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Project Management: How to Create a Kanban Board in 5 Clicks
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How to create a Kanban Board in 5 clicks

Note: This article assumes you have Office 365 and have already created a project with tasks within Planner.

1.      Login to Office 365

2.      Click on Planner

3.      Click on one of your projects

4.      Click on the dropdown for “Group by” and select Progress

5.      Ta Da:

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Project Management: What is Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe?
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What is Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe®?

Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe® is an online, freely revealed knowledge base of proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile software and systems development at enterprise scale.[1]

SAFe®, as the name indicates can be applied or scaled to various levels of an organization.  Its principles can be applied to the Team, Program, Value Stream or the Portfolio level.


There are Nine Principles of SAFe[2]

1.       Take an economic view

2.       Apply systems thinking

3.       Assume variability; preserve options

4.       Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles

5.       Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems

6.       Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes and manage queue lengths

7.       Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning

8.       Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers

9.       Decentralize decision-making

These principles are built off the Agile Manifesto Principles (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html )


Organizations who have implemented SAFe are getting outstanding business benefits[3]:

·         20 – 50% increase in productivity

·         50%+ increases in quality

·         30 – 75% faster time to market

·         Measurable increases in employee engagement and job satisfaction

Their website is really cool!  Here is a screenshot from the homepage:

But, on their site it's not just a picture.  It is very dynamic!  Each icon or image contains a hyperlink that will allow you to drill into more information about the item.  Just like the definition states; "an online, freely revealed knowledge base."  Give it a try: http://www.scaledagileframework.com


Regardless of the type of product you are delivering here are a few tips for implementing SAFe:[4]

·         Have the business engaged the whole way.

·         Tailor your agile process to the culture. 

·         If Agile doesn’t fit a particular type of work, don’t force it.

·         Quickly agree on the initial level of process, tools and governance required for your organization. Agree that these processes must and will change. Learn to fail fast, learn from the mistakes, and relentlessly improve.

·         Automate everything you can such as build, deployment, testing and release. The more you automate the smaller your teams and the documentation of yesterday is now in code.

For more information on Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), visit this link.




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Project Management: Agile Project Management
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Tons of Articles, Videos, Podcasts and Templates related to Agile Project Management can be found in our ever growing database.  They can be sorted alphabetically, by date added, by rating or by popularity.  See the full list here.


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Agile Project Management

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Project Management: What is Microsoft Planner?
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Project Management: How to Get Started in Project Management
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4 Valuable Skills to Break Into Project Management

As companies look for that elusive competitive edge, they’re hot on the trail of candidates with project management expertise. This year, 44 percent of the 353 IT executives in a Computerworld survey said they plan to hire candidates with project management skills.  So what do you need to succeed in this growing profession? Here are four skills that will help get you started. Continue Reading


52 Tips To Break Into Project Management

Comments provided from many recognized leaders in project management from around the world.  Continue Reading


But I’m Not a Project Manager – Where Do I Start?

Taking control of a project from beginning to end can be intimidating, especially if you are not a project manager by trade. There could be various reasons for you to have to manage a project. It could be assigned to you or something that you have taken upon yourself. Whatever the reason and whatever your job title; there are some very simple things you can do in the beginning of a project that will help it to run smoother and help you to manage it better.  Continue Reading


Do You Have What It Takes to be a Project Manager?

Although every project is different, each requires a planned, organized approach. Do you have what it takes to be a project manager? The project management Q&A below, excerpted from 101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them, by Tom Kendrick, will help you decide.  Continue Reading

Do you have what it takes to be a project manager?

Do you ever wonder if project management is the right career choice for you? It is multifaceted and rewarding, but it is also a demanding job. Here are eight things to consider to help you decide if you’re cut out to be a project manager. Continue Reading


Getting Started in Project Management

Comments from many individuals posted on Linked In.  Continue Reading


Getting Started: Introduction to Project Management

For many people, learning how to use Microsoft Project 2010 means learning the basics of project management at the same time. The two go hand-in-hand.  This overview points you to information about understanding project management and how to use those concepts in Project 2010. Follow the links in each step for detailed information.  Continue Reading


How can I get Started in Project Management?

A great article on how one might go about getting started.  Continue Reading


How Do I Become a Project Manager?

Are you a natural leader who knows how to motivate others, communicate your ideas and organize projects to make those ideas come to life? Then a becoming project manager may be the right career path for you. Discover what type of world you’d be in if you decide to be a project manager with the information provided in this guide.  Continue Reading


How to Become a Project Manager

I remember when I was promoted from a humble engineer to the dizzy heights of project manager back in my twenties. The company I worked for successfully turned a reasonable engineer into a poor project manager! Worse than that the company also wanted me to be the "technical architect" (create the products) of the project.  Continue Reading


How to Become a Project Manager

As a Project Manager, you will manage every aspect of the project from start to finish, working to a series of pre-determined goals and objectives.  Continue Reading


How to Become an IT Project Manager: Step-by-Step Career Guide

Research the requirements to become an IT project manager. Learn about the job description and duties and read the step-by-step process to start a career as an IT project manager.  Continue Reading


How to Break into Project Management
John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global expert in recruitment and talent, explains how to determine if project management is the right career choice for you, and how to find an opportunity in the profession.  Watch Video

How to Break Into Project Management—and Succeed
Young job candidates hammered by the still-lingering effects of the global economic crisis have been flocking to a booming profession: project management. Three in five hiring managers say interest in project management careers among younger job applicants has grown over the past decade, according to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Study: Talent Management.  Continue Reading

How to get Project Management Work Experience without the PMP Certification

Some people find there is a bit of a Catch-22 when it comes to getting project management experience to take the PMP exam. On one hand, you need to amass this project management experience in order to apply to take the test. But on the other hand, many project management jobs require that applicants be PMP certified project managers before they are even considered for the role. So how do you go about getting project management experience to apply to take the PMP exam if you are not already a PMP credential holder?  Here are a few ideas.  Continue Reading

How to Get Started in Project Management

So how do you get started? Existing project managers tend to all have different stories about how they got started. It seems clear from this that there is not just one way of getting involved in projects. We can, however, have a look at a few recommendations which are suitable for anyone considering this role.  Continue Reading


How To Get Started in Project Management

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What is a Project Manager and How Do I Become One?

Perhaps you've worked on plenty of projects, and you think you would like to make a career out of project management. What exactly does a successful project manager do and what does it take to become one? What skills do you need?  Continue Reading

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Project Management: 534 Project Management Terms
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Project Management: What’s Your Favorite Project Management Website?
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What’s Your Favorite Project Management Website?

1. Add your favorite PM website to “The Project Management Search Engine” here:

2. Try using “The Project Management Search Engine” here:

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Project Management: Free Project Management Templates
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Project Management: PM Slides
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PM Slides is a collection of slide decks (PowerPoint, SlideShare, .pdf) dealing with Project Management.  Read them, save them, review them...learn and enjoy!

These files are categorized by Project Management, Microsoft Project, PMP Certification, Microsoft Project Server, Program Management, and Portfolio Management.

They can be sorted alphabetically, by date added, by rating or by popularity.

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Project Management: Where Should I Sit? Tips to Influence Meeting Outcomes
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I have managed a number of project’s, set up a few PMO’s, implemented enterprise project management solutions, and consulted with many organizations.  As you can imagine, I have been involved in a number of meetings.

What I have learned is this:  where you sit within a meeting should not be random.  Choosing your seat at the table should be a very strategic decision.

Why is this you might ask?  Well the answer that I’m going to give you actually comes from PMBOK.  When I was studying for the PMP exam (passed in 2002), I came upon a concept or a phrase that I have never forgotten; as a Project Manager, I should work to influence those factors that create change.  This is what I feel like I am doing before every meeting; trying to figure out how to best influence.

Depending upon the type of meeting, I may sit in different locations within the room.  For example; if I’m teaching, training, or presenting, I would be in the front of the room, and actually prefer to stand.

If I am wanting to lead my team through a status meeting or some difficult topic, I would generally sit at the head of the table.

If I’m in a meeting to support my boss, or my sponsor, I might wait until they sit and then sit right next to them in order to whisper or pass notes.  I have also been known to sit right next to the person who I know is most resistant to an idea that I believe is good.  Similarly, I will use my proximity to influence softly.

The idea for this article hit me when just last week, I wanted the group of people I was working with to come up with their own solution.  I actually sat in the back of the room, not at the table with the rest of the group, and only spoke when called upon!

So, prior to your next meeting, pause.  Think about what you would like to achieve from that meeting and see if you can strategically select the best seat to influence that change.

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