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.


How to Fix a Broken Project: Lessons for the Project Manager

by Robert Barger, MBA, PMP

When you are assigned to a project during its infancy, it is easy to get the project to follow the lines you lay out. You are there at the beginning and you have a good commanding view of the landscape. But what should you do when you inherit an existing project that is already in trouble? Finding the missing elements will help recover your project.

All About Project Scope

PREMIUM presentation

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


Running the Short Project

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Not every project is a multi-year, billion-dollar implementation. Sometimes, you need to get something done in a few weeks or a few months…and the approach to these projects is much different.

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.


Topic Teasers Vol. 85: Figuring COST, Not Cost

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

Question: We are in financial trouble. Even though my team carefully researches costs for new hardware and software with multiple vendors, somehow as time goes on the expenditures on each implementation always costs up to three or four times what we budgeted. Is it us?
A. You are being “taken” by sales people from your hardware vendors who are behaving like used car salesmen. They quote you a low price to get your management’s approval, but when it comes time to actually install you have to add on many necessary extras you really need that they never revealed.
B. It is probably you and your team if you are only figuring initial hardware costs in your project budget. The total cost of any new installation should be calculated both in immediate costs and in long-term costs over the life of the equipment, including non-tangible expenses. Only then can vendor offerings be fairly compared and evaluated.
C. Management should not expect project teams to be pricing hardware. This should be done exclusively by someone from the purchasing department. Your only role is to install whatever arrives on the dock. In this way, if the costs go up you and your team escape the blame.
D. Since recent costs for information technology (IT) items have quadrupled over the life of the equipment, you should multiply any future vendor contract pricing by four and alert accounting how much cash to have on hand in the immediate future. Always pick the lowest bid, as in today’s market all hardware is basically the same.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

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.


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.


PMI Talent Management Conference 2016

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

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.



Santa Inc. and Business Benefits Strategic Alignment: Should Santa Use Drones?

Dec 7, 2016 4:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

Santa has performed an organizational assessment and is considering new portfolio ideas to move into the 21st century. One of the business case "winners" is drone delivery. Let's consider and evaluate the business benefits associated with this business idea. Shall the elves leap to implement this or is project execution caught in the fog of cloud business hype?

Boost Your Problem Solving: Leverage Mental Models For Success

Nov 17, 2016 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

We've all been in this situation: the project is falling behind schedule. Project team members come to you expecting answers. Vendors are late. There are numerous bugs in your code. How do you handle the situation? You need the ability to solve problems creatively. In this webinar, you will learn how to use mental models from multiple fields to solve problems faster.


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.


Project Governance: A Matter of Strategy or a Routine Activity?

by Jiwat Ram

Project governance has often been taken as something that is merely strategic in nature. This situation necessitates further discussion about how to make the utility of project governance simple and more applicable for organizations with little to no expertise and foundation in adopting this approach. One way to do that is to look at some of the challenges and work backward to identify solutions.

How to Repair Hundreds of Bridges Under Budget: Lessons from Oregon

by Bruce Harpham

In 2015, the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III State Bridge Delivery Program (OTIA) was listed as a finalist for the PMI Project of the Year Award. The program’s achievements, methods and overall approach represent a significant innovation. There’s plenty to learn from Oregon’s experience, even if your work has nothing to do with bridges or infrastructure.


"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."

- George Bernard Shaw