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Organizing a Charge

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

At some point during a project--if things are running behind or there are issues and obstacles to overcome--the project manager may need to organize a charge for the project team. Are you ready to lead it?

The Lack of Execution Quality

by Andy Jordan

Projects usually have some form of quality standards for the product that they are expected to deliver--but when it comes to how the projects are delivered, it’s often a standards-free zone. But the quality of execution is a result of the parameters that are in the triple constraint.

Method in the Mayhem: Managing Megaprojects (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

What is it that makes a megaproject more than just an ordinary one on steroids? Certainly the challenges that megaprojects create make exceptional demands on project management expertise. But what are those challenges? And in what ways does expertise respond to those exceptional demands? A close look at a couple of examples--one ancient and one modern--might help us understand how megaprojects have responded to those questions.

Why 'EPMO' Does Not Mean 'Strategic PMO'

by Andy Jordan

EPMOs have become much more popular in the last few years, but organizations aren’t always seeing the benefits that they expected--why? Are you dealing with some kind of Frankenstein’s monster bolted together with the “good” parts of individual approaches?

External Pressures

by Andy Jordan

Some of the most frustrated project managers work in environments where they are exposed to an organization’s external customers. External PMs have to deal with very varied project execution environments, so how do they still ensure success?

Getting Stuck in the Middle

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Many projects get stuck in the middle: the execution phase. Project managers need to be ready to fight that problem to help your project succeed all the way to the end. Keep these four recommendations in mind.

The Case for the Chief Project Officer

by Andy Jordan

Projects are becoming more strategic, why isn’t project leadership? The argument for the CPO is becoming stronger and stronger, so let's consider the case for an executive responsible for project execution.

Presenting the Project Roadmap

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The executives of an organization are not interested in the details of a project, but they do want to know what the roadmap is for the project. How are you going to present that to them? Keep these four tips in mind.

Finding the Time to Collect Lessons Learned

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Lessons learned can be a valuable resource to future projects. Collecting them should be a priority for the project team even when they cannot see the immediate benefit of it. Keep these four tips in mind to help the process run smoothly.

Portfolio Management from the PM's Perspective

by Andy Jordan

Many organizations fail to recognize that they are driving significant change to a PM’s job--and even fewer do anything to try and make the transition a constructive one. Here, we look at portfolio management in terms of the impact on PMs--and offer some guidance on how to help ensure that those PMs are champions of the evolution rather than resistors.

Why On Time, Scope and Budget Isn’t Enough

by Andy Jordan

Stakeholders are the key to success on a project, and you need to manage them toward that success. It’s more than just “normal” stakeholder management--it requires a PM who understands the business environment that he is delivering a project into.

Saving a Slipping Schedule

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When a schedule starts to slip, the project manager should be ready to jump in and get things back on track. Here are some strategies the PM can use that do not involve forcing everyone to work 80-hour work weeks.

Is Your PMO an Integral Part of Organizational Leadership?

by Andy Jordan

We now look to PMOs to take more of an active role within the entire lifecycle. For that expanded role to be successful, the PMO needs to be more than simply the guide and controller for project execution; it needs to be accepted into a leadership role within the organization--partners with business units and accepted experts on portfolio execution.

The Importance of Project Manager Recognition

by Andy Jordan

You can put as many management and oversight layers in place as you like, but ultimately the frontline of project execution is made up of project managers and their teams. The first Thursday of November is almost here again--International Project Management Day--so let’s celebrate PMs (but let’s plan that celebration properly first...).

When PMs Turn Bad

by Andy Jordan

One of the most important things to have is self-awareness--we have to recognize when it is we as project managers that are causing the problems, and when our team members are telling their colleagues about horror stories where we are the bad guys. Here are three swivel-eyed demons to watch out for...

Jekyll & Hyde PM: Managing Project Shifts

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

The most significant challenge for any project manager is when projects shift modes. The shift from startup to execution, and the shift from execution to closeout, requires a change in mindset. Each shift needs the PM to adjust their focus and emphasis--and a corresponding change to how they deal with people.

Controlling the Emergency Project

by Andy Jordan

When things go crazy, how do you ensure that process doesn’t suffer? PMOs will benefit from having a “process-lite” concept that could be used in emergencies--and more importantly, a framework for determining when the approach could be used.

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: 2 Reasons to Avoid Waterfall, and 3 Better Approaches

by Rob Saxon

The waterfall methodology for projects is aptly named, because it is equally painful to try to go back to prior phases of a project once the effort has advanced to the next phase. This article will outline two reasons to avoid waterfall, and three ways to approach software projects that are more useful.

Requirements: Get It Right the First Time

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Managing requirements becomes much easier when they are well defined from the beginning so that you avoid confusion and rework. Here are some key concepts to help you get it right the first time.

How to Discover Quality Requirements

by Michael Wood

The road to successful requirements management begins with a quality requirements discovery process. Learn why this process can help you avoid costly mistakes, scope creep and even project failure.

The Highs and Lows of Contract Project Management

by Andy Jordan

Done well, contract-based project management can deliver the kind of results that simply wouldn’t be possible using only employee resources; done poorly, it can be a disaster.

Insourcing vs. Outsourcing

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Sometimes it's a knock-down, drag-out brawl between proponents of insourcing and outsourcing. When the final bell rings, who will still be standing?

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