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Business continuity plan using a project management approach
After the horrific weather events that plagued New Zealand during our recent summer (I use that term lightly), we have seen a lot of disaster recovery in the immediate aftermath. Sadly, some businesses will disappear entirely due to these tragic events. However, some businesses will continue to operate through and beyond this recovery period. There ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
PsodaVision launches to help you sync physical and digital kanban boards
Today I’m really proud to announce that our new tech, PsodaVision, is live! It has been a long time in the making but it was formally released this week. We created PsodaVision to solve a problem we were facing. We needed to find a way to quickly and easily update our digital Psoda kanban board ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Who needs requirements
Video: Why you need requirements on your project…
Clearly defined requirements are crucial to successful delivery of a project. After all, unless you gather the requirements of a project, how will you know what it is meant to achieve and whether it has reached it objectives? Requirements ensure everyone understands what the project is supposed to achieve, and as our video below demonstrates, ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Leadership in action. Corporate people rowing a boat
Five leadership techniques that help make me a better boss (I hope!)
Leadership is an interesting thing – most people see being a leader as something to aspire to, yet when you are a leader it can be very lonely and isolating. As a leader of a team of diverse individuals it can be hard to make sure I meet everyone’s needs, including my own – which ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
How the role of the PMO is evolving in the public sector
The Public Sector PMO Leadership Conference in Canberra earlier this month offered an invaluable insight into how approaches to project management are evolving – both within Australian government agencies and beyond. The conference attracted a wide range of delegates from within the Australian and New Zealand public sector, as well as organisations, such as Psoda, ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Steering committee sitting around a table
An idiot’s guide to being on a steering committee
If you’ve been conscripted into being on a steering committee for a project, but have no idea what this is or what you need to do, then this is the post for you! First things first, here’s a quick definition of a steering committee to get you started: A steering committee is a group of ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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New Zealand project management champions celebrated
Celebrating success is important – it helps recognise great achievements and inspires people to deliver their best. Project managers may not always feel they get the recognition they deserve for all their hard work and efforts, but thankfully that is exactly what the NZ Project Management Awards aim to achieve. The awards, presented by the ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Ideation. Drain with a mobile phone next to it
How to set up an ideation portfolio in 6 steps
Have you ever had the most awesome, super-duper idea that, if implemented, would save your organisation a gazillion dollars and make you a millionaire? What happened when you shared the idea with your manager? Did they do anything with it? Did you receive feedback? Or did it disappear into the ether to a) never be ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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The health tech innovations we love the most
Here at Psoda we’re lucky to have some great healthcare providers and district health boards (DHBs) from across New Zealand as customers. Working these organisations over the years, we have witnessed a significant increase in tech innovations which are changing the way health services are being delivered for the better. Here are some of our ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Project management disruptor: Suited man smashing a wall with a hammer
How to become a project management disruptor
In project management, as in many other areas, changing the way we do things can be hard, but can be very rewarding. As we wrote before, Psoda will exhibit at and attend this year’s PMI Australia conference in Adelaide. The theme of the conference, “Adapt. Change. Disrupt”, got me thinking – how do can project ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Learn how to adapt, change and disrupt with Psoda at PMI Australia Conference
Project managers can no longer afford to merely adapt and change. They also have to become disruptors and challengers in order to deliver business success. This will be the topic of discussions (and debate!) at the PMI Australia Conference in Adelaide this month. This theme resonates strongly with the Psoda team, which is why we ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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How to ensure your PPM tool implementation is successful
Some people think that implementing a PPM tool will solve all of their project management woes and are disappointed when the reality turns out to be something very different. Before you can even think of implementing a PPM solution you need to make sure that two other key components are in decent shape – your ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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Two graduates join the Psoda team
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added two new members to the Psoda team. Marina Voronova and Luke Hardiman have been appointed to two newly-created roles – as a user experience designer and a junior developer, respectively. They join us after spending the summer working with us as paid interns, as part of the Summer ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
New Year, new location
Happy New Year from all the team at Psoda! We’ve spent the last few days moving into our new office in the Botanical Gardens in Wellington, so it was all hands on deck moving and assembling furniture. Thank goodness for the office coffee machine! This year looks like being another good one for us, we’ve ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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How to make your project management more sustainable
  With the COP21 Summit happening in Paris and reports that the planet is closer than ever to irreversible climate change, sustainability is becoming harder to ignore for most of us. So how can you make your approach to project management more sustainable? Below are a few timely tips on how making small changes to ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Innovation & investment. The topic of the speech at the Health Innovation Convention.
Convention highlights need for greater innovation & investment in Australian healthcare
We’re currently exhibiting at the Improving Healthcare International Convention in Melbourne as part of a New Zealand pavilion with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. As people have been passing our stand we’ve been asking them what they think the current trends are in Australian healthcare. Here are the top three as shared with us by ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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Are conferences good for project managers?
This is a question I asked myself when I was manning our stand at the PMINZ annual conference last month.  The short answer of course is yes they are, but why they are important took me longer to articulate. In the end I came up with the following reasons: They allow you to network with ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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An employer’s view on the benefits of paid internships
Internships have been great for our business. By bringing in third and final year students for a few months we get access to fantastic, talented people. They bring new perspectives and, in some instances, new tech, to the company. If we’re really lucky we get some brilliant new employees too. However, it’s our policy to ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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Hackfest 2015 – who, what, why, where and when and how
Last weekend I had the pleasure of being involved in the Wellington Summer of Tech Hackfest 2015 where I was lead mentor for team What’s Around Me (WAM). The Hackfest was the first in a series of Summer of Tech events designed to introduce students to interested employers. Summer of Tech has been around since ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Supporting future tech talent at Summer of Tech hackfest
This coming weekend I will be a mentor at Summer of Tech’s Wellington Hackfest. Hackfest is an exciting event where teams of students compete to solve a technical challenge, and I will be the lead project management mentor for one of the teams. I’m really looking to the event as it’s a great opportunity to ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Not-for-profit charity initiative launched in Australia
Last week, we opened our reduced-cost charity initiative to Australian organisations, after successes in New Zealand, the U.S., and Indonesia. The initiative aims to help charities deliver greater outcomes vs. outputs, and enables eligible Australian not-for profit organisations to receive 50% off Psoda’s set of cloud-based project, programme and portfolio management software tools. Our software ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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How to decide which projects should be in a portfolio?
Portfolio management is the next big trend in the project space, but how do you actually decide which projects should be included in a particular portfolio? It’s worth remembering that a portfolio should be used to provide an extremely high level overview of the projects and should not be concerned with details. Any metrics chosen ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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Portfolio, Programme & Project management predictions
Well it’s that time of year again, where everyone starts looking towards the future and here at Psoda it’s no different. Here are some of our predictions for portfolio, programme and project management in 2015: Portfolio management will continue to grow in popularity As predicted at the end of last year, we’ve seen a jump ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Looking back on a year with Psoda
For the past year I have enjoyed working as part of Psoda’s close-knit team in Wellington. Originally, I was taken on as an Artificial Intelligence intern over the summer of 2013 to 2014 through the fantastic Summer of Tech internship programme. The internship itself was high intensity and a great dive into real-world coding and ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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Virtual tour of the Macquarie IntelliCentre2
Thought you guys might like to see the new data centre where we’ve just started hosting in Australia.
How can project managers deal with recalcitrant vendors?
We’ve all been there at some time or another on a programme or project when a vendor metaphorically gives you the middle finger. Where no matter what you do or how you do it, you just can’t get them to cooperate. So how do you deal with a situation like this? Here are a few ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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How to create your project budget
One of the most important jobs for a project manager is to keep control of the money, as one of the main ways a project is deemed to be successful is whether or not it was delivered within the approved budget. This article describes some of the basic principles of budget management including forecasting, baselines, ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
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16 testing terms every project manager should know
The following is a list of 16 testing terms that every IT project manager should understand to effectively communicate with their test team and to plan the testing activities on their projects. Test case A test case is a single unit of testing that should be completed in its entirety. A test case may have ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Introduction to Psoda
Psoda stand at the Hong Kong ICT Expo
A trip to Asia
I’m back in the Psoda office after travelling in Asia over the past two weeks. Psoda was an exhibitor at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) International ICT Expo in Hong Kong as part of a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) delegation, along with two other awesome Kiwi companies – Converga and DBVisit. ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Summer Internship. Summer of Tech 2013 Logo
Summer of Tech makes for a season of learning (for interns and employers alike)
In last week’s blog Jordan Carlton shared her experience of working at Psoda as our Summer of Tech intern. So I thought this week, we’d give our view of the programme and hopefully encourage more companies to sign up to this awesome initiative. We decided to participate for a couple of reasons. We wanted to ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach
Psoda Product Management in Action - Transparent Mobile Phone
Product management in action
Do you ever look at your gorgeous smartphone or sleek headphones and wonder how they ever came into being? Chances are they’re the result of a product manager somewhere. It’s their job to ensure that companies build the products that we want and need. Ideally, product managers should bridge the gap between the technical and ... Business continuity plan using a project management approach