Integration

Have PMOs Turned the Corner?

by Andy Jordan

A few recent events have left this project manager feeling very positive about PMOs--and that’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. While we can't yet proclaim PMOs as saviors of organizations, they are now on the journey to success.

Scope

Assumptions: A Project's Worst Enemy

Mar 2, 2016 2:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

We all hold assumptions. Then we make decisions and take actions based on those assumptions. What makes assumptions so dangerous is that they are typically unspoken and therefore unverified, but we act as if those ideas are founded in certainty when they might not be. An even bigger threat to our projects is when other people hold assumptions about our work and we don’t know it. This can impact user adoption, timeline, scope, quality, and overall project success.

All About Project Scope

PREMIUM presentation

Simply put, scope is the size of the project. But there’s more to it than that!

Time

Project Charter Template (PMBOK® Guide Aligned)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Markus Klein, PMP

This sample Project Charter, aligned to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide), includes sections for project goals, success criteria, risks, assumptions, restrictions, budget and more.

Project Plan Reality Check

PREMIUM presentation

Before you submit your project plan for final approval, you'd better check it over. Learn the steps for cross-checking a project plan.

Cost

Project Status Report Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Daniel Grzybek

This Project Status Report template was developed to be utilized in smaller, vendor-to-customer projects. The ideal report frequency is short, such as weekly. It's simple format focuses on communicating key indicators of any project's health (schedule, cost, scope, risk, etc.), activity progress, action items/issues and risk with the goals of being 1) quickly and easily comprehensible to the general stakeholder audience and 2) easily maintained and/or modified by the project manager.

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.

Quality

Material Checklist

PREMIUM deliverable
by Rami Kaibni

This material checklist and signoff form can be used for any type of material inspection. It is widely used in construction under the quality control process, but can be adapted for other non-construction areas.

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.

People

How to Develop a Culture of High Performance

Feb 24, 2016 1:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

A culture of high performance is essentially developed with building a team of members who have the right competency connected with the right job. Leaders monitor their team's readiness and the human aspects that inherently leads to a culture of high performance on a job.

Managing Large Project Management Structures

by Andy Jordan

When you are the project manager for a large team, what type of management structure do you need to ensure you can be as effective as possible?

Communications

The Anti-Collaboration Bandwagon

by David Robins

Very little will be gained by treating deep thinking and collaboration as a binary choice when in reality the opposite is correct--they need to coexist in order for successful project results to be achieved.

The Ethical Minefield of Social Media

by Andy Jordan

With social media becoming an increasingly important part of a project manager’s world, what are the ethical considerations they must bear in mind?

Risk

Research Management - Techniques in Early Maturity Exploration

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

A great deal of project and program management is focused on development, operations, and maintenance efforts. Looking at a Technical Readiness Scale (TRL) most projects fall into TRL 5-9, the more mature end of the scale. There is, however, portfolio, program and project management at the earlier TRLs that address early engineering (TRL 4/5), research (TRL 2/3), and fundamental science (TRL 1/2). There are significant differences in risk, personnel, stakeholder and other areas requiring management. This webinar takes a look at portfolio, program , and project management in these early TRLs in with the goal of eventual commercialization and movement of science to product or service.

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (UX)

Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

Recent PMI Study calls Requirements Management a core competency for project and program success - and does so for a good reason. 47% of projects run into trouble due to incomplete or changing requirements & specifications, lack of user input or unrealistic expectations. UX methods brought wild success to Apple, Google and other top players and it has been increasingly popular ever since. But what most magazines don't tell you is that it's not just the Design part of UX that makes it so effective! Attend this webinar to learn abut the not-so-glamorous, but extremely effective new UX tools and processes - for gaining accurate user insights, discovering 'missing' requirements and hidden underlying problems - the ones that business users would really like to see resolved first - even when they are not be clearly articulated.

Procurement

Valentine’s Eve Negotiations: A Story of Ethical Procurement

by Debasis Chakrabarti

Negotiators in this story followed the rules and ethics of the game. The goal was to maximize the gain of their respective organizations. There was no compromise on integrity. At the same time, the instinct of a youngster and the wisdom of a veteran collaborated to take the game beyond zero-sum and made it win-win…

How to Buy Well: A Short Guide to Ethical Procurement

by Bruce Harpham

Once project planning begins, procurement quickly becomes a vital activity. Whether you are building a bridge, installing a software upgrade or launching a new product, procurement matters to project success. Procurement poses both ethical and practical challenges.

Stakeholder

Challenges with DevOps Projects

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

When the business environment demands quicker turnaround time for business needs, approaches like DevOps help organizations meet them. At the same time, it also introduces additional challenges to project managers. In this article, we discuss what DevOps are--and the additional challenges that need to be handled by PMs when they adopt them in their projects.

What the Stakeholders Really Need

by Pedro Giovani Zanetti, PMP

Active and honest communication targeted to relevant stakeholders will foster alignment and help meet expectations to achieve project objectives. This article outlines key steps for strengthening the relationship between the project manager and the project participants.

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