Risk Management for Program Managers

by Bruce Harpham

Program management is a relatively young discipline within the project management profession. That means there are fewer tools and techniques to address the challenges of program risk. At the same time, the larger responsibilities of program managers mean greater disruption from risk events. Consider the following findings about the state of program management…

Making Programs Work: Straighten Up and Fly Right

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

There are some very real distinctions that are present between programs, projects and portfolios that are frequently misunderstood. Sometimes this misunderstanding is accidental, and occasionally it is by design. And some misconceptions have the unfortunate consequence of skewing the focus away from just what makes a program actually a program.


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Bullying at Work: An Ethical and Leadership Dilemma for all Project Managers

by Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP

Employers are becoming more acutely aware of the human, legal, ethical and financial costs associated with workplace bullying. In order to directly and proactively address this issue, project managers and their organizations need to take action. Learn about sources of information and tools available to assist in this endeavor along with a selection of proactive tips.

Project Management Planning: Strengthening the First Line of Defense against Project Failure

by K. Venkatachaliah Babu, PMP

Project management planning is one of the critical components of managing projects and the first line of defense against project failures. The author presents a template for developing an effective project management approach by considering the project’s unique characteristics, identifying project “hot spots” and adopting methods (tools and techniques) suitable to the unique nature of the project at hand.

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Challenges of Program Management in Global Environments

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Program Management has many challenges by nature. Driving Programs, in global environments adds additional components to this interesting role. As global economies are changing, new opportunities for emerging markets like LatinAmerica are finding their space in the global market place, and projects and programs are part of it. This webinar is based on experiencing this challenges in today’s global world.

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Leadership and Stewardship: Is There a Connection?

by Michael Wood

Ever wonder why effective leaders almost always see themselves as stewards of something far bigger than themselves, a keeper of a sacred trust? There is a connection between leadership and stewardship that would-be leaders need to understand if they are to mature into someone who can lead people--and organizations--to success.

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Project Failures = Reputation Risk

by Kevin Coleman

Not all projects are successful. Some just fail to make the grade while others go down in a firestorm of controversy. Those are the ones that are increasing causing damage to the reputations all of those involved. Here's some help to address this growing challenge.

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Topic Teasers Vol. 50: Resource Management Capacity

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

Question: We’ve just been purchased and the new CEO wants me to set up a better way to manage our project managers working on projects. We seem to be either overworked or sitting around idle. Since we are a big organization, most of the “one team” solutions don’t fit--we’re also a hybrid of traditional methods plus an agile sensibility where it can be worked in. Ideas?
A. Set all of your teams up to be Scrum teams and hire a ScrumMaster to oversee everything. Traditional methods no longer work in today’s business environment.
B. Hire a Business Analyst for each team and have this person supervise the project manager to make sure the mix of work to relaxation during the day is more equal than in the past.
C. Plan that this transition may take several years, then start with a Resource Manager position and look to tighten up the activities done by project managers so that they work at their maximum efficiency. Base your actions on providing capacity information to the portfolio team you create or repurpose for this larger corporate project.
D. Suggest that all personnel be hired from an outside sourcing agency, so that the numbers of people working on your projects can vary from week to week. This is called Resource Leveling, and will save the organization a sizable amount of money.
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