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Upcoming Webinars

Need for Speed: Efficiently and Consistently Delivering Value

Aug 18, 2015 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
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An Agile BA goes far beyond simply eliciting requirements. They are constantly on the hunt for new and better ways of delivering business value. They apply systems thinking to the big picture, rather than trying to document aspects of a single approach. They are, in fact, drivers of innovation.

Sneak Peek into PMI Global Congress 2015 - North America: Strategic Business Management Skills

Sep 8, 2015 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
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Description: An Inside Look at Strategic Business Management Skills Sessions at PMI® Global Congress 2015-North America Join us for a panel discussion on Strategic Business Management Skills and get a glimpse into some of the key themes to be presented in this content area at PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America. Various Congress presenters will discuss the following in this webinar: • Visual Project Management: A new practice concept that integrates visual thinking tools and data visualization methodologies with more traditional project communication, reporting and collaboration practices. • Project Sponsorship: Senior Management's Role in the Successful Outcome of Projects-How to become a more effective project sponsor and what project managers need to do to help sponsors perform their role more effectively. • Negotiate to Win Across Cultures-How to open negotiations, reach and maintain consensus, as well as handle changes or conflict. If any of these resonate, register now to listen in on the discussion.

On-demand Webinars

Personal Agility Canvas for Project Managers

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by Dave Prior

What happens to a PM who is trying to adopt Agile? Dave Prior, PMP discusses the struggles you can expect to encounter while showing you how creating a Personal Agility Canvas tool can help make things a little easier.

The Anti-FrAgile Foundations of Project Management

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by Don Kim

Epistemology is a branch of philosophical and scientific inquiry that asks “how do we know what we know?”. The speaker is amazed how little this is asked in the majority of books, research papers and industry studies related to project management. The speaker will argue that this lack of inquiry and understanding is the cause of many project failures.

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Learn From Others

Agile Innovation

by Mike Griffiths

There are great opportunities for growth and deviation outside the standard agile models for stable teams who want to evolve further. This article tells the story of one team that did just that--and what other people can learn from it.

The Next Level of Big Visible Charts

by Klaus Nielsen, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP

Information radiator is the generic term for any of a number of handwritten, drawn, printed or electronic displays that a team places in a highly visible location. It conveys the latest information at a glance. Learn how your team can foster collaboration through visible project management and implementing radiators.

Agile Results Require Capacity Balance: Got the Courage?

by Bob Galen

By significantly reducing your number of parallel projects--focusing on fewer, and then trying to get them done--you might get better results. Why? Because multi-tasking is the enemy, and agile is a capacity equalization play.

Projects are Not Black and White: The Bimodal Buzz Ignores Reality

by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP

Project delivery organizations need more than just a bimodal approach. While waterfall and agile are very different delivery approaches, if you put them on a spectrum with one at each end, you will find that many projects would ideally be situated somewhere along the spectrum between those two extremes. Instead, optimal delivery would be achieved with a tetramodal delivery approach.

Methodologies for Effective Project Management: A Review

by Sreekumar Menon

Adopting and maintaining an appropriate project methodology is vital for organizational success. The purpose of this article is to explore and analyze project methodologies that find common application in effective project management.

Topic Teasers Vol. 60: Adding to Agile Proposals

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

Question: In our attempt to move to an agile-driven organization, management has asked my team to be involved with responding to a proposal that, if we get it, could provide an increase of 50% in our gross income this year. Since we’ve always complained that we weren’t consulted before contracts were signed, now the pressure is on for us to be very wise regarding what we add to the company’s submission. Are there any rules of proposal development for agile teams?
A. Yes. Just like rules for creating speeches can make the difference between wowing the crowd and expounding to a bored audience, learn the correct way to write proposals. Hint: It is better to win the business than look good and have a fancy document.
B. Yes. Many colleges and universities have degrees in contract writing. At least one person on the team should have at least 12 hours of formal education before you include the team’s ideas in the proposal. The good thing is that this training can also be used for PDUs.
C. No. Those who become skilled in contract negotiation and responding to proposals are housed in a special procurement department. They have eked out their skill sets through years on the job. While you can sit in on meetings, don’t risk looking foolish. Always defer to their ideas and decisions.
D. No. There is so much political intrigue and price fixing involved in Request for Proposals (RFP) or other versions of how organizations solicit bids that not much depends on the actual proposal submitted by your organization. See if anyone on your team knows anyone in the potential customer organization who could leverage the decision to your advantage.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Agile and Strategic Alignment

by Mike Griffiths

Agile projects may look like untethered pinwheel rockets spinning away on unpredictable paths. How do we align them to IT strategies so they don’t adopt all kinds of crazy technologies the organization has to support or replace?

Are You Ready for Change?

by Braden Kelley

In the first article in this series, we looked at some of the links between agile and change methodologies. In this article, we will investigate a different question: Are you and your organization ready for change?

Agile Testing for Rapid Feedback

by Paul Carvalho

Development organizations are often attracted to agile development practices with the promise of increased test automation to help their teams deliver higher quality faster. It’s not just any tests though: We look to automate the kinds of tests that provide rapid feedback to tell us if we have built the product right. But which tests do we automate, and when?


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