Lead Confidently in Uncertain Times Edoardo Binda Zane, Decision Making Tools for Group Decisions People who provided items to giveaway Carole Osterweil Colin Ellis Andrew Zeitoun Companies that invited me to speak BrightWork Our wonderful sponsors BVDash Genius...
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Operational Planning: How to Make an Operation Plan

Operational Planning: How to Make an Operation Plan

Project success, specifically on a team level, happens after you put a solid operational plan in place. Without an operational plan, team members can lose sight of their tasks, budgets can skyrocket and pandemonium can ensue. So, to ensure that your project is well-executed, let’s dive in and discover how to make an effective operational plan. What is Operational Planning? Operational planning is what happens when a team or department draws from a company-wide strategic plan and puts it under a microscope. It’s future-oriented: it maps out department budgets and goals to propel the success of the strategic plan with specific, team-based activities for the next 1-3 years. Operational plans work best when an entire department buys-in, assigning due dates for tasks, measuring goals for success, reporting on issues and collaborating effectively. They work even better when there’s communication across departments to ensure that the whole machine is running smoothly as each team reaches its benchmark. What Are the Benefits of Operational Planning? Every plan has a massive effect on all team members involved, and some of those can be...
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