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When somebody asked me what is the biggest challenge that you face when managing projects? I used to tell too many tasks with too small a time frame. But I never wondered why is this so. If you too are a project manager who is contemplating this then you are in the right place.

How Valuable is Traditional Digital Analytics. The aim of every analyst analysing business data is to provide results that enable the business to implement tangible actions to continually improve customer experience which in turn leads to desirable outcomes and tangible benefits.

How Valuable is Traditional Digital Analytics

Traditional digital analytics may give you the right tools to analyse data but when it is done in isolation it does not offer any tangible results which can be applied to identify problem points, resolve them and improve results continually. For instance, with the right tool, you will be able to accurately calculate the bounce rate for your website and identify the possible causes for a high or low bounce rate. But how will you tell if a low bounce rate or high bounce rate is good for all the web pages in the your websites. Is Prioritization of Product Delivery the Key to Successful Project Delivery. There are numerous techniques that a project manager can use to ensure that the project delivers highest business value in the shortest possible time.

Is Prioritization of Product Delivery the Key to Successful Project Delivery

The techniques are value-based prioritization, MoSCow, Simple Schemes, Kano analysis, relative prioritization, etc. Let’s begin with value-based prioritization. This technique aims to deliver highest value product features to the customer at the earliest and on a continuous basis. Managing Conflicts in a Project. Conflicts do not always have negative impact on the achievement of project objectives.

Managing Conflicts in a Project

If managed appropriately, conflicts can promote better team dynamics through understanding of different perspectives on issues of contention. To manage conflicts positively, you need to encourage an open environment where the team members can air their opinions and seek solutions to the issues on hand. Sources of conflict can be technical know-how, schedule management, resource management, report handling, personality traits, budget, processes, etc. There are numerous approaches one can use to manage conflicts depending on the conflicts background. The first approach is where project teams are allowed to resolve conflicts among themselves without interference from management or members outside the project teams.

The second approach can be used in situations where the members affected by conflict withdraw from contributing positively to resolve the conflict. Project Management, not My Cup of Tea. Firstly, yes I am a person who prefers tea over coffee.

Project Management, not My Cup of Tea

Though my preference seems to alternate at times. Oops, there I go, deviating from the topic right at the first sentence. This is exactly why I need my Project Management skills to pitch in, to first set my focus on the right goal and define the process to achieve it. Haven’t all of us observed certain people in our workplaces, ever-inspiring their teams, having their sponsors back them all the time, meeting the projects’ deliverables each time and wondered if it were an innate talent? Though we might have equipped ourselves with a couple of standardized PM practices, do we find ourselves lagging behind? Understanding Lean Thinking in Project Management.

Lean thinking is all about ensuring fast and flexible flow of product development processes.

Understanding Lean Thinking in Project Management

It emphasizes speed and low cost. This can be achieved if we have an efficient team that creates effective processes. If the senior management understands this, then it can empower the team to create an effective process. An empowered team as a whole can understand, analyse issues and come up with best possible solutions. Managing Quality in a Project. To understand quality management, you need to know what quality is.

Managing Quality in a Project

Many quality experts define quality as ‘a standard’, ‘degree of excellence’, ‘attribute or feature’, etc. In project management, quality simply is ‘a product enabling the user to achieve the objectives which is he/she set out to achieve’. So, it doesn’t matter whether you completed your project on time, within budget, risk free, etc., if your user/customer doesn’t achieve his/her objectives.

Managing Stakeholders in a Project. To manage stakeholders effectively, you need to identify them and understand their interests, i.e., what is at stake for them in relation to the project?

Managing Stakeholders in a Project

There are numerous ways to define and categorize stakeholders. Planning Releases in a Project. Focus on planning depends on the type of project management methodology that is being used to deliver the products of a project.

Planning Releases in a Project

In traditional methods, planning is intensive, extensive and is done for long term but in Agile methods, planning is not as important as project execution and learning from execution is used to conduct short-term planning. Irrespective of the project management methodology or framework, one thing that is certain is that planning, short term or long term, is imperative. Due to the constraint of words (!) , I will limit my discussion to planning release in Agile methods and will discuss release planning in traditional methods another time. Project Manager: Two Key Attributes. Common Business Responsibilities of a Product Owner in a Scrum Project. The Product Owner is the person responsible for achieving maximum business value for the project.

Common Business Responsibilities of a Product Owner in a Scrum Project

He/she is also responsible for articulating customer requirements and maintaining business justification for the project. The Product Owner represents the Voice of the Customer. Keeping these in mind, let’s look at the areas where the Product Owner takes active part and the challenges he faces in those areas. The responsibility of prioritizing and delivering business value in an organization for projects lies primarily with the Product Owner.

His/her role is to act as effective representatives of the customer and/or sponsor. Taking these responsibilities into consideration enables a Product Owner to monitor and control project activities and ensure compliance with the organizational standards that have been determined for the project. Best Practices to Maximize Business Value for Projects. 5 Terms That Every Social Media Marketer Must Know. There’s a lot of social jargons out there.

5 Terms That Every Social Media Marketer Must Know

How many are you aware of? Well, here’s a few that every social media marketer should know. 1. Hashtag # Everything you need to know about Instagram Ads. Our favourite social platform to capture, share and extend the moment – Instagram, has had what can be called an exponential growth, despite its short time of existence. With more and more brands joining Instagram every day, it’s high time we familiarize ourselves with the platform. Boost Post vs Promoted Post. When you ask what the difference between a boost post and a promoted post is, I’d say: “the same difference between a shortcut and the long route.” Before we get philosophical about the above statement let me explain the pros and cons of boost posts and promoted posts for your Facebook campaigns and ads.

Boost Posts: The easy option that appears right below every post on your Page’s timeline is the infamous ‘Boost Post’ option. While it’s incredibly easy to use this option if you decide to amplify the reach of your post, it doesn’t give you all the options that you would get while promoting via Ads Manager. Don’t forget that the 20% text overlay rule applies for all posts, boosted or promoted. Boost Post option does give you options like setting your budget, duration of campaign (which is not more than 14 days) and targeting options, albeit limited. Promoted Posts: Why should you MANAGE a project.

Before we look at project management, its benefits and dis-benefits, let us understand what a project is and how it is different from business operations, programmes and portfolios. Business operation is a normal day-to-day operation of an organization such as customer support, manufacturing, marketing and advertisement, etc. A programme is a set of related projects managed to deliver outputs, outcomes and benefits that enable achievement of strategic objectives of an organization. A portfolio includes all the related projects, programmes, activities, and operations that are carried out to achieve a set of strategic corporate objectives. The Role of Project Manager in a Scrum Project. You might be wondering what Scrum is!

Scrum is an Agile framework to deliver projects which have dynamic and ever-changing requirements. LinkedIn Means Business. Yes, LinkedIn means business. It is the world’s largest and No.1 professional network, after all. Even though it is not as fun as Facebook or Instagram, it has it’s perks.