Project manager – Target Rabaul Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:57:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Project manager – Target Rabaul 32 32 Project Manager (Infrastructure) at Datafin Recruitment – Western Cape Cape Town Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:57:38 +0000


BE accountable for the successful execution of client and internal property driven projects and the achievement of project deliverables as the next sought after Project Manager (Infrastructure) for a growing UK Managed Service Provider. You will also be responsible for ensuring the provision of project reports and updates on project progress and risk management. The successful incumbent will require a Matrix or similar NQF Level 4 qualification with relevant project management certification such as PMBOK, Prince2 and Agile. You should have 2 years of experience working within a PM capacity or PM team with proven experience in key project management skills including process mapping, project planning, managing risks and control of MS Project. Any exposure to ISO standards – ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 will prove beneficial.


  • Ensure the successful delivery of the project, respecting the deadlines, the scope of the project and the established budgets.
  • Administrative project management tasks are performed and documents recorded.
  • Project resource management and planning.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as a subject matter expert and keep abreast of industry and sector trends.
  • Resolve customer questions and concerns between projects.
  • Providing project reports and progress updates.
  • Create and manage project plans.
  • Project risk management.


  • NQF matrix or similar level 4.
  • Relevant certification in project management (PMBOK, Prince2, Agile, etc.).
  • 2 years working within a project management capacity or project management team.
  • Proven experience in key project management skills (process mapping, project planning, risk management).
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills including Microsoft Project.
  • Exposure and experience working with ISO standards is advantageous (ISO 27001, ISO 9001).

Although we would really like to respond to every application, if you are not contacted for this position within 10 working days, please consider your application unsuccessful.


When applying for a job, make sure you meet the minimum job requirements. OnlySouth African citizens will be considered for this role. If you are not at the stated location of any of the jobs, please note your relocation plans in all job applications and correspondence. Please email a word copy of your CV to [Email Address Removed] and mention the reference numbers of the works. We have a job listing on [URL Removed] Datafin IT Recruitment – Jobs in Cape Town.

Desired skills:

  • Project
  • Administrator
  • Infrastructure

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Project manager appointed for the construction of a new specialized school Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:48:17 +0000

St. Brid’s Special School, Castlebar (image from Google Maps)

THE Department of Education has confirmed that the tender process to appoint a project manager for the delivery of a new primary school building for St. Bríd Special School in Castlebar has been completed.

The major construction project will be delivered under the ministry’s Accelerated Delivery of Architectural Planning and Tendering (ADAPT) program.

Senator Lisa Chambers explained how the ADAPT program uses a professional external project manager to coordinate and lead the design team to achieve the best possible timeline for the project through the stages of architectural planning, call tenders and construction.

The bidding process for the appointment of a project manager has just been completed.

Senator Chambers said the first step to be undertaken by the project manager will be the bidding competitions for the appointment of design teams for a number of school building projects. This will include appointing the design team to take forward the St. Brid Special School project.

The department will update school authorities shortly on further developments regarding these appointments.

Deputy Alan Dillon visited the school in September 2021 with Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan where she saw firsthand the need for additional accommodation and improvements of the existing school building.

He commented: ‘The Department’s Planning and Construction Unit has described the construction of a new special school building and associated works, including eight classrooms on the existing site at Pavilion Road, Castlebar, including the demolition of existing school buildings.

“I will continue to advocate for greater access to special education institutions and inclusion in our education sector.”

Deputy Michael Ring also welcomed the progress made in completing the project.

IT Project Manager at QES – Western Cape Bellville Tue, 28 Jun 2022 20:24:48 +0000

My client based in Cape Town (North Suburbs) is currently seeking a Senior Project Manager to join them on a freelance contract basis


All applicants must be fully vaccinated


  • Project delivery
  • Lead the end-to-end delivery of the IAP project for the client through robust project planning and reporting to ensure late items are brought back online or with renegotiated delivery times
  • Coordinate a number of work streams and their interdependencies in pursuit of desired goals by providing leadership, influencing and directing the transition
  • Ensure that good governance is followed in the implementation of the project and ensure the proper management of the budget and forecasts
  • Manage and ensure all governance and administration are updated in a timely manner within prescribed systems and documentation. Maintain updates from working committee, steering committee, monthly, weekly and ad hoc reports in a timely manner
  • Provide high-level conceptual input into the commercial design of the area where in-flight initiatives will impact the commercial design
  • Achieve program objectives within cost and schedule constraints and with allocated resources
  • Make the necessary decisions or facilitate decision-making to ensure that agreed objectives will be achieved
  • Manage the impact on project objectives when scope changes have a significant impact on delivery
  • Ensure efficient staff allocation and optimal use of these resources
  • Establish an effective communication network
  • Manage team dynamics, including conflict resolution
  • Ensure the successful integration of the solution into the business through appropriate organizational change management intervention
  • Ensure that benefits defined in business cases are managed and realized, and that gaps or potential changes in the environment are reported to steering committees. Make recommendations to realign the project if it becomes clear that the expected benefits will not be realized
  • Review the performance of project team members against project timelines, agreed results, and defined quality standards. Ensure that appropriate consequence management is in place in the event of poor delivery
  • Ensure a smooth transition of the program to the status quo with a focus on continued delivery after closure
  • Project governance
  • Acting and driving a culture of proactive compliance with project management standards and frameworks
  • Ensure the development of project update reports according to the frequencies determined by the key stakeholders. Present reports to steering committees
  • Ensure that all risks and issues are properly logged, categorized and escalated as needed
  • Review project risk logs to identify high impact and high probability items and work with team leaders to ensure adequate risk mitigation and acceptance is taking place
  • Review work prepared or performed by project team members to ensure adequate quality and completeness
  • Risk management
  • Foster a culture of proactive compliance and risk management within the project
  • Implement risk and compliance management structures and reporting frameworks to proactively manage business risks and provide an early warning system at the EXCO level
  • Review the risk management and compliance practices of the project as a whole and highlight areas that need improvement. Ensure stakeholders understand their responsibility for risk ownership
  • Relationship and stakeholder management
  • Liaise and engage with various internal stakeholders to gain their respective support in the implementation of the project and ensure that there is sufficient capacity
  • Manage key business stakeholders ensuring that their issues, goals and priorities are reflected in agreed solutions
  • Interact with senior management to assess them of developments and progress in project implementation

Qualifications and experience

  • Investment administration platform implementation experience, 10+ years in project/program management
  • Financial services and IT project management experience required
  • Dealing with People – Expert Level
  • In-depth project management skills – PMBOK / SCRUM or other Agile methodologies – Expert level
  • Understanding of business processes – expert level
  • Networking and Relationship Management – ​​Expert Level
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills – Expert level
  • Executive Level Relationship Management – ​​Advanced Level

If you are ready for the next exciting step in your career and would like to apply, please send us your updated CV for review.

Desired skills:

  • agile
  • melee
  • investment
  • Project Manager

Desired work experience:

Desired level of qualification:

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New project manager, deadline extended on dangerous CBD buildings Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:09:00 +0000
Dunedin City Council fenced off unsafe buildings on Saturday.

Sinead Gill / Stuff

Dunedin City Council fenced off unsafe buildings on Saturday.

Owners of dangerous buildings in Dunedin’s CBD have had an extra week to provide a traffic management plan, but still have to secure buildings in early December.

Originally, owner Totara-Dunedin Ltd had until June 20 to submit a plan for how pedestrians and motorists would be protected ahead of their work near a busy intersection.

They have been given a one-week extension while the company finalizes plans, a Dunedin City Council spokesman said.

The spokesperson said CDC staff had not had direct contact with owner Geoffrey Yee, but had now met with his new project manager “to discuss how he intended to move the project forward.”

* Hotel owner Grosvenor disappointed other slow-to-act owners
* Six tenants living in Auckland home a year after council branded it unsafe
* Register of earthquake-prone buildings will increase, council says


Behind the facade: the dilapidated buildings of the CBD with trees growing through them.

The structural integrity of 380 and 386 Princes St was failing and in some cases had already failed, according to an engineering report received by the Council earlier this month.

On June 3, they received a notice of unsafe construction due to its likelihood of “injury or death” if it collapses more than it already has. Next door, 392 received an affected construction notice.

The historic buildings were so abandoned that there were trees and other plants growing visibly through them.

Homeowners have until December 3 to ‘reduce or eliminate the hazard’ or could face a $1,000 violation fee and legal action, which could result in a fine of up to $1. .5 million dollars.

Image provided of the interior of 372-392 Princes St, Dunedin.


Image provided of the interior of 372-392 Princes St, Dunedin.

The Council said there was no extension to the December deadline. Three weeks of fencing around the perimeter of the buildings had not yet been costed, but would be charged to owners.

Senior Project Manager – IT-Online Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:31:32 +0000

Contract position available with an information technology company for a contract position in the Western Cape.

The purpose of the Senior Project Manager (Snr.PM) is to take leadership responsibility for delivering large, complex projects that span one or more business units within the organization.
Please note that this is a contract position. Apply only if you fully meet the requirements

  • Degrees in project management or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • PMP or Prince II, Agile PM, or any relevant project management degree (internationally recognized qualification)
  • Cross-functional industry experience would be a plus
  • Minimum 12-15 years of related project management experience

The [URL Removed] is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordinating the efforts of team members, third-party contractors and consultants to deliver projects according to plan. This role will also be responsible for setting project objectives and overseeing quality control throughout the project lifecycle and must take responsibility for managing all elements of risk, quality, delivery, budget and results of the project. As part of the project, it is expected that the [URL Removed] ensure that the project delivers the desired levels of business value. Critically, the [URL Removed] must serve as a single point of accountability to customers and business stakeholders and must ensure that expectations are managed, appropriate reporting is provided, and necessary governance is adhered to.

Manage a portfolio of complex initiatives spanning one or more lines of business
· Deliver successful projects| programs from tender to delivery
· Provide strategic direction to the project management team
Managing team resources including manpower needs, team building, specific recruiting needs
Management of project KPIs, e.g. earned value
· Management of customers and subcontractors; strategic, relational, contractual and commercial management
· Interface with clients’ project management team to report updates and resolve issues
Ensure that project deliverables are achieved according to schedule, quality and cost
· Maintain strategic direction for the project with frequent interaction with Division Managers to ensure a balance between immediate project needs and long-term divisional goals.
· Maintain effective relationships with Division Managers to meet their needs as project sponsors.
· Manage project execution with responsibility for project profitability (including all resources and associated cost plans).
· Use NEC XON project management methodology, systems and tools.
· Comply with NEC XON rules and policies and follow professional practices.
· Lead project teams and facilitate communication and interaction between technical representatives.
· Monitor the project against its schedule, budget and phase objectives, reporting progress regularly to management and division heads, and senior staff as required.
· Develop and implement recovery plans for unscheduled and unforeseen events.
· Keep abreast of safety and environmental requirements.
· Negotiate differences with client and internal staff to achieve project goals.
· Review and approve key project documents, including project initiation documents (project charter and terms of delivery), project plans, operations manuals, etc.
· Provide the primary line of communication with the client regarding project delivery.
· Maintain an effective relationship with the Customer Account Manager.
· Cost tracking and reporting against budget.
· Work with the Program Management Office to prepare and conduct project gate/phase meetings at the appropriate phases of the project.
· Participate in the preparation and review of customer invoices.
Participate in project proposal, RFIs and RFQs to ensure the scope of work is properly defined and ensure the project team has a clear understanding of the scope of project procurement
A positive, decisive, positive attitude
· Focused on meeting project deadlines
· Has the ability to see the strategic vision and can operate comfortably in complex environments at higher levels
· Strong leadership, communication, directing and motivational skills
Enjoy managing multiple tasks, people and goals simultaneously
Unfazed by working with deadlines and pressure
· Persuasive when necessary to get other parties to “buy in” to the plan

There is a structured approach for employees to acquire professional qualifications and accreditations. The principle adopted is that professional development aims to improve the effectiveness of the individual’s ability to do his or her job. Training is usually provided in areas of specialization related to the position.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering a large, complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-contract, process plant design and construction (or similar technical challenge) project from tender to commissioning. delivery. The candidate would have been fully responsible and accountable for the project as the project manager.
  • Extensive previous experience in project management is essential. Ideally, this will have been acquired in a field focused on design or construction.
  • Experience in infrastructure (UPS, generators, HVAC) and data centers preferred
  • Proven track record of delivering to tight deadlines
  • Experienced in the management of subcontractor deliveries
  • Experience acquired in managing delivery to customers
  • Experience gained in a highly regulated industry
  • Has a broad understanding of each divisional discipline

A full job description will be provided to the successful candidate

Desired skills:

  • PMP
  • Agile
  • Infrastructure experience
  • UPS
  • Generators
  • HVAC
  • Preferable Data Centers

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Expert Olukayode Jinadu discusses the importance of a quality project manager Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:06:00 +0000

Olukayode Jinadu

Olukayode Jinadu is Thyssenkrup’s Quality Manager, shares his views on what makes a great Quality Project Manager

COLUMBUS, INDIANA, USA, June 22, 2022 / — Olukayode Jinadu is the Quality Manager of Thyssenkrup, a technology solutions company that develops and manufactures products for future customer and market needs. As an engineer, he uses technology and quality tools to ensure that products are delivered of the highest quality. Olukayode Jinadu works with quality tools including Six Sigma and data analytics to ensure customer satisfaction.

What is an example of a quality project?

An example of a quality project would be a project focused on improving machine quality by replacing and fixing missing and incorrect parts on a machine. This machine can come from any industry; vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, espresso machines, tractors, forklifts, dishwashers, leaf blowers, train engines, lawn mowers, etc.

In order to find consistency in success in any industry and for any machine, there is a list of steps the team should complete.

This includes:
Data analysis
Isolate the problem
Determine the missing pieces
Establish baseline
Understand what is the cause of the problem
Addressing Root Causes
Improve the process

The team must be well equipped to perform each of these steps and achieve the best possible result. This means that the team should use technologies such as smart camera systems, light guide systems and even blockchain for better traceability and identification throughout the value chain.

Along with the technology needed to find and fix potential problems, value chain activities are needed to create and deliver goods. Equally important in this process is order management, engineering design, supply chain, manufacturing, up to the transport of the machines to the customer or the intended end point.

Olukayode Jinadu’s opinion on the importance of a quality project manager

The project manager overseeing a quality project is responsible for carrying out all activities to successfully plan and execute the project. Being the leader, the project manager is extremely vital to the quality of a project.

It is up to the project manager to give a complete introduction and description of the project to the team, giving them the scope of work, risks and deliverables.

If the team has a clear and clear understanding of what is expected of them from the start, this creates an excellent foundation for the quality project.

Once the project is presented, the project manager then creates a schedule of deliverables and works directly with the team to determine anything that may be a red flag or an obstacle that will slow the project down.

This is why Olukayode Jinadu places great importance on finding a project manager who can execute all necessary tasks, delegate a team appropriately, and handle challenges that arise in the process.

Olukayode Jinadu shares traits a great project manager should have

Quality is dedicated to ensuring that all details are considered and every component of a project is managed effectively. This attention to detail and focus on quality will result in countless successful projects.


Asking questions is essential to planning and executing any project. By asking team members questions like “What are we missing?” or “who else is impacted?”, you can ensure that all the people who need to be included are involved in the project and that nothing is missing. This attention to detail guarantees the success of your projects.


A high quality project manager has the ability to challenge the engineers working on the project, this not only improves your current project, but allows for learning, growth and innovative new ideas. Even if the project manager is not an engineer, he can still help engineers and other team members to ensure that they really solve the problem and implement the right solution that will withstand the test of time.

As mentioned in the previous question, asking tough questions will be a key factor in stimulating your team, by digging deeper into the problems you will have well thought out solutions. Part of managing great projects is knowing what questions to ask and not being afraid to ask them.


The project manager of a quality project should have a clear understanding of the project’s goals, the metrics to use, and know what success means. Without this information, it is difficult to assess whether the quality improvement project was successful or not.


A good project manager must be able to identify the risks that can derail or destroy their project, for the entire project. Not only is it important to identify the risk, but also to know how to manage and address those risks that could potentially cause a problem or harm their project.


As a project manager, one of the most important things you can do is identify the problem that needs to be solved. Once done, develop a plan to resolve it and identify the risks. From there, work continuously to move the project forward. This means working closely with the team to ensure they have what they need to be successful, removing roadblocks and getting things done as planned.


Not all problems can be solved easily, it is important that the project manager notices these problems, takes the necessary steps to escalate the problem and the correct path to solve them.


Trust is an important characteristic for project managers to have – it involves being open at every stage of the project; whether the team is late, ahead, or needs additional assistance with certain aspects of the project.


A good project manager doesn’t just manage and tell a team what to do, even if he’s not an engineer himself, he needs to understand what’s going on and every step of the process. It’s important for the team to see the project manager as part of the team, not just someone telling them what to do.


A good project manager doesn’t just look at the schedule, the risks and does the bare minimum to get by. They go beyond that to look for ways to really help the project and the team succeed. It looks like seeking additional support, taking the time to listen and learn where the team needs help, giving them a clear picture of what is needed and expected and more.

Olukayode Jinadu is excited to use his years of experience and expertise he has gained to propel many projects to success. Not only does he manage projects, but he provides advice and tips to other project quality managers.

Matthew Peters
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Event project manager and producer Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:24:32 +0000

Want to join us on our journey to be the best at what we do? We are building the event agency of tomorrow and are looking for people who share the same dynamism and the same passion to join us!

Are you looking for a career in events and marketing? Have you always wanted to work in a creative environment? Do you pride yourself on delivering high quality work? Are you embracing new technologies and methodologies because you like to stay on top of your game? Are you confident, calm under pressure, well organized and able to multitask? Are you a team player?

If so, we want to meet you!

An opportunity is available in our company and we are looking for someone who wants to help us produce high quality events and exhibitions. We are a team of innovative thinkers and doers – we deliver experiences through storytelling across different mediums, including exhibitions and events, trade shows, conferences, brand activations and product launches.

Our offices are based in Surry Hills. You will join a team of like-minded designers and producers supported by an excellent management team – an environment that is friendly and collaborative and with people who enjoy seeing their colleagues and clients succeed.

You will have the opportunity to work on small and large projects in different mediums. Some travel is required in Australia and it would be best if you also have a valid Australian driver’s license.

Our ideal candidate is someone with:

  • A bachelor’s degree related to events and marketing
  • Minimum of two years of experience in events, conferences, trade shows or marketing
  • Great attention to detail
  • Available to travel interstate when needed
  • Available to work occasional weekends

Does this sound like you? If so, write to us and tell me about your experience, and we can take some time to talk more about it.

NHS Highland Lyme disease study led by project leader Sam Holden proves positive and will be rolled out in Scotland and England Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:30:00 +0000

Sam Holden from NHS Highland.

A Highland-led Lyme disease initiative will be rolled out across Scotland and England after a successful trial.

The GP-based scheme is a collaboration between NHS Highland, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and pharmaceutical company Pfizer and aims to capture specific case numbers.

It also aims to facilitate diagnosis and improve the consistency of its management.

The Lyme Disease General Practice Sentinel Scheme, which is funded by Pfizer, has completed its pilot phase, involving a trial in 15 GP practices in the Highlands.

Interim results have been positive and the project will be rolled out more widely to GP practices over the coming weeks.

NHS Highland project manager Sam Holden said: “Our early results show that we can collect good quality data on Lyme disease cases in general practice.

“This means we can capture all cases diagnosed by GPs based on clinical history as well as those diagnosed via laboratory blood test results, proving that the number of reported cases has, so far, represented an underestimate.”

Dr James Douglas, NHS Highland GP and lead clinician for the Sentinel Scheme project, said: ‘The pilot phase of the project indicated that use of the tool was widely accepted by GPs who generally found it easy to use and useful for decision support. do in what can be a tricky diagnostic process.

“It’s important that we try to support the diagnosis in every way possible because Lyme can be easily cured with antibiotics if caught early.”

Practices participating in the program receive Lyme-specific training as well as a digital guidance and data capture tool specially developed by Scottish IT experts Albasoft and adapted and supported in England by Cegedim Healthcare Solutions.

The tool helps guide clinicians during a consultation when Lyme disease is suspected or has been confirmed by a blood test.

Lyme disease can develop if a person is bitten by a tick infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, but it can be difficult to diagnose because Lyme disease patients often visit their GP with a rash which may vary widely in presentation, or with a range of vague and seemingly unrelated symptoms. Patients often have no memory of a tick bite.

One of the main goals of the project is to obtain more accurate case numbers. Lyme disease is relatively common in parts of the UK, but information on the exact number of patients who contract early-stage Lyme disease each year is unclear.

Dr Douglas added: “It is important that we have a clear understanding of the scale of the problem and that we can identify the risk factors associated with Lyme disease. This will help guide public education in Lyme disease prevention and facilitate early diagnosis so people can enjoy and derive health benefits from outdoor activities while minimizing Lyme risk.

The team expects this project to provide the most accurate estimate yet of the number of new cases of early Lyme disease in a sample of the UK population.

The deployment phase of the project aims to recruit a total of 40 firms.

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Nick Skrobola promoted to project manager at McCrory Construction Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:05:15 +0000

McCrory Construction announces the promotion of Nick Skrobola to the position of project manager. Skrobola has a decade of experience in the construction industry and is currently working on a 150,000 square foot warehouse and machine/maintenance shop in Anderson, SC

“Nick has a can-do attitude that has served McCrory well on some of our most complex projects. He has demonstrated leadership qualities that reflect McCrory’s core values. I am confident that Nick will excel in his new role,” Stephen said. Cooper, McCrory’s operations manager in Greenville.

A graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management (CSM), Skrobola began his career at McCrory as an Assistant Project Manager in 2017. He resides in Fountain Inn, SC

About McCrory Construction

McCrory Construction, headquartered in Columbia, SC with an additional office in Greenville (SC), is South Carolina’s oldest general contractor in operation since 1918. Licensed in 13 southeastern states, McCrory has served a range of private and public sector clients across more than 3,000 general construction, design-build and construction management projects. Now under fifth-generation private ownership, McCrory continues to be a leading force in building retail, commercial, healthcare, multi-family and industrial businesses in the Southeast. To learn more, visit

]]> Is Productboard your next project manager? Tue, 14 Jun 2022 16:33:00 +0000

Productboard offers an exceptional Kanban option. Jack Wallen explains what the service is and shows you how to customize it to suit your projects.

Image: Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock

Over the past year, I’ve tested many project management tools and come away impressed with almost every platform. But not all project management tools are created equal. Some are very basic, while others are extremely complex. There is, however, a small collection of these platforms that fall right in the middle where the amount of features don’t make the workflows too complicated.

One such platform is Productboard. This paid service offers roadmaps, feature prioritization, centralized feedback, idea validation, seamless integration, and simple insights to get the most out of the tools. One of my favorite types of project management tools is the Kanban board, and Productboard offers one of the best I’ve used.

In fact, I tend to judge the quality of a project management tool by its Kanban offering. Why? Because I find Kanban to be one of the easiest and most effective project management tools available. So, if a service offers a strong Kanban option, it ends up at the top of the pile. This is the case of Productboard.

Let’s dive into the Productboard Kanban feature. I’ll walk you through how I set up my Kanban board, so you can get an idea of ​​how it works.

Before you begin, be aware that Productboard is not free. They offer two plan tiers: the first is for teams and includes the Essentials plan for $20/month per manufacturer (billed annually) and the Pro plan for $60/month per manufacturer (billed annually). There are also plans for organizations, but you must contact Productboard for more information. There’s a 15-day free trial, which doesn’t require a credit card, so you can test out the service to see if it’s right for you.

Yes, it’s expensive, but it includes:

  • Unlimited products, features and roadmaps
  • Free contributors and viewers
  • Jira & Azure DevOps integration
  • GitHub, Trello and Pivotal Tracker integrations
  • Backlog import
  • Personalized corridors
  • SSO Google Apps

So if you can afford the entry price, Productboard is definitely an option you should seriously consider.

That said, let’s take a look at the configuration of these Kanban boards.

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How to create new statuses

When creating your Kanban board with Productboard, one of the first things to do is to create custom statuses, which will act as the columns you will use in your Kanban boards. The problem with custom statuses is that creating and managing them is not really intuitive.

To create your custom statuses, log into your Productboard account and click Add Status near the top right corner. In the resulting context menu (Figure A), click Customize Status.

Figure A

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Access status customization in Productboard.

In the resulting window, scroll down until you see the Status Customization section (Figure B).

Figure B

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. The Status Customization section for Productboard.

As you can see, I have already added the following statuses:

  • Idea
  • First try
  • Beta
  • Amendments
  • Published

To create a new status, click Add status and enter a name for it. Press Enter and the status will be saved. Once you have added all of your new statuses, you need to click the ON/OFF slider for each to make it available for your Kanban boards.

You can also take a moment to disable default statuses if you don’t want to use them. You can enable/disable them for both the roadmap and the feature board.

Once you’ve added and activated all statuses for your board, click the Roadmap icon to view your Kanban board. The next step is to add the columns with your new statuses. The first thing to do is to remove the default statuses. To do this, click the three-dot menu button associated with a status, then click Remove from Roadmap (Figure C).

Figure C

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Deleting a status from the Productboard roadmap.

After deleting the default statuses, click on Add a status then, in the contextual list (Figure D), select the new status to add.

Figure D

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Added a new status to the Productboard Kanban.

Keep adding your statuses until you are satisfied. With that taken care of, let’s add a second hallway. Swimlanes can be very handy when you want to use statuses for multiple projects. For me, I create corridors for fiction and non-fiction. To create a new swimlane, click Swimlane on the left edge of the table (Figure E) and give the new swimlane a name.

Figure E

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Added a new lane to my Productboard Roadmap Kanban board.

At this point, you can start adding cards to your statuses and lanes (Figure F).

Figure F

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. My Fiction/Non-fiction roadmap Kanban board in Productboard.

Having the ability to add multiple lanes to a single board is just one of the features that sets Productboard apart from its competitors. Even better, the more you dig into Productboard, the more features you’ll find that make this platform an outstanding project management option.

Is it worth the price of admission? It depends on your needs, the size of your team and your budget. But I would highly recommend that you dabble in the tires of this service for 15 days to see if it’s something that could help your teams be more productive and better managed.

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