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The Importance of Benefits Realization Management

by Syed Moiz

Planning benefits before you start is key to ensuring that you realize them once the project is completed. In this article, the author highlights the importance of benefits realization management for realizing project benefits.

PMOs: Why Do You Care?

by Andy Jordan

PMOs have a lot of things to worry about, there’s no need to add to the list with things that really shouldn’t matter. Does your PMO have clarity? In theory, this should be simple. In reality, it can be more complex--and that’s where PMO leaders frequently go wrong.

Not a Career for the Weak: Insights with James Brown

by Vincent Chukwuemeka

Vincent Chukwuemeka, the Director of Membership at the PMI Central Iowa chapter, recently interviewed James Brown, who lives and works in Central Iowa. Brown is a Director within the Platform Management organization for DuPont, and has eight PMI certifications. He took time out of his schedule to offer valuable insights and career advice.

Big Data, Big Brother?

by Suresh MK

We are undergoing a revolution in the way that information about our purchases, conversations, social networks, movements and even our physical identities are collected, stored, analyzed and used. Are we ready for it?

The Best of Both Worlds

by Kevin Coleman

If you have not run a hybrid project leveraging agile and waterfall methodologies, you are in for a great learning experience. Let’s put the two distinctively different approaches into a broad and high-level context…

Project Management and Business Value Creation

by Diego Escobar

Project managers must ensure that projects are aligned with business strategy and value creation for their company and its shareholders. The author demonstrates the importance of the bridge between the business and project worlds, even when there is not a clear link between their objectives. But one objective always remains the same: to create economic value.

In Pursuit of the Fourth 'I': Ultimate Business and Project Management Strategy

by Debasis Chakrabarti, Manavasi Ramesh

In this article, with the help of theory, literature and real life examples, the authors try to explain innovation in construction projects while differentiating the same from invention. The article also discusses two more vital “I” words: improvisation and improvement.

Hot Technologies for 2016

by Michael Wood

The mash-up of technologies is becoming more and more evident. What is hot for 2016? Are recent hot tech trends riding the forefront of innovation? Maturing? Becoming commercialized? The answer is obvious: all of the above.

The Strategic Challenge of Digital Disruption

by Kevin Coleman

Executives have a seminal role to play in addressing the changes being brought about by digital disruption. That is why executives must understand and leverage digital disruption to their advantage. Will you lead, aggressively follow…or be quickly pushed aside?

Don’t Blame the Project Sponsor! How to Advance Project Sponsorship in Organizations

by Michiel van der Molen

Close engagement of business management with projects can accelerate the change process and lead to improved project performance. Yet, in many organizations, the project sponsor role is still poorly developed. What makes it such a challenge to advance this role? And what are the basic elements of a successful approach?

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.

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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