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What is a Linear Responsibility Chart? | Video

What is a Linear Responsibility Chart

Knowing who is slated to do what is a crucial part of project management. Following our earlier video on RACI Charts, this video looks at RACI’s cousin the Linear Responsibility Chart.

So what is a Linear Responsibility Chart?

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

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What is a Project Goal? | Video

What is a Project Goal?

A project goal is the bedrock of defining your project. They aren’t even your foundation: they are more like the groundwork you do before laying your foundation.

So what is a Project Goal?

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

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The Most Comprehensive list of [22] Project Management Podcasts You’ll Find

Project Management Podcasts

For any Project Manager who wants to learn more about your discipline on the move, here’s your best ever guide. There are well over 20 Project Management Podcasts. And here, we list as many of the good ones as we can find.

Like volcanoes, some of these podcasts are extinct, some dormant, and some highly active. Also volcanoes, good project management podcasts are a valuable resource even when they are dormant or extinct. They become a rich archive of ideas, information, and guidance. Extinct volcanoes provide rich and fertile soils.

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What is a Deadline? | Video

What is a Deadline?

Deadline. It sounds scary. Deadlines are scary.

So what is a Project Deadline…
and how does it differ from a Milestone?

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

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Why You Can No Longer Ignore Agile Methodologies

Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Agile Methodologies

You may be at the start of your Project Management career, or a seasoned veteran. You may work on software engineering projects or in business change. But, whatever your project role, one thing is clear. Project Managers can no longer afford to ignore Agile methodologies.

We spoke with Agile Project Management trainer and founder of AgileSumo.com, Chris O’Halloran. The first thing he said was this:

‘I am the first to admit that when I first heard about Agile in 2003, I mentally wrote it off…

Surely, no serious project manager would follow principles of Agile. I mean, how could a lack of planning actually work?’

He goes on to also admit that he didn’t understand Agile.

But now he believes he was wrong. It wasn’t until many years later that he began to understand Agile, the value it brings and, crucially, why it works.

Now, Chris is a huge advocate for Agile. He teaches Agile principles and coaches teams on moving to Agile ways of working.

In this article, Chris explains why you can no longer afford to ignore Agile methodologies, if you don’t want to be left behind.

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What is a Project Checklist? | Video

What is a Project Checklist?

A Project checklist can save you time, reduce errors, improve consistency, diminish stress, and even save lives.

So what is a Project Checklist?

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

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Boost Your Project Team Performance with these Hacks

Boost Your Team Performance

Sometimes you really need to boost your team performance and get more from your team. Maybe things have gone wrong. Or maybe you’re just part-way through your project and everyone is feeling exhausted. So what can you do to re-energize a team that has been stretched and strained and wants a rest – yet still has work to do.

In this article, we review a wide range of practical strategies. We’ll divide them into sets of ‘hacks’ Each of them works on a different aspect of what contributes to the highest levels of team performance.

Four Sets of Team Performance Hacks

Here are the four sets of hacks we’ll be looking at:

  • Physiological Hacks
  • Relationship Hacks
  • Motivational Hacks
  • Management Hacks

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What is a RACI Chart? | Video

What is a RACI Chart?

The RACI Chart is rightly one of a Project Manager’s favourite tools.

So what is a RACI Chart,
and how does it relate to a Linear Responsibility Chart (LRC)?

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

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Good News from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

The PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 annual review is called ‘Success Rates Rise’. From the title, we already know it contains good news.

This year, the focus of the PMI’s analysis is on strategic initiatives. But project managers at all levels need to be aware of the major trends and the conclusions the PMI draws. So, in this article, we extract the meat. And we add our own OnlinePMCourses comment to some of the PMI’s own conclusions.

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Your Introduction to Capabilities Based Planning (CBP)

Intro to Capabilities Based Planning - CBP

The familiar way to start defining your project is with a set of functional requirements. But increasingly, this approach is not meeting the needs of the business or organization; especially with IT projects. A  new approach has emerged that is far more rooted into the strategic context. It’s called Capabilities Based Planning (CBP). And one of the leading practitioners is Glen Alleman.

Glen is a heavyweight project manager. He has served on some of the largest, most complex projects. He is also a serious thinker about how we can practice our profession rigorously. It is a privilege to have Glen contribute this introductory article.

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