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PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2016

14 September 2016, 8:30-5 PM ET | Online
PMI MEMBER-ONLY event

You’ve put your organization on a path to becoming more agile – you have agile teams, you’re helping them prepare for and respond to change. But, somehow you keep bumping up against significant institutional blockers: Existing rules, structures and processes that slow things down. What can you do? Attend this free virtual event to learn how to create a more holistic approach to organizational agility. We’ll share the latest real-world techniques and tools to drive deeper organizational agility—skills you won’t find anywhere outside of PMI. Register today!

Upcoming Webinars

Simple Steps Toward Communicating More Effectively

Aug 3, 2016 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

In order to fully complete a project on-time, within budget and with the available resources, the project leads and managers must tenaciously drive to influence the appropriate people at all levels of an organization to take action. Having excellent communication skills becomes of paramount importance to successfully achieving that result.

On-demand Webinars

PM as A Trusted Business Advisor

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Suresh MK

The temporary nature of projects in contrast with business as usual demands different style of management warranting distinct technical skills and management strategies. This has been the way project managers were/are seen in day to day management. The webinar strives to explain how a project manager act as a trusted business advisor and change the perception of how they can deliver value not only in the project but to the whole enterprise. As most of us know that the primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and constraints. This requires specific competencies such as global mindset, business insights, strategic thinking etc. PM as a Trusted Business Advisor will address these competencies and how to acquire and apply on a day to day basis.

Making Better Project Decisions More Often

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Eric Wright

During this lively, interactive workshop, attendees will develop a working understanding of the major mental and emotional biases we use in making decisions and planning, and be able to describe ways in which they can mitigate the impact of these biases on their project decisions so they can Make Better Project Decisions More Often.

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Save Time With Tools And Templates

How To Be A Project Delivery Hero: Deliver the Baked Pizza

Sep 21, 2016 1:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This is the final session in our six-part How to Be a Project Hero series. In this session we will discuss how to bring all the pieces together in a LEAN plan and share some techniques on tracking against that plan.

Adaptive Leaders - Assessing and Growing Your Agile Leaders

Aug 24, 2016 1:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

The journey to Adaptive and Servant Leadership is a long one, it doesn't happen over night and it takes conscious effort to get there. I want to share some of the best tips we've learned from the real world on how to navigate this journey and help others do the same.

Project Status Update (Presentation)

PREMIUM presentation
by Daniel Grzybek

This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.

Project Kickoff Checklist

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by Andy Jordan

This brief checklist is intended to help project managers ensure they are ready to conduct project kickoff sessions. Project managers should review the questions asked in this checklist and make notes of any items that are unclear/outstanding /etc. Any areas that are still unclear require action plans.

Learn From Others

Topic Teasers Vol. 80: Compliance Without Power

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

Question: We recently developed new accounting software for internal use to create invoices. Due to interest in tracking benefits realization and also capturing customer reactions to evaluate our success, my project team has been asked to stay on and address any issues for six months. One of the sales representatives gives special discounts and terms but fails to enter them into the new system for billing, and the angry customers call my team. I’ve told his manager, but the behavior continues. It makes the process improvement statistics for our software look bad and is costing us money. What can I do?
A. If talking with the sales representative’s manager didn’t work, talk to the manager’s manager. This sales person should be fired.
B. Take the salesperson to lunch. See if there is anything bothering him. Try to help him solve any work-related or personal issues, so that he can focus more on entering the correct data for billing.
C. Alert the representative by e-mail when the invoices will be sent out for two months. Give him a deadline to enter any unique terms not covered by the default pricing tables in the software. Copy his manager.
D. Prepare a second training class on how to operate the new software and schedule all of the employees in the organization who use the software to attend. If one person isn’t using it correctly, perhaps there are more.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Accepting Unrealistic Deadlines: A Recipe for Disaster

by Muhammad Umais Mulki

Sometimes the temptation to work on an exciting project—and other times the pressure from the business executives to get the business—leads to agreement on unrealistic expectations. This article discusses the mistake of agreeing to unrealistic timelines and suggests a few ways on how this can be avoided—and the project kept under reasonable control.

Embracing Mistakes: Learning from Experience

by Jon Quigley, Shawn P. Quigley

Failure to learn from mistakes--and from each other--can cost organizations dearly. Learning and adapting are hallmarks of good project management and of functioning organizations. Making mistakes is not a problem--it's how we learn.

The Top 10 Reasons Projects Fail (Part 2)

by Marc Lacroix

While we all generally know what a pitfall is in the business world and understand that they should be avoided, the most obvious traps are still sometimes the ones we fall into—especially when managing projects with dozens of competing priorities that distract us and take our eyes off the trail ahead. This two-part article series identifies the top 10 reasons projects fail and focuses on how to avoid these common project management pitfalls.

Team Members: The PM's Critical Communications Channel

by Suvrutt Gurjar

We always give a great deal of attention to project communications with senior management, customers and sponsors. But in order to make the project and all of these stakeholders successful, the project manager needs to diligently nurture one more channel: project communications to and from project team members.

Self-Service for Your Project Website: Do's and Don'ts

by Joe Wynne

The wise project manager knows how to use the right tools in the right way to communicate to different groups. When using a web share to present and document information, there are some important do's and don’ts to be aware of to ensure success.

The Top 10 Reasons Projects Fail (Part 1)

by Marc Lacroix

While we all generally know what a pitfall is in the business world and understand that they should be avoided, the most obvious traps are still sometimes the ones we fall into—especially when managing projects with dozens of competing priorities that distract us and take our eyes off the trail ahead. This two-part article series identifies the top 10 reasons projects fail and focuses on how to avoid these common project management pitfalls.

Digital PM Controls: Low-Tech/High-Touch vs. High-Tech/Low-Touch

by Mike Griffiths

Project management tools are getting more and more sophisticated as they compete with rivals on features and spread to support more platforms. Yet sophistication has a cost. Let's explore how a combination of deliberately low-tech inputs and outputs can be used with modern tools to deliver the best of both worlds.

7 Tips for Choosing Collaboration Tools

by Elizabeth Harrin

Are you looking for a project management collaboration tool? There are plenty out there to choose from. Here are seven tips to narrow down your selection.


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