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Me vs. We: Making Strategic Collaboration Real

by Andy Jordan

In annual planning sessions since the dawn of time, people have had to decide whether to put their own needs or their organization’s needs first. They don’t always make the right decision, and that needs to change.

Achieving Benefits Through Organizational Project Management

by Marcelo A. Briola, MBA, PMP

Efficient organizational project management enables companies to achieve organizational benefits through greater agility and a sharper competitive advantage in the market. To achieve this, we must first understand how to differentiate the concepts of organizational benefits, strategic initiatives, project management and organizational project management.

Digital Strategy vs. Digital Transformation

by Braden Kelley

How much appetite for going digital do you have? This is where the question of digital strategy versus digital transformation comes in. The two terms are often misused, in part by being used interchangeably when they are in fact two very different things.

Uncovering Design Thinking (Part 1)

by Michael Wood

As part of your normal read of the business plan for the new year, you notice that part of the organization’s going-forward strategy is to adopt “design thinking” as the framework of choice on all new development projects. Just what the heck is design thinking, anyway?

How to Anchor Organizations to Business Strategy using Project Portfolio Management

by Lourdes Medina, PMP, PfMP, ITIL

The challenge of portfolio management is to quantify and report the value created by the operations, confirming that the portfolio is contributing to the accomplishment of organizational strategies. Implement the recommended steps to anchor organizational strategy through portfolio management.

Collaboration: Requirements for Breakthrough Results

by Michael Wood

Collaboration is an essential tool in the project manager’s arsenal of resources. It is important to know when--and when not--to pursue collaborative processes and how to facilitate the efforts that differentiates great project managers from the rest of the field.

The PMO: A Time for Change

by Andy Jordan

The PMO concept has enjoyed something of a reemergence, demonstrating that given the right direction, sufficient support and a consistent communication of why it exists, it can deliver real value. However, that can only go so far, and in many organizations the PMO is now being seen as having peaked in a relatively tactical support role. Where should the PMO be headed in 2016 and beyond?

Code of Conduct, Code of Honor: Why You Need an Ethics Policy

by Mike Donoghue

Who are you as a company? How do you describe the place you work, the people you work with and the value you bring to the corporate landscape? Why would anyone want to do business with you for any length of time, and how do you communicate that?

Positive and Productive Working Relationships: The Key to CIO Success

by Michael Wood

Unless you are blessed with refined communication skills and are oozing with charisma, your relationship management skills most likely can be improved. In business, the most productive relationships are typically forged based on establishing key attributes about yourself in the minds of others.

What's Leadership Got to Do with It?

by Michael Wood

After a pondering and pontificating on the topic for so long, more than ever this seasoned PM believes that leadership is still the most elusive capability plaguing CIOs today. But help is out there.

The PM's Top 5 Strategic Challenges

by Kevin Coleman

We are facing a period of unprecedented change. All of those changes have created new and unique challenges that project and program managers face. It's time we get serious about addressing these strategic challenges; here we present five of the top ones.

PMO Successes and Failures

by Ginger Levin

For a PMO to be successful, it must demonstrate it has continued business value to the organization. To do so, the functions it is to perform need to be stated explicitly and communicated throughout the organization when it is first established. People at all levels then have a consistent message as to why it is being established and what it is to do.

Profit, Productivity, and Peace—The Business Case for Eliminating Workplace Bullying

by Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP

Bullying can be as harmful to business profits, productivity, and workplace harmony as it is in other areas of society. Despite this, the majority of organizations throughout the world remain ineffective or unmotivated to prevent or confront workplace bullying. Perhaps the answer is to focus on profits, financial incentives, and ROI. Ending bullying is just plain good for business.

Project Portfolio Management Outlook for 2016

by Kevin Kern

Are you managing your applications? Is agile everything? What about the cloud? One expert reflects on some of the industry-specific project portfolio management trends of the past year--and considers trends for the coming year that might have an impact on the business.

How to Undertake a Project Quality Review

by Michael Stanleigh

A project quality review helps to identify the root causes of problems on a flailing project and provides detailed guidance for how to get it back on track. It has a direct, positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. When undertaken at the end of a project, it provides valuable “lessons” for project teams working on future projects.

A Command Performance

by Kevin Coleman

With the increased oversight on programs and projects of strategic importance, program and project managers find themselves being invited for command performances before the boards of directors. This article provides some advice for when you find yourself in this position.

Five Project Management Trends for 2016

by David Robins

The discipline of project management tends to be relatively stable as processes and methodologies are well established. However, just as technology and business models change, project management adapts over time. Here are some trends within our industry that are likely to gain momentum over the coming year.

Think Strategically: Be the Ultimate Volunteer

by John Reiling

Whether thinking about giving your money or your time, your philanthropic efforts will yield the best results if you start with a good strategy. A good strategic vision is a good input to your project plan, and having a good strategic framework for analyzing opportunities is a great tool to have--whether for use in your not-for-profit or for-profit endeavors.

2015 Survey Roundup: Spending, Salaries, Security and More

by Michael Wood

It’s near the end of the year, so it’s time to provide you with a recap of the findings from some of the key IT surveys published over the past 12 months. Consider it a quick and easy way to stay abreast on all that is going on in the world of IT.

5 Critical Strategic PM Issues

by Kevin Coleman

The role of the program or project manager is challenging to say the least. However, when you factor in these strategic challenges, it intensifies to a level that has never been seen before.

The Power of Project Portfolio Management

by Jennifer Baker

While one energy company pursues the traditional benchmarking sessions with companies within the industry it serves, it also looks to companies outside of the business to gain insight on different approaches to help it move forward. At PMI's PMO Symposium this year in Phoenix, one practitioner got to share their story--and hear how many other PMOs and portfolios have also found success in their environments.

PMOs: From Strategic Alignment to Simplicity

by Sarina Arcari

PMI's PMO Symposium and Thought Leadership Series provide valuable, timely and relevant information on prevailing trends directly impacting our profession and the portfolios we manage. This year’s research builds upon and advances the themes of past years and continues to confirm the value of PMOs and portfolio management in assuring business success. Here are one presenter's key takeaways from this year's show.

How to Use Enterprise Architecture to Deliver the Right Solution

by Sergio Luis Conte

Are your solutions meeting business goals, needs and targets? This article sets out a tried-and-tested way of using enterprise architecture as a road map for the business analyst when liaising between stakeholders to understand the structure, policies and operations of an organization.

Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

Every project has stakeholders. Your job is to get to know the ones who will be crucial to your project. This analysis worksheet will help you get a feel for what to expect from various key parties who have an interest in your project.

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