PM Skills & Best Practices

How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

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The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success. From estimating and scoping, to assigning resource, defining requirements, briefing in your team, the all important first meeting with the client—there’s a minefield of tasks out there which can shape how your project develops. You have to set the tone for success.

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How To Keep Your Project On Track With Project Status Reports

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A Project Status Report is just that. The current status of your project. It’s an important communication tool used by Producers and Project Managers to inform clients, team-members and stakeholders what’s up. While there are many different formats of project status reports, there are even more ways to make them overwhelming, annoying and ultimately - unread by your clients and team. What we’ll talk about in this article is: What the critical elements of a...
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How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

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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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QA Please and Thank you!

By | Dear DPM, General, How-to Guides, How-to Project Closing, PM Skills & Best Practices, Quality Management, Topics | 2 Comments

I work for an agency that produces client marketing sites. There is heavy involvement from DPMs during the design, architecture and content phases – but as projects move into the development phase their involvement starts to decrease. When the site is done being developed, it goes through an internal review and QA process where the DPMs are hands-off and expect other team members to manage the backlog and prioritization.
Big picture I think they are loosing insight into trends: what mistakes are we making every project, how many client issues are getting logged, etc. Am I wrong? I’m looking to get an understanding of the expectations of the DPM. Can you all help?

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6 Project Management Tasks That Maybe You Don’t Have To Do After All

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There has been much written on the topic of things that a project manager “should” and “must” do:  run reports, keep stakeholders involved, look for red flags, keep a budget, create projections, keep detailed client status notes, check in on tasks, meet about a meeting about a meeting…. It can get very overwhelming, especially if you’re managing several projects at a time. 

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