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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.

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.

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.

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.

Utilizing Budget in the Right Project: Prioritizing Initiatives

by Nawaf Abdullatif

Utilizing your budget in the right initiative is vital. The challenge, however, is how to select the most appropriate initiatives for which to seek funding. So how do we prioritize initiatives within the organization?

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.

In Celebration of Project Management

by Andy Jordan

Every now and then, we need to take a step back and recognize just how important project management is. Those of us involved in it tend to take it for granted--we’re too close to be able to appreciate it for what it delivers. In honor of International Project Management (IPM) Day, let's recognize some of the great things project management is doing...

The Importance of Executive Management Support

by Syed Moiz

One of the critical success factors for all projects is executive management support. Here we look at why projects need this support--and provide some tips on how a project manager can ensure it.

How to Save Money through a Project Audit

by Michael Stanleigh

Project health checks and project audits provide a significant return on investment when they are conducted properly. The process is intense, challenging and highly rewarding.

Social Media: Where to Next?

by Michael Wood

What might the future look like, you ask? Here are some things to ponder as those wishing to command a greater percentage of our consumer spend are finding ways to “customize our experience" through exploiting the opportunities social media, big data analytics and mobility promise once properly integrated.

An Iterative Risk Management-Based Strategy for Benefits Realization

by Irfan Shariff

Project managers can facilitate benefits realization and--more strategically--the project management function. That encompasses the three Ps of project management, which can play the crucial but often missing organizational role that will embed benefits realization in strategy execution and--by extension--program and project delivery.

Benefits Realization and the PMO

by Andy Jordan

Benefits realization occurs once the project is complete, and so there is limited PM accountability. But what about the PMO? Does it have a role to play in ensuring benefits realization occurs effectively?

Leadership Development: The Cornerstone to Project Success

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Recruiting project management talent and retaining them is one of the biggest challenges for any company. Organizations need to develop and nurture leadership traits of their project managers to keep operations running smoothly--and to achieve benefits everyone can appreciate.

Evaluating Benefits: Getting Statistical (Part 2)

by William Davis

Need a better approach to evaluating quantitative benefits? Use a statistical model and make investment choices based on outcomes that have a high likelihood of occurring. In our concluding installment, Statistical PERT comes to the rescue!

Flaws in the Crawl Walk Run Methodology

by Braden Kelley

Many of you may have heard of the Crawl Walk Run project methodology. For those of you that haven’t, the idea is that if a project team is trying to achieve something big, that sometimes you have to evolve your approach in stages rather than trying to make all the changes all at once. Here we look at a potential problem...

Topic Teasers Vol. 65: Assessing Electronic Tools

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

Question: I know project managers are now going to be more involved in business analysis things, but that doesn’t mean I know how to do that part of the job yet. My manager asked me to narrow down a list of electronic tools to see what would be best for our corporate situation. How do I even start?
A. Google “software tools for project management.” The product with the highest number of listings in your search page is the best one on the market. Recommend that one.
B. Ask your local PMI chapter, Agile Alliance chapter or IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) chapter board what three products they would recommend. They may also have a list of the vendors that had booths or tables at their last local event.
C. Software changes rapidly. Try to find the most recently developed software so that you don’t get stuck with outdated code. Always go with the old saying, “The latest created is the greatest created!”
D. Your management team, with the help of the procurement staff, will probably make the final decision. Use a logical matrix of tool profiles to narrow down the field for what you need in your organization, and then turn the final decision over to them.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Strategic Talent Management: R&R Time

by Kevin Coleman

Recruitment and retention of human capital is now a strategic imperative for organizations in this highly competitive global work environment. As such, this issue has been raised to the C-level to ensure required results are obtained. How can you help?

Talent Management Doesn’t Begin With the People

by Andy Jordan

If we aren’t bringing the right people on board, then it doesn’t really matter how well we manage them! Here we look at creating a strong foundation for talent management through better planning.

The 5 Critical Elements to Creating a Project Management Center of Excellence

by Michael Stanleigh

Creating a Project Management Center of Excellence is the driving force that takes an organization forward to realize its project management mandate. It encompasses the process of creating a strategy for project management, re-shaping the culture to be more focused on the consistency in the management of projects an implementing a project management process.

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.


Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

- Mark Twain