Project Management

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    Neha Sharma
    Neha Sharma, Working as a HR Manager Deloitte
    Answered May 10

    Before understanding project management, let’s understand what is project.

    According to the PMBOK (Project management body of knowledge), A project is defined as a “temporary endeavor with a beginning and an end and it must be used to create a unique product, service or result”. To meet goals and objectives of any project, project management is required which plays key role to achieve the same.

    Project management can be defined as the discipline of applying specific processes and principles to initiate, plan, execute and manage the way that new initiatives or changes are implemented within an organization. Project management is different to management of business as usual activity, which is an ongoing process, as it involves creating new work packages to achieve agreed ends or goals.

    Project management is accomplished in several stages.

    Different stages of Project Management :-

    Initiating – In this stage, goals, objectives and scope of the project are defined
    Planning – In this stage, all the tasks to be done are defined and timeline is assigned to each tasks.
    Execution – In this stage, project team is built and resources are collected & allocated.
    Monitoring – In this stage, project tasks are monitored and project plan are updated to reflect the actual performance.
    Closing – In this stage, after delivering the project output, project is finally closed down.

    Project management has several components.

    Key components of Project Management :-

    Cost – proposed cost or budget allocated for the project.
    Scope – innovations or changes delivered by the project.
    Time – project duration / timeline including key milestones.
    Quality – the standard outcome of the project.

    These components are interrelated and affects each other for an example – reducing the time allocated to complete the project will also reduce the amount of work that can be done (scope), which may then affect the quality and the cost of the project.

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    John P Benfield
    John P Benfield, PMP, PfMP, CSSBB, CGEIT, CISM, Built and operated multiple PMOs in the F100
    Answered Dec 10, 2015 · Upvoted by Nguyen Si Trieu Chau, certified PMP, PMI-RMP & PMI-SP
    Originally Answered: What is meaning of project management?
    That was a very comprehensive PMI answer from Nguyen Si Trieu Chau. I’ll just take it up a level;

    Project management is the practice of coordinating resources in a unique, temporary endeavor to achieve a set of agreed-upon objectives.

    If the activity isn’t unique, then it’s probably an iteration of a “process” (whether the process has been formally defined or not) or a “service” and not a “Project”.

    If the activity isn’t temporary [i.e.: doesn’t have a clear beginning and end], it’s probably a “service” and not a “project”.

    If there aren’t clear requirements/objectives/exit criteria, it’s just “work” and not a “project”. “We need someone to do some filing” is not a project. “We need to have the team file all outstanding 2015 documents by the end of the year” could be.

    “Resources” include people-hours, equipment, software, money, facilities, etc. Basically any finite assets that can be used to attain your objectives. A skill is not a resource, but the available hours of a person with that skill are.

    “Within scope”, “on-time” and “on-budget” are the usual underlying constraints (known as the “triple constraint”) that projects operate under, but they aren’t necessarily constraints for every project. Similarly, the Processes outlined in the PMBOK are typically addressed in any mature project management framework or methodology, but not every organization or project will require the same level of diligence and formality in each area.
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    Nguyen Si Trieu Chau
    Nguyen Si Trieu Chau, certified PMP, PMI-RMP & PMI-SP

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    Nguyen Si Trieu Chau
    Nguyen Si Trieu Chau, certified PMP, PMI-RMP & PMI-SP
    Answered Dec 9, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is meaning of project management?

    Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. According to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) from PMI, project management is accomplished through the appropriate application and integration of the 47 logically grouped project management processes, which are categorized into 5 Process Groups. These 5 Process Groups are: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing. There are 10 Knowledge areas: Management of Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, HR, Communication, Risk, Procurement, Stakeholder.
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    Kritika Pandey
    Kritika Pandey, Search Engine Optimization Executive at SoftwareSuggest.com (2017-present)
    Answered Jan 5

    Project management software is complete software that can be used for planning, organizing, scheduling and developing resource estimates. It also helps in resource allocation. Project management allows the users, stakeholders and project managers to control costs and manage budgeting, documentation and quality management and can also be used as an administrative tool. Depending on the sophistication of the software, project management can be used to assign resources and can also manage risks and other issues. Project management software acts like collaboration tool and helps in making communication easier and clearer between the project team members and stakeholders. It also helps to predict what would happen if any changes take place.
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    Alexander Debeers
    Alexander Debeers, works at Private Equity
    Answered May 12, 2014
    Please use the search function next time.

    What is Project Management?
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    Sanket Pai
    Sanket Pai, Head, Product & Customer Experience | Celoxis | The all-in-one PM platform
    Answered Jun 24, 2015
    At Celoxis (http://www.celoxis.com) we believe
    Project Management = People + Tools + Culture
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, Built and managed high performance teams
    Answered Oct 25, 2015
    Could you, please, elaborate a bit more on your question? What exactly do you want to know? A simple google search will give you a definition, but since you asked the question, you don’t seem to consider it satisfactory for some reason.
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    Karel Dytrych
    Karel Dytrych, Director at Vas Hosting (2010-present)
    Answered Dec 3, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is project management?

    Project management is proccess of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goal. There are usually some KPI which project should meet.

    There are some tools for project management like Freelo
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    Bert Heymans
    Bert Heymans, works at PHPro
    Answered Jan 4

    Advanced and structural communication around a unique goal or benefit.

    All the while doing what is needed to keep the cost in time as well as the cost in money under control.
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    Kenna Smutz
    Kenna Smutz, Content Marketing Manager at ClickUp
    Answered Feb 22

    Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) defines project management as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project.”
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    Chris Cunningham
    Chris Cunningham, President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 27

    Project management is a set of activities which includes initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects. It’s a discipline that gives you principles, techniques, and tools to help you finish things on time and within budget.
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    Gigi Thiruvilakalyil
    Gigi Thiruvilakalyil, B.Sc. Physics, University of Kerala (1990)
    Answered Apr 14

    Project management is the process of managing projects in a better way to reduce costs and implement projects at a faster pace.
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    Mary Legakis Engel
    Mary Legakis Engel, Management blogger, truth seeker and coach.
    Answered Jul 27, 2014
    Originally Answered: What is project management?
    It really depends on what you want to be. As I’m sure you are aware, one is far more expensive than the other. Here is a link to a blog I wrote recently on whether to get an MBA or not. I think it will be helpful to you: @Page on tmblr.co

    Project Management is a highly sought after skill and one that very few do well. It might be a good option to start with, and then as you get yourself embedded in an organization, you might pursue an MBA after.
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    Animesh Shaw
    Animesh Shaw, Founder of Malc0de.org / Trainer / Pentester / 4n6 Analyst
    Answered Jul 28, 2014
    Originally Answered: What is project management?
    A simple Google Search would have given you much better answers. Still have a look at these :-

    What is Project Management?

    What is project management?

    5 Basic Phases of Project Management

    What The Hell Is Project Management, Anyway?
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    Susan Partov
    Susan Partov, A Guide on FDA Regulations, HIPPA, OSHA Compliance, Online Regulatory Compliance, Banking & Financial Compl…
    Answered Jul 29, 2015
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    Abram Malik
    Abram Malik, Marketing Manager @Invoicera, Powerful Online Invoicing Tool
    Answered Sep 24, 2015
    Project management is the science (and art) of organizing the components of a project, whether the project is development of a new product, the launch of a new service, a marketing campaign, or a wedding. A project isn’t something that’s part of normal business operations. It’s typically created once, it’s temporary, and it’s specific. As one expert notes, “It has a beginning and an end.” A project consumes resources (whether people, cash, materials, or time), and it has funding limits.

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    Manager at Invoicera
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    Cristian Parolo
    Cristian Parolo, works at Romania
    Answered Oct 22, 2015
    Originally Answered: What’s project management?
    Project Management is essentially a role assigned to one manager whom follow and care The correct development of a project or a business. These PM find place mainly in ultra high worth business, due at simple reason that a Pm must be a natural born Troubleshoter and with obvious leadership skills. Pm get usually engaged also in new start up owned by filthy entrepreneurs and other business where are required highly talented skills peoples.
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    Mohamed Elgendy
    Mohamed Elgendy, Mobile Engineering @ Amazon | Machine Learning @ Udacity
    Answered Oct 27, 2015
    Aside from all the definitions in all the books and the internet. Look at it this way:

    Every project has resources that need to be managed, whether it is labor or budget.
    Projects need to be delivered on time (scheduling), within budget in a specific defined quality.
    Projects has risks that need to be evaluated and plan for mitigating them.
    A communication plan is also required to manage the communication between all the project pieces.

    With that said, project management is a set of skills, tools and methodologies that allows project managers to do all the above.
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    Naveed Ramzan
    Naveed Ramzan, MBA Project Management & Team Management, Virtual University of Pakistan (2010)
    Answered Dec 10, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is meaning of project management?

    Project Management is a framework to manage a project in a better way.

    Project Management includes POLCA (Planning, Organizing, Leading, Controlling, Assurance) but as per PMI there are also 5 steps (Initiating, Planning, Execution, Maintenance, Closing)

    So, we have to make tasks for each steps and then do as per their sequence.

    It helps to complete project in a excellent way.
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    Peter Gross
    Peter Gross, Founder / IT Consultant
    Answered Jan 11, 2016

    Hi,

    I put together a slide deck on my own view of Project Management (as someone that has been performing the role for many years),

    You can see it at Project Management – A Personal Perspective . I hope it’s of use.

    Peter.
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    Vivek Prakash
    Vivek Prakash, Train, coach and mentor project managers
    Answered Jan 11, 2016

    Project Management is an art and science of converting a dream into reality. A Charter is a dream, Plan is a list of actions that if executed can convert dream into reality, Execution is acting on plan for realizing the dream, Monitoring & Control is to ensure all the time if we are on track in realizing the dream and if not what can be done to bring it back on track and lastly Closure is looking back how did we do it and what better can be done in future.
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    Rahul Kumar
    Rahul Kumar
    Answered Jan 14, 2016

    Project management is discipline of managing finite activities and initiatives for a stipulated duration. It is about having processes to bring predictability in project phases like planning, resource allocation/capacity planning, request & change management, project execution and project closure. We have to admit that automation and standardization of processes reduce risks and improves success rate of delivering projects.

    Project management software makes it easier for companies in effective planning and management of projects.
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    Lionel Valdellon
    Lionel Valdellon, project management enthusiast, productivity nerd, wordsmith
    Answered Jan 21, 2016

    In essence, it means getting a project completed to a client’s specifications.

    But it’s a little more than that. Project management is a process of executing on all the little tasks that make up a larger project by coordinating the capabilities of your team and getting them to accomplish work at an agreed-upon schedule. Thus it is leadership as much as capability. It’s people management as much as it is task management.

    Thanks for the A2A!
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    Alexander Nesta
    Alexander Nesta, studied at Kerala, India
    Answered Feb 29, 2016

    Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. It is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.
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    Venkat Nagaraju
    Venkat Nagaraju, Project Management Professional
    Answered May 3, 2016

    Project management is an art of planning, scheduling, executing, monitoring and controlling the interrelated tasks in a project within the time, resource and cost constraints, in order to achieve a desired goal / outcome.

    I have attempted to explain the nature of project and importance of project management in my blog Project and Project Management defined

    I hope you find it useful.
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    Joseph
    Joseph, works at EBriks Infotech
    Answered May 31, 2016

    The fundamental of project management includes the completion of a work in a certain time under the supervision of a team-work and the results should be permanent. This basic skills and knowledge of managing a project are taught by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to the future project managers so that they can achieve the target of any projects successfully.For details you may visit at .www.mindmapify.com
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    Alka Kumari
    Alka Kumari
    Answered Jul 22, 2016

    Project Management is the process of Initiating, Planning, executing, monitoring and controlling the work of the team to achieve common goals and meet a common success with overall benefiting the whole organization. Project management can be applied to almost any kind of the project and widely used to control of the software development projects accordingly.
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    Bill Raymond
    Bill Raymond, I am a management consultant.
    Answered Jul 22, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is the project management?

    Project Management is essentially the people and resources required to deliver something. That something is anything the project requires, such as building a bridge, installing software, writing an app, and so on.

    Project management typically refers to the people and processes required to deliver the project. For example, project management usually states a project will have a project manager. The project manager will usually build a project plan and define the tasks required.
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    Don Lowe
    Don Lowe, SCRUM, PMP, Prince2. 30 years experience
    Answered Jul 25, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is the project management?

    The art of managing uncertainty and delivering business value

    The purpose of project management is to plan, organize and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project objectives and outputs that give the target group the capability to achieve identified outcomes and realise needed benefits.

    It includes specialities such as communication management, business and benefits analysis, scope management, time and cost management, quality management, resource and stakeholder management, risk and issue management, change management.

    Project Management

    regards

    Don
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    Julia Koyfman
    Julia Koyfman
    Answered Sep 26, 2016

    Hi!

    Project management is the ability to see over a group of people or employees when doing a project. A project manager must be able to constantly evaluate and identify good project management techniques to help us achieve projects on time and within our resource constraints.

    For more information on project management and different skills check out this article: Good Project Management Skills [list] – Top 5 Skills for Project Managers

    Hope this helps!
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    Steven Smith
    Steven Smith, Online Business Marketting at Www.courseworktutors.com (2016-present)
    Updated May 19, 2017

    According to me , Project Management is all about planning . The basis of Project Management is to complete the task in an efficient manner in the best possible manner. In Simple terms , You can sum up project Management as the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives . You can Check Project Managment Assignment Help Online- Experience the Quality for best guide on all your Project Management Assignment Help and Project Management Homework Help requirements.
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    Anil Agarwal
    Anil Agarwal, Project Manager at ViduPM (2013-present)
    Answered Aug 1, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is Project management – explain?

    Project management is the process of organizing and managing the components of a project, whether that is a new product development, the launch of a new service, a marketing strategy, or an Event. A project isn’t something that’s part of normal business operations. It’s typically created once, it’s temporary, and it’s specific. As one expert notes, “It has a beginning and an end.” A project use resources (like people, cash, materials, or time).

    Step for manage a project :-

    Definition

    Planning

    Execution

    Control

    Closure
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    Vartika Kashyap
    Vartika Kashyap, Marketing Manager @ Project Management Software ProofHub
    Answered Aug 1, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is Project management – explain?

    I am Vartika, Marketing Manager at ProofHub, a project management software to manage projects. Give below is the definition of project management.

    Project management, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    It has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) identifies its recurring elements:

    Project management processes fall into five groups:

    Initiating
    Planning
    Executing
    Monitoring and Controlling
    Closing

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    Phil King
    Phil King, Project Manager (1993-present)
    Answered Dec 3, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is project management?

    There are many ways to view project management. The definition I like is the art and science of creation of a new thing, or transformation of a thing.

    I do not like the word thing in this definition. It is better than widget.

    It is an art because there are so many ways to accomplish your mission.

    It is a science because there are so many objective tools to be used in the development of your project to accomplish your mission.

    The wise project manager will only apply the tools required for that project!
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    Mike Sad
    Mike Sad, Project and Product Manager (2011-present)
    Answered Dec 5, 2017

    It’s a process from start to end of project.

    The process is very complex. You can go through it by supporting yourself with dedicated tools in which:

    1/ manage tasks

    2/ manage resources

    3/ manage the budget

    4/ manage time

    5/ manage risk

    For simpler projects you can use eg Trello, Asana, Basecamp.

    For the more difficult IC Project (I recommend)

    For advanced MS Project
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    Sergei Brovkin
    Sergei Brovkin, Chief Thinker at Collectiver.com (2011-present)
    Answered Dec 14

    Project management is making things happen, when you need them, and better at a reasonable cost.

    That’s what PM is in essence. I know that for a fact because I started working as a PM before the name has became known and ubiquitous.

    Obviously, nobody was certified to manage projects at the time… But we were doing just fine.
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    Mike Clayton
    Mike Clayton, Trains and writes for managers, having learned the hard way.
    Answered Jan 4

    Thank you for your A2A.

    As it happens, I have answered this question in a short video…

    I hope you enjoy it.

    For the answers to more basic project management ‘What is…’ questions, why not subscribe to my YouTube channel and my Project Management in Under 5 video series. The fourth Season of weekly episodes starts mid January, 2018.
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    David Robins
    David Robins, CEO at Binfire Project management & Collaboration (2011-present)
    Answered Jan 4

    Project management is the practice of planning tasks by using available resources resources to complete a product or service.

    If you are new to this field there many resources online that can help you. My blog Blog – Collaboration Corner collaboration corner has lots of information on project management and managing projects properly.
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    Aashu Rahar
    Aashu Rahar, Sharing a Journey: Life on Farms to Corporate America:-)
    Answered Jan 4

    Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements (What is Project Management)

    The best place to learn more about Project Management is at Project Management Institute PMI | Project Management Institute

    PMP is one of most recognized Project Management Certification by PMI | Project Management Institute
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    Arthur Applegate
    Arthur Applegate, MS Project Management, Capella University (2017)
    Answered Jan 10

    Project Management is the management position of shepherding a specific activity, of a pre-determined length, with a defined budget, to completion. It requires gaining the co-operation of various departments, managers, workers, and the project team. It should include input from the end users, to ensure the project is aligned to solve the users real issues. You need to co-ordinate the planning, communications, budget, and execution of the project. You need to also ensure that the project for a wheel does not develop into a project for the whole car, control project creep.
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    Herbert smith
    Herbert smith
    Answered Feb 5

    Project management is the practise of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. A Binary Options Money Management is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives.
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    Jk Michaels
    Jk Michaels, lives in Lagos, Nigeria
    Answered Feb 26

    A project is a unique, transient effort, embarked on to achieve scheduled goals, which can be specified in terms of outputs, end results or advantages. A project is generally regarded to be a success if it accomplishes the purposes according to their approval standards, within a concurred timescale and budget.
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    Wes Brummette
    Wes Brummette, Vice President of Operations at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 28

    A project manager is the person who leads the project team who together accomplish the project goal. While anyone who holds the title of manager has ongoing duties for the duration of his/her tenure at a company, a project manager’s leadership is temporary to accomplish a distinctive purpose
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    Nathan ATC
    Nathan ATC, App Dev at Outsourcing (2013-present)
    Answered Apr 13

    Project management is a process of planning, executing, control, and organizing the teamwork to achieve specific results in specified time. Project Manger leads this process.

    There are sevelar PM (Project Management ) methods. Recently I’ve described them in my blog post about the nevest project management methodologies . Hope, you will find smth interesting =)
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    Lutfar Rahman
    Lutfar Rahman, MBA Strategic Management & Management, University of Dhaka (1991)
    Answered Apr 13

    Project Management is quite often the province and responsibility of an individual project manager. This individual seldom participates directly in the activities that produce the end result, but rather strives to maintain the progress and mutual interaction and tasks of various parties in such a way that reduces the risk of overall failure, maximizes benefits, and restricts costs.
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    Albert Disuza
    Albert Disuza, B.com Mathematics, University of Oxford (2015)
    Answered Apr 27

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    Lilly James
    Lilly James, Software-Advisor
    Answered May 11

    Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives.

    Project Management Benefits

    Improved Efficiency. …
    Enhanced Confidence. …
    Consistent Delivery. …
    Customer Satisfaction. …
    A Fresh Perspective. …
    Behavioural Changes.

    The Major Benefits of Project Management Software

    Collaborate on Projects. …
    Internal & External Communication. …
    Budget Management. …
    Monitoring. …
    Document Sharing. …
    Communication with Clients and Suppliers. …
    Optimized Decision Making. …
    Enhanced Customer Satisfaction.

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    Irene Lore
    Irene Lore
    Updated Jul 6, 2016

    Project management is the application of knowledge, skills &
    resources for meeting the project objectives. Many of the project
    managers would have started their career as technical professionals but
    transform as project managers later in their career. Hence getting a
    proper understanding of best contemporary global project management
    knowledge and practices help to head start their project management
    career as well as to benchmark ourselves, do gap analysis and improve on
    those areas. Reading this article will give you a clear understanding about this concept . Why Project Management?
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    John Wu
    John Wu, Expert in software product management and all that goes to make a product good
    Answered Jun 18, 2015
    Some people would tell you it’s about schedules and tracking deliverable and so forth. To me, especially in software development project management, it is really about risk management. Identify, reducing, mitigate, and basically manage the various risks that may arise from the life cycle of the project, and ensuring the successful delivery within the constraints of the project, such as the scope, time, quality level and resources. A schedule is a by-product of the risk management activity, not the driver of it. Of course, to adequately manage risks associated, one must also perform daily activity of tracking the activities and monitor and review to ensure existing risks are addressed, mitigate plan implemented if required, and new risks and management plans are identified.
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    Clyde Baptiste
    Clyde Baptiste, PPC | SEO | SEM
    Answered Sep 27, 2015
    Originally Answered: What’s project management?
    I believe since the beginning, nothing could be completed without planning and with project management this make things a lot easier. Here’s a few KPIs:

    Communication is always key and with project management you’re able to collab with your team/client thru every phase.
    All things needed for the project should be in one place for easy referencing and organization
    Task notifications for completed or new task
    Keeping track of progress; this is great for meetings/ conference calls so everyone knows where your at on the project

    In my line of business none of this would be possible without Teamwork.com – Online Project Management & Task Management Software. But you can also checkout there competitor 17hats.com
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    Fareed A.S.
    Fareed A.S., part of project management team at large construction projects
    Answered Oct 21, 2015
    Originally Answered: What’s project management?
    There’s a collective set of tasks that need to be performed before saying “mission accomplished”. This set of tasks needs to be performed:
    a. In a logical manner
    b. Most efficiently (i.e., with minimum effort, maximum output, within desired time)

    There might be a couple of other things but the two listed are the bare minimum. Obviously, performing the set of tasks haphazardly or randomly will not produce desired results and may have negative effects (reputation, financial status, etc.)

    So, the assigned ‘mission’ is the project which needs to be ‘managed’ to produce the desired results.

    I know this is not the standard book-ish way of describing it but I didn’t want to copy something from PMBOK directly 🙂
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    Ann Howard Holt
    Ann Howard Holt, Project manager
    Answered Dec 11, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is meaning of project management?

    A project isn’t something that’s part of normal business operations. It’s typically created once, it’s temporary, and it’s specific.

    Project management is the science (and art) of organizing the components of a project, whether the project is development of a new product, the launch of a new service, a marketing campaign, or, for example, a wedding.

    Project management typically involves a one-time project rather than an ongoing activity, and resources managed include both human and financial capital. It has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century.
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    Randy Langton
    Randy Langton, studied at Management
    Answered Mar 18, 2016
    Originally Answered: What ‘s project management?

    The definition currently offered on Wikipedia is: “Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.” Essentially, managing the effort to get something done. The “something” having defined end result and defined resources going into the endeavor to get it accomplished.

    As an example, much of my work has been in implementing enterprise software. So the “project” is the implementation of a new system. The end result is it’s up and running and the client is successfully using it. The project management that occurs along the way is largely “driving” a schedule, with multiple teams (data conversion teams, developers, training teams) to get to the end result. All the while, identifying and mitigating risk.

    Hopefully this is helpful to you at a high level.
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    Saket Bansal
    Saket Bansal, Professional Agile Trainer ★ PMP Coach & Consultant ► Power help to PMI-ACP certification exam ★ Entreprene…
    Answered Mar 18, 2016
    Originally Answered: What ‘s project management?

    This is how Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines it

    What is Project Management?

    Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the

    project requirements. Project management is accomplished through the appropriate application and integration of

    the 47 logically grouped project management processes, which are categorized into five Process Groups. These five

    Process Groups are:

    – Initiating,

    – Planning,

    – Executing,

    – Monitoring and Controlling, and

    – Closing.

    You may explore our free introduction program on Project Management

    Free PMP® Introductory Course | iZenBridge: PMI Agile Certification | PMP & Corporate Training
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    Jonathan Bush
    Jonathan Bush, 16 years of project/programme management, including PMI PMP
    Answered Apr 2, 2016
    Originally Answered: What ‘s project management?
    Project Management is about the definition, estimation, planning, management, monitoring, reporting and finally closing a project. So what’s a project? It is about effecting change, in a temporary endeavour. (If the endeavour is ongoing, it isn’t a project; it’s a service.)

    Your shed is bare wood and needs painting.
    A hospital needs to be built.

    An IT service needs to be migrated to new infrastructure. Etc.

    Go to a place like the PMI to get the details, because there is a lot to it. It is a plate spinning exercise.

    A PM is the spider in the middle of the web. The PM is solely responsible and accountable for delivering the project, while the architect(s) is/are responsible for the solution.
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    Denise Ruiz
    Denise Ruiz
    Answered Apr 4, 2016
    Originally Answered: What ‘s project management?

    Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations),which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies
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    Sara Sleep
    Sara Sleep, Digital Marketing Executive
    Answered Apr 15, 2016

    A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

    And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

    Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    Project management processes fall into five groups:

    Initiating
    Planning
    Executing
    Monitoring and Controlling
    Closing

    For more details contact us:Team management software| Task management| Product management software| Project management software |India
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    Betty Newman
    Betty Newman, Digital marketing Executive
    Answered May 6, 2016

    Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    The development of software for an improved business process, the construction of a building or bridge, the relief effort after a natural disaster, the expansion of sales into a new geographic market — all are projects.

    Project management processes fall into five groups:

    Initiating
    Planning
    Executing
    Monitoring and Controlling
    Closing

    A project is a unique, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget.
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    Synergy Consultancy
    Synergy Consultancy, Bespoke Professional Service Provider
    Answered Oct 31, 2017

    The process of directing and controlling a project from start to finish with knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project is known as Project Management.

    There are five phases of project management:

    Project conception and initiation
    Project definition and planning
    Project launch or execution
    Project performance and control
    Project close

    Projects and project management processes vary from industry to industry; however, these are more traditional elements of a project. The overarching goal is typically to offer a product, change a process or to solve a problem in order to benefit the organization. Synergy 360 provides Project Management solutions. Synergy 360 is Professional Service Provider. Our project managers deliver projects on time, on spec and within budget.
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    Chuck Cobb
    Chuck Cobb, Agile Project Mgt Author and Instructor (Over 50K Students)
    Answered Dec 3, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is project management?

    PMBOK V6 defines “Project Management” as:

    “The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to the project activities to meet project requirements”

    I think that is a narrow and outdated definition of what “Project Management” is. The last phrase “to meet project requirements” implies a traditional plan-driven approach to project management where the requirements are well-defined upfront prior to the start of the project.

    I would modify that definition as follows to make it applicable in a broader context to an Agile environment as well as a traditional plan-driven environment:

    “Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to accomplish a meaningful objective and maximize the value that the project produces”

    In other words, in today’s world, a project manager should be able to lead an initiative with a broadly-defined business objective that doesn’t necessarily have well-defined requirements upfront.
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    Curtis Tsang
    Curtis Tsang, Founder, Enterprise & Software Architect PhD, MSc, MBA, BSc.
    Answered Dec 6, 2017

    Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.” – Wikipedia

    (Source: Visual Paradigm Guide-Through Process)

    Modern and effective project management techniques require skills that allow the seamless integration of best practice tools with good leadership and team management within an organisation for improving the likelihood of success of time-limited initiatives.

    These practices include establishing clear accountabilities, defining objectives and outcomes, establishing the scope, planning, monitoring, and reporting controls for project activities.

    Other Resources:

    Automated Tools for Project Management
    Modeling Tools for Project Management

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    Monika Kapoor
    Monika Kapoor, studied at YMCA University of Science and Technology (2017)
    Answered Feb 23

    Project management is a set of activities which includes initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects. It’s a discipline that gives you principles, techniques, and tools to help you finish things on time and within budget.

    The essential pillar of strength and support that holds up the entire project is the team of highly productive people who entirely devote themselves to it and make an all-out effort to get the job done.

    Project management consists of a number of interlinking processes. A process is a series of actions performed by a team of people who work towards the same goal.

    Project managers have very hectic schedule, this how a day in a life of project managers look like.
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    Alexandra Bethea
    Alexandra Bethea, Vice President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 26

    Project management is a set of activities which includes initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects. It’s a discipline that gives you principles, techniques, and tools to help you finish things on time and within budget.

    The essential pillar of strength and support that holds up the entire project is the team of highly productive people who entirely devote themselves to it and make an all-out effort to get the job done.

    Project management consists of a number of interlinking processes. A process is a series of actions performed by a team of people who work towards the same goal.
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    Robert Steele
    Robert Steele
    Answered Jul 2, 2011
    Originally Answered: What is Project Management?
    Project management is the discipline associated with managing project-based work, not to be confused with regular work management. A project is something that can attain a finalized state. An example of a project would be the construction of a home, whereas work is something that reoccurs regularly, such as janitorial work.

    Technically, project management umbrellas any type of project, from installing a bathroom cabinet to coordinating a multimillion dollar advertising venture. But, as far as the expertise, project management is associated with those projects that are more complex. (You don’t need a project manager to oversee the installation of a bathroom cabinet).

    A project manager basically makes sure that the project is going along smoothly. He or she watches what is known as the “project constraints” – scope, time, cost, quality, risk – and does what is necessary to keep them in order until the project is complete.

    This is the basic answer, but there is much more to project management. After all, it is an intensive study with thousands of resources.

    Resource: http://www.attask.com/topics/wha…
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    Janice Gates
    Janice Gates
    Answered Feb 1, 2016
    Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.

    The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and constraints.This information is usually described in a user or project manual, which is created at the beginning of the development. The primary constraints of many things.The secondary — and more ambitious — challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives.
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    Tahlia Skelton
    Tahlia Skelton, I am providing sophisticated SEO services for last 5 years.
    Answered May 7, 2016

    A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

    And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

    The development of software for an improved business process, the construction of a building or bridge, the relief effort after a natural disaster, the expansion of sales into a new geographic market — all are projects.

    Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    The processes are guided through five stages: initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Project management can be applied to almost any type of project and is widely used to control the complex processes of software development projects.
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    Shannon D’souza
    Shannon D’souza, studied at Northwest University
    Answered May 9, 2016

    Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives.

    A project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget.

    Projects are separate to business-as-usual activities, requiring people to come together temporarily to focus on specific project objectives. As a result, effective teamwork is central to successful projects.

    Now a days, a lot of organizations use project management tools. The primary purpose of project management tools is to help managers plan, execute and control all aspects of the project management process. Because project management tools enhance resource efficiency and ensure project scope, such tools are especially important for project managers involved with large, complex projects. One example is this app called Zapty. It has some really good featuressuch as easy communication, chatting, video calling, project and task management, approvals, polls, discussions with a single app.

    
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    Nitesh Ambuj
    Nitesh Ambuj, Product Strategist at Ericsson (2013-present)
    Answered Aug 3, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is Project management – explain?

    According to PMI (Project Management Institute) –

    Project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.

    Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    There are two keywords here to understand.

    Temporary – Yes, It’s a temporary activity with defined beginning and end. If you are doing an activity without any defined start or end date – it can not be called project.

    Unique – Project Management creates an unique product, service or result. If you create similar products or service again and again – that’s called operation not project.

    Some other notable definition of Project Management are as follows:

    Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

    ~ According to Wikipedia

    Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives.

    ~ According to APM (Association of Project Management)
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    Sosa
    Sosa, Engineer at Saudi Binladin Group (2014-present)
    Answered Oct 6, 2017

    Are you new to the project management world? Do you really want to know how powerful it is for your business?

    Lots of companies have become unbelievably successful with project management. There are case studies to prove that in our article today.

    Now, you need to know what exactly we’re going to talk about to get a full insight on what you’re about to know:

    1. What is project management?
    2. The importance of project management.
    3. The uses of project management.
    4. Case studies of project management success.
    5. 10 key parts of Project management.
    6. Project management tools.
    7. Project management certifications.

    Feel free to jump to any of the 7 parts of your complete project management guide.

    Let’s get started..Continue reading
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    Sadia Tabassam
    Sadia Tabassam, certification Professional Scrum Master, Scrum.org (2016)
    Answered Apr 30

    A “Project” is a process to achieve a set of goals and “Management” are the practices that support this process to succeed.

    Few decades ago, Project management practices were focusing on predictive practices that needed lots of planning at the initiation of the project and change in the middle of a project was not promoted that much. Modern management practices focus more on the Change and Risk management.

    Project phases are still the same as always: Initiation – Planning and design – Construction- Monitoring and controlling – and Closing.

    But in Agile, the middle part “Planning – Construction- Monitoring” is kept short and iterative. This way, Minimum Viable Product is provided to the customer and then modifications are made based on feedback and risks mitigation. This helps companies in capturing business value at the start of a project. In addition to Software Development teams, now marketing, HR, IT teams are taking benefit of this process.
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    Aaliyah Emma
    Aaliyah Emma
    Updated Jun 30, 2016

    Project Management is now quickly becoming method of management for more and more industries. Many large companies have a stated policy to manage their companies by using project management methods. Project Management is a combination of steps and techniques for keeping the goals and objectives, budget and schedule in order. The tools of project management suggest a system of avoiding missed targets, unclear expectations, and over spending on budget. These techniques help to coordinate things easily and also to obtain more expected results.

    Project management processes work for all kind of projects. When things go wrong, these techniques help mangers easily come out from trouble. All projects have identified phases that start with an idea to perform something and confidently end with the delivery of a complete project so as to achieve its goal and objectives for quality and performance.

    Here is an article that will help you understand more about Project Management . Do read them for sure .

    Growing Within Project Management
    PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN DIFFERENT SECTORS
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    Leo
    Leo, Founder, CEO at Plutio
    Answered Dec 3, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is project management?

    Project management is generally known as the steps taken to manage and complete a task or an event.

    For example, baking a cake could be your project.

    To successfully bake a cake you would need to;

    Buy the integrates.
    Prepare the kitchen and tools needed.
    Find a recipe.
    Bake the cake.
    Decorate the cake.

    Those tasks generally known as the project tasks.

    Completing those tasks usually means you have managed the project to completion!

    There are project managment tools that can help you, check out Plutio.com – we have built it to help individuals manage their projects and tasks with ease.
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    Michael
    Michael, Digital Marketing Specialist (2015-present)
    Answered Dec 24

    If we look 20 to 30 years back, a project managers job was really a though one, their responsibilities were such huge and bulk that they sometimes quite their job or take pills to reduce their tensions.

    Their work process has not changed till toady, like their responsibilities, looking and running after the project team members, managing and keeping records of huge documents, facing sudden issues and risk, managing project accounts and stakeholders, etc. It was really a huge burden for the project managers.

    Like how we replaced our Black & White television with Colour television and now with LCDs & LEDs TVs, landlines phones with smart phone, steams engine with bullet trains, etc. and made our life easier and smarter. Project Management Software has also equally helped the project managers. It was first developed in the year 1986 and helped the project managers in a way that their working prospect totally changed as because a Project Management Software can keep track in business activities, helps achieve in financial goals and informs about the risk and issues in advance. Keeps the whole project team members up-to-date, collaborates and communicates between the projects stakeholders, manages accounts and allowed them to keep vigil eye on the project status from a single place.

    Project Management Software helped the project mangers in such a way that the project management has become the need and necessary for the project managers.

    Project Management Software
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    Wojtek Przychodzen
    Wojtek Przychodzen, Project Manager, IT Project Manager, Transition Manager
    Answered Jul 12, 2016

    I especially like two aspect of project management, that in my opinion define it quite nicely from practical perspective:

    it is one man responsibility – i.e. that of project manager to make sure project is delivered successfully, and (stolen with pride from one of former bosses):
    Project Manager needs to be like a Ninja warrior, or a commando – he needs to stay on top all all aspects of his/her project and also be able to anticipate and maintain full control;

    Both are important for a reason, first – it clearly defines who’s responsible for failure or success; This is one of the most fun parts of this job, good project manager can really make a difference in what he is doing; Also it is rather easy to judge whether PM is a good one or not even by looking at any given aspect of the project- more or less objectively;

    having the role defined like this give a lot of motivation, as it is unique area where one can blame or praise mainly himself for whatever happens.

    Naturally it is a simplification, PM does not always have full support of an organization, right means, etc.; but in general it holds true.

    Second aspect is all about the art of project management, one does not only have to be able to plan, execute and track, but also communicate, motivate, persuade, use all means he possess in his professional tool-set to achieve what he has to achieve; There is no-one to look over his/her shoulder to double check or correct things, it very quickly teaches PMs responsibility and give them maturity, especially in the world of external customers facing projects;
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    Lauren Carasiti
    Lauren Carasiti, Senior Manager at Beverly Social Inc. (2015-present)
    Answered Jul 18, 2017

    Project management can be defined as the planning and organization of resources in order to move a specific task, event or duty toward completion. There are many different phases, stages, and approaches that can go into managing a project.

    In order to successfully manage your project to completion it’s important to have your project plan clearly defined. However, it is also important to constantly review, revise, and monitor the processes used to complete the project as obstacles can occur.

    Luckily, project management softwares have been created for this very reason. These tools help promote collaboration and organization with constant status updates. Project management softwares provide direction, help to prioritize and delegate tasks, and ultimately offer a big picture view on what needs to be accomplished in order to successfully complete your project.

    Often times there are multiple projects running simultaneously and it’s important that each project receives the same amount of attention. Here are some tips I recently read on how you can successfully manage multiple projects at once.
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    Pawel Kijko
    Pawel Kijko, 6 years cooperating with freelancers
    Answered Aug 21, 2017

    To provide the description of project management, it is important to begin with the definitions of words: “project” and “management”. So what’s a project? It’s an enterprise, either individual or collaborative, planned in detail and taken in order to achieve a certain goal. Of course, it can refer to anything, beginning from class assignments, to elaborate projects carried on in business corporations. A project is a temporary process which can take only a few days or it can last couple or even many years.

    And what about management? It’s as simple as it seems – a practice of being in charge of things or people. So what’s up with Project Management? Project Management as we know it came into existence in the 20th century and in the 1950s became a distinct discipline being used in the tertiary sector of the economy and in generally understood business area. Today it mostly brings together people from varied regions – cities or even countries, each of them having a different field of expertise and cultural background. For this reason, it’s often performed remotely.

    There are five stages of project management (according to PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge):

    Initiation
    Planning and design
    Construction
    Monitoring and controlling
    Closing

    Of course in every project management you have to organize your work to the fullest. You can do it efficiently with a special software called project management software, for example, Trello, Evernote, Asana.

    You can also check the link below to expand your knowledge on the subject:

    What is Project Management? – TimeCamp
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    Lutfar Rahman
    Lutfar Rahman, MBA Strategic Management & Management, University of Dhaka (1991)

    Project: A project in business and science is a collaborative enterprise, frequently involving re…
    Paul Ivanov
    Paul Ivanov, marketing manager
    Answered Jan 4

    It’s not easy to discover continents when so much has been mentioned here.

    I’d say, project management (PM) is a set of activities and tools that helps managers to achieve their tasks and goals.

    When my nieces asked me to tell what I do and what I responsible for during my working day, I had to explain what project management is with the simplest example.

    I reminded them of Cinderella, who had a lot of day-to-day worries and important tasks. She had to work and planned her tasks, organized all processes and set priorities. In her case, everything was efficient and productive.

    I asked my nieces to think about how to do everything when you have no time. How to find enough time if you need to wash the floors, prepare breakfast, feed the pets, water all flower beds, wash clothes, and many other useful things.

    How to find assistants who can help with important issues? And how to delegate?

    Then I showed how all these issues can be visualized. I worked with MS Project and made the first steps to learn Hygger and Trello tools to manage my marketing tasks. I also had some experience of work with Gantt charts and of course Excel. I opened the random task and demonstrated some dependencies keeping in mind Cinderella’s issues.

    Surprisingly, it was quite easy to explain to children this complicated task using a simple example. That was the easiest way to show how to prioritize tasks and track their progress.
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    Orangescrum NN
    Orangescrum NN, Digital Marketing Manager at Orangescrum (2011-present)
    Answered May 10

    Project Management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of team to achieve specific goals and meet success in a specified time.

    It is the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project. It involves in planning and organization the organization resources to move a specific task, event or duty toward completion. It may be one-time project rather than an ongoing activity, and resources managed include personnel, finances, technology and intellectual property.
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    David Miller
    David Miller, Senior Researcher at ProProfs
    Answered Oct 30, 2017

    Project management can be defined as a set of activities that help in achieving mutually-agreed objectives. All in all, Project Management is a practice that drives an organization for effective utilization of resources, time-bound completions while maximizing productivity and minimizing risks.

    According to Project Management Institute (PMI), project management boils down to these five stages:

    Initiation
    Planning
    Construction
    Monitoring
    Completion

    Every organization leverages project management to clearly define their objectives and track their progress on individual tasks. Irrespective of the methodology, using a project management tool is instrumental to promote collaboration and streamline workflows. Many tools such as ProProfs Project can help your teams and stakeholders stay on the same page and set clear expectations from each other. Using ProProfs Project, You can:

    Do away with messy spreadsheets
    Create projects, tasks and subtasks for your team members
    Assign and track timelines for individual activities
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    MOhammad
    MOhammad, Marketing at Osmosys Software Solutions
    Answered Mar 15

    Any work or task which is to be managed or planned, monitored and executed could be called as Project Management.

    Project management can apply to any project, but it is often tailored to accommodate the specific needs of different and highly specialized industries. For example, information technology industry has evolved to develop its own form of project management that is referred to as Software project management and which specializes in the delivery of technical assets and services that are required to pass through various lifecycle phases such as

    1. Planning (Requirements/analysis)

    2. Design

    3. Development

    4. Testing

    5. Deployment.

    Project management small organisations could be done by the manager just by setting up the goals and assigning the tasks to the employees manually or on email.

    In medium and large enterprises managing the projects which requires huge manual resources and technical resources, one could not be able to maintain the projects without using the project management tools.

    Here comes our project management software which will suggest you with the best resource available and depending upon the past performance data.

    It uses artificial intelligence and make intelligent suggestions which could help in improving the project completions, reduce the delay in project completion and ultimately lead to the improvement in the ROI.

    Visit Best Project Management Tool for more information
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    Peter Popovic
    Peter Popovic, Project management
    Answered May 6, 2016

    That´s quite a complex question question.

    I am not a project manager but I work at start up where we develop project management software thus I communicate many things and am involved with lot of project work.

    Just wanna discuss our view on project management. Hope you get my point.

    At start up you never know how things are going to end up. Either you are at the beginning or you just raised a venture money. In start up work environment you wanna focus on just next obvious milestone. Take it from point A to point B.

    key factors of project management in tech start up (in my opinion):

    Goal setting – Clear understanding of the strategic goals is must. Without that you are a gambling. Or you just do it for fun – which is good but have it on mind 🙂
    Plan,strategy developing – each department has to understand why and what are the plans for next day, week, month, quarter, year…ultimately 5 years.
    Action plan – Action is everything, how you are going to achieve those goals. Techniques to get to the point B
    Feedback analysis – periodic checks. Data measurement.
    Are we getting there ? Are we satisfied with a speed ? What can we do to improve it ? What did go wrong ? What can we do to prevent the mistake repetition ?

    once you have achieved your so called point B…you wanna repeat the whole process again….take it to the C,D,E…

    This is my opinion on the right approach in project management. Maybe not technical but so to say essential in all project work.

    You are welcome to check our project management software here.
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    Zakir Ibrahim
    Zakir Ibrahim, Motivational Writer at Zakir Ibrahim (2017-present)
    Answered Feb 14

    Project Management is just like making a cup of tea: Project Management Simplified

    Can you make a tea?

    If yes then you can be a good project manager and you can complete any project you want.

    Don’t be surprised

    I’m not joking and I am definitely not kidding

    Let me show you how this can happen,

    Let’s break down the process of making a tea.

    A) Current Stage:

    I don’t have tea

    B) Target:

    I need a cup of tea in half an hour.

    C) Required:

    1) Sugar

    2) Gas connected stove

    3) Milk

    4) A cup

    5) A Spoon

    6) A Tea sachet

    7) A Matchbox

    8) A tea kettle

    9) Water if required

    D) Process:

    Step 1:

    Turn the gas on

    Step 2:

    Pick up match box and apply fire on the stove.

    Step 3:

    Have required water plus milk in the cattle and put it up on the stove

    Step 4:

    Put some sugar in it

    Step 5:

    Let the water boil

    Step 6:

    Put tea on it

    Step 7:

    Let it boil couple of times more, keep it shaking with the spoon

    Step 8:

    Check if the sweetness or tea strength is ok

    If not then adjust it.

    Step 9:

    Switch off the stove

    And put everything back to it’s place.

    Now tea is ready.

    Now let’s see how this connects with Project Management

    Here is Project Management Life-cycle… from PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge Book by Project Management Institute)

    Phase 1) Initiation

    Phase 2) Planning

    Phase 3) Execution

    Phase 4) Monitoring and Controlling

    Phase 5) Closing

    Now let’s review project of making a tea….but you have to go back and review this project once again….. Because I will use references as Bullets…as details are already given above

    In above mentioned project of making a tea

    Point A ‘Current Stage’ and Point B ‘Target‘ are Initiation, which is Phase 1 of Project management Where you initiate the project.

    Point C ‘Required‘ is planning which is Phase 2 of Project management….here you plan everything about the project and divide the project into modules.

    Point D ‘Process ‘ is Execution which is Phase 3 of Project management….here you execute the processes and you get deliverables against each module.

    Step 7 and 8 in Point D are Monitoring and controlling which is Phase 4 of Project management….here you monitor and control the project and make sure that requirements and deadlines are met and everything is under control.

    Step 9 in Point D is Closing, Which is Phase 5 of Project management, here you close the project and fold everything.

    Understand it and apply it on any project, if applied in the right way you will be successful.

    How was this article for you, what you have learnt from it?
    If you found it helpful then share it with others too.

    For More Self Management Articles Visit : http://www.ZakirIbrahim.Com
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    John Erickson
    John Erickson, MS, Data Analytics Engineering at George Mason University
    Updated Jan 17, 2017

    Disclaimer: I will add this post progressively over the next several weeks. This initial answer is small, and will grow considerably.

    From the following web site: What is Project Management

    The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines project management as the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

    A project has certain characteristics: A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.
    And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

    Project management processes fall into five groups:

    Initiating
    Planning
    Executing
    Monitoring and Controlling
    Closing

    Project management knowledge draws on ten areas:

    Integration
    Scope
    Time
    Cost
    Quality
    Procurement
    Human resources
    Communications
    Risk management
    Stakeholder management

    From the above five process groups and ten knowledge areas, there are a total of 47 project management processes, as depicted in this chart here:

    When studying for the PMP exam (or CAPM for associate level) people need to study:

    the PMBOK 5th edition, inside and out
    know all the formulas: PMP Formulas and Calculations
    know the ITTOS (Inputs, Tools, Techniques, & Outputs): The Complete Guide to PMP ITTO (Inputs, Tools, Techniques and Outputs)
    know the 47 processes and how they relate to the ITTO’s
    take practice exam questions: http://www.slideshare.net/trashi…
    Great resource: COMPLETE GUIDE : How To Prepare For CAPM Certification? [Don’t Miss it!!] – Whizlabs

    Critical Path Method (CPM):

    GANTT Chart :

    ITTO/Processes FLOW

    47 Processes Chart Explained:

    Overview of PMBOK

    PMP Brain Dump (Cheat Sheet Before Exam)

    ITTO Study Tips

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    Divya Sethi
    Divya Sethi, Digital Marketer at ProofHub (2017-present)
    Answered Sep 25, 2017

    Project management involves planning and organization of a company’s resources to move a specific task, event or duty towards completion. It is a discipline of using established principles and procedures for accomplishing goals.

    Through project management, activities are performed using various methodologies, tools, skill sets and techniques to meet the requirements of a project.

    Every project is different. Some are simple while some complex. Broadly speaking, every project has four main components:

    Scope – This refers to the size of the project, deliverables and different process requirements.

    Resources – This includes manpower, tools, and equipment that will be used while executing the process

    Time – This takes care of the time frame or duration in which the project should be completed

    Capital – This refers to the expenses and budget of the process

    Among the four components, the scope of a project is considered to be of utmost importance as it broadly covers the other three components. However, ignoring one can adversely affect the others and vice-versa.

    Step-By-Step Approach To Traditional Project Management

    Most of us struggle to understand if there are any variations or types to project management. Here’s the thing – project management takes a different form when applied to different industries although the essence being the same – completion of tasks, events or projects using various tools, techniques or practices.

    However, most of the project managers follow a step by step approach to complete the projects successfully. These are also called the phases (or steps) of project management. Let us have a look at major steps in traditional project management.

    Initiation:It is the first phase of the project lifecycle. This is where an idea is toiled and carefully examined if it will be beneficial for the organization or not. The key activities in this phase include the analysis of business requirements, identifying project requirements and stakeholders. It is during this phase where the project’s value and feasibility are measured.
    Planning: This is the more detailed part of the project where a solid plan is created to guide the teams. It includes putting the team together, identifying the tasks or activities to be performed, obtaining cost estimates and deciding the budget of the project. Planning is an important phase as it sets the base for the execution part.
    Execution: This is the implementation phase where all the activities and events are set into motion. Teams or groups are made where responsibilities are given to the team members.

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    Mavenlink
    Mavenlink
    Answered Jan 30

    Projects have been around since the Great Pyramids, but how we approach managing them has changed. Modern project management has been developing over several decades. To put this in perspective, let’s start with traditional project management.

    Traditionally, projects were predictable workflows that arrived at predictable results. Processes were efficient, accurate, and stable. Sometimes these were called “continual effort” projects, because they emphasized repeatable work that didn’t change often (for instance, maintenance activities).

    Today, projects have changed. Services firms provide more “single-time efforts” than continuous ones. Their projects are often unique and short-term (for instance, building a website or implementing a software product).

    That has driven a shift in how we manage projects.

    Traditional project management

    Traditional project management serves continual efforts. It uses common technology, known scopes, and task-based workflows to achieve mostly predictable results. Issues arise only occasionally.

    Modern project management

    Modern project management serves unique projects. These could be one-time projects, such as website builds. Often, a services provider specializes in delivering unique projects repeatedly, such as a creative website builder. Because of its customized results, modern project management requires more flexible processes and scopes as well as highly specialized resources. It’s common to find services firms tapping outside resources through contract tasks that roll up into a larger project within the provider’s core services offering.

    What does that mean for PLOC?

    In modern project management, there have been several shifts related to planning, leading, organizing, and controlling work.

    1. Plan

    Project planning has become more flexible. Once a deal closes, project managers must find the appropriate resources, budget, timeframe, and tools (i.e., technology) required to complete the work in a timely manner and for a cost to which the client has agreed.

    2. Lead

    Today’s project managers need a more widespread understanding of specific resource skills, since they will be leading a variety of people through specialized tasks that roll-up into the successful deliverable. They must speak many languages, from programming and creative to project financials, sales, and accounting. This knowledge helps them gain group consensus, solicit specific contributions, and create the best environment for individuals to contribute to the group project.

    3. Organize

    Organization requires greater flexibility as well. Project managers are increasingly relying on technology to help conduct their work. They are looking for solutions that pull them out of time-consuming spreadsheet calculations, data exports, manual report building, and manual monitoring in favor of real-time integrations and tracking tools now available. This helps them optimize resource allocation, budget tracking, report building, and on-time delivery.

    4. Control

    With more flexible tools comes greater control. Project managers are able to shift resources mid-project in order to address an issue that has arisen, such as potentially not meeting a deadline or going over budget. Today’s software creates this environment of greater control, with early adopters of platform innovations pulling ahead of their competitors.
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    Sameer Patil
    Sameer Patil, student
    Answered Dec 29

    Project Management is the train of starting, arranging, executing, controlling, and shutting crafted by a group to accomplish particular objectives and meet particular achievement criteria at the predefined time. A task is an impermanent undertaking intended to create a one of a kind item, administration or result with a characterized starting and end (ordinarily time-compelled, and regularly obliged by subsidizing or staffing) embraced to meet exceptional objectives and destinations, normally to achieve useful change or included esteem.

    The brief idea of ventures remains interestingly with nothing new (or operations). which are redundant, perpetual, or semi-lasting practical exercises to create items or administrations. Practically speaking, the administration of such particular creation approaches requires the advancement of unmistakable specialized aptitudes and administration systems.

    The essential test of undertaking administration is to accomplish the greater part of the task objectives inside the given imperatives. This data is generally depicted in venture documentation, made toward the start of the improvement procedure. The essential imperatives are extension, time, quality and spending plan. The auxiliary — and more driven — challenge is to streamline the designation of fundamental sources of info and apply them to meet pre-characterized goals. The protest of undertaking administration is to deliver an entire venture which conforms to the customer’s goals.

    By and large the question of undertaking administration is additionally to shape or change the customer’s brief with a specific end goal to plausibly have the capacity to address the customer’s targets. Once the customer’s destinations are obviously settled they should affect on all choices made by other individuals engaged with the venture supervisors, planners, contractual workers, sub-temporary workers, and so forth. On the off chance that the task administration destinations are badly characterized or too firmly endorsed it will detrimentally affect basic leadership team management

    The 4 P’s of Project Management

    Late examinations point to the four P’s of venture administration; together, these “4 P’s” do the trick to portray the way of life that exists inside undertaking groups:

    1) P for Plan: this alludes to all exercises that include arranging and anticipating. At this stage, the venture and additionally components of the activities have not appeared yet;

    2) P for Processes: also reported in the PMBOK (Project Management Book of Knowledge), ventures comprise generally of a progression of foreordained and all around organized procedures;

    3) P for People: People are a fundamental segment of the task’s flow and various investigations demonstrate that individuals are at the core of a few ventures’ endemic issues. Specifically, the purported shocking mix alludes to a blend of lack of foresight and deficient individuals; at last,

    4) P for Power: which depicts all lines of expert, leaders, organograms, strategies for execution and the preferences.

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    Fei Teng
    Fei Teng, works at Information Technology
    Updated Jun 4

    I find this cartoon about project management is very interesting and hope it will explain it some how.

    The tree swing analogy first came in the 1970s and many variants came later on a different subject, such as software and management. It depicts the difference of how each department interprets and implement a requirement in the development of a tree swing. The variation of the cartoon on perception gaps in software development projects first came out in 2003. Then it became popular among the management to address issues when projects did not go the right way. Someone blames the pitfalls in communication, such as not listening to the client, but it also reveals the problems in product development and reminds anyone involved what to do and what not to do.

    Look at this cartoon (Version 1.5).

    When a customer descrbes what s/he wants, it tends to be true that s/he always gives too much information and overstates it.
    The product owner gathers the customer’s requirement and summaries it.
    Engineers follow PO’s summary and make it work. Well, to some extent…
    Then programmers will write it. However, when you test it, it is not workable.
    What testers get from the Dev team is just a rope with a loop at the end of it.
    Finally we have a product, so the sales can start their job by exaggerating its features.
    When you want to check the documents to, it is always no where to be found.
    What the operations build is very simple. Gosh, I don’t know what to say.
    Customers are billed for extraordinary experiences.
    The way Helpdesk solves problems is just simple and “radical”.
    Marketing strategy looks like high-end.
    Voila! It turns out what the customer truly wants is just a simple tire swing.

    Communication: the big “C”

    A project is about a bunch of various people working together to meet the requirements. The role of a project manager is to monitor details through strategic, efficient and meaningful conversations on a project. “About 90% of the time in a project is spent on communication by the project manager”[6]. As it is known, communication is a very important element of any well-organised project. Therefore, project management is not just tools and processes.

    The right tool

    However, don’t get it wrong. Choosing the right project management tool is what successful project teams must do. Through collaborating and using tools to keep each other on the same page, the gap caused by different interpretaion among departments can be minimized. Our open source project management software, ZenTao, can help you with:

    Product management: story management, plan management, release management, product roadmap.
    Project management: team and effort management, task management, Kanban, tree, list, group views, burndown chart.
    Testing management: test case, test case library, test suit, test plan, test result, bug management.
    Document management
    Dashboard: todo, calendar, tasks assigned to me.

    The main difference between ZenTao and other systems is that ZenTao divides the complex project management process into four major items: story, task, bug, and case, through which zentao supports the whole flow management. ZenTao Cloud is also available now.

    If you would like to know more about ZenTao and the feature comparison of ZenTao and Jira, check this article

    Which IT project management tool to choose? Jira or ZenTao?

    Reference

    http://www.tamingdata.com/2010/0…
    https://www.businessballs.com/am…
    http://www.projectcartoon.com/ca…
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tr…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr…
    https://www.pmi.org/learning/lib…

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    MPUG
    MPUG, Trainer (2008-present)
    Answered Feb 15

    Project management is the science (and art) of organizing the components of a project, whether the project is development of a new product, the launch of a new service, a marketing campaign, or a wedding. A project isn’t something that’s part of normal business operations. It’s typically created once, it’s temporary, and it’s specific. As one expert notes, “It has a beginning and an end.” A project consumes resources (whether people, cash, materials, or time), and it has funding limits.

    Project Management Basics

    No matter what the type of project, project management typically follows the same pattern:

    Definition
    Planning
    Execution
    Control
    Closure

    Defining the Project

    In this stage the project manager defines what the project is and what the users hope to achieve by undertaking the project. This phase also includes a list of project deliverables, the outcome of a specific set of activities. The project manager works with the business sponsor or manager who wants to have the project implemented and other stakeholders — those who have a vested interest in the outcome of the project.

    Planning the Project

    Define all project activities. In this stage, the project manager lists all activities or tasks, how the tasks are related, how long each task will take, and how each tasks is tied to a specific deadline. This phase also allows the project manager to define relationships between tasks, so that, for example, if one task is x number of days late, the project tasks related to it will also reflect a comparable delay. Likewise, the project manager can set milestones, dates by which important aspects of the project need to be met.

    Define requirements for completing the project. In this stage, the project manager identifies how many people (often referred to as “resources”) and how much expense (“cost”) is involved in the project, as well as any other requirements that are necessary for completing the project. The project manager will also need to manage assumptions and risks related to the project. The project manager will also want to identify project constraints. Constraints typically relate to schedule, resources, budget, and scope. A change in one constraint will typically affect the other constraints. For example, a budget constraint may affect the number of people who can work on the project, thereby imposing a resource constraint. Likewise, if additional features are added as part of project scope, that could affect scheduling, resources, and budget.

    Executing the Project

    Build the project team. In this phase, the project manager knows how many resources and how much budget he or she has to work with for the project. The project manager then assigns those resources and allocates budget to various tasks in the project. Now the work of the project begins.

    Controlling the Project

    The project manager is in charge of updating the project plans to reflect actual time elapsed for each task. By keeping up with the details of progress, the project manager is able to understand how well the project is progressing overall. A product such as Microsoft Project facilitates the administrative aspects of project management.

    Closure of the Project

    In this stage, the project manager and business owner pull together the project team and those who have an interest in the outcome of the project (stakeholders) to analyze the final outcome of the project.

    Time, Money, Scope

    Frequently, people refer to project management as having three components: time, money, and scope. Reducing or increasing any one of the three will probably have an impact on the other two. If a company reduces the amount of time it can spend on a project, that will affect the scope (what can be included in the project) as well as the cost (since additional people or resources may be required to meet the abbreviated schedule).

    Project Portfolio Management

    Recent trends in project management include project portfolio management (PPM). PPM is a move by organizations to get control over numerous projects by evaluating how well each project aligns with strategic goals and quantifying its value. An organization will typically be working on multiple projects, each resulting in potentially differing amounts of return or value. The company or agency may decide to eliminate those projects with a lower return in order to dedicate greater resources to the remaining projects or in order to preserve the projects with the highest return or value.

    See the full article with helpful links: What is Project Management? – MPUG
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    Education guruji
    Education guruji, BBA from Bhakt Kavi Narshi Mehata University Junagadh
    Answered May 10

    Project management is a set of activities which includes initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects. It’s a discipline that gives you principles, techniques, and tools to help you finish things on time and within budget.

    The essential pillar of strength and support that holds up the entire project is the team of highly productive people who entirely devote themselves to it and make an all-out effort to get the job done.

    Project management consists of a number of interlinking processes. A process is a series of actions performed by a team of people who work towards the same goal.

    The 5 types of project management processes

    According to the “Project Management Body of Knowledge” (aka. The PMBOK Guide, the standard guidebook for project managers around the world), there are 5 types of project management processes:

    initiating – recognising the beginning of the the project or a phase and that one phase can continue into the next one. Initiation process keeps the team focused on the business or halt the project if it fails to meet all the needs and preferences.
    planning – creating a workable scheme that will include clearly defined activities, cost estimates, schedule development and resource planning.
    executing – carrying out the processes which are followed by regular information distribution and team development.
    monitoring and controlling – controlling the quality of project results, observing significant changes and making necessary adjustments to the project
    closing – gathering all the necessary data to ensure that the projected is completed.

    The processes do not necessarily follow a chronological pattern. Both in life and business, some things can get out of hand and are sometimes difficult to control. This is why processes usually overlap throughout different phases of the project and become ultimately dependent on one another.

    Processes are linked by the outcomes they produce – the result of one process becomes an input to another. For example, the planning process provides the executing process with an early project plan. But the planning process is not over – it continues to play a role as it updates the plan as the project progresses.

    Project planning is the most significant process as it should help you clearly layout all the details of the work to be done and predict possible hurdles you will need to overcome along the way.

    You can’t accomplish any projects masterfully if you rely only on this framework of clearly defined processes. Project management is both a science and art. Each project is unique and tackling all the stages and issues that may arise is almost impossible without little bit of intuition and flexibility. You cannot know what steps you will be forced to take in order to achieve predictable results.

    The key to project success is a good methodology combined with excellent intuitive skills.

    What is project managment and why it’s valuable

    Projects have been practiced ever since the first human community was established. Plato writing the Republic, Michelangelo painting Sistine Chapel, Nikola Tesla’s designing the modern alternating current electricity system, Jorn Utzon building Sydney Opera House – all of them were the projects that moved boundaries of human understanding.

    These huge and complex projects were endeavoured by masterminds who invested considerable amount of time, energy and strong will to achieve their ultimate goal.

    The incredible impact of modern technology has changed the face of business. As a result, project management became the essential part of any project, no matter how big or challenging it is.

    People realised that using intuition and a mountain of paper documentation was neither efficient nor sufficient for running a successful business. Instead, they started viewing project management as a separate discipline, an invaluable methodology that will help them deliver the best possible results.

    They needed a well-defined, well-thought and more disciplined process that will help all the ambitious entrepreneurs and their teams manage a project with breeze.

    Project management is a huge benefit for everyone

    Every ambitious entrepreneur has high hopes when starting a new project. Diving into a new project can be highly rewarding, but it also means taking on big risks. How many of us have successfully completed our projects without spending more money or investing more time in it?

    Project management should help you:

    become more predictable
    save ample effort, time and cost
    resolve any issues more quickly and easily
    terminate “bad” projects
    encourage better communication and improve team’s productivity
    increase the chance to expand your services
    become more focused on the project development
    upscale the efficiency in delivering services
    become aware of the future risks and resolve them
    improve client collaboration
    create healthy working environment

    Project management enables managers to run the project from the initial to the final phase in the most cost-effective and efficient way while keeping everyone in the loop.

    Thank you.
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    Külli Koort
    Külli Koort
    Answered Apr 4, 2014
    Follow the three P-s and you will be fine:
    – Plan. Know the objectives and start brainstorming the ideas to get there. Plan weekly, monthly, quarterly.
    – Progress. Keep an eye on the plans and move any achieved task to done. Take small steps and celebrate small winnings. This will make you and your team feel like you are on the right track. Give feedback and listen to people.
    – Problems. Be aware of difficulties and problems your team members face. Try to mentor them and provide a helping hand whenever needed.
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    Alison Meier
    Alison Meier, Community Marketing Manager, LiquidPlanner
    Answered Apr 15, 2014
    Great question! The company I work for, LiquidPlanner, actually did some blog posts on dos and don’ts of PM. Check them out here:

    10 Project Management Dos – LiquidPlanner
    10 Project Management Don’ts – LiquidPlanner
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    PM Majik
    PM Majik, Global experience running projects and implementing PMO’s
    Answered Feb 12, 2017

    Hi

    Based on what I have learnt (often the hard way) over my career.

    Worry about the tasks that are reported 95% complete. The remaining 5% has a nasty habit of taking longer than the previous 95%.
    Communication is one of the most important skills for a project manager. Make sure you are communicating to all stakeholders.
    Tell people what you will do, do it, tell people what you have down.
    Do not take on extra scope without assessing what will be the impact.

    All the best.

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    Alex Carter
    Alex Carter, Country Director & Lead Management Consultant
    Answered May 9, 2017

    The DOS and DON’TS are as follows:

    First the DOS:

    1. Continuously have the ideal arrangement

    2. Identify Dependencies and Risks Early

    3. Comprehend the Corporate culture

    4. Continuously have the correspondence arrange

    5. Ceaselessly connect with Stakeholders and Sponsors

    6. Utilize Metrics to Continuously Monitor Project Status

    7. Use and viable advance

    Second the DON’TS

    1. Never underestimate anything

    2. Try not to Underestimate Budget Constraints

    3. Never accept that venture plan is last

    4. Try not to Make the Process to Overwhelming

    5. Try not to make suspicions about what the group knowns

    6. Don’t over depend on one asset

    7. Try not to lead a meeting without a motivation
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    Alexandra Bethea
    Alexandra Bethea, Vice President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Feb 16

    Like anything in our world, there are certain written (and un-written) rules when it comes to successful project management. Copious articles, op-ed pieces, novels and blog posts have given numerous views on the various beneficial philosophies versus gotchas that exist within the project management sphere. From best practices to rules of thumb, there is certainly no shortage of advice and ideas available to project managers to assist them in their day-to-day duties.

    THE DO`S

    Always have a Project Plan

    Identify Dependencies and Risks Early

    Always have a Communication Plan

    Get the right resources behind you

    THE DON’TS

    Never Take Anything (regarding the project) for Granted

    Never Assume a Project Plan is Final

    Do not Play the ‘Blame Game’
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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Answered Sep 8, 2012
    Mind your business. Do not go to meetings BAs are supposed to go.

    Tech leads are your friends, they can differentiate between cowboys and superstarts. Trust them!

    Do not pass every information to everyone, it costs a lot of time. Sometimes final decisions are good enough for most.

    Do not digetst every information and decide everything yourself. I feel its a personal skillset to know who should be part of deciding what.

    If i tell you it will took me 4 days to add a button on screen, as a tech lead, will you agree or argue? you don’t have to agree or disagree. its not your call. Let team lead decide this for you

    In Tech companies learn to work in cross culture environments.

    Say something when you mean it, do not bluff. Tech people are smart, in general, they know whats going on when you move them next to “nice window facing seat” and you end u getting seat next to an executive.

    Great work!, does not sound that great to techies after a while, unless you reward them with positive reviews and salary hike!

    If you are feeling pressure, keep it to yourself. A continuous pressure will not tech people work harder every time, it will make them move out, of team or company.
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    Chris Remus
    Chris Remus, Leading projects to successful outcomes for 15+ years.
    Answered Mar 2, 2016

    Do set the path to a successful outcome. Do keep the path clear and stay out of the way. Don’t block the path.

    Do set the path to a successful outcome by developing, updating and communicating the path. Do keep the path clear by removing roadblocks. Do give your team what they need to make progress down the path, toward the successful outcome.

    Do ask questions when they benefit the project. Do ask the hard questions when necessary.

    Don’t block the path. Don’t get in the way. Don’t impede progress. Don’t establish process related roadblocks on the path. Don’t stop people smarter than you from doing what they need to do. Don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t know something.

    Don’t ask unnecessary questions for your own personal benefit. Don’t shy away from asking the hard questions when necessary.

    Do set your team up for success. Do give credit to team members where and when credit is due. Don’t take undue credit when the team succeeds.

    Do take responsibility when things don’t go well. Don’t blame the team when a project goes off-track.

    Do celebrate small wins along the way. Do use the small wins to build momentum toward the bigger goal. Do try and have some fun as you proceed down the path toward a successful outcome 🙂

    Do take a look at my blog, where I write about technical project management in the freelance economy and the future of work 🙂
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    Paul Davies
    Paul Davies, CEO and Publisher of Bite-Sized Books
    Answered Jan 4, 2017

    The key to being a successful project manager is not, in my opinion, Prince 2 or any other methodology, but understanding the people factors and focusing on them. The PM is at the heart of a network – and can be undermined at all levels around him or her and even, sometimes, supported. Getting the people issues right and ensuring that all are working towards a common aim is motherhood and apple pie – we all believe in it – but doing it is something else. Yet getting that right takes much of the stress out of the role. Don’t throw away your Gantt charts, your Issues Log, the project plan, but always focus on people. A brilliant encapsulation of this successful approach and perspective is in Phil Davies’s e-book, How to Survive and Thrive as a Project Manager. It’s very short – less than 10k words – and will take the average reader less than an hour to read – but it is both an ideal introduction and explanation of his successful approach and an aide memoire for any dark days during the delivery of a project.

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    Francis Borges
    Francis Borges, Business Solutions Architect | Lean Six Sigma Consultant leading Transformations
    Answered Apr 30, 2016

    Just listing out the top few that would have the biggest impact:

    Do’s:

    Focus on the people; and this means mapping out, building strong interpersonal relations and getting commitments from all stakeholders and project team members. Be prepared to spend in-ordinate amount of time to do this successfully.
    Develop and maintain a strong communication rhythm and channels throughout the project with all team members, stakeholders and the wider organization, right from the formal kick-off to project close. Remember than your project communication is your main interaction point where senior stakeholders and interested parties hear from you regularly, so you have to keep this going strong and interesting.
    Constantly identify potential risks and dependencies, at the start of the project and through its life. Do a what-if analysis and always have some potential solution options identified. You never know when things go wrong, and something always will, so it’s best to be prepared.

    Don’ts:

    Don’t get into execution mode unless ample time and effort has been spent in defining, scoping and planning the project properly.
    Beware of being sucked into the blame game: This easily arises when things go wrong, however minor, but the project manager needs to keep the team united together, staying away from excuses and instead focus on the learning and resolution.
    Don’t underestimate budget and effort estimates: Even for high level estimations always consider the best case and worst case together, and don’t build everything on a best case. You may even want to budget for contingencies and clearly call it out as such.
    Do not be afraid to highlight project risks, exploring innovative solutions and following-up with anyone for tasks due. You should ideally handle these in a proactive and transparent manner.

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    Amit Kakkar
    Amit Kakkar, Marketing Engineer @ProofHub
    Answered Jun 8, 2017

    Given below are the some of the do’s and don’ts of the new project manager.

    Do’s

    Learn how to communicate with every level : The ability to communicate comfortably with people at all levels of the organization about the project is almost always named as one of the top-tier skills by project managers and team members.
    Learn how to speak publicly : A project manager can be skilled at putting the project together, but may fail in presenting the information to stakeholders in an understandable and engaging format; therefore, project managers need effective presentation skills.
    Get the right resources behind you : Some people have a knack for this; others have to work at it. It’s all about getting to know people, their niches, and tapping into your networks for knowledge and experience.
    Manage Resources : This is a very important step if you are a new manager. Tools like ProofHub can help you in this.

    Don’ts

    Never Take Anything (regarding the project) for Granted : Assumptions regarding budgets, resources, dependencies, and so forth can lead to severe ramifications for the project down-stream. The project manager must always be fully aware of all aspects of the project as a whole.
    Never Assume a Project Plan is Final : As mentioned earlier, a project plan is going to be a living document. Regardless of how much upfront planning is performed, there will always be a strong likelihood that new requirements, organizational changes, company business re-alignments, etc. could change how the project is going to be implemented.
    Do not Play the ‘Blame Game’ : A project will often run into some problems during its life-cycle. Sometimes those problems are minor and sometimes they are major. But from the standpoint of the project manager, regardless of who is at fault for the issues, it is extremely important to not go into ‘excuse mode’

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    Thom Snyder
    Thom Snyder, 30 years project management, Writer, Quora contributor
    Answered Jan 20, 2017

    Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that every project manager (new and old) should remember:

    DO NOT accept someone’s update that a task or activity is “99% complete”, without challenging them to quantify that answer.

    Tasks or activities are no different than a switch. A switch is either “on” or “off”. Conversely, a task/activity is either complete or it’s not complete. If they start listing sub-tasks or sub-activities that supports the overall task, note those in your plan and track them appropriately.

    DON’T wait until the Planned Completion Date to request an update.

    An update should come before the completion date and the Actual % of work completed should reflect and be consistent with the Planned % of Work Completed.

    To Meet or Not To Meet; that is the question! In other words, DON’T have a meeting just to have a meeting.

    Senior and functional managers have busy schedules. Unless it’s your Executive Status Meeting, only invite those who have actual “skin in the game”. Understand your agenda, your intended audience and the participants that need to be there. If you can send a worthwhile update instead, let your meeting participants know well in advance and cancel the meeting. They will appreciate both the “heads up” and the professionalism in respecting their time.

    DON’T forget to send meeting minutes!

    Remember – Our bread and butter is in our ability to document and forge effective communications to everyone.

    DON’T be afraid of issues when they happen.

    Issues will happen on *every* project you will be associated with. You find me a project manager who hasn’t had to deal with an issue and I’ll find you a unicorn. Senior Management expects issues. Where you will earn your stripes is in how you handle the issue.

    When an issue happens, the best PM’s will first analyze the situation. They will not run to senior management and tell them the sky is falling. Gather your subject matter experts and ascertain the effect the issue will have on time, scope, cost and overall quality. Interrogate your SME’s to generate a strategy to bring the issue under control or ascertain how this issue affects your projects critical path. Before approaching senior management, make sure you have not one but (at the very least) two plans that senior management can evaluate.

    DO acknowledge any key individual or team success or contribution. This goes a long way in contributing to your acceptance in the organization.
    DO NOT blame the team for any failure(s). All failures are your responsibility. Any successes belong to the project team.

    That’s enough to start you off with. Good luck in your endeavors.
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    Anand Vijayakumar
    Anand Vijayakumar, Project / Programme Manager
    Answered Aug 21, 2014
    Top Do’s:

    Always document all discussions/meetings
    Get Signoffs on all important artifacts like Requirements document, Design document etc
    Involve the team in decision making and listen to their side of the story. It will help you decide better as well as keep your team happy. Managing your team and keeping them motivated is not that easy. Read these: Chapter 66: Managing the Project Team and http://getpmpcertified.blogspot….
    Plan the project properly. Dont start work impulsively as soon as you get requirements. A well planned project has a much higher chances of success than one that was started in a rush. Read this: Chapter 25: Introduction to Project Planning
    Understand your Stakeholders needs and keep a list of who-is-responsible-for-what from a business perspective. It will help you manage the project better. Read these: Chapter 21: Identifying the Project Stakeholders and Chapter 23: Stakeholder Management Strategy
    Define the Project Scope properly. A Project that starts off without a well-defined scope is a failed cause right from day one. Read this: Chapter 30: Defining the Project Scope
    Estimate Properly. If you estimate properly you will at least know how much resources (people) you will need to finish the work within the time constraint. Read this: Chapter 36: Estimating Activity Resource Requirements
    Create an Achievable Schedule. Most PM’s reverse engineer the schedule based on the customers go-live date. Yes, this is inevitable but if we plan properly, we can create an achievable schedule. Read this: Chapter 38: Developing the Project Schedule

    Top Dont’s:

    Dont Assume
    Dont accept unreasonable requests even if it is coming from clients. You are there for a reason – to say No when it matters. A PM who says yes to everything being said by a client will most likely end up with a failed project. This doesnt mean you say No always. Analyze the request and decide based on the circumstances.
    Dont ignore Quality. Quality Management plays a key role in creating a finished product that is usable properly. Read this: http://getpmpcertified.blogspot….
    Dont ignore Risks. Most projects fail because the PM has not done proper risk planning and management. Read this: Chapter 50: Planning Risk Management
    Dont ignore the project progress. Monitor the project work progress closely. This will help us identify situations where the project is deviating from the plan and give us sufficient time to plan alternate course of actions to save the project. Read this: Chapter 74: Monitoring and Controlling Project Work

    Best Wishes
    Anand
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    John Jeffrey Mardlin
    John Jeffrey Mardlin, worked at TEDxVictoria
    Answered Mar 8, 2013
    Don’t stop shipping

    Process is a means to an end, not the goal in and of itself. I’ve fallen into the trap myself of walking into a new show, and wanting to fix all the broken systems. But keep in mind that the process is there to create a product. Focus on the product and don’t touch the process at first. Once you’re familiar with the current processes, you can begin to consider what you might be able to improve upon. Showing that you can keep things moving is necessary to earn trust above and below you.

    Do make iterative changes to processes

    Once you’ve got a handle on that first thing, about still shipping, then you can try to improve the processes. This should be done iteratively as much as possible. Make small changes; create a new checklist, add a task board, try out a new meeting format. If it works keep it, if it doesn’t ditch it.

    Earn Trust

    Go to lunch or cofee with as many people as you can. Your presence may be surrounded by a certain amount of politics. As friendly as people are outwardly, they are also somewhat wary of what your arrival means. Getting some one on one time with people will you help you to earn their trust, as well as get their insights into what’s working, what isnt’ and the team dynamics.

    Take process related feedback with a grain of salt

    It’s natural for your team members to be resistant to change, so bear this in mind when you encounter resistance. Resistance is natural, whereas acceptance of change is not. Again, you earn the right to make significant and temporarily painful changes by first making minor and quickly beneficial changes. For this reason, your initial small changes should also be improvements to your teams work experience.

    You are a servant

    You may be above a bunch of people on the organization chart, but your ultimate responsibility is to deliver a product within certain specifications, costs and a timeline. That isn’t achieved autocratically these days, and you’re not smarter than the rest of your team. Think of yourself as a facilitator, you bring people together, keep things moving and encourage communication. Serve the people doing the actual work, by clearning road blocks and protecting them from the whims of other managers. Ultimately, this will create a better end product.

    Joel Spolsky does a good job of diagramming how the management team should be thinking:

    Take a 2,500 ft perspetive

    You’re not on the 1,000 ft level sweating the nitty gritty details like the people doing the actual work. You’re also not at the 10,000 ft level steering the ship and making a 5 year plan. You have the right perspective to be focused on both the product and the team creating the product. It’s your job to spot the road blocks before they happen and keep relationships and communication strong.

    Roll with the Punches

    Being a PM is tough, you’re basically in between a lot of people, and answerable to almost everyone around you. Your boss wants to know about project progress, your team members are annoyed if they don’t have a clear path of execution each day. You do well to keep smiling and not take things personally.

    Have fun with it

    If you have aptitude for it, congratulations! It’s an incredibly interesting, interdisciplinary place to be in.
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    Feifei Wang
    Feifei Wang, Interpreter
    Answered Sep 8, 2012
    Process is your friend.

    Project management is largely about process, while production mostly manage “what is this product”, project management is about “the process of making this product”. So our work involves a lot of flow chart, network diagrams, work break down structure, critical path method… all of these are about process, and the sooner you figure it out, the better off you’ll be. I would like to think in the perfect world, project managers design a system in which all department fit like well oiled machine and the project practically running itself. Of course, such system doesn’t exist, but still it is the system that manage your team, and you manage the system.

    Communication and Team work is the Key

    As a project manager, you end up dealing with a lot of people from different department, your bosses, client, stakehoders, contractors, functional managers, depends on your organizational structure ( Functional vs. Matrix vs. Projectized), you end up having various level of authority and influence. Regardless, project managers are often the front and last line of communication, the one person who know who’s doing what and what should start and what will end soon, what’s ahead of schedule, what task has float… It is your job to communicate with your team member, and make sure project running smoothly.

    In my experience, almost 50% of my job is communication. It’s crucial to keep emotion out of communication, don’t get pissed off when contractor tell you they can’t finish the job on time; don’t get frustrated when client come back the 5th time asking for revisions. That’s why process is super important, because most of the time, you rely on process to do the talking for you. Have all stakehoders to agree upon your system and process, and let the system and process control the stake holder expectation when necessary.

    For example, client come back for 5th revision which will delay your deadline, well, don’t tell your client to go to hell with his ridiculous changes, tell him “if he want this changed, it will impact the deadline, and we can’t guarantee resources after a certain point”.

    Success is team work, failure is your responsibility.

    This is a personal motto. When the project is successful, make sure the team know it’s team effort. When the project failed, project manager should step up and take the responsibility and make sure you do your lesson learned, find out the problem but don’t point fingers. Do this once or twice you’ll have a loyal team that willing to move heaven and earth with you.

    There’s no glory in project management

    Despite the crucial function of a project manager, you’ll never be credited for the product, construction or service provided. It’ll always be product manager, design lead, or mostly likely, your CEO. Project manager doesn’t design or produce anything, we are here to make sure things get done. It can be an extremely unpopular position, Because you’re the one who bring out the schedule and ask “why activity A is late?” or “why is your CPI so low?” or “where’s that staff you promised to assign to project B 2 weeks ago”? but someone has to do it. When I was studying Quality Management at Berkeley, a professor said: As a project manager, people might not like you, but if you do your job right, they’ll respect you.

    So if you want your name attached on something, might want to consider a different career. But if you love process, love make things work, love working with different people and teams, love problem solving, love looking at the project running following the process you designed… Nothing is more fulfilling than project management. I LOVE project management!

    Last not least:

    Project Manager’s work is invisible.

    If you do your job right, the project will run itself. And most people don’t really know what you’ve done for the project.

    ===

    I’m still relatively new with project management with only a few years of experience, this is just something I learnt on the job and from various training I took. Hope it helps.
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    Thanks for your great answer Feifei Wang, I almost didn’t bother 😉
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    Lauren Carasiti
    Lauren Carasiti, Senior Manager at Beverly Social Inc. (2015-present)
    Answered Jul 26, 2017

    A PMO organizes, centralizes, and coordinates the management of projects under its domain. A PMO can receive delegated authority to:

    • Make key decision during the initial stage of each project.

    • Act as an integral stakeholder

    • Make recommendations or terminate projects to keep business objectives consistent.

    • Involve in selection management, re-deployment of shared project personnel or even dedicated project personnel wherever required.

    A Project Manager is responsible for focusing on specific projects and managing the scope, schedule, and quality of these projects.

    Both of these roles face the challenge of managing multiple projects simultaneously. When I started as a project manager with Apex Systems, I was mostly being reviewed for the quality and speed of each project. After implementing a brand new project management software, my team’s output was through the roof. This is what ultimately led me to my promotion as a project management officer.
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, 18+ years of leading projects & project-based organizations
    Answered Jan 27, 2017

    The project manager is the person running the project. The Project Management Officer is likely a member of the organizations’ PMO – a division created to either support or govern (will vary depending on organization) all project based work of the organization.
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    Arvind Nahata
    Arvind Nahata, Project Management Expert, PMP trainer, Director at ProThoughts
    Updated Feb 22, 2017

    Project Manager is an individual who is responsible for a project to be successful and achieve its objective. Project Management Office is a department in every organization which overlooks all the projects being executed in the organization to provide various types of support needed. They are a group of people outside of any projects. Project Manager representing the Project Management team, may or may not be part of PMO. PMO can be either supportive, controlling or directive based on the role decided for them to every project.
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    Jonathan Bush
    Jonathan Bush, 16 years of project/programme management, including PMI PMP
    Answered Apr 17, 2016
    As stated the O is not Officer, but Office, but as to the people… The roles are very different. Most of what the PMO does is admin. Repetitive tasks done well, so as to produce reliable, consistent results. There is less room for flair. A PM’s role has a lot of routine too, but that is just to allow best handling of the non-standard events.
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    Raj Sharma
    Raj Sharma, 2+ Years of experience in project management. CAPM Certified.
    Answered Nov 11, 2016

    Thanks for A2A.

    Some of the people are saying there is no such a role named Project Management Officer but some of them are wrong. Now a days there are many PMO’s professional within an organisation. PMO usually acts as a right hand for Project managers.

    Please refer to the below links for more details. One of them is a job posting for PMO by Accenture-

    Project Management Officer

    Role of the Project Management Officer in the IT Industry

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    Chuck Cobb
    Chuck Cobb, Agile Project Mgt Author and Instructor (Over 50K Students)
    Answered Apr 12, 2016

    I think you have a misunderstanding – a “PMO” is a “Project Management Office” not a “Project Management Officer”. A “PMO” is an organization and a “Project Manager” is an individual. A PMO is typically responsible for management of a portfolio of projects. In organizations that have a PMO, the project managers typically report to the PMO; or if the project managers don’t actually report to the PMO, the PMO is responsible for providing overall direction in the form of process guidance and standards for project management. The PMO typically provides an interface between the business and the projects that are executed on behalf of the business.

    The role of a PMO is changing rapidly in many organizations. In the past, PMO’s have had an emphasis on control. As many organizations shift towards a more agile approach, the role of a PMO is shifting towards less emphasis on control and more of a supporting role with an emphasis on providing training and support to project teams.

    Chuck Cobb
    Author of “The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile”
    Check out my free online training at http://agileprojectmanagementaca…
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    Mikayla McConnell
    Mikayla McConnell, Manager (2015-present)
    Answered May 7

    The simplest difference is that the Project Manager (PM) manages his project while the Project Management Officer (PMO) manages several projects undertaken by the company. So, to manage the project, you need the PM who manages and oversees the costs, scope, quality, and maintains the schedules of the project. The PMO does not handle the projects on an individual basis but manages the interdependence of the projects by working on the methodologies.

    He sets the standards for the operations and finished products by setting a governing agency that monitors the working of individual groups inside a project. However, he is not involved with the production of the product itself per se.

    The PMO directs the workers in adopting the metrics to achieve the objectives of the project. He governs the risks and helps the workers meet their deadline through improvements in the work practices. Thus, he helps the PM achieve his goal by enhancing the workplace efficiency.
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    Supriya Jha
    Supriya Jha, former PMO Advisor at TridentSQA (2015-2018)
    Answered Feb 4, 2017

    Original question: What is the difference between Project Manager and Project Management officer (PMO)?

    There are enough answers highlighting the difference between PMO and PM so I will not repeat the rant.

    But I sure would like to emphasize very very strongly that the “O” stands for ‘Office’ and NOT ‘Officer’. No designation in IT can be referred to as an officer, we have analysts, engineers, administrators, managers, etc…. but no officers, with the exceptions of CEO, CTO, etc. because they do hold a very high office and exercise a large amount of authority. This is not government or the defense where you have gazetted officers. Please google the meaning of the term Officer and you will know what I mean.

    A fellow Quoran in this answer thread has shared links from Accenture job postings and some random blog from the internet which uses the term “Project Management Officer”. This kind information has no credibility. These are not encyclopedias or deeply researched and widely published papers whose information we can trust. Tell me what PMI says about PMO. Tell me what papers from Cornell and Harvard say about it.

    I started my career in IT PMO working with reputed organizations like Infosys, Sungard (now FIS) and currently with a US commercial airline, hold a PMP and a CSM and never have I heard of a project management officer.
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    PM Majik
    PM Majik, Global experience running projects and implementing PMO’s
    Answered Jan 22, 2017

    Hi,

    I agree with the commentmade by Jonathan in that there is not typically a role titled Project Management Officer. However, you will find that there are Project Management Office Managers, leads or Directors depending on the size and scope of the PMO.

    However, across the project management domain, numerous titles have been created by different organisations so it would not surprise me if some organisation in the world is using Project Management Officer. What is more important is understanding what is the purpose of the role which is why the RACI is so valuable.

    The diagram below tries to provide a general view of the different roles acorss the project management domain.

    More details on each role can be found here.

    The real roles and responsibilities across a project or programme – PM Majik

    Regards

    PM Majik
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    Aashu Rahar
    Aashu Rahar, former Sn. Director, Financial Exec. & IT Leader
    Answered Feb 1

    Because you are looking from your perspective which is obviously very different from the people deciding on who should the project manager!

    Your question itself is flawed because it’s most often the deserving people are made PM.
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    It’s likely the concept of rising to the level of your incompetence.
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    Often, project managers are assigned. They are a top talent in their field, and assigned a management position!

    Most were never trained as a project manager. It is a promotion!

    Then they struggle, and fail.
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    T. K. Diamond
    T. K. Diamond, Post Grad Business Analysis & Project Management, The George Washington University School of Business (2010)
    Answered Feb 3

    Because they don’t even know what the fuck a ‘triple constraint’ is let alone how to issue a change request. You must get PMs with qualifications and experience. You simply cannot have project managers who INCREASE the risk profile of a project sheerly through ‘managing’ it.
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    Raghu Ramasubbu
    Raghu Ramasubbu, Project Management Consultant, Writer, Author
    Answered Feb 7

    Referring to a new book I have published on Amazon.

    Amazon.com: Practical Project Management: Career and Project Situations Explained eBook: Raghuraman Ramasubbu: Kindle Store
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    Webix Webix
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    you need to learn prince2classroom
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    Gordon Roland
    Gordon Roland, Graduate Certificate in Project Management Project Management, Villanova University (2008)
    Answered Feb 1

    “Project Manager” is often viewed as a promotion for good or diligent work regardless of the capability of the person given the position. In my experience, the vast majority of “Project Managers” I encountered were good people who simply had no knowledge of how to manage time, resources, and deliveries.
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    Kailash Mathur
    Kailash Mathur, studied Project Management at Villanova University
    Answered Feb 1

    I usually see that they are good workers or good subject matter experts and are promoted to run the project but lack the management, planning, organization and communication skills to succeed. This only works if you have a strong mentor to teach them along the way or they are willing to learn pm skills. Luckily, we live in a day of easy access to education. There are a ton on good classes from PMP institute to Udemy. Keep learning every day!
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    Murat Cabuk
    Murat Cabuk, CTO at Bilyoner.com (2017-present)
    Answered Feb 3

    The fault is not on people, the fault is on the role definition. A project is not something to be managed, it is something to be done. It is meant to be done actually 😉

    So as Mr. Pink said in reservoir dogs : “I don’t believe in tipping; I say “I don’t believe in Project Management”.
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    T. K. Diamond
    T. K. Diamond, Post Grad Business Analysis & Project Management, The George Washington University School of Business (2010)

    I can see why you would come to that conclusion but in a global firm of say 75K people that gener…
    Jon Basel
    Jon Basel, former Project Management Intern
    Answered Feb 1

    Why are often the wrong people made project managers?

    An organization often learns by trial and error

    A previous manager who was from a particular university with a particular profile does not mean that another person from the same university with the same profile will be a successful manager. Companies often learn by trial and error, by trying people at different jobs to know whether a person is suitable for a higher designation.

    Wrong managers are detected only when something goes wrong

    Yes, people point out about inefficient or incompetent managers only when something goes wrong. If everything goes well, nobody wants to single out a incompatible person being made a project manager.

    Unable to find the right talent

    Sometimes organizations know that they have a wrong person as a manager but they try to get along with him as the company is unable to find a replacement for this manager.

    What is wrong to you may not be wrong to the organization

    You may not like a person being a project manager. That does not mean that the company/management does not have faith in this project manager.
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    Trevor Rabey
    Trevor Rabey, I am director/consultant for Perfect Project Planning (PPP).
    Answered Feb 2

    Oh boy! This reminds me of the joke that a guy says “six months ago, I couldn’t even spell “engineer”. Now I are one!”

    Very often, project managers are plucked out of the ranks, to be given what sounds like a real cool title. Even ones with MBAs. They’re real smart and have got all the book larnin’. Then they ruin it all by thinking that project management is something they can just make up as they go along, relying on their fabulous natural talent and “professional judgement”, which has to be the most variable thing ever.

    They don’t master all the methods and tools. They don’t have time. Too busy doing the “soft skills”, ie holding interminable meetings and chatting to their allies. They get someone else to do the stuff to do with the methods and tools. In their elevated eyrie, touching or even understanding the methods and tools is beneath them. They do, however, know the jargon and biz-speak. They know how to make the sounds of the words “critical path”, “Gantt Chart”, “S Curve” etc, and that’s all they need to get away with it for years. If they have had one job as project manager, it’s easy to get another because recruitment and HR don’t really know what is involved in real PM or how find out if he has any skills. Those are just assumed. Besides, recruitment and HR are a bit lazy and risk averse, and just make the safe call. If he’s done it before, he can do it again.

    Gawd, look at what I’ve written. I hope no one sees this.
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    T. K. Diamond
    T. K. Diamond, Post Grad Business Analysis & Project Management, The George Washington University School of Business (2010)

    This reminds me of the joke that a guy says “six months ago, I couldn’t even spell “engineer”. No…
    Ahmed Kamel
    Ahmed Kamel, ICT Knowledge&Consultancy ( ICT K&C) (2017-present)
    Answered Feb 5

    Different Projects need different management styled . In the standards frameworks tthe assumption is all involved parties will abide by they’re roles and responsibilities and the processes , deliverables etc spins will eventually lead to a successful delivery within, Time, Budget and Scope.

    However, this is not the case ödeten in immature ptojct management culturess , organization’s which are more of hierarchical where the influence , power and decision making is rather centered around line managers and excectuve boards. In such the Project Management has to cope and adopt his role and remind of the constrains and their consequences if part of a Signed Contract.

    So according to the Project Management maturity within an organization the Projectbamanager will assume his responsibilities e.g. a Professional PMO will grant him further support if Authority and contro in balance with Line Management.

    I have experienced extreme programs where the three constrains can’t be delivered but both parties had to modify and change to keep the Program/Project alive until deliver and this needs a different Set of skills .

    Some I have worked Wirt got assigned project manager after receiving their certification. The issue was insufficient experience which makes them look “ wrong people “ at the wrong place.

    A recommendation ; try to understand the Project’s overall situation ; organization structure behind, presence of a supporting of PMO; needed Governance and Control, even if a corporate Project ManagR ROADMAP IS available or not.

    The standards frameworks serve as goo$ references for best practice , but its the real working environment which defines the extent applicable for each program.
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    Michael Snoswell
    Michael Snoswell, 10+ years Project management, 20+ years in IT with Defence, govt and startups.
    Answered Feb 1

    Well, some people are PMs because they want to be. They studied and strive to get there and then they finally get a job as a PM.

    But are they any good at it?

    Most of these people would be adequate to good (maybe 75%). Then of the rest some are really good and some are really bad. The bad ones just don’t have the people skills, the right attitude (maybe they just like being in charge or telling others what to do) or maybe they’re not smart enough. It could be they’re just too young and need more experience. For example a 24yo PM will not do well managing a team of tech people in their 40s and 50s with 20–30 years experience each.

    And then some people are PMs because they get selected. This means management thinks they can do the job. Usually management is right (despite what most people might cynically think) as they would have watched this person for a while and think they have the attributes required.

    So your questions is about people being made a PM, so they have been pushed or selected for that role. I’d say usually (75+% of the time) they are the right person for the job or they can do the job well enough.

    You may have just had bad luck in working with a few bad PMs in a row – this happens in life sometimes, you meet a series of people all similar so you assume all people are like that. They’re not.

    Now if you had worked with 5 or more PMs and they’re all dreadful then maybe you should leave that company or maybe it’s your attitude and you THINK they’re bad but everyone else thinks they’re ok. So then you need to ask yourself why you have such a different viewpoint.
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    PM Majik
    PM Majik, Global experience running projects and implementing PMO’s
    Answered Feb 3

    Hi

    I agree this is a great question.

    Unfortunately it is because many organisations do not understand how to execute change well. A good example being to appoint someone to run a project or programme because they were good in an operational role, a subject matter expert or my personal favourite, they are a senior manager and the organisation does not know what to do with them.

    Some people who fall into the role of project manager through these routes, go on to be very good project managers. Unfortunately, a lot more go on to be not very good project managers.

    It is also interesting that when somebody is apponted overnight to run a project, one of the first things they do is update their email signature to show “project manager” or even worse, if they have a senior role, they insist on “programme manager” or “programme director” – you have got to love self impossed role inflation.

    Instead of the organisation stepping in, they let the person use the inflated title. This only makes it worse as they believe that as they have the title they can run programmes of millions or even billions in budget.

    Additionally if it becomes clear that the person is not right for project management, many organisations do not actively work with the resource to move them into a more appropriate role. They let them carry on, not good for the person and not good for the company.

    For a moment, let us consider a doctor. Before they can use the title of doctor, they will have to complete typically 7 years of further education and pass very stringent exams. Only then can they use the title doctor.

    Then when they qualify, they start off as a junior doctor and work their way up under the guidance of senior doctors and consultants.

    I am not saying that we should insist on 7 years of study. However, a more stringent approach to how people gain the title, coupled with training and starting as a junior project manager under the wing of a solid, seasoned professional, might be a good solution.

    Thanks

    PM Majik – founder www.pmmajik.com
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    Puga Sankara
    Puga Sankara, Done project management for 7 years with teams of 3 to 30 deploying WMS
    Updated Apr 21

    What a great question? I have wondered my self so many times, but once you are on the other side you get it.

    The way everybody progresses in their career is everybody starts as a technical expert or individual contributor, meaning something they do by themselves, it could be role of an Accountant or a Software Developer or a Tester or an Engineer or an artist or a Salesman. Everybody gets good in that skillset first and typically it takes about 2 to 3 years, where they master all aspects of that skill set, let us call this Phase 1, so here this person excelled at mastering the skillset, which is a Technical skillset.

    Then comes Phase2 – where they directly interact with their customers and solve problems for them, meaning they are able to fully understand the question, not just the question, the implications of providing different solutions and then recommending the correct solution, then implementing it, making it work and hence completely solving the problem. In this phase the person mastered the problem solving and communication skillset leveraging their technical skill set, which they mastered in Phase1. This Phase2 lasts about 2 years.

    Now comes Phase3, which is leading a team/project, because that person’s manager looked at his/her expertise and recommended to his bosses that, hey this person is good in this technical skillset, communication skillset and problem solving skillset, hence he/she can train other people in that skillset and create more people like him/her. So now this person is taking up a leader/mentor/trainer role, because that is what the organization needs, the org needs more experts like him/her. Obviously this person does not have any training or experience in being a leader, but this person was given a chance based on the mastery of the technical skill set, because it is very important that the people that learn from this person learn the skillset accurately.

    Now this person takes over this new role, without any training in leadership or management, but is forced to mentor other people, this person might be a complete introvert (or an extrovert), in which case he has been doing all the work with his/her head buried in his work, it could be a computer or art work or Accounting books or whatever, but this person cannot say no to the Project Manager role because otherwise he/she will not grow in the organization. So he/she has to take it. But obviously he/she needs to figure out how to do this job, which includes understanding oneself, then understanding others then relating to the other person, building a connection and then inspiring that person, all this takes time, that is why MBA’s are given a promotion as a manager first (assuming this person is also very good in the technical skill set), because this person with the MBA at least knows how to function as a Project Manager or a Leader. Again this also depends on the quality of the MBA he has gotten. So this person, without an MBA needs some time to become a good manager or leader, so he is learning in the first year or so, obviously while doing so makes mistakes which messes up his reputation (some people give up and go back to their individual contributor role, which they like a lot because they are very good at that). Generally the people coming with a technical skillset, tend to think black and white, whereas working with humans is not like that, humans are grey all over, you have to trust humans, you have to build an emotional connection, while you also have to list down the rules, but also have to give some leeway so they can do the work in their own style, also understand what gets them excited, so you have to find a role with an alignment to their passion, it is going to take some time for this person to learn that, or he could learn faster, if he gets the correct guidance from his/her manager. So this new leader/project manager needs some time to learn all this to acquire the required people skills, unless they are a people person it is going to take some time to get this and figure it out.

    So that is why you see wrong people (you think they are wrong because they don’t have people skills, but in fact in his/her boss’s eye this is the right person because this person has that perfect technical skill set that he/she can teach anybody else and create a similar craftsman like himself/herself) get promoted to Project Manager roles. There may be another person who has an MBA, but if he doesn’t have the right skillset to coach people then there is no point in making him the leader/manager because he doesn’t know the perfect art of this craft.

    But once they get it, they turn out to be amazing people leaders, I have seen many introverts that are good leaders, that are very thoughtful and highly strategic.

    Here is a much more detailed example from a recent movie,

    Last night I watched this movie 42 Grams, here is the trailer for the movie, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=… , it was such a well-made movie, not just by a person that is an awesome movie maker, but also one with a great love for gastronomy, that shows his out of the world adoration and passion for both the arts, food making and movie making, even the music felt so different and complimentary to the food, the music was so fitting for the different colors, different textures, different geometry of the food, you could even feel the different flavors of the food in the music. I am like one of those people, when you see a good product that is made with so much passion and love, I get inspired and I couldn’t stop raving about it.

    It is story of a young chef Jake, backed by his “Type A” personality wife Alexa, a no nonsense partner that is absolutely and thoroughly committed to the success of her husband Jake. Jake is not only such a master craftsman in a technical sense, but also a passionate chef, with nothing less than 1000% perfection for everything he does, his rationale is hey the customers are paying $185 per person, so it is not just the food, but everything that goes along with it, so he not only works hard, but really kills himself and others along with him to deliver his vision of that perfect out of the world gourmet, once in a life time, never ever forget, thunderbolt (as Italians call it) dinner experience. The technical mastery and the focus to deliver on that technical mastery to wow customers takes precedence over everything else for him, he is just so obsessed with delivering such a unique, never ever forgettable experience. Alexa shows her side of passion by making this very creative, unique big display of corks from all the wine and champagne bottles they have opened ever since the two met, demonstrating how much she treasures such unique memories in life. And ofcourse the movie makers did an amazing job to bring out the depth of not only the food that they made, but also the emotions that the couple go through. The cool part is not only telling the story of how great the food looks, which is what all the Food shows and the culinary experts do, but this movie maker also shows how quickly the food gets devoured in turn demonstrating how delicious the food is in the way it gets eaten. This devouring is something I never seen before, some of the famous Chefs on TV, for example Giada or Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray or Ina Garten they only talk about how tasty the food is while tasting the food they cooked and obviously who is going to call their baby ugly, no one, so it is very difficult to get that sense for the taste of the food that they cooked really. Whereas here this devouring shots tell succinctly not only how delicious the food is, but also how much the eater liked the food, how quickly he gets pulled into the delicacy, how quickly the food slaves the eater’s tongue and also the entire human being and not only how quickly the food disappears but also how thoroughly it does so, literally the dishes look like they are washed clean once the guests finish eating.

    So the story is they start this new restaurant that serves gourmet dinner, they have been doing this quite sometime in their home testing the concept and now took the plunge and started a real restaurant, so this new restaurant can even be considered much above what is served in a 7 star restaurant with Jake’s goal to win the Michelin Stars award, which is the ultimate stamp of recognition for any Chef in his line of discipline. They work very hard and finally make it, on the day of the Michelin Stars announcement, the couple wait for 5 plus hours and finally they get the call and Jake wins 2 Michelin stars on his first year running the restaurant, which is an amazing accomplishment for a Chef like himself, typically the restaurants don’t get such a recognition in their first year.

    So they continue the restaurant, but in the closing of the movie is when the real end is revealed, which is Jake starts his restaurant in 2015, won the Michelin Stars in 2015, also wins again in 2016 and also in 2017. But however Jake and Alexa divorce in 2017 and shut down the restaurant in 2017. It is so sad to see that such an immaculate, impeccable piece of art comes crashing down so fast.

    The key mistake that Jake makes is that he gets so obsessed with his technical perfection and completely ignores the people aspects of what makes a team successful, which is a mistake many of us make while we grow up in our career, if you will, which is what struck the chord for me the most, because I had been in that place myself. Every individual starts as a technical expert, masters that skill, excels in that skill, then gets the opportunity to lead a team, because his boss saw this excellent technical skill and this boss thought, hey if I can get him to show other individuals like him to build that same skill set, I can offer similar services to more customers, serving more customers and expand the business. In this story Jake kinda gets put in a place too soon from a Technical Artist to a People Leader role due to his desire to start his own restaurant, but has not realized how important the people’s side of things is, the biggest mistake that Jake makes is that, he is so laser focused on delivering on that technical perfection, while the laser focus is very important to create a great product that is completely out of the league, win that most coveted recognition, however ends up getting frustrated, yelling at the people that don’t perform to his standards, so it becomes a revolving door, essentially in every other cooking shot you see a new helper for him and the same person does not stay for more than one cooking session. And obviously these people walk away, I think the one important thing Jake missed doing was, in spite of the yell and f**k that he utters multiple times during the cooking session, at the end of the day he should have brought his team together and thanked them profusely, apologized for the yell and the f**k he uttered and make this win, the Michelin Stars win a team win, including his wife and not just his win, his team is really made of himself, his wife Alexa, all the people that worked with him, including the dish washer guy that was working for free.

    The reason this movie resonated so much with me, was because I was in the same situation. I did this amazing multi million-dollar project for a client in my career, it was a high speed project, we got a lot of things done, we did with kudos and I was leading it, and after finishing it, I thought I had done a great job and when I went to meet with my boss about this project, the feedback was, Hey Puga you did an amazing project, but you know what, none of the team mates want to work for you again. I realized I focused so much on the end goal, I completely lost the team, I was micro managing them with so much focus on the end result, forgetting that the journey had to be fun as well. Whereas on the client side, I built an amazing relationship, this was the only client that hugged me, when I met him at a later time.

    Had Jake realized that it is the whole team that made his venture such a successful one, helping him win that adorable Michelin Stars, it is not just him, all the people that helped him, the most important team member being his wife and took some time out to celebrate, have fun, give the people some leeway to do things their own way a little bit, trusting them, trusting their judgements, giving them an opportunity to showcase their contribution as well, he could have been wildly successful, he could have created some wildly successful Chefs after himself that are inspired by his unique style, I think he could have started multiple restaurants like that and had even won Michelin Stars for each of those restaurants.

    At the end of the day, it is all about people, isn’t it? That is why it is said, if you make sure that your employees are having fun, by treating them right, by paying them well, by giving them the opportunities, by not micromanaging them, by giving them some leeway, trusting them, encouraging them to incorporate their own style to some extent, while keeping in mind that the end goal is achieved, they not only have fun, but also treat the prospects and customers that way, hence in the end we all win. This creates that infectious energy, contagious enthusiasm that propagates to the client team as well and they see that, and you know what they love being part of that.

    This movie inspired me to write this blog post, I think you should watch it too, it will inspire you as well.
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    Phil King
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    Thank you for the A2A

    I have not firmly set my goals for 2018. The ones I have set are:

    Find my next project by February 2018
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    My further goals will depend on the first two.
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    David Thompson
    David Thompson, PMP certified since Feb 2007
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    Let me give some background to my answer. My working career, and my health is winding down, so I am not aggressively seeking new positions. Further, I have often wondered at the futility of making goals. New Years’ goals are notorious for being made, with high expectations, and then a week passes and the goal is forgotten, or discarded. So, why should I set goals for myself?

    Here is my answer: The value of goals is not in the future that they dream of, but of the change in your perception of reality that they foster, in the present.

    My goal, therefore, is to continue to immerse myself in the project management domain. Studying, memorizing, learning, and researching new trends. Specifically, I am very interested in the project management, Human Resources aspect. In particular HR Workforce Planning (WFP), and Knowledge Management (KM). WFP and KM is the combining of Risk Analysis with Human Resources. To anticipate future workforce (project) trends, and how to quickly transfer knowledge from your experts to your workforce. For what purpose am I expending all this effort? I don’t know. But, when or *if* opportunity (whatever it is) knocks, I will be ready to answer that door.

    With my goal now firmly entrenched, I will now focus my efforts. Without such focus, my time will be dawdled away by the infinite number of distractions available.
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    Brian de Haaff
    Brian de Haaff, Co-founder and CEO of Aha! — the new way to build brilliant product roadmaps. Early employee or founder of…
    Answered Aug 26, 2015 · Upvoted by Stefan Von Imhof, Sr Product Manager at HG Data
    These roles often cause confusion, even in savvy tech companies. It is understandable — the words are separated by only two letters. And in most organizations, the responsibilities overlap in more ways than any other roles. In some cases, the same person is the product manager and the project manager.

    So, what is the first step towards a successful working relationship if you are working on a team with product and project managers?

    The key is having clear boundaries (and crossing them when needed with intent and clear communication). When you internalize what each of you are accountable for, you will better understand your responsibilities and points of intersection. That is how you collaborate and build great products.

    Definition
    It helps to begin by describing how we think about a product and a project.

    A product is what you are providing to a group of users. It can be anything: a physical product that you hold in your hands, a software application, or a service that you are delivering.

    In contrast, a project is a plan with a series of activities that has a defined outcome and a fixed start and end date. The project is completed when that outcome is accomplished.

    So, let’s assume that your product is a new mobile application. It might contain many projects before it is ready to be launched. These projects all have their own unique starting and ending points. The mobile application, however, is a product which will continue to be improved as long as it is being sold to customers.

    Role
    What is a product manager? Product managers are often described as the CEOs of their products. They set the strategy, prioritize releases, talk to customers, and clearly define features. Their efforts are ongoing and involve managing the entire lifecycle of the product. A product manager’s goal is to deliver a product that customers love.

    What is a project manager? Project managers oversee a fixed project from beginning to end. It can be a single project or a group of projects. Their job is to execute the strategy set by the product manager or leadership team. A project manager’s goal is to work with a broader team with a diverse set of skills and to complete a project on time and under budget.

    Each role performs unique functions to achieve specific goals. So, the next step is to break out the details of who does what, because this is where uncertainty and conflict often arise.

    Responsibility
    The product manager is responsible for setting the product strategy. By having a “goal first” approach to managing and building the product, great product managers can create initiatives to help reach those goals.

    This approach helps determine which features should be built to achieve those goals. Product managers must answer these questions: “What problem does this solve?” And, “What are you building?” And, “What will the benefits be?”

    Product managers own:

    Strategy
    Releases
    Ideation
    Features
    Go-to-Market
    Organizational training
    Profit and Loss

    The project manager is often less concerned with specific product goals. They are more focused on the project itself. A project manager takes product initiatives and features to develop a timeline based on any potential constraints related to resources, risks, or scope.

    Project managers must answer the questions, “What resources are needed?” And, “When will the project get delivered?” And, “Who is going to do what?”

    Project managers own:

    Budget
    Delivery
    Resources
    Capacity
    Cross-team organization
    Problem resolution
    Status updates

    Collaboration
    Product managers and project managers work closely together in high-performance organizations. And both work with the broader product team and executive leaders.

    The product manager collaborates daily with cross-functional teams regarding the future of the product: Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Customer Success, etc. And since the product manager is responsible for the product throughout its lifecycle, she will naturally be involved with any project that concerns the product. So, it is the product manager’s job to define the scope of each specific project. She explains why these projects will achieve high level goals for her product and business.

    The project manager also works with the broader team, but is focused on bringing plans to life. And his work is more time-fixed. He manages one effort and once that project is complete, he moves on to organizing other tasks. For example, a project team might be assembled to tackle a UX redesign with a target date that is six months away. The project manager will be concerned with that project’s budget, resources, deadline, and quality. He will understand the many details of each project.

    Product and project managers each perform unique functions. When aligned properly, they both can shine.

    Product and project managers see the same work through different lenses. And that’s a good thing when you are trying to achieve something special like bringing a new product to market as I was. But they both work for the same team. And when they join forces to collaborate, everyone benefits and the company wins.
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    Kevin Lee
    Kevin Lee, Founder @ Product Manager HQ, Prev. Product @ AltSchool & Kabam
    Updated Aug 2, 2015
    Product Manager vs. Project Manager

    Project managers are moreso responsible for internal completion and delivery of one project at a time. Within projects, project managers are organizing and prioritizing the tasks that need to be completed within the team. Project managers will make sure that everything is coordinated by focusing on risk/issue management (minimizing any risks of completing the project), resource management (managing task lists, infrastructure, reporting, etc..), and scope management (limiting the project undertaking through time, cost, quality constraints). When the individual project is successfully shipped, the project manager then moves forward with a new project.

    Meanwhile, product managers can’t simply pick up and leave after the product gets shipped. While project managers may move on to new projects once the existing project has been completed, the product manager will stay on board. The product manager will continue the day-to-day activities of gathering/prioritizing customer requirements, managing product strategy, and working with the cross-functional teams to make sure the team is shipping the right features and hitting business goals.

    While there are certain role / skill overlaps, it can be very important to have both a product and project manager. For example, if a product manager is focusing on external needs like understanding customer needs, then there isn’t time to go chase down people to complete certain tasks or manage all the deadlines to make sure a product gets shipped in time.

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    Ashish Sinha
    Ashish Sinha, Founder at NextBigWhat
    Answered May 14

    There are already some amazing answers to this question here, so I will keep it tweet styled (i.e. short/crispy).

    Product Managers define the ‘What and Why’ of the product- in consultation with customers, business leadership, marketing, sales/support, engineering (and other teams).

    Project Managers define ‘When and How’ in consultation with product, engineering, QA and support teams.

    TL;DR: For a project manager, product team is the customer.

    In many companies, product manager is often seen as a project manager who defines product requirement. Unfortunately, that’s one sad reality of the role but it is changing for good.

    (Reproduced from my piece on ProductGeeks.com)
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    Paul Ivanov
    Paul Ivanov
    Answered Mar 21

    Yes, there may be confusion. Product Managers and Project Managers are completely different roles in any company’s hierarchy.

    As a simple example: your product is a dating app. Developing this app require many projects. One of these projects is developing pricing policy. Another one -launching a corporate blog. These projects have their own starting and ending points.

    Product managers are usually responsible for defining the strategy, product feature prioritization and product release. They create initiatives to help reach the strategy and goal.

    Project managers usually less focus on specific product goals. The project itself is their responsibility. They take product initiatives and features to develop a timeline. They care of risks, potential constraints, resources and scope. They responsible for budget, status updates and team collaboration.

    Their professional tools for effective work are also different. There are all-in-one services that can be easily applied for both product manager and project manager needs. Let’s recollect Trello, Asana, Hygger.

    All of them propose sets of effective options for smart management.

    Here’s a simple example – a product roadmap.
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    Dana LaRieal Morales
    Dana LaRieal Morales, works at The Happiness Bucket
    Answered Feb 8

    From a non- development approach using software installation as the example:

    A project manager is the individual tasked with ensuring the software is installed and actually configured and working based on the requirements given by the product owner (and sponsor if not one in the same).

    The product manager is more of the owner of the software, the person who knows the software inside and out. They are determining the configurations and requirements needed make the piece of software work in your environment.

    The two usually work closely together to get the Project completed successfully.

    Hope this helps.
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    Danielle A. Harrison
    Danielle A. Harrison, Product Manager at WalkMe
    Answered Dec 28

    Product Management vs Project Management- What’s the Difference?

    Project managers oversee the development of the product, utilizing three main tactics in order to successfully manage their team.

    -First is risk management, which includes assessing and managing potential risks.

    -Second is resource management, which involves making sure the team has all the materials they need.

    -Last is scope management, ensuring that the team manages their time and costs correctly.

    Product managers have a whole other list of responsibilities which extend beyond the lifecycle of the product. Their responsibilities reach outside the office, as they are highly involved with meeting the customers’ needs.

    This includes researching what their clients expect from their product, defining the product vision and strategy, and overseeing the interaction between various other departments such as sales, engineering and marketing.

    Although these roles are very separate, there is occasionally overlap within companies because their responsibilities both involve managing and overseeing the product development process.

    In order to avoid the overlap which could lead to a lack of efficiency, there are many strategies companies can implement, however it is up to each manager to stick to their own tasks. If they do overlap, however, it is important to have open communication between the individuals so productivity isn’t lessened.
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    Nandini Sharma Sehdev
    Nandini Sharma Sehdev, Marketing Engineer @ Project Management Software – ProofHub
    Answered Dec 28

    Role of a Project manager

    A Project manager is someone who manages everything about a project. He or she manages the operations within a project — time, budget, delegation of tasks, scope creep, identification of risks and more. All in all, he is responsible for the successful delivery of the project within the decided budget and deadline.

    As they are mainly focused on the operational elements such as meeting deadlines, budget and completing deliverables, they are required to be little tactful in nature. One of the most difficult things for them is to manage the scope of the project i.e to complete the project on time and within the allotted budget.

    Scott Berkun, the American author of ‘Making Things Happen’ rightly points out, “A Project manager is like a doctor who leads the trauma team and decides the course of action for a patient — both at the same time. Without the right kind of authority to efficiently handle all the project management issues, development teams can easily get into trouble.”

    Responsibilities of a Project manager

    The responsibilities of a Project manager vary from one organization to another and they keep on changing as well depending on the project requirements. But the core responsibilities of project managers remains the same in any company. Let’s see what these responsibilities are.

    Planning

    Planning the project is the key responsibility of a project manager. In this phase, he defines the project scope and accordingly develops the plan and other requirements. He focuses on developing strict procedures and guidelines so that the project can be successfully delivered meeting the constraints of time and budget.

    Organizing

    After planning, Project managers focus on organizing the team structure and resource allocation. While organizing, they have to be mindful of the existing structure in the organization as well.

    Leading

    One of the most challenging parts of being a Project manager is to lead a team effectively. He is expected to coordinate with the different levels of an organization to ensure the smooth execution of projects. They always need to motivate team members so that they can meet specifies deadlines on time and within budget.

    Control

    Project managers have to ensure that the project is heading in the right direction. As the needs of the project keep changing with the time, they might need to make some changes and control the project differently so that project members can deliver it within the time-frame.

    Communication

    Besides planning and executing projects, Project managers also have the responsibility to communicate with the senior management and other key decision-makers. They have to provide status reports, risk management issues and also get approvals of deliverables from the sponsors.

    Why you need a Project manager?

    No matter if your organization deals with large or small projects, you need someone who can consistently keep teams on track and help you deliver projects successfully. According to a survey, 80% of high-performing projects are led by a certified Project manager.

    Thus, it won’t be wrong to say that Project managers are an indispensable part of project management.

    Role of a Product manager

    Wikipedia defines the role of a Product manager something like this,

    “A Product manager communicates product vision from the highest levels of executive leadership to the development and implementation teams. He is often called the CEO of a product.”

    He is someone who is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for a product. Other responsibilities may also include marketing and profit and loss (P&L) responsibilities.

    A Product manager analyzes market conditions and then lays out a product vision accordingly to deliver a product that meets the customer demands. His role covers different activities from strategic to tactical and bridges the gap between engineering, sales, marketing and support teams.

    Responsibilities of a Product manager

    Here are some of the common aspects that all Product managers aspire to work for:

    Strategy: He is responsible for the vision of the product and making strategies for it.
    Ideation: He takes care of generating, developing, and curating new ideas for the product.
    Features: The product manager defines the features and requirements to deliver a complete product in the market.

    Why you need a Product manager?

    Every organization needs an individual who sets a vision and strategy for the product. Someone who articulates the business value to the product team so that they understand the intent behind the new product release. With that, they own the strategy behind the product along with its roadmap and work with engineering team to build what’s required.

    Source: https://blog.proofhub.com/projec…
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    Igor Savin
    Igor Savin, PM
    Updated Oct 12, 2010
    A Product Manager is successful if the customer is buying, using, and loving the software. A project manager is successful if the software is successfully delivered. These roles overlap in many organization but at the core the two are concentrating on distinct aspects.
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    Ian McAllister
    Ian McAllister, Director at Airbnb
    Answered Sep 9, 2010 · Upvoted by Sean Rose, product at slack and Stefan Von Imhof
    Product managers own “What” and “Why”.
    Project managers own “How” and “When”.

    (a simplification, but generally holds true)
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    Adrienne Tan
    Adrienne Tan
    Answered Jan 11, 2011
    The Product Manager holds a strategic position and makes decisions about the product based on market knowledge. He or she stays with the product through its lifecycle.
    The Project Manager manages the project to ultimately deliver the completed product or product feature sets and steps away once its launched.
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    Sri Shivananda
    Sri Shivananda, Used to run platform product @ eBay
    Answered Mar 21, 2011
    Product Manager

    CEO of product
    Customers / Markets / Trends / Revenue / NPS
    What
    Creativity

    Project Manager

    COO of project
    Employees / Resources / Scope / Time / Cost
    How
    Structure

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    Uri Gilad
    Uri Gilad, Product Manager, for startups
    Answered Mar 22, 2011

    Product managers own “what” and will make sure the product has a market
    Project managers own “when” and will make sure the engineers can develop the technology

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    Nishant Pandey
    Nishant Pandey
    Answered Nov 29, 2012
    Project Managers want Structure, Schedule and Do Not want to Fail.
    Product Managers want to Disrupt, Create, and Want to Fail faster.
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    Karan Arora
    Karan Arora, Product Manager, Zynga Poker
    Answered Jan 26, 2013
    Oversimplification, but generally true:
    Product Manager is a “Revenue Center”; Project Manager is a “Cost Center”.

    A Product Manager’s responsibility is to make more money for the company, where as the Project Manager’s responsibility is to control/limit costs (by managing resources).
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    Trevor Foley
    Trevor Foley, Senior Producer, Hulu
    Answered Apr 17, 2013
    In simple terms, the difference between a Product Manager (PdM) and Program Manager (PgM) is that the former is responsible for making sure we design a great product, and the latter is responsible for delivering that product.
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    Cindy F Solomon
    Cindy F Solomon, Cindy F. Solomon cultivates cross-discipline community for product excellence
    Answered May 11, 2013
    Here’s a crowdsourced recap of this discussion on the Global Product Management Talk #prodmgmttalk twitter chat

    Recap: Distinctions between Managing Products and Projects w/ Robert Kelly, PMP – #ProdMgmtTalk
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    Yinso Chen
    Yinso Chen, Author of Ace That Interview.
    Answered Aug 24, 2013
    A project manager is concerned with delivery of a project, which is a discrete set of activities that are resource and time bound.

    A product manager is concerned with determine what features and capability a product should have, and communicating those information to the delivery team.
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    Tanya Maddalena
    Tanya Maddalena, Product Manager
    Answered Aug 25, 2013
    A product manager is more concerned with the “why” and “what” of an idea or product, whereas a project manager is focused on the “how” and “when”.
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    Nicole Gomez
    Nicole Gomez, is a professional Trainer at PWAC Business Solutions. PWAC Business Solution provides employee training and…
    Answered Mar 14, 2014
    Project Manager manages the whole project from its initial stage to the final finish product.

    And Product Manager manages the Specific Product from marketing to sales to the closing of the Deal.
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    Sachin Agarwal
    Sachin Agarwal, Head of Product Management at Nylas & Founder at Braid
    Answered Jun 21, 2016
    Originally Answered: How do product management software differ from project management software?

    Honestly, and I have a project management app I’d be happy to sell you, just start with a shared Google sheet and go from there. See what behaviors your team likes and will actually use. Then find a tool that mimics it the best.
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    Joseph Wang
    Joseph Wang, Ex-VP Quant – Big Investment Bank
    Answered Jul 3, 2016

    A project manager manages the schedule while the product manager manages the requirements.
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    RateYourPM
    RateYourPM, Rate your project manager is the best and largest user generated online source
    Answered Jul 23, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is difference between project manager and product manager?

    A project manager is the one who is ultimately responsible for a predefined outcome which will be decide as project objective. They will manage the development of the project and control it to work for the common objectives of the organization.
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    Ruchi Goel
    Ruchi Goel, QA
    Answered Mar 9, 2017

    In it’s simplest form, a project manager is to the IT services industry, what a product manager is to the software product industry. And yes, IT services is significantly different from software products…

    Read more here
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    Daniel DelPercio
    Daniel DelPercio, studied at Warsaw School of Economics
    Answered Oct 26, 2017

    The simple answer in 2 bullet points:

    A Product Manager owns the ‘What’.
    A Project Manager owns the ‘How’.

    Some very brief explanation –

    A Product Manager tells the team what they are going to build.
    A Project Manager tells them how they are going to build it.

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    PMC Lounge
    PMC Lounge, Training professionals for PMP
    Answered Nov 20, 2017

    In this video I discuss the difference between project management and product management

    Regards,

    pmplounge.com
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    David Robins
    David Robins, CEO at Binfire Project management & Collaboration (2011-present)
    Answered Jan 23

    This article about the project managers vs. product managers explains the differences in detail.
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    Kaushal Vyas
    Kaushal Vyas, Product manager of a popular kids tv app
    Answered Mar 4

    A product manager’s main focus is on doing the right things whereas a project manager’s focus is doing things the right way.
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    Angus Wong
    Angus Wong, “Mobile” entrepreneur interested in iAd, mobile marketing and vertical enterprise iPad app development.
    Answered Jun 5, 2010
    Project manager mostly oversees methodology and resources (time, people, focus) and product manager mostly oversees features and functions. Product manager should PROBABLY report to project manager. Project manager reporting to product manager runs the risk of product manager demanding unrealistic featureset for the current iteration and impacting proper project management (thus lowering quality). Different companies and teams have different philosophies on this arrangement, however. Less features at higher quality is better than the alternative (think Apple v. Microsoft).
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    Miguel el Malo
    Miguel el Malo, Chaos Engineer
    Answered Oct 2, 2010
    Reframing the question might be helpful: what is the difference between a product and a project?

    I’d say the project manager focuses on the process of with the goal of delivering and so ending the lifespan of the project.
    A product manager, on the other hand, focuses on the thing that is offered to the customer, trying to extend the lifespan of the product.
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    Anand Iyer
    Anand Iyer, I’m a product manager on the new Windows Phone 7’s developer platform.
    Answered Jan 7, 2011
    +1 to Ian McAllister’s answer. The only anomaly AFAIK is when it comes to Product Managers and Program Managers at Microsoft (company). Product Managers at M$ are typically Product Marketing Managers, while Program Managers typically wear the hat of both a conventional Product Manager and a Project Manager.
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    Dhananjay Nene
    Dhananjay Nene, Programmer
    Answered Jan 7, 2011
    The difference between the two stems from the difference between a product and project. While a project has specific deliverables and target end date and resource budgets (at least at a point in time), a product is generally a non ending, continuously evolving deliverables. In the end, managers have to own the “what”, “why”, “how” and “when”. Even if part of the responsibilities get delegated as when in some cases, project managers report to product managers, the buck can only stop at one place.
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    Phil Wolff
    Phil Wolff, product manager, technologist
    Answered Mar 21, 2011
    Most of these answers have been software industry specific. The product/project manager divide is not universal. Project managers own just about all the responsibility In the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, including working with clients/customers to define/negotiate scope. They may have requirements specialists or product managers working for them, but the project manager has authority, responsibility and the resources to bring a customer’s requirements to life.
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    Marc Abraham
    Marc Abraham, Chief Product Officer, learning about everything digital
    Answered Dec 30, 2011
    Project Manager:

    Responsible for delivering a project (ideally) in time, in budget and within scope (being responsible for the ‘when’ and ‘how’)
    Has the authority to make critical decisions regarding project delivery

    Product Manager:

    Acts as the ‘owner’ of a product throughout its life cycle and has the strategic, long term market view to drive product development
    Translating customer or end-user needs into product development and subsequent iterations (being responsible for the ‘what’)
    Has the authority to make critical product decisions or tradeoffs

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    Geetha Lakshmi
    Geetha Lakshmi, Program Manager at Microsoft (2016-present)
    Answered Apr 4, 2013
    Project Manager is responsible for the deadlines and deliverable —Tracking.
    Product Manager is responsible for defining the product—- Market Requirements.

    Project Manager should know the protocols ( waterfall , scrum)to be followed for product deliverable
    Product manager should have deep technical and market knowledge to achieve the final product

    Product manager is a technical person whereas project manager is the release &tracking person
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    Kiryl Shafarenka
    Kiryl Shafarenka, former PR Director at Grey Group (2008-2009)
    Answered Jul 3, 2013
    Product manager is responsible for the processes of product development and its marketing. Project manager is leading the whole project – from concept to store. Thus, the role of product manager is focused on product rather then other processes to bring the product to market.

    In terms of production cycle and hierarchy project manager manages and controles the every stage, while product manager manages some stages directly linked with the product.
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    Ankit Gupta
    Ankit Gupta, Curious to learn more and more
    Answered Aug 25, 2013
    Usually your find companies having both, only large companies with piles of cash (like amazon) will have both roles. Ideally most of answers are correct. In Simplest terms Project manager is more concerned on timelines, delivery, estimation, sprint planning. Product Manager will own vision, features, justifying cost and benefits, sharing analytical data inputs, in some cases might work under budgets and manager P&L as well.
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    Robert Wisnewski
    Robert Wisnewski, PMP, Project Specialist- BCD Travel
    Answered Nov 6, 2013
    A project by definition has a set start and finish with a specific list of tasks to complete. So a project manager sets out to make sure that the tasks are finished within budget and on time.

    A product does not necessarily have a finish and is more ongoing. Product management often includes multiple projects. Although a product manager can function as a project manager, in my experience product managers tend to work for/with marketing a bit more, and project managers tend to work with operations.

    hope that helps!
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    Koko Bongo
    Koko Bongo
    Answered Nov 8, 2013
    Product Managers manage products (especially the business side of) and coordinate the stakeholders. They are responsible for the product strategy and roadmap. In an agile environment PM’s may be involved (depending on the company size and structure) in story definitions. PM’s require business, marketing, and market expertise.
    Project Managers manage the resources, risks, and schedule related to development and release of the product. (Engineering managers are managing the budgets, hiring/development/firing/etc. of the engineering resources.)
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    Anna Drennan
    Anna Drennan, works at Mind the Product
    Answered Oct 15, 2014
    A relevant piece on this question is the different tools used by both a project and product manager, and so the different processes and areas each one owns.

    Fundamentally, product management is not a linear process, but a cycle of continuous iteration, feedback and deployment.

    Don’t use project management tools for Product Management
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    Kiran Kumar Reddy
    Kiran Kumar Reddy, former Asset Management Solutions Specialist
    Answered Jan 25, 2015
    Product managers are into building and then continually fixing/improving the product upon feedback (often from projects/project managers)

    Project managers take the product and then configure to suit the client’s specific requirements.

    Product managers sit at a central location as they don’t have to be the client location. Project managers do need to work with the clients/end users and may need to be at the client site often.
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    Tutor Chrome
    Tutor Chrome
    Answered Apr 8, 2015
    A product manager works for a manufacturing company and is focused on developing new products or new features, finding new markets, distribution and promotion of the product in existing markets and forms a bridge between the company and consumers.

    A project manager works for both manufacturing and service organizations and is focused on understanding the implementation of a project plan by allocating resources, managing resources, using project management tools like budgets, Work breakdown structure and project control techniques, thus helping implement a project.

    For more details visit www.tutorchrome.com
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    Kasia Kramnik
    Kasia Kramnik, Content, Marketing Automation, omnichannel pro
    Answered Jun 5, 2015
    Just as Ian McAllister wrote. I realise this might be a little to general, so here’s a blog post we wrote at my workplace to explain this topic to our clients. I’m sure it will help: https://netguru.co/blog/project-…
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, 18+ years of leading projects & project-based organizations
    Answered Jan 3, 2016
    It is very similar to the difference between program and product management discussed in other questions. Just not to duplicate my answer, you might want to look at it here Roman Baranovsky’s answer to What’s the difference between a Program Manager and Product Manager?
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    Andrew McGlinchey
    Andrew McGlinchey, Product Manager for Google Southeast Asia
    Answered Feb 11, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a product manager and a project manager?

    If we were on a car trip, the project manager would be the one who reads the map, makes sure there’s enough petrol in the tank, figures out an alternate route to get there when our original route turns out to be blocked, and calls ahead to the destination to let them know we’re running 5 minutes late.

    A product manager would be the one who figures out where it is we’re going in the first place, and convinces everyone else that going there is a good idea.
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    Sania S
    Sania S, Product Evangelist, at Linkwok! I work on team building and collaboration
    Answered May 12, 2016

    Product and project management are similar concepts— but in order to create a successful product, you need to understand how these concepts differ.

    Project management focuses internally to achieve specific objectives and complete the project on time and under budget. Once the project is done, that project is no longer ‘managed’. Product Management takes a broader view, and focuses externally on the customer and the overall and continued success of the project.
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    Shahab Matin
    Shahab Matin, Project Manager and Project Analyst
    Answered Jun 22, 2016
    Originally Answered: How do product management software differ from project management software?

    To do this you need to understand the difference between a project life cycle and a product life cycle. Projects for instance has usually lower tolerance to failure, so risk management is important, or they use more varied resources, e.g. in logistics field. in product life cycle on the other hand we have other issues on top of the list like marketing process and competition. Of course they are projects too, product development projects, and although they have higher, more varied risks, their risks are usually easier to anticipate and less expensive than giant projects.
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    Martin Adler
    Martin Adler, Founder / prod manager / strategist in health tech
    Answered Oct 15, 2016

    TL;dr Project Managers can ship a crappy product on-time and be successful. Product Managers must ship a product that succeeds (read: product market fit) to be successful.

    Both are important and have overlapping functions but pride of ownership tends to rest with product management along with broader responsibility for P&L. Also product managers get fired more because more can go wrong. A competent project manager can usually keep their head down and survive a missed deliverable or two by deflecting responsibility on product and or engineering.
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    Mark Silver
    Mark Silver, works at WalkMe
    Answered Mar 20, 2017

    This question is quite common, as the two roles are confused very often even by professionals in the industry. The best answer I can provide is found in my blog post: Product Management vs Project Management- What’s the Difference? – SpecTechUlar

    I included a useful infographic in order to outline the key differences between the two roles. Good luck!
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    Shashidhar Shivayogimath
    Shashidhar Shivayogimath, Principal Product Manager (2013-present)
    Answered Apr 30, 2017

    I agree with Ian McAllister and would like to add the following

    Product managers own “What” and “Why”.

    In most places, I have worked

    Engineering owns “How” and

    Project managers own “When” by looking at Product/Business needs/priorities and Engineering bandwidth and what’s on their plate.

    That’s why we say Product Management is about coming up with the right products for the business and Engineering is about building them right. Project Management sits between the Product Management and Engineering, facilitating and coordinating this interaction, setting up the right expectations and helping deliver to those expectations.
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    Will Donaldson
    Will Donaldson, Videos on project management
    Answered Aug 25, 2017

    Check out our short video on the difference between project management and product management:

    What’s the Difference Between Product Management and Project Management

    If you’d like to watch more of our videos, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all things project management: Psoda
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    Fazal Aasar
    Fazal Aasar, Digital Marketing Officer at Nanosoft Technologies (2017-present)
    Answered Nov 24, 2017

    Product and Project Manager are like main heading and sub heading.

    Product Manager is the main heading and everything related to product comes under him, all projects related to that specific product.
    Project Manager is a title which can be of a person leading one specific team or function.

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    Tomal Kanti
    Tomal Kanti, works at Jadavpur University
    Answered Jan 5

    Let’s just look at the difference – not in terms of software industry, but automobile, which might be easier to relate to.

    There would be a team that looks after the product design – how the car is going to be, for which customers, with what specs -that’s the product manager.

    And then there’s the other team that sets up supply chain, manages inventory and workforce – that’s the project manager.
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    Pavel Alekseev
    Pavel Alekseev, Marketing Project Manager (2015-present)
    Answered Jan 15

    More than 80 answers but not all of them are about the subject.

    I’d say a product manager is responsible for the specific product. A project manager is resposible for the process.

    Product managers are often compared with CEO, their main goal is to understand how the product should look now and in a few years. The only difference is that a product manager does not have high hierarchy and does not affect the development team and designers.
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    Alexandra Bethea
    Alexandra Bethea, Vice President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 26

    Despite the similar names, there are some big differences between project manager and product manager. They are often used interchangeably, but are different disciplines requiring quite different skills. In a nutshell,

    The product manager is to do the right thing and make sure the product be line with the market demand, giving the company profits the highest priority.

    The project manager is to do the thing in a right way and make sure things conducted perfect, taking time, cost as well as resource constraints into consideration in order to complete the ultimate goal.
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    Avik Munshi
    Avik Munshi, Managing Partner (2017-present)
    Answered Apr 11

    Instead of putting an essay, I will try to be concise.

    Project is series of activities resulting in a predetermined outcome which can be a product or even a report.

    Product Manager creates the requirements of the product such as features, design, specifications, schedule, budget allocation and so on.

    While the Project Manager strives to realise the product within the stipulated requirements.
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    Adrian Trzaskus
    Adrian Trzaskus, Strategy Consultant
    Updated Apr 19, 2011
    Product Manager: “This is what we have (our product) and this is where we want to take it (our product in the future)” The product manager creates an aspiration for a “product” and is responsible for CREATING VALUE. Based on the sequence of strategic choices by Stephen Porth in Strategic Management, a Cross-Functional Approach, the product manager: identifies strategic issues, establishes strategic objectives, considers strategic alternatives and chooses strategies.

    Project Manager: “This is where we want to go (product in the future) and this is how we’ll get there” The Project manager gets you where the product manager wants you to be. The Project manager has defined a goal, for example: implement a software platform or coordinate a merger. The project manager accomplishes and executes the strategies the product manager has established.
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    David B. Clevinger
    David B. Clevinger, digital media consultant
    Answered Apr 21, 2011
    I think many of these answers carry weight and validity. Here’s how I typically differentiate the two:

    Project management focuses on scope, cost and time.

    Product management focuses on context, experience and impact.

    Context includes internal and external forces, such as the marketplace or your technology gaps.
    Experience includes both what the end user experiences and how that experience is produced on an ongoing basis.
    Impact includes how you want to affect the targeted audience… and a measurement of whether it did so.

    I definitely do not agree with the assertion that product management should “report to” project management. While the concern about “unrealistic demands” may seem compelling, the flipside is a product roadmap that is hampered by “what we can do” versus “what we should do.” Ideally, these groups are peers with a collegial, combative, constructive rivalry.
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    Jason Evans
    Jason Evans
    Answered Dec 20, 2012
    Product managers are responsible:

    – Creation and delivering a product which is working, functional and required.
    – Research into new and current markets
    – Understand customer needs and wants
    – Pricing
    – Provisioning
    – Marketing
    – Most of all product managers internally are responsible for selling their products to internal people and bringing the company into alignment on thinking of the product.
    – Product managers are long term managers.

    Project Managers are responsible:

    – Creation and delivery of a project which may include one or more products. But this delivery is at a development stage normally. For example the management of programmers.
    – Alignment of internal and external staff and stakeholders for delivery.
    – Project managers are short term managers i.e. lifespan of the project.

    Both have budgeting, resourcing requirements.
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    Thomas Clark
    Thomas Clark
    Answered Nov 3, 2015
    Well, let me tell you the meaning of product and project.
    Project and product management are complimentary. Although they sound similar but they are distinctive.

    Project is a temporary attempt undertaken to create a different product. So the one who able to manage that project is known as project manager

    Whereas, Product is something which is offered to market to satisfy a need or want. Or a product offered to market to solve a problem. The one who manage all this is known as product manager.

    A product can only be developed within the context of a project.
    The coordination of product manager and project manager is very important for a positive result.

    I hope you find this helpful, Thank You for reading!
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    James Kaupert
    James Kaupert
    Answered Feb 11, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a product manager and a project manager?

    Product managers are typically responsible for ensuring the success of one or more products over the course of their product lifecycles. Focus is on coordinating all aspects of specific products, including development, marketing, sales, customer satisfaction, and return on investment.

    Project managers by contrast are responsible for ensuring the success of one or more projects for the duration of those projects. Focus is on accomplishing projects within time and budget constraints. Individual projects may be narrow or broad in scope and timeline.

    Both types of managers require similar technical and soft skills to succeed, as both positions span a variety of organizational disciplines, bridging gaps between technical and non-technical people (laterally), and front-line workers and upper management (vertically).
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    Dan Schmidt
    Dan Schmidt, PM my entire career
    Answered Feb 11, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a product manager and a project manager?

    Product managers are responsible for creating the right thing. Project managers are responsible for creating a thing that someone thinks is right.

    When there are surprises in execution…

    Product managers must synthesize the new reality with the product vision.
    Project managers must attempt to influence the vision of others.

    Early stage startups should only employ product managers and not project managers. When you’re building something new, tensions between vision and reality should live in the same brain.

    But when you discover something that’s proven to work, project managers are valuable. They can convert one-off success into a repeatable formula.
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    Atif Shahab Qureshi
    Atif Shahab Qureshi, Project Managment , Productivity Management,
    Answered Sep 15, 2016

    Before understanding the differences between a product manger and a project manager you should first understand the difference between a product and a project.

    Product:
    A product is what you are providing to a group of users.

    Project:
    A project is a plan with a series of activities that has a defined outcome and a fixed start and end date

    There are many differences between a project manager and a product manager. With respect to responsibilities differences are as follows:

    Product managers Responsibilities:

    Strategy
    Releases
    Idealization
    Features
    Go-to-Market
    Organizational training
    Profit and Loss.

    Project managers Responsibilities:

    Budget
    Delivery
    Resources
    Capacity
    Cross-team organization
    Problem resolution
    Status updates
    Moreover, you can learn basics of project management at Project Management Guide for Beginners

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    Rameez Ramzan Ali
    Rameez Ramzan Ali, worked at National Bank of Pakistan
    Updated Jul 19, 2017

    Project Manager:

    Project managers are responsible for the ongoing customer satisfaction so it will contribute to the following:

    More value than the competition
    Build a sustainable competitive advantage
    Financial benefit for a business

    Project Management:

    A project manager is primarily responsible for a defined result which will be described as the project’s objective. They will manage the development of the service, product or outcome through the application of available resources.

    The techniques project managers generally employ can be roughly divided into three core areas.

    Risk and issue management
    Resource management
    Scope management

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    Vishal Sharma
    Vishal Sharma, Sr Product Manager
    Answered Sep 4, 2017

    Read it somewhere and I think it explains the difference pretty well.

    A Product Manager decides on ‘What’ and ‘Why’ whereas a Project Manager decides on ‘How’ and ‘When’

    Image source : www.projectcartoon.com
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    Joanna Khoury
    Joanna Khoury, Product Manager and Product Owner for a software development team for 5 years.
    Answered Jan 19

    You got a lot of interesting answers. Project is a temporary endover to reach a certain goal or deliver a certain service or build a certain product, the project manager is the person who manage all the aspects from cost to risk and delivery and coordinate with the different parties and is able to update the stakeholders about the current state of the project. The project manager orchestrate the people, cost, time, scope and sometimes quality.

    The product manager has more a marketing and market study role, the product manager knows the product, competition, clients and market very well, has a product vision on what to build next, what the clients want and how to reach more market share.
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    Sada Kshirsagar
    Sada Kshirsagar, I bring ideas to life…
    Answered Oct 4, 2010
    I will agree with Ian McAllister on the simple answer.

    I will expand on it

    Product Manager usually is the business side of building a product. Which means a product manager needs to think about what market to serve, which problems to solve and how to solve that profitably. He does that by building a product which addresses the market problems with the right feature sets and marketing it to get a profitable outcome. In that process he is responsible for collaborating and directing a set of cross functional teams which could include marketing, sales, engineering, finance and project management.

    Generally speaking Project Managers manage projects which have definite start date and an end date. They are typically responsible for managing resources, allocations, methodologies and schedules. Their ability to stay on scope, schedule, plan and budget enables a successful delivery of the project. Their teams would typically include engineering and business analysis resources.

    Another wide observation is that you will see Product Managers on the product (software, hardware, engineering etc) side of the world, while Project Managers are quite often seen in services oriented businesses (IT Services, Consulting, Construction etc)
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    Josh Byard
    Josh Byard, 16 years of product management experience, 14 as a team leader
    Answered Jan 7, 2011 · Upvoted by Ian McAllister, Director at Airbnb
    The Product Manager is an advocate for the Business and the End User, and should be the final arbiter of what the requirements of a Product are.

    Product Managers are evaluated on the success of the product itself (KPIs, sales, etc.).

    The Product Manager is a “customer” of the Project Manager, who is responsible to manage the resources available to deliver the requirements. The Project Manager is responsible to articulate trade-offs that allow the Product manager to identify priorities – typically:

    We can deliver what you have asked for by x date or
    We can deliver the following subset of your requirements by the date you require.

    Project managers are evaluated on the success of the development team in meeting its commitments around deadline and budget.

    In an agile process the Product Manager is most often identified as the “Product Owner”

    Ideally there is no reporting relationship between the PO and the PM, to protect the independence of the PM, and to ensure that the requirements of the business are not subservient to the development process.
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    Emanuel Martonca
    Emanuel Martonca, CEO at Thinslices, a mobile development company
    Answered Oct 2, 2014
    A Project Manager runs a project from the perspective of time, cost, quality and scope, while simultaneously managing the project team.

    In the case of consumer goods, a Product Manager takes care of a certain line of products and promotes them on the market, to the customers. So, while a Product Manager is mainly responsible for solving the question “WHAT should be developed?”, the Project Manager will account for “HOW” that certain “WHAT” is implemented.

    For software development, a Product Manager is, almost always, the CEO. This person’s role is extremely important: he will orchestrate all the activities involved into making the product fit the market’s needs. He will overlook the project manager’s work, while simultaneously assessing potential marketing methods. Acceptance testing for the product (at one end) and maintaining the team’s cohesion (at the other) are further activities the product manager has to involve into.
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    Andre Theus
    Andre Theus, Director of Marketing at ProductPlan
    Updated Jul 22, 2017
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a product manager and a project manager?

    Lot’s of great product manager and project manager definitions on this thread!

    I work for ProductPlan — a software to build and manage product roadmaps. At ProductPlan, I’ve worked with thousands of product managers from companies of all sizes.

    It’s common for people to confuse product managers and project managers — even within industries, like software, that employ both. Just ask any product manager (PM), or project manager (also PM), and they’ll tell you they’ve been referred to as the other more times than they can count.

    But the responsibilities are very different:

    Product managers drive the development of products. They prioritize initiatives and make strategic decisions about what gets built. They are often considered to be the CEO of a product line.
    Project managers, on the other hand, often oversee the execution of plans that have already been developed and approved.

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    Jeff Pellarin
    Jeff Pellarin, works at Accounting
    Answered Apr 3, 2016

    Not all products are projects; and not all projects are about developing products.

    A project manager might oversee implementation of a new accounting system; development of a web site; the setting up of a new warehouse, etc. Projects tend to have a beginning, middle and end (they are completed).

    Product managers manage products, including those which are not under development. One might be the product manager for a line of breakfast cereals that has been on the market for years. Your work would involved monitoring sales, keeping atop of consumer tastes (so you can sound the alarm if your product’s recipe or promotion needs to be adjusted, for instance), monitoring the supply chain (is product moving through the system, on hand when needed, but no excess inventories, etc.). And the job function endures–unlike a project, it is an ongoing function, not one that ends (unless the product is terminated, that is).
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    Lucian Adrian
    Lucian Adrian, 5 succesfull projects PMP certified
    Answered Jun 21, 2016
    Originally Answered: How do product management software differ from project management software?

    Product and project management can be considered similar up to a point, but they are different things. Even if both can be shortened with “PM”, their scope is different.

    The most important aspect they differ at is the lifecycle they are managing. The product management lifecycle usually contains more than one project management lifecycles, and the corresponding solutions address these differences. The differences are most visible in the timeframes covered by each.

    Tools like Aha! manage roadmaps, broken down in phases stretching to weeks or months, while project management tools (e.g. Trello, Jira) target projects, are more task oriented and favor elements lasting hours or days..

    Choosing to use a tool, and what tool to use is should not be influenced that much by the “number” of products, but more by other aspects like complexity, diversity of teams involved, or aimed time frame. If the referred start-up consists of only a handful (e.g. one-pizza sized team) of people in total, with few activity types, 1–2 product managers and short timeframes, project management tools or even pen&paper are valid options.

    Don’t let tools drive you!
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    Emilie Gieler
    Emilie Gieler, Head of Product at Akeneo
    Answered Apr 23, 2017

    A project manager has the objective to deliver something, with a deadline, and with some resources (people, money, offices, etc…). When the project is done, the project manager goes to another project.

    A product manager has the objective to deliver something (the confusion is often here), in order to create value for someone, but the product manager works more on the global process of delivering value (outcome) than focusing on the delivery itself (output).

    An example for software industry:

    A project manager manages a version of the software, with a team, a deadline to deliver, and a scope. He can then works on the next version.

    A product manager manages what is the content of the versions, and also how to define this content, he manages the process of communication in the company to promote the value delivered by the version with other departements : marketing, sales, etc… he manages the release strategy, helps to define the best pricing, etc… It’s a never-ending work until the software is dead.
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    Shantal Erlich
    Shantal Erlich, works at Koombea
    Answered Jul 27, 2017

    A Project Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of a project within a specific deadline and budget. They manage the development of the product by aligning available resources and managing issues and risks.

    While a Project Manager is only responsible for the success of a specific project, a Product Manager is responsible for the overall and continuous success of a product. Once the product is built and the Project Manager moves on, the Product Manager remains throughout the ENTIRE product lifecycle.

    Product Managers focus on the “what” more than the “how”—they take a long-term view, and decide what direction the product should go based on customer needs. They are with the product from the beginning to the end.

    Learn more about these roles here: The Difference Between Product and Project Management
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    Olivia Cote
    Olivia Cote, Technology Enthusiast and Blogger
    Answered Sep 6, 2017

    Project managers are responsible for internal completion and delivery of one project at a time. Within projects, project managers are organizing and prioritizing the tasks that need to be completed within the team. Project managers will make sure that everything is coordinated by focusing on risk/issue management, resource management, and scope management When the individual project is successfully shipped, the project manager then moves forward with a new project.

    Meanwhile, product managers can’t simply pick up and leave after the product gets shipped. While project managers may move on to new projects once the existing project has been completed, the product manager stays on board. The product manager will continue the day-to-day activities of gathering/prioritizing customer requirements, managing product strategy, and working with the cross-functional teams to make sure the team is shipping the right features and hitting business goals.
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    Anirban Ghatak
    Anirban Ghatak, More than 10 years in Software project management , speaker , mentor, PMP
    Answered Dec 23

    All nice answers. I have created a podcast on the same at SoundCloud.

    Here is the link Listen to Episode 12: Project Management Vs Product Management by Award winning robotics and machine learning blog | India| MieRobot.com #np on #SoundCloud

    Episode 12: Project Management Vs Product Management
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    Dheeraj Pershad
    Dheeraj Pershad, Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies
    Answered Jan 7

    I have always come across the never ending debate of the how the roles and responsibilities are different of a Product Owner vs. a Product Manager but this post caught me off guard!! Haven’t come across this one too often but I remember a similar conversation that I had with one of the attendees at ProductCamp Hyderabad, Vol1

    To put my 2 cents,

    Project Management – deals with managing the timelines and ensuring the “hows” and “whens” are taken care of, it deals more with the “execution” aspect of building a product/ project in general

    Product Management – well this is a different devil all-together and I don’t see a comparison between Project and Product management as such, I would say Project management is a subset of product management which includes and focuses on the “whats” and “whys”.

    FYI, ProductCamp Hyderabad Vol2 is happening on 10 March 2018, visit ProductCamp Hyderabad and register to have a day full of networking, leaning, unlearning and above all, having similar questions discussed and answered!
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    Nathan ATC
    Nathan ATC, App Dev at Outsourcing (2013-present)
    Answered Apr 13

    Hello! =) The product manager collaborates daily with cross-functional teams, such as engineering and customer support, marketing regarding the future of the product. And since the product manager is responsible for the product throughout its lifecycle, they will naturally be involved with any project that concerns the product. So, it is the product manager’s job to define the scope of each specific project. They explain why these projects will achieve high-level goals for their product and business.

    The project manager also works with the broader team but is focused on bringing plans to life. And their work is more time-fixed. They manage one effort and once that project is complete, they move on to organizing other tasks.

    For example, a project team might be assembled to tackle a UX redesign with a target date that is six months away. The project manager will be concerned with that project’s budget, resources, deadline, and quality. They will understand the many details of each project.
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    Murray Robinson
    Murray Robinson, Successfully launched new services products to market.
    Updated Mar 15, 2015
    In my experience Product Managers and Project Managers are similar but different.

    A product manager is responsible for the Product vision and its place in the market. They learn what customers want, define a product and price that meets those needs and develop a sales and marketing plan to get the product to market. To achieve this product managers brief and work with market research companies, sales, software development and advertising agencies. When working with a software team they define the wire-frames, business rules and acceptance tests. Product management is a great fun job with a very broad scope but it has little management responsibility for budgets or teams.

    A project manager is responsible for delivering an agreed project scope on time and on budget. They will manage everything for you so that you can get on with sales, marketing and raising money. A PM will estimate the project, develop the budget and business case, recruit the team (including the product manager), engage vendors and define the software development process. When the project starts they will manage the people, vendors, finances and the process to deliver a quality outcome. An experienced PM can successfully manage projects from 5 to 100 people with budgets from $100K to $40 million.

    A start up probably needs a product manager before they need a project manager.
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    Amit Bhatia
    Amit Bhatia, Product Manager
    Answered Nov 19, 2012 · Upvoted by Stefan Von Imhof, Sr Product Manager at HG Data
    Project Manager
    – Manages the project
    – Creates the project plan, including deadlines
    – Follow up with product managers, development team, QA team to get things done
    – If needed, also does efficient resource planning among various projects
    – May influence product development depending upon resource availability
    – Prioritizes the task list for the resources or dept heads.
    – Makes sure that team has the required infrastructure available to get the job done
    – Participates in group discussions on a regular basis to facilitate cross-team interaction. (E.g. Development team, Product team and UI team)
    – Does not give any (or less) input on how to code a program
    – Does not give any (or less) input on product management
    Product Manager
    – Does a market research
    – Does a customer research
    – Is also called anthropologists of a product because of their better awareness of the product and interaction of the product with the end user.
    – Develops a list of feature set for product
    – Creates the product flow
    – Develops use cases
    – Understands business as well as user experience of the product
    – Co-ordinates with the UI team, development team, QA team to ship the product.
    – Is actually a product owner
    – Can influence a product shipping date depending on Market / Business needs
    – Manages the product road map
    – Manages the bugs list and may decide which one should be fixed first.
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    Amit Gauba
    Amit Gauba
    Answered Nov 29, 2013
    Ian McAllister is right, I agree.
    Product manager “hat” owns and provides vision & roadmap of the product. Always prioritizing, aligning the Product with its “Whats” and the “WHYs”. Simplifying the complexity of A before B, or This X Prior to Y, and why not achieve Z and postpone doing K until another week / quarter. All the products goals and users, customers, and their pain vs. benefit are to be envisioned / second guessed by the Product Manager. Even the details of how a VALUE is to be Offered or its experience to be delivered, maybe even the underlying technical preferences, might be accentuated or led by Prod Mgr “Thought leadership”.

    Project Manager “role” is for realizing, achieving the vision and roadmap and tangibles, along with Prod Mgr (person or thought leadership). “How” best to achieve a certain high priority business value today and improve it “deeper” or “broader” tomorrow, at what costs etc. What detailed actions, activities are required, resources, budgets and exactly “when” does it all output together, multiple parallel tracks and sequential phases, etc. Manage the complexity to delivery of Building, vs. cost adn available experts, etc. etc.

    Both fun and amazing learning processes..
    … above all building things, creating things…
    Being creative and bringing something meaningful together ..from fueling life and cohesion, and shape & size and character & purpose into mere ideas as well as skilled or unskilled individuals and timelines.
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    Bharathkumar Vaithee
    Bharathkumar Vaithee, Architected and managed scalable projects
    Answered Jul 26, 2016
    Originally Answered: What is difference between project manager and product manager?

    Precisely, Project Manager(PM) is responsible for outcome of defined objectives as per project management plan. This discipline requires PM to organize the team and provide tools like Jira/Rally to monitor and control tasks for reporting. PM minimizes the impact of risk and identify/mitigate issues in project as per Risk Plan, while the team is executing the work. PM would manage resources which includes materials, infrastructure, add extra people and establishes the reporting structure. Metrics may be captured to gain meaningful insights for managing these resources. In short, PM implements established process as set by the organization to align with business strategic objectives to achieve project goals.

    Product Manager or Owner(PO) works closely with customers to establish project scope, definition of done, by analyzing need in the market, competition and financial benefits for the business. PO shall liaise with appropriate team to gather these information and it involves some travelling. PO will establish product/project vision, create user story and works with engineering/core team to fine tune requirements and ensures all team members understands the scope. PO works closely with other stakeholders like sales team to enable them understand product in-depth and even demonstrate work done to customers. In short, PO finds out customer needs and transform it to requirements, works closely with engineering team to develop the product.

    There could be overlapping responsibilities or other sub roles depending on the size of project, stakeholders, delivery time, geographic locations and team size.
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    Faisal Memon
    Faisal Memon, studied at University of Mumbai
    Answered Dec 3, 2017

    Let’s first understand what is a Project and a Product.

    A Product is anything that satisfies or fulfills the need of market.

    A Project is a series of task that is to be executed to achieve an end goal.

    What are the responsibilities of a Product Manager?

    Responsibility of a Product manager would be to help their team build and ship the right product to their users. This will include that you work across department to make sure everyone shares the same product vision

    A Product manager owns and is responsible for :

    Product Roadmap
    Product Strategy
    Product Vision
    Feature Releases
    Ideation
    Go-to-market Strategy

    Now,

    What are the responsibilities of a Project Manager?

    Project Managers are responsible to make sure that project is on schedule and meets the deadline. They will work with team to make sure everything is on track and on time

    A Project manager owns and is responsible for :

    Resource allocation
    Timeliness
    Budget
    Capacity

    So to summarize :
    A Product Manager’s responsibility will include everything from ideation to go-to-market-strategy with the help of which you will make sure team is building right product and is successful in market.

    A Project Manager’s responsibility will include everything that makes sure Project is delivered on time.

    In many organizations, you will find product manager and project manager work together to deliver a successful product.
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    Bhaskar Gunti
    Bhaskar Gunti, PMP Project Management Professional & Project Management, Project Management Institute (2007)
    Answered Dec 31

    Simple answere is Project Managers manage life cylec of a project i.e. Initiaon, Planning, Execition, Monitoring and Control, and Closure of a temporary endever. A project is a temporary endever which produce a goods or services or an outcome. Projects will finish once it deliver the defined scope, that could be a developing a product or part or a subset of product functions or a new features (Newer version).

    Where as Product Managers manages life cylce of the product. Consept, design, development, public release, post sales support, improvements and end of life etc, some or all of othese phases of product life cycles achieved throgh definite projects. Product Manager usually sponsor the projects to accomplish or build specific features or all feature of the product. Product Managers usually have a vision for the product, they define roadmap for it’s development for months and years to come or features to be added year after year.

    Project Managers manages the scope, cost, quality, time, resources, finance, risks and communications in association with scope of the project. Where as Prodcut managers will have broader responsibilities of these for Product and it’s ROI.

    In context of Product development, Projects will have smaller life spans and products will have larger life span.
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    Michelle Nickolaisen
    Michelle Nickolaisen, works at Self-Employment
    Answered Jan 24

    I talked to several different project and product managers for a series of posts I was writing, and based on what told me, there is often overlap (and depending on the size of the team, one person might be filling both roles). There’s two main differences:

    A product manager is focused on product goals and is responsible for creating the product strategy (including things like considering what problems the product solves, the features and benefits of the product, and how to clearly convey those features and benefits to customers or potential customers).
    A project manager is typically less concerned with product goals and more concerned with project goals (like which team member is doing what, how the resources of the project are being managed, whether deadlines are being met or not, and how the plan should be adjusted if they aren’t).

    If you want to learn more about what the day of a product manager or project manager looks like and what they care about, here’s the link to the two full posts:

    What Your Product Managers Want You to Know

    What Your Project Manager Wants You to Know
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    MOhammad
    MOhammad, Marketing at Osmosys Software Solutions
    Answered Mar 15

    Both the Project Manager and Product Manager are leadership roles and performs similar duties.

    It all depends on the work they are doing if a person leading a team to complete the project he could be called as a project manager

    A person leading a team who are responsible for production of a product and end release of the product encountering different stages of the product life cycle.

    A product manager or a project manager both need to work in alliance with each other.

    A Product development life cycle may consist of many small projects to be done which would be assigned to different project managers and vice versa.

    A project manager or a product manager both would need a project management tool which would help in assigning the tasks to their team, budget allocation, project completion status updates and many more.

    Here is an Intelligent and Suggestive project management tool that could help in handing the project in a best way.

    Any project management tool would just give the project completing status, budgeted hours to an employee, task completion status, but PineStem which is a best project management tool that use Artificial Intelligence and help in allocating a specific resource for a project.

    Visit: https://pinestem.com
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    InfoFlo Pay
    InfoFlo Pay
    Answered May 17

    Product supervisors are typically referred to as the CEOs of their products. Their work is to perform the method established by the item supervisor or leadership group. A job supervisor’s goal is to work with a more comprehensive team with a diverse collection of skills and to complete a job on time as well as under budget. A Project Manager is accountable for the effective distribution of a task within a details target date and also budget. They handle the advancement of the item by straightening readily available sources as well as handling concerns and also risks.

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    Nabetsi T
    Nabetsi T, Product Manager
    Answered Feb 6, 2017

    To put it simply:

    I see a project manager as the person that ensures all of the pieces to their project are completed within the expected timeline and budget. I tend to use them for cross functional projects that span across multiple teams. They are responsible for establishing the project timeline, ensuring that all stakeholders are aware/involved and facilitating discussions/meetings as needed. They are also responsible for communicating the status of the project frequently to the project team and higher ups. There are some projects that I definitively would not want to take on without a project manager.

    The product manager is responsible for all aspects of their product. Here is what I see as their responsibilities:

    The product manager outlines what problem they are solving.
    They simplify their project so that they can get as much done with the least amount of resources.
    Create the epic and stories for the development team. This should include a clear definition of what the goal for each story is, any designs, requirements and acceptance criteria.
    Communicate to the stakeholders what to expect and when to expect it. It’s important to use data appropriately as needed to explain simplified version of product.
    Work with the development team from beginning to end to ensure the feature or product ships.
    Finally after the product is shipped, its time to measure. Using A/B testing (if possible), did the project accomplish its goals? If it cannot be measured with A/B testing, can we use usability to determine if we met the objective.

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    Arijit Banerjee
    Arijit Banerjee, Brand marketing and Content
    Answered Jun 6, 2017

    The difference between a product management role and that a project management is often confusing not only for freshers in the industry but experienced ones as well. Let me try to explain the job role of these two profiles in the simplest possible way.

    Project manager – The key responsibilities of a project manager is to ensure that a project is running smoothly and deliveries are made on time to the client.

    Product manager – the key responsibility of a product manager is to head the complete development of a product.

    How do these roles contribute in an organisation?

    It must be noted that when a project is signed, there is an assigned project manager to it who manages the client and gives him project updates and in case there’s a lag in the process internally, he gets in touch with the product manager to solve it. Hence, this role entails more of client communication and smooth project delivery.

    On the other hand, a product manager typically is a technical guy who handles a team of product developers. He is the ‘go to guy’ for project managers when there’s a product related issue in the project.

    On completion of a project

    Once a project is completed, a project manager has no further role in it, however a product manager continues to be a part of that in case there are post-delivery issues that come up.

    In an organisational structure, especially in the IT, a project manager and a product manager works together to enable successful project delivery.

    Hope I’ve answered your question! You can further read this blog on Project manager vs Product manager.
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    Rancy Arora
    Rancy Arora, Content Writer (2017-present)
    Answered Dec 21

    Let me share with you an article, that can help you easily understand the roles of both a product and a project manager.

    Project Manager and Product Manager — What’s the difference

    Role of a Project manager

    A Project manager is someone who manages everything about a project. He or she manages the operations within a project — time, budget, delegation of tasks, scope creep, identification of risks and more. All in all, he is responsible for the successful delivery of the project within the decided budget and deadline.

    Scott Berkun, the American author of ‘Making Things Happen’ rightly points out, “A Project manager is like a doctor who leads the trauma team and decides the course of action for a patient — both at the same time. Without the right kind of authority to efficiently handle all the project management issues, development teams can easily get into trouble.”

    Role of a Product manager

    Wikipedia defines the role of a Product manager something like this,

    “A Product manager communicates product vision from the highest levels of executive leadership to the development and implementation teams. He is often called the CEO of a product.”

    He is someone who is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for a product. Other responsibilities may also include marketing and profit and loss (P&L) responsibilities.
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    Chris Remus
    Chris Remus, Leading projects to successful outcomes for 15+ years.
    Answered Apr 6, 2016

    I’ve managed projects and products. I don’t see a big difference between the two roles, if you view a product as a project. Then again, I believe project management should keep things simple.

    I believe these two roles and their definitions get too complicated. Viewing a product as a project keeps things simple. Project management should aim to keep things simple. That’s why I favor a simple definitions and simple approaches.

    Let’s start with some simple definitions –

    What’s a Project?

    A project is a set of defined tasks executed to achieve a desired outcome.

    What is Project Management?

    Project management is defining those tasks, leading their execution and delivering the desired outcome.

    That’s it.

    Yes, sh*t hits the fan!

    Yes, in practice, sh*t hits the fan along the way.

    I find setting a simple starting point sets a clear intention for a project. A a clear intention grounds the project. Keeping the project grounded helps focus it.

    Keeping a project focused helps –

    -Limit the amount of sh*t that hits the fan

    -Bring the project back on track once the sh*t hits the fan

    Everything’s a Project

    Viewing everything from a project perspective keeps things simple. If you view everything from a project perspective then –

    -A product is a type of project

    -A program is a collection projects or

    -A program is a collection of products, since a product is a project

    Moving on to some simple role definitions –

    So along these lines –

    A project manager is a project manager. A project manager may manage a project, program or product.

    A product manager is project manager. A product manager manages a product as their project.

    That’s my simple view of things.

    P.S. – Do you agree that project management should keep things simple? Click here to read my dead simple project management principles if you do. If you don’t agree and need more convincing, click here.
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    Yariv Adan
    Yariv Adan, works at Google Assistant
    Answered Mar 26

    Designing, building, and launching a complex product, involves different types of complexities and challenges, which require different expertise to handle them effectively. The three main types that are most common in the tech industry are (somewhat oversimplified):

    Product complexity:

    Identify the user problem we are aiming to solve.
    Articulate a product vision and strategy
    Derive a product roadmap, with prioritized list of detailed product features and requirements
    Solve questions and problems as they comes (often, tension between what we would like to build and what’s possible given timelines, resources, technology, legal, etc…)

    Technical complexity:

    Translate the product requirements into technical requirements
    Come up with high-level and detailed technical design
    Break it into tasks and build it

    Organization and execution complexity AKA project management:

    Orchestrate the X-functional effort – track tasks against milestones, manage dependencies and changes, streamline communication across stakeholders (product, engineering, executives, marketing, legal, UX, security, sales, operations, partners, …), manage approvals and checklists, track and follow-up on AIs, manage bugs / feature requests / user feedback, coordinate operations, control budgets, etc…

    These are IMHO the key responsibilities of the core leadership team of a product development project (at least in most software companies). Exact titles, and who does what may defer depending on the company and division (e.g engineering vs sales vs operations). The most straightforward setup is where the Product Manager owns the product tasks, the engineering manager the technical part, and the project manager the project part. However, separation is never 100% clear, and there are clear overlaps. Moreover, it’s not uncommon for a project not to have both a product manager and project manager, and rather have one person do both (the title of that person may be either of these two). The best model, IMHO, is when the leads care less about the clear division and ownership, and just work together to do whatever is takes to succeed.
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    Varun Rao
    Varun Rao, studied Project Management at Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (2016)
    Answered Apr 2

    Before I start, lets look at the definition of Product Manager and Project Manager

    Definition:

    Product management is a leadership role responsible for the successful conception, development, growth, and eventual retirement of a product. It is a strategic role, spanning the full lifecycle and lifespan of a product, from cradle (conception, really) to grave. Success is defined not by ship dates, but by business outcomes like growth, revenue, and profit.

    Project management is a management role responsible for ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery of a work product or completion of a limited-time initiative. Successful projects are defined in terms of dates, resources, quantities, and budget.

    Product managers are responsible for every part of the product release cycle during that product’s life. A project manager may help to ensure effective delivery of certain phases.

    For more additional knowledge you can refer article on LinkedIn

    Varun Rao is a Product and Project management professional and consultant with an end to end product and project management and consulting experience in B2B, B2C, SaaS, Enterprise and Consumer products and projects ranging from early stage and mid-size start-ups to global conglomerates.

    Interests: Product Management | Project Management | Consulting | Marketing | Strategy | Leadership | Analytics | Technology | Agile | Scrum | Kanban | Fitness | Spiritual |
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    Steven Haines
    Steven Haines, Author of “The Product Manager’s Desk Reference”
    Answered Dec 21

    This is a question that pops up from time to time. I wrote a post on this… so instead of just re-writing, I’ll point you to:

    POST: Product Management vs. Project Management

    It’s pretty easy to wrap your mind around, and you can start by understanding the difference between a product and a project. Here are a couple of key points:

    A Product is anything that’s sold to a customer. It’s either tangible or intangible. In essence, a product is a business that rests inside a business. Therefore, Product Management is the business management of products. Products are conceived, developed, introduced to and managed in the market, over a period of time.

    A Project is a series of activities and tasks which, in a product business, contributes to the creation of a product. Projects are organized within a systematic framework, utilizing appointed or allocated resources. The tasks are subject to dependencies (e.g. upon the performance of others) and risks (e.g. upon factors that can go wrong). The delivery of a product signals the conclusion of these project activities and tasks. Projects also have a life cycle. They have a start point and an end point.

    Product Managers are individuals appointed to be product or product line “mini-business” owners. They are the leaders of cross-functional product teams. These teams are formed to optimize the product’s market position and financial return over its life cycle and their performance should be consistent with division and corporate strategies. (source: The Product Manager’s Desk Reference)

    Project Managers are individuals responsible for planning, monitoring and controlling all aspects of a project. They must motivate and synchronize the assigned resources to achieve the goals of the project, while coping with the constraints of time, cost and consistent quality. Project Managers manage projects from start to finish.

    Most important distinction between products and projects. Products represent the essence of the business – how it thrives, grows and brings revenue to the firm. Projects are the vehicles used to derive, deliver and support products, and any other business and operational elements related to them.

    Common Characteristics: Product managers and project managers also share some common characteristics. They all need to have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. They need to be relentless and persistent in the drive to achieve their teams’ goals. Further, they need to possess qualities of leadership. Teams don’t just “rally ‘round the cause;” they rally around the vitality and inspiration of the person who represents the cause. Finally, they need appropriate systems and tools so that data can be synchronized across the business to offer visibility into the performance of projects, effectiveness of resources, and the consequent success of the products and services of the firm
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    Alex Carter
    Alex Carter, Country Director & Lead Management Consultant
    Answered Feb 22, 2017

    The primary test in separating the part of Project Manager or a Product Manager is that they sound a ton alike. While it is an inconsequential semantic issue it regularly prompts to perplexity about the 2 parts. It’s essential in the first place the meaning of the words Product and Project.

    Project: A venture is a brief attempt embraced to make a one of a kind item, administration, or result.

    Product: A product is anything that can be offered to a market that may fulfill a need or a need. A product has an existence cycle. It’s imagined, created, presented and overseen in the market, and resigned when the requirement for an item decreases. An item created inside setting of a venture is expected to make an item. Amid the life cycle of an item some of the time numerous undertakings can happen.

    Therefore of these definitions we can see that a Project Manager’s concentration is inward and strategic though a Product Manger’s concentration is outside on the clients’ need and on the subsequent item methodology.

    Project Management:

    A Project Manager is at last in charge of a predefined result which will be depicted as the activities objective. They will deal with the advancement of the item, administration or result through the use of accessible assets (counting a venture group).

    Extend Management as a train gives the apparatuses and strategies to the group to arrange and organize the different assignments that should be finished, and work inside any relevant limitations (counting time, cost, and quality). The instruments and methods Project Managers more often than not utilize can be generally partitioned into 3 principle ranges:

    1. Scope administration:

    Typically the most troublesome action a Project Manager is included in and includes restricting the degree (extension) of the attempt inside worthy recompenses, generally captivating in an exercise in careful control between the three basic parts of time, cost and quality. For example, if an opportunity to convey the venture is decreased then either cost must be expanded, or scope lessened to look after quality.

    2. Risk and issue administration:

    Is an essential part of Project Management and serves to highlight and afterward deal with any dangers to the venture finishing effectively, and also limiting the effect of any issues that are distinguished.

    3. Asset administration:

    Includes guaranteeing the venture group have what they require, when they require it. That incorporates such straightforward things as errand records, materials, foundation, revealing and even additional individuals

    Project management is a strategic, time restricted action that is characterized by the organizations vital destinations.

    Product Manager:

    A Product Managers is in charge of the continuous fulfillment of neglected needs of clients so it will add to the accompanying:

    More incentive than the opposition
    Assemble a supportable upper hand
    Budgetary advantage for a business

    This incorporates additionally reaches out past the lifecycle of any one item. Dealing with the item all through the item lifecycle guaranteeing that it keeps on fulfilling market needs incorporates:

    Assembling and organizing item and client necessities,
    Characterizing the item vision,
    Working intimately with designing,
    Working with deals, advertising and support to guarantee income and consumer loyalty objectives are met.

    The Product Manager’s employment additionally incorporates guaranteeing that the item and advertising endeavors bolster the organization’s general technique and objectives. A Product Manager tries to discover the clients’ needs and build up an item to fulfill them.

    Product Management DEFINES the vital business destinations that start discrete ventures.

    Part Overlap:

    It’s apparent that the parts of a Project Manager and a Product Manager are altogether different yet these parts have a comparable aptitude set.

    Fabulous authoritative and interpersonal abilities
    Administration qualities
    Time administration

    So it is normal for associations to request that Product Managers go up against Project Management duty and the other way around.

    Coming about Problems:

    We see that doing both employments can trade off the fruitful conveyance of a venture

    On the off chance that a Product Manager is likewise running a venture his/her time and consideration for the client system gets redirected to pursuing individuals, announcing and so on.
    You don’t have the adequate ability set to perform well on all focuses. A Project Manager exceeds expectations at figuring out how to datelines and a Product Manager recognizes what the client needs and remembers that.
    Wearing both caps with various goals here and there results in an irreconcilable situation.

    How Might We Manage These Problems?

    In a few circumstances it might even now be doable to have the Product Manager additionally attempt the Project Management part. In any case it is constantly perfect to have these two parts done by two people. Contingent upon the accompanying components, it regards prescribe that both Project Manager and Product Manager parts will be done by two people to effectively entire a venture and dispatch a decent item:

    Expansive size venture
    Different included divisions and partners
    Longer conveyance course of events
    Various geographic areas
    Enormous group

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    Alex Cowan
    Alex Cowan, Faculty at UVA Darden. Entrepreneur (5x). Intrapreneur (1x).
    Answered Jun 30, 2016 · Featured on Quora Sessions’s Twitter

    Before I go beyond the obvious, here are a few key items:

    There are a lot more projects than products. For any piece of, say, commercial enterprise software, there will be orders of magnitude more project managers deploying and managing it than product managers creating it.
    Projects tend to be internally focused and deal with completion where products are usually sold externally and have a certain lifecycle.
    Legacy rubrics the deal with ‘this is what a project manager owns in the machine and this is what a product manager owns’ are becoming less relevant for innovation-focused teams who increasingly adopt self-organizing methodologies like agile.

    If I were to pick the most important points of contrast, I’d go with internal vs. external focus + broad scope vs. narrow scope. I sketched the diagram below to show this:

    Note: I think this is clear from the context but I’m only speaking to my personal experience in software/digital.

    QUADRANT I ‘MINI CEO’
    You’re a product manager with a broad scope and you’re very externally focused. You’re basically the ‘mini CEO’ of your product- you’re measured on the profit and loss from your product. This might be at a big company or your own startup. You may not have a dedicated staff, but you’re expected to influence and define your product. Cost matters, but experts assist you with those trade-offs. Your main success factor is to understand the customer and how the business model around your product is going to drive revenue. Your most important people skill is your ability to communicate and sell a compelling narrative about why the company and the individuals that work there should invest their money, time, and emotions in your product. Your technical skills and attention to detail may have helped you get here, and big technology trends are still pivotal, but mainly you need to think about the big picture and motivate your collaborators to get excellent outcomes.

    QUADRANT II ‘PROGRAM LEAD
    ’You’re a project manager with a broad scope on an internal project- maybe a big, global IT implementation or a post-merger integration. You may be responsible for the activity of hundreds or more employees. You’re responsible for both the direct cost of the project as well as the way its rollout (delays, blow-up’s, etc.) influence cost in the rest of the organization. You define the processes and methodologies in use. You are a manager of managers, responsible for several project managers working in concert. Your most important people skill is understanding how individuals do their work and what motivates them, including other managers- your success there will determine the degree to which individuals on the project see you and your staff of project managers as a helping hand or unfair paper pushers. Your technical skills may have helped you get here, but now your job is to manage managers and see that the right talent is doing the right thing at the right time. As the need arises, you may need to have a critical discussion with the company CEO or a key individual contributor to talk about the success of the project.

    QUADRANT III ‘TASK GENIE’
    You’re part of a project management office or similar in a corporation that assigns you (usually) to multiple projects simultaneously. You work as an individual contributor and you have to consider carefully how to allocate your time between projects because that’s mostly up to your judgement. Your group has a defined project process you need to follow. Your most important people skill is being able to understand the work of others, understanding and empathizing with their needs, both practical and emotional (yes, really). Your technical skills, in terms of understanding topics in your domain, is also pretty important. It does a lot to determine how seamlessly you can work with the project team. While picking up stray tasks is something you do for the project, your success is a lot about anticipating what’s going to be possible, where the focus should be, when things are really going to happen, and when a project needs to be refactored/rethought.

    QUADRANT IV ‘WATCH MAKER’
    You’re responsible for one part of an integrated product. You work as an individual contributor within a team. Understanding how the overall product works is really important- if your particular part breaks the machine, that’s bad. Understanding the product doesn’t just mean the engineering part or even just the customer experience- business model, channel, legal/regulatory are important, too. All that said, if you can drive innovation on the existing product, the results with customers can be large scale and relatively quick (it’s already adopted, etc. in most cases). So that part is cool. Your technical skills are important- the engineering/systems part is probably the biggest cost driver and determinant of what you can do and when. Your ability to work seamlessly with others while still thinking creatively about how you might improve the product and its business model is your main determinant of success.

    BEING AWESOME AT IT
    It’s not like any of these types of roles is easier to excel at than the other. In my own work on Venture Design and teaching, I work on projects related to brand new products as well as rollouts of packaged IT software. Bringing agile and product design practices to internal IT rollouts is actually kind of a pet topic of mine. If you want to improve your practice of project or product management, my advice is to make sure you have a few of the fundamental jobs to be done and drivers of your success. The diagram below from my Coursera course on agile shows one view of that for the overall job of building software:

    I’d learn agile and the practice of design/design thinking as a universal tool to improve outcomes. Whichever role you’re in currently and wherever you want to take your career, you’ll be improving skills you that are broadly valuable.
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    Ayush Jain
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    Product Manager as a function or practice is fairly old now. It has been around since 1931 (well at least in theory). It originated from a memo written by Neil McElroy, an Advertising Manager at Proctor and Gamble. He wrote this memo to the Executive Team of P&G suggesting the need of a “brand man”, a person solely responsible for the product and not the business.

    The entire Product Lifecycle framework can be broadly categorized into two phases.

    New Product Development
    Commercialization or Manufacturing/Operations

    New Product Development

    This phase can be defined as the complete process of bringing out a new product or service to market.

    Whatever an organization needs to do to identify what to build and then building it and bringing it to market is covered here. We can broadly categorize this phase in the following stages. At each stage a crucial decision to move ahead or to iterate (pivot) or to stop, is taken. Please note that each stage takes up a lot of time and effort and there are tonnes of activities that are carried out but for the sake of simplicity we are only touching upon these at a high level.

    Also, I am not listing the roles and responsibilities of each of the roles simply but would introduce each of our managers as and when they do come into the picture in the entire Product Lifecycle.

    The journey begins with the Product Manager. Product Manager is responsible for taking the ownership of all the following stages.

    Ideation: Through market research, customer research, looking into industry trends, competition’s products, looking into convergence of the new upcoming technologies, ideas for the new products are generated and documented. All the product ideas are then sorted, brainstormed and some of them are finally shortlisted for the next stage.
    Concept Development and Testing: Shortlisted product ideas are used to create the proof of concept with minimal development and time effort. The objective here is get something out as soon as possible. The created concept is then validated with simulated market conditions and some potential customers. Based on the feedack received the concept is further iterated, improved, pivoted. Then we move on to the next stage.
    Product Plan Preparation: In this stage the Product Manager needs to wear the business hat and create a compelling Business Case for the product that should win the funding from the Executives. All the Product Lines definitions, Product Roadmap, product’s high-level definitions happen at this stage (NOT the detailed specs). This is also the stage in which the Product Marketing Manager comes into the picture. The Product Vision Board / Business Case is created which should at least consist of the following.

    Customer Problem
    Proposed Solution
    Marketing Strategy (Owned by Product Marketing Manager)
    Competitive Analysis
    Sales Forecasts
    Cost and Schedule Estimates
    Revenue Plan / Monetization Plan

    4. Marketing Mix Development: We move to this stage once the Product has been approved by the Senior Management. Marketing Mix consists of the 4 Ps i.e. Product, Pricing, Promotions and Place. So, in this stage all the detailed Product Specifications i.e. the PRD is created and owned by the Product Manager. He/she also starts to create the Product Backlog, detailed Epics and User Stories. Product Marketing Manager works on creating the Marketing and Promotions Strategy for the Product. He decides on the Pricing for the product and its different variants or versions. He also starts creating the Go To Market Strategy for the product. He works on all the Communications, Marketing Collaterals needed, Conferences and Events to be targeted etc.

    5. Actual Development: This is the stage where the Project Manager comes into picture. He is responsible for ensuring that the Product Backlog is properly groomed, owns the Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning meetings, ensures that developers all understand the Stories and are clear on what needs to be built. He coordinates among Design, Engineering and Product teams to ensure that there are no gaps and that the team is able to deliver the expected results sprint after sprint.

    In this stage certain crucial decisions are taken by the Product Manager such as building the certain components needed in the product or to buy / procure them from the third party vendors. Decide on the features and capabilities of the team versus the cost impact. Constantly monitor the changing market requirements and alter the backlog accordingly (if need be).

    It is Product Manager’s responsibility to ensure that we are only delivering the MVP initially. As Reid Hoffman (Co-founder of LinkedIn) puts it, “If you are not embarassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late”.

    6. Product Testing: In this stage the product is internally tested (alpha testing), bugs are fixed and then tested externally in a controlled environment (beta testing). Feedback is gathered, analyzed, filtered and incorporated in the further versions. Project Manager owns the bug fixing and actual testing. Product Manager owns the analysis of feedback and deciding on what to and what not to iterate in the product.

    Commercialization

    The following stages of the Product Lifecycle actually fall under the Commercialization phase. This phase is primarily owned by the Product Marketing Manager as you would see in the details of each of the stage below.

    7. Market Testing: This stage is primarily owned by the Product Marketing Manager. The MVP and its Marketing Strategy is tested either in Simulated Market Conditions or in a certain small Actual Market (depends on the company’s budget and size). For instance, companies sometimes launch their product in a certain small geography, iterate based on the feedback before launching it worldwide.

    8. Commercialization: If you have made it so far, congratulations your product is now ready to rule the market. A full blown launch happens in this stage, needless to mention primarily owned by the Product Marketing Manager. Testimonials are collected from the customers to be put in the Marketing Collaterals, Email and Content Marketing etc. The product is then launched and promoted at various Industry Conferences, Events.

    After this, there are four phases of the Product LifeCycle through which each of the product has to go through. At launch, of course the Product is at Introduction phase, following are the other phases.

    Introduction
    Growth
    Maturity
    Decline
    Withdrawl

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    Sharma
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    Answered Jan 22

    Warning: this post may offend a lot of managers, but nothing mentioned in this post is personal, it is based on personal experiences accumulated over the years. If you are a sensitive person, and are easily offended, please don’t read, or at least try not to complain mindlessly!

    Considering you are talking about the project managers in India, and US working on US and consulting projects, listed below are few of the comparisons:

    In India, you take hours for granted. In US, you have to be answerable for every minute.
    In India, you don’t often bill to the client, in US you bill client every week/fortnight etc.
    In India, you don’t often face the clients, in US you face the clients and difficult situations everyday.
    In India, you don’t often prepare project plans and budgets, in US you do that on daily basis.
    In India, you don’t often work around the clock, in US there is no time-in and time-out, you will often find yourself working around the clock.
    In India, you don’t have to hunt for projects for yourself to work on, here if you are a manager level and above, you mostly hunt for projects on which you can work. Firm will not arrange for projects for you, you are expected to somehow keep yourself chargeable, and if you are not chargeable, you can kiss your job goodbye.
    In India, you don’t have tough data secrecy regulation to abide by, laws are pretty lax in India, in US you can’t even copy the data without your partner’s permission. There is DLPs in place to detect whenever data is copied.
    In India, you don’t face racial discrimination, there’s only regional discrimination between resources from various location within India but not racial discrimination. In US, you will feel racial discrimination apart from only when you are in office, in Offices there are strict laws against discrimination.
    In India, you work on long term projects, in US projects are usually short term, you move from project to project regularly.
    In India, you don’t travel often, you get used to going to same office everyday and you don’t travel away from your home often. In US, you travel regularly, you take a Monday flight out, and fly back in on Thursday.
    In India, you virtually need to take permission to even take a piss, in US you are free to do almost anything you like to do with your time (within limits of course) but you better finish your work before deadline and be answerable for your time charged and billed.
    In India, you don’t need to sell work usually, in US you need to participate in sales and improve numbers of the firm.
    In India, you don’t often prepare proposals and reports, in US you prepare proposals and reports everyday.
    In India, you don’t get time off easily unless your manager is one of kind genuine person. In US employers encourage you to take time off, they wouldn’t generally deny leave requests.
    In India, everything runs bureaucratically, hierarchically, in US everything runs based on business demand, and you can talk to the CEO/CFO of the firm directly by walking in office, but you can’t do that India without offending a lot of people.
    In India, you don’t often learn a lot about business and business processes, I have seen many Project Managers, Senior Managers not knowing enough about the business and related processes. In US, you can’t survive without business process knowledge because you are almost always sitting in a room with your client without having a chance to google for the answers.

    I will keep updating the post as more comparisons come to mind.
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    Natarajan Ramanathan, PMP Project Management, Project Management Institute (2006)
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    As a subject / topic, Project Management is the same. No difference. However, the softer skills involved / used in US and in India are different. In US, people are more professionals and when a PM takes a decision, it stands. But in India, things can be different and can change depending on the sponsor.
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    Nirav Thakker
    Nirav Thakker, Been managing projects for my living for long now.
    Answered Mar 30

    Regular day starts with the below activities:

    checking out mails
    prioritizing my own work
    take status of pending work to be accomplished by the team. replan based on this info.
    update status to the client, share changes in plans/planned dates if any.
    send out what ever pending reports are needed on that day.
    attend some meetings. waste time.

    all this is done by 2 PM. Post 2 PM.

    follow up with the team on what the status of work allocated is. when they plan to finish it.
    check mails.
    make a few phone calls.
    browse quora
    browse twitter.
    browse feedly – read as many feeds as you can
    check mails
    get bored – go for chai.
    check mails
    take status again.
    pack up and go, it’s 6.30/7 pm

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    Anand Vaishampayan, PMP Project Management, Project Management Institute
    Answered Mar 28

    This is how exactly it spanned out today.

    6.30 AM get up and go for morning walk.

    7.30 AM connect VPN and download email.

    Multi task read emails while getting ready for office.

    9.00 AM start for office.

    Reach office at 9.35 AM, that is 5 minutes late for the meeting at 9.30 AM.

    Join the meeting, multitask and read/ respond to emails in parallel.

    While still on the call get another call from someone senior, ask them for some time. Return their call at 10 AM, get into an adhoc meeting with them for 20 minutes. Come out with several action items out of which an urgent one needs to be done before 2 PM.

    Start walking towards the floor where your team sits. Call one of your subordinate and ask him to book a room. Meet him and delegate the urgent action item to him. Ask him to deliver pre-lunch.

    In a flash – recall that two urgent actions need to be delegated – Call 4 team leads immediately in the room.

    Discuss with them the challenges and problems –

    Resourcing – how do we get the right talent
    People being complacent
    Unproductive resources
    Overburnt resources
    Production support escalations

    Delegate action items and decide three more meetings that need to be done.

    3.30 PM with client
    4 PM with onsite coordinator in Europe
    4.30 PM Team meeting

    Realize that it is 1:45 PM – run for lunch

    2:15 PM – come back to your desk only to realize that there are two people already waiting to meet you

    Talk to them for 15 minutes when you realize that there is a weekly meeting with your boss. Run for the 2.30 PM meeting thinking about the 3.30 meeting with client.

    In the 2.30 PM meeting multitask – talk, listen, write emails, take notes.

    At 3 PM – One team member comes and talks to you about an onsite opening being offered to him in another project. Talk to him with patience, tell him that you will give him an onsite opening soon.

    At 3.20 PM realize that another such resource in your team has been waiting to hear from you since last one week. Call him and console him that there is a plan in place for him too.

    3.30 PM – get into a meeting with client.

    4 PM – Listen to the family situation of one of your team member.

    4.15 PM – You start getting calls for tea break, tell them that you will meet in 5 minutes.

    4.30 PM – Boss asks about the update from client call at 3.30 PM.

    4.45 PM – Tea Break

    5.15 PM – Tell yourself that you will concentrate and create the presentations for tomorrow’s client calls

    5.30 PM – Urgent calls that team members in Europe have lost access.

    Continue to fire fight.

    7.30 PM – Call from home, tell them that you will start for home soon.

    Get greedy to send two more emails and two more meeting invites only to realize that it is already 8.30 PM.

    Another call from home. Finally decide to leave office.

    8.45 PM huge traffic jam.

    9.30 PM reach home.

    Refresh and get ready for dinner and thats when you get a call from onsite…

    Attend the call along with dinner. Again multitask. Talk to parents, wife, kid. Help download a game in the mobile phone.

    Finally decide to sleep at 10.30 PM and thats when you realize that you haven’t checked your Quora feed since the tea break.

    Get to Quora, at 11 PM – still writing this answer.
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    Rachit Lohani
    Rachit Lohani, Director of Engineering at Prudential
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    You don’t need Project managers or product managers to be successful. But the absence of one could risk one of your key players. And here’s why:

    I asked the same question to my boss, this was 10 years ago, and he agreed to remove the role. The outcome was not good for me. Since that day every team I have built I always ask for a Project manager!

    We were working on delivering a mediaplanner for our sales guys for selling more ads. Back then I was the lead operations, young and ambitious — wanted to change the world overnight. Of course, due to very limited knowledge and experience I couldn’t comprehend the value added by a project manager.

    The project was not very complicated, It was 3 scrum teams working to deliver the project. The timelines were flexible, the estimate was around 4 months and we were given 6 months to deliver and migrate the users. The 3 teams were :

    Core team ( FrontEnd and integration)
    API team ( backend)
    Migration team ( responsible for making sure that we dont break anything that is existing)

    It was around 8 devs in each team 6 QE and 4 Operations engineer for the whole project. Overall around 35–40 people and 6 months. I saw this an amazing opportunity to learn about Project and people management. I was lead engineer responsible for driving technology. I spoke to my boss and told him that I would like to manage the project together with day job, he initially thought I was kidding but 3 days later when I showed up in his office with the project plan and details he knew I had made up my mind. So he spoke with the PM office and made me the Project manager for that deliverable. The only thing he said was “I know you will do well and deliver it but make sure you are not frustrated, sleep deprived, hate everyone and everyone ends up hating you”. I smiled and said “I think I got this ” and left the office with a lot of confidence. Little did I know what was I getting into.

    First week was easy, I was well versed in the business and tech space for that problem. I was able to put forth a very reasonable and detailed plan. Tech ( devs, QE and ops ) loved it as it was very tech focused and we were able to give realistic timelines. Based on the plan, we kicked off the sprint , notified all the stakeholders and all was great. I was in a state of euphoria, fueled by optimism. In my head the project was a done deal. “Ah, it is easy,” I would think.

    As the project got moving, we started to see cracks. The plan we had put in place was impeccable given the requirements and timelines but as usual both of them changed. Requirements grew and timelines shrank, I was fuming ( because young and hot headed). So I reached out to the VP of sales team with a long email saying this is very poor planning on their part. The response I got back was one of the BEST emails, very well articulated and thought out on agile and how requirements evolve, if we don’t pivot and evolve we might become obsolete. I worked on redoing the plan, talking to the stakeholder, gathering dates, talking to tech to make sure we have the resources and moving forward.

    I dedicated 10 hours the first week, which became 30 week after and I didn’t even realize when I started doing 50 hours for a project that I thought was simple. 3 months in I was not getting enough sleep, was frustrated because no one talked to each other, hated everyone because everyone needed dates from me and they all didn’t like me because I kept pushing on everything rather than accommodating. I didn’t even realize when I became a curmudgeon. Previously, I was well liked at work. Often working out with the team and happy. Now I didn’t have time for anyone and I am sure I never smiled.

    I just couldn’t take it any more, I felt abused. I scheduled a 1-on-1 with my boss. He was my mentor and I respected him a lot. My opening line was “This is crazy, we have terrible resources both tech and non-tech, I don’t think they have a clue how to operate.” He smiled and nodded like talking to a child and said, “Remember, I said don’t end up hating everyone. Anyhow, are you getting enough sleep?”

    Me: No, I don’t have time for sleep. I am really worried about the timeline.

    Boss: I thought you know what it meant to be a PM. Right now, you are meddling with the project. Hence all the confusion. A TPM (technical project manager), does not interfere with the flow, he is the conduit, he is the bearer of the information – not the doer. There is a specific reason for this setup. I told you at the very beginning: don’t think like an engineer. If you are managing a project, think like a Project Manager. His responsibility is to make sure the Project is delivered within the timeline with stipulated budget. If something is unreasonable, he will let the 2 parties sort it out. You took the onus of being tech lead and Project manager. You were biased. Now do this, you represent Sales and all the decisions you make should be made keeping sales team in mind. You are their evangelist, starting today you will sit with them.

    Me: But you don’t understand, they are very unreasonable.

    Boss: I have to rush, talk to Laura ask her to put 30 min checkin with you two times a week.

    So, I moved and sat with the sales team. I was not doing big data operations anymore. I was doing full time Project management. I was the best technical lead and was now doing project management. I was still not happy, that day. 2–3 days in, I saw the change. Instead of saying this is crazy that sales has added another requirement, I was telling the delivery managers that a new requirement has come up which is very critical, how can we make sure that is honored and we can negotiate to see if we can drop something from the backlog or extend the timeline. Suddenly, I was a different person. I started sleeping well, I trusted the devs, did not meddle with their affairs, I trusted the sales vision. I felt lighter, started smiling again and, yes, started liking people. When there was a conflict, I learned to put the groups together and present the data. Everyone in the team was very reasonable and smart.

    We delivered the project on time with stipulated budget. It was a great experience. I learned that you don’t need Project managers or product managers to be successful but you need people with those skills. You will need a person or a team who is really good at understanding the context, orchestrating, gathering data around delivery and resources, you can label him as developer doing TPM. Similarly, you will need someone with forward vision, who understands the business, domain and where its headed, who will do all the market research and create a roadmap you can call him a developer doing Product management. In essence, these are full time jobs that need a special skill set. You can do without them but at the cost of chaos and lack of vision.
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    Alfredo Pinto
    Alfredo Pinto, works at Softtek
    Answered Apr 3

    The problem in software companies with project/product managers is that usually you have a very talent and excellent developer and the logic says that that person should be the one that lead the team since it is the most capable.

    This obvious logic is very very wrong. To lead people you actually need to acquire a complete and new set of skill in which that person haven’t had any experience before (usually).

    All new skill have a learning curve and it doesn’t matter if you are smart and talent, you have to develop the skills for this new job.

    So what you are observing is people in positions that don’t have the basic knowledge, training and experience to do that function.

    With a proper person in place the development speed and quality of the software increase at least by 4x.

    Soft skills is a must that it is needed to such position and putting your best developer in that position is not always the best.

    The positions at the job are seem like awards when you see somebody get promoted to a higher position, but that is not an award and that position is not about only give orders. It has to be done properly the job at that role so there is no such thing like an award for your god work.

    The best autor for this subject is Watts S. Humphrey and maybe his methodology is outdated but the principals to develop software haven’t.

    Read this two books from him and you will learn the importance of it.

    Winning with Software: An Executive Strategy: Watts S. Humphrey: 0785342776393: Amazon.com: Books

    Managing the Software Process: Watts S. Humphrey: 9780201180954: Amazon.com: Books
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    Jerome Chang
    Jerome Chang, works at BLANKSPACES
    Answered Mar 26

    The latter is an assumption that might not be available
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    Jay Heuer
    Jay Heuer, Full Time Dad, Author and App Developer (2015-present)
    Answered Mar 26

    Oh in small companies with very thin staffing depth, they might and actually do. Specifically in custom-work shops that cater to highly specialized requests, specs are an inferior way of communicating requirements and decisions…

    Once you grow, switching between dev work and PM is just too high a toll on throughput and performance. PMs need to communicate to the outside, developers need to communicate more between each other, support staff etc..
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, Built and managed high performance teams
    Answered Mar 28

    In some cases they don’t, in some others – not much will be done without a good PM. I have previously provided an illustrative example on this topic you might find interesting: Roman Baranovsky’s answer to Why should I pay for project management?
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    Cliff Gilley
    Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM – Product Management professional for almost 15 years, Pragmatic Marketing certified.
    Answered Mar 26

    Primarily because trying to ensure that you have sufficient actual contact with customers and the market to understand what they need, and not just what they want, is a full-time job. Being a Product Manager is about more than just making gut-level decisions about what should be made — it’s about building relationships, negotiating agreement, and most importantly being the actual voice of actual customers in the organization. Surprising to many people, this is actually a ton of hard work — that often gets lost in the shuffle because it’s not obvious in the outcome of the role, trains that run on time, on budget, and deliver people what they really need.

    Any developer who takes on that role is going to wind up not having time to do the actual coding work that they bring value to the organization through.

    Having said all of that, in far too many organizations out there, Product Management isn’t what I’ve just described — it’s more of an order-taking position that receives dictates from the Powers That Be regarding what needs to be done. In those cases, nearly anyone in the organization could take on that role and likely be just as effective as the person with the title of Product Manager — anyone can be essentially a secretary for decisions that others are making.
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    Jean-Baptiste Bertrand
    Jean-Baptiste Bertrand
    Answered Apr 2

    In my previous job, I worked as a supervisor and a product manager. I also have coding skills, and there were a couple of small projects where I played both roles.

    But generally, it wasn’t possible to do this, because there was too much work to do for one person, if we wanted to respect the deadlines. It’s simply division of work.

    Some things I did as a product manager, if it’s your question (it may vary from an organization to another):

    Discuss with the end users to understand their needs.
    Translate the users’ needs to detailed technical requirements.
    Anticipating the impact of a new product on other products, and more generally on the organization.
    Find solutions if some legal requirements make it difficult or impossible to answer some users’ needs.
    Discuss with the developers and the system administrators, e.g. to see what is possible to do in the allocated time.
    Discuss with the hierarchy if we don’t have enough people working on the project.
    During the development phase, extensively test the product, and report issues in an easily reproductible way.
    Discuss with sales to see how to announce the product launch.
    In some instances, writing the user documentation, and giving technical support to users.

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    Stefan Schindewolf
    Stefan Schindewolf, Managing projects for 12+ years
    Answered Mar 27

    Firstly, “just taking responsibility” can easily fill your day.

    There is quite a gap between “just taking responsibility” and the daily acitivities to lead a team and direct a project.

    Depending on a project´s size and complexity management activities can easily fill your day:

    Communicate status information within the team and to stakeholders via reports, board meetings, newsletters, etc.
    Identify issues that need to be adressed and really chase people up to resolve them
    Measure where you are with your spendings (against the budget you planned)
    Check if your progress in all teams is still in line with your plan (the big picture)
    Relate with other projects to identify interdepencies and timeline issues
    etc.

    I could go on like this endlessly but I think you get the point.

    Secondly not everybody wants responsibility

    Not all specialists actually do like to have that responsibility. They want to do their work (designing, programming, etc.) and consider their work a craft.

    And my experience is: the more somebody considers his work being a craftsmanship the more this person usually resents management.*

    This works fine until issues come up between specialists or teams in a project. When conflicts arise the craftsman tends to say: this is a management issue.

    When projects derail from their plans (and they always do) you will need people to manage them back in line. And this requires communication, reflection, negotiation, politics and leadership.

    If you are not convinced that project management is a real task then the projects you have worked on so far are just small thingies.

    (*) To be honest my speculation is that this is the true background of this question.
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    Ed Guenther
    Ed Guenther, Using Java throughout my career; basically since the day Java 1.0 was released.
    Answered Mar 26

    An experienced developer can do that for a very small scale project (maybe up to 5, 10 people).

    And then something kicks in that every programmer should know about when programming: SRP ( Single responsibility principle – Wikipedia ) .

    When we program, it is clear to us that one class should have one purpose. And that complecting different braids of responsibility within one class leads to complex solutions … that sooner or later become hard to maintain.

    Very same thing for us humans: we are not very good at multi-tasking. We can do it to a certain degree, but especially when we come under pressure, then we most often lose it. Then we stop making rational decisions, but rely on our instincts (or trained habituals). They can carry you a long way, but they can also bring you down easily.

    And beyond that: these roles actually have different responsibilities. The developer is (often) focused on improving the product to the highest levels of perfection.

    The project manager understands that products need to be shipped in order to make money. So a project manager knows that, at some point, he might have to push engineers to ship a product that they don’t consider fully ready.

    Of course, nowadays, when everybody is about agile practices this might be less of a problem. Since close interaction with customers (and therefore deadlines) is now much more integrated into the whole team process.

    So yes, in 2018, and when you have a fully agile team setup, and every person working around you shares the same ideas, values, skills, … then there is probably less need for a project manager (compared to say an organisation that released every 12 months using waterfall).

    But, even then: in larger companies, there are zillions of activities that have nothing to do with developing, that get typically covered by (good) project/program managers (for example dealing with all the pesky details required for ISO 9000 or other kind of certification).
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    Rebecca Rachmany
    Rebecca Rachmany, Team Turnaround Coach
    Answered Oct 20, 2016

    Track OUTCOMES and RESULTS. What your team is doing is of absolutely no interest to you. The only thing of interest is what results they produce. Have deadlines and milestones that make you comfortable (weekly, or twice weekly maximum unless you are very near a deadline). Measure what is actually getting produced.
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    I strongly recommend TribeScale, it is free. TribeScale is communication platform that was designed to perfect the communication among the team. To give you some peace of mind, all conversations will be encrypted. It even has functions as effective as the creation and allocation of tasks, the taking of decisions, voting polls, and automatic questions.

    All the functions allow you to have control of your team, but all with only just sitting behind a computer monitoring them through TribeScale.

    If you use TribeScale with your team for just two weeks, you will no longer want to switch to something else. You can take your team to the next level of productivity.
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    Josh Spilker
    Josh Spilker, Writer & Content Marketer
    Updated Feb 22

    Managers aren’t supposed to do their old job; they’re supposed to empower the new people to do it. But you’re right, it doesn’t help if you don’t have visibility.

    I work for a project management software company (Workzone), and we see a lot of companies run into these problems. That’s why setting up projects and tasks with specific assignments are so great—you can know when the work gets done and even review the work without constantly checking in.

    Here are more tips about fighting the urge to micromanage.
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    Becky Popelka
    Becky Popelka, Creator, Management Launchpad, online course for managers
    Answered Oct 16, 2017

    One simple way is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with each member every other week, or even weekly depending on the size of your team. These don’t have to be long, just 30 minutes each, even though you may soon find that some team members require or would like more time. This way it’s a regular part of the way you do business, and feels very different then being called in for a meeting by the boss.

    This meeting time will not only give you the opportunity to ask questions about their work, but also give your team member an opening to ask you as their manager any questions they may have as well. By creating a space for discussion on a regular basis, you then foster more open communication between you to promote sharing of information.
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    Amit Kakkar
    Amit Kakkar, Marketing Engineer @ProofHub
    Answered Oct 6, 2017

    These days there are lots of project management tools like ProofHub that are available in the market that can help you to avoid micromanagement.

    With the help of ProofHub you can :

    Bring down the project delivery time.
    Get better control over projects & team communications.
    Make teams more accountable.
    Achieve better work satisfaction.

    ProofHub is loaded with features like time tracking, group chat, gantt chart, reports, proofing, task management, discussions and more.

    Free trial and demo is also available.
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    Jo Savill
    Jo Savill, building a Productivity Network at ScribblePost.com
    Answered Oct 19, 2016

    You’re right to want to avoid micromanagement – it can damage your team in a number of ways, including:

    Reducing your team’s morale by establishing a culture of mistrust
    Undermining the creativity and drive of your team
    Creating bottlenecks and reducing productivity
    Filling the manager’s mind with the micro-level details so there’s no room to focus on the big picture[1].

    A manager needs to focus on being a leader: leading their team towards achieving the big goals for the organization.

    But how can a manager be sure that they are on track to achieve those big goals without micromanaging?

    By building trust.
    Trust in your team members ability to deliver, and trust in your systems to keep track.

    Using the right tool to keep track of progress without needing to micromanage can make a huge difference to your team’s productivity. ScribblePost is a great tool for keeping track of progress without the need to micro-manage. How?

    Write an email in ScribblePost, add a couple of tags, and it’s instantly a task you can track, and it’s assigned to a person.
    No need to request status updates – just check on ScribblePost if a task is complete or not
    Your team can send instant updates when they complete a task, so you know you’re tracking towards your goals
    See the big picture with kanban, priority or calendar views.

    Weaning yourself off micromanagement is the right thing to do – just make sure you build trust in your people and your systems to fill the void.

    Footnotes

    [1] https://hbr.org/2015/08/how-to-s…
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    Victoria Ivanova
    Victoria Ivanova, Marketing and Communication at Nikabot
    Answered Oct 12, 2017

    At my company, Impossible, we had a very similar problem – we have around 70 team members, but they are scattered across 3 continents and 4 countries. We run up to 15 projects at a given time, with clients all over the world as well. Tracking where everyone is and what they are up to has become a pain. At the same time, management layer is almost inexistent at Impossible, let alone micromanagement. So we set up on building an optimal tool that would get reporting in order without being too annoying.

    So we created Nikabot to scratch our own itch. Nikabot is a Slackbot that asks each member of your team “What did you do today?”. You can report as many projects, along with the hours spent on them, as you want. With that info Nikabot creates automatic reports that show what your team has been working on for the last week(s), month(s), and so on. You can see an example of automatic reports here.

    We offered Nikabot to a couple of similar teams, and then, surprised by an overwhelming interest, rolled it out as an independent product. Give it a try 🙂
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    Jared Brown
    Jared Brown, Co-founder of Hubstaff.com
    Answered Oct 19, 2016

    Micromanaging isn’t beneficial for anyone, I suggest checking out a good time tracking software.

    My team and I built Hubstaff, a time tracking app that offers proof of work and will help you streamline your business processes for better efficiency.

    Our lightweight desktop timers take screenshots and measure activity levels so you can monitor your team without micromanaging them. The screenshots are taken at random times, giving you the best idea of what’s really happening.

    Hubstaff’s URL tracking lets you see which websites your team members visit whenever they are working and tracking time. You can see the time spent at every page and even get a quick preview of what the page looks like. This data can help you drill down on where your most productive team members spend their time, and where the less productive ones are wasting it.

    We offer a free 14 day trial so you can try it out for yourself. I’ve also included this video below to provide you with some more information.

    Disclaimer: I’m the co-founder of Hubstaff
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    Ola Rybacka
    Ola Rybacka, Social Media Manager in TimeCamp
    Answered Oct 9, 2017

    Instead of trying to implement micromanaging, it’s much better to invest in a good time tracking software!

    And in this case, the tool my team develops, called TimeCamp, seems to be a pretty good option!

    TimeCamp will help you to cope with them once and for all. In addition to being a sophisticated time-tracking tool, the program is rich in functions such as invoicing, reporting, and billing. This business management tool will meet the expectations, equally, of small, medium as well as large organizations bothered by problems, among which are: inefficiency of time tracking apps, inaccuracy of client bills, or reports.

    TimeCamp is available for desktop, mobile and has Chrome extension!

    What does it have to offer?

    As it has been mentioned din the overview, the app supports one not only with the possibility to:

    automatically and manually track time,
    time diaries, views in the form of graphics, computer activities which can be assigned to specific entries of the time notes,
    information it records which can be saved and extracted for accurate reporting!

    The feature that particularly differentiates the aforementioned app from other such tools and makes it rule over them is its reporting ability. It enables one to choose between 5 different types of reports, export, filter, or share them with colleagues.

    The same procedure gives also an opportunity to collaborate on other tasks. In turn, users have been granted the opportunity to directly copy their company’s hierarchy in the system of TC and work in agreement with their own rules, whether it is a small startup or a huge enterprise, all thanks to roles and permissions.

    Summing up: TimeCamp rises to the challenge of even the most demanding businesses!

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please send me some feedback if you give it a go!

    Ola Rybacka, Social Media Manager at TimeCamp

    Disclaimer: I work at TimeCamp
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    Greg Skloot
    Greg Skloot, Founder of Weekly Update (getweeklyupdate.com)
    Answered Feb 21

    It depending how granular you need to track.

    Avoiding micromanaging is about focusing on the results rather than the process to get the results. Your team can execute any way they want as long as they produce the desired results within the time period needed.

    If you are dealing with hourly workers or anyone who is billing clients hourly, time tracking software could be a great solution.

    If you are dealing with knowledge workers who have specific skills, salary and a defined set of goals and objectives, you should consider a a tool to get status updates once per week, non intrusively. It sounds like Weekly Update could be a great tool to help.

    The idea is that once per week, you should ask each team member to write a quick recap of their top objectives, concerns and plans for the upcoming week. This gives you visibility into what everyone is working on, an opportunity to step in and guide them in the right direction and a written record so nothing gets lost in the shuffle. It works like this:

    1. Once per week, everyone fill out a quick form with a few questions:

    2. When they submit their form, their responses are shared with the group

    Why is this better than micromanaging?

    1. It only happens once per week

    Because weekly status updates happen just once per week, you avoid the annoyance of constantly asking team members for updates, which is often the definition of micromanagement.

    2. Everyone writes their update in their own way

    Each team member can summarize their week in their own way. It’s designed to be very flexible, so it doesn’t feel like the manager is imposing a rigid structure on everyone (again, something that would feel like micromanaging).

    3. It accomplishes the same goal of holding everyone accountable

    Because we’re getting updates in writing, we can hold each team member accountable for delivering on what they committed to the previous week.
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    Priya Singh
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    There is no fixed score to pass the PMP exam. It is based on the difficulty level of the questions you get. As no two candidates get the same set of questions therefore the passing score also varies. The PMP exam with easy questions have the passing score higher than the exam with more difficult questions and each question has different weightage.
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    Answered Nov 13, 2017

    Establishing the Passing Score – The passing score for all PMI credential examinations is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts from across the globe to help establish a point at which each candidate should pass the examination(s) and the examination point of difficulty. Data that show how candidates actually performed is cross referenced with the subject matter experts to ensure that the point of difficulty on each examination is healthy.

    Source: http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/d…

    For complete article: What Is The PMP Passing Score? – Project Management Resource Library

    My tip would be, always try to score 80% or higher on practice exams. Once you score 80% or higher on practice tests, you should feel confident and go ahead and schedule your exam.

    For more tips on preparing for the PMP exam: Am I Ready To Take The PMP Exam? Tips To Make Sure You Are!

    If you are looking for other articles on getting PMP certification, visit the Get-Certified Articles.

    I hope I was able to answer your question!
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    Answered Jun 4
    Originally Answered: What is the score for clearing PMP?

    It is not so straight forward. You might clear the exam with just 75% and may not clear even with 80%. There are a lot of combinations that you need to understand. But a general notion is that if you are scoring above 75% in sample/ mock exams, you are well prepared to clear the exam.

    In our PMP workshops we talk in detail about the passing criteria, so that you get a very detailed understanding of the same.
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, 18+ years of leading projects & project-based organizations
    Answered Jun 7, 2017

    Here is the extract from PMP Handbook, which might answer the question:

    The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts – project professionals from around the world and many different disciplines – to determine how many questions you must answer correctly to pass the exam. Each scored question on the exam is worth one point; and your final score is calculated by totaling the points you have earned on the exam. The number of questions you answer correctly places you within one of the performance rating categories you see on this report
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    Rahul Sharma
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    Answered Feb 27

    The passing score was once 81%, which was reset to 61% out of 2005, which implied that PMP candidates need to answer at least 106 out of the 175 questions. From December 2005, PMI has quit distributing the passing score. Presently the passing score for each candidate is extraordinary and depends on the trouble level of questions being endeavored. Additionally, the PMP Exam report card was updated in 2007 and now gives just the capability levels.

    PMP Exam report card was updated In 2018. you will get four hours to complete 200 questions. Most candidates are able to assess the paper in five minutes and use the remaining 10 minutes to write notes on a sheet of paper provided to help with calculation. However, going forward this practice will be disbarred.

    Getting know more update visit here How to Get PMP Certification in 2018 —Study Notes, Tips & PMP® Exam Update
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    Thor Pedersen
    Thor Pedersen, PMP Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute (2016)
    Answered Jun 12, 2017

    It is not a straight up % score, you have to score above certain score on each domain and have the right mix.
    Download this *.pdf from PMI it has most of your answers and then some.
    http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/d…

    Exam is 200 questions, you are graded on the 175 of them and 25 are test questions for PMI.

    Percentage of questions from each domain

    Initiation 13%
    Planning 24%
    Executing 30%
    Monitoring and Controlling 25%
    Closing 8%

    You don’t get a % right per domain will you get a Proficient, Moderately Proficient or Below Proficient for each domain. It is possible to pass with 1 even 2 BP’s.

    You can take a look here for different pass/fail scenarios:
    http://www.pmhangout.com/uploads…

    Quote from the handbook:

    Establishing the Passing Score The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts – project professionals from around the world and many different disciplines – to determine how many questions you must answer correctly to pass the exam. Each scored question on the exam is worth one point; and your final score is calculated by totaling the points you have earned on the exam. The number of questions you answer correctly places you within one of the performance rating categories you see on this report.

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    Resit Gulec
    Resit Gulec, Founder & CEO at Master of Project Academy
    Answered Aug 27, 2017

    PMI does not state the passing score for PMP exam. However, the general experience is if you score 61% of the PMP exam questions correctly, you get the PMP certification!

    We recommend to our PMP training students to score at least 70% of their practice questions to sit and pass PMP confidently.

    Benefits of PMP Certification

    There are several benefits of PMP certification. I will be listing the top three benefits here. These are common language of project management, better salary and advantage in job screening.

    1-Common Language Benefit of PMP Certification in Project Management World

    This is actually the primary purpose of PMI institute. Project management is not industry specific. No matter in which industry you are working, projects are crucial business drivers that help companies to operate and survive in their market. When working with your colleagues, partners, suppliers, or employee of another company, you must be able to speak the same terminology, concepts and jargon. Can you communicate with a foreigner if you do not know his language well? Of course not. Same analogy applies here. Project management professionals must be able to understand each other. When a colleague says “scope”, “change request”, “rist register”, “issue log” etc. other project management professionals must understand what he or she is referring.

    PMP certification ensures this common language of project management among the PMP certification holders. This eases the communication and management of projects around the world.

    2- Better Salary Advantage of PMP Certification

    The biggest benefit of PMP certification to the individual is for sure the value of PMP certificate. A PMP certified professional earns up to 20% more than its uncertified peers do. Based on our previous researches, we found that, in US, a PMP certification holder earns 14% more than a regular project manager who does not have PMP certification.

    A PMP certification holding project manager earns around $110,000 per year in US. Depending on the industry, experiences and skills of the project manager, this amount can vary. However, this is an average of the reported salaries.

    Read more about PMP certification salary and PMP salary distribution in different countries.

    3- Advantage of PMP certification in Job Screening

    If you are working as a project manager, or looking for a project management job, most of the reputable and corporate companies will look for PMP certification as a critical merit in candidates. Look what I did.

    I searched for “project manager” jobs in San Francisco through LinkedIn when I was writing this post and check out what is mentioned about PMP in these project manager job postings.

    Company: Oracle, Position: Technical Project Manager (Link to job posting)

    Under preferred qualifications area, following was written: “PMP Certification desired”.

    Company: Glassdoor, Position: Technical Project Manager (Link to job posting)

    Under requirements area, following was written “PMP Certification strongly desired.”

    Company: Agfa Healthcare, Position: Project Manager – Healthcare IT (Link to job posting)

    On top of the desired skills & experience area following was written: “PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification required”

    Company: E*Trade, Position: IT Project Manager (Link to job posting)

    Under requirements area, following was written: “Achieved a PMP or / and Certified Scrum Master or other project management certification”

    There were several other job postings and most of them were requiring PMP certification as a critical requirement. Can you imagine passing screening of these companies without having PMP certification? Especially in today’s harsh competition, it is almost impossible. Therefore, PMP certification will help you to surpass other candidates in your project management job applications.

    Recap of this section: PMP certification ensures the common language among project management professionals around the world. Top benefits of PMP certification for an individual is salary increase and higher possibility of getting a project management job.

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    PM Majik
    PM Majik, Global experience running projects and implementing PMO’s
    Answered Aug 12, 2017

    Hi

    Project “ramp down” typically comes at or near the end of the project (or a specific phase) of the project.

    It is the concept where work is being completed and you do not need so many resources to complete the remaining activities. Therefore, you start to release the resources / vendors / consultants, etc from the project.

    So if you created a graph of the month on month resource profile you will see a step down in the the number of resources. This is the ramp down.

    All the best

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    Shruti Shekhar
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    Industry context would be important here. Ramp down is a slow down (duh). In a manufacturing project it’s when the demand/ forecast for production drops and you consciously produce lesser number of products per week even if this means you’re running your operations below optimal performance/ at low efficiency.

    In a non manufacturing project it would mean you’re at the end of the project cycle and tying up lose ends.
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    John P Benfield
    John P Benfield, PMP, PfMP, CSSBB, CGEIT, CISM, Built and operated multiple PMOs in the F100
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    Every project is different and this leads to a lot of confusion and miscommunication in immature organizations and with inexperienced PMs.

    Every PM has to deal with something known as the triple constraint; Budget, Schedule and Scope. (Scope is often replaced with Quality, but “Scope” is really the combination of both deliverables and quality. You can do less and maintain the same quality level or do more with lower overall quality. )

    The old adage in PM is that you get to pick 2. You can have fast turnaround and deliver the world, but it will cost more. You can have low cost and fast turnaround, but you’ll have to reduce scope (Deliverables/Quality), etc.

    What you need to do as a PM is when you’re defining the constraints, you need to understand what’s important to the customer, what’s an ACTUAL constraint and what’s just a stake in the ground for planning purposes. Never confuse a target with a constraint.

    If you have a project that’s going to deliver a huge ROI, budget is less likely to be a constraint and your target date is likely to be ASAP as opposed to a real hard drop-dead date. What’s going to be most important is that you deliver the value that you promised.

    If you have a compliance project with fines that kick in on a certain date, budget is going to be relatively unimportant (to a point) and you may even have some flexibility between the minimum and desired outcomes. But that date is written in stone and must be met.

    If you’re running a discovery or pilot project, you may have a fixed budget but no real time constraint or scope expectations. You just need to squeeze as much value as possible out of a finite pool of money and resources.

    What I like to do when defining a project is to define “drop dead” criteria with the customer. i.e. “At what point would this project cease to be viable?” and work back from there to targets, KPIs and review triggers. It’s really quite interesting to see the conversation change when you sit with your client and have that discussion as part of planning. Suddenly that “It has to be $xxx dollars and delivered by yyy” becomes more flexible when you say “so, if it’s $xxx + $1, we don’t move forward?….what about +$1000, $10,000, $1M?” and repeat the same exercise with dates and scope. That’s what will determine what’s most critical to your stakeholders/project and you can plan accordingly.
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    Answered Jan 17

    If you are a project manager, I very much doubt this is your decision to make.

    Ask your client or sponsor. Tell them that there are three key drivers in project management: time, cost and quality. You want to meet their needs so you need to understand their priorities.

    (In place of ‘quality’ some people use the word scope or benefit.)

    Ask them what they want.

    You can sketch a triangle with each word at a corner.

    If the answer is ”All three” explain as a simple example that you might have quotations for part of the project from:

    a cheap and cheerful contractor

    a very professional, expensive contractor who can’t start for a few months but is known for high quality of work

    a contractor that has a poor reputation but claims to be able to do the work very quickly.

    Entertainment and sport projects (concerts, Olympics) are very time focussed. Once the date is set delays are a no no. Space projects (satellites and probes) are very quality driven as repairs are impossible. Somtimes there is a pot of money and no chance of extra funds.

    Record the agreement as a part of the managment of your stakeholders.
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    Erick Onyango Odhiambo
    Erick Onyango Odhiambo, studied Project Management & Project Planning at College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (2010)
    Answered Jan 17

    Money you can use money to get time by employing people to do what need to be done
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    Bud Hyett
    Bud Hyett, Retired at Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Answered Jan 20

    That is set in the project proposal by the sponsor and affirmed by his signature in the project approval document.

    Schedule is often the primary driving factor, but within the bounds of the budget.
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    Patrick Weaver
    Patrick Weaver, Managing Director at Mosaic Project Services (1986-present)
    Answered Jan 17

    Cost is a consequence of how well the work is done so managing resources in a sensible mainframe is the key to cost efficiency. BUT some project have to be completed by a set date and cost is the variable….. The key to successful projects is knowing what really matters, time, cost or quality.
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    Naveed Ramzan
    Naveed Ramzan, MBA Project Management & Team Management, Virtual University of Pakistan (2010)
    Answered Jan 17

    Time should be in top priority as its a very well known quote “Time is money”

    Further money can be increased or decreased w.r.t the features while time csnnot be changed as every stakeholder have its timeline for specific event.

    So my suggestion is that top priority is TIME.
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    Hassan Shamaly
    Hassan Shamaly, studied Project Management at Project Management Institute (2014)
    Answered Jan 18

    Project success includes completing the Project on time, within budget, and with the required quality. Priorities come to adjust the work up to the project plan.

    In Project management, You will have to obtain an approved Project Management Plan in which a budget, time frame, and Quality are specified, determined, and approved.

    Risk management plan should help you determine your priorities. it shows you the threatens that could affect the project plan and what part of the plan will be affected.
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    Mark Twaine
    Mark Twaine, an architect, a project manager, a cat herder
    Answered Jan 20

    The original “triple constraint” stipulates that one needs to balance time, money and scope. Which one is more important is up to project’s sponsor (most of the time)

    I can deliver fast by keeping the scope and spending a lot more money; I can deliver faster by narrowing scope and spending more money; or we can stick with the original scope, budget and schedule.
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    Chuck Cobb
    Chuck Cobb, Agile Project Mgt Author and Instructor (Over 50K Students)
    Updated Feb 6

    It depends on the nature of the project. The first priority should always be to provide value. How you measure “value” might vary from one project to the next…some projects might measure it in terms of time and/or money and in other projects the creativity and innovation required to find an optimal solution is far more important than either time or money.
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    Moahmmad Jaradat
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    Answered Apr 14

    My previous boss always used to say “you can not buy time, everyday you lose you will need to make it up one way or the other and it doesnt come back”

    Time is extremly essential than money But do not ignote the most important aspect which is scope.

    It all starts with idintefiying the scope. How fast can you complete the job and how much it will cost you.

    If you study change management risk mnagement and anything in between with management after it you will find that scope, time and cost is the main reasons for any change,risk, etc..
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    Adrian Neumeyer
    Adrian Neumeyer, I help project leaders @ tacticalprojectmanager.com
    Answered Jan 18

    Good question!

    There is no direct answer though because of two reasons:

    Projects inherently follow multile, even conflicting priorities. It’s the nature of a project that there is > 1 priority to consider.
    It depends on the project which aspect is given higher priority:
    – quality/scope, time, cost

    Example:

    Imagine Tesla’s project to build an electric car: Would they have said “Ok, now we have spent $ 1 bn on development, let’s sell whatever car we can build with the given result.”? Probably not, money was not so much the issue. It was more to fulfil the technical vision of Elon Musk. They had to get the technology right, whatever it may have cost.

    => Quality had a higher priority than cost. Even time was not so important. They accepted a delay.

    Whether time or cost is given higher priority depends on the project and on the circumstances, like the available budget and the urgency of the topic.

    Also, note that time and money are correlated. The longer you work on a project, the more it will cost.
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    Ramji Vinodh
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    Answered Jan 19

    Answer to the Question :

    Time

    Imagine you have created a project schedule to complete within 10 days and you budgeted 100$/ day ( for the resources) and hence the total cost = 100$ *10 days = 1000$
    If you have completed the project as per the above the project has been competed and is within budget and if not we are over-budgeted and hence cost overrun.

    False assumptions in the above :

    What if resources are unskilled and/or under-skilled and/or over skilled?
    What is the specifications related to the WBS are either underestimated and/or overestimated ?
    What if the deliverable are gone for re-work ?
    What if the overall budget is only 900$ ?

    All of the above will drag the project timeline and eventually incur cost.

    Conclusion :

    Project Management is always balancing time, cost and quality ( sometime called as scope – but they are technically different to Quality)
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    Mazen Anouty
    Mazen Anouty, Project Manager at Khatib & Alami (2008-present)
    Answered Jan 17

    Cost in the sense that time is money.

    You may be penalized financially if you deliver late and you can end up with cost overrun having to pay staff salaries for more time than what was originally budgeted.

    Scope creep, quality issues and negative risks all translate into additional cost to your project.

    After the project ends you will have a single indicator to measure if the project was successful or not and this is the $ value and you will end up with a profitable + or loss generating project – . Of course you will have also a long list of lessons learned to avoid losses in future projects.
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    Alexandra Bethea
    Alexandra Bethea, Vice President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Feb 22

    Whatever project you are working on, good planning is essential to avoid budget blowouts and missed deadlines. It all starts with the project management triangle, Time-Cost-Quality. The concept is simple – you can have any two.

    It all starts with the ‘golden’ triangle of project management, Time-Quality-Cost.

    The concept is simple – you can only have two.

    Time + Cost = a project done quickly and cheaply … but the Quality may suffer

    Quality + Time = an outstanding project delivered quickly … but it will Cost more

    Cost + Quality = great work at a reasonable cost … but leave plenty of Time to complete it

    There is no right or wrong approach; it depends on what is important for a particular project.

    For example, for a feedback form to be handed out at an event in a few days, Time is the first priority and Cost (budget) may be more important than quality.

    For an annual report that can be planned well in advance, Cost and Quality should be the dominant factors.
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    Sergei Brovkin
    Sergei Brovkin, MBA, PMP Strategic Management, McGill University
    Answered Jan 18

    The answer to the priority question becomes apparent during the early stage of project initiation – or actually before that – by having this ultimate question answered:

    What is our Purpose?

    In most cases, the possible purposes are:

    – Showing a profit

    – Gaining the market share

    – Developing or testing a new technology

    Clear Purpose will instantly rank your priorities.

    For example, if profit is what you need, money will be your No.1 priority. If the project gets into trouble later on, the Sponsor will decide with Stakeholders which next priority (one of the three PM constraints) will have to be dropped.

    On the contrary, gaining the market share or testing a new technology is usually a costly strategic endeavor. Hence, the scope and time (to market) will matter most, with the project cost becoming a strategic investment.

    There may be yet another, less exalted project Purpose: keeping the team busy during a slow period. This one is likely to be the most difficult case as your Sponsor may be vague and elusive, and you cannot communicate the “purpose” to the team. Your top priority in this case is to make sure that you stay within the budget and DO NOT DELIVER before the planned end date, with the scope being of no practical importance. But that’s a question for a PM Master Class.

    I always make it a point to have the project Purpose clearly defined in the first paragraph of the Project Charter and duly signed off by the Sponsor.

    The next PM priority is to communicate the Purpose to the project team.

    Next, I upvote and highly recommend John P Benfield’s response: it covers everything else, concisely conveying the entire PMBoK.

    More about Project Management.
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    Trevor Rabey
    Trevor Rabey, I am director/consultant for Perfect Project Planning (PPP).
    Answered Jan 17

    Wrong starting point, wrong question if you are suggesting that one should be addressed at the expense of the other, or that they can be separated just by having an opinion about which is more important than the other. One of the most interesting things about project management is that it is directed at controlling both of them. Here’s how it works. Project management starts with project planning. Project planning starts with obtaining answers to two questions:

    How much will it cost?

    How long will it take?

    It doesn’t matter if you switch them around. Assume that you already know the scope of the project. You know what you want to do, and you have broken it all down to a list of tasks. The two questions apply to any kind of project, whether it is building a house or walking across Antarctica. Once you have the answers to the two questions, many other questions can be answered.

    You can find out how much it will cost by assigning resources to the tasks. The resources cost money, so you now have the cost of each task, and hence of the overall project.

    You can find out how long it will take by using the critical path method and a software tool such as Microsoft Project (there are others). This means estimating how long each task will take and then linking them into a critical path network where each task has predecessors and successors.

    Once you have both answers in this form, you will also have the cost distribution over time, and that means that you have an estimate of the cash flow. Cash flow is the combination of money and time, not one or the other.

    In the construction industry, the project is divided up between the architect and engineers who take care of the design, and the quantity surveyor who takes care of the cost. The traditional method employed by QSs is to break the project down into all of the materials, equipment and labour and other “quantities” and estimate their costs and add them up. Unfortunately, this approach only answers part of the question. It is not much use unless you assign the appropriate quantities of stuff, along with their costs, to the tasks. QSs do not usually take an interest in the program or schedule, and don’t have those programming and scheduling skills. Same for the architect and engineers. It is usually left to the contractor. Big mistake. Frankly, I do not understand why the architect, engineers and QSs do not regard the program/schedule as part of their responsibility. Maybe some do. If anyone knows, please explain it to me.
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    Answered Mar 29, 2017

    It depends how you get the certification and what it brings you.

    More knowledge: it means you also take a class (for CSM is mandatory, for PSM not). The reputation of the trainer is what makes or brakes it. Otherwise put, having 2 days learning in the company of a very good Agile Coach / Trainer will increase your knowledge of Scrum (and solve some of the dilemmas, questions you had on going with your teams).
    Reputation: the Certification is required by some companies. So I guess it looks good in your CV. But if it’s not accompanied by solid knowledge of Scrum, I find it useless.

    I like tests and validating my learning / knowledge, so for me PSM works and is beneficial. It was useful to discuss open topics for me (the ones the online doesn’t settle), meet other Scrum Masters, figure out what else is new in Scrum .org, and so on.
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    Neema Kapoor
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    Certifications are a big recruitment filter that help make your resume more marketable. It also makes anything that you say on the subject far more credible.

    As regards CSM, the certification is totally worth it given the relative ease with which it can be achieved by anybody who has attended a Scrum training or familiarized themselves with the really short ‘Scrum Guide’. Its an open book exam that you can complete over 90 days pausing and resuming at will. There are 35 questions in all of which you need to clear 24 to pass .. Almost all the participants in my batch ( I attended QAI’s course in Delhi last week) scored above 30 and many got a perfect score of 35!

    I highly recommend the training. Agile as a philosophy has gone beyond software and the concepts are valuable across functions.

    Make sure to choose a good training organization though… it can make all the difference to what you come away with.
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    In order to understand the importance of getting Scrum certified we should first look at the demand of the particular area of knowledge in terms of jobs and skills. Thanks to the advancements in technology, companies have to be agile in delivering high value deliverables well in time, at the same time meeting the changing requirements of customers. Because of this this change in business landscape, several organizations around the globe are accepting Scrum as a primary project management framework for their projects, especially when they operate in a dynamic business environment.

    This growing popularity and acceptability of Scrum has created a great and ever increasing demand for Scrum-certified professionals in the job market. Scrum is now being applied in industries beyond IT and hence a Scrum certified professional’s demand has increased manifold even beyond his/her current industry of experience.

    Depending upon the kind of role you aspire to take in a scrum project you may choose to get certified in one or many of the different levels of Scrum certifications, viz., Scrum Developer, Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner and so on. I’d recommend you to take up the Scrum Fundamentals Certified course offered by SCRUMstudy (Scrum Fundamentals Certified). This is a free certification course that would clarify your fundamentals in Scrum and help you choose the higher level certification that best suits your aspirations.

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    Vasudev Narayanan
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    Answered Mar 23, 2017

    I have seen in multiple organizations (during my consulting engagements), there exists a mandate that their employees would need to earn at least one certification yearly according to their profile. The organization would reimburse and as well revise the pay scale based on various other parameters.

    Today, you have all kind of certifications in the marketplace. Some are beyond the reach.

    At the end of the day, the Customer is still waiting for a clean delivery. So, how does the certification (s) help?

    My suggestion would be to earn a popular certification in the market. You need this for survival. For the rest of certifications, buy the recommended books and understand what the ideology is and start implementing. Learn by doing. The rest will be history.

    Kindly note, you always need a buyer to sell your goods. If the buyer is not satisfied with your deliverable, whoever you might be, whatsoever maybe your qualification, it hardly matters – you will be out of business.

    When you deliver, always think in terms of buyer.

    Hope this helps!
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    Shalini Sreekanth
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    It’s true that certifications only proves that the graduate knows the theory but it reveals nothing about the experience/expertise.

    But most of the certification holders say that certifications helped them to improve the scrum practice.

    Just because someone has a certification doesn’t mean they’ll be good at their job and certifications are a way to establish a baseline.

    There are many people who follow scrum effectively even without certifications. The widely scrum certification bodies are Home – Scrum Alliance and The home of Scrum > Home.

    To get certfied from Scrum Alliance you need to undergo 2 days mandatory training. To get The home of Scrum > Home Professional Scrum Master certification you don’t have to go to the training and can appear for the exam from the website itself just for $150 .

    Both organizations have great and bad trainers and before investing on the training do a research about the trainer.
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    Tracy Jensen
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    Answered Apr 19, 2016

    I had some exposure to Scrum in an “Scrumbut” environment. Then I experienced participating on a project that wasn’t in any way Agile, though we had started out with intension to be Agile. So I decided that I wanted to get some Agile training. My boss recommended Scrum Master training, so I did that. It was incredibly valuable, because not only was I learning the Scrum Framework, the information was supported by exercises and discussion that really helped me to learn the principles. It was packed into two days, so I didn’t have to take my time to read and try to abstractly comprehend the information, which could easily get put on the backburner. I could just hit the ground running. I found that Scrum was quite a bit different than I had ever seen it operate on any of the teams I’d been a part of, and it gave me a much better sense of what to strive for.
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    Sai Ram
    Sai Ram
    Answered Dec 19, 2016

    I would suggest you should go for Scrum Master Certification. But wait, before going for any certification ask yourself why you need it? You need it because it will some weightage to your resume and you can also show off your skills. And secondly, why scrum master certification? Because this certification will provide a baseline knowledge of the Scrum process and fundamental aspects of the Scrum framework.

    The certification will give you the exposure and more importantly you can join community of recognized scrum experts and trainers. Getting into this globally network will help you in deepening your scrum knowledge and you can also get guidance from experts whenever necessary.

    If you want to get more information regarding Scrum Master certification, you can refer knowledgehut’s blog
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    Rohit Singh
    Rohit Singh, works at Standard Chartered
    Answered May 30, 2016

    It is definitely worth it to become a scrum master certified because currently what matters beyond the knowledge over the subject matter is the efficiency level of the employee and the team he/she is a part of.Scrum being a major part of Agile Methodology,will allow you to have a real edge over others there in your competition.

    It will also enhance the value of your CV along with the experience and the authority of being the SCRUM MASTER of the teams.

    Several organisation are providing the certification courses for Agile,but starting with Agile Ninja is advisable.
    For the same you contact such organisations.

    1.) Festophilia

    2.) Henry Harvin Educations
    International Certified Agile Ninja
    Or can get further info at –
    9015920920
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    Anika Singh
    Anika Singh, Blogger at Self-Employment (2014-present)
    Answered Feb 8

    Yes, Its worth it 🙂

    I am happy to share few benefits of Scrum Master certification course.

    You can easily participate in the team activities and also, members can feel a sense of self-ownership.
    Workers can act naturally persuaded, which can help heighten group performance
    This training can give you a chance to make a workplace which is helpful for organization’s development.
    The knowledge and abilities accumulated can make the team safe to inner and outside diversions.

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    Emma Clark
    Emma Clark, An Experienced and Certified Scrum Master
    Answered Apr 13

    Behind every successful Agile project is a hardworking team, and behind every hardworking team is a talented Scrum Master who ensures that Scrum processes are being followed to maximize benefits.

    Following Scrum best practices requires a thorough understanding of its concepts and values that can be achieved through credentials such as the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)—a course that equips professionals with skills that go well beyond project management and allows them to usher in the Agile mind-set in the organization. Here’s our take on why it’s worth pursuing the CSM training:

    Scrum is the future—With most projects being implemented in Scrum, there is really no doubt about this.
    Learn to identify projects that will do best with Scrum—Some projects that require repetitive tasks do better with Waterfall and identifying the methodology to use is paramount.
    Working knowledge of all the Scrum artifacts— CSM covers the product backlog, burn down charts, sprint backlog etc which are the pillars of a Scrum project.
    Scrum Meetings and cycles— CSM helps you answer the question of “what will we do in the project” by explaining the structure of meetings and sprint cycles.
    Helps you become a facilitator between team and client—This all important role helps set the mandate for the project and simplify requirements.
    Support the product owner—An able Scrum Master supports the Product Owner and acts as a consultant smoothening roads and streamlining processes
    Make cross functional teams work— Bring about a marriage between the business side and the IT side and help transform the organization to use cross-component teams
    Facilitate organizational change— Agile is not just about processes but it’s about the entire organizational culture that needs to be progressive and open to change. The CSM helps you achieve that mind-set.
    Learn about being a practical Scrum Master— Hands on practice sessions will make you ready to face challenges head on.
    Become part of the Scrum organization— By gaining access to the Scrum Alliance you will have vast resources at your disposal including advice from other seasoned Scrum Masters.
    Watch your career soar— Widely recognized as a comprehensive test of a professional’s Scrum capabilities, this credential will pave the way for a glittering Agile career.

    The above answer was written is from the blog 11 reasons why you should do CSM training today. For more career related blogs and courses, visit our website- www.KnowledgeHut.com
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    Chuck Cobb
    Chuck Cobb, Agile Project Mgt Author and Instructor (Over 50K Students)
    Answered Mar 16, 2016

    It depends on what your objectives are. I think many CSM courses are a rip-off – you may have to pay $1,300 – $1,500 to take the course and anyone who can sit through two days of training and pass a very simple test can come out with a CSM certification.

    If you’re interested in Agile Project Management, PMI-ACP certification may be a better choice. In any case, I would focus first on what job you want to wind up with and second what certification is best aligned with that role. I’ve developed a free training course on “How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification” that will help you better understand these choices and it also compares PMI-ACP and other Agile certifications. You can check it out here:

    How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification
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    Randy Minor
    Randy Minor, System Quality Engineer / CSTE-2007 /ScrumMaster (2010-present)
    Answered Dec 21

    To be effective as a Scrum Team, everyone on the team needed to be certified. The team I’m on has 7. BE/SA leads the team, 4 java developers and 2 QAs, 1 business, 1 technical. The team has been together since 04/12. We average between 300–350 hours of coding and testing per 3 week sprint.
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    Deepak Ramaswamy
    Deepak Ramaswamy, Scrum Master Certified, Scrum and PRINCE2 Instructor at SCRUMstudy.
    Answered Oct 21, 2014
    From a career point of view, yes. It will give you projects. But to sustain yourself in the market it is the results that matter irrespective of the methodology or framework used to deliver the project. Scrum is preferred by the market today because it is giving the best results.

    If you are looking to check out free Scrum certification before making your decision you can visit the website of the company for which I conduct PRINCE2 and SCRUM trainings – SCRUMstudy.
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    Oliver Dolan
    Oliver Dolan, Systems Engineer, Pro-active Learner & Elite Golfer
    Answered Dec 4, 2017

    In this answer I will give you the best answer I can based on my domain knowledge and experience.

    For us to arrive at the answer together we must understand your viewpoints in a number of different areas and the job market you are operating within.

    We can break the decision down into a number of different factors

    Your knowledge
    You will have to study to pass the certification this means:
    You will need to master the fundamentals
    You will understand the reasoning behind why things are structured like they are
    You will reflect and often spot deficiencies in your current work processes
    You will learn the basics of more advanced certifications
    Like Einstien It will allow you to think at a higher paradigm than without the knowledge gained from certification
    You will most likely learn something new
    You will have questions around this new knowledge
    Maybe you will also seek out the answers to these new questions. This will most likely lead to more new knowledge.
    I will now talk to you in real life 🙂 – (joking!! obviously i talk to people without agile certifications in the real world)
    On passing your are proving and validating that your knowledge is:
    Sound and credible against the best practices
    Up to date and relevant
    Can understand and converse with people functioning this way daily
    Clarifying you are at a level to understand further and more complex ideas of modern delivery processes
    You can build of this acquired knowledge to take more advanced certifications like the PMIACP
    Professional credibility
    Able to transition into a team working this way with efficiency
    This is a benefit to someone who may hire your services.
    Less risk to bring you into a team operating this way
    Again you can just hit the ground running without heavy up skill costs
    To a functional manager its good to have optional stand in’s if the current scrum master is on leave
    Another plus to a hiring manager
    Its a sign of dedication to your profession and indicates you are keeping yourself up to date on best practices
    This tendency would ideally proliferate into your other skills and interests
    An active learner is also merit-able when evaluating prospective candidates
    You pass a filter in hiring criteria screening against other candidates
    This is good especially with automation of the hiring process and robot keyword filters
    It may lead you to better opportunities in salary and experiences
    You will not likely be turned down for opportunities because you have the certification
    It will most likely not be seen as a negative even in waterfall organisations
    Most likely it will be an asset even in these industries as they are still grasping and adapting to the newer ideologies
    The project management industry is under heavy influence from agile methodologies and looks to be moving in this direction for the foreseeable future.
    By taking the certification most likely you are transferring some risk of you being deemed obsolete and outdated.
    The time and costs
    The costs are the main concern I hear and see mentioned
    Some certifications cost $1000ish dollars for a 2 day seminar and exam
    Some are available for self study and $200ish dollars
    The time invested and monetary value are not significant when projected over a career of 10 years or more.
    You will likely see a return on your training investment
    If we use some basic project management concepts your internal rate of return, even if taking the expensive options would still be very favourable assuming earning salary in US dollars

    I hope this answer helps you in deciding, to me a decision comes down to some basics of decision theory.

    You either take and achieve the certification

    or

    You do not get the certification

    Most likely your employment and earning potential are hindered more by not having the certification when compared with the cost of acquisition. This is because the cost of acquisition is not significant if taking the online examination from Scrum.org

    Hopefully it helps

    GoodLuck

    Oliver Dolan

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    Leon Tranter
    Leon Tranter, 11 years working on enterprise IT systems
    Answered Apr 28, 2016

    I think so. I got my CSM from The home of Scrum > Home a few years ago. I wouldn’t say it’s been a major factor in accelerating my career, but it’s nice to have, and studying for and doing the exam will sharpen your mind and make sure you understand the core Scrum concepts correctly. it’s also quite easy (since Scrum is such a simple framework).
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    Siya Kapur
    Siya Kapur, Blogger at Bloggers (2013-present)
    Answered Nov 17, 2017

    Of Course worth it 🙂

    I would love to share few benefits of Scrum Master certification :-

    1. Getting core knowledge of Scrum

    Even if you don’t know much about Scrum, the CSM certification will surely help you build a reliable base of Scrum knowledge and understand the ideas of Scrum framework.

    2. Adopting Agile mindset

    Scrum being an Agile methodology, training and certifications will help people in your team embrace the Agile practices. And having a consistent Agile mindset in a team will lead to lesser disagreements, better team collaboration and ultimately delivering successful projects.

    3. Staying marketable

    All industries adopting Agile practices will have excellent career opportunities for candidates with Scrum certification. This certification will prove that you have an Agile mindset and core knowledge of Agile practices.

    4. A Plus for your organization

    If there are skilled and proven Agile professionals in an organization, the management might benefit from it by adopting Agile methodology as it will effectively influence all the aspects of business like people and processes.
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    John Heeg
    John Heeg, the Forrest Gump of project management
    Answered Oct 16, 2014
    Probably. I am wrapping up my project management career…at least as a PM For Rent. I am seeing about 70% of the software development projects asking for agile skills. I am guessing that once you get Into the project, less than half are truly agile. But you still need the SCRUM credential and a PMP under your belt to find out.
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    Swapnil Waghmare
    Swapnil Waghmare
    Answered Dec 8, 2014
    Anyone who is interested in becoming a Scrum Master or for professionals interested in obtaining a working knowledge of Scrum and planning to become a Scrum master. This would include Scrum team members, Product Owners, Product Managers, Project Managers, Project Sponsors, programmers, designers, testers, software engineers, executives, business owners, business analysts, and more.
    To understand the importance of scrum visit below link
    http://www.myfastlearn.com/scrum…
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    Angela Druckman
    Angela Druckman, Certified Scrum Trainer
    Answered May 12, 2017

    You never want lack of certification to be the reason you don’t get in the door. Taking a Certified ScrumMaster course gives you a Scrum “starter kit” – everything you need to start using Scrum right away. And it also may check an important box on some HR person’s list. My CSM classes are filled with people who went to interviews with plenty of Scrum experience and heard “Yes you have the experience…but no certification, so we can’t hire you.”

    Becoming CSM certified gets you in the door and gives you the tools to start adding value to agile projects right away.

    Good luck!
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    Abdulla Mohammad
    Abdulla Mohammad, Complicated
    Answered Jul 28, 2016

    Today Agile methodology is taking the world by storm, and Agile practitioners are a dime a dozen. What is it that can set you apart in the agile space, and make you more noticeable than your peers? The Certified ScrumMaster credential from Scrum Alliance may be the answer.

    As a CSM, you will be recognised as part of an elite group of Scrum specialists who are proven to guide their project teams to agile success. The CSM credential sets you apart as a leader who is able to provide knowledge and expertise far beyond what a typical project manager could contribute, using powerful agile practices.

    Advance your career with the ScrumMaster certification from Scrum Alliance

    Explore: Certified Scrum Master Training (CSM®) from top professional | KnowledgeHut
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    Naveen Kumar Singh
    Naveen Kumar Singh, Confused agile coach but excellent software developer.
    Answered Mar 12, 2016

    Certification is personal choice but sometime people go for it due to peer pressure, job requirement etc. If you have attended workshop then why not get a certificate as well. If you haven’t attended Certified Scrum Master (CSM) workshop but having in depth knowledge and experience then write PSM-1 exam. I cleared both PSM-1 and PSM-2 and felt if someone having experience and gone through Scrum Guide then clearing PSM is easy. If you wanted to explore which one is good then you may like to read this – Which is the best Agile and Scrum Certification Training Workshop?
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    Nevena Jovanovic
    Nevena Jovanovic, Digital Marketing Specialist. Scrum Practitioner. Blogger.
    Answered Mar 7

    Becoming a certified Scrum Master can definitely help you in your career as a Scrum Master, because it shows that you’ve completed a certain training and that you passed a certification test. Many employees like to see a certificate in your CV as well.

    However, if your only goal is to get certified and you are not willing to put any actual effort to improve and learn more than it can be offered on these courses, then it might be a waste of time. There are several tips that you can use to ensure that you become a great Scrum Master that include more than just becoming a certified Scrum Master, so you can take a look without me adding to much info to this answer.
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    Ajay Girme
    Ajay Girme
    Answered Nov 27, 2017

    Today more than 50% of IT projects follow agile scrum practices. With demand from customers to complete their projects using Agile/ Scrum on time, companies are also looking out for Agile / Scrum Certified professionals in the market. The certification can definitely add value to your CV.
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    Colm Smyth
    Colm Smyth, software is the stuff of dreams, to help reality
    Answered Oct 16, 2014
    Getting a certification in any field will both achieve and demonstrate a level of knowledge and experience, so becoming Scrum Master certified will do this for you.

    The key point is, what makes it worth it to you?

    If it’s for knowledge, then you can just do the background training; see http://scrum.org or for more detail, take a look at Colm Smyth’s answer to Could I self-teach myself to be a Scrum master and a Scrum developer and then take the certification exams? What resources are there available?

    If it’s to prove yourself to an employer… many companies do not require certification and instead place a higher value on actual experience of Scrum. If you are a consultant or contractor, a certification will more often satisfy a check-list item in the job profile. If you are a full-time software engineer, lead or manager, then the experience is the key.

    You can check yourself by looking at the job sites; for example, look at job profiles from companies you like, or just type “scrum master” into the keywords for a search. You’ll quickly see if it’s required for the type of roles you are looking for.
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    Jim Pruitt
    Jim Pruitt, Senior Editor at VMEdu, Inc. parent company of SCRUMstudy
    Answered Feb 12, 2016

    I agree with Colm and Deepak.

    I’d like to add that any certification is what you make it. Over the course of my careers, I have earned degrees and certifications. Some I use and others I do not. If you would like to do the things a Scrum master does, then getting the certification will help you get a job and mastering the material you learn in preparation for the certification will help you do the job.

    Mastering the material and developing a great foundation to continue learning–and even to develop Scrum ways of doing things–will help you the most. That’s why being serious about your learning is important. Whether you do some well thought out self-learning or take courses aimed at helping you develop usable skills such as those suggested by Deepak, the goal should be to function successfully as a Scrum Master.
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    Saket Bansal
    Saket Bansal, Scrum , Kanban , DAD , SAFe
    Answered Mar 15, 2016

    You may explore doing Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) from The home of Scrum > Home , the exam will cost you 150 USD and you can think of enrolling to online preparation program in 77 USD here Scrum Master Certification Course | iZenBridge: PMI Agile Certification | PMP & Corporate Training

    In today’s development environment you end up working with scrum team and having certification in scrum validates some of your understanding of Scrum. So should go for it.
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    Venkata Kumar
    Venkata Kumar, lives in Hyderabad, India
    Answered Jan 19

    Yes, Its the need of the current industry trend and you have a lot of benefits now and in near future as well. Few of them are listed below.

    Get a solid base of Scrum knowledge
    Change your mindset
    You’ll stay relevant and marketable
    Scrum Master certification benefits your organisation
    Influence your organisation to adopt an Agile methodology
    Work better with your peers
    Prove your core Scrum knowledge to peers
    Join a community of scrum experts
    Win projects with qualified employees
    A badge of honour

    Source : 10 Fantastic Benefits of Scrum Master Certification
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    Vineeth Rao
    Vineeth Rao, CEO at Total Educator (2016-present)
    Answered Feb 12

    CSM or SMC both are to teach you and grow you in field of Agile based Project. Almost all Project now a days is working on this methodology so career growth is quite high. You can start as an assistant project manager-Project manager- Sr. Project manager- Project Owner.

    For further assistance you can contact me.
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    Gerry Claps
    Gerry Claps, Product Manager, prev. PO and Scrum Master
    Answered Jun 4, 2015
    It’s ~$100 and essentially validates whether you know the Scrum Guide back-to-front.

    Therefore, the value of a Scrum Master certification is what you and/or your employer deems the above to be.
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    Murray Robinson
    Murray Robinson, Delivered many large complex projects with budgets of up to $20 million and teams of up to 80 people with t…
    Answered Oct 21, 2014
    Sure. Especially since it only costs $100 to the test with scrum.org.
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    Woody Arnold
    Woody Arnold, CTO, VPE, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Practitioner since 2000, 8 yrs @eBay
    Answered Feb 16, 2016

    Yes. Costs only $150 in my experience. You’ll likely learn something. And its nice to have a formal seal of approval IMO.
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    Priyanka Singla
    Priyanka Singla, Business Development Manager at Dodelight (2016-present)
    Answered Dec 13

    yes. For more information Please contact at 7009865768 call or whatsapp or email at priyanka.singla@dodelight.com
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    My Learning Key
    My Learning Key, former Owner
    Answered Mar 15

    YES, check our website for CSM courses here in Middle East. Certified ScrumMaster CSM Course Dubai UAE
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    As far as marketing responsibility is concerned, Product Manager’s core responsibility is to ship out the quality product after doing the market analysis, co ordinating the tech development and few other activities. While PMs do market their product at times, it is not their core responsibility.

    I am not sure about rest of the two, however IMO brand manager would do al ot of marketing activities and it is a very important part of his role to make efforts to make his brand stand apart from others. A category manager’s core responsibility would be to figure out ways/ strategy for his category’s growth/ revenue growth and not marketing.
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    Kritika Pandey
    Kritika Pandey, Search Engine Optimization Executive at SoftwareSuggest.com (2017-present)
    Answered Jan 10

    Projects are the lifeblood of any business organization – managing them through cost-effective, timely and productive trends is absolutely critical for any company to enhance the overall bottom line. The future is here, and 2018 is going to be the year of innovative trends for project management software trends that are surely going to keep the business world buzzing with excitement.

    Every small to medium sized organization needs to be in touch with futuristic industry project management software trends in order to achieve its deliverable within the desired time frame. The scope of new project management trends is booming and it’s time to quickly adapt some brand new project related movements that will shape the coming future. Read more….
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    Dave Baker, Manager at Nike (2016-present)
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    Answered Feb 21

    Hey,

    Check out this blog (5 Project Management Trends To Watch For In 2018)

    Hope this helps.
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    Ron Patston
    Ron Patston, Project Manger at Nike
    Answered May 15

    Project Management is necessary for all the industry verticals. Whether it is Manufacturing, IT/Software, Service base, agencies, marketing or consulting, etc. To get the task done out-of-the-box and create a process to get the project, workflows and get the real-time analysis of the timeline a Project Management tool is necessary.Know more
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    Chuck Cobb
    Chuck Cobb, Agile Project Mgt Author and Instructor (Over 50K Students)
    Answered Jan 9

    The convergence of traditional plan-driven project management and Agile Project Management.

    PMI has recognized Agile for a number of years with the introduction of the PMI-ACP certification but Agile and traditional plan-driven project management have essentially been treated as separate and independent domains of knowledge with little or no integration between the two.

    There is increasing recognition that these two approaches are complementary to each other rather than competitive and after March of this year, for the first time, the PMP exam will include material on both. That’s a recognition that there isn’t just one way to do project management and project managers need to learn how to integrate Agile and traditional plan-driven project management in the right proportions to fit any given situation.
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    Orangescrum NN
    Orangescrum NN, Digital Marketing Manager at Orangescrum (2011-present)
    Answered Jan 24

    With the change in business environment, project management need to adopt the biggest trends in 2018. The biggest trends of project management are,

    Migration to Enterprise Project Management Office (EMPO) Model
    Startups will adopt more formal and simple project management tool with latest features
    Business intelligence and business analytic tools uses will increase
    Remote project management is rapidly increasing in popularity

    Orangescrum, is an all-in-one PPM system that helps organizations streamline their PM efforts and processes by consolidated planning, tracking, reporting, and analysis on a single platform, and by integrating key functions like marketing, sales, HR, and finance with project management.
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    Jonathan Bush
    Jonathan Bush, 16 years of project/programme management, including PMI PMP
    Answered Jan 10

    The biggest trend I can see is the march towards Agile, even for project that really need to be waterfall. You aren’t allowed a meeting any more – You have to hold a stand up. A phase is one or more sprints. This is, IMHO, stupid.

    Agile is meant for the situation where the development capability and the target environment already exist. For example, you are writing apps for mobile phones, or delivering updates to an existing web site. All you need to do is write some code. It gets compiled and tested and, if it works, it gets deployed.

    In my world of infrastructure, life seldom allows this. Even with cloud computing,with all of its virtualisation and layers of abstraction, you still have an order.

    I am working on a project that uses the Oracle cloud. High level steps included:

    Sizing
    Costing
    Obtaining funding
    Buy the PAAS provision from Oracle
    Set up the initial master userids
    Build environments, consisting of CPU engines, databases, storage, etc.

    etc. These cannot be done in parallel, but can only follow a classic waterfall.

    🙂
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    David Miller
    David Miller, Senior Researcher at ProProfs
    Answered Feb 20

    Project management is undergoing changes as companies across the globe face new challenges. From collaboration to delivering quality outcomes, managers can spot risks everywhere, at every stage. But coming up with a strategic plan can become a daunting task. This is where knowledge on the biggest trends for project management will come in handy.

    Some of the latest trends of project management in 2018 are:

    Integration of Analytics Tool: Project teams have understood that such tools enable them to look out for project trends. Other than than, they are also enabled to fasttrack the ability to identify potential risks, and conduct complex scenario planning to improve project and team performance accurately.
    Hiring More Remote Employees: The trend of hiring remote employees is sure to step up in 2018. Employers are able to comprehend the various advantages of hiring remote employees that include a higher degree of workforce satisfaction, a reduction in sick time, and reduced administrative or logistical overheads.
    Integration of Project Management Tool: From start-ups to enterprises, all have started adopting easy project management tool to help them deliver quality outcomes to client before or on time. They are great to collaborate with clients and with teams, manage task delegation, and provide detailed reports to clients easily.

    But the trends aren’t limited to those given above. There are more. Except, if you’d like to start adopting the new trends to your organization, then starting of with them will become beneficial for all.

    Hope this helped!
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    Mike Clayton
    Mike Clayton, 12 years a project manager with Deloitte, and founder on OnlinePMCourses.com
    Answered Jan 9

    Thank you for your A2A.

    In fact, I stand by the 12 trends I wrote about last year, in this feature article:

    What are the Important Project Management Trends?

    These were, briefly:

    Dedicated Project Management Offices (PMOs)
    Strategic Project Management
    The Talent Agenda
    Training for Soft Skills
    The Integration with Change Management
    The Shift to Agile
    Project Management as a Core Skill
    Governance, Accountability, and CSR
    Cloud-based collaboration
    Getting to Grips with Global Virtual Teams
    Use of Big data
    Crowd-sourcing and Gamification

    I also offered two bonuses

    Online Career Networking
    Online Learning

    Please don’t read the order as a priority listing. In the article, I have grouped them into themes, and described them fully.

    Important trends do not come and go in a year. So, I think ‘trends for 2018’ is a little narrow in focus.

    But I’d like to add one that I think has emerged:

    The 6th Edition of the PMBoK has notably introduced Agile. But not only have I covered that in the list above, but this is hardly a new trend. or me, the new thing is the focus on customization and tailoring of methodologies to circumstances.

    Good project managers have, of course, always done this. But both PMI, in PMBoK 6, and Axelos, in PRINCE2: 2017, have emphasized this. So, I suspect it will gain more traction.

    So, I think we’ll see more experienced PMs within organizations being called on to coach and mentor newer ones. And I think more experienced freelance PMs will start to offer this as a high-value service.

    And, as for me…I hope to respond by developing Coaching/Mentoring training as part of our offering at OnlinePMCourses.com.
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    Kelley Reynolds
    Kelley Reynolds, Content & Community Specialist Forecast
    Answered May 29

    Hi there,

    Trends are a funny thing, they come, and they go, rarely ever stick. One trend I see growing past a short timeframe is the use of Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in project management. AI is developing quickly, and there are some key benefits of this trend. At Forecast, we use AI to better your project profitability. Minimizing your project risk is one key way we implement AI.

    Our AI algorithm minimizes your project risk by projecting a more precise project capacity. In the planning stage, it is vital that Project Managers accurately scope the projects. With Forecast, you input low and high estimates of how long you foresee the tasks to take. However, to increase the certainty of meeting deadlines, we have an AI-driven forecasted estimation.

    Therefore, the estimations provide a highly precise project capacity. These AI-estimations are connected to Scoping your milestones, Budgeting your project, and Scheduling your project resources. More so, Project Managers can also work in any process they choose, for example, agile or waterfall, or with time & material or fixed priced budget.

    I might be biased since I work at Forecast, so if you need a second opinion check out The 5 biggest Project Trends Shaping 2018 blog post from Capterra- the leading online resource for software buyers. We’re featured in the fourth trend- AI and actionable information.

    Sign up for our 14-day free trial and start driving your projects into the future with AI today. Book a demo with us, if you’re interested in finding out more.
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    Nandini Sharma Sehdev
    Nandini Sharma Sehdev, Marketing Engineer @ Project Management Software – ProofHub
    Answered Jan 30

    2018 is looking forward to highlight some of the project management trends that is going to have a significant impact on the project management in near future.

    Digital tools are must for managing projects

    Digital tools are simply tremendous. Pick a digital tool depending on your workflow, teams and tools that will work better all the time for your business. Digital project management tools will help project managers manage their projects and help tackle problems to make their work more productive. You can also automate most of your tasks using a digital tool on daily basis for being profitable in the future.

    Emotional Intelligence

    A project manager need to have an understanding of emotional intelligenceand it will become a growing and influential trend in project management industry. Project manager need to have the ability to track schedules and budgets for their projects that demands efficiency and productivity. Your emotional intelligence will determine your ability to resolve issue and the success of your project.

    Emphasis on soft skills

    It is the soft skills in reality that helps us to move forward in our career. The right soft skills like leadership, collaboration and communication will give you an edge and will determine whether you fit in the company culture. The soft skills are going to be more valued and as the demand for the project management is growing, emphasis on soft skills will become the new trend. Along with the best practices, human interaction side will also be treated important. Project managers will develop a constructive way to address issues of project management as soft skills is becoming high in demand.

    The rise of business agile

    Project management software is more appealing to meet the need of today’s project managers. It is just a trend that enables project managers to deliver high-priority and high quality projects. It can be challenging to manage Agile and give necessary risks to innovation bringing quick change. Today’s smart organizations are no longer using waterfall project management and have started using an Agile approach. 2018 will see project managers hit key milestones and provide fast project status with Agile project methodology.Project managers can streamline collaboration and decision making and bringing the results they want to.

    The internet of things

    Internet of things is going to be one of the greatest project management trends. It will affect every part of business and projects that are not internet related. IoT will drive next opportunities and bring a notable effect in 2018 will be in project management software and in the project management role itself. It will change the face of project management by allowing team collaboration, increase in project timelines, enhanced security and will allow remote controlling of objects.

    Kanban Boards

    Kanban Board is increasingly being integrated into more structured project management. It is composed of a grid to manage workflow that are smaller and solve all your performance of poor project by adding more control mechanism. It can be used well for those projects that are more likely to have changes for an efficient way to limit work in progress and avoid multitasking. The adaptation of Kanban will let project managers embrace innovation to manage their projects. It offers managers a centralized place to manage lists, tasks and files with wide packages that can be applied to every situation.

    More of professionalism

    Project management is facing today some big challenges related to project and jobs that are quickly growing to keep up with professionalism. As the project work is huge and complicated, professionalism is important for project managers to form a distinct occupational group. Using a project management software will give you a professional framework for getting your work done. Professionalism in project management will raise future standards, increase trust that others bestow, improve business relationships at all level and provide a greater chance of success.

    Remote Teams

    The remote teams is becoming a standard in the world of project management. More and more companies are embracing the concept of distributed teams to keep talent from around the world for their projects. Workers are also Looking for flexibility in work to save hours and their energy. This trend is on rise and project management for remote teams will continue with the collaborative trend. Project managers are going to invest in technology and tools to promote communication over a wide variety of platforms and foster day-to-day growth in distance work. With the right project management tools like ProofHub, remote can be managed effectivelyand can be more productive.

    Social responsibility and accountability

    Social responsibility is becoming a part of project management and will lead to increase is better accountability in teams. Trustworthiness and accountability will embrace responsibility to encourage a positive impact on environment, employees, stakeholders and other members. People are increasingly willing to do business with companies that conduct themselves in ways that are socially responsible and accountable. Project managers can change their companies socially responsible behaviour at the local level with an improvement in workplace regulations, environmental protections and employee rights.

    Collaboration at workplace

    In the coming years, we are going to see fundamental shift in collaboration in project management. A project manager will need to bring change management to turn in their deliverable. With the change in hierarchies, there is a change where people are generally asked for who do they work with. Collaboration at workplace on projects is becoming a necessity for success. With wider teams and project managers need to have a knowledge of how to engage stakeholders to bring better results. Also, in project teams, collaborative nature of project management holds utmost importance.
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    I started my career in a small IT consulting firm. Even though I joined as a developer, I was expected to wear multiple hats, including that of a project manager. That was the start of it! I was thrust on to program management similarly.
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    My eagle scout project. Organizing and managing a group of kids on a project to scrape, repair and paint a girl scout lodge.

    It gave me planning, organizing, fund raising, people management and leadership experience. Skills I use every day.
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    Referring to a new book I have published on Amazon.

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    Geoff Reiss
    Geoff Reiss, M.Phil Project Management (1996)
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    Early in my career in construction I was invited to act as scheduler (planner) on a major project. It went well and I went on to more construction projects working for the same large company.

    I then went freelance as a scheduler and worked in a very wide range of different industries all of which shared the same needs.

    I regarded the move from construction to project management as a great step. My career blossomed. We developed scheduling software and I’m proud to say that my software team put the first barchart on a computer screen.
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    Phil King
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    Thank you for the A2A!

    How did I start my career in project management? By accident!

    I was working on installing local area networks in 12 remote locations for the FAA. I had to figure out the schedule, the budget, and what needed to be done to be successful.

    I obtained a copy of MicroSoft Project, and with very little training, I was planning my first project. I delivered on time, and under budget!

    I liked it, and started to do more projects. Then I learned what a project manger was! I was one!

    The rest is history.
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    David Robins
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    I started by accident, I was managing a team of software engineers and I was told in a new project the company needs a project manager.

    So scrambled and learned everything I could find about project management. Back then Agile was quite new, I was lucky enough to try that first. My previous experience managing software teams was crucial in learning the new skills needed in project management.

    Now for new project managers to be, you start assisting an experienced project manager is a real project, read about projects management in books and blogs.

    Also, a project manager needs excellent leadership and communication skills both verbal and written.

    Last learn about tools that help managing projects; just realizes tools help but don’t replace a project manager.
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    1. The Perfectionist

    The name itself suggests what to expect from such type of managers. The perfectionist will have everything done in a very cut and dry manner. They like to closely analyze the progress and oversee each and every thing. Such a manager would possess amazing organizational skills. With this type of manager, you can expect every single tiniest of detail to be just the way it should be.

    2. The Front-runner

    This type of project manager will leave no stone unturned to achieve expected outcomes from the project. They will do whatever is needed to get the job done, and a lot more than that. They are always thinking of new and creative ways to boost the quality of work; constantly setting higher parameters for measuring success. Such managers always like to encourage others and achieve more.

    3. The Prudent

    We can say that the way such a manager works is inspired a lot by the game of chess. A prudent manager likes to think-through all the steps of a plan well in advance. If plan ‘A’ fails to deliver the expected outcome, the manager will have plan ‘B’ as backup. The prudent type of managers are excellent at working out contingency plans. They have each member’s role defined in the most precise and detailed manner. Also, anything and everything related to the project, they will have it on their fingertips to the very last step.

    4. The Savior

    Whether teams are facing too much pressure or project is going through downward spiral — the savior is always there to solve the crisis. Whatever crisis the project is going through and whatever troubles the team members are facing; these type of managers will always have a solution up their sleeves. Resourcefulness is the word that aptly describes such managers. They are very creative and solve problems with their out-of-the-box approach.

    5. The Dictator

    ‘Discipline’ is the middle name of project managers with this personality type. They need everything executed in a certain manner, as well as on time. A manager with the dictator personality type is likely to stick to the convention. This type of manager will have a strong and influential personality. Often a great leader, this manager would know the art of motivating people to get things done without any room for chaos or unnecessary delays.

    6. The Advisor

    Such a manager would be a powerhouse of knowledge! The advisor managers would know how to maintain their calm and patience under all sorts of situations. They proactively seek to answer team members’ questions and doubts. They like to guide people for the greater good, and are always there to advise people on all issues whether they happen to be project related or not. With their amazing leadership qualities, they can make people collaborate with a sense of togetherness.

    7. The Delegator

    The Delegator is always entrusting of the team members. Such managers love to involve senior level management as well as the team in every major and minor decision. They are a firm believer in helping people expand their horizons, and let everyone explore their untapped potential by letting them handle more than what they think they are capable of. Managers with this personality are great at bringing out the best in people.

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    Sergei Brovkin
    Sergei Brovkin, Chief Thinker at Collectiver.com (2011-present)
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    This is a virtually bottomless question because nowadays everything is called a project, hence everybody is a project manager. Obviously, you hear “construction PM,” “engineering PM,” “technical PM, ”big data PM” etc., etc.- and that’s why you are asking this question.

    After over 20 years in project management I may have some experience in this area, and I am convinced, that in the project management profession, “management” is the key word. If what you are doing is true project management – and not design, testing, or just shuffling papers – then it implies that you are entrusted with a temporary business, a.k.a. a “project”,

    Knowledge of the particular field helps – but it is secondary at best. Again, if we talk about serious projects, we have every right to compare them with businesses that everybody knows, and the project managers – with famous CEOs.

    When IBM was in a downward spiral in 1990ies, it was Lou Gerstner who resuscitated the computer giant. His previous job was at Nabisco. Before that, he worked for American Express and a major consultancy, and holds an MBA.
    SONY experienced quality problems and shrinking market share in late 1980ies, until Norio Oga became its chairman (succeeding SONY co-founder Akio Morita) in 1994. Norio Oga was an opera singer, with some training in electrical engineering – but no credentials to show off.

    In short, project managers may only be “good” or “bad” professionals (like a “good dentist” or “talented actress”). Technical background, certification, credentials and years of experience – although used as selection criteria by the hiring HRs –have a very limited practical significance.
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    Chuck Cobb
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    Project Management is a very broad discipline that can be applied to many different industries and application areas and each of those areas might be different in how you apply project management principles. You might say that each of those areas that you apply project management to (such as construction project management, IT Project Management, Healthcare project management, etc. etc.) is a different “kind” of project management; but, in most cases, the underlying general project management principles and practices are essentially the same.

    However, in recent years, there are two fundamentally different “kinds” of project management emerging:

    One is “traditional, plan-driven project management” which has been fundamentally the standard approach to project management since the 1950’s and 1960’s
    The new approach that is currently evolving is “Agile Project Management” which is based on blending Agile and traditional plan-driven project management in the right proportions to fit a given situation

    What makes them different?

    Traditional plan-driven project management emphasizes planning and control to achieve predictability in an environment that has a relatively low level of uncertainty. In this environment, it is assumed that you can define detailed requirements for the project prior to the start of the project. This approach starts to break down in environments with a high level of uncertainty which is becoming much more common today.
    An Agile Project Management approach emphasizes flexibility and adaptivity as well as creativity and innovation to maximize the business value of a solution in an uncertain environment.

    You may or may not consider these as two different “kinds” of project management because they are not binary and mutually-exclusive choices; however, up until recently, Agile and traditional plan-driven project management were treated as very separate and independent domains of knowledge with little or no integration between the two by PMI and many people in the project management profession.

    Recently with the introduction of PMBOK v6 and the PMI Agile Practices Guide, PMI has recognized the need to develop a more integrated approach but that is still a “work-in-progress” in my opnion and has some significant challenges for the project management profession.
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    Phil King
    Phil King, Project Manager (1993-present)
    Answered Sat

    Thank you for the A2A.

    The simple truth is that there are no fixed kinds of project management.

    True project management is a framework of tools to pick and choose. The two I am familiar is the PMBOK and scrum. I’m also familiar with a number of tools such as lean six sigma, kanban, and other agile tools.

    All the tools and techniques centered around the pillars of project management.

    Budget and costs
    Scope
    Time

    How they focus on these differ. Scrum and agile excel with the unknown. Time and budget are secondary. Whereas PMI teaches that all three must be considered as the project develops.

    In practice, the project manager must pick the tools that make sense for their project.

    Have fun deciding on what tools to use. In a general sense this is guided by the amount of risk and tolerance to risk will dictate the tools used.

    I need to make a commentary on the agile and waterfall debate. It is often claimed that traditional project management needs ALL information up front. This is not the case. PMI teaches a process to discover the true scope, time, and budget for the project. Progressive elaboration has existed in the PMBOK since 2000.

    The true strength of scrum is the tools used to discover the real scope of the project. (I use agile and scrum tools in my practice. They are not well received but that is another story)

    I like to fantasize and think that project management makes the impossible happen.
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    When you ask about ‘different kinds of project management’ I assume you have in mind some recognised subdivisions of the topic and I struggle to think of any.

    There are people who are very formal, sticking rigidly to a set methodology like Prince2.

    There are those who are very focussed on tasks and others spend a lot of time thinking about and working with the team.

    There are those that micromanage and those who delegete almost everything.

    But these are informal differences in approach, not ‘different kinds of project management’.
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    Richard Schilling
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    Every company has its own idea of project management.

    The biggest misconception is that project management involves actual “management”, as in “things managers do”. Project management, often is just a glorified name for project coordination.

    If you like engineers to hate you, then by all means get a project management job in a tech company.
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    Arseny Kapralov
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    General approach

    The key difference between projects and routine work is the result. The project is intended to create the unique result in restricted environment (scope, time, money), while routine work creates the repeatable result.

    One of the easiest examples is car construction and manufacturing. Develop new model – project, build manufacturing line – project, build cars in series – routine work (even if you know that you will build this model of the car only 3 years).

    Disclaimer for “routine work”

    Same time, if you think about “routine work” as “daily routine, activities which you do day by day” it can be different from the general approach. One example is the world of software engineering, where developers write code as a daily routine. They can call it “routine work”, but eventually it will be a project, due to they create the unique result.
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    Geoff Reiss
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    Answered Wed

    Routine work goes on and on. It is, err, routine. Predictable. Relatively safe.

    Projects deliver change. They come to an end when a change has been achieved. Or at least when something exists that can deliver that change.

    So if you like a predictable life where things happen in an orderly way, keep away from projects.

    If you crave a little excitment and unpredictability, get involved with a project or two.
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    PM Majik
    PM Majik, Global experience running projects and implementing PMO’s
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    Hi

    Project activities will stop when the project completes. By this I mean that there will be no need for the acticity to continue when the project has ended.

    Routine work, often called Business As Usual (BAU) will continue on an ongoing basis and is required even after the project finishes.

    This is a good test as there are instances where a project team takes on BAU work to help move the project forward. For example, running the process to set-up new users on a system.

    When the project completes and the project team is released, there will be no resources to complete the user set-up even thought this may still be required for future users.

    Therefore, it is important that any routine work (BAU) is transferred from the project before the end of the project.

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    Ramadevi Chilukuri
    Ramadevi Chilukuri, studied Project Management at Project Management Institute
    Answered Wed

    Some Characteristics of routine:

    Something that occurs / repeats in cycles
    Defined / predictable type of work
    Defined staff and same skill set
    Agreements and escalations in place
    Has start, end is not defined.
    Communication methodology already planned and in-place

    Some Charasterics of Project:

    The output / result is defined and communicated
    Agreements / contracts in place with the technology , predicted delivery dates , skill sets etc
    Has start and end.
    Frequent deliverables / measurement if intermediate deliverables.
    Defined methodology of execution
    Budget limits defined and in-place
    Communication methodology planned as part of project planning

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    Charles Gallagher
    Charles Gallagher, studied at Ursinus College
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    A project has more uncertainty and there is often a learning curve as well, new technology, etc. whereas routine work you go through the learning curve once and then you can become a master…get better with repetition.

    “A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal.” PMI
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    Jim Loerch
    Jim Loerch, BS Nuclear Engineering & Mathematics, North Carolina State University at Raleigh (1978)
    Answered Wed

    It depends on your definition of what a project is and what routine work is. Some people may say they conduct routine work on a project. The only difference between a project and routine work is a timeframe.
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    Phil King
    Phil King, Project Manager (1993-present)
    Answered Fri

    Thank you for the A2A.

    Routine work has very little variation associated with it. In fact variants are very bad!

    Projects on the other hand are unique. Yes I ran projects that are similar but there was substantial variation with each project.

    This answer is taking a six sigma point of view.
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    Mike Graupner
    Mike Graupner, Progressive Christian, Conservative, Husband and Grandpa
    Answered Thu

    The classic definition of a project is “ a project consists of a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.” [6]

    Routine work, such as most accounting work, would be defined as “operations”

    The importance is how you approach the different types of work.
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    Jack Bornstein
    Jack Bornstein, Experienced project/program leader
    Answered Wed

    Projects have a defined start and end, and a defined unique product that results from the work; routine work would not meet those criteria.
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    Nauman Akram
    Nauman Akram, area of interest
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    Projects has a definite start and end, while routine work is a continuous process
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    A2A short answer: yes followed by maybe followed by no. Senior staff are there to solve problems. They should a good knowledge of what their direct reports are doing. There is no need to be able to do everything, otherwise why hire people h

    These are two different roles, there is some overlap, but it gets less as a company gets larger. At an early stage startup, the CTOs role is to get the technology required for the product built on time. At a large Company, the CTO is responsible for the overriding direction the companies technology is heading in. They’re mostly managing people and making decisions based on what those people tell them.

    A project manager gets teams to deliver more value in a predictable manner. This could be by solving the problem at hand, but often it will instead be time and dependancy management. This is the same regardless of company size. They have no need to have domain knowledge of the problem, but it helps. It is uncommon to become a manager in a field where you know nothing, but it still happens. Some times it works out, other times it does not.

    As long as the leader in question can get a solution, whether themselves or by finding the person required to do the task, there is no issue. Leadership is about getting things done, mostly by getting people to do them.
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    Bud Hyett
    Bud Hyett, Four decades; production to IT global collaboration.
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    The project manager role is to maximize value by planning and executing a project. There is no way a project manager can know every detail of every subject. The project sponsor will help identify key personnel and the deliverable. Stakeholders will also identify key people.

    These people will assist in team member selection to build the knowledg base for the project. At this point in planning, the project manager should gain enough knowledge to understand the deliverable and the level of technical knowledge needed.

    The project manager is there to organize the team, plan the approach, execute the plan and bring the project to close within budget, on schedule and a deliverable satisfactory to the sponsor.

    If the team cannot solve the problem, this is worked with the sponsor by a redefinition of the plan.

    Note: My job assignments gravitated to problem-solving wherever I worked and as the scale of the problem increased, I learned project management to organize teams and control the result. I have a varied career in engineering, production and business analysis that supported this plus I worked with great people.
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    Bryan Minihan
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    Yes, I’m small companies that happens quite often (at least in my experience).
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    Abram Bachtiar
    Abram Bachtiar, Years in People, Project, Program, & Product Management
    Answered May 31

    Thanks for the A2A.

    A good leader hires people smarter than her / him. It is likely that he / she does not have the same level of detailed expertise as the engineering team members. However the manager must have a solid enough understanding to be able to make decisions and assist the team in removing road blocks in order to get things done.

    Micro managing the team and doing the work him / herself is not the best way to accomplish the objectives. Not to mention the morale and lack of empowerment that the team feels. In addition, as the scope of work and team size grows, this approach will no longer scale.
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    Andrew Utsogn
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    Is CTO meant to be Chief Technology Officer? Project managers don’t need to have an intimate knowledge of the work in order to do their jobs. If they do have this knowledge it can be a great advantage since they would better understand complexity of a business case, resource requirements and processes involved. When it comes to solving problems, that doesn’t mean jumping in and doing the work or showing how it’s done, it’s more like what can we do to help you solve it.

    The kind of leadership position that fills the gap you refer to are team leads who often split their time between line management and technical development. If a solution lacks expertise it may require training budget or external consulting support. If they exist but work on other projects so have no capacity to share it may come down to coordinating with the line manager to share the resource though this arrangement sucks for that person since projects can’t predict when the next problem comes up.

    CTO positions are so far removed they generally focus on IT trends and make decisions based on this or that white paper and hire consultants to create presentations for those big decisions. Unless this is some mom and pop company where the organization is flat, they shouldn’t be doing coding and just like project managers, they only need to know enough to make informed decisions.

    I’d summarize by saying that they should have enough knowledge to understand the work people are doing in their extended team (technical and business) and they shouldn’t do the solution work unless it’s one of those smaller companies where it’s literally part of their job description.
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    I’m very guilty of Productivity Porn. I’ve tried nearly a dozen different websites / apps to keep track of my projects and tasks. Each time, I feel like I’ve accomplished something because I spend hours recording everything I need to do. I felt like David Allen would be proud! (Although I knew Merlin Mann would not be) However, I could never just stick with one.

    My favorites were Remember The Milk, Wunderlist, Trello (product), and WorkFlowy. Each had many awesome features, but none of them seemed perfect to me. After a short time, I’d abandon one in lieu of another and felt like I repeated the cycle endlessly. I tried others and spent much time simply updating an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. I’ve often been frustrated with the lack of a “perfect” application (for me, of course – I know this is a personal decision).

    HOWEVER, just the other day, I came across what I’ve always been looking for. Not sure how I missed it this whole time because it’s wildly popular among successful companies (Twitter (product), Foursquare, LinkedIn (product), Airbnb (product), etc) and has $10s of millions in angel investor money. I’m completely hooked and feel like I’ve found my answer:

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    There’s a real slick search capability to find projects / task as well as run simple “reports” (what have I completed in the past x days, what is due in the upcoming y days, etc)
    The font and the interface is beautiful. I’ve only been using it for a few days and I obviously can’t say enough good things about it
    The iOS app is very good

    Update: along with many new, fantastic updates to Asana since I wrote this, IMHO one of the most impressive updates is the new Guide: Asana · Welcome to the Asana Guide.
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    It seems to me that you’re searching for a complete project management application. For one that includes a simple to-do list, task management views, as well as advanced project management features, I recommend using Paymo.

    In terms of basic features, it has a simple to-do list so that each user can see what’s on their plate at any time of the day. Tasks can be easily added in-line and grouped under task lists, with the possibility to manage them according to your preferences. For this, you have four different views at your disposal, each one with its own purpose:

    Simple View – Lets you add & edit tasks in-line, as well as create projects templates to eliminate the manual setup process
    Table View – Helps you manage the previous added tasks by different parameters (e.g. task billing type, users assigned, hours worked from total, etc.)
    Progress Board – Segments the work in different stages, allowing you to set predefined workflows and use them later for similar projects
    Gantt Chart – A visual representation of the project that highlights the duration of each task and lets you define the dependencies between them

    As for the more advanced project management features, you can:

    Track your time to get paid for the actual work, and divide it into billable vs. non-billable time for an accurate productivity rate
    Invoice your client based on the tracked time, so that you eliminate possible accounting errors and give your business a professional look
    Collaborate with your team in a contextual manner, either at a task or project level, through comments and discussions
    Keep your clients in the loop about the project progress with the help of detailed static and live time reports
    Schedule your colleagues in advance, find out who’s overbooked and available for future projects, as well as set employee days off from the resource scheduler

    As you’ve probably remarked, the platform is designed to deliver an end-to-end exprience, one that would take away the pain of managing a project from start to finish.

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    Priyank Sharma
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    Try Asana.com combined with instagantt.com… both are free too, upto a limit. And brilliantly connected to complement each other. I found this to be the magic combination of agile and traditional project management.

    The backend is Asana.com only… that is all projects, lists, etc are on Asana.com only. But when you need the Gantt chart / team-capacity / timeline / project-management view, the view that instagantt.com gives is remarkable!!

    Disclaimer – I’m not associated with either of the tools. Sharing my two cents as I went through the same try-&-error-&-try-something-new cycle for months (rather two years)
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    Ricky Nelson
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    I like Things: http://culturedcode.com/things/
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    Alison Meier
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    Have you tried/tested http://www.liquidplanner.com? Full disclosure, I work there but the project management tool is great. It’s simple, easy to use and not heavy like MS Project. Check out the website and let me know if you have any questions!
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    Oleg Podsechin
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    I use Wunderlist, but here are some alternatives: https://starthq.com/apps/?q=task
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    Ugo Lo Presti
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    I love Things by Cultured Code, it is already mentioned in another answer.
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    Szymon Majdak
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    Kanban method is pretty effective technique to make your work organized. Try KanbanTool (http://www.kanbantool.com) a visual project management tool based on ScrumBan methodology. You can project your board on a big TV screen so it’s easily viewed by your team.
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    Christoph Sommer
    Christoph Sommer, studied at University of Hamburg
    Answered Mar 24, 2014
    I recommend http://www.scrumwise.com
    Well designed web solution using scrum methodology.
    Regarding to-do-lists: sooner or later I lost interest in maintaining these lists, regardless which tool I used (be is MS Excel, Wunderlist or similar).
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    Matt Bronowski
    Matt Bronowski, PMP
    Answered Mar 28, 2014
    For your requirements Online Project Management | Smartsheet should be the killer app. It gives you the right amount of No-MS Project, online, collaboration and mobility. Excel365 on steriods.
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    Budhaditya Chatterjee
    Budhaditya Chatterjee, Business Developer, Passionate about project management, photography and rock music
    Answered Apr 9, 2014
    For an application with to-do list and other project management features I’ll suggest http://www.proofhub.com. It is web based and has features like to-do list, discussion, calendar, milestones and events, gantt chart, file section, proofing tool, inbuilt chat etc.
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    Denis Gorbachev
    Denis Gorbachev, Sparkplug keyboarder
    Answered Apr 25, 2014
    Something like Pintask might solve your needs. You can turn any list into checklist, that allows you to switch between personal to-do log and collaborative task management.
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    Danny Baumann
    Danny Baumann, Hubstaff.com
    Answered Jul 8, 2014
    I’ve really enjoyed using https://www.teamwork.com/ – it makes creating tasks and “completing” them or checking them off very simple. Asana has been really nice for smaller projects (never used it on larger ones) – I really like its interface.
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    Denise Deverelle Crown
    Denise Deverelle Crown, works at Innography
    Answered Aug 12, 2014
    I have tried Wunderlist (syncing issues), TaskWorld (great for multiple team members), SmartSheet (too much overhead) and am currently using Todo.ist to manage some fairly complex product launches. Trello looks interesting if you follow Agile project management.
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    Anna Papasiopi
    Anna Papasiopi
    Answered Nov 26, 2014
    I would really recommend Comidor, which is an online Collaboration platform based on cloud, offering a vast amount of tools regarding Project Management and Task Management. Take a look at its demo versionhttps://www.comidor.com . I am sure you find it very useful!
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    James Gutteridge
    James Gutteridge, Education = Society
    Answered Dec 2, 2014
    I use The Secret Weapon technique, which uses Evernote.

    Evernote and GTD smoothly integrated into TSW
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    Mark Kod
    Mark Kod
    Answered Mar 9, 2015
    Our team use 4PM (Project management system) web based project management application.
    It has lots of features such as task management, time tracking, resource management, document management, communication and so on. Very easy to use.
    I really recommend it.
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    Abram Malik
    Abram Malik, Having Some knowledge in Productivity Tools
    Answered May 8, 2015
    Sharing the list of Best Task Management Software – Top Ten List – TheTopTens.com

    This may help you.

    ….
    Manager
    Best Task Management Software – Invoicera™
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    Janus Siko
    Janus Siko, CEO
    Answered Apr 27, 2016

    The Best Todo & Task Management software

    Goalton .com has exactly the same functionality that you describe
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    Keith Norris
    Keith Norris, MBA from Weber State University (2011)
    Answered Nov 1, 2016

    Calendar, Task, Project, Notes GTD Organizer App for Mac

    Informant for iOS

    and PlanPlusOnline are the ones I recommend.
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    Hitesh Aasnani
    Hitesh Aasnani, Used Asana for 6 months. Helping teams increase productivity at gridle.io
    Answered Dec 17, 2016

    How about Gridle, Project management plus detailed task management with features like tasks, sub-tasks, recurring tasks, statuses, deadlines, reminders, calendar, file sharing, chats and integrations at one place.
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    Calin Popescu
    Calin Popescu, worked with this for 5 months
    Answered Feb 27, 2017

    We are using Orkiee , orkiee , which is a very good and simple to use combination between trello, Asana and Slack
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    Alex Grant
    Alex Grant, Growth & Business Development at Hibox (2017-present)
    Answered Jun 23, 2017

    Hibox solves the three main pain points when collaborating with your teams with:

    Faster, more organized communication (team messaging)
    Keeping better track of tasks and projects (task management)
    Live discussions for remote teams and between different offices (videoconferencing).

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    Maaruthi Surubhotla
    Maaruthi Surubhotla, Service Delivery Specialist at IBM Global Business Services (2016-present)
    Answered Jul 29, 2017

    I would vote for Todoist for day to day tasks, reminders, alarms, etc

    For Projects I would recommend “Taskworld”.
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    Christoph Richter
    Christoph Richter, Founder (1999-present)
    Answered Mar 30, 2013
    Lay out your requirements.
    Like:

    Tasks on the go
    Offline functionality
    Email2task
    Attachments
    Shared tasks
    Comments
    Meta-tasks

    There I not the best todo list out there.

    For myself I use:

    Asana for work project management
    Trello for personal goals management
    iOS tasks for location based reminders and my shopping list
    Mailbox app for mail related todos.

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    David Amsallem
    David Amsallem, Founder at @HeyBubbleInc (Acquired), CEO @hbstudioagency.
    Updated Aug 1, 2013
    We use wunderlist at HeyBubble (Live Chat Software & Live Chat Support Application), and we love to share tasks lists and be able to see them on any device!
    I know some people working at Task Management Tool by Producteev, they just got aquired by Jive, it seems to be an awesome tool too and more connected to Emails (the new mailbox app for Iphone, is a good tool to transform emails to tasks though, but the waitlist is pretty long :o)
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    Christ Azika-Eros
    Christ Azika-Eros, French-Congolese entrepreneur, marketing manager @ Airtel Congo
    Updated Dec 7, 2013
    You should check out Producteev http://poducteev.com . They have an app for android, iphone, blackberry, windows and mac. It is free for individuals and it syncs like magic so you can work when you are offline.

    If you don’t mind to have a desktop app, check out asana. It is awesome for teams.
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    Fred Castagnac
    Fred Castagnac, CMO, Startup Digest Editor, Lecturer, Startup Mentor
    Answered Apr 19, 2013
    Take a look at Azendoo | Collaborative task management. It’s the perfect mix between Wunderlist, Asana and Yammer.
    The application focuses on task management and teamwork. You have two boards, one for our messages (discussion in real time, document sharing, etc.) and one for your tasks (organized by days/weeks, the ones you delegated, etc.).
    The app integrates Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, so you can manage all your workflow directly in Azendoo.
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    Tyler Mathews
    Tyler Mathews, Subcultures, business, cyberflaneur
    Answered Apr 25, 2013
    For me it’s GTasks– gtasks – Google Search

    It integrates with Google Tasks
    works across all my devices (I’m using Android devices and Chrome)
    Has notifications — which is huge for me.

    I use that for in-the-moment and granular tasks and the use Trello (product) for project and task management (try to use checklists for tasks more than cards to keep stuff simple). I also use Google Drive if I need to write up copy or a wiki for my Trello projects.
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    Rich Edwards
    Rich Edwards, Product marketing at IBM
    Answered Jun 19, 2013
    It was my search for an app like this that prompted me and a friend to develop Hover Tasks. It’s web-based, fast, simple and extremely flexible, so you can keep any type of list and organize your lists into buckets (we call them areas). It’s now available in a free beta, so check it out. It might be just what you need and we’re just getting started. Welcome to Hover
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    Dan Webster
    Dan Webster
    Answered Jun 19, 2013
    I would say, be careful of anything that people say is great, the answer, etc – after only using it for a month or so. That is usually peak enthusiasm point, before the trough!

    This site has a list of to-do lists that people have used for years happily, and it compares the long term advantages of many of the most popular

    Pictures of To-Do Lists That Work
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    Maciej Zagozda
    Maciej Zagozda, www.taskscape.com
    Answered Dec 27, 2013
    If you’re managing a complex project that you want to break down into different stages to break complexity, yet you don’t want to feel like being snowed under a ton of tasks that, I suggest you try TaskBeat. At TaskBeat we try to build a tool that can perfectly handle thousands and thousands of tasks without making your team loosing focus. Therefore you can easily break down problems without loosing the ease of use or performance. TaskBeat also comes with a speedy search engine to aid particularly busy teams.
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    Paul Hoke
    Paul Hoke, Professional Software Engineer and Technologist
    Answered Mar 29, 2014
    I have used a lot of existing todo and task management solutions that have come along over the years. The one I have settled on for now that I really like and find useful is Trello. The main thing I like about it is a nice, simple UI, support on web, mobile devices, and the ability to easily move tasks between lists, move boards around, etc. http://www.trello.com
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    Yana Prokopets
    Yana Prokopets, Marketing manager at Bitrix24, web based project management software
    Answered Apr 10, 2014
    Bitrix24 is exactly what you are looking for – tasks, gantt chart, workgroups, task reports and time tracking, counters and roles, checklists, – to name a few. All in all it has 35+ various business tools for easy & effecient team management & collaboration. Moreover – it’s free! – http://www.bitrix24.com/features…
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    Colin Pitts
    Colin Pitts, Software Engineer
    Answered May 22, 2014
    WOW, I have to say, it’s impressive that so many people recommended so many different kinds of software, and I know some of it, also some of them I didn’t know before. and I’m very exciting to join your talking. I can recommend another To Do Organizer seems not on the list. This one also have the whole features that you mentioned.
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    Russ Bar
    Russ Bar
    Answered Jun 7, 2014
    I’ve been working on a project called “Pomodora” now for some time. It’s based off the Pomodoro technique, in which a user breaks each task into 25 minute chunks and commits to working through those 25 minutes. We just got the site off the ground, but our work was inspired by how useful the Pomodoro technique itself is.

    Check it out and let me know if you guys find it useful: Pomodora
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    Courtney Coates Larned
    Courtney Coates Larned
    Answered Jun 12, 2014
    I have tried them all.

    I love Asana for transparent collaboration. It’s what we’re using at work now, and it works.
    Personally, I have a great system set up in Evernote, but that took some hacking to work for all of the things I do.
    We’ve also used Wunderlist for joint shopping lists and things that need to happen at home, successfully.
    And I use Trello with a couple of our contractors for work.
    I think a combo of Asana and Evernote would be my ideal.

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    Semina Efstathaki
    Semina Efstathaki, works at Software Engineering Best Practices
    Answered Aug 21, 2014
    I would really recommend Comidor, which is an online cloud collaboration platform offering a wide variety of tools regarding task Management and basic Project Management. I would really suggest you take a look at its demo version https://www.comidor.com . I am sure you find the calendar view and the homepage timeline very useful!
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    Norbert Piotrowski
    Norbert Piotrowski, Strategic Planner @ GoldenSubmarine
    Answered Jan 30, 2015
    Any.do! It’s the most intuitive, aligns perfectly with Allen’s GTD approach, it’s super sleek and minimalistic and very efficient thanks to features like daily planning and call back pop up. It’s also cross platform and I especially like the desktop mode (independent from the browser) where I can plan in time and folder view making the most of the entire screen.
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    Mitko Ivanov
    Mitko Ivanov, http://swipesapp.com/blog/fostering-a-great-company-culture/
    Answered Feb 2, 2015
    Have you tried Swipes? Its a standalone simplidied to do/task managing tool.

    However it’s also integrated with Evenote and able to pull tasks from your notes:

    * Evernote notes can be tagged with ‘swipes’ and automatically turned into tasks in Swipes
    * The checkmarks from the notes sync directly as action steps in Swipes
    * Evernote notes can be attached to a Swipes task as a reference information
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    Robin Lu
    Robin Lu, Freelance Programmer – Mac / iOS, Ruby On Rails, C / C++
    Answered Mar 23, 2015
    I recommend FrontLog . It’s a bit like Things for teams.

    logbooks for different projects or teams
    mail-like inbox to collect tasks and notifications of task updates
    timeline for all activities
    task board
    native app on Mac and iOS
    instant sync over a cloud service

    Here’s an article about how I use it in our team: FrontLog Best Practice Tips
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    T.J. Brooks
    T.J. Brooks, studied at California State University, Sacramento
    Answered May 8, 2015
    At our agency we use a web base PM software called TeamGantt. TeamGantt has a task feature that allows you to create as many tasks for any project. When you add a task you can also assign It to any team member and add hours to it.

    One of my favorite features is that once you have assigned all your tasks and added hours, it creates a beautiful gantt chart view where I can see the entire project from start to finish.
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    Yigit Tezel
    Yigit Tezel, Entrepreneur, Tech Enthusiastic
    Answered Jun 30, 2015
    Guys we created a task manager called yoyo Yoyo the main idea that different us is you can create a task to anyone weather they are using yoyo or not. Also we give a visualead history of of your work we added features like timeline and reporting for that.

    Ios app is on the app store and the Android is coming very soon. Also there is an apple watch app coming.

    Well I hope you like it and start using it. You can reach me any time for suggestions and stuff.
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    Bealaine Pamandanan
    Bealaine Pamandanan
    Answered Jul 18, 2015
    Have you checked out Function Point (Creative Project Management Software Features)? They are a SaaS based project management software that incorporates tasks, estimates, time management into projects. You can also allocate your resources similar to Microsoft Project and integrate with accounting softwares like QuickBooks.
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    Sanket Pai
    Sanket Pai, Head, Product & Customer Experience | Celoxis | The all-in-one PM platform
    Answered Jul 23, 2015
    Hello William,

    Before I try to sell you the software we make (Celoxis: http://www.celoxis.com), I’d like to know:

    What project management features are you necessarily looking at from the tool?
    Do you follow any specific PM methodology?
    What are the challenges your team is currently facing?

    If you are looking for a software that is more than a web-based todo list management software (like Basecamp or Trello), then you can look at us (Celoxis) or our competitors (Clarizen, Workfront, GeniusProject).

    Thanks
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    Leonard Davis
    Leonard Davis, Content development and productivity
    Answered Jan 15, 2016

    There are some very good project management and task management systems listed here, but what is really needed is analytics so you can understand how long your project(s) will take in the future.

    OnePlan does that and helps clear the work clutter by having you focus on the priorities first.

    Increase productivity & quality of your team!
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    Rachel Andrea Go
    Rachel Andrea Go, A productive digital nomad who has worked in multiple countries across timezones
    Answered Jun 8, 2016

    There are a lot of project management tools that have task management and checklists as a feature. For example, Trello is a kanban board PM tool that allows users to attach checklists to a card.

    I’ve also used Wrike and Basecamp, both of which have checklist features to track my to-dos.

    Currently, my PM setup is a combination of Trello, Hubstaff (allows me to track time to individual tasks), and Google Docs (to store files, share articles that are in progress, etc.).
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    Atif Shahab Qureshi
    Atif Shahab Qureshi, Project Managment , Productivity Management,
    Answered Sep 20, 2016

    I have used many task management system while working for startup projects. Currently i am using TaskQue for managing my projects. It is good for managing multiple projects. It provides WorkSpaces feature to better organize you team online. Moreover Queue feature enables you to automatically assign the tasks without overwhelming the user. Taskque also provides detailed summaries to know about the progress of tasks. you can see how many projects are over due and how many projects have done. It is perfect for startups to manage teams perfectly.
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    Nirmal Christi
    Nirmal Christi, project management blogger
    Answered Oct 1, 2016

    Output Time is the best application for To Do List and Task Management within Project Management. It will provide you the task management along with project management in gantt chart and track time for it.

    You can have 30 days trial on Output Time.
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    Kelly Herbuel
    Kelly Herbuel, Project Management
    Updated Oct 22, 2016

    The best to do list task management application is Lapdes. It allows you to manage your tasks in simple and systematic Manner. Whether it’s a big Business project or a simple Personal to do list task, lapdes manage all your work effectively. It also has project management feature along with the task management software tools such as Document, Notes, Tasks, Social, Calendar, and many more. For more information visit this web page Free Online Collaboration Tools & Project Management Software
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    Martin Welker
    Martin Welker, CEO at Zenkit.com
    Answered Nov 15, 2016

    The main feature of Zenkit is to connect all these perspectives s in one single platform. My suggestion is: Do not mix up Task/Todos with high level project management in one view. You should connect them. Keep your Todos simple and keep the project perspective intuitive.

    *Disclaimer: I am the CEO of Zenkit.*
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    Ashley Kemper
    Ashley Kemper, works at Asana
    Answered Feb 11, 2017

    If you’re a kanban board lover, I’d definitely recommend checking out Asana Boards or signing up for Asana (it’s free for up to 15 people) and testing it out 😀

    For more information, check out Using Asana as your task management software · Asana.
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    Dmitry Davydov
    Dmitry Davydov, collaboration junkie
    Answered Mar 11, 2017

    Bitrix24 is really, really good. It’s free, like Asana, but it has a number of tools Asana lacks – Gantt, time tracking, quotes, invoices, client management, group chat, full blown document management, workflow automation, etc. Oh, and you also have a choice between cloud and open source on premise versions.
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    John D Saunders
    John D Saunders, Digital Strategist at 5Four Digital
    Answered Apr 5, 2017

    We’re a small team, but our tasks are organized in a way that makes it easy for us to scale with Slack, Google Drive and Asana. I made a quick video explaining our process below. I hope this helps!
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    Ekaterina Krivosheina
    Ekaterina Krivosheina, Project Management Tools
    Answered Apr 26, 2017

    Hi there!

    Did you consider JIRA?

    It is the most powerful and flexible project management tool. And it is a lot more than simple To-Do list. Customizable workflows, flexible dashboards and lot’s of useful integrations – are the main features of Jira.

    Here in the article, we give a comprehensive definition of the most powerful project management tools:

    Pros and Cons of the 14 Best Project Management Tools

    Hope it will help you to make the right decision.
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    Jennifer Morgan
    Jennifer Morgan, Account Manager
    Answered May 8, 2017

    Top Task Management Tool are

    Teamwork

    Drag

    Asana

    ViduPM

    dapulse

    podio

    Wrike

    todoist

    Gridle

    Zenkit

    I prefer ViduPM for task management because it not only provides you the to-do list features but also has other features like password manager, event manager, team manager, link manager, customise detailed reports with white-labelling features, invoicing and billing, Facebook metrics, rank checker, file sharing system, communication system etc.

    You must go for its 30-day trial period for better experience.

    Thanks for reading my answer 🙂 .
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    Luke Paverd
    Luke Paverd, Managing Director at Eagle Software (2014-present)
    Answered Jul 8, 2017

    We use Wrike, which I have found very useful for building systems, workflows and consistency in the work that we do.

    Project templates allow me to document the way things need to be done.

    Request forms allow different areas of the business to request something and be confident it will be completed correctly.
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    Maulik Shah
    Maulik Shah
    Answered Aug 8, 2017

    MarkTeQ WMS – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE | YOUR WORKING PARTER we currently use this software. It works perfectly for my business. It manages my workforce, has best in a segment CRM with custom integration,sales team monitoring and business revenue generation,currently i nearly manage 30 projects with this software. It has accounts features keeps all quotations/payments/sales in one place. Its all in one software reduces cost of purchasing multiple software, wonderful mobile app for all kind of management. offers very nice support.
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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Answered Aug 8, 2017

    MarkTeQ WMS – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE | YOUR WORKING PARTER we currently use this software. It works perfectly for my business. It manages my workforce, has best in a segment CRM with custom integration,sales team monitoring and business revenue generation,currently i nearly manage 30 projects with this software. It has accounts features keeps all quotations/payments/sales in one place. Its all in one software reduces cost of purchasing multiple softwares, wonderful mobile app for all kind of management. offers very nice support.
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    Michael D Martens
    Michael D Martens
    Answered Aug 13, 2017

    I agree that Asana is a terrific choice. And if you’re interested in adding more project management power, Asana plays very nicely with Instagantt, a web-based project scheduling tool. My office is test-driving this combination of tools and I’m very excited about the possibilities for us.

    Both apps have a free option (with some limitations), but their low subscription costs are quite justifiable, especially for an office looking to improve its output.
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    Naomi J Gaubert
    Naomi J Gaubert, works at E-Business
    Answered Jan 23

    People have to realize that there is no such a thing like a best too. Why?

    If I need team organization someone else needs simple task time tool.

    Let me suggest some that I have been using. Basecamp, Trello, Asana, CLickup.

    Basecamp and trello are so so- too simple to non efficient.

    Asana is good but not great.I use clickup for now, it works how easy to use is so my elder teammates can use it too. It has machine learning base and time tracking tool.

    That`s me, I hope this helps.
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    Julie Wilson
    Julie Wilson, Owner and Founder at WHEELZ Custom Carts (2008-present)
    Answered Apr 3

    After more than a decade of working from home on multiple projects, prioritizing, and working with remote teams, Evernote is my go-to.

    I have the Business subscription and use Spaces, which is a multi-user project platform. It is inexpensive, syncs to all devices, and very user friendly.

    Here is an article I wrote about the ways I use Evernote: 13+ Ways to Become a Productivity Badass with Evernote
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    Felix Armand Van Sofaliegn
    Felix Armand Van Sofaliegn
    Answered Mar 30, 2013
    It’s still a little hard to tell what you are specifically looking for – but let me try to help you:

    If you come from the coding-side and use GitHub already I’d suggest you to use their issue tracker. We stopped using any project/task management tools since which is because:

    It allows you to reference and comment on any contribution, bringing the discussions right into the project directory
    It doesn’t have as many tagging and type-options which is a good thing as we invest less time in crazy workflows but actually get things done
    As it combines the project-management with the issue-tracking you have a bigger chance in actually reaching all the ppl. that work on your project = faster feedback = faster development

    If it’s more about groceries and design drafts, maybe Wunderlist could do the job
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    Ivan Ičin
    Ivan Ičin, Produced Desk & Archive file manager software to enhance my own productivity
    Answered Apr 4, 2013
    My personal opinion is that the best system is to auto generate tasks whenever possible. Having separate system where you have to actually enter tasks that could be auto generated is time costly.

    Gmail is a great example of this. Each email that you receive is a task until you archive it. You can do similar thing in desktop email client Postbox – Awesome Email.

    I have observed this problem and created a file manager that follows the same logic – desk is the place where you create new documents which are kept there until you complete them and archive them – app is called Desk & Archive – Windows file manager with reinvented desktop
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    Paul Bennett-Freeman
    Paul Bennett-Freeman, CTO @ lovefruitful.com
    Answered Apr 10, 2013
    I’ve tried more todo list style apps then I can remember, but right my set up is:
    Any.Do for personal my person todo list, it’s got amazing workflow – Very clean UI, intergrates with gmail (So, easy to add a “Respond to this” task), intergrates with your phone (So promots to create a “Call back ..” task on a missed call) and the daily “Plan Your Day” works great for keeping focus on what’s important.

    For work projects where I work with other people, Pivotal Tracker is amazing – In particular, the ability to mark “Finished” and “Delivered” differently, and having responsible people been able to respond with either “Accept” or “Reject” makes it very easy to control multiple actions with multiple people without resorting to lots of emails.
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    Sachin Yadav
    Sachin Yadav, Technology freak, design enthusiast. Let’s hack life, together.
    Answered Jul 9, 2014
    Podio – Work the way you want to

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    Dovile Miseviciute
    Dovile Miseviciute, 2 years working as a project manager and project management blogger
    Updated Aug 27, 2014
    We have used a physical board for quite a while, but a time came that we had to move on to an electronic board. After some consideration we chose Eylean and here is why:

    The initial board looked just like a physical board, with the abilities to adapt it to our specific process
    There are no limitations to tasks/projects/people/boards we can use, therefore we have a complete freedom to create what we need.
    The whole team can view, edit and comment on the tasks at all times.
    It provides us with various reports on the project, team productivity, the remaining tasks, etc.
    The whole team gets e-mail notifications on the tasks that relate to them.

    We still have our daily meetings and discuss the occurring problems together, except we do it besides a projector.
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    Nikolay Nikolaev
    Nikolay Nikolaev, Founder of project management tool Casual.pm
    Answered Oct 13, 2014
    Take a look at https://casual.pm/ It helps your organize your to-do lists the way they look in your mind. Just like simple workflows. Also Casual has got a lot of cool project management features, such as dependencies.

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    Paulo Macedo
    Paulo Macedo
    Answered Jul 16, 2015
    Well, if you’re still looking for a solution, I’m using Runrun.it and I’ve have tested Trello and Asana but team members would not enjoy using it as much as we’ve seen with Runrun.it.
    That’s a huge factor, cause, people that use it freely and feel joy about organizing their task/time/project’s budget/etc; become more reliable and produce better results than those who feel it’s what our company need them to do. It just do it better, so people have a blast sharing stuff and commenting on tasks, everything gets organized and managers love it, cause it automatically create a bunch of reports and spreadsheets automatically with daily use. It’s cloud-based and super fast.
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    Paulo Henrique Macedo Gebrail
    Paulo Henrique Macedo Gebrail
    Answered Jul 18, 2015
    Well, if you’re still looking for a solution, I’m using Runrun.it and I’ve have tested Trello and Asana but team members would not enjoy using it as much as we’ve seen with Runrun.it.
    That’s a huge factor, cause, people that use it freely and feel joy about organizing their task/time/project’s budget/etc; become more reliable and produce better results than those who feel it’s what our company need them to do. It just do it better, so people have a blast sharing stuff and commenting on tasks, everything gets organized and managers love it, cause it automatically create a bunch of reports and spreadsheets automatically with daily use. It’s cloud-based and super fast.
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    Crystal Chen
    Crystal Chen, Community Manager at Potix
    Answered Oct 21, 2015
    Quire may just be the thing you’re looking for: It’s a new-generation collaborative task or project management tool that does a lot with just enough.
    Features that I find helpful are easy to use, unlimited tasks and subtasks, colorful tags, handy keyboard shortcuts, etc.

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    Marc Guévin
    Marc Guévin, 10+ years working in the project management software development business
    Answered Nov 11, 2015
    I recommend Nutcache. It’s an all-in-one project management tool combining time tracking, invoice and expense management all in a collaborative fashion. Well worth a look!

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    Laura Lopes
    Laura Lopes
    Answered Feb 25, 2016

    I like Runrun.it. Do you konw this software to keep your team with the focus where it really matters?

    Formalize your existing workflows with a task manager
    Open tasks and define priorities
    Know what your team is working on
    Know when projects will be delivered automatically
    Reduce email and enhance communication
    Don’t waste time searching for your documents
    Easy time tracking and time management
    Discover your top performers
    Encourage system adoption using “badges”
    Have management reports on hand
    Stay in sync wherever you go
    People Analytics
    Cost Control
    Training and dedicated support portal
    Security is a priority

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    Garland Coulson
    Garland Coulson, Time management guru, speaker and coach
    Answered Apr 12, 2016

    I tested over 15 of the leading task management systems and settled on Teamwork Projects.

    Works on both computers and mobile and lets you drag and drop your tasks in order along with excellent filters that let you zero in on certain task traits.

    My favourite feature is the task template system that lets me create a whole series of tasks and subtasks and apply them to new projects.

    I use this to automate task lists for things like:

    setting up WordPress sites for clients
    preparing for teaching a workshop
    creating and promoting a new online course
    creating and promoting new content and much more.

    Several of my clients have moved over to it and really appreciate its power and simplicity.
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    SSDG
    SSDG, works at Varun Gupta Academy
    Updated May 18, 2016

    Hey,

    Although there are many such tools, to justify which one is best I think you’ll have to try some of them. Some of the tools which I have used are Asana, Slack, Zapty, Hipchat etc.

    I found Zapty best for me. To help you further read the blog Keep your to-do list organized and on track with Zapty it gives you details about the features which this tool has. After reading this i am sure you’ll get familiar with this tool’s features and will be able to compare it with others and decide the best for you.

    I have tried Zapty personally and got a Business Limited Time plan for $29 per month. I am liking it this offer is till May 31. You may also give it a try!

    Hope it helps!
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    Ivana Stefanoska
    Ivana Stefanoska, Owner (2015-present)
    Answered Feb 22

    Organizing a project from the ground up can be confusing.

    With ClickUp, you take out confusion out of the equation as it helps you organize your projects using a hierarchic approach. This functionality lets you structure your project from scratch by assigning tasks to groups and groups to categories. Goals can be set easily to help teams know what they are aiming for and how to accomplish those goals.

    People have different ways in viewing their tasks and projects.

    With ClickUp, you and your team are not stuck with a similar view that works for you but not for others. The software provides you three different ways to view your projects and tasks, enabling you to choose how your tasks should be displayed. This functionality fuels your creativity and improves your productivity, resulting in getting more things done and projects delivered on schedule.
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    Dejan Bogota
    Dejan Bogota, Photo Editor/ Photographer at Freelencer
    Answered Mar 29

    If you simply need a list of to-dos to start ticking off, look for a Asana. If you like the idea of organizing your tasks into detailed projects with subtasks, attachments, and more, If seeing your tasks go from “to-dos” to “doing” to “dones” is helpful—or you want a more graphical way to manage tasks—check out the ClickUp totally new and innovative solutions. I like the most that I can customize my dashboard and option of multi view is helpful for me to keep track of my tasks and others as well. Box view is my best.
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    Annabel Green
    Annabel Green
    Answered Mar 29

    Get things done when they need to get done by utilizing the tools available to you. One of ClickUp’s greatest strengths is giving you the ability to capture ideas and turn them into action in the time it takes to write out your thought.

    Leveraging the activity feed, you can record any notes that would best serve as action items.

    Assigned comments can be used as follow-up items for members of the team, even those who aren’t present at the meeting.

    With user mentions, you can add importance to a comment in the feed and send a notification to the tagged user.
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    A Swa
    A Swa
    Answered Feb 9, 2015
    Try ProcessMate (Business Process Management Software in Cloud). Please see the link with some screenshots here:
    Order Fulfillment Process for Small or Custom Manufacturing Companies – ProcessMate – Business Process Management and Workflow software

    It works well if you have multiple simultaneos projects that have more or less the same tasks.

    The benefits of ProcessMate:

    Keeps track of all your processes, e.g. production, sales, hiring, customer onboarding or anything really

    Sends notifications via email if some tasks are ready to be completed – this drastically reduces waiting time and lead time of processes (=more satisfied customers and lower costs for yourself!)

    For you, as manager, offers dashboards with multiple charts and report. You will keep your hand on the pulse of your business at any time!

    Very quick and free-of-charge configuration of your processes. No servers needed, the software is accessible online.

    Small monthly fee on per-user basis – quite affordable for any company, compared to conventional BPM tools that take months and thousands to implement.

    Good luck with your search!
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    Filipa Nascimento Antunes
    Filipa Nascimento Antunes, Marketeer at Outplanr.
    Answered Mar 19, 2015
    Hi! May I suggest HiveFlux: Real-time task management and planning?
    HiveFlux is a smart tool for task-management and team collaboration that gives a real-time overview of what everyone in a team is working on.
    HiveFlux provides a central console that gathers all projects, tasks, files, calendar events and time tracking. Users can edit all these items on the spot and also check past progress. By including time estimates and final completion times, it provides all the tools necessary for managers to balance the daily workload of their team.

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    David Powell
    Seems to be limited to a single level of task below the project level. Not capable of any signif…
    Mary Myronova
    Mary Myronova
    Answered Sep 4, 2015
    Hello,

    I’d recommend an app called Projects – Projects — Get your company tasks done

    It’s not heavy but it’s a task management app with essential features for project management.

    You can create projects/areas in this app and also projects within areas. Tasks go inside different projects or areas.
    The lists that hold the tasks are based on David Allen’s GTD methodology, so there’s Inbox, Today, Next, Scheduled (calendar) and Someday.

    Here’s how it looks:
    There’s a web app and an Android app. iOS will come out soon, too.
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    Laura Noodapera
    Laura Noodapera, I work in a startup called Teamweek. This is THE software.
    Answered Sep 14, 2015
    Try Teamweek, the easiest planner and team calendar out there. It’s really easy to use. And you can spread you to-do list out on a real timetable and mark it as done, once they’re ready.

    It looks pretty and you can color code everything to make things easier to grasp visually. I’d suggest setting benchmarks (on top) and sticking to them, changing other plans by dragging and dropping once real life interferes with your plans.
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    Syed Qasim
    Syed Qasim, Digital Marketing Expert
    Answered Jun 29, 2016

    Kualitee a cloud-based test management solution is relatively new tool but has some great features to offer. It’s also most suitable for an Agile team. It has task management which also allows you to assign tasks to your team, track time and create billable hours. Attach different videos and Images in your defect report.

    It has JIRA integration through which you can sync your defects. You are able to create custom test and bug reports. Download and upload different reports in a format of your choice. There’s a hierarchy that is being maintained as you progress through your project.

    The dashboard is quite interactive and different graphs for data and scenario representation. The best feature for me so far is where you are able to create custom job roles and give permissions to those roles.

    The tool is also free for a small team of 10 people.

    Pricing And Packages

    You can check the features here:

    Kualitee Features
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    Amit Kakkar
    Amit Kakkar, Marketing Engineer @ProofHub
    Answered May 29, 2017

    If you are looking for simple but feature rich project management tool then I’d suggest you to have a look at ProofHub. This tool has great user experience and is loaded with features like group chat, tasks, time tracking, reports, discussions and lots more.

    ProofHub can help you to :

    Bring down the project delivery time.
    Get better control over projects & team communications.
    Make teams more accountable.
    Achieve better work satisfaction.

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    Will McAvoy
    Will McAvoy, studied at Technology High School
    Answered Mar 2

    ClickUp is a beautifully intuitive project management platform that eliminates the need of using more than one tool for your organization’s workflow. ClickUp’s core purpose is to remove the frustrations, inefficiencies, and disconnect caused by the current project management ecosystem – and to accomplish this with beautifully intuitive design.

    Built for teams of all sizes and industries,this app is fully customizable and proprietary features make it a must-have for agile teams that want to keep everything from design to development in one organized place.

    The platform allows deep modularity in the form of add-ons called ‘Clickups’, allowing rich customization for each team individually.
    Proprietary features such as Assigning Comments and mocking up images make it an incredibly effective tool for keeping everyone on the same page.

    Flagship feature lies in the three Dashboards: List, Box, and Board. Each Dashboard provides a fundamentally different way of viewing and managing tasks, making both high level and low level perspectives viable in one intuitive location.
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    Jon Feineman
    Jon Feineman, C# developer
    Answered Apr 10, 2013
    For personal project use, I’m a big fan of Trello. I’ve found it’s very easy to organize and manage your project and delegate tasks, and adding users to a project is fantastically easy.

    I really enjoyed seeing this blog post from UserVoice not too long ago on how they use Trello for their project management: How we use Trello & Google Docs to make UserVoice better every day

    When I’m working on task lists that only involve myself, such as being able to see at a glance how many cards I have left in a Sprint, I find that I can use Google Tasks.

    As for professionally, my team uses Atlassian Jira (http://www.atlassian.com/softwar…) with the Greenhopper plugin (http://www.atlassian.com/softwar…) to track all bugs that are reported through our support staff, manage project backlogs as new apps are handed off to us, plan sprints, assign story points and track workflow from requirements gathering all the way through QA. With the right custom fields set up in your project, JQL (https://confluence.atlassian.com…) ends up being a very powerful pseudolanguage for being able to filter down to exactly the data you want to see.
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    Alex Artin Aleksanyan
    Alex Artin Aleksanyan, Owner at Neocodis, Web Development House
    Answered Dec 12, 2013
    I am not certain that one tool is best for all the needs. The difficulty of managing projects is based on their complexity, deadlines and team members. The most important aspect of good project management is communication and organisation.

    In our company we have tried several online tools for varying amount of times and we have settled with Trello during the past year. Here are the reasons we chose this tool:

    1. Its free (always a bonus for small companies)
    2. Its Agile friendly: The whole system is based on boards, cards, checklists(for tasks) and notifications.
    3. Easy to use: Many drag and drop options and easy to use interface.
    4. Built by one of the founders of Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow which are great Q/A sites (we use them daily to find many answers)
    5. Very easy to manage attachments
    6. Very mobile friendly

    There are many ways to use this tool as long as you keep your boards organised. As usual it might take time to get used to it, but, if you keep at it, the rewards in time management of projects and accountability are very high.

    Overall, you can create a board per project, lists for different phases or modules, lists for group of tasks, checklists for separate task lists. Then assign to different people, label them, add attachments, comments etc.
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    Lionel Valdellon
    Lionel Valdellon, project management enthusiast, productivity nerd, wordsmith
    Answered Jun 20, 2014
    Sounds like you need to take a look at Wrike (disclaimer: I work for the company), which is flexible enough to handle both simple to-do lists and more complex multi-person, multi-task projects. Our customers tell us they appreciate the simple, easy-to-learn user interface Wrike delivers without sacrificing the power available to them under the hood. Plus it integrates with Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive so you can link to all your documents in one hub.

    Wrike provides you with a way to capture all your ideas and to-do items, organize them with the proper folders and tags, then assign those tasks to your team members. It’s a collaborative platform to handle all project management.

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    Andy Micone
    Andy Micone, Futurist and Forecasting Panelist at TechCast Global.
    Answered Aug 18, 2014
    To determine the answer, I think you need to distinguish between whether you are doing this as part of team and the team will adopt the tool, or if you are trying to do this on an individual basis. On an individual basis, I’d recommend either Nozbe or the new kid of the block, IQTell. If it as a team, I’d go with good old BaseCamp, because if you need to add things later on like Gannt charts, project portfolio management, or support tickets, you can do that by buying add-on subscriptions from other people who program apps against the basecamp API. There’s a lot of them.

    I personally use Nozbe for my own planning and then bring up my instance of Basecamp when group projects come up. You can turn off a basecamp subscription for up to six months without cost, and that works pretty well for me. If I need PPM features, I add on Roadmap, which also does Gannt charts. If I just need Gannt charts, I just hook it up to Ganntify. If I need support tickets, I just hook it up to SupportBee. There’s also dashboarding tools that integrate with it if you are working with business wonks who want a quick overview of what’s happening.
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    Alina Grzegorzewska
    Alina Grzegorzewska, studied at UAM Poznan
    Answered Mar 23, 2015
    As you see there is plenty of such To Do Lists and Task Management Apps.
    But I’ll add to this mix just one more – Itemz

    It’s epic task management app where you can also create a projects to organize your tasks 🙂

    What’s new in this app is that it allows you to see on your app desktop tasks from all (or selected) projects in list or column, convenient calendar view.

    Also it’s the app with some gamification mechanics what means that you get rewarded by using it with trophies:

    if you want to know a bit more, you can just visit the website and Turn your work into a game 🙂

    also you here is its teaser video:

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    Dashakol Basafa
    Dashakol Basafa, Productivity enthusiast
    Updated Jul 25, 2016

    Definitly checkvist.com
    It has a tree like hierarchical structure and you can see what percent of each project is completed based on the tasks you’ve done.

    No registration needed for trying
    Zero learning curve. It shows you itself step by step.
    Keyboard shortcuts For every thing, really intuitive and so well thought.
    Minimal & powerful at the same time.

    I’m using it for more than 4 years now and no other tools could make me to change it. It has a rich history of more than 4 year close conversation with a committed user group. You can see the feedback here http://checkvist.uservoice.com/
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    Karina Dubovik
    Karina Dubovik, freelance projects with remote teams and people
    Updated Jan 15, 2016

    To use wall for task management is incredible. I’m not joking) Offline methods are one of the best, because you can not archive the same understanding among your team as you can do by discussing it offline. Freelance needs a good pm skills and tools.

    One of them is Trello. But among a pool of advantages i found sone disadvantages such as inability to assign task among your team members. Also Trello has not a good visibility. It is critical if you work with remote teams and customers.

    So one of the best instruments for project managers is GanttPRO. Gantt charts has a great visibility This tool is very simple and intuitive. You can share task with other members and can export files to XLXS. PDF and iCAL.Try GanttPRO if you want to get aquainted with gantt charts.
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    Dartek Berek
    Dartek Berek, Marketing assistant at Timble.us and a graphic design enthusiast.
    Answered Jun 27, 2016

    Hi there!

    I know what your pain is and I can recommend you Timble.us – time tracking, smarter. You can simply add tasks as a part of your projects and customize them by changing priority colors, description, time and deadline.

    Timble is a databased hub – it aggregates tasks and projects from external tools. Our app works with:

    JIRA Software – Issue & Project Tracking for Software Teams | Atlassian
    Trello

    The most important is – it synchronizes both ways!

    We make sure that all important information is accessible from one place and always up to date. You can quickly plan your work and remain focused on the key objectives of the day.

    Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you.

    Cheers!
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    Disha Bhatia
    Disha Bhatia, Young and Bright. Marketing Executive. Learner.
    Answered Aug 24, 2016

    You are at the right place! The tools you mentioned are the best in the market right. Ive been using ProofHub from the last one year and its absolutely great. It has so many unique and efficient features which save so much time and energy. My favorite feature is Proofing. This feature enables me to receive and share feedbacks instantly. ProofHub’s online proofing software streamlines the proofing and approval process to save your time and effort. i love it!! Other than proofing there are alot more features. Here’s a list

    To understand this tool better , you can watch this video as well

    Its worth giving a try. Im sure you wont be disappointed.
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    Veronika Fischer
    Veronika Fischer, studied at CDTM
    Answered Oct 24, 2016

    If you are looking for a lightweight solution for your task and project management, I would recommend Nuclino! It’s a simple and fast collaboration tool with a great user experience and beautiful design. We use it for all our meeting minutes, technical documentation, task management, and more. Some features that I really like:

    Rich editor with task lists, file attachments, video embeds, code blocks, and more
    Users can collaborate in real-time on the same page
    Easy linking between pages (you simply have to type “@” to link to another page)
    Mentions and notifications so that all team members stay up to date
    The content is automatically visualized in a mindmap
    It’s offered as a SaaS and has a free package

    This is what it looks like:
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    Bryan Miller
    Bryan Miller, Project Manager (2009-present)
    Updated Aug 4, 2017

    Active Collab lets you track your to-dos, keep your work organized, and encourage team collaboration. Active Collab runs on the cloud. There are no setup requirements, and you can be up and running in a couple of minutes.

    This is a one-stop solution for your business needs. You can use it to organize everything you are working on, track status on daily operations, schedule future tasks and milestones, and prepare estimates and invoices.There are over 200,000 people who use Active Collab, including teams from NASA, Intel, and Apple.
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    Merily Leis
    Merily Leis, Marketing Specialist
    Updated Sep 19, 2017

    Scoro lets you manage your projects, quotes, contacts, and billing – all in one system.

    Project Management

    Plan and manage projects, tasks, and subtasks. Track the time spent on projects and quotes.

    Real-time Reporting

    See detailed reports on your project progress and completed work, and get a quick overview of your work.

    Quotes & Billing

    Create and send standardized quotes and invoices, and automate recurring billing.

    Instead of using five different tools to plan projects, track your time, contact clients, and compile invoices, you can use a single solution!
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    Svetlana Trofimenko
    Svetlana Trofimenko, Project Manager (2016-present)
    Answered Apr 26, 2017

    There are so many tools to consider, but why start from the beginning if it’s possible to leap forward to a new level in project management?

    If you work in a multi-project environment and communicate with a few teams, an ordinary PM tool won’t make a difference in your performance. Opt for a tool that will provide you with full visibility over your projects and help you analytically. I would suggest the Epicflow project management software, which has both resource and time buffers to plan your projects in advance and meet due dates. It has a number of features you’ll never stop dreaming of after knowing that they already exist on the market.

    Epicflow has future load graphs that can help you predict the impact of a new project on your existing resource load. It will assist you in creating effort-based workloads for your team and signal when team members are overloaded so you can take appropriate measures. Epicflow will also show you how many resources you need to finish your projects on time.

    Learn more about the benefits of Epicflow for your employees in our article Why Your Team Will Fall in Love with Epicflow Project Management Software and become an early adopter by signing up for an invitation.
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    Anastasia Vereshchagina
    Anastasia Vereshchagina, former Content Marketing Manager at Deskun (2016-2017)
    Answered May 16, 2017

    I recommend to check out Deskun. It’s a Gmail based ticket system that can be used for task/project management.

    With Deskun you can create projects, queues (that have a form of Gmail folders) and tickets (tasks).

    Each task can have the following properties:

    Deadline
    Priority
    Queue it belongs to
    An employee it’s assigned to
    Checklist (list of subtasks)

    Deskun allows to manage different projects in one place, create separate folders to delegate tasks between departments and employees, share links and files and so on.

    You can try Deskun for free here.
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    Michelle Nickolaisen
    Michelle Nickolaisen, works at Self-Employment
    Answered Jan 11

    Clubhouse has task lists and management, along with ample project management features – it’s a kanban tool (similar to Trello, if you’ve used that), with more features. If you only want a tool to keep track of grocery lists, then Clubhouse will be overkill, but if you’re managing a team (of any size – we have teams ranging from 2 to 20+ users using Clubhouse!) and want everyone to stay on the same page, without the learning curve or baggage of something like JIRA. Here’s what it looks like:

    It’s also free for teams up to three users, so check it out if it sounds up your alley!
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    Molly Green
    Molly Green, former Photographer
    Answered Mar 5

    Most people begin their day with planning. For the majority that means going through their email and creating a to-do list.

    Your energy is the highest in the morning. You should use those precious hours to finish off the most important task of the day. Even if you‘re a night owl, there’s nothing like a solid hour of work, first thing in the morning, to keep you supercharged throughout the day.

    Prepare your to-do list the night before with ClickUp tool, and decide what task to begin your day with. It will be one of the best habits you build.
    If you want to make life easier, keep all your tasks in one tool.

    The solution is to get into a habit of using just one to-do list tool. Use one with a good mobile app so that you can capture tasks anywhere and anytime on your iPhone. No more noting down tasks on scraps of paper.

    Avoid using your inbox as a simple to-do list! Note down all the tasks from your email to your task list application. It will save you a truckload of stress!
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    Sanjeev Patni
    Sanjeev Patni, Founder at WorkToday (2017-present)
    Answered Apr 2

    WorkToday-Lite is a multi utility mobile app for MSME, for team and business management. It has Boss and Team does interfaces, for Task Management, Attendance Management, Daily Report from Team, Petty Cash Account Management.

    On top of this, it has a mobile based microsite-catalog can be created. Now you can launch new offers, deals, and send it to all your associates or customers, through social media, at the touch of a button.

    Task assigning and getting its report gives a huge convenience to Boss.

    Your team will be excited to use this app. It ensures huge convenience in task execution and reporting. They will be able to mark their attendance and also view their records.

    SUPERCHARGE YOUR TEAM.
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    Abin Jacob
    Abin Jacob, Maker (2016-present)
    Answered Apr 18

    I have tried a bunch of apps through out my career like Todoist, Anydo, Things, etc.. But what’s more cluttered than my daily plans are the to-do apps. It feels good to add tasks whenever you have one, but it also fills up pretty quickly, making things even worse!

    So I decided to built a solution for this! (wasn’t very easy, to be honest! I’m past dozens of to-do apps and many habit-related books). So first thing I’ve decided with my product was it should be magically minimal (I mean it — nothing should stand b/w you and your boring tasks). Then it needs to have a repeat function so that you don’t have to manually add your repeated tasks! (Say, like team huddles, or monthly meetings or checking mails, etc..) The third thing I’ve done is to have a timer, so that its super helpful at the end of the day to know what and how much you’ve worked on the tasks. This gives space for improving your productivity.

    Yeah! Its crazy.. But I am genuinly working on it and possibly launch in a month. If you would like an early sneak peak, get your early access invite here (takes less than a minute): Toss – Product Hunt
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    Jenna Peters
    Jenna Peters, Marketing at Scoro
    Answered Aug 12, 2015
    I always suggest to clients looking to sign up to for project management software – what do you need to get out of them, what add-ons and plugins will you need, etc. Perhaps you could check a project management software feature comparison tool to determine which features best suit you. There are many out there. Here are a couple questions you should ask yourself:

    1) What size is your business and are your projects scalable? – there are some that are very complex and great for Enterprise but not if you are a smaller agency.

    2) Secondly (others may disagree) but I always check their social media presence for their customer support. Many larger providers have become notoriously bad for slow and inefficient customer support – if you are trying to invoice a customer for a finished project this can be costly for companies. Get a project management provider who responds quickly and efficiently!

    On that note, I work for Scoro Software and you could give it a try!
    Scoro lets you access, manage, and automate data across your , projects, calendar/tasks, client database, and finances. Depending on what type of tools you are currently using to manage your company, we can sync your , projects/files, time/tasks, clients/contacts, and finances directly into our central control hub, so you have a clear overview of everything from the first hell to the final invoice. You can also get thorough reports from all aspects of your agency.

    Let me know if we can help!

    Best,
    Jenna
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    Sharon Feldman Danzger
    Sharon Feldman Danzger, Productivity Consultant focused on easy strategies to make you more productive.
    Answered Mar 10, 2016

    I recently did some research on exactly this topic. Many of the to-do list apps are only web-based. I thought this was of some concern given that I like to be able to modify my to-do list wherever I am (including on an airplane without wifi.) Todoist and Wunderlist came out on top – I decided to go with Todoist because it appeared more work-oriented than family-oriented.

    Both of these apps are web-based but also sync with a desktop version. One of my concerns with web-based only platforms is that if their system crashes (unlikely, but possible) I would lose my entire list unless I remembered to create a manual back-up.

    By creating and sharing projects, you can collaborate with others and use it for light-duty project management. For more intricate project management, I would suggest Trello or Asana. Both have the reputation for being very user-friendly (I have looked at both but have not used them personally.)

    For $30/year, I upgraded to Premium because I thought the features were useful (adding notes, integration with Mac Calendar, etc.) For something that I use every single day, multiple times a day, it seemed pretty inexpensive to me.

    I’m currently working on my next blog post, titled “Do Successful People Use To-Do Lists?” You can see all of my blog posts here: Blog; scroll to the bottom and sign up if you’d like to receive it in your email inbox.
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    Chandra Gollapudi
    Chandra Gollapudi, Implemented in software how teams can focus on Important rather than urgent fire
    Answered Apr 6, 2016

    The tool you need depends on the nature of your project.

    Task & collaboration Tools: If your project has a defined end goal and you have to deliver it on time and under budget. You need tools like Project or Trello. ‘MS Project’ for larger projects like a large commercial building and ‘Trello’ for smaller projects like hosting an event or a home renovation project.
    Agile Tools: If your project is to deliver software. Then you need a agile tools like “Asana”. These are best to convert story board to software.
    Strategic Product Development Tool: If you are developing a engineering or technology new product. Your end goal is uncertain and your story board is undefined. These projects have high market or technology risks. Conventional project management – which are primarily task and collaboration tools do not work. You need a tool that will help you think like a great strategist and act like a expert tactician. A tool for this did not exist – that is why Product Manager becomes the project sitter to keep the team aligned through the chaotic world of NPD

    I created Entroids for engineering NPD projects. It is the best way to execute Stage-Gate or Lean Startup methodologies. Entroids is in Beta and completely free now. Feel free to try it and let me know what you think. We are continuosly adding new features based on user feedback, so if you want something, we are listening.

    Below is a video to learn more and see the tool in action.
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    Peter Popovic
    Peter Popovic, Project management
    Answered Apr 24, 2016

    I use google keep for simple TO DO stuff in my professional and private life categories,

    It is simple and easy to track. You can also archive all your notes which makes it an excellent to do diary for me. I can just check my weekly to do´s and remind what I was doing, what was I planning.

    In more complex way I recommend you to check out Forecast.it PPM

    Here is why:

    Forecast works just like you and with the tools you already use. All existing information about your projects gets automatically synced to Forecast. Time tracking, tasks, to dos, issues, and agile boards all get sucked into Forecast and made smarter.

    I had experienced first-hand how projects fail because of poor planning and lack of tools to help keep projects on track. With my team we decided to solve this problem.

    Our goal is to make it possible and even easy to plan and run large complex projects, in a way that is accurate, predictable, and profitable.

    We are achieving our goal through a fresh approach where we apply machine learning technology to project planning.

    Scheduling screenshot:

    More information here
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    John Fotheringham
    John Fotheringham, Linguist & Author of “Asana: The Unofficial Guide”
    Answered Dec 21, 2016

    I used to recommend a combination of Asana and Trello, but now that Asana has added a “boards” feature (which will be very familiar to Trello users), Asana alone can handle the vast majority of task and project needs for both personal and professional use.

    Like many others have attested to here, I too have suffered from “productivity porn” addiction in the past. I went through a disgraceful period of jumping from app to app to app (Microsoft Project, Wunderlist, Wunderkit, Nozbe, OmniFocus, Todoist, Any.do, etc.), but my lust to try new tools finally cooled when I discovered Asana. Her and I have now entered into a healthy monogamous relationship (I still look at other tools from time to time she isn’t looking, but she knows my heart―and projects!―belong to her).

    While I appreciated certain aspects of all the productivity tools I’ve tried, all eventually drove me crazy for one reason or another. Some were elegant and easy on the eyes, but far too simple for project management needs. Others were too complex and clunky, and didn’t lend themselves to the simple lists I sometimes desired. Asana has proven to fit the sweet spot between being easy to use yet still powerful enough for more complex projects. I’ve used it to manage teams, plan a wedding, move to a new state, write books, plan an editorial calendar for my blog, and more.

    My one beef with Asana is that there is no dedicated MacOS app yet. But there is a workaround! You can create your own app-like experience using Fluid, which creates an app icon in your dock and allows you to switch between Asana and other apps using the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut.
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  108.  

    Adam Wiman
    Adam Wiman, Founder at qlutter.io
    Answered Apr 3, 2017

    Qlutter is the collaboration tool that helps you plan, measure, and reach your long-term goals one step at a time. Many of our users really appreciate the combination of task management and project management in the same tool, which Qlutter provide.

    Qlutter is used by teams in software development, IT operations, marketing, analytics and more. Qlutter is perfect for keeping everyone in the team on the same page and collect all planning in one place, that is why we call it Mission control for teams.

    Why Qlutter?

    Most collaboration tools are good at tracking long- or short-term goals and projects, but Qlutter makes it easy to do both. It’s like a microscope and a telescope rolled into a project management tool.

    Team members as well as managers get an overview in one place, used for both the individual todos and for long term planning.

    Qlutter – Mission control for teams

    Helpful resources

    On the Qlutter blog you can find helpful tips on how to improve collaboration in the team. Most recently a blog series on how to run morning meetings in the team.

    Qlutter blog • Mission control for teams
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    William Pietri
    William Pietri, Maker, starter, writer.
    Answered Mar 30, 2013
    I recommend making something on your wall. This is the last thing we built:

    This is a Kanban board. The sections from left to right:

    experiments in various stages (big green cards)
    the big backlog of ideas (small green cards)
    the near-term to-do list (small blue cards)
    what we’re actually up to (the three-card columns of working, on-hold, and requiring final approval)
    the recent past (the tight rows of blue cards with pink headers, one row per week)

    Why do I favor a physical board? Many reasons:

    Startups are a team sport, so a shared team work queue is best.
    On-line tools require you to work in the way they want. A custom thing like this can be rejigged to fit your process as it is now, and as it changes.
    It’s much harder to ignore a physical artifact in the space than a web page that you forget to open.
    It’s good for collaboration. We’d do a 10-minute morning meeting around the board, and people would point to what they were working on. We’d also have a weekly product meeting that ended up around the board.
    It triggers discussion. When somebody is up looking at or even changing the board, everybody knows. Often people will ask.
    Personally, I find something intrinsically satisfying about physical tokens for work.

    I’m glad to answer questions about this. Comments, messages, email: all good!
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    Sahil Parikh
    Sahil Parikh, Author – The SaaS Edge
    Updated Sep 25, 2017

    “Best” is very subjective and it really depends on what you are trying to achieve with a system like this. There are just so many options around. We have created a project management software specifically targeting marketing teams – helping them be on top of all their work . Take a look at www.brightpod.com if you want to learn more about it’s features and benefits.

    In a nutshell:

    Project Planning & Tracking
    Tasks & Tasks Lists
    Workflows
    Editorial & Blogging Calendar
    Focus Tasks
    Work Priority List
    Time Tracking
    Email Integration
    Insights & Reports
    Storing Project Files
    Manage & Track Project Milestones
    Remote Team Communication
    Marketing Requests
    Personalisation Options
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    Richa Dhall
    Richa Dhall, Digital Marketing & Branding
    Answered Apr 21, 2014
    Online Project Management Software called the BIZixx system is one of the easiest, fastest and light tool that would suit your needs. You have the following features that could help you manage your tasks, lists and projects well:

    Add/Edit clients list with default hourly rate.
    Add/Edit Projects. [Delete option not available- so that you never lose any data]
    Search Projects based on-client/project status/priority/exceeding allocated time.
    Department wise hours allocation.
    Option to strictly follow the hours allocated.
    Facility to mark any project as Favorite; Favorite projects appear on Dashboard.
    Facility to manage Key Information accessible only to permitted team members and never accessible to clients.
    Documents management.
    Attach multiple Team Members to same Task.
    Notify multiple team members for the new task created.
    Facility to post a message with time spent on a Task, with option to notify multiple Team Members and Client.
    Add/Edit Announcements
    Detailed Report.
    Facility to add multiple Invoices with single project.

    Has a detailed dashboard which could manage tasks and projects at the same place with time management.

    You do not need any installations or setups, just register and work from anywhere as it is platform independent.

    To Know more you may visit: Project Management Software Features
    The best part is your may start free and invest as and if required. NO OBLIGATIONS.
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    Val Sopi
    Val Sopi
    Updated Jan 11, 2017

    Vavingo is one of those flexible tools that fits around your workflow.

    Nothing is ever Lost on Vavingo. Everything is “permanent” in the sense that you can track all edits/actions on a task/deliverable.

    It’s most likely the best kept-secret on productivity (if not famous already). I’m not just saying that because we’ve made it — but we’re so in Love with our Clients that we can’t stop bragging about it.

    Imagine *not* having to chit-chat with everyone in your team, each morning, about what needs to get done.

    Read more about Vavingo Benefits.

    With powerful tools inside Vavingo — such as: task comments, multiple-tags, multiple-people, due-dates, file attachments — you can turbo-charge your day and deliver projects on time.

    Forbes call it “…the turbo-charged to-do list”!

    Vavingo’s flexible system — made up of Projects, Sections, Lists, Tasks, Subtask, and Tags — makes it a true Winner in its class.

    I’m the founder and you can Ask-me-anything by saying hi@vavingo.com

    Learn more about our super-affordable pricing (~$1-$3 day for your entire company) before you register. Now that’s an offer you can’t resist!
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    Stefan Gauci
    Stefan Gauci, Co-Founder & Head of Customer Success @ Fusioo
    Answered Aug 11, 2016

    You should give Fusioo a try. It’s a customizable project management tool which can be as simple or advanced as you want it to be. To get started, outline what you want to track about your tasks, e.g.:

    Title
    Due date
    Priority
    Status
    Estimate duration
    Sub tasks
    Responsible person

    Once that is done, you will find a simple Dashboard to manage your tasks. There are various layouts available, like: badge view, lists or a Kanban board. You can stop there and you’ve got a simple task management system with team collaboration in place.

    You can go a step further and add your own Custom Dashboards. In these Dashboards you can:

    Add powerful reports that let you track your progress over time.
    Create views to segment your tasks, i.e. display tasks for today, tasks due this week, overdue tasks, new tasks assigned to you etc.
    Use charts and metrics to get an overview of your team’s progress.

    The same process can be done with projects. The best thing is that once you are tracking both tasks and projects, you can create a relationship between them. This will let you have tasks as part of a project and vice versa.
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    Jones
    Jones, Project Planning Tool
    Answered Oct 26, 2016

    In this competitive world, where everyone wants to top the charts, it has become challenging and difficult to get things done from individuals and a team. With bigger companies, and bigger projects to achieve bigger aims, things have only got complex. But no worries. All thanks to internet that has always been there at the rescue. There are a number on online portals/softwares/tools that expertise in helping the managers bring some sanity in their lives.

    Teamweek is the perfect answer of such problems. It is an online platform, highly accepted and appreciated, which offers features like Share Team Calendar, project Time Management, task Management, Project Planning, Project Monitoring and Control Tool, Gantt Online, Schedule Planner Online, Marketing Research, Task Management App, Task List, Easier Task management, etc.

    With the use of these tools, a manager can keep a track on the individual performance of the team members, can easily divide a big project into smaller tasks and assign them to the team members according to their capabilities and interests, keep a track of who’s doing what and when, and can know who is available and who’s busy. This will help the manager achieve the organizational goals effectively and efficiently by completing the projects in time.
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    Kristina Smith
    Kristina Smith, Life Coach, helping people enhance their daily productivity
    Answered Feb 17, 2017

    There are are many apps and tools which prove to be resourceful for time management and ‘Getting Things Done’ like Timely and Trello, however the one I use in my daily routine is WEEKPLAN.

    WEEK PLAN helps you keep your goals in mind so that you can work more effectively. It works on the simple principle that it is not the number of tasks you complete that matters, it is what tasks you choose to complete.

    Weekplan is based on 4 Quadrants:

    People who spend most of their time in Quadrant I usually have stressful lives. What they need to do is both important and urgent. People who spend most of their time in Quadrant III usually have a short term focus. The Quadrant IV is all about time wasters or activities that don’t provide any value. Anything done abusively could enter this category too (TV, video games, internet surfing…).

    Quadrant II is THE quadrant where you want to spend more time. It is the quadrant of planning, preparation, balance and pro-activity
    It can help you reduce the time you spend on urgent things overtime.

    You can mark a task as urgent, important and important but not urgent and not important.
    To categorize a task you can click on the icons next to the task textbox, or you can suffix your task with !1 !2 or !3 where the number corresponds to a quadrant.

    Hope this proves to be helpful!
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    Daniel Mittelman
    Daniel Mittelman, Product Manager (2016-present)
    Answered May 31, 2017

    I highly recommend that you check out dapulse. It is a great project management platform that you can leverage as a to-do tool as well.

    A work area in the system is called a board. Inside a board you can add pulses (tasks), and you can optionally group them by pulse groups. So, on one hand, you can use the system to organize your own tasks in a to-do list fashion, or you can use the platform’s full power to manage entire projects with it. Most importantly – it is very easy to use, intuitive. And yeah, simply beautiful.

    Here’s an example for what you can do in dapulse: Let’s say we want to manage an advertising campaign for Pizza Hut (I have no relation to them). We could break down the project into small, actionable tasks and organize them in a board, which can then be shared with all the relevant parties. Each task can have as many columns as you wish, including a “Status” column you can use to indicate the progress of Alternatively, you could create a private board, just for yourself, and organize your own tasks, which you can then sort and filter by deadline or by status.
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    Marlon Franco
    Marlon Franco, works at Skate Shoes PH
    Answered Jul 17, 2017

    Honestly, your options are great (Pivotal Tracker, Asana, ProofHub and Trello). But why not go for an app that has all the features that you can get from your app choices.

    Have you ever heard about Zillable?

    Zillable is one of the best project management tools out there. It has all the features found on Trello, Slack, Asana, Evernote, and Linkedin Groups.

    What I like about it is that it has network mind map, patent creation, and allows you to create your own public profile just like Linkedin.

    “Zillable™ is the world’s first team collaboration network for innovation-on-demand, where teams can make work and innovation happen. As a secured communication and collaboration hub, Zillable provides teams with an intelligent network that bridges minds and workflows. With Zillable, teams can find the right information at the right time, allowing them to be more responsive and ultimately innovative. “

    I have been using Zillable in my business, and so far, I am happy with it. It has already proven to be very effective.

    If you are still unsure about the potential of Zillable, you can try the tool for free! Zillable™- Make Work and Innovation Happen™
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    Nandini Sharma Sehdev
    Nandini Sharma Sehdev, Marketing Engineer @ Project Management Software – ProofHub
    Answered Sep 20, 2017

    You can try ProofHub. It just works for you, organizes your projects, systematizes their processes and activities.

    Its unique and enterprising features like discussions, task lists, to-dos, calendars, dashboard, timesheets and customization allow a manager to prioritize, schedule and execute tasks and activities. It grants stability to the project and makes it well structured. Accountability for various tasks and events can be clearly established and tracked effectively.

    Your team and individuals can be integrated well with a project. You can reach out to your organization from any worldly location and at any time and from any device whether it is a mobile, desktop or laptop.

    Your data remains safe. You can easily attach and share files. You can easily connect with people who can prove valuable for your project when required. You can solicit their suggestions, views and tips over important project matters. Every aspect of your project is within your reach with this one tool that replaces many task management tools.

    By using ProofHub, you will surely become the most decorated lieutenant of your institution. Your organization will grow and its business prospects will improve significantly. Try it for free!
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    David Arnoux
    David Arnoux, Head of Growth at www.growthtribe.io
    Updated Jan 30, 2015
    At Twoodo we’ve created a team collaboration tool for the #hashtag generation. Getting organized is as simple as #hashtags and @mentions. Here’s an example:

    This 10 second animated gif explains it pretty well:

    You can easily create workflows right from within team conversations. You organize as you discuss. It includes team messaging, private messaging, task management, a shared calendar, levels of importance, a file manager, actionable tagging, email integration, robust search, peace of mind and so much more..”

    All your communication and tasks are organized within your conversations. You can insert tasks, events, due dates directly into your conversations.

    As another side note here are some stats from our research that you might find interesting:

    Around $37 Billion are lost yearly due to employee misunderstandings and bad communication (Holmes Report)
    Companies and teams that attempt to solve this with social collaboration tools find that more than 50% of people do not use the tools (WSJ)
    The 4 biggest pains of remote team collaboration are poor task management, long email threads, difficulty in scheduling virtual meetings and bad communication tools (SoftwareAdvice)

    Here’s a quick video of how we solve these issues:

    Intro to our calendar:

    And our Email integraiton so that non-users can still take part in the action:

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    Robbert van der Hoeven
    Robbert van der Hoeven, In the past 8 yrs,developed multiple methods and tools to increase productivity.
    Answered Oct 28, 2015
    A task management application that also has PM features: SprintGround

    Wokflow key elements are the Task board (Kanban board) the Planning board and the Home dashboard.

    It is mostly suited for IT-projects (software development) and is very clear and easy to use. It has a Burn down chart on the home dashboard and useful summaries of the progress made by other contributors.

    Overall project development progress and change history can be seen on the project details view.

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    Sanja Tomic
    Sanja Tomic, Project Manager in a StartUp business
    Answered Nov 4, 2016

    qmsWrapper has a of that integrated in to one system.
    You can create a To Do from the To Do option

    Or you can create it and see it on the Dashboard

    or the third option is to create it a project as an issue or a ToDo in that particular project.

    So as you can see on the images above, this software also contains of Project Management, Document management, Task management part.
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    Elena Sheveleva
    Elena Sheveleva, Marketing and Communications at Remain Software
    Answered Jul 28, 2017

    My answer is Gravity. Judge yourself!

    Features:

    Multi-platform (IBM i, Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac OS, etc.)
    Workflow design with customized documents, tasks and user roles
    Methodology independent process automation (AGILE, Scrum, XP, etc.)
    Task management and process automation
    Activity personalization (e.g.: sending e-mail, calendar management, starting a build on a build-server, enforcing users to enter sign-off information, etc.)
    Event management (event processors to perform all sorts of tasks like auditing, process triggering, notification, e-mail and others)
    Access through web or rich client
    Project management support with individual task time estimates and team member workloads
    Notification system improving information flow between multiple teams and team members (changes/requests/problems defined and assigned to particular employees with defined deadlines or time-frames)
    Strong security capabilities with users’ authorization and authentication
    Social collaboration features, like following or tagging
    Multi Database (DB2, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, MySQL etc.)
    Eclipse, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), OSGI
    Graphical presentation of item relations. Free trial here

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    Please mark yourself as an employee or contractor of Remain. Not doing so will cause your answers…
    Olivia Camp
    Olivia Camp, Houstonian.Love to draw mind maps.Traveller.Drawing.
    Answered Nov 21, 2017

    What your description is mind map tool, as far as i’m concerned. Mind map lets you manage your tasks and time efficiently and it is one of the best way to make life plan in a highly specialized way.

    Haha, note that i want to highly recommend a mnd map software-Edraw Mindmaster. MindMaster is a cross-platform and multi-functional mind mapping software newly released by Edrawsoft. It provides effective mind mapping solutions for problem-solving, brainstorming, knowledge management, business planning, note-taking, and project management. Users can enjoy from a wide range of impressive features including user-friendly interface, abundant layout options, exquisite icons and cliparts, high quality preset themes, import and export, and a large variety of templates. The program also focuses on collaboration capabilities such as task assignment, Gantt view, comment and cloud teamwork. What’s more, its presentation function is fantastic. You can choose to turn the map branches into slideshows automatically, or present the whole map in a big picture and traverse topics one by one. MindMaster offers a free version which is already good enough for most people’s needs, and the Pro version allows uses to access more advanced functions like high DPI support, cloud collaboration, etc. MindMaster has been well received by worldwide fans since release, and it aims to be a superior and competent mind mapping tool with cutting edge functions and high user experience.

    The most important is this software is totally free, you can use it without any charge.

    Here is avaliable: Edraw MindMaster

    Video review: Edraw MindMaster 2 Minutes Introduction
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    Subrina Molson
    Subrina Molson, Software Engineer
    Answered Dec 27

    Have you ever used mind mapping tools to make a to-do-list and manage your task? It is really worth trying. I highly recommend a free but representative mind map application – Edraw MindMaster to start managing your tasks and schedules. Following is the interface of Edraw MindMaster.

    This software has a number of cool features. You can export or print your work without watermark for its free version. The night mode background is easy to use if you have projects need to be finished overnight. For the Gantt Chart function, you can quickly add tasks, assign members, rename tasks, set milestones, edit task time period etc. The libraries cover large sets of preset marks for Gantt Charts. The software can be improved by adding more export options for Gantt Chart.

    It is for small business or small size projects. You can set deadline and tracking figures via its Gantt Chart function. The software has so many elements covering symbols, tags, graphs, and marks. You can set different theme or watermark background to your project. Users can also select from a wide range of business templates in its gallery. The shortcuts are really helpful if you have many tasks right before the deadline. Moreover, the software can automatically set powerpoint slides for your business presentation.

    References:

    Project management – Mind Map Software

    Best project management software: Pons and Cons
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    Cecilia Castro Larrosa
    Cecilia Castro Larrosa, Communication Manager at Flokzu
    Answered Jun 4

    I would recommend you to try a workflow management tool like Flokzu for your project planning. Having your projects modeled in a process management tool allows you to get a graphic expression of the work that is done inside your organization to complete your projects, this is going to help you analyze in a better way how your projects are being managed nowadays.

    The advantage to manage your projects with Flokzu (disclaimer: Where I work) is that it will help you to really organize your work. Each task is going to have their own assignee or a role assigned for them to complete it, with their own decisions and also totally personalized due dates. Another great advantage is that you can use the Metrics and Reports (Real Time and Historical Reports) created automatically by Flokzu to help you measure the performance of your team and projects. In Flokzu you have the possibility to build Custom Reports, a very simple way to customize the information you want to measure and analyze about your organization’s business processes and also you’ll be able to send them automatically via email.

    By analyzing all the available information on those reports you may identify some elements of your projects that can be modified to get an improvement. This logic responds to the BPM (Business Process Management) life cycle: model, automate, measure and improve. This work can be done continuously for you to get the most of your projects.

    This short video shows how you can model and automate a business process in less than 10 minutes:

    As you can see managing your projects with Flokzu is going to help you organize your work and also to find, if there is any, opportunities to improve the performance of your projects.

    Just give Flokzu a try to plan all your projects!
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    Stanislav Kolotinskiy
    Stanislav Kolotinskiy, Software Developer at Assembla
    Answered Jun 14, 2013
    I’d suggest you to try Assembla, because it provides a lot of project management tools that are tightly integrated with each other and with the ticketing tool. So here are some of them:

    Tickets tool itself allows you to create tickets and to keep all of the activity on them in a centralized place – comment on tickets, attach documents, refer tickets in code commits – and then you see all of that together
    Milestones tool allows you to define milestones (think iterations) for your project – so for an agile process you will basically have two main milestones – Backlog (for pending tasks) and Current tasks (for work in progress)
    Simple planner is a tool for project managers – it allows them to prioritize and move tasks between milestones
    Backlog sorter allows you to sort huge backlogs (that is extremely useful for big projects with lots of tasks)
    Cardwall, which acts like a Kanban board, allows you to see the work in progress and manage it by changing priorities, assigning tickets to people, and changing tickets’ statuses
    Tags allow you to group tickets by feature or team inside a milestone or even across milestones

    A very interesting tool for team management is Space Manager tool, which allows you to have child projects for sub-projects (if you have one team for many projects) or for teams (if you have many teams for a single project). You may read more about it – Team Management like a Boss and Space Manager: Many projects, one team; One project, many teams

    More than that, Assembla provides you with high quality Subversion, Git and Perforce repositories and lots of features for them, like Merge Requests (Develop Faster: Set Up Your Git Fork and Merge Network), Protected Branches (Put Down Your Forks – Introducing Protected Branches), Mandatory Code Reviews (Mandatory Code Review for Protected Branches), integration with bug tracking system (Looking for a Git Bug Tracker? Look No More.) and many other things.

    If you’re interested about that, please visit https://www.assembla.com
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    Ann Howard Holt
    Ann Howard Holt, Project manager
    Answered Sep 10, 2015
    Have you heard about Worksection?
    It is a project management tool used by large companies as well.

    It has all the requirement features (task assignment with start date and deadline, time-tracking, Gantt chart, emails, external groups with access to specific projects, tasks, comments and files (for clients, freelancers, etc.).

    Using Worksection you also can comment directly on tasks to spitball new ideas and leave feedback, attach files directly to tasks from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or your computer, review and edit attachments right from the workspace.

    I think, Worksection is really good alternative and it has much more features than other software!
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    Thomas Carney
    Thomas Carney, Project Management Enthusiast at Planio
    Answered Dec 22, 2015

    For a long time, I got to-do lists mixed up with task management.

    You might argue that they’re the same thing.

    I think there’s an important difference between a to-do list and task management.

    A to-do list is binary: you’ve either done the task or you haven’t. It’s perfect for personal tasks that you can do by yourself without any input from anyone else.

    You have to fill out a form for your health insurer, put it in an envelope and send it. Done! Tick it off your To-Do list.

    When you’re working in a team, however, things get a little more complicated.

    You need to get bits of information from various people. You need to get sign-off from a manager, or you need specialized input from an expert.

    You’re no longer a lone wolf knocking off items from your to-do list.

    Enter the Issue Tracker

    And I think that’s why you’d be best served by an issue tracker.

    An issue tracker is a specialized to-do list. It brings an extra layer to the table, because it allows a “task” to go through various different stages. You can assign to a person, then assign it to someone else for review.

    Instead of having two steps (to-do or done), you have as many steps as your processes need.

    It’s focused on accountability and progress.

    Now, you’ll come across tons of different forms of issues trackers on the market.

    However, they all fundamentally revolve around issue tracking and how you present those issues visually.

    Different ways to present tasks are:

    Kanban or scrum boards
    workspaces
    Gantt charts
    issue lists

    For example, Trello is an issue tracker with ONLY a visual view – the trello board.

    JIRA is a very complicated issue tracker with a highly technical JQL syntax for searching for issues.

    Planio, the issue tracker I work for, falls in between these two.

    It has a Trello-style kanban board, but it also has Gantt charts and an issue list.

    It’s particularly suited to software development and software support due to its tight git and email integration.

    Ultimately, I’ve found the best way to choose a tool is to mock up a project in several different versions and find the one that suits you best.
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    Bettina von Staden
    Bettina von Staden, Online Editor, TPG The Project Group GmbH
    Answered Oct 20, 2017

    Atlassian JIRA is a good task management application with some project management features. To enhance its project management scope, it can be integrated with Microsoft Project.

    This has the advantage that project managers can continue to work with Microsoft Project, a tool optimized to plan projects with tasks and work packages in a structured way. Team members, on the other hand, are better off planning the smaller and personal jobs below MS Project tasks in Atlassian JIRA.

    As a consequence, the project plan in MS Project remains lean, as it should be. At the same time, an integration with JIRA allows the project manager to display details from JIRA in MS Project. This way, project managers can view important project details from JIRA in their MS Project plan without having to import them, which would clutter the project plan.

    The figure below illustrates this business case:

    If you want to find out how such an integration works and what benefits it would bring, consult our article Integration of MS Project with JIRA or TFS – 4 Business Cases.

    Note that the 4 business cases use the interface product PSLink for the exchange of data between JIRA, Microsoft Project and SharePoint. The advantage of this middleware product is that it also allows the integration with further systems, such as the ERP system, if required at the same time or at a later stage.
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    Felix Clark
    Felix Clark, Project Manager
    Answered Jul 22, 2015
    I’d suggest you to five ProofHub spin. Very useful tool for handling projects, managing task, monitoring projects performance. In my opinion this is the best task management application that also has project management features.

    Here is the list of features you can check.

    1. Discussions

    2. Files

    3. Notes

    4. Gantt Chart

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    Ian Ibbott
    Ian Ibbott, Head of Marketing for super-cool SaaS product, MIT MBA Grad.
    Answered Apr 6, 2017

    A lot of answers here suggest one single application to solve all needs. Unfortunately this is rarely the case. For example, your project management planning may be best managed in one tool and your email communications and executable tasks in another.

    *** One size does not fit all ***

    I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing best tools for project management general productivity/ ‘To Do List’ tools and to use within our company. Here’s what I’ve learnt with the big players out there.

    Drag, ToDoist, Evernote, Wunderlist – use these simple tools for really simple tasks. If you simply need to manage your tasks (and time) better use one of these tools. I’ve only recently discovered Drag but it lives in your inbox and is my absolute tool of choice for 2017.

    Here its. Cool eh? But maybe not suitable to all people as I was explaining earlier.

    Trello, Wrike, Meistertask – use these tools when you’re further along the line and need to potentially formalize your task management across teams of people.

    Pivotal Tracker, Jira – use these if you are a larger Enterprise team and also if you’re tasks are weighted towards development works. Be careful with over-deploying in the testing stages of your project management.

    #1 for me is either Drag and Trello combined (note that Evernote requires install on your computer whereas Drag lives inside your inbox so no need to click around).

    (I completely agree with your points around To Do Lists being a different requirement from your Trello tasks and other things).
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    Iryna Maniuk
    Iryna Maniuk, Marketing at Hygger (2017-present)
    Updated Dec 13

    There are many project and task management tools in the market. You have to try to see which one will fit your team best.

    Here is a quick overview of PM tools I tried. There are some pros and cons, so hope it will be helpful (:

    Trello is simple and easy-to-use. But 1) there are no roadmaps, no reporting, no backlog charts. 2) It doesn’t support Scrum; no swimlanes and wip limits in its Kanban version. 3) Project visibility is poor, you get lost if you create too many cards. 4) Inbox is flooded with emails.

    JIRA has all of the basic project management functionality and works well for dev teams. Still, there are some cons. 1) Too confusing for non-tech teams. 2) Hard to configure for agile development. The UI is complicated for creating new sprints and workflows. 3) Notification overload. 4) Time-consuming: every time you adjust something, you have to re-learn. 5) Hidden costs.

    Asana is simple, it’s a good deal for cross-departmental collaboration. But here are things I dislike: 1) You can’t add multiple team members to a single task, which is a big problem as many tasks require multiple people. 2) No built-in time tracking. 3) Training takes time – not everything is intuitive. 4) The inbox feed is hell, you constantly lose track of comments. 5) Too many limitations on the free plan so you can’t really see if it fits your PM needs before upgrading.

    Of all PM and task management tools I’ve tried, my top choice is Hygger. It’s simple and easy to use, yet it has the fully-fledged functionality for project/task/team management.

    Here is why I like Hygger:

    One tool for all project teams – programmers, sales, marketing, top managers, etc.
    Full-pack functionality (clean UI, roadmaps, backlog management tools with scoring, time tracking, reporting, etc. All processes are managed in one place + high project visibility: you get a complete overview of tasks in progress, overdue tasks and employees’ work logs.)
    Scrum and Kanban support
    Well-organised team communication (threads, mentions in commenting)
    Easy-to-use and doesn’t require much time to master

    Hygger is free to try. Plus, it has mobile apps for task management on the go, and data import from JIRA and Trello (in case you’re using them).

    If you haven’t tried Hygger yet, I definitely recommend you to give it a go.
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  131.  

    David Ferguson
    David Ferguson, Sales Entrepreneur (2005-present)
    Answered Oct 21, 2017

    Disclaimer: I have just written an answer to a question very similar to this. I would like to share this answer here also as I feel it is relevant to the community.

    I highly recommend Need To Do It.

    This is exactly what you’re looking for. It is a new tool currently in a private beta so you’ll need to request access.

    This is so good for my team and me. As a business owner and advisor, keeping track of ones life is a necessity. A to-do list / task management software keeps everything recorded, from menial tasks throughout the day to fully blown client projects.

    Here’s a few features that I love:

    Workflow visualization

    First things first; if an organizational tool is confusing and messy, it’s not going to work. Simple as that. Not only is the Need To Do It software super clean, it has visual workflows which makes looking over a project at a glance, or working deeply within a project super awesome and easy on the eye. Just simple things like colours and layouts are all perfect.

    Collaboration

    Projects and todo’s usually involve other people, hence why great collaboration features are important. Not only can you collab with your team easily through ‘follow’ tasks and simple sharing and updates, but you can include external parties through a ‘read only’ feature with everything being updated on everyones device. This is great if you have a client you want to be transparent with and keep in the loop, but you don’t want them adding or changing anything in the project. You can invite them in though if you need to so they can add tasks and make requests, so it’s very flexible.

    Team members can assign tasks to each other and make requests to keep things flowing well.

    Notifications and reminders

    A lot of the time, you’ll write something down and then forget about it. Forgetting certain things in life can be forgiven, but forgetting to launch a clients project, or to attend a meeting, or send off that proposal, these things are not so easily forgivable. Having notifications about when team members have completed something, or reminders for important todo’s keeps everything going swimmingly in the same direction.

    For reference, I am a huge advocate for beta tools and getting in early with new products and software because often you get free use forever and as a valued first customer, you’re often provided with some added bonuses. I’m still reaping the rewards from sticking to this strategy from years ago!
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    Brian de Haaff
    Brian de Haaff, CEO Aha! — world’s #1 product roadmap software
    Updated May 9, 2016

    If you are looking for a tool to build great software that is beautifully designed you really would benefit from a purpose-built tool for software companies like Aha!

    Note that Aha! has a product management focus. Let me explain more and disclose that I am a co-founder of the company.

    After our last two companies were acquired by Aruba Networks and Citrix respectively, we wanted to help product and engineering managers in software companies get their mojo back.

    We were tired of using spreadsheets and wikis and trying to apply generic project management tools that were not designed for product management and planning.

    We also saw too many product folks beaten down by soft strategies, weak communications, and lousy tools. So, we built Aha! and seem to have touched a nerve and are already serving 50,000 users at many of the best known technology and Web companies around.

    Check out a few screenshots of what Aha! can do for agile teams.

    Screenshot of portfolio roadmap

    Screenshot of feature planning

    Screenshot of sprint planning

    Screenshot of strategic planning

    If you are interested in checking out Aha! for yourself there is a 30-day free trial available on our website. Happy roadmapping.
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    Mike Sad
    Mike Sad, Project and Product Manager (2011-present)
    Answered Nov 30, 2017

    Recently many requests for complete project management systems.

    Unfortunately, there is no such tool because everyone has different expectations and requirements. It is very difficult to meet them all. If it was such a tool, 90% of users would be completely useless.

    Therefore, I would like to recommend to you IC Project.

    What will the user gain:

    – Kanban plaques

    – simple addition of tasks

    – clear list of tasks

    – notifications

    – reporting time

    – wiki

    – Project, task and individual chat

    – calendars

    What will the Project Manager gain:

    – clear list of tasks

    – information about assigned tasks

    – status of tasks and projects

    – financial result of the project

    What will the administrator gain:

    – information about the status of projects

    – financial results of projects

    – resource occupancy

    Key features of the tool:

    1. Project management and tasks

    2. Resource management

    3. CRM

    4. Chat

    5. Shared calendars

    6. Work with a contractor

    7. Working time reporting

    8. Project templates

    9. Repeat

    I am a Project Manager for 15 years and I can recommend this tool for effective management. The biggest advantage in my opinion is that it is impossible to forget the waiting task. Thanks to that, I have always got the tasks done on time.

    What is most useful and friendly PM tools I’ve seen.
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    Spencer Coon
    Spencer Coon, former Investment Banking Analyst at JP Morgan (2010-2012)
    Answered Jun 4

    Hibox is a great option when you want a personal to-do list, team task management, and project management capabilities all in one.

    Hibox is task management, team chat, file sharing, and video conferencing all in one digital workspace. It’s perfect for boosting both personal and team productivity.

    For personal productivity, you can create your own private to-do list with tasks that you can assign deadlines and reminders for. You can also use the task timer to track how much time you spend on tasks and keep track of your productivity.

    For team productivity, Hibox provides all the functionality for collaboration and product management for teams. Your team can create streams for projects and work departments to keep chat focused and actionable. You can create tasks directly within streams and assign them to team members and deadlines so everyone knows what they’re supposed to be working on. Teams can track their tasks towards deadlines on the task project calendar.

    You can share important files in a central place in your streams with Google Drive and Dropbox. Files never go lost in email threads, they’re always searchable in the file list and the stream. Everyone has access to the latest files.

    For planning and brainstorming, your team can easily jump on a group video call or screenshare with one click. There is no need to have everyone logged into Skype. You can call anyone directly in Hibox.

    The beauty of Hibox is your team has all the capability of Skype, Asana, Slack, Google Drive, and more combined into one tool with one login and one price. It’s the ultimate tool for teams who want to boost team and personal productivity.
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    Kavita Rawat
    Kavita Rawat, ViduPM Marketing Expert. Passionate about travelling !
    Answered Jan 6

    I would like to suggest you “ViduPM” to manage your to-do list or to manage your project related work.

    It is a project management tool which helps you in successfully collaborating and deliver the results on time.

    It has amazing features and it proves itself one solution for all because of its features and integrations.

    What you get in ViduPM:

    1) Effective Project Management

    “Ensure Successful Project Delivery”

    One can easily take care of the tasks, milestones, billing etc. just by having a quick look at the Project Dashboard. Also, Project Report feature helps up in generating all kinds of reports that one would need to get an overview of the project’s different aspects.

    2) Password Manager

    “A Great way to Store your Project Credentials with Security”

    You can have all the important passwords saved at a centralized location within the defined project.

    3) Link Management

    “Effective Link Management and Tracking”

    One can easily track SEO and Link building efforts. You can monitor links manually as well as automatically as per your suitable preference.

    4) Client Management

    “Managing your Client just got Easier”

    When you create transparency in your workflow, the client feels connected, informed and the trust factor increases, ViduPM understands this and manages its user’s client base with ease and convenience.

    5) Resource Management

    “Improve Resource Optimisation And Project Delivery”

    You can manage your resources remotely from anywhere at any point in time. Everything remains quite simple in ViduPM, right from adding team members, assigning them the tasks, adding milestones, the deadlines etc. keeping everything secure.

    6) Time-Tracking

    “Track Time & add on Productivity”

    Time is Money, rightly phrased by Benjamin Franklin. Every business needs to track time so as to increase the productivity. You can easily track the time spent by your Team Members on each project with ViduPM in one go.

    7) File-Management

    “Helps You Keep All Your Files Organized & Up-To-Date”

    ViduPM offers you an efficient way out for an effective File Management System. You can keep all your files stored under ViduPM as per the projects they belong to. This proves to be the methodical way to organize the files of your projects making your data more secure and relevant information available for your team on 1-click.

    8) 3rd Party Integrations

    “Advanced Functions • Ready-To-Use Integrations • High Security”

    ViduPM has quite a lot to offer in terms of the 3rd Party Integrations such as Harvest, Google Drive, Dropbox, PayPal, Facebook Metrics, Rank Checker much more!

    9) Report Management

    “Report Management Was Never So Easy!”

    Reports are designed in such a simple way that you can customize it easily and can export it to any of the excel, word or pdf formats.

    10) Invoice & Billing Management

    “Accounting becomes easier with ViduPM”

    You can create and manage your client invoice under the single screen.

    11) White Labelling

    “Build Your Business Into A Brand With Effective White Labelling Efforts!”

    Each company wishes to grow into a brand. With ViduPM’s White Labelling efforts, it’ll reflect as well.Improvise your brand visibility with customised reports.
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    Patrick Rockwell
    Patrick Rockwell, Founder at TaskReports (2016-present)
    Updated Jan 24

    Basic to-do lists and task management applications can be an easy and quick solution to help small organizations collaborate and manage their workload. These limited features are fine for really simple workflows but the reality is if you have work with more than a few people, they just aren’t optimal. And assuming you’re successful, you’ll eventually have to make the jump anyway which is why I recommend starting with a more comprehensive tool with project management features. ClickUp, HiTask, and Asana are all tools that make it easy to understand the status of a task, issues as they occur, and ultimately allow you to take a deeper dive into projects.

    ClickUp is a customizable solution that lets you tailor the tool to your needs, whether that be complex project planning or simple yet effective task management. They offer impressive features such as three different ways to view your work (list view, agile board, and box view), assignable comments, a seamless on-boarding process, super rich editing, due dates, custom statuses, and even allow you to filter tasks by those statuses which makes sailing through your to-do list a breeze! Their custom notifications allow you to only receive reminders for the items that are relevant to you and the multiple assignees feature makes it easy to delegate tasks to the rightful team members. This intuitive tool makes collaboration easy and improves processes and accountability with its innovative design.

    HiTask is a task management solution built to help teams stay organized and boost productivity. HiTask offers features like selective sharing permissions, time tracking, due dates, and real time notifications. Their comprehensive tag filtering makes it easy to sort and locate tasks by priority, due date, color, tag, and user. My only complaint with this tool is the solution can be extremely sluggish and often freezes up when navigating through the interface which can lead to a lot of frustrated team members.

    Asana is a project management software that helps teams become more efficient with conversation capabilities, a calendar view, and progress tab. This solution allows you to share notes, upload several formats of attachments, and organize tasks in an easy way. Its web interface is intuitive and visually appealing, with rich colors and animations. This tool would ideal for work teams that do not require much customization of their project tracking software. There has been the occasional complaint that you can get lost in the detail with Asana which can lead to focusing more on managing the project than doing the actual work.

    This comparison chart of some of the top task management tools can help you determine the features your team needs and choose the best software for you.
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    Luis Lopes
    Luis Lopes
    Updated Feb 28, 2017

    One product I believe is a great choice for your needs is Taskworld.

    Taskworld has some features I believe are a great plus for a collaboration tool and that you cannot find in most of the competing products. Not only it is collaboration tool but also a project management tool with a somewhat different approach than the traditional tools that I have experimented with in the past.

    Next I will enumerate some of the characteristics that I believe make this tool very valuable for professionals and where it stands out from the competition. Used in the professional or academic context it provides good value for money, not only for being a reliable product but also by helping employees better themselves and they way they traditionally work and collaborate. It is not only a question of the features it comprehends but also a question of the vision and processes it implements and changes from the traditional model for this type of software.

    Focus on production and effectiveness

    Taskworld focuses its mission in maximizing effectiveness and production. By setting goals you can track your “roadmap” to completion of the previously set goals. This is all setup in a convenient and easily accessible real-time database where you can track individual and group performance and graphical views and charts of the entire progression of your projects.

    Different tasks are charted and separated by section and duration

    Helping you to work smarter and not harder

    Taskworld will help you to work smarter to achieve your objectives. It’s communication system will actually alter the current paradigm of the interaction between all the parties in a project. You will find yourself using less of the traditional email and other more conventional communication tools (Skype, phone, other applications) and relying more and more on its own messaging system. You will cut down on mass emails (that sometimes can be cumbersome to manage due to the sheer amount of messages and different attachments) . Project participants will now have the ability to have real time discussions within the same platform where the projects are being managed and related to the tasks that are actually being worked on.

    A typical chat window with attachments and separate channels

    Effective monitoring of every aspect of projects and tasks

    You will be able to see a personal dashboard with a breakdown of completed tasks, current tasks and newly assigned ones. The individual’s efficiency and productivity in completing tasks will be rated according to their performance. This creates a merit system that is often very positive in individual performance.

    Dashboard view

    Innovating platform that is still evolving

    Taskworld, not being the first type of platform to address some these specific type of needs does stand on its own by having a clear focus on performance and relying on this vision it will evolve more and more towards this goal. It is constantly progressing and making sure that it is on the frontline and making sure that whoever is using it also advances on the path to excellence.
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    Jane Jacobs
    Jane Jacobs, Diagram Software Engineer
    Answered Mar 2

    I highly recommend Edraw MindMaster because it meets all the demand in your question. I have to make it clear at the very beginning that this software is perfectly compatible with Mac, Windows and Liux.

    As a piece of professional mind mapping software that has received good market reputation, making a to-do-list has never been easier. With massive exquisite built-in cliparts, you can drag and drop appropriate symbols to improve your to-do-list. Since Edraw MindMaster allows you to branch off a topic to multiple levels, you are able to add details of things to do as you want.

    When it comes to project management, it is known as the very basic one for nearly all the business project management. Normally, project management tools should include a series of functions for making Gantt charts: add new tasks, set progress rate, assign team members, determine milestones, set task priority, edit tasks contents and so on. Below is a sample graph about how to record progress for a single task. Usually, you can just select and hit one option from the drop-down list of the Task Information section.

    Rich Your Project Plan by Adding Resources

    Content is the king of every project. A software with lots of options for inserting elements, materials, and resources would make your work really informative to team members and business partners. Here are the alternative choices: adding callout, boundary or summary for a group of sub-tasks; inserting built-in marks, external links, notes, comments or attachments for a single task; adding tags with the names of team members to clearly track your project. You may not think that even Linux project management tools can do all of this!

    Auto-create Slide Show Function

    Image that you were in a highly important business meeting, and you as the project team leader, are doing a presentation about your plan. In such cases, a series of convenient keyboard shortcuts and the Auto-Create slide function will gonna help you a lot. Simply click the button to generate some slides based on your content, and then go to the Full-Screen mode to display different topics by justing using the preset keyboard shortcuts.

    Do not hesitate to free download this software and give it a try!
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  139.  

    Justin Sturgis
    Justin Sturgis, Founder Spaciety.com & SimpleLotus, LLC
    Updated Jan 16

    UPDATED ANSWER

    I decided to update this answer as I was recently forced to rethink my entire workflow. My goto solution, IQTELL suddenly, unexpectedly, and very inconveniently decided to close up shop shortly after a complete redesign and relaunch of their incredible tool. This left thousands of users without any place to go. We began identifying as IQTELL Refugees and have a Facebook page and a Slack channel where we spent several months trying (mostly futile) to replace what i believe to be the best productivity tool ever created. Here is a great video providing a snapshot of why many of us feel this way:

    The #1 reason we love IQTell – email integration

    Back to the answer to the question, my first reply illustrated the massive number of solutions I have tried over the years to try and find the perfect workflow. I have updated that list below and it is now over 200 solutions.

    My current setup is fluid, but the primary tools are:

    Station (This is my primary dashboard and an incredibly useful tool!)
    Notion (I am falling in love with the flexibility and power. There are many similar apps, such as: Airtable, Airstory, Speare, DropboxPaper, BoxNotes, Slite, Quip, Notejoy, Stiki, Dynalist, etc. but Notion is by far my favorite.)
    Trello (This could just as easily be Asana for many people. Both solid.)
    Missive with Gmail and O365 email accounts. (Awesome email app!)
    A combination of Evernote, Webjets, and Milanote (Again, so many choices in this collection/curation space. Literally dozens of options. I have trouble choosing just one. I’ve used Evernote since beta so it is sort of a permanent fixture, but webjets and milanote are so damn fun to use!)

    ORIGINAL ANSWER

    I’ve “wasted” hundreds of hours testing solutions for GTD, general tasks, project management, todo lists, communication, productivity, etc. Well, it wasn’t really wasted time, but more of a side project for the past 15 years. It’s almost a hobby at this point, scouring for new ideas and solutions and then taking them for a spin.

    The first list is a comprehensive list of solutions that I have tried over the years. Many of these just didn’t fit my style, but may work for others.

    The second list are solutions I’ve really appreciated for a time, but were replaced along the way with options that suited me better.

    The third list are three incredible solutions, but I only need one incredible solution so I stopped using them.

    The last list is the combination I use today with the dates I began using them.

    Obviously, finding the right solution is a very personal journey, so I don’t expect that many will enjoy the exact setup I have, but you can see that I have certainly tested the waters and I feel like I have vetted the industry well, so that I am pretty confident in my current choices. If nothing else, I’m sure there are some options on these lists that people haven’t tried so maybe your perfect solution is here somewhere. Good luck.

    If you’d like me to expand on why I picked certain options over others, I may have feedback on some of the newer apps. I have forgotten many of the older tools.

    Here’s what I’ve tried and had varying degrees of success.

    As of this post, I have had GTD-type accounts open at:

    2Do
    43 Folders
    92five
    Ace Project
    Action Method
    Active Collab
    ActiveInbox
    Airtable
    Alfresco
    Alto
    Any.do
    Apptivo
    Asana
    Astrid (dead)
    Atlaz
    Attask
    Avaza
    Azendoo
    Base
    Basecamp
    Bitrix 24
    Buckets.co
    BusyFlow
    Catch
    Centask
    Centrallo
    Cloze
    Cohuman.com
    Collab.email
    Collabtive
    Conqu
    Damnlist
    Dapulse
    Deskun
    Do.com
    Doit.im
    Donedesk
    Dooster
    Drag
    DropTask
    DynaDo
    Earliz
    Epythia (dead)
    Evernote
    Everyday
    eXo
    Facile Things
    Feng Office
    Fetchnotes
    Flava
    Fleep
    Flow
    Flowdock
    FreedCamp
    Front
    Germ.io
    Glasscubes
    Glip
    Gmail
    GNotes
    Goboxi
    Google Tasks Organizer
    GQueues
    Grapple
    Gridle
    GSyncit
    Gtasks
    GTDNext
    Handle
    HeapNote
    Hiri
    HiTask
    Hubspot
    Huddle
    HumHub
    Icebergs
    Igloo
    Itemz
    Jello
    Jira
    Join.me
    Kanbanize
    Kanbanpad
    Kashoo
    Kifi
    Knotable
    KustomNote/Transpose
    LibrePlan
    LifeRunner
    Liquid Planner
    LiveMinutes
    Mailbird
    ManageIT
    Mango Apps
    ManyMoon
    Mavenlink
    MS Project
    MS Teams
    MS To-Do
    MeisterTask
    Memonic
    Mindbloom
    MindMup
    Moo.Do
    Moovia
    Moxtra
    MyCollab
    New Peer
    NirvanaHQ
    Notesi
    Nozbe.com
    Nubbus
    Nutcache
    Octobox
    Onlyoffice
    OpenProject
    Ora
    Orchestra (dead)
    Organizer for Outlook
    Organize.me
    Outlook
    Pagico
    Paymo
    Pingpad
    Pintask
    Planner (Mint)
    Planner (MS)
    Podio
    Pomodoro Master
    Priority Matrix
    Producteev
    Projectfork/Projectknife
    Project Insight
    Project Pier
    Proofhub
    Quip
    Quire
    Quiver
    Redbooth
    Redmine
    Remember The Milk
    Samepage
    Sandglaz
    ScribblePost
    Scrivener
    Shift
    SlimTimer
    Smartsheet
    Smthngs
    Spaaze
    Springpad
    Springsled
    Swipes
    Tagatoo
    Taiga.io
    Taskbarn
    TaskBoard
    Taskclone
    Taskfit
    Taskfully
    Taskos
    Tasks In A Box
    Taskworld
    Teams (MS)
    TeamLab
    Teamleader
    Teambox
    Teamup
    Teamwork Projects
    TeauxDeaux
    TheBeat
    The Brain
    TheDeadline
    Telety.pe
    Thinkery
    Thymer
    Tick Tick
    Toast
    TodoFox
    Todoist
    Todo Pro
    Todo.ly
    Todo.vu/Kitovu
    Toodledo
    TrackerOffice
    Tree.io
    Trello
    TribeScale
    Twoodo
    Voo2do
    Wave
    Week Plan
    Whiteboard
    Wiggio
    WorkFlowy
    WorkMate
    Worksy
    WorkView
    Wrike
    Wunderkit
    Wunderlist
    Yanado
    Yast
    Zendone
    ZenHub
    Zenkit
    Zing Project
    Zoho CRM
    Zoho Mail
    Zoho Projects
    Zube.io
    actually up to nearly 240 now. No time to update yet.

    Here’s what I’ve liked enough to use for good amount of time
    Kanbanpad
    LiveMinutes
    Wunderlist
    DropTask
    KustomNote
    MindMup
    Nirvana
    WorkMate
    GNotes
    Todoist
    Kanbanize
    Flava
    Azendoo

    The most powerful tools that I’m no longer using
    Podio
    Tree.io
    Conqu

    FellowUp – set it and forget it (2012) [CLOSED]
    FollowUpThen – set it and forget it (2012)

    Wiggio – collaboration and project management (2013)
    Any.do – quick little daily tasks (integrates well w/Gmail,Android,Chrome) (2011)

    Here’s what I’ve kept and the combination I prefer (date started using it)
    IQTELL – main tool (integrates w/ Evernote + Google) (2012) sadly gone and yet to be replaced
    Evernote – general note taking, collecting data, mobile (2008)
    GoogleApps – underlying framework for all of this (2004)
    MS Office – because it’s familiar, but Google Docs and LibreOffice are great too (1989)
    IFTTT – set it and forget it (2010)

    You can also get some pretty comprehensive reviews at:
    Priacta – Time Management Training, Coaching, Software
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    Wow, I thought I’d tried a lot of sites, but you got me beat. I’m surprised Asana didn’t stick a…
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    James Titus
    James Titus, 25 years in the tech industry and co-founder of a task management app.
    Answered Jul 13, 2014
    Task Management Web App http://GTDNext.com has many advanced task management features that allow users to use it for project management.

    The main view of GTDNext is an outline view. This allows for more advanced planning of projects and tasks than most other to do list applications.

    While there are many great collaboration apps available on the net and of course dedicated project management apps, the question was posed as what task management apps also have project management features. From that perspective I think GTDNext is one of the best solutions.

    Below are some of the features of GTDNext that can be used for project management.

    GTDNext Project Management Features:

    Unlimited Sub-Project and Tasks: This allows you to create a very deep work breakdown structure (WBS)
    Projects tasks default to sequential: In other words the default is that you must do task 1 before you do task 2.
    Sequential or Parallel Sub-Projects: Sub-Projects within a project can be set to be done in parallel to the other sub-projects. Or they can be set to be done sequentially.
    Force Next: In cases where a task father down your list IS eligible to be done right away, you can “force next” the task to add it to your “Next List” before the previous tasks have been completed.
    Due Dates: Projects, sub-projects and tasks can be set with due dates.
    Start Dates: Projects, sub-projects and tasks can have a start date associated that prevents the task from appearing on your “next list” until the start date.
    Waiting state: Tasks, project and sub-projects may be given a state of “waiting”.
    Tags: Tags allow for another level of flexibility within your project. They can be used to denote who is responsible, time and/or effort required. Context or locations.

    Screen shot of some of these features:

    The red dots up above correspond to the following features:

    Outline view – You can zoom into any level of your outline to focus on a specific project
    Due Dates: Tasks with due dates display prominently
    The Green “N” shows that this task has been added to your “Next Action” list. A filtered list of all your next actions across all your projects. The Red exclamation mark show the task is been added to your “Focus List”. A list that contains just the items you want to focus on right now.
    This is the first sub-project. Notice it does not have a green “N” anywhere in the project. This project has been marked as sequential. So the items above it must be completed first before any of these tasks will be eligible to be added to the “next action” list.
    The “Plan Garden” sub-project and the “Decide on style for new house” projects are set to the sub-project default of parallel. That is why you see both of these sub-projects have tasks with a green “next action” icon. Also notice that the “Force Next” has been applied to the second action in the Plan Garden sub-project. This over-rides the default sequential behavior that tasks in all projects follow and add this action to the “Next List”.
    Tags can be added and the entire outline can be filtered by tag.

    All of these settings can be added via the Edit Panel the is shown or hidden with a press of a button or the shortcut key of TAB+P. Below is a screen shot of the edit panel.

    GTDNext Edit Panel

    Overall View of the App:

    Summary
    While GTDNext is still in version 1 it has already added a great number of features that can be utilized for light to medium sized projects.

    Most users will probably not even utilize many of these features and the web app is optimized to allow users to utilize it without ever having to select any of these features. They have been added for advanced users.

    If even more advanced features like gannt charts, resource planing and baselines are needed then something like MS project is probably your best bet.
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    Pauline Majerczyk
    Pauline Majerczyk, Community engager at dapulse
    Answered Dec 20, 2016

    Hi there! I’m Pauline, customer success hero and community engager at dapulse: The Intuitive Management Tool. My job every day consists in helping people like you get organised and manage their projects, teams and to-do’s!

    I really wanted to answer that one as I saw that you tried Asana or Trello. We tried those tools, without success. None of them solved our management problems. This is why we built dapulse! We created dapulse to address the deepest issues of managing teams and collaborating. Reaching amazing teamwork requires recognition of work and transparency.

    We build dapulse as an easy-to-use, intuitive and visual tool to track both your projects, and your daily tasks. Let me show you how we do it 🙂

    Stay focused on the big picture while achieving tasks with your team

    What is dapulse?

    We love to say we’re a collaboration tool, and not a project management tool, because the scope of collaboration goes way beyond project management. Unlike other tools, dapulse gives you a way to manage everything, and not just projects.

    dapulse is a fantastic tool to map out workflows and processes in a way that is visual and intuitive. With a single glance, you can immediately see the status of where things stand.

    This is a great way to list all your projects and have your entire team aware of what’s ahead!

    See it in action in this example. We built a board as if we were a communications agency. We have a list of projects – or clients – we work on, and steps our projects go through before being delivered:

    All those steps can be broken down as tasks or steps:

    This kind of board can be built to fit your needs. We offer a structure, and you can customize it to create to to-do lists of your dreams!

    Working with both those boards is a perfect way to keep everyone focused on both their individual tasks and engaged with the larger company goals and projects.

    Filter the information and make sure to stay up-to-date with your to-do lists:

    Dapulse works amazingly as a task manager because it lets you customize your views and see only what matters to you. In this example, we wanted to show only tasks Pauline is working on:

    Communicate in context

    dapulse eliminates the need for painfully long email threads and unnecessary meetings. All communication and files are located in one place, and you always have context to remember the “who, what, when, where, why” of any topic.

    See it in action here — for the naming, I actually entered some propositions, and Guy answered with his insight:

    You can collaborate with your team in context, instantly:

    Write new updates
    Reply to updates
    Mention someone, a team or the entire account
    Like updates
    add attachments (from pdf to psd files, from png to html, … everything!)

    A versatile tool to help you boost your productivity and stay on top of everything

    As you can see, dapulse offers more than a to-do list, or a project management tool. What I love the most is how versatile and customisable it is!

    From the same layout, you can build 1000+ different boards. Teams around the world use dapulse to:

    Manage their projects
    Create to-do lists
    Manage their sprints (web development)
    Create roadmaps (Product)
    Create Social media schedules (Marketing)
    List employees, salaries (HR)
    CRM (Sales)
    And much more! 🙂

    How it can boost your productivity and team collaboration:

    Plan and execute in the same place: create as many types of boards as you need, and centralise all your work on one place (see examples below).
    Make it fit your needs: the ability to construct your tool to meet your specific operational requirements and make your platform insanely valuable. From precise project planning to detailed jargon, the tool naturally modifies itself to be ‘each to their own.’
    Map out clear and well-defined workflows
    Create total transparency into your organization’s operations
    Recognize people’s work and celebrate success
    Centralise all your communications: get rid of emails and communicate with your team inside dapulse. Follow conversations and stay on top of what happens in your company, in all departments and teams.
    Search everything: Stop loosing files, conversations and stop spending time looking for emails you wrote 5 months ago. Search for any pulse, any update, reply, file and more.

    To conclude, I’d say it’s more than a to-do list. It’s also more than a project management tool — it’s the ultimate tool to list all type of work, communicate, stay up-to-date and work with your team!

    Hope this helps, I’m here if you have any further question or wish to discuss dapulse by industry.

    PS: you can start a free trial here dapulse: The Intuitive Management Tool – the customer success team is there to help you get started and answer all your questions!

    PPS: Check out our great reviews: http://www.capterra.com/collabor…

    Pauline
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    Anais Normand
    Anais Normand, studied International Relations & Economics at INSEEC Business School
    Answered May 31, 2017

    I’ve tried Asana, Trello, Basecamp, Slack, WorkZone and ProofHub and my feeling is that they all have the tendency to get messy especially with all the file uploads.

    If you are looking for an app or a website that can make things clearer, less messy and that enables you to track time spent on tasks, then I recommend Taskworld.

    In this crowded market where we can find literally everything from To-Do list type apps to sophisticated enterprise solutions, Taskworld attempts to differentiate themselves by offering performance reports that helps the companies and the teams within them to understand how well they are doing, exactly where do they stand can and where are the further improvements required.

    Nowadays, consumers are more aware than ever before. The internet allows people to research products, services or, here, project management applications before they buy and to see what goes behind the scenes. Here is what’s behind the scenes :

    According to Business Insider, Forbes, TechInsider it’s one of the best management tool available.

    According to me, this management app keeps me organized in all aspects of my life : from making decisions to consolidating my financial information. It facilitates project and task management, collaboration, delegation, communication, knowledge management, measure progress and provides performance metrics for evidence-based evaluations within teams.
    I specially appreciate the design, the visual timeline, smart reminders, detailed reporting and the chat.

    Here are some of my favorite features that this project management app offers :

    ➜ The ease to create tasks, assign them and set due dates

    ➜ The colored labels and tags add clarity

    ➜ The built-in enterprise messaging system

    ➜ The @mentions to get someone’s attention

    ➜ The calendar view

    ➜ The time tracking : use it to track how many hours were spent on tasks by each of you freelancers for example, in order to pay them by hour, we use the time tracking.

    ➜ Accessible on all devices : computers, smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android platforms)

    ➜ The performance chart included

    ➜ The price and the 15 days free trial

    ➜ It’s getting popular as it’s now used by AccorHotels, Amazon, Ernst and Young, Adobe,…

    Here is a sneak peek of my Workspace :

    Hope this helps 🙂

    Sources :
    Taskworld website
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    Darryl Pinto
    Darryl Pinto, Community Evangelist at Flock
    Answered Jun 2, 2017

    I’ve come across quite a few tools that do just that. A favourite by many and one that tops the list in various task management forms is Asana. Asana is one product that efficiently lets users deal with task and manage projects. Below are the aspects of task and project management that Asana deals with:

    Budgeting
    Issue Tracking
    Reporting
    Resource Management
    Task Management
    Traditional and agile project management

    However, there are certain snags that make Asana not the best option.

    Firstly, Asana turns out to be an expensive tool and the free plan just supports 15 members. Anymore than the specified numbers would cost you $9.99 per user.

    Next, Asana fails to facilitate efficient collaboration within the team since it overlooks the communication aspect of team collaboration. If you employ Asana, you may have to get onboard another app just for communication and collaboration. Yes, Asana does provide chat features, however, in my opinion they fail promote real-time collaboration. And seamless and quick collaboration should be at the epitome of any team.

    Apart from these two particular drawbacks, Asana seems to be a decent tool!

    You should consider this tool that way affordable (also free) and overcomes all the snags stated above – Take a look at Flock – A team messenger.

    Unlike other team messengers, Flock not only lets teams collaborate in real-time but also brings on its on platform a variety of productivity tools for efficient team management.

    Before I list down all its features, I’d like to showcase how efficiently does Flock lets teams manage tasks and projects. Back to the productivity set of tools that Flock offers – Among them is an app called Shared Todos. It’s a simple but quite an effectual tool.

    With this tool, you can create tasks, assign them and also set due-dates. You can create multiple lists (say a board). With a project, you can sub-divide it and add multiple tasks within that are to be accomplished. Assigning the tasks to an individual with a due-date will have a bot post reminder messages to the individual reminding the mate of the near deadline. At the end of each each, the bot also posts a task summary for the whole team to know the progress on the project.

    Here’s screenshot of my Flock app with the Shared To-dos tool running on the sidebar:

    For organized project management, you can create channels for each project. Within these channels have relevant members and using the Shared-Todos app, create tasks for each. Channel are groups where you can add multiple members. Channels are not just limited to project discussions but can be for just about anything – interest based discussion, team outings, or just for fun channel, knowledge based channels.

    These Channels also help create a an information base for your team. You can have a public channel created for everyone in the team and all relevant and important messages and data can be posted here. This will act as a repository for your company where all important information is accessible to anyone and everyone within the organization. By the way, all data on Flock is encrypted and secured. If security was a concern, Flock’s got it!

    Know more about the ways in which you could use Channels on Flock in this video:

    The other apps in the productivity suite include: Reminder app, Code-Snippets, Note sharing, File sharing, Video Conferencing… Flock is a holistic tool and meets the need of every team within the organization.

    If you still want to stick with Asana or any other tool for that matter for you project management, you might want to consider Flock for your team’s communication need. Flock deeply integrates with Asana and all your tasks and information on Asana can be managed from Flock itself.

    Similarly, you can integrate any external application within Flock using Flock’s easy to use APIs.

    Did I mention that Flock’s free? I guess I did, but I’d like to reiterate – Flock is free for unlimited members and for as long as your team needs it. There’s a PRO plan too which is currently free for new sign-ups for a limited time period. This video should help you make your decision –

    If you wish to try the app, you can visit Flock’s website here.
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    Cody McLain
    Cody McLain, productivity hacker and founder of SupportNinja.com
    Answered Dec 15

    If people are constantly asking, “how do you do it?” , then you probably accomplish:

    At least 563 tasks a month
    Minumum of 140 tasks a week
    About 23 tasks a day (6 days per week)

    Speaking of myself, the tasks that I accomplish don’t even factor in my daily routines, meetings or even tasks that I delegate to my assistants!

    So, how did I do it?

    The short answer: Todoist

    The long answer:

    It wasn’t always like this. A few years ago, although I was extremely busy, I was still struggling to things done.

    After reading about GTD, I set out on a mission to find the best system. I ended up trying all sorts of different task management apps over the years, from Nozbe, Wunderlist, Asana, Trello — you name it, I’ve tried it!

    In fact, I spent more time switching apps than I did doing actual work. I thought the reason for my productivity issue was not having the right system and I was associating getting work done with using the right tools.

    While software matters to a degree, it’s not as important as how you use it. Much like in the photography world, they say it’s not the camera you use but rather the person behind it that determines the quality of the photo.

    I don’t advocate that any particular method is the best, nor do I advocate that you copy this way exactly. However, if you have no framework in place for yourself or company, then this one can be an effective one to start with. I encourage you to make it your own while maintaining a kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement.

    Here we go…

    After hopping on my computer, before digging into email, I check what’s in my “Tasks due Today” section of Todoist and then highlight the most important items I want to work on that day and mark it with a red flag. Some like to use a Productivity Notebook where you write in 3 tasks you want to do for the day; this is just a variation thereof.

    Next I open up Gmail, I like to utilize a Priority Inbox which allows me to section my emails according to whether they’re starred, important, etc.

    You can configure this setup by going to Settings inside Gmail. Then clicking on the “Inbox” link. Then make sure you select “Priority Inbox” as the type and then setup the sections as follows:

    Now the beauty of my method is not unique to the layout. So feel free to customize the Inbox section to your liking. This is just what I use … and I like it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    My winning workflow

    I have a Todoist workflow, but if you’re not a fan of Todoist, you can still use other software/platforms like Nozbe, Wunderlist and OmniFocus the focus here is to create a system or workflow that get’s you in and out of your inbox, ASAP.

    My Todoist inbox contains a collection of thoughts, reminders, tasks, emails and from time to time, even revelations I have to myself and my company.

    Much like email, the goal is to handle any items that would take under 2-minutes, then the rest of them should be considered on a variety of levels:

    Do I clearly defined the next-action associated with this task?
    Often I’d find myself procrastinating on things only to realize it was because I was running away from what seemed like big mountains I’d have to climb, when in reality I simply hadn’t given it much thought.
    How important is this task to me right now?
    There’s a whole other topic about Pareto’s principle that I’ve briefly touched on before involving the somewhat known 80/20 rule, where typically the top 20% of your efforts will have the greatest impact.
    Do I need to do the task, or can I delegate it?
    While this is a topic deserving of its own blog post, I tend to delegate most administrative tasks to my assistant team who have varying levels of access to my life that can do things like handle communication with a contractor to get something done.

    My goal is to have no items in my inbox at the end of my Todoist “inbox sorting”. When that happens, I pat myself on the back and visit the “Today” view inside Todoist.

    Like I said, there are plenty of options out there about what to do with your time and tasks.

    I’ve written about many of the productivity tools mentioned here on Quora, so come and take a look at how they worked for me, and if they can potentially work for you as well.
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    Mark Jones
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    Can impacts be both positive and negative at the same time? Yes.

    Generally, the longer a project goes, the more opportunities for change occur. Many large organizations promote and reassign managers and executives on an annual basis, so if your project spans this change event, you are at risk of your sponsors and stakeholders changing and disruption taking place.

    A specific example I lived through was a project that was performing well and this fact was noticed by management. As part of its promotion cycle, a couple of up and coming managers were inserted into the project so they could gain experience. This was a gain for the individuals and the company, but a negative impact for the project, for two reasons:

    There was no defined project role for these people, so we had to wedge them in and split roles that work better whole than divided.
    The new people felt they had to make changes in order to make a contribution and their changes were both naive and disruptive.

    A similar effect can happen when the financial year end is crossed. Financial executives will look at the project portfolio and make poorly informed decisions on funding. Perversely, a project that is performing well financially can have its budget cut because it’s assumed its efficiency can absorb a cut better than others. This inevitably has an effect on quality.

    Bottom line: shorter projects better.
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    Answered Jun 4

    Huge. The larger/longer the project, the more variability you will see, which makes it harder to manage. If I ask you to estimate and plan walking from your bedroom to your kitchen, you can probably do that with a high level of accuracy. If I ask you to estimate and plan walking from NYC to LA you will have huge variability in weather, route changes, and many other factors. The reason iterative development such as Agile is becoming the norm is that it breaks large problems into smaller ones and delivers smaller chunks of value. E.g. I ask you to have a vision of walking to LA, but let’s just start with walking to the next town. We can pivot as needed along the route. We might learn we only need to go to Philadelphia.
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    Abram Bachtiar
    Abram Bachtiar, Years in People, Project, Program, & Product Management
    Answered Jun 5

    Thanks for the A2A.

    Schedule / project length is one of the triple constraints for every project – and for a good reason.

    At a high level, impact will be:

    If the project length is negotiable, the project can be cheaper and can include more features.
    If the project length is not negotiable, then the cost, scope, or both better be. Likely the project will become more expensive and / or include less feature.
    Quality and risk are always at play. Faster churn can mean some things are not tested as much as they should be, which introduces quality risk. There’s also risk of burning out the project team by pushing them to adhere to a more aggressive timeline.

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    Answered Jun 4

    To add to the excellent answers already posted, I would say the risk comes through complexity rather than length. A lengthy, but simple project with well established processes is less risky than a short project with a number of unknown challenges. Having said that, complexity is the key driver that results in longer projects. So length is more of a symptom rather than the cause of the risk.
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    PMP stands for Project Management Professional (PMP). PMP Certification, offered by the Project Management Institute(PMI), is an industry-recognized credential for project managers. PMP certification demonstrates the project manager’s experience, knowledge, skills, and competencies required to lead and direct projects.

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    In PMBOK 6th edition, the processes are designed around the process groups. Since methods are more relevant to the process group as compared to a knowledge area, PMBOK 6th edition has organized processes by process groups. As already mentioned, PMI listens to the practitioners and hence brought about this change in PMP 6th edition.

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    Shuba Swaminathan
    Shuba Swaminathan, former Head of Product, Design and Program Management
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    Thanks for asking Paul!

    A program manager typically serves as a conduit between external customers and internal teams in the B2B context, especially when one or both parties operate in the waterfall model. They work with product managers to make sure the product meets customer needs while simultaneously working with the customer to set and manage expectations of the product. They also coordinate internal timelines with those of the customer, and highlight and mitigate risks to their program. Eg: a company that makes software to enable sensor fusion (combine inputs from different sensors to generate insights about the world around the vehicle) in self driving cars will have a program manager for each car maker they sell their software to.

    A product manager is responsible for defining the product. What product should the company build, with what features? Why should they build one product vs. another? Given a finite set of resources, how should product development be prioritized? How is success defined for the product? What metrics should be tracked to figure out whether or not product succeeded? What is the feature set at launch? How should the product be improved to increase adoption/generate more revenue? When should a product be sunset because it’s no longer relevant? How? In some companies, product is also responsible for making pricing and packaging recommendations together with marketing and BD. They work with marketing to ensure proper positioning, placement and promotion and collaborate on launch strategy.

    A project manager is typically an internal role. The project manager coordinates tasks and activities between various internal teams (Product, Engineering, Design, QA) to ensure a quality product is delivered on schedule, as scoped. Her focus is on ensuring that product deliveries stay on track particularly when there are strong dependencies between teams, while unblocking individual stakeholders and minimizing risks that might impact successful product delivery. Project managers are common in both B2B and B2C companies, regardless of whether companies embrace agile or waterfall development methodologies.
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    Answered Jan 16, 2011 · Upvoted by Roger Jones, Program Masters Project Management, The George Washington University and Ian McAllister, Director at Airbnb
    I’ve been both a program manager and a product manager at Microsoft and Amazon.com respectively. While day to day activities tend to vary from team to team even within the same company here’s a quick overview of roles.

    Microsoft:
    Product Planner: Responsible for directional guidance on which broad pillars/areas should the team work over the next 2-3 years. This person often conducts lots of market research with existing and prospective customers.

    Product Manager: Responsible for marketing and especially launching major products. This person also goes to various conferences and gives high-level presentations on core value-propositions of products.

    Program Manager: Responsible for shipping the right features at the right time. This person is closest to the code and writes functional specifications.

    Project Manager: Responsible for managing non-technical projects and special programs.

    Amazon.com:
    Product Manager: Responsible for the vision of a product, maintains the product backlog and executes on vision for a specific area. Most MBA graduates start as product managers.

    Technical Program Manager: Responsible for driving the day to day execution of a agreed-upon product plan. This person often runs the sprints.

    Program Manager: Responsible for non-technical project management. This person often works on projects such as vendor management, transportation management, etc.
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    Ian Withrow
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    Jeremy Justice
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    Answered May 30, 2011
    My experience at Nokia:

    Program Manager:
    At Nokia, the role of the a Program Manager goes beyond that of the typical Project Manager. While they are held accountable for schedules and ship dates, their day-to-day job involves coordinating across all the functional areas that report into them. For the launch of mobile phones, this would include representatives from (generically speaking): Product Management, Hardware, Software, Testing, Quality, After-Market Support, etc.

    The Program Manager also acts as a management level to help clear through disagreements and open issues. Typically, there are problems that require high-level management support or even just the support of resource streams. The Program Manager must then work through these problems to make sure they are appropriately staffed and that open issues and roadblocks are quickly resolved.

    Product Manager:
    If the Program Manager is the Captain of the ship, the Product Manager is the Navigator. In typical fashion, the PM acts as the interface between sales/marketing and internal development teams. He/She is also a member of the Program Manager’s team.

    Typical responsibilities involve defining and clarifying requirements, working to fine-tune design intent, managing product launch expectations of regional teams, and developing base-line content to be used for localization. As much as possible, they are expected to be experts on their customers: end-consumers and operators. As such, they should be heavily involved in driving these consumers wants/needs into the upcoming products. The PM also owns the development of the business case, so in making product modifications and dealing with schedule changes, they must also account for this in their financial projections.

    Product Planner:
    This wasn’t asked for in the original question, but it needs to be pointed out. The Planner role is similar to a Product Manager, except their job is to focus solely on the creation of new product concepts. This includes market targetting, design, pricing, business case creation, etc. The Planner does not take the product fully to launch though, as they typically will hand over the concept to a Product Manager for completion.

    Project Manager
    In my tenure, it was rare to see someone with the title “Project Manager”. This is primarily due to the fact that everyone’s role in a product development team was in some sense a project manager. They each had schedules and resources to manage. I suspect other big companies are like this as well, especially ones that have distributed resources. This forces each primary member to get involved more heavily with traditional Project Mgr responsibilities.
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    Kenna Smutz
    Kenna Smutz, Content Marketing Manager at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 7

    A project manager is someone with responsibility for guiding and empowering a project team through the entire life of a project. In most industries, project managers are professionals who have developed expertise in the field, often by working on projects, and have moved into a management role over time.

    Product managers are responsible for guiding the design, development and production of one or more products. The product manager role usually involves evaluating customer needs, creating a design that will address those needs and working with the teams who actually build the product to ensure that it meets the intended goal.

    The program manager position tends to be highly variable from industry to industry, or even between companies in the same industry.
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    Rachel Serpa
    Rachel Serpa, Sr. Content Marketer at Wrike (2017-present)
    Answered Sat

    There are really three key differences between program managers and project managers:

    Program managers supervise groups of projects; project managers oversee individual projects
    Program managers focus on long-term business objectives; project managers have short-term, concrete deliverables
    Program managers are strategic; project managers are tactical

    This grid from Key Differences is super helpful too:

    Wrike has a really good blog post about this topic if you’re interested to learn more. You can check it out here.
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    Lawrence Mandel
    Lawrence Mandel, Director of Production Engineering, Shopify
    Answered Feb 11, 2015
    Further to the comments about other companies, I wrote about the difference between some of the manager roles at Mozilla on my blog: Who are these managers and what do they do?
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    William Emmanuel Yu
    William Emmanuel Yu, used to work at McDonalds.
    Answered Jun 4, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    They vary in terms of degree and responsibility. Project managers generally handle a single project. Program managers handle multiple projects and generally in different domains. Product managers handle all domains necessary to support a product.
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    Kasia Kramnik
    Kasia Kramnik, Content, Marketing Automation, omnichannel pro
    Answered Jun 5, 2015
    In this post, you can read about the roles of product owners/managers compared to project managers. It doesn’t cover the role of program manager, but should be helpful: https://netguru.co/blog/project-…
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    Jay Heuer
    Jay Heuer, Full Time Dad, Author and App Developer (2015-present)
    Answered Mar 22

    Project Managers are there to deliver a specific functionality inside a project.

    Program Managers are there to manage the interplay of different projects, especially from a resource and timing perspective.

    Product Managers are writing the project requests and expect results from Program and Project Managers.
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    Pamela Almoustine Magee Bradford
    Pamela Almoustine Magee Bradford, works at Utah
    Answered Oct 23, 2014
    A Project Manager manages projects vertically with a tactical precision that focuses on the nuts and bolts of a particular project always with the end in sight, meeting specs and completing tasks.

    A Program Manager manages horizontally across many projects, with a strategic goal in mind, focusing on the bigger picture. In essence the projects themselves are the tasks to be managed.
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    Aravind Gopalakrishnan
    Aravind Gopalakrishnan, part-time philosopher, full-time slacker.
    Answered Feb 8, 2015
    It depends very much on the company and division you work in. However, in general if we were to consider a tech/product company:

    A product manager makes sure that the right product is being built.

    A project manager makes sure that the work is being built efficiently.

    A program manager makes sure that the product creation aligns with the company’s long-term strategies and oversees several projects.
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    Lakshmi Peri
    Lakshmi Peri, Program Manager, Strategic execution expert, Coach and Author
    Answered Mar 14, 2015
    In my experience and knowledge the roles are as below

    Product Manager – Responsible for the product vision, requirements, market needs, business goals and ROI

    Program Manager – Responsible for
    – Executing to the product vision and strategy end to end
    – Stakeholder management
    – Gap analysis
    – Risk Management
    – Program Communications
    – Building highly productive teams

    Project Manager
    Responsible for
    – Time boxed initiative execution
    – Project communications
    – Schedule
    – Deliverables
    – Surfacing the issues and mitigation plan
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    Sarika Datta
    Sarika Datta, Bold, inquisitive, honest, determined and loyal, need I say more
    Answered Jun 3, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    Project manager, manages projects.
    program manager manages interrelated projects and operations
    product manager is someone who is more responsible for product launch and it’s readiness.

    Having said that project manager does may or may not report to the program manager.
    This if off course true for a projecticized Org.
    Many Org. that are not projecticized may have different roles and responsibilities assigned to it.
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    Gerry Claps
    Gerry Claps, the Pragmatic Agile + Lean Product Guy
    Answered Jun 12, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?

    Program Manager => Manages a portfolio of projects (resourcing, expenses, etc.).
    Project Manager => Schedules and manages the delivery of a project (correct resourcing for project, people are hitting their predetermined goals, etc.).
    Product Manager => At the intersection of technology, business, and design. Manages the delivery of a number of projects for a product (on-going), prioritizes most valuable work, breaks down work into small chunks for the team, works with customers to help develop the product, develops a product roadmap, and much more. There’s an element of project and program management in every product manager’s job.

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    Konstyantyn Perevoznyk
    Konstyantyn Perevoznyk, Product manager at OWOX
    Answered Jun 19, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    Project Manager gives answer for the question: “when scoupe of the project with specific terms and cost will be done?”
    Programm manager gives answer for the question: “when scoupe of the each project of the programm with specific terms and cost will be done?”
    Product manager gives answer for the question “how this product or functionality should work?
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    Karthi Mahalingam
    Karthi Mahalingam, 15 Years Experience with Business Ideas
    Answered Jun 19, 2015
    While there is a thin line of difference but seems like most of the tasks involve coordination and research along with monitoring the plans/strategies from time to time. Piterion based in Germany is gifted with experts who work diligently as product or project managers to manage the activies onsite and from remote destinations with the help of latest technology.
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    Agnes Hyla
    Agnes Hyla, Postgraduate Management, Warsaw School of Economics (2015)
    Answered Sep 26, 2017

    In many companies they share each other responsibilities, but to make hierarchy well organized differences are pretty simple. Program Manager should take care of technical side of the project, Product Manager should take care of marketing. Project Manager job is more subtle. He should take care of time window, team motivation and go between two previous manager and make sure everything is loud and clear.
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    Anita Ajdinian
    Anita Ajdinian, studied at Hanze Institute of Technology
    Answered Nov 20, 2017

    Main difference is that Project Managers prosper in well planned and organized projects, contrary to Product Owners/Managers who are prepared to work in constantly changing systems [1]. Moreover PMs are outbound (strategic) while POs inbound (tactical). More differences and clear explanation you can find in this article PROJECT MANAGER VS PRODUCT OWNER

    I hope you find it helpful!

    Footnotes

    [1] Project Manager vs Product Owner
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    Jason Silverstein
    Jason Silverstein, Technology & product development.
    Answered May 30, 2011
    These are some very good answers. I will take a simple approach given my time at Yahoo! & my own company from 1998-2007.

    Projects have a beginning and an end. They are distinct efforts.

    Programs are collections of projects and possibly partial products that collectively result in a unique management need of timing and priority.

    Product is the strategic relationship between company and customer that is the reason you have projects and programs. You must have a business and a leader to know what’s important and to manage all the people who will try to help or veer the product.
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    Venkata Rahul
    Venkata Rahul, Extensive experience in Enterprise Planning products
    Answered May 25, 2015
    A very concise answer.

    Project managers handle individual projects (definition of projects et al are already mentioned in the other answers herein).

    Programs are at a higher level than projects. Projects may be at the team level or department level within an organization while programs are much larger (in a sense, groups of projects). The Program management oversees all the current projects of the organization and ensures their alignment to the business goals.

    Product management is completely different from both. It is mainly about what your company offers to sell, how these offers fit into the market, evolution of the products (and hand-holding them through the life cycle), competitor analysis, gap management(feature gap), product pricing, new product innovation and management. In a sense, for product divisions, Product Management teams are the interface of the development teams with the consumers of the products.
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    Samuel Rantaeskola
    Samuel Rantaeskola, Principal Program Manager Microsoft
    Answered Jun 19, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    A product manager is responsible for ensuring that the content of the product is in line with the market demands. Essentially the link between the intended customer and development.
    A project manager is responsible for the development of the product, including time lines and keeping in sync with the product manager to ensure that the prioritizations matches the market needs.
    A program manager is responsible for keeping the development of several projects in sync with each so that, for example, dependencies are resolved between the projects.

    As you probably can understand these three roles have a lot of overlapping responsibilities and there are bound to be communication problems between them.
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    Guy Lewis
    Guy Lewis, Constantly career reviewing
    Answered Apr 2, 2016
    Originally Answered: What are the differences between Product Management, Project Management and Product Marketing roles?

    In my experience, a product manager is like the CEO of the product. They own the profit and loss. So that’s the total life cycle of the product and manages directly or indirectly teams who focus on the detail of research, development, business cases, launches, marketing, operations and sales and service (not ignoring all other business Sicilians such as legal, regulatory, accounting…)

    A product marketing manager is a manager focused on marketing a product, so is given a budget and a target to achieve in terms of revenue or volumes of sales for example.

    A project manager manages projects of any kind. A project is an activity that has a start and an end. Projects may include products but may be anything that needs achieving in a business.
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    Tushar Jain
    Tushar Jain, Agile coach, trainer, author, and speaker
    Answered Oct 11, 2017

    Project Manager – One who manages a project (has a definitive start and an end date). Traditionally this person is responsible for scheduling, arranging resources (man, machine, and material), and focusing on How and What part of the execution.

    Program Manager – One who manages a program (collection of correlated projects) with financial and budgetary authority.

    Product Manager – One who answers why, how and what parts of product development, maintenance, sales, and marketing.

    The above descriptions are very generic and certainly changes from one organization to other.

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    Paul Ivanov
    Paul Ivanov
    Answered Mar 22

    Product managers drive the product development. They work with initiatives, their prioritization and make strategic product decisions.

    Project managers usually oversee the execution of plans that have already been developed and approved.

    I suppose these three articles will be useful for you cause they give a deep introduction and describe the main differences:

    Product Manager vs Project Manager: Who Carries More Weight of the World on Their Shoulders?
    Product Management Is Not Project Management
    Project Manager vs. Product Manager

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    Chris Cunningham
    Chris Cunningham, President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Mar 27

    A project manager holds an analytical role. It is the responsibility of the project manager to ensure the project progresses fluently, deliveries are on time, and deadlines and milestones met. The project manager controls and organizes all the moving segments — developers, graphic artists, clientele and everyone involved — keeping each individual on track to perform as one integrated unit.

    Conversely, a product manager holds a strategic role. It is the responsibility of the product manager to identify the product need and the audience it’s intended for. It is then up to the project manager — and team — to then follow this directive. Hence product managers play a vital role in the success or failures of a project since all other team members look toward them for guidance and direction on the overall product vision. If this vision is incomplete, then the project will most certainly suffer.
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    Olivia Cote
    Olivia Cote, Technology Enthusiast and Blogger
    Answered Sep 7, 2017

    The Product Managers are responsible for sitting at the intersection of Design, Technology, and Business. This involves figuring out what to build based on customer needs and making sure it gets shipped. Since the scope of this role is more broad, detail-level product specifications are sacrificed sometimes. The result is that engineers might make more decisions about specific features, like error cases.

    The Project Manager is responsible for breaking work down. They think about how to take a large-scale project and turn it into manageable tasks. For those manageable tasks, they help coordinate work estimates (via Fibonacci, T-shirt sizing, planning poker, or another estimation process). Once the work is scheduled, they make sure things stay on track and figure out mediation if they go wrong. The Project Management Institute offers classes and certifications for Project Managers, including the PMP.

    The Program Manager – Generally oversees multiple Projects that comprise a release or other milestone. Collates, collects, and analyzes the risks and issues reported by the Project Managers, and acts to maintain scope and cost, as well as high-level time and resourcing commitments. Probably in charge of tweaking and changing technical requirements and the like, but unlikely to be tasked with commenting on market or customer conditions. Likely time horizon: 3-6 months.
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    Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis, 15+ years of experience as a software product manager.
    Updated Jan 9, 2015
    Interesting that Microsoft classifies what I would consider to be a Product Marketing Manager as a Product Manager. I think of Product Managers as a more classic role like you have defined at Amazon. I think of a Product Manager as the General Manager for their product.

    I have done both Product Management, Project Management and Program Management in my career. Here’s how each role was defined for me.

    Product Management – I consider the Product Manager as the General Manager of his/her product. He/she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the product including: features, pricing, product life cycle, P&L etc. He/she should be the voice of the customer. Works with development to build the right product. Works with sales to help educate them on selling the product, supports them as needed. Works with Marketing on product messaging. Works with finance on P&L and any financials related to the product. Basically wears multiple hats.

    Project Manager – manages the delivery of a project (technical or non-technical) . Worries about schedule, budget etc. For example: the delivery of product X v2.1.

    Program Manager – has more cross functional responsibilities than a project manager. More of a “global role”. Worries about the big picture. Product delivery, marketing campaign to go with the launch, making sure sales is educated, all parties that need to be updated are (system updates (maybe part numbers, pricing etc).

    I do realize that the roles of these positions vary depending on the company. But this is how it was broken out at the companies I have worked at.
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    Michael Rutledge
    Michael Rutledge, Agile product manager and web developer
    Answered Jun 4, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    The simplest way to break these out is by looking at the goals that will be tied to each role. See description below, and for more detail particularly around product management and best practices, check out Product Manager Club – Home of Product Managers

    Product Manager – goals rely ultimately on the success of the product. If your product is the website, your goals will be to enhance usability and traffic on the site. If your product is shoes, it will be making better and better selling shoes.

    Project Manager – goals rely on individual projects. The success of a Project Manager will be determined around whether or not they were able to get a given project out the door on time. There isn’t a focus on quality of the vision around why the project was determined important, rather the Project Managers goal is just to get it done.

    Program Manager – goals rely on the success of an overall program, which may include many product and project managers. A program will represent a large organizational initiative like launching responsive web design across US and International markets. This program will include project managers to track the timing and product managers who may own different impacted components of the website in each market.

    In addition to these roles, there is also a concept of a “technical” program manager, or “technical” product manager. For more on what it means when you see this keyword in front of the role here is a good article Technical Product Manager – The Product Manager Club
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    Michael Snoswell
    Michael Snoswell, 10+ years Project management, 20+ years in IT with Defence, govt and startups.
    Answered Jun 4, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between a program manager, a project manager and a product manager?
    Project Managers manage an individual project which may be anything from installing a new security system in the head office, write an app that is to be sold, upgrade the finance systems computers, investigate and deliver a report on new quality processes, educate the public about a new government law, test a new medicine etc etc. Some project managers manage multiple projects (up to about 5), depending on how senior they are and how large/complex each project is.

    Program Managers are responsible for multiple projects, usually each project is run by individual Project Managers. So the Project Managers report to the Program Manager. This role is usually someone who has been a Project Manager with more experience than the individual Project Managers. This position pays more and holds more responsibility. Sometimes the team of Project Managers is organised as a Project Management Office (PMO) which may include some support staff who specialise in task across all the projects like doing schedules, reports or finances.

    Product Managers manage the creation of a “thing” – the product. This might be software, a paperclip, an MP3 player, a shoe, a solar panel, a lightbulb, a computer etc. This product will usually then be sold. Hence the Product Manager has concerns about maintainability, profitability, supportability and other production related issues like economies of scale that a Project Manager does not usually address. A Product Manager may employ a Project Manager to make the initial item, or the factory, or to get the software written. The Product Manager is concerned with the ongoing production, distribution, support and sometimes marketing and sales.
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    Dominik Goss
    Dominik Goss, CEO at Inwedo
    Answered Sep 26, 2017

    I think these roles can vary between companies, but in general:

    Product Manager

    Product Managers are responsible for sitting at the intersection of Design, Technology, and Business. This involves figuring out what to build based on customer needs and making sure it gets shipped. Since the scope of this role is more broad, detail-level product specifications are sacrificed sometimes. The result is that engineers might make more decisions about specific features, like error cases.

    Project Manager

    Project Managers are responsible for execution. They are removed from the “What do we build?” question so they can focus on, “How do we build it?” They live in the world of budgets and schedules. In Agile development processes, the Project Manager is often called the Scrum Master.

    At Inwedo the Project Manager is responsible for breaking work down. They think about how to take a large-scale project and turn it into manageable tasks. For those manageable tasks, they help coordinate work estimates Once the work is scheduled, they make sure things stay on track and figure out mediations if they go wrong.

    Program Manager

    Program Manager role is nearly always technical and relates to programming and it’s mainly about balancing customer needs with marketing requests.

    You can often think of them as technical Product Managers. Program Managers are likely to get a little closer to how things are implemented. They are also more likely to manage details, like how to handle error cases. They’re core pieces of engineering team.
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    Chris Remus
    Chris Remus, Leading projects to successful outcomes for 15+ years.
    Answered Mar 10, 2016

    I’ve done the work that goes along with each of these roles. I believe these three roles and their definitions get too complicated. I favor a simple approach to project management. A simple approach starts with simple definitions. Here’s my simple perspective on the question.

    What’s a Project?

    A project is a set of defined tasks executed to achieve a desired outcome.

    What’s Project Management?

    Project management is defining those tasks, leading their execution and delivering the desired outcome.

    That’s it.

    Yes, Sh*t Hits the Fan!

    Yes, in practice, sh*t hits the fan along the way.

    I find setting a simple starting point sets a clear intention for a project. A a clear intention grounds the project. Keeping the project grounded helps focus it.

    Keeping a project focused helps –

    -Limit the amount of sh*t that hits the fan

    -Bring the project back on track once the sh*t hits the fan

    Everything’s a Project

    Viewing everything from a project perspective keeps things simple. If you view everything from a project perspective then –

    -A product is a type of project

    -A program is a collection projects or

    -A program is a collection of products, since a product is a project

    Simple Role Definition

    So along these lines –

    A project manager is a project manager. A project manager may manage a project, program or product.

    A product manager is project manager. A product manager manages a product as their project.

    A program manager is a project manager. A program manager manages a collection projects or products.

    That’s my simple view of things.

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    Praveen Malik
    Praveen Malik, Project Management Author|Speaker|Instructor|Adviser|Blogger
    Answered Apr 13

    Definitions

    As per the PMBOK Guide:

    Project – Project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result.

    Program – A group of related projects, subprograms, and program activities managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually.

    Product – It is the end result of a project or program.

    I have written an article that provides 3 differences between project, program and portfolio. The article talks about the differences by using explanatory diagrams and examples. You can find the article here – 3 Key Differences Between Project Program and Portfolio

    You should read the above article before reading further.

    Let us understand the differences.

    Projects & Project Management

    Projects are temporary and unique. It means that projects create something unique within a definite time period. Project Management ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved successfully.

    Projects would always create something unique e.g. a new software is created. But a unique product may not provide any business value. Let us look at following section to understand the business value.

    Programs & Program Management

    Programs are a group of related projects. Program management is successful coordination and integration of each project.

    If there are 2 projects in a program then each project will create something unique. The program will be called successful only if all of the 2 projects are successful. e.g. Software creation is a project and software launch is another project. One is dependent on the other and both have to be successful to earn profit for the business.

    Product & Product Management

    A product is an end result. Product Management involves defining the features and functions of a product and taking the product through multiple iterations. Product management may span across multiple versions of a product.

    E.g. a Software company would would release multiple versions of a s/w product over its lifetime. Each product version release will be part of a specific project/program.
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    Scotty Bevill
    Scotty Bevill, Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it’s the peace within the storm… As a mentor and certified profess…
    Answered May 29, 2011
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    Scotty Bevill is the Founder & CEO of Bevill Edge, specializing in organization tranformation, PMO deployment, professional training, and a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider.

    PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
    Due to the agile movement in technology, we have to break product management into two categories. The question asks about technology companies and thus indicates an interest in software product versus a “finished goods” scenario. I’ll briefly describe the three and try to keep it simple enough to make the point. I am specifically going to avoid linking to wikipedia and provide context here.

    Product Management is the lifecycle and business management of ‘what’ products get done. The finished good of a technology company (e.g. COTS (Commercial Off-the-shelf)). This product type is a consumable by all definitions. It’s often iteratively developed and released with versions, support, and/or maintenance. Another type of product is the non-software finished good that could be electronics, rugs, cups, pans, cars, or just about any other consumable, repair part, or repairable you can imagine.) Still the process is the same for gathering metrics, planning the product, and managing the product.

    When these products are assessed for a “cradle-2-grave” they are put through an NPD process involving cross-fuctional teams from supply chain, IT, engineering, marketing, and lately, the targeted audiicne. These products are determined and costed for profitability. This process handles the sourcing of material, determines costs and breaks the product into it’s components for the purpose of determining (make v. buy scenarios)
    Once given a green light for production and management, the product enters the process called the PLM or Product Lifecycle Management Process. This process can be thought of as the ‘big picture’ process of a product’s shelf-life. Here Risk is managed, change orders (engineering, design, etc…) are implemented and determined. Customer feedback loops are engaged in large ERP systems or product management systems and used to weigh the cost/benefit of product modification, recall information, and defect management. You will find in this process, the cost of quality and governance as it pertains to the management of a product.

    PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
    Program Management is the governance and ‘how’ work can get done. Unfortunately it’s often referred to as the ‘police’ of projects, but again this is just a circumstance. We must once again take into consideration the question refers to large technology companies. In non-tech companies, the program management office can mean many things dependent on it’s industry so here, I’ll discuss what has come to be known as the Program Management Process/Office or (PMO)

    PMO is responsible for standardization. Understanding deliverables as required, conditionally required, discretionary, etc… This ensure that all work in the business is adhering to the mission, the strategy, the policy, the governance, and producing the necessary document history for the business and the work it performs.
    In technology specically you will find lower level governing bodies such as the Project Office, or still adequately named the Program Office. Each of these offices serve similar functions and you’ll find they operate in tandem of one another as the business rolls up from the work on the bottom to the ideals at the top. Thus ensuring consistency in message, approach, etc… I’ll discuss more about this and it’s relationships in Project Management below
    Program Management is about coordination of multiple groups as they align to a greater whole. For example. If we were a major digital services provider with hardware and software running on a platform, say a cell phone, it would be the program office or embedded project offices that manage how that work comes together. One project office would manage how the hardware gets manufactured (made) or acquired (buy) see product management above. Another project office would be managing the software development, operating systems release schedule, bug fixes, component development, and applications (if they weren’t open source development SDKs and more complex sales and development models)
    So Program and Project Offices bring all things together in very large scale implementations that would otherwise be to difficult to implement and provide the “means” to which the work gets done by governance and policy.

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Project Management is the action of getting the work done. This work is the most familiar of the three and has more professionals engaged in this work. Some working on project aren’t even aware of their impact to the project as are just tasked with work, but are none-the-less valuable to it’s success.

    Project Management is the process by which the work gets broken down and then put in to the actionable work packages. Projects have their own Management Plans internally that outline the requirements from the Program/Project Offices and are used to determine some of the following (not limited to them):
    How to purchase hardware, resources (people), materials, etc…
    Change Control Measures (How, How Long, Process, etc…)
    Budgets, Approaches, Measures of success
    Schedules, Phases, Deadlines, and Deliverables
    Individual teams are organized, planned, and the work is broken down, approved and set in motion with timelines, committment, release dates, etc…

    Projects can deliver a whole product, part of a product, or simply develop the code for a software product. These teams are the actual work getting done and delivered, whether it’s an “agile” project or a “traditional” project.
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    Michael E. Cohen
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    The answer below is completely consistent with the fine answer provided by Mr. Shu. Quora members are encouraged to review both answers.

    An engagement manager manages a project a management consulting firm has with a client. “Engagement” is another name for project; it is also called “assignment”. In some firms, such as McKinsey, engagement manager is a formal position, the level below principal. In other firms, such as Booz Allen Hamilton, an engagement manager (or project manager) is not a formal position, but a role.

    Every project with a client, even a one-person project, is assigned to an engagement manager. Each project is typically under the oversight of a partner (officer-in-charge). The engagement manager provides the day-to-day direction of the project. He or she may or may not work full time on the project, depending mainly on its size. Most projects include 3 or 4 other staff members on the project team, although the team’s size can range from 1 to 50 or more.

    Two of the most important roles of the engagement manager are technical monitoring and financial monitoring of the project. Technical monitoring includes reviewing the progress of the project to ensure that tasks and deliverables are completed in accordance with the contract requirements and project work plan. The engagement manager determines if adjustments are needed in the start and end dates for each task, based upon experience to date.

    Financial monitoring includes reviewing the current and cumulative project labor hours and costs against the budget and amount of work completed. Frequently the engagement manager uses an automated project management tool , such as Microsoft Project. The consulting firm’s cost accounting system supplies the engagement manager with key reports and data on hours, costs and other relevant data.

    Other key roles of the engagement manager include: (1) supervising project team staff; (2) preparing the project work plan; (3) reviewing all deliverables to ensure that they meet the requirements of the project, are free of editorial errors, and meet other firm quality standards; (4) confer frequently with the client project officer; and (5) keep the project partner or principal informed on project status and issues for resolution. Also, the engagement manager usually has a key technical role on the project, although this varies depending on the project size.

    The engagement manager is a very important role in a consulting firm. He or she has the operational responsibility under the oversight of the officer in charge for ensuring that the work meets all client project requirements for technical, financial and quality factors. Whether or not it is a formal position, the engagement manager is what might be considered “middle management” in the consulting firm and is the level right below the partner or principal.

    An individual must demonstrate very good skills as an engagement manager to qualify for a partner or principal position. It is typically a well paid position or role, although sometimes not as well as it should be, given the significant responsibilities, especially on large projects.
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    I’ve adapted this answer from my book, The Consulting Apprenticeship.

    Between different consulting firms and practices, the job responsibilities and experience levels of engagement managers vary widely. Sometimes it is a job level within a firm. Other times it is a role that the consultant plays for a given client and contract. I prefer to look at engagement management as a role. Why? Engagement management captures the essence of management consulting better than characteristics of other typical consulting positions (e.g., principal, partner, director, associate, manager).

    Engagement managers own the problem statement from the perspective of the customer, and thus have the responsibility to ensure that project team both structures and executes the problem-solving methodology correctly.

    People new to or less familiar with consulting might view engagement management as project management. That would be incorrect and too narrow in my view of the world. Project management is mostly about making sure that things are on time, on budget, according to customer specifications, coordinated, and communicated. However, engagement managers go further. Engagement managers play a strong business role in problem-solving and execution. For example, they may need to apply their knowledge of business strategy or finance to help with the problem-solving approach.

    For a little more flavor, see this other post that I wrote on Quora where I played the role of engagement manager (at the time I was a Principal Consultant and Practice Leader within the company). This post provides a more nuanced (albeit crude) perspective of the overarching problem-solving framework that the engagement manager owns and actively participates in. Steve Shu’s answer to What exactly is technology business consulting?

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    Geoff Reiss
    Geoff Reiss, M.Phil Project Management (1996)
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    I like Vikas’ incentive approach.

    I worked with one company that had a project incentive scheme. They put aside a ‘party budget’ for each project adjusting it for successes and failures. These adjustments were not all scientific nor mathematical but they did try hard to be fair.

    So successful teams had a great night out on the company and less succesful teams had a short drink in a local hostelery.

    I also worked with a large bank where 3,000 IT staff were mergeing two banks systems into one. At the end of the merger program over 1,500 of these same staff member would be out of work.

    We set up a golden handcuffs scheme. Those who stayed on throught their projects, worked well, completed their work, received a handsome departure package including bonusses, help with career development and great references. Those that choose to leave, left empty handed.
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    Get buy in from day one…be very clear- When you think of tasks, they’re generally easy. They may last a couple of minutes or a couple of days. Projects however require more involvement, dedication, and focus. As a result, motivation to complete the project (especially on time) can slip. Prior to starting any large project, be sure to lay out why you’re doing the project, what the end goal is, dates, and perhaps most importantly the value of the project.

    Keep the value prop in the mind of your teammates – Goes hand in hand with the first suggestion but a simple reminder of purpose goes a long way.

    Have regular progress check ins – One of the worst scenarios you can find yourself in is a few days away from your project deadline with a weeks worth of work left. Be sure to have regular check-ins with your team (both individually and as a group) to help ensure that this doesn’t happen. This helps show that you care and are willing to help with any struggles.

    Incentivize (with caution) – If you’re asking a large outcome of your team, you may want to consider throwing an incentive their way. The first part is going to be deciding on what action(s)/outcome(s) you’d like to reward, identifying what’s most important to your team (what they deem as valuable and motivating), and then let them know about the “program”. I’ve said to do this with caution as it doesn’t always work and can have negative repercussions.

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    There are many. Few practises I did to keep team happy and charged up are as.

    1 if any team member did a good job like handling some extra task or helping a team member. We have a batch that proudly displays that i am special and one put it on their shirt whole day.

    2. We kept a process if person is late for meeting or any thing they need to put a money in a box and at the end of week or two it was opened and a person from project team who was helpful to team was given the movie ticket bought from that fund.
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    Praveen Malik
    Praveen Malik, Project Management Author|Speaker|Instructor|Adviser|Blogger
    Updated Jul 21, 2017

    Definitions – Project, Program and Portfolio

    As per the PMBOK Guide:

    Project – Project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result.

    Program – A group of related projects, subprograms, and program activities managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually

    I have written an article that provides 3 differences between project, program and portfolio. The article talks about the differences by using explanatory diagrams and examples. You can find the article here – 3 Key Differences Between Project Program and Portfolio

    You should read the above article before reading further.

    Let us understand these definitions in details. Let us look at the keywords in these definitions.

    Projects & Project Management

    Projects are temporary and unique. It means that projects create something unique within a definite time period. Project Management ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved successfully.

    Projects would always create something unique e.g. a new software is created. But a unique product may not provide any business value. Let us look at following section to understand the business value.

    Programs & Program Management

    Programs are a group of related projects. Program management is successful coordination and integration of each project.

    If there are 2 projects in a program then each project will create something unique. The program will be called successful only if all of the 2 projects are successful. e.g. Software creation is a project and software launch is another project. One is dependent on the other and both have to be successful to earn profit for the business.
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    Ricardo Guido Lavalle
    Ricardo Guido Lavalle, Program manager, strategy executor – LatAm
    Answered Jun 17, 2014
    Think in a hen and then in a hencoop. Or better, in a color and then in a color printer.
    Both sides share part of the name, have to do with similar concepts, but are very different things.
    The same for Project and Program management. They sound alike, they share terms, and they can be managed with similar tools.
    When you manage a Project, it means that there was a problem-solving process that determined that the problem at stake should be solved by managing it in the context of a project, by a project team. Its purpose is to bring about with a result, a product.
    Projects deliver THINGS. In the examples, a hen or an egg or a can of ink, or an App.
    Sometimes you need to do something with those things. For instance you need to film “Chicken Run” or to print a Mona Lisa or your PhD thesis, or obtain huge profits by giving people the opportunity to buy and sell goods with their mobile phones.
    You then train the chickens and make then act and talk (not my business!). You already hired the film director, the supporet staff, the illumination, catering, the marketing campaign and negotiated the distribution of the film. After people is watching the movie, your chicken run movie is said to have been successful.
    You fill ink cartridges with the ink colors, grab a Mona Lisa version from Google Images, along with a good color printer, quality paper and a power plug, and then with the help of a PC you print the Mona Lisa. You succeeded.
    You deal with the business people at your company and come with an idea on what a buying/sales mobile system should have. You try the concept, hire programmers and Project managers that will build the required apps plus the back-office servers. You also contract the PMs that will lead the marketing campaigns and the support staff for sustaining the operations, and you train the related people in sales, admin, customer support, etc. Then you have the buying/selling system ready and IF everything works ok and customers begin to use the system, you succeeded with your program.
    That’s it. Similar names, related entities, but very different things.
    Have luck!
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    Rachel Serpa
    Rachel Serpa, Sr. Content Marketer at Wrike (2017-present)
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    A program manager articulates a program’s strategy and objectives and assesses how it will impact a business. Think of a program manager as an architect who sketches a blueprint. While architects don’t install plumbing or drywall, they make sure all these pieces come together to create a beautiful home.

    The role of the project manager is more tactical than the program manager. If program managers are architects, project managers are painters, plumbers, and electrical engineers. They focus mainly on execution and managing the functional elements of the project. This includes meeting deadlines, staying within budget, delegating tasks, and completing deliverables.

    For a more thorough and in-depth explanation of the differences between these two roles, check out this helpful blog post!
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    Antoine Carriere
    Antoine Carriere, Strategy & Operations + passion for org design and behavioral science
    Answered Jun 23, 2014
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between project and program management?
    Project is supposed to have a clear end. Program is typically more open ended. In practice, both words are used interchangeably when followed by the term “management”
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    Michael Wright
    Michael Wright, a Project Manager for over 35 years
    Answered Jun 25, 2014
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between project and program management?
    Project management is initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing individual projects. Program management is the managing a portfolio of projects and can include resolving competition for resources and conflicting priorities.
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    Anatoly Suzdaltsev
    Anatoly Suzdaltsev, CEO KdZen, Inc. Project management and PLM professional.
    Answered Jun 15, 2016

    We are going to tell more about difference between Program and Portfolio management. Focusing on Risk Management for both. Is it interesting?

    If yes – welcome to Program / Portfolio Risk Management Webinar 29th of June.
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    Roman Baranovsky
    Roman Baranovsky, 18+ years of leading projects & project-based organizations
    Answered Jun 9, 2017

    Since this question is asked here often, I have written a separate post to address this topic here. See if you find it useful.
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    Geoff Reiss
    Geoff Reiss, M.Phil Project Management (1996)
    Answered Nov 22, 2017

    A great answer from Praveen Malik which can be sumarised as follows:

    projects create an output – a system, a factory, a road.

    programs create an outcome – better service levels, cheaper manufacturing costs, better transportation.

    A program is normally made up of many projects.
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    Alexandra Bethea
    Alexandra Bethea, Vice President of Client Success at ClickUp
    Answered Feb 23

    Program managers are more like architects, involving overall vision made up of function and form. They think about the structure of the program, organizing the projects within the program, to achieve success.

    Project managers are more like engineers, who plan in detail and provide ways to enable the vision.
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    Ramin Erfanian
    Ramin Erfanian, Developing cutting edge software technology.
    Answered Mar 31, 2014
    No sure if I agree with Ritu Raj.

    The main difference is the scope. Project manager usually is in charge of one or a few disparate projects. Program manager usually managed a number of projects that try to achieve a unified goal.

    In most cases, Project manager would not deal with cross project resources management/allocation, budgetary issues and strategic alignments.
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    Viquar Arfat
    Viquar Arfat, Project Manager – Software Development, and a Life Long Learner
    Answered Dec 3, 2015
    Originally Answered: What is the difference between Project & Program Manager?
    Here is a quick and short answer…

    A project manager is the individual who is assigned the project responsible to Plan, Manage, Execute, Monitor and Close the project. He/She is pretty much the only one who is held accountable for the project.

    Whereas, a Program Manager may directly or indirectly manage project managers in addition to overseeing and leading multiple projects having a common goal within the assigned program.
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    Lance Woolley
    Lance Woolley, 10 years balancing schedules, budgets, risks, quality, scopes, and resourses
    Answered Dec 10, 2015
    In complex organizations that develop new products or services and need multiple levels of management (think Boeing, Google, Federal Government), There is a standard hierarchy: Portfolio Manager –> Program Manager –> Project Manager. So, if there are enough Projects (each with a Project Manager), a Program Manager will coordinate their constraints (resources, budgets, schedules, risks, scopes, and quality). And again, if there are enough Programs they will be managed by a Portfolio Manager.
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    Dóra Szigeti
    Dóra Szigeti, Global Transition Lead at Genpact (2004-present)
    Answered Feb 28, 2017

    Project management is driving an individual project, executing, tracking, reporting risks at a project level, dealing with stakeholders at a local level, handling individual projects. Program management is to lead multiple interdependent projects for one customer or organisation a bigger portfolio involving multiple stakeholders at a CXO level and involving different functions at a global organisation level.
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    Sandeep Jha
    Sandeep Jha, Program Manager at Facebook
    Answered May 26, 2017

    Project management

    Small scope and few clearly defined deliverables
    Tactically focused with single objective
    Cost, time and features are success metrics
    Generally lower risk as outcome is fixed

    Program management

    Large scale with business level objectives(ROI, growth, brand value)
    Strategically focused with highly cross-functional
    End to end ownership of multiple projects
    Higher risk due to cross dependency on projects and evolving nature

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    Shival Gupta
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    So from this perspective, would you say that one is more important than another?
    Alexander Nesta
    Alexander Nesta, studied at Kerala, India
    Answered Feb 29, 2016

    In simple words, We can define it as, “Project Managers manage projects and Program Managers manage a portfolio of projects.” Program management is the active process of managing multiple global workstreams or projects which need to meet or exceed business goals according to a pre-determined methodology or life-cycle. Program management focuses on tighter integration, closely knit communications and more control over program resources and priorities. Project management is the centralized management by an individual to plan, organize, control and deploy key milestones, deliverables and resources from conception through retirement, according to customer goals. Often project managers are skilled to use specific templates and techniques to manage through the preferred project life-cycle.
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    Bettina von Staden
    Bettina von Staden, Online Editor, TPG The Project Group GmbH
    Answered Mar 24, 2017

    Project management is concerned with managing individual projects. Those projects may, however, be part of a program.

    A program comprises multiple interdependent projects. All of these projects serve to achieve an overall goal. In short, a program is a master project with many interdependent subprojects.

    Program management includes (according to the PMI standard):

    Defining interfaces
    Aligning schedules
    Coordinating resources
    Overall risk management
    Joint change control

    It is sometimes contrasted with the term multi-project management. The latter can stand for projects of one organizational unit implemented concurrently. What connects these projects is their shared resource pool.

    But be aware that there are no worldwide uniform definitions for the terms program management and multi-project management.

    You can find out more about program management, and how it differs from the other terms, in our article 8 Tips for Successful Program Management – Getting Started.
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    Ritu Raj
    Ritu Raj, SVP of Sales at Diamond Foundry
    Answered Apr 13, 2011
    Project management is the act of creating plans and managing resources in order to accomplish a project. A project is a scheduled undertaking for the purpose of creating a product or service. Program management, on the other hand, is the act of creating and managing multiple projects, most of the projects are usually related to one another. Project management is usually short-lived with specific time
    constraints while program management is an ongoing process in order to achieve the goals and objectives. The job of a project manager usually involves working on finite projects or objectives. The program manager
    works more often with strategy.
    Project Management deals with a relatively stable environment, while Program Management deals with an ever changing environment. Program Management is about keeping all intentions and tasks in existence over time, delegating it to others, and keeping track of their deliverable.
    Program Managers are accountable for the delivering of the outcome of a team. Most executives and directors are doing program management at a higher level. A lot of their work involves getting status updates, so that they know the “what so” and cajoling, and reminding people and teams to send their updates.
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    Brianna Hansen
    Brianna Hansen, Content Marketer, Wine Consumer, Food Buff
    Answered Aug 8, 2015
    You can look at a program like a large project comprised of multiple, smaller projects. Program management is generally focused on reaching a larger vision and influencing business whereas project management is generally just focused on the logistics of completing a project and meeting project requirements. Both require specific skill sets and tools to properly manage budget, resources, and time.

    I published a blog outlining the differences between a project manager and a program manager in greater detail if you want to take a look: What is a Program Manager vs. a Project Manager?

    If you’re looking for a tool to help manage your projects or your programs, the company I work for has a solution called Wrike which is great for task management and planning. Feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested or for questions in general.
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    Raj Sharma
    Raj Sharma, 2+ Years of experience in project management. CAPM Certified.
    Answered May 22, 2016

    The standard way to explain the difference between program and project management goes something like this:

    Project Managers manage projects and Program Managers manage a portfolio of projects.

    1. Programs are Ongoing, Projects End

    Programs usually span a far greater duration than a project. This might seem like an arbitrary difference. However, managing a program involves long termstrategic planning that’s not required of a project.

    2. Programs are Tied to the Organization’s Financial Calendar

    Program managers are often responsible for delivering results tied to the organization’s financial calendar.

    Projects run on project time. A project manager isn’t responsible for delivering quarterly results.

    Program managers are often driven by quarterly results as with the rest of the business.

    3. Programs Have Greater Scope of Financial Management

    Projects typically have a straight-forward budget. Project financial management is focused on spending to budget.

    Program Managers may be responsible for revenue and costs that are critical to an organization’s financial results. Budget planning, management and control is significantly more complex in the context of a program.

    4. Program Change Management is an Executive Leadership Capability

    Projects employ a formal change management process.

    Program change is more difficult to manage. Programs are driven by an organization’s strategy. They are subject to market conditions and changing business goals.
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    Thoucentric
    Thoucentric, Consultant (2015-present)
    Answered Mar 8

    Though the terms Project management and Program management sound similar and are used interchangeably at some places, both are different. The key differences are driven by their scope, scale and objectives.

    A Project as defined by PMI is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result. Project management involves managing project right from initiation to closure to achieve the defined deliverables and objectives of the project. It involves close monitoring and controlling of the four key interrelated project constraints scope, time, cost and quality.

    PMI defines Program as a group of related projects or subprograms managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually. Program Management is about managing a program that includes a group of interrelated projects with much broader objectives. Apart from managing interrelated projects, it also involves managing interfaces, controlling change and risk, monitoring resources, budget and the key benefits or KPIs that will be derived out of the program.

    The essence is that the project management is smaller in scope and scale with tactically focused objectives, whereas the program management is much bigger and the objectives are aligned to business strategy and growth.

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    Nick Johns
    Nick Johns
    Answered May 24

    Project management involves three important P’s Project, Program, and Portfolios. Each Individual projects fit into large programs and programs fit within the portfolios. Tasks related to project, program, and portfolio are different in nature. A goal of a project could be Developing or creating a product, Service within the allocated budget. Where program management is aimed to manage several projects successfully.

    Key Differences

    It is good time to start career in either of the one, there is more demand for project managers and program managers as well. The estimated jobs between 2017 and 2027 are more than 130 million throughout the world. The suggested education qualification for these roles are MBA in Project management.

    REF:

    https://www.liquidplanner.com/bl…
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    Sandhya Reddy
    Sandhya Reddy, Project Manager Professional (2006-present)
    Answered Jan 5, 2017

    Project Management is to initiate, plan, fund, control and finish a time-constrained work. It aims to develop a product or service requested, by meeting certain goals and unique targets. In the process of project management, acquiring new or upgradation of technical skills and management strategies may result in. They may only hold good for just a project depending upon the nature of it–temporary or permanent.

    The challenge here is to allocate space, time , quality, and budget. And more than that is to optimize these constraints. There are 10 project management courses you must know to know the ropes. Read through to the write-up to get know them in a nutshell.

    Project Management Professional (PMP)

    The Project Management Professional (PMP) is an industry-recognized and the most valued certification for project managers. It is valued in any industry, any location, and any project. Hence it is truly a global certification which has no barriers of any sort. For this reason the PMP sets the benchmark when it comes to project management.

    Then, who can take the PMP?

    Those project managers who are experienced in handling the various teams of a projects and concerned about the project delivery. The certification exam will have 200 multiple choice question and has to be completed in 4 hours.

    For more details visit us :: PMP Certification Training Hyderabad

    Program Management Professional

    As the Program Management Professional (PgMP) you are at the forefront in achieving the strategic goals and objectives of your organization. That is, as a program manager you oversee different projects which are similar functions or activities barring regions, cultures, and countries. Thus, the certification enriches your experience, skills and will be catalyst in your employment and promotion.

    Who can do this certification course?

    Those who have the proven track record of handling multiple projects across functions, activities, organizations, or regions. This PgMP is the right choice.

    For the details visit us:: PgMP Training in Hyderabad
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    Grades are defined and documented levels of varying product/service specifications and requirements. Quality is adherence to these defined specifications.

    Take this hypothetical example: Apple defined two different set of specifications for batteries required for iPhone 5S (say Grade S) and iPhone 5C (say Grade C). Grade S battery is expected to last 12 hours and Grade C battery is expected to last 8 hours.

    Quality would be defined by how closely the battery life matches its given specifications. Grade C battery would be considered high quality if it lasts 8 hours, but Grade S battery would be considered low quality even if it lasts 10 hours.

    General rule: as a customer you might be ok with a lower grade product (based on your need and cost/time constraints) but not with a lower quality product.
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