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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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Program and PMO: Top 5 of 2016
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Below are the top 5 most visited items from each category within our Research Center for 2016. 

If you missed any previous newsletters, this is a great way to catch up!!


Project Management

1. Project Assumptions - Podcast 

2. 21 PM Templates for $20

3. Don't Mind Failure: An Interview with the Scientist behind the Mars Rovers

4. Skilling Up for a Project Management Career

5. Scaled Agile Framework White Paper

 

 

Microsoft Project

1. Microsoft Project 2016 Preview: Multiple Timelines

2. Mastering Formulas in Microsoft Project

3. Postponing a Microsoft Project Schedule

4. Using Budget Resources - video

5a. Using the Ribbon in Microsoft Project - Video

5b. 30 Second Report - video

 

 

Microsoft Project Templates

1. Commercial construction project plan

2. Project Management Plan

3. Engineering project Plan

4. Website Development

5. Agile Project Management

 

 

PMP

1. How to prepare for your PMP Exam. Step 7: What to Expect on Your PMP Exam Day - Video

2. The Complete Guide to PMP 35 Contact Hours of Project Management Education

3. How to prepare for your PMP Exam. Step 5: Study Tips and Techniques - video

4. Getting Recertified and Earning PDUs - video

5. What you need to know about the upcoming PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition

 

 

Program Management and PMO

1. A Five-Phase Approach to Launching a PMO

2. How to Set Up Project Management Office - Video

3. Building a PMO that Helps Vendors Work Together

4. Using Project Management Office (PMO) To Improve Project Management Abilities

5. Measuring your way to failure?

 

 

Microsoft Project Server or Project Online

1. 3 new enhancements to Project Online

2. Understanding security in Project Online and Project Server 2013 - Slides 

3. Project Portfolio Dashboard App

4. The Power of Resource Engagements – Project Online

5. Project Online: Server Settings - Missing Security Options

 

 

Portfolio Management

1. Project Portfolio Management defined

2. Project Portfolio Management (PPM) - Video

3. 2016 Project Portfolio Management Trends 

4. Top 10 Reasons for Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Failure

5. Project Evaluation Template         

               

 

Innovation Management

1. Global Dynamics of Innovation and Project Management

2. 10 Rules for Managing Global Innovation

3. How to Get Buy-in and Resources for Enterprise Innovation

4. Innovating vs. Operating

5. Seven Strengths for Innovative Leaders and Teams - Videos

 

 

Great Websites

1. Project Management PrepCast 

2. PM Study Coach

3. Certified PMO Director 

4. Online PM Courses

5. 4PMTI



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MS Project Server: What is Project Online?
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Project Online is the name or branding that Microsoft has created for their cloud based instance of Microsoft Project Server (hosted by Microsoft).

If you believe Microsoft Project Server is right for your organization, but are uncertain whether Project Online or Project On-Premise is the best choice; you might want to work with an expert.  There are many pluses and minuses of either approach.  Some things to factor in; the size of your organization, your current project management maturity, how you intend to leverage the solution today as well as in the future (including custom reports), and in addition to this, one would need to understand the current capabilities of Project Online versus Project On-Premise.  At the time of this article; there are a number of features Microsoft has been able to quickly implement into their Project Online solution, but have yet to incorporate into Project On-Premise.

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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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Project Management: What is Microsoft Planner?
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MS Project Server: Project Server vs Project Online vs On-Premise vs Project Lite vs PPM vs EPM
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I have been working with Microsoft Project Server since about 2001 when it was called “Project Central”.  Over the years I have watched this product continue to mature.  I could name of number of things within the current product that I feel could be improved, but that is not the purpose of the article.

In my opinion, the biggest problem that Microsoft has with Project Server is a branding problem, or maybe I should say a naming problem.  All of the following names or acronyms are somewhat related and often used interchangeably; Project Server, Project Online, On-Premise, Project Lite, PPM, and EPM.  However, these things are all different.  The one thing that they do have in common is; with all these different names, it make things very confusing to the general user or consumer.  Let’s explain things:

1.  Microsoft EPM
EPM stands for Enterprise Project Management.  In the past Microsoft branded a product as “Microsoft EPM”.  Don’t be confused, this product was actually Microsoft Project Server.  But, it is true; Project Server is an Enterprise Project Management solution.

2. Microsoft PPM
PPM stands for Project Portfolio Management.  Microsoft says they have a solution called “Microsoft PPM”.  But again, don’t be confused; this product is actually Microsoft Project Server.  And it is true Project Server is a Project Portfolio Management solution.
What we have learned so far is Microsoft EPM or Microsoft PPM are actually just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Got it!  That is simple enough.  So now let’s try to sort out Project Server, Project Online or Project On-Premise.
If you are interested in implementing Microsoft Project Server, you have two options; Project Online or Project On-Premise.  So, with that said, Project Online and Project On-Premise are just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Simple enough!!

3. Project On-Premise
In a nutshell Project On-Premise is the name or branding that applies to purchasing the Hardware as well as the software to install Microsoft Project Server on your own within your organization.

4.  Project Online
Project Online is the name or branding that applies to accessing a cloud based instance of Microsoft Project Server (hosted by Microsoft).

If you believe Microsoft Project Server is right for your organization, but are uncertain whether Project Online or Project On-Premise is the best choice; you might want to work with an expert.  There are many pluses and minuses of either approach.  Some things to factor in; the size of your organization, your current project management maturity, how you intend to leverage the solution today as well as in the future (including custom reports), and in addition to this, one would need to understand the current capabilities of Project Online versus Project On-Premise.  At the time of this article; there are a number of features Microsoft has been able to quickly implement into their Project Online solution, but have yet to incorporate into Project On-Premise.

Here is a quick recap; Microsoft EPM or Microsoft PPM are actually just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Project Online or Project On-Premise are also just another name for Microsoft Project Server, the only difference is whether it is on your hardware or hosted by Microsoft.  So that last thing we need to address is Project Lite.

5. Project Lite
Project Lite is a monthly subscription service that is offered as an add-on for Project Online users only.  Organizations must have Project Online in order to use Project Lite. Project Lite is suitable for project team members to manage their tasks and timesheets, and collaborate on projects.

Hopefully this article brings some clarity to all these terms.  A good general statement to summarize this article is all these terms stem from one product.  When searching or referencing this product; use the term Microsoft Project Server as your starting point!

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Program and PMO: Top 5 of 2015
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Below are the top 5 most visited items from each category within our Research Center for 2015. 

If you missed any previous newsletters, this is a great way to catch up!!


Project Management

1              How to Get Started in Project Management

2              10 Signs You’re a Project Manager

3              $ Coaching on Project, Program or Portfolio Management

4              The Common Pains from Poor Project Management

5              Project Management Statistics for 2015

 

 

Microsoft Project

1              10 Signs You Don’t Really Know Microsoft Project - video

2              Microsoft Project - The Most Popular Project Management Software - See Statistics Here

3              Make the switch to Project 2013 – video

4              422 Microsoft Project; Fields, Terms and Definitions

5              Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365: An Overview - video

 

 

Microsoft Project Templates

1              Agile Project Management

2              Commercial Construction

3              Agile Project Plan

4              802.11 Master Development Schedule

5              $ PMP Exam Prep Plan  

 

 

PMP

1              $ PMP Application Template in Excel

2              100 Free Questions

3              How To Get The PMP Certification – Video

4              How PMP’s are making a difference around the world

5              50 Free PMP Exam Prep Questions

 

 

Program Management and PMO

1              6 Steps to a Successful Project Management Office

2              How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality

3              Talent Management: Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO

4              Must-Have Practices to Enrich Your PM Capability

5              Your Resources Are Falling Through The Cracks 

 

 

Microsoft Project Server

1              Create your own carousel on the PWA home page!!

2              Free Training on Microsoft Project, Project Online and Project Server

3              Microsoft’s Vision and Roadmap for Work, Project, and Portfolio Management – video

4              Bulk update custom fields and create project sites from a workflow

5              7 Ways to Sustain Adoption of your PPM Solution, Post-Implementation

 

 

Portfolio Management

1              99 Portfolio Management Terms

2              One Page Plan for Successful Portfolio Management

3              Project Portfolio Management Overview - Video2          

               

 

Innovation Management

1              Building innovation into project management

2              Managing Innovation from Concept to Cash

3              5 Ways to Innovate Now

4              Project Management vs Innovation: Friends or Foes? - Slides

5              Managing Your Innovation Portfolio

 

 

Other

1              $ The Goal Calculator



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PMP: Invest Your Holiday Break Wisely; Prepare for the PMP Exam!
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 Why? The PMP Exam is changing on 11 January 2016.  Learn more here

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