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ITIL for Project Managers – Should you?

The ITIL framework is the most widely-used framework of best practices for IT Service Management (ITSM).

Many project managers deliver IT components to our projects. And the service régime that starts when we hand them over will often dictate the value of the products we’ve created. Because of that, Project Managers need to be mindful of this in designing our products, delivery, and handover.

And, whether you are an IT Project Manager or not, you may find yourself delivering IT in the form of hardware, infrastructure, software, or service processes as a part of your projects. So, that means you need a basic understanding of ITSM and, in particular, of ITIL.

Therefore, in this feature article, we’ll explore what ITSM and ITIL are. We will see how ITL is structured, to give you a basic understanding of its principles. We’ll find out how and why it is relevant to you. And, finally, we’ll speak to one of ITIL’s founders, Ivor McFarlane.

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What is a Functional Specification? | Video

What is a Functional Specification?

On software and technical projects, there is a chain of project definition deliverables, and one of them is the Functional Specification.

So, what is a Functional Specification?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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The PMI Talent Triangle: A Guide [for members and non-members]

The PMI Talent Triangle - A Guide

The PMI Talent Triangle is a simple tool that reminds us all about the value of a broad range of professional skills. It is all too easy to settle for excellent technical skills and think ‘that’s it. I have project management nailed.’

Not at all. All of the professional bodies and providers of general project management qualifications recognize that this is far from the truth. A fully capable project manager needs a wide range of personal and professional skills outside of the realms of their technical project management competence.

The most succinct – and possibly best known – articulation of that full range of capabilities is the PMI’s Project Management Talent Triangle.

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What are the Six Thinking Hats? | Video

What are the Six Thinking Hats?

Edward de Bono is one of the leading thinkers on thinking and creativity. And, of all his books, ideas, and methodologies, the Six Thinking Hats idea is definitely his best.

So, what are the Six Thinking Hats?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Presentation Skills: A Guide for Project Managers

Presentation Skills - A Guide for Project Managers

Too many Project Managers find it’s their presentation skills that let them down.

Yet, having coached many presenters, I find that the difference between:

  • a clear, confident presentation, and
  • a waffly, wobbly presentation

is usually very easy to fix.

There are a few simple things any project manager can do to brush up on your presentation skills.

This will show your project skills to their best, and impress the people you want to influence. You’ll have a greater impact as a project manager, and it’s often your presentation skills that give a real boost to your career.

PMI Talent Triangle - Leadership

So this is what we’ll look at in this guide: the key elements of presenting for project managers.

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What is a Business Blueprint? | Video

What is a Business Blueprint?

In the world of business transformation, what is the master plan that guides the definition and planning of your project? It’s a Business Blueprint.

So, what is a Business Blueprint?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Project Quality Management: All You Need to Know

Project Quality Management can often feel like an unloved part of project management. Too many basic books and guides to project management either mention is only in passing, or not at all.

On the smallest projects, with few products, we can probably take quality for granted. By this I mean that we can assume that a project manager will be reviewing the quality of everything you deliver, and making sure it’s right.

But, as projects get bigger, you cannot avoid active quality management.

So, in this guide to Project Quality Management, we’ll break it down into three parts. We’ll talk you through what each part is, why it matters, and – most important – what you need to do.

PMI Talent Triangle - Technical Project Management

If you want to build a reputation for delivering high quality products, as well as meeting your budget and deadlines, you need to master Project Quality Management.

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What is a PMO? | Video

What is a PMO?

PMO stands for Project Management Office.
…or Program Management Office.
…or Portfolio Management Office.

So, what is a PMO?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

#PMOT - Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow

#PMOT is the Twitter hashtag used by Project Managers on Twitter.

If you want to follow project management conversations on Twitter…
Or if you want to keep up with the latest articles, or products…

#PMOT is a good tag to follow. It’s not the only tag project managers use. Frankly it’s a bit of a blunt tool in these days where Twitter users often prefer narrower and more precise tags. And other tags like #PM, #projectmanagement, and #projectmanager are at least as widely used.

And we mustn’t forget that there are other widely used hashtags in the #PMOT community, like #Agile, #PMO, and #PMP. But, as the hook for a roundup of some of my favorite Project Managers of Twitter, #PMOT is as good as any.

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What is a Business Case? | Video

What is a Business Case?

Before you get funding and approval for your project, you will first need to produce a Business Case.

So, what is a Business Case?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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