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The Power of 'The Story'

by Laura Burford

By providing the right level of detail and framing the problem, a project manager can use a story to help team members evaluate and map different possibilities. However, bringing a story to life and making it engaging can be difficult...

Lessons Learned LOUD

by Al Taylor

Mature project-oriented organizations are conducting post-implementation reviews and documenting lessons learned. But some are not doing enough to broadcast the results. Organizations need to find a way to emphasize the business value that comes out of activities such as conducting PIRs and documenting lessons learned.

The Power of Knowledge for Project Managers

by Michelle Stronach

Successful innovation that will yield real positive outcomes requires organizational capabilities for executing on strategy initiatives. It's not just about having the right people, it's about having the tools and corporate memory of knowing what works and what doesn't to support the thought processes for planning and getting the work done. This is where the importance of knowledge management comes into play.

6 Steps for Knowledge Management in an Outsourced/Insourced World

by Andrew Makar, PMP

The IT outsourcing/insourcing pendulum always seems to swing in an effort to reduce non-value-added tasks, save cost or retain intellectual property. Proper knowledge transfer and management remain key factors when implementing either type of sourcing project. Here are six steps to successfully implement a transfer plan based on a previous IT infrastructure insourcing project.

Go with the Flow: Sharing Project Management Knowledge

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Effectively maintaining project management knowledge is a key competency for any organization that undertakes projects on a regular basis. Knowledge acquisition, retention and dissemination are important because they support the development and application of project management capability--that is, the ability of an organization to leverage the collective knowledge and experience of its project managers.

How Much Knowledge is Enough for a PM?

by Andy Jordan

In an increasingly collaborative workplace, PMs may not have as much detailed knowledge as they did in the past. How do they still succeed in that environment?

How Dewey Build a Library? (Part 1)

by Rob Saxon

In this two-part series, we will explore the challenges of gathering, sorting, indexing, managing, transferring and making productive use of knowledge. We will focus a lens on methods for each of these activities, and examine how we as PMs can successfully leverage knowledge management and transfer to deliver successful projects. Part 1 will focus on collecting, sorting and indexing data into manageable knowledge.

Personal Knowledge Management in Action

by Andrew Makar, PMP

Ten years ago, project managers were restricted to sticky notes, Notepad and file servers for limited knowledge management. Fortunately, today there are a lot of different knowledge management tools to consider. Here are three of one experienced PM's favorites--and how he uses them in the real world.

Learning How to Learn: Getting Better About Getting Better

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

When it comes to our projects, we don't try to get better. Even when we claim otherwise, the sad truth is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Even when change is within our power to influence, we don't make the modifications necessary to improve. And this writer can prove it...

The Knowledge Worker Nightmare

by Kevin Coleman

Today's organizations are faced with a unique challenge: how to try and slow down the brain drain as baby boomers begin to retire. If not handled properly by companies, the losses could be staggering.

Knowledge Management Best Practices

PREMIUM presentation

Closing the execution gap in knowledge management is never easy. This excellent presentation gives you hints on how to do just that. It concentrates on KM best practices and keys for success.

Intranet Strategy Plan

deliverable

You already know the benefits of creating an Intranet. Justify it with a solid business strategy plan.

Intranet Content Analysis Matrix

deliverable

Organize all of your Intranet content, user groups, risks, action items and responsible parties with this comprehensive chart.

Measuring the Value of Knowledge Management

PREMIUM presentation

The true value of knowledge management is using it to solve a business problem. This presentation will show you where, what and how to measure the true value of knowledge management for your company.

Traditional Job Competency Model

PREMIUM deliverable

Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship mangement specialist.

Smart Training Performance Model

PREMIUM presentation

Based on Clay Carr's Smart Training concept, this PowerPoint presentation outlines the concept of performance and guides you through each step of the performance cycle.

CMS Implementation Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.

Self-Documenting Code Checklist

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Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.

Integration Test Plan Outline

deliverable

Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.

Quality Assurance Assessment Checklists

PREMIUM checklist

This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.

People Styles at Work Questionnaire

PREMIUM deliverable

What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.

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