Integration

Embracing Mistakes: Learning from Experience

by Jon Quigley, Shawn P. Quigley

Failure to learn from mistakes--and from each other--can cost organizations dearly. Learning and adapting are hallmarks of good project management and of functioning organizations. Making mistakes is not a problem--it's how we learn.

Scope

Becoming Distinguished with Your Project

by Camilo Reyes

The Project Management Institute has defined the triple constraint of a project as scope, time and cost. The latter two have had their importance consolidated in job positions, software tools and several books; the same has not happened with scope. This article will provide tips on how to use concepts of scope definition in order to perform a distinguished project.

All About Project Scope

PREMIUM presentation

Simply put, scope is the size of the project. But there’s more to it than that!

Time

Corrective Action Request (CAR) Form

deliverable
by Sameh Nasr

Has your project deviated from the planned scope, schedule, cost or quality requirements? Need to get it back in line with your project baselines? Corrective actions can help; use this form to make a request.

Project Plan Reality Check

PREMIUM presentation

Before you submit your project plan for final approval, you'd better check it over. Learn the steps for cross-checking a project plan.

Cost

Earned Value Management Formulas...Illustrated

by David L. Rico, PMP

The whole point of Earned Value Management is to use past project performance measurements to depict the current standings and predict future efforts and resources required to complete the project goals. If you think in pictures, this illustrated formula will aid in your pursuit of certification or provide a refreshing perspective for veteran practitioners.

Intelligent Project Management: Adopting a 'Program Mindset'

by Nic Horn, Mark Seymour

Establishing a “program approach” allows leadership to control performance across multiple projects to achieve maximum efficiency and ensure alignment to strategic goals. The “Intelligent Project Management” model (iPM) provides a fully integrated approach utilizing smart controls, greater visibility of performance data and ensuring people have the right capabilities to support delivery.

Quality

Earned Value Management Systems - Lesson 2 of 2

Oct 5, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

The webinar is the second of two lessons and describes how to setup the WBS, schedule, budget, cost breakdown structure and organization breakdown structure to support the EVMS.

People

PMI Talent Management Conference 2016

6 December 2016, 9 AM-5 PM ET - Doors open at 8:30 AM ET | Online
PMI MEMBER-ONLY event

How do you build a team culture across continents, without ever meeting face-to-face? How do you motivate teams across the Boomer, Millennial and Gen X divides? Get answers to these questions and more at the 2016 PMI Talent Management Conference. Now in its third year, this free virtual event is your source for guidance on talent retention and development, plus things you need to be thinking about when planning your own PM career.

Communications

Project Management Mantras: Be an Efficient PM, Not a Bookish Zombie

by Saurabh Saxena

Stats don’t show a gleeful picture of the software industry. So what’s the main problem? Are we relying too much on management tools, or are we not able to apply book knowledge into practical scenarios? Are we becoming modern-day zombies who are managing projects as machines without applying people management skills? Here are some proven mantras for successful project managers.

Protecting Project ROI for Project Sponsors

by Kent Lefner

It is critical that business leaders have the ability and courage to mitigate risk up front and actively monitor and act on project risks and performance as early warning signs materialize. Here we look at a framework to help business and project leaders actively, transparently and honestly monitor risk and issues through the entire project lifecycle.

Risk

Red, Yellow, Green: Lessons for the Project Manager

by Robert Barger, MBA, PMP

Many organizations use a red, yellow, green rating system to quickly update senior management on the status of a large number of projects. Red indicates that some aspect of the project has fallen behind, encountered a setback or is outside of expected parameters. As the project manager, red is not necessarily your fault, but it is definitely your time to shine.

Procurement

Outsourcing: Too Good to Be True?

by Andy Jordan

Outsourcing vendors make lots of promises around the cost savings and productivity improvements they can deliver. Are the benefits really that good?

Top Reasons to Outsource

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

There are many reasons and benefits from outsourcing work. Here are some of the top reasons for looking outside of your organization for expertise and assistance in executing projects.

Stakeholder

The Entrepreneurial Project Manager

by Wendi Salvaggio

Entrepreneurial project managers are a different breed of project managers. They occupy a small niche within the project management discipline, but have a profound impact on those who’ve worked with them.

Corporate Politics and Stakeholder Management Communication

by Alla Antoniuk

Every project has its own share of organizational politics. As a project manager, you have to be aligned with organizational goals. Manage stakeholder expectations and relationships in an agile manner in order to stay on top of the game and make sure that your team performs at the highest possible level.

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