Planning has always been thought of as one of the key aspects of project management or even management in general. We have all heard the quote from Benjamin Franklin: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” ? and most of us believe it. In fact, 65% of practitioners believe the planning phase to be the most critical to project success yet it is woefully understudied. New research from more than 1,300 global projects will be discussed, the implications, and how this information can help project managers manage better projects.
Researcher and PMP Dr. Pedro Serrador discusses his recent research findings and ways to optimize planning to achieve the best chance at project success.
How can you make sure your work is of high quality? Presenter Bruce Harpham will discuss how to leverage the quality best practices from health care and other industries in project work. These practices will set you apart from others and speed your career advancement.
by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP
The number of agile certifications available in the market keeps growing, and one must consider the unique needs of the inquiring company or individual to know what would be best for them. What factors should you consider? Do you even know the options available?
Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, a reluctant leader takes charge.
It's been a long time since the PMP credential debuted in 1984. Here we take a look at how the number of Project Management Institute credential holders has grown over the last 10 years--and speculate where they might go in the future.
Congratulations! You just secured that job in a different state! It might be the perfect change for you--just make sure you look before you leap by considering these seven factors before accepting that offer.
Do you really need to study the easiest knowledge area in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—Fifth Edition: Project Human Resource Management? Don’t be fooled and miss out on the easier points on the exam.
Do you need to study how to communicate in preparation for the PMP exam? Really? With only three PMI processes based around the function that every project manager does every day of their life, it may feel that studying this chapter in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—Fifth Edition is a waste of effort. Not so fast...
If uniqueness is the mutable metal of our projects, then repetitiveness is the forge on which we temper those specialist skills that give it shape. But what kind of repetitiveness tempers those skills? And how long does it take to temper them? What really counts is the quality of the experience--and not just its quantity.
As project managers, we have to believe that we add value to projects…but how do we ensure that we are providing quality project management? What makes a “high quality” project manager? It’s not as simple as ensuring that the project delivers against its constraints...
As our profession rapidly expands beyond the borders of the United States and Europe, we will see further advancements and promising developments in the science and art of project management. This writer expects the trends of globalization, commoditization and professionalization to continue. As experienced project managers, we must examine these trends--and seize the opportunities that they present.
Telecommuting has been called the future of work, even for program and project managers. Like it or not, we had all better prepare for this as it is highly likely that within the next few years, it will impact all of us.
This Telephone Reference Check Template will help you checking references in a consistent way, asking the same questions of each former employer/reference so that you have comparative data to work with at the end of the process.