U.S. House of Representatives Approves Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

by PMI

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The Project Management Institute (PMI) strongly supports this important legislation reforming federal program management policy in four important ways. Click the headline to read more on PMI.org.

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The Job Hunting Project

by Eran Prigat, PMP

You have worked for your company for several years and have made the most of it; but now, it’s time to move on. With job search activities based on Process Groups in the PMBOK® Guide, this article explains how you can treat job hunting like a project, meaning that you set a timeline to execute it, it should be temporary and you should have a start date and a finish date.

Fiction: A Life Less Balanced

A Life Less Balanced: Release 2.0

by Robert Bulger

Welcome back to our favorite start-up, Konnect Software. Release 2.0 picks up moments after the end of our first Release. It's now the latter half of Friday afternoon, and we're finding Max Jackson in an enviable position—a weekend off. But a decision looms. It's not so much how Max answers, but in how she structures her success around the answer. Another glass ceiling needs to shatter. Along the way in this Release, we start to see how Max looks at life, HR and the pursuit of project management.

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Project Managers: 3 Keys to Increase Your Influence with Others

by Thomas Cooper
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Would you like to have more effective team members? Happier clients? Less friction on your project team? More cooperation? Join us as we talk about three "laws" of leadership you can apply in your projects to increase your influence - even without formal authority.

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We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com September book club!  The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the o ...

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The Portfolio-Driven Hub: PMO 2.0?

by Andy Jordan

As organizations evolve to a more portfolio-driven approach, the need for a “management hub” for that approach will grow. How can the PMO establish itself as the hub of that approach, acting as the central function driving all non-operational activity?

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Agile Breaks Out of the IT World

by Kevin Aguanno, CSPM (IPMA-B), Cert.APM, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, FPMAC, FAPM

For many, the concepts of agile are distinctly related to software development. But there has been a trend over the past 15 years of agile approaches taking root outside of software development and systems integration projects. Agile has not only appeared outside of its usual places, it has thrived in many of these new areas.

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Topic Teasers Vol. 84: Drafting Career Blueprints

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

Question: Luckily, a key department manager went to bat for us and we now have a standing team. I think this will help us produce deliverables more quickly, as we don’t have to get reacquainted and learn to work with a whole new group on each project. However, the “negative Nellie” on the team is already concerned that this will stall his career. How do I show my colleagues that this is a positive step and that it will help their career progress, not hinder it?
A. Plan for the organization to pay for as many certifications and college or junior college classes as possible. Insist that any coursework your teammates want to take is crucial to their success at their current work. All knowledge is powerful knowledge in the workplace.
B. No one can plan a future career, as promotions and opportunities are only given to those who have special connections or subservient relationships with those at the CEO, CIO and CFO level. You are puffing smoke to craft pipe dreams if you suggest otherwise to your friends.
C. Work with each team member to draft a blueprint of where they would like their career to go within the next five years. Help them choose, plan and implement important steps to allow them to be ready for opportunities along their desired path. It may not work, but it’s better than not having a plan.
D. As the old Doris Day song goes, “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. The future is not ours to see. Que sera, sera.” With the lightning speed changes in business occurring each day, it is impossible to envision what skills one will need in the future. Cross your fingers and hope.
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