Project Management Hiring Trends Survey

by Project Management Institute

PMI is conducting a survey to better understand the hiring process and requirements for project managers and would like to include your opinions. This survey is for research purposes only and all of your information will be kept strictly confidential. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you qualify and complete the survey, we will enter you into a sweepstakes where you can win one of five (5) $200 Visa Virtual Rewards. We only ask for your honest thoughts and opinions.


Knowledge Shelf

How to Fix a Broken Project: Lessons for the Project Manager

by Robert Barger, MBA, PMP

When you are assigned to a project during its infancy, it is easy to get the project to follow the lines you lay out. You are there at the beginning and you have a good commanding view of the landscape. But what should you do when you inherit an existing project that is already in trouble? Finding the missing elements will help recover your project.

Fiction: A Life Less Balanced

A Life Less Balanced: Release 2.0

by Robert Bulger

Welcome back to our favorite start-up, Konnect Software. Release 2.0 picks up moments after the end of our first Release. It's now the latter half of Friday afternoon, and we're finding Max Jackson in an enviable position—a weekend off. But a decision looms. It's not so much how Max answers, but in how she structures her success around the answer. Another glass ceiling needs to shatter. Along the way in this Release, we start to see how Max looks at life, HR and the pursuit of project management.

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Unrealistic client

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I have a peculiar client who - is not ready to sign off requirements - changes scope of delivery for the phase / scrum in between - at the time of delivery comes up with new requirements or chang ...

featured webinar

How to Achieve Greatness in Project Leadership

by David Romero Cordente
October 04, 2016 | 61:25 | Views: 1,298 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.60 / 7

Have you ever felt stuck in your project management career despite taking great efforts? This is a common problem in PM when we do not have clear directions and we do not know how to get better. It is time to overcome these problems by learning how to lead your projects from within. Because project success depends on teamwork, YOUR unique leadership style will impact the outcome for YOU and YOUR TEAM!

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The Critical Path

October Book Club

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We are excited to announce the October book club!  The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the ove ...

Spotlight On: Human Resources PM

Predicting Human Productivity

by Lanfranco Fiorentino

This article deals with workers and productivity. It approaches the problem from a numeric point of view, trying to give a value to different types of employees and factors that may come into play.

Spotlight On: Agile

Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 4): Business Data Diagram

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each installment in this series, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This installment looks at business data diagrams.

Topic Teasers

Topic Teasers Vol. 86: The Failure Repository

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

Question: I’m not in IT, but I’m heading a project to implement one of those big name software packages that is supposed to place all the corporate information in one application. We’ve rolled it out, but as a 24-hour organization it seems that we have departments unable to access their information at all hours of the day and night. Our vendor is on call for the fixes, but the outages interrupt our business. I’m discouraged, angry and exhausted. How do I manage these issues?
A. With a big name supplier, the responsibility to keep things up and going is on their shoulders, not yours. Contact upper management and ask to have any payments to them stopped until all areas of your organization are up and running with no down time for at least six weeks.
B. Each department was probably given a chance to express what connectivity they needed before the customization of this overriding package was finalized. Get the name of each person who was part of the planning team and subsequently had an outage in their area and report them to their own manager.
C. Ask your own IT team to get involved in solving these issues. Obviously, the vendor does not have competent people on its staff who can manage an install like yours. If your own internal staff takes over the responsibility, you will have better communication and a team that understands the high stakes when your systems go down.
D. The reality of any install that must switch over an entire organization at one time is that there are going to be hiccups. But as a non-IT expert, the most productive path for you is to create a way that the failures can be grouped and tracked so that past problems can be easily accessed to provide faster solutions to new outages or feature failures that occur.
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