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Projectball: PM Lessons from America's Game (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Although Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is ostensibly a story about how a General Manager created a winning baseball team with the lowest budget in the Major Leagues, it also offers up a lesson in constrained problem solving by thinking “outside the box”. What can project managers learn and apply from this? A lot, as it turns out...play ball!

Educating the Senior PM: A Roadmap

by Mark Mullaly, PhD, PMP

You've read a PM book. You've taken an introductory course. Your PMP is firmly in hand. What's next? The challenge for project managers at this point is that there isn't a really good answer. In fact, there isn't really any one answer. The most honest and truthful answer is probably, "It depends." But what, exactly, does it depend on?

Requirements Management for Big Data Projects

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Given the grim statistics for big data projects, it's clear that something must change in the way we manage requirements. But before we can fix it, we need to understand why it's happening.

CIO Outlook: Bumpy Ride or Better Times Ahead?

by Michael Wood

CIOs are finding their budgets more and more tied to global economics. With fears of inflation on the horizon as quantitative easing appears to be coming to an end, CIOs may find their outlook for 2014 filled with challenges and uncertainty. Are there better times ahead, or will 2014 be a bumpy ride?

How to Discover Quality Requirements

by Michael Wood

The road to successful requirements management begins with a quality requirements discovery process. Learn why this process can help you avoid costly mistakes, scope creep and even project failure.

Save the PMO!

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Do C-level executives make arbitrary decisions to kill PMOs? Alarming as this idea may seem, many organizations nowadays are building up a track record in terminating the services of their PMOs right after kicking the tires.

Demonstrating Value and Measuring Success through Planned Management

by David Blumhorst

PMOs will have different contributions to the business based upon their unique mandate, goals and objectives. It is important to remember that PMO contribution is a matter of planned management execution, not an automatic or guaranteed success.

Uncovering the New PM Triangle (Part 1)

by Harlan Bridges

Last year, PMI CEO Mark Langley recommended that the PM triangle should be updated with points being Business Acumen, Leadership and Project Management (a small triangle that included scope, budget and schedule). In Part 1 of his series examining the triangle, Harlan Bridges explores Business Acumen.

Achieving True PMO Value

by Michael Wood

Want your PMO to survive the current 50% rate of failure? Want the value your PMO delivers to be self-evident? Then align it with the organization’s strategies, goals and objectives--and become an integral part of the planning process.

Project HEADWAY Project Proposal

PREMIUM deliverable

The purpose of the project proposal template is the first step to gain approval of a project moving forward. Similar to a project charter, it provides the initiator of the project with an avenue to document the purpose of the project, the objectives, and the basic information need to see the project approved through to the planning stage.

Project HEADWAY Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable

The purpose of this document is to quantitatively justify the project. For smaller projects, the business case may be no more than 1-2 pages in length. For larger, more complex projects, the business case may be much larger and contain far more detail.

Project HEADWAY: Presenting the Business Case for Approval

PREMIUM presentation

You just spent the past month building a fantastic business case. You spoke to the right people, got the right numbers and have put it all together in a nice, tidy package. Now, the only hurdle is to get management's approval. This file requires the WebEx Player. It is 4.8Mb.

Project HEADWAY: Creating the Business Case

PREMIUM presentation

Our inaugural Project HEADWAY webinar addresses Creating the Project Business Case, one of the most important steps to a solid foundation for a successful project. This file requires the WebEx Player. It is 4.6Mb.

Meet the New COBIT

by Michael Wood

COBIT 5 is finally here and promises much. What makes it different from Version 4.1, and how is the new version being received? Find out why it's a major step forward in providing companies with an organizational-wide approach to IT governance--and perhaps even organizational governance.

Evaluating Organizational Readiness for a PMO

by David Blumhorst

Adoption of a Program Management Office is not a decision that should be made quickly or taken lightly. Careful preparation, clear alignment with organization objectives and stakeholder feedback are critical to a PMO’s success.

PMO Trends

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Many PMOs do not fully understand their role within the larger enterprise. What can PMOs do to improve lackluster performance and increase the return on investment? Let’s look at a few of the emerging trends for PMOs to help answer that question...

The Pensky File

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Many times, organizations focus on the “what” (i.e., specific tasks) and the “how” (do our actions reflect corporate culture and core values?), but forget about the “why”. That can be dangerous...just ask George Costanza.

You Wanna Be Starting Something?

by Mike Donoghue

Determining the nature and scope of a project is essential to refining how the resulting effort will accomplish business needs. A crucial component of this is having the knowledge of the business environment and the demands it must meet.

Governance: An Overused Word, or Something Worth Talking About?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

“Governance” is one of those words that consultants and managers like to throw around to make it sound like they know what they're talking about. It is also one of the most widely misused words--if not concepts--currently employed in organizations. Why this is, what it means (and doesn’t) and what it should represent are what this article explores.

Recovering from Project Failure

by Andy Jordan

Major project failure can happen to anyone. What’s important is to make sure that the organization can recover from such a situation, and that requires both advance planning (it’s too late to start planning the recovery when the disaster has already happened) and strong execution. Is your PMO prepared?

Project Governance: Overcoming Obstacles

by Michael Wood

One of the primary roles of the PMO is to provide a framework for ensuring proper governance over projects. Here we look at some of the obstacles and challenges facing the PMO governance function--and some tips for overcoming them.

Stamping Out Requirements Dysfunction

by Michelle Stronach

All project failures are related to miscommunication of requirements. And it's the requirements that define the purpose, function and value--the business requirements--that are the biggest culprit as they are especially hard to define.

Annual Planning in the PMO

by Andy Jordan

The PMO must have an easy time of annual planning, right? It's a service function that provides resources based on the overall project portfolio, and the organization determines which projects to approve. Based on those decisions, the PMO knows how it needs to adjust its resource model. But life’s not quite that simple...

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