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PMI Talent Management Conference 2015: Positioning Project Teams for Success

December 4, 2015 | online

Exclusive Virtual Event for PMI Members Only: Earn 6 PDUs! This conference is essential for today's ambitious project managers to learn the full story on what companies are looking for--and the skills you and your team need to cultivate right now to keep your lead role. During the sessions, participants will be able to gain career and team-building knowledge. All the six sessions are built upon the one preceding it so that the whole conference will provide you with essential insights into professional development and you will be ready to star in a new season of success. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.


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Methodology Weakness in Project Control

by Arild Sigurdsen

Budget overruns are typical for all industries, especially for those dealing with complex, non-repetitive projects. Control over projects is often lost because the most popular project control tools simplify the control issue to the extent that vital steering parameters are lost or missed. A probabilistic forecasting tool like the Range Forecasting Method (RFM) can help address uncertainty and reduce extra costs.

Effective Functional and Cross-Functional Requirements in Agile Projects

by Dina Laresch, PMP

To produce effective functional and cross-functional requirements, project teams must focus on solving real user issues. The author’s team initially ran into problems with delivering software that did not completely resolve market and user needs. To improve their practice, they increased their cross-functional team collaboration and enhanced the requirements management process in their agile projects.

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Fresh Thinking for the 21st Century Project Leader

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by Raoul Encinas, Tamara Christensen

This webinar is intentionally designed for intermediate to senior project leaders who want thought-provoking and stimulating information that challenges them to go beyond business as usual. Despite this chaos, there are constants. Project leaders who can consistently adapt to the ever-changing landscape around them will thrive and continue to deliver project success. We will explore how successful project leaders take ownership of their situation and apply design thinking, creative problem solving, brain neuroscience, and other concepts to suit their particular environment.

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The Critical Path


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With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be nice this month to focus on our community as a whole rather than a particular "Member of the Month." While the community has grown by lea ...

Spotlight On: Communication

5 Symptoms of a Sick Project

by Rob Saxon

There are few diagnostic readings that a project manager can take to determine if their project is out of control. Think of them as temperature and blood pressure. By identifying a critical mass of these readings, project managers can sooner identify problems--and change project behaviors for the better.

Spotlight On: Communication

Elevator Pitch for Project Management (Part 2)

by Alain Soulie

Looking for high-impact statements when you only have 30 seconds to demonstrate the value of project management--and present yourself in the best possible light? What would your elevator pitch be? In our concluding installment, we look at examples of a project manager’s value pitch.

Topic Teasers

Topic Teasers Vol. 68: Living Through Overload

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

Question: I’m not really a complainer, but I think I’ve reached that tipping point of overload where I can’t make it through no matter how hard I work or how many hours I spend. How do I get through this situation without looking like I can’t handle the projects assigned to me?
A. If you complain, even though you have every right to do so, management will consider you a person who cannot step up to a challenging environment and your chances for promotions will be diminished. Don’t say a word.
B. We all have a point where it becomes impossible to do all the work that needs to be done. Admit defeat to yourself, then find a way to offload some logical things and plan how you will keep from getting here again.
C. Ask your team to each take on 90 more minutes of work per day. While they may put in some unpaid overtime, the feeling of satisfaction in doing something extra toward the success of the project can actually have a positive impact on your future work together.
D. Prepare statistics to show your boss that you need to add one or two new people to the team if you are to meet the deadlines he or she has set. There comes a point where an understaffed team must reach out for new blood to be successful.
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