Executive Sponsor Engagement: Top Driver of Project and Program Success

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Effective executive sponsorship is critical to the success of an organization’s strategic initiatives, and active engagement by executive sponsors is the top driver of project and program success. Yet sponsors are assigned to fewer than two-thirds of projects. This situation results in significant losses for organizations, but there are some simple solutions. Read more in PMI's Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report.


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The Monty Python Project Manager: And Now for Something Completely Different

by William Craig Forgrave

The Monty Python project manager is a model for the new generation of creative collaboration leadership. The author looks at four movies that encapsulate the project management process and discovers lessons on how to generate ideas that are completely different, motivate teams on a quest to deliver the holy project grail, inspire them in times of adversity to look on the bright side of project life, and find true rewards and meaning in their work.

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Project directory structure

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What's the best way to structure a project directory to store project management deliverables and project deliverables from project initiation to closure? Note: Currently the team does not want to u ...

Synergy event

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Hi all.. has anyone been to one of the Synergy events (London) before? Is it an all day sit-down affair with the speakers, or more of a series of "drop-in" type seminars and trade stands? ...

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Practice Guide:Overview of Managing Change in Organizations

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This session will provide a baseline understanding of the change life cycle framework, how it expands the change management processes already defined in PMI’s foundational standards, and how to apply each of the five major steps of the life cycle to project, program and portfolio management. PMI has many other resources and tools related to managing change and these will be covered briefly as well. PMI continues to develop change management resources and tools—all to help you deliver better results (This Webinar was scheduled for 26th/Nov but had to be postponed)

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Voices on Project Management

Fair's Fair

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When you have to deliver bad news, the processes you use are at least as important as the decision you've made.Take this example: The car manufacturing industry in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia ...

Spotlight On: EPMO

Why 'EPMO' Does Not Mean 'Strategic PMO'

by Andy Jordan

EPMOs have become much more popular in the last few years, but organizations aren’t always seeing the benefits that they expected--why? Are you dealing with some kind of Frankenstein’s monster bolted together with the “good” parts of individual approaches?

Spotlight On: IT Strategy

Managing the Aftermath of a Cyber Breach

by Kevin Coleman

Cyber breaches have become all too common--and the negative impact of these events is significant. Are you taking a project management approach to ensure a timely and well-executed response to address the numerous complex issues that accompany a breach?

Topic Teasers

Topic Teasers Vol. 44: Don't Hire Heroes!

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: Finally, we have convinced human resources that our agile team lead and our ScrumMaster need to be involved in hiring new team members. But now that we have the authority, we really don’t know what to look for in a good hire. How do we use this new power to our best advantage in choosing a fresh agile colleague?
A. Be careful what you ask for. Only human resource certified people are qualified to choose new employees for an organization. Revoke your participation rights in this process or you will be blamed when this new hire fails.
B. It’s not only the questions you ask, but what you do with the answers that will empower you to choose the best addition to your team. Create a good list of questions and know how to interpret what you hear.
C. Your product owner is the person on the management team and is more experienced in what makes a good agile team member. Ask him to sit in on candidate interviews and then defer to his superior judgment when making the final choice.
D. The person you hire must fit into the team, so assemble the entire team and have all of them work with you to interview potential candidates. Once they have agreed on a choice, they will be forced to work with the new person successfully since they have been part of the hiring decision.
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