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Getting the Creativity You Need

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

Creativity can and does happen on a schedule. It can be prompted into awareness and action. You can be creative on demand, and you can inspire and encourage—even require, if need be—creativity in others. The trick is knowing how it is actually done.

Leadership

Nurturing Creativity: A Leader's Role

by Andy Jordan

It doesn’t matter how creative a project manager is if they operate in an environment that stifles that creativity. That’s where leaders have a critical role to play.

Knowledge Shelf

Good Benefit Statements Are Essential for Effective Benefits Realization Management (BRM)

by Paul Shaltry, MA, PMP, Dave Violette, MPM, PMP

A robust Benefits Realization Management (BRM) focus starts with crafting benefits statements that speak to why project-based results are needed. This article suggests ways of constructing useful statements and provides a framework for you to engage benefit statements in a thoughtful way in your business setting.

Talent Management

Promote Creativity for Better Team Problem-Solving

by Joe Wynne

Stay out of the way but be supportive to help teams create better solutions to problems that arise during projects. It will speed things up, help you manage risk and reduce impact to your schedule.

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The 7 Questions of Change: A Communication Template for Team Driven Initiatives

by Peter de Jager
February 11, 2020 | 59:08 | Views: 1,596 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.71 / 5

What must we do to bring about a Change initiative as smoothly as possible? Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! How much, and for how long do we do this? Until we get sick and tired of the sound of our own voice – then we take a deep breath and a drink of water and we start all over again. Communication isn’t something that stops and starts; it’s a constant activity before, during and after any Change initiative.

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Will the current context of the COVID-19 virus affect your project? Is this already the case? Despite all the technology we have or because of it, the impact of viruses is enormous. A virus can go ...


2020 Technology Update: AI, 3D and IoT...Oh My!

by Michael Wood

In 2020, with so much happening, the Technology Update provides a targeted summary of the space and where it is all headed. This year, the technologies covered artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and the Internet of Things (IOT) & Bodies (IOB).


A Plan to Navigate Your Leader-Ship

by George Freeman, PMP

We can’t take our leadership practices for granted, and we can’t assume that every project will require the same leadership skills as the last one. Instead, be purposeful and create a leadership navigation plan for your next project. Here’s a use case to help.


Break the ‘Noise Cycle’ and Focus

by Joseph McCormack

Nonstop e-mails, endless meetings, and 24-7 connectedness are crippling our ability to think, focus, solve problems and do the deep work that organizations need to stay competitive. Here are eight recommendations to help you and your teams regain focus.


Start Building an Innovation Team

by Kaihan Krippendorff

In the first installment of a multi-part series on building effective innovation teams, we look at the first two important steps: removing organizational friction (from resources to rewards to leadership) and assembling a cross-functional team that balances five key factors, including experience, size and interdependence.


When Less Is More

by Andy Jordan

Organizations approve more initiatives than they are capable of delivering, creating frustration when those projects fail to achieve expected results. Why is there a reluctance to reduce the number of projects in progress? More important, how do we change that mindset?


Practicing to Be Creative

by Mike Donoghue

To be creative in the workplace (and as needed) requires the development of a discipline or “habit,” something we can learn from a legend in dance. Having the spark when it is required means knowing how to build your internal processes in order to be creative.


Problem Solving: Using Visualization

by Mike Griffiths

Rarely do project managers have all the answers, or the best answers. So we need to share the problem and collaborate on developing a solution. This is why being able to visualize problems is so important.


Project Communications: All Creativity, All the Time!

by Andy Jordan

Every project manager knows the importance of communication, but how many of those PMs treat communication as the most important aspect of their role every day? Let’s change that.


Megaprojects as Symbols

by alfons van marrewijk
February 12, 2020 | 60:04 | Views: 3,491 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.47 / 5

An Anthropological Perspective on the Symbolic Interpretations of the Dutch High Speed Train Megaproject



Standards Transformation and the PMBOK(R) Guide: Evolution and Revolution

by Cyndi Snyder Dionisio, Stephen Townsend 
January 22, 2020 | 61:00 | Views: 137 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.45 / 5

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: Understand concepts associated with a principle-based and systemic view of project delivery; understand the project delivery landscape and associated delivery approaches; and how these concepts are being incorporated in the PMBOK(R) Guide-Seventh Edition


Using Serious Games to Improve Your Project Management Skills

by Nicki Kons, Eitan Katzenell, Marie Struttmann, Hamutal Weisz
January 14, 2020 | 57:33 | Views: 7,995 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.73 / 5

Serious games are defined as games that have a primary purpose other than entertainment. Games have been known to shorten the learning curve and as one of the best ways to break patterns and adopt new habits. In this session, we will shortly present the science and research behind it and how it can help you become better at your job and learn new tricks.


The Agile Enterprise: Managing Financial Aspects in Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
January 10, 2020 | 59:56 | Views: 7,994 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

In an Agile organization, most of the financial planning and reporting should not be necessary. However, very few organizations have the necessary conditions to abolish tight financial management. This webinar will propose a few financial management approaches for Agile projects, highlighting the necessity as well as the challenges of each of the proposed models.


How to be a Rock Star Project Manager on Digital Transformation

by Tony Saldanha
January 08, 2020 | 60:11 | Views: 5,931 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Digital Transformation is the #1 priority for boards and CEOs. It's a $1.7 trillion industry in 2019. And yet 70% of all digital transformations fail. Why? And what can a project manager do about it?


The Project Manifesto - The Guiding Principles of the Project Economy

by Antonio Nieto
January 08, 2020 | 60:45 | Views: 6,357 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.56 / 5

We are witnessing the rise of projects as the main unit of work, as well as the essential model to deliver change and create value for individuals, organizations, and society at large. Despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. Widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces is a great example.


How to Prevent and Stop Workplace Bullying

by Lori Wilson
January 07, 2020 | 58:46 | Views: 8,244 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.62 / 5

Workplace bullying is a fascinating and complex subject – whether it is happening to your personally in your relationships with others or showing up in your projects.


Daily Progress Report (Construction Subcontractor)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Mustafa AlMashhadi

This daily report is geared toward construction subcontractors to log activities, workforce, activities, materials, weather and more. Adapt to fit your project needs.


Stakeholder Register Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Theresah Nyantakyi

Use this Excel sheet to register stakeholders for your project, including requirements, expectations, engagement classification, interest, influence and more!


Statistical PERT™ (SPERT™) Estimation Worksheet

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by William Davis

Updated for 2020! Statistical PERT is an estimation technique that project professionals use to align expectations and make better business decisions. Use Statistical PERT to create a probabilistic forecast for many project uncertainties, such as how much your project will cost, or when you might deploy the next agile release. Statistical PERT easily models a wide variety of uncertainties using built-in statistical functions inside Microsoft Excel, making estimation easy to do—even for people who don't like statistics.


The PM Podcast Episode 441: Facilitating a Project Planning Meeting

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by Jim Stewart, PMP, Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, Rich Maltzman

Planning your project right from the start is a big factor for future success. It’s definitely not everything, but doing the planning right goes a long way. And most planning is done in meetings. And that again means that you really want to make sure that those meetings deliver. That is where the book How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings - A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success can help.


Project Monthly Progress Report Outline

PREMIUM deliverable
by Mujahid Akhtar

Use this sample monthly progress report (created for a construction/engineering project) as an outline and adapt for your own project. It contains sections for an EVA summary, progress analysis, procurements and more.


Proposal Estimation and Planning Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sanjiv Dhupkar

There are many available techniques for estimation; however, during the RFP/proposal stage, estimation becomes a challenge due to the high level of scope and information, short durations, urgent submissions, etc. One has to rely on a work breakdown methodology and past experience to derive the schedule, effort and resource requirements. This sample template will help you log a variety of planning activities.


The PM Podcast Episode 440: PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition

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by Mike Griffiths, Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, Stephen Townsend , Cynthia Dionisio

At the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, I had the opportunity to attend two workshops to help in the development of A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) -- Seventh edition.



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