PMXPO 2016 (On-Demand)

April 28 2016 | online

ProjectManagement.com is excited to bring you the 9th edition of its annual virtual conference and exhibition! It's your opportunity to learn, network, earn more than 6 PDUs and gain valuable knowledge—all from the comfort of your home or office! You can view PMXPO 2016 on demand through July 28 for six sessions full of informed project management viewpoints from leading industry experts--led by our keynote from Robbie Bach, innovation expert and former Chief Xbox Officer.

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Case Study: Project Agility in a Strict Waterfall Organization

by Eric Frisvold, PMP

When a project requires an agile delivery model but the organization is tied to strict waterfall methodology, the team needs to be creative in order to meet its goals using all of the tools in the project management tool bag. Read the story of a team that learned that agile and waterfall can (and, indeed, should) co-exist to provide outstanding results.

Scope Creep and Action Reports (SCARs) in Software Projects

by R. Sarma Danturthi, PhD, PMP

Every project manager has faced scope creep but may not appreciate the importance of project documentation. SCARs, an acronym for scope creep and action reports, reminds us that they are to be created and updated throughout the project and will prove to be valuable assets en route to continuous process improvement.

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Corporate Culture in Project Management: A Collabyrinth

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by Karen Smits

When various companies come together to work on a project, they each bring their own corporate culture to the project organization. Consequently, a great variety of cultural aspects, as well as distinct practices and different values and interests for participation, emerge when stakeholders come together in a project organization. Hence, the project organization is a cultural complex work environment.

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Are Project Managers Reluctant to Collaborate?

by Jason Westland

Collaboration is a buzzword that has multiple meanings depending on who you ask. However you define it, it’s pretty well established that improved collaboration means improved project outcomes. So how are project managers collaborating to improve project outcomes?

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Topic Teasers Vol. 78: Breaking Stalemates

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

Question: We are at a stalemate! Executives keep asking for more and more projects to be done, yet our resources do not have enough spare time to do them. We look bad, but when we say we don’t have enough time to do these requested projects, management doesn’t really “hear” us. I’m not officially a project manager, but is there any way I can step up and help my organization through this standoff?
A. If you are not a project manager, this is not your problem. Continue to do your daily work and spend whatever few hours a week you can working on projects as they are assigned by the boss of your department.
B. Ask to make a plea in the next executive meeting. When you present your case, let them know that everyone is too busy to do more projects and, realistically, it will a long time before the current ones are finished. It is important to set expectations.
C. Ask your immediate manager if you can work with your colleagues to try to capture the free time available for projects and then prepare information for him to present to the executives. In this way, you may be able to realistically show some options for moving forward with organizational projects.
D. Work to reduce the number of hours you spend on your current daily tasks so that you can focus more of your energy on important projects. Projects are the future, so they should be completed even if it is at the expense of the operational tasks that keep the company running in the present.
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