Time Tracking For Consultants: Increase Your Productivity, Profitability, & Fees

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Product Portfolio Management: What It Is and Why It Matters for Business Leaders

Epicflow Blog

For the growing companies, it’s crucially important to keep track of all their products and make sure they are in demand and meet customers’ needs. Product portfolio management can make this happen. The Essence of Product Portfolio Management and Its Main Functions.


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How To Turn Your Consulting Services Into Digital Products (& Generate 7-Figures) With Bianca Robinson: Podcast #249

Consulting Success

In this episode, Bianca Robinson, the CEO of Cayden Cay Consulting, talks about her career shift from being a project manager for an engineering firm to diving into consulting service.

5 Productivity Hacks for Project Management Practitioners

Virtual Project Consulting

Find 5 productivity hacks for project managers who are juggling many tasks across multiple projects. The post 5 Productivity Hacks for Project Management Practitioners first appeared on Virtual Project Consulting. Project Management productivity tips project manager

Forrester Research Report: How Sales and Marketing Intelligence Drive Improved Business Outcomes

In 2019, DiscoverOrg commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate sales and marketing intelligence practices in the B2B space. The primary takeaway? Forrester found only 1.2% of companies achieved a score indicating maturity in data management practices. However, organizations are fighting back - and winning.

Product Management – What Is It and How to Get Started

Tom Spencer

Product managers have a dynamic role within companies, sitting at the intersection between business leaders, customers, engineers, and designers. They help to organize the development process so that products meet customer needs and business goals. What is a Product?

Productivity Boost for Consultants

Consulting Success

And today, I want to share with you one step that I’ve taken to significant increase my productivity, one step that’s allowed me to build multiple businesses, generate millions of dollars, write several books, hundreds of articles, work with clients all around the world, and still enjoy a lot of freedom, a lot of time to travel, a lot of time with […]. Productivity Boost for Consultants is a post from: Consulting Success.

Product Roles, Part 1: Product Managers, Product Owners, Business Analysts

Johanna Rothman

We have many words for people who shepherd the business value of a product. When we don't agree, we run the risk of not managing our strategy, not thinking in terms of problems, and not managing our tactics. Here's how I think of the various agile product roles: product managers, product owners, and business analysts. Product Managers Manage the Product's Strategy. PMO (Project Management Office).

Purpose vs. Product: Differentiate Your Strategy from Tactics (Portfolio & Roadmaps)

Johanna Rothman

I keep seeing managers confuse the strategic and tactical. Worse, many of these managers also want business agility. Product strategy, to define the value the products offer to the product's users/customers. This means you can create a product roadmap and a backlog.

How I Manage My Product Development: Ease with Continuous Flow (Day 1)

Johanna Rothman

The post How I Manage My Product Development: Ease with Continuous Flow (Day 1) appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. agile MPD cost of delay flow kanban Manage Your Project Portfolio personal portfolio WIPAs with many of you, sometimes my WIP (Work in Progress) is too high. When that occurs, I don't use a backlog or create iterations. Instead, I use continuous flow. That's because working in flow allows and creates ease in my development.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

When used effectively, a CRM can be the life blood of your sales team – keeping everyone organized, efficient, and at peak productivity. Leveraging leading industry research from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can gain back valuable time.

Choose How to Visualize Your Product Roadmap for a Team’s Product Focus, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

What do teams need to know about the product now to focus their work? If I was the product leader, I would write which feature sets and which problems they solve in each of these various minimum boxes. Product leaders need the flexibility to replan.

How to Eliminate the Whirlwind & Increase Productivity

Rick Conlow

Many managers harp on the all-too-disorderly whirlwind way of doing business these days. And what does all of this have to do with managing others? 2 Considerations to Move from Whirlwind to Productivity. 2 More Considerations to Move from Whirlwind to Productivity.

See and Resolve Team Dependencies, Part 4: All Component Teams, Complex Product

Johanna Rothman

The larger your product, the more likely you have components teams. I often see component teams because of the architecture of the product. In this first image, the Integrated System Program, the rest of the product uses the Platform of Common Services as components.

How SMEs Can Improve the Productivity of Their Virtual Teams

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

However, it can be more difficult to keep a virtual team engaged and motivated, and this often results in a drop in productivity. In this article, we take a look at some of the ways in which SMEs can improve the productivity of their virtual teams.

Managers Make the Real Product Quality Decisions

Johanna Rothman

In a conversation about product quality, the product owner said, “If the testers found the problems faster, we would be done faster.” That's because product development is a system of work. Years ago, I wrote The Influential Test Manager.

Use Decision Deadlines to Plan for Product Deliverables

Johanna Rothman

Strategy and Product Feedback Loops. Instead, what if managers told the team when the managers want to make a decision? The team could deliver enough to help the managers make those decisions. Let's assume the managers want to replan the project portfolio every quarter.

Is poor account management a drag on your productivity?

The Source

The UK has long suffered from weak productivity. One theory as to why is that the UK economy has a long tail of small companies, which have lower than average productivity. Business model Account management Blog posts Multidisciplinary working Productivity

Three Reasons Hobbies Translate Into Productivity


As a veteran consultant with over 20 years of professional experience, I have learned a few techniques to manage stress and safeguard my well-being. 3 Reasons Hobbies Drive Productivity. The post Three Reasons Hobbies Translate Into Productivity appeared first on COMATCH.

Feedback Loops Help When to Centralize or Decentralize Product-Based Decisions

Johanna Rothman

Here, I assume you want multiple releases for your product. That means you will make different product-based decisions at different times. Product owners might want to change the roadmap as often as every 1-10 days, but I don't see that often. Strategy and Product Feedback Loops.

10 Life Productivity Hacks

Tom Spencer

This is a new experience for many of us, and poses new challenges and distractions that can make it difficult to stay focused and productive. I’ve been getting asked a lot lately about productivity, and so I thought I should dedicate an article to it.

Managing Up When Leadership Is Stuck in the Weeds

Harvard Business Review

Managing up Process management Product management Collaboration and teams Digital ArticleHow to reset the conversation and start getting things done.

Why Car Roadmaps Are Not the Same as Product Roadmaps, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

They want a single product roadmap to serve all these purposes: Focus the team's work for this specific product for the short term. Show customers where the company thinks the product is headed. Forecast when management can expect the team to finish some specific work.

Easier Product Development Decisions and Why Backlogs Might Slow You Down (Day 3)

Johanna Rothman

I want to make those interruptions easier to manage. I don't have just one product for my business. And I'm not a team working on just one feature set or a product. Backlogs help the managers stay out of the team's way.

Product Planning, Information Persistence, & Product Lifetime

Johanna Rothman

Many of my clients want to create long-term plans, based on data with short validity, even for products in a high state of change. I suspect the first question is how much change do you need in your product, not how good your information is, or how much planning you need. The data you need and the planning you can use will change with respect to where the product is in its lifecycle. Where Is Your Product in Its Lifecycle? Every product has a lifecycle.

Nutrition & Stress — Managing Workplace Productivity


By improving nutrition in to reduce uncomplimentary stress, and managing complementary stressors with intention, it is possible to increase productivity. The post Nutrition & Stress — Managing Workplace Productivity appeared first on Actionable.co.

Managing Your Time for Results

Rick Conlow

Managing your time, leads to managing your life. Real time management is self-management. As on manager said, “Everyone gets more than I deserve.” 4 Successful Techniques to Manage Your Time for Results. You can manage yourself!

4 Ways Managers Can Increase Flexibility Without Losing Productivity

Harvard Business

Keep everyone working together — even if they’re working at different times. Virtual teams Remote work Leading teams Digital Article

How Cycle Time and Cost of Delay Makes Product Development Decisions Easier (Day 2)

Johanna Rothman

I use right-sizing to manage my interim deliverables to achieve the final outcome. The series: How I Manage My Product Development: Ease with Continuous Flow (Day 1). How Cycle Time and Cost of Delay Makes Product Development Decisions Easier (Day 2).

Breaking Free of the Cult of Productivity

Harvard Business

Personal productivity Time management Mindfulness AudioA conversation with writer Madeleine Dore about letting go of efficiency in the name of creativity.

3 Times Your Project Productivity Will Suffer (And What to Do About it)

PM Alliance

Maintaining strong productivity throughout your project’s lifecycle—across all the functional areas working to move an initiative from planning to execution—is a core component in achieving consistent project success.

How You Can Find More Ease in Your Product Development (Day 5)

Johanna Rothman

” Once the team realizes they can manage their WIP, they can start to use continuous flow (even if they “need” to plan in iterations). All this collaboration and learning together means the team shares its product development. Unless you're a manager. One of the reasons planning takes so long is that managers multitask. If you're a manager, ask your cohort to work with you and decide—for now—on what's most important for the organization.

Agile Project Manager, Scrum Master, or Product Owner?

Johanna Rothman

I spoke with a project manager recently. I used to facilitate project teams as a project manager. Why a project manager? We had (and still have) too many products to keep the same teams on them for a long time. We could move to a new product and/or a new team.

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Manage Interruptions with Defensive Project Portfolio Management

Johanna Rothman

Your team has product-focused work. And, the team also has “fast” response-required, ad hoc work: Production support, when something breaks. Answer questions about possibilities for new development from management and others.

Product Roadmap Explained

Tom Spencer

In the context of project management, a roadmap can span across multiple timelines for continuous product development. Why do you need a product roadmap? A roadmap is crucial for visualizing a product’s strategy that is aligned with your business goals, while incorporating customer insights for future developments. The same goes for creating new products or services. They have designed a product roadmap as below: Components of a Roadmap. Product Goal.

How to Create a Comfortable and Productive Home Office

Tom Spencer

It’s no secret that a healthy workplace is a more productive workplace. However, with remote work and working from home on the rise, many employees have faced challenges with transforming their spare bedroom or basement area into an organized and productive home office.

Product Roles, Part 2: The Product Value Team

Johanna Rothman

When you have a small product that serves maybe three types of customer (new, expert, admin for example), and that customer is down the figurative hall, you might not need any product people. The larger the product and the more diverse your customers, the more a single person cannot encompass all the strategic and tactical roles as a single product owner or product manager. Let's talk about why we have any product people at all.

Why Your Productivity Hacks Don’t Hack It

Markovitz Consulting

You can read that version, with more links to related articles, here.) ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Leaders in organizations are always seeking to improve employee productivity (including their own). As legendary statistician and management consultant W.

Product Roles, Part 6: Shorten Feedback Loops

Johanna Rothman

I started this series discussing the issue of the various product-based roles in an agile organization. I suggested a product value team because one person becomes a bottleneck. One person is unlikely to shepherd the strategy and the tactics for a product. And, batching the product planning in one-quarter chunks doesn't encourage us to reduce the feedback loop duration. Can Your Customer Be Your Product Owner? And, what if you create a mass-market product?

How to lead productive online meetings

Virtual Project Consulting

With the work from home trend the question is: "How to lead productive online meetings?" The post How to lead productive online meetings first appeared on Virtual Project Management Consulting. Project Management