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Leadership & Team Management

How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

By | Agile, How-to Guides, How-to Managing And Controling, How-to Project Closing, Leadership & Team Management, PM Skills & Best Practices, Topics | No Comments

Everything you need to know about Sprint Retrospectives; Learn what a sprint retrospective is, the difference between sprint retrospectives and sprint reviews, plus discover 5 quick sprint retrospective ideas that will transform your next sprint retrospective meeting!

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How To Create A Project Communication Plan (with Free template)

By | Communication, How-to Guides, How-to Managing And Controling, How-to Project Planning, Leadership & Team Management, PM Skills & Best Practices, Stakeholder Management, Topics | No Comments
I used to think project communication plans were a waste of time for projects that weren’t huge in scale, but that all changed a few years ago. Today I’m sharing my story of why communication plan matter, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did. I’ll show you how to create your own project communication plan for your projects and why they’re so important to successful project management. Plus, I created a free project...
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10 Questions A New Project Manager Must Ask Before Starting A Project

By | Communication, General, How-to Guides, How-to Managing And Controling, How-to Project Initiation, How-to Project Planning, Leadership & Team Management, PM Hacks & Productivity, PM Skills & Best Practices, Stakeholder Management, Topics | 2 Comments

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a Project Manager is being thrown into a project that’s already underway. So how do you start it right? Find out 10 basic project management questions that every PM must ask when thrown into a new project.

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5 Tips For Making Process Improvement Easier

By | How-to Guides, How-to Managing And Controling, Leadership & Team Management, PM Methodologies, Topics | 4 Comments
When setting out to write this, I intended to focus on our agency’s slight (but important) shift to Scrum in recent months. This is happening after our small PM team became certified ScrumMasters earlier this summer. I work at Crema, a Midwest-based tech and innovation agency focused on building custom web and mobile apps for a wide swath of clients. We’ve been focused on agile methodologies for the last couple years and always trying to...
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Why And How To Document Lessons Learned (With Bonus Lessons Learned Template)

By | How-to Guides, How-to Project Closing, Leadership & Team Management, PM Skills & Best Practices, Topics | 2 Comments

Projects can teach many valuable lessons about teams and processes over time. Those insights can then be used to create process change, run more efficient projects, and work better as a project team. Project failures can also say a lot about processes and communication when those failures are analyzed to determine where a project when wrong.

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DPM Podcast: Building & Scaling Project Management Teams (with Brian Kessman)

By | DPM Podcast, How-to Guides, How-to Managing And Controling, Leadership & Team Management, PM Skills & Best Practices, Stakeholder Management, Topics | No Comments

Ben Aston chats with Brian Kessman about the best ways to build and scale a project management team, particularly within in agency. They cover everything from defining the purpose, getting the right people, establishing the right partnerships, setting in place the right processes and monitoring the PMO’s performance.

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