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There is a lot you, as a PM, can do to make sure your team is successful in delivering the product you are working on. Taking full ownership of the timeline, budget, risks and a consulting mindset are just some of the ideas I want to share with you. You can be sure that the PM role can be as vital to a project’s success as skilled developers and insightful QAs. In this article I will share with you tips that helped us successfully deliver a working MVP for one of our clients. Enjoy!
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Remote work is all around us. And it’s great! But, as it’s widely commented in the agile community, it poses some specific challenges when implementing Scrum or other agile approaches. Below you will find some tips on how we tackle them at Netguru. But before we go there, let’s debunk one myth: Neither Scrum Guide nor Agile Manifesto forbids remote setups
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What makes a specific person a good Project Manager? Is it soft communication skills? An analytical brain that manages budgets and timelines? High-level multitasking capabilities? If you ask me, I’d say that a pinch of everything will do the job.
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Lessons learned do not account for much unless they are recorded, improved upon, and spread. Sharing knowledge is one of the pillars of our culture. We came to a point where we realized that we’d learned so much in recent years, we had outgrown the bandwidth of our usual publication channel – our blog.
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You’re a project manager about to take over the management of a new software project and all you get is a one-pager. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, but there are a few easy steps you can take to get to know your product better. They will help you make more informed decisions, manage risks better, and have a greater impact on the success of your team, project, and product. 
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Many people will tell you that coming back to the same organisation after you had once decided to leave is not a great idea. For a very long time I absolutely agreed with that hypothesis. Over a year ago I decided I would like to come back to Netguru more than 2.5 years after leaving. 
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Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. —Jim Rohn Someone said that the one-percent improvement approach (also known as continuous improvement) can make one win a medal at the Olympic Games. It might not be the only reason to apply this approach in your life. Continuous improvement is a great tool (or rather a mindset) you can use to achieve your long term goals, and become more efficient, organized, productive and happy. 
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Making sure your teams works like a well-oiled machine is no easy task. That said, it’s a task you should be committed to throughout the project to make sure the efficiency is maintained, instead of only achieving it temporarily. Maintaining the efficiency of our teams is one of the most important roles of a Project Manager in Netguru. While we tend to it in every project, there is no universal recipe for it, as each of our team setups is unique.
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Balancing time, money, scope, resources – those are just some of the Project Manager responsibilities. PM has to ensure that difficult projects are handled and positive results are obtained. We have to take care of proper communication between the team and the Client. Challenges are part of our job too.
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After my very last recruitment call, the time slowed down. Even though it's been just a few days before I received the decision, I couldn't stop constantly refreshing my email box. And, oh my god, I eventually saw the awaited message. Joining Netguru was my big goal, so I don't need to describe how proud and happy I was when I saw the offer. The curiosity level went high immediately when I started to think about the upcoming adventure - how does it feel to become a new project manager at Netguru? And here I am to tell you what my first week looked like.
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"It depends".  That's an answer I hate and love at the same time. In this case, it fits very well. The approach to developing your skills depends on: The skill you wish to build, the level of expertise you want to achieve, your current level of experience as a Project Manager, the dynamics of your projects/organization, the amount of time you have, the budget you have. For this article, I'm focusing on the differentiation by the level of expertise: Junior Project Manager, (Regular) Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager.
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Why is feedback important ? Feedback is a very catchy word nowadays, everyone is talking about it, but using it in a way that brings actual value is an art. An art that can and should be mastered as it really does make a difference. In its essence, it’s just any information you get about yourself - how hard can it be?! Well, it can be very hard to deal with feedback and this is why, based on what I’ve experienced and read, I want to give you a few tips and tricks that will help you master the art of feedback.
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Hello again! It’s the third time I get to share with you some tips and tricks on time management and I am certain that by now you’ve had enough time to introduce some improvements to your inbox, calendar, or Slack. In those blog posts, I focused more on apps, but this time I have general advice on time management for you. 
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Time flies, and I don’t even know when 10 months in Netguru have passed. From the professional point of view, it was the most challenging and exciting time in my career. When I gave up my previous job as a Business Strategy Analyst, I would never bet that one year after, I would be working as an IT project manager, coordinating multiple teams of more than 30 developers, and co-operating with one of the biggest and most innovative real estate franchises in the world. 
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Being a part of Netguru is an amazing adventure. I joined the company as very fresh junior PM, without experience in taking care of my own projects or mentoring anyone. The company was around 80 people and 5 PMs. After 4 years of being here, not only has the company reached 600 employees (with close to 50 PMs on board!), but also I feel that I grew at least at the same pace as the organization! Along the way, I became a leader and had the privilege of helping other managers to grow into their full potential. Some of them are also leaders right now. I also became a senior, but I still feel like I am just getting started!  
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Welcome back! I hope you got to implement at least some of the tips from the previous article. In case you have missed it, check out or calendar- and inbox-oriented advice here: How To Manage Your Time While Working As A PM? 10 Hands-On Tips on How to Make Your Calendar and Inbox Great Again.
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It’s been quite a while since talked about our failures here. Since then, we've made some new mistakes but used each of them as an opportunity to grow and we would like to share with you the lessons we learned. In Netguru, we strive to deliver the best work possible, but, we admit, we sometimes fail and, as long as we don’t make the same mistake twice, we accept it as a part of the learning curve. Today, I’d like to tell you about the popular mistakes a PM can make (and we know because we’ve made them all) so that you can avoid them in your daily work.  
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Managing projects can be a bit confusing - you are juggling a lot of tasks, and it’s hard to name one main thing you are responsible for.  Let’s try and see what makes up a PMs week at Netguru - hopefully, this will let you understand the role a bit better!
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As Project Managers at Netguru, one of our responsibilities is to help our teams in planning and tracking the progress of development. We strongly believe that the tools we use should facilitate our process and needs and not the other way around. That is why we chose JIRA as one of our project management tools.
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