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Achieving Olympian Goals: Five Rings of Project Success

by Rob Saxon

The Olympic rings are five intertwined circles that represent the elaborate and complex Games. Similarly, project managers can bring five rings of discipline together to manage very complex projects. Each of these rings builds upon the other--and they give the project manager a taxonomy by which to manage Olympian efforts

The Bridge to Somewhere

by Mike Donoghue

In a world where there are many big challenges and all sorts of grand designs, there are massive projects taking place everywhere we look. What can a bridge halfway around the world teach us?

The Truth About Projects (Part 1)

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

Welcome to "The Truth About Projects", a popular new show that helps save you from missed budgets, blown timelines and under-performing or under-delivering projects by answering your questions on all things project management! Caller, you're on the air...

Sustainability and Whole Lifecycle Thinking

by Andy Jordan

As environmental concerns and sustainability become bigger issues across all aspects of society, there is an argument for taking a rather longer-term view of product development--the concept of whole lifecycle thinking, ensuring that the costs of the product are considered from birth to retirement. What can project managers do to help develop and implement the concept?

'A' for Analysis

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Analyzing information and data is a very important skill for a project manager in all phases of the project. Are you getting an "A" for analysis effort?

Talk to Your Stakeholders!

by Mike Griffiths

The frequency and magnitude of IT project failures are so prevalent and epic that people can appear in denial of their ability to influence, or “in acceptance” that a certain percentage of projects just go south. Does it need to be that way? If we spent more time asking people where stuff could go wrong rather than making ever more polished models of flawed project plans, could we change the statistics?

PMO and PMs: Partnership or Opposition?

by Andy Jordan

How is the relationship between your PMO and PMs--as good as it can be? The PMO has responsibility to ensure that projects are managed in accordance with policies and process, but they shouldn’t be perceived as opposition to the PMs.

Olympic-Sized Project Stakeholders & Your Workforce

by Joe Wynne

Olympic-sized projects mean more potential communication problems with stakeholders who control workers in your project. Adopting a combination of routine and targeted tactics can keep the project humming.

Project + Government = Change

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Transitions can be difficult when management and stakeholders change--something that happens on a regular basis in the government. Some basic guidelines can keep the project on track.

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Partisan Politics in Agile Projects

by Don Kim

If you’ve ever been involved in a highly visible project in which major stakeholders are jockeying to position themselves to impose their own agenda, then you would have experienced project partisan politics. And If you are a ScrumMaster on an agile project, there isn't a more important impediment to get out of the way.

Achieving Olympian Goals: Five Rings of Project Success

by Rob Saxon

The Olympic rings are five intertwined circles that represent the elaborate and complex Games. Similarly, project managers can bring five rings of discipline together to manage very complex projects. Each of these rings builds upon the other--and they give the project manager a taxonomy by which to manage Olympian efforts

Agile Risk Management: Running the Games (Part 2)

by Mike Griffiths

Engaging those closest to the risks and best equipped to resolve them (the team) in the process of measuring and acting on risks and opportunities is vital. As our series on agile risk management comes to a close, we examine the final three sets of collaborative team activities: Quantitative Risk Analysis, Risk Response Planning and Monitoring/Controlling Risks.

Project Plan Analysis

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Throughout the project lifecycle, the project management team will constantly refer to the project plan to determine the health and progress of the project. The project plan’s usefulness to the project team and the stakeholders depends on two things: data collection and data analysis. Both of these activities must happen correctly and timely during project execution to make the project plan something more than just a pretty Gantt graph.

The Political Explosion

by Andy Jordan

Project management is all about people and relationships--and there will be times when not everyone gets along. Projects have the potential to be political hotbeds as stakeholders have their own personal agendas--and that applies just as much to team members as it does to the sponsor or customer. Here we present a true story of politics and the destruction of departmental relations...learn from it before it's too late!

Personal PM in Action: Building a House with Asana

by Andrew Makar, PMP

As project managers, we often reinforce the importance of proper PM in our professional projects. However, when it comes to our personal projects, do you apply the project management mindset and tools? One writer has found project management useful for a few significant personal projects.

It’s Not About You

by Craig Curran-Morton

Want to engage all of your stakeholders quickly and communicate with them throughout the project? Stop being so selfish! It's not just about you. The decisions one PM made that supported communications on his project had mixed results, giving him some valuable lessons in the process.

The Waterfall Relevance

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

The basic premise for the New York state project management methodology is that there are two lifecycles in managing a software project: the Project Management Lifecycle and the System Development Lifecycle. This article briefly examines both cycles, worthy processes to follow for any organization seeking a quality PM solution.

Facing Reality: A Few Fundamental Truths

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

It’s time that we face up to a fundamental reality: organizations grapple with making project management work successfully on a consistent basis. Yes, there are exceptions--and some notable ones--but on the whole they simply prove the rule. It's time for a different approach.

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