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Have PMOs Turned the Corner?

by Andy Jordan

A few recent events have left this project manager feeling very positive about PMOs--and that’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. While we can't yet proclaim PMOs as saviors of organizations, they are now on the journey to success.


Project Charter Document

by Ralph Moore

This sample project charter helps you define the scope, objectives and overall approach for the work to be completed. It is a critical element for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and assessing the project. It should be the single point of reference on the project for project goals and objectives, scope, organization, estimates, work plan and budget. In addition, it serves as a contract between the project team and the project sponsors, stating what will be delivered according to the budget, time constraints, risks, resources and standards agreed upon for the project.

All About Project Scope

PREMIUM presentation

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


Dynamic Project Management

by Pradeep Sangal

Large infrastructure project teams continuously struggle to manage several issues posed by the volatile environment of projects. It's time to develop a holistic and dynamic project planning and monitoring tool for the effective management of ever-changing project requirements and environments.

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.


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.

Project Managers: The Level-Headed Heroes that Prevail

by Mike Donoghue

Being a project manager may not be flashy and inspire flowing-cape theatrics, but there are quiet ways in which you can work behind the scenes to ensure that everyone becomes the hero when your projects are completed on time, within budget and to everyone’s satisfaction.


What We Are Still Getting Wrong About Quality

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We’re getting quality more wrong than we are right. Which is fascinating, when you get down to it, because quality is the foundation on which project management is built. Why is this a problem? When everything is a constraint, nothing is.

How to Resolve Stakeholder Disagreements During Defect Reviews

by Joe Wynne

When stakeholders disagree over which defects must be fixed during the project, it can cause schedule or scope changes near the project end date. Avoid such changes--or at least justify them for a change request--by using these tactics to understand and work through disagreements efficiently.


North America Congress Highlights – Key Take-Aways and Lessons Learned in Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management

Nov 23, 2015 11:00 AM EST (UTC-5)

Please join us and continue the conversation with presenters from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America. During this webinar we’ll explore best practices, key takeaways and lessons learned from Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to virtually meet the presenters and get a glimpse into their post-conference highlights and teachable moments from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America.

The Presentation on Presentations

Nov 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

Attendees will learn how to prepare for a presentation, best practices, and get new ideas for and actionable steps to improve their own presentation skills.


Elevator Pitch for Project Management (Part 1)

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? It's harder than you think...

Social Media: Where to Next?

by Michael Wood

What might the future look like, you ask? Here are some things to ponder as those wishing to command a greater percentage of our consumer spend are finding ways to “customize our experience" through exploiting the opportunities social media, big data analytics and mobility promise once properly integrated.


Testing Issues and Opportunities

by Kevin Coleman

Testing has been seen as an unavoidable evil. But as we change and adapt, we must test all of those changes to help ensure they work properly, work as designed, meet the organization’s needs and are secure.

Handling Illness: A Project Manager's Way

by Debasis Chakrabarti

A manager was suffering through a “project” in crisis--but it was not a project that he was managing at his office. The project is crisis was himself. Despite having three decades of project experience, he didn't have a risk response plan at the ready. That's when his project manager brain got to work...


Pre-Paid Staffing Model: A Distributed Factory

by Sreenivas Kunapuli

There are essentially two types of billing for contract work—Fixed Price (FP) or Time and Materials (T&M). Both have their advantages and disadvantages. This article introduces a third type of billing for a contract, called “Pre-Paid” (PP) billing. The Pre-Paid staffing model has an interesting parallel to flight booking and looks at the economies of scale to benefit both the provider and the client.

Contracting for Infrastructure Technology (IT) Services – “Software as a Service” Projects

by Janice Blake, PMP

With business competition increasing, organizations have turned to third parties for delivery models that offer new ways of fulfilling their information processing and data needs. Managing an IT service is very different from managing IT products and requires new skills. Contract establishment, vendor management and education of the business staff is needed. This paper addresses some of the key areas to consider when contracting for large-scale IT service contracts.


Why Sustainability is Critical for Your Project

Karen Chovan

Evidence is showing an extremely high rate of project failure, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better--particularly on projects that have many stakeholders involved, and those that require environmental assessments. What are we missing, and why aren’t our improvement methods working?


"A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for."

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