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Hard Work vs. Smart Work: 5 Ways to Work Smart

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

When it comes to smart work versus hard work, which would you pick? Sometimes, we work so hard that we get worn out and exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way. These five tips can help.

Leadership

5 Tips for New (and Seasoned) Project Managers

by Walter Edwards

Through various interactions with business professionals, this practitioner has learned some valuable lessons during his career as a project manager. These tips can help new PMs—and provide a good reminder to seasoned pros.

Knowledge Shelf

Catapulting Productivity With IT Project Management and Corporate Governance

by Jim Miller

When project management and corporate governance join forces, organizations can boost efficiency and maximize growth opportunities. A fully engaged IT project management office will assist senior managers in the prioritization of the best ROI and strategic projects and make certain that IT projects deliver what’s expected.

Procurement

Topic Teasers Vol. 137: Lowering Software Purchasing Risk

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

Question: Due to major cutbacks at my organization, I have been asked to work on getting new software that we need to update. In the past, we had a procurement department to do this. Since they were all let go, finances are at a low level for us. How can I quickly get myself up to speed so that I lower the company risk when we sign a new software contract?

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Leading During Difficult Times

by Sheryl Unger, Wendy Heckelman
September 02, 2020 | 54:35 | Views: 3,041 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.43 / 5

Leading change is an essential leadership capability, especially during these unprecedented times. Your leaders play a critical role in dealing with this crisis across your organization and within its teams. Leading through change is not easy under regular business circumstances, let alone during a crisis. As change experts we know that living in a VUCA world, characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, is the backdrop for what motivates strategic change and the need for leadership agility.

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5 Tips for New (and Seasoned) Project Managers

by Walter Edwards

Through various interactions with business professionals, this practitioner has learned some valuable lessons during his career as a project manager. These tips can help new PMs—and provide a good reminder to seasoned pros.


6 Practical Ways to Energize Your Hybrid PM Methodology

by Bruce Harpham

If we stubbornly insist on running projects “by the book,” we are going to miss opportunities. In that spirit, here are six ways to develop your hybrid approach to project management.



Hard Work vs. Smart Work: 5 Ways to Work Smart

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

When it comes to smart work versus hard work, which would you pick? Sometimes, we work so hard that we get worn out and exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way. These five tips can help.


Own Your Sponsor Relationship

by Andy Jordan

Sponsors can be tremendously frustrating for PMs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Start your career (or your project) off on the right foot and own your sponsor relationship by following a few guidelines.


Topic Teasers Vol. 137: Lowering Software Purchasing Risk

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

Question: Due to major cutbacks at my organization, I have been asked to work on getting new software that we need to update. In the past, we had a procurement department to do this. Since they were all let go, finances are at a low level for us. How can I quickly get myself up to speed so that I lower the company risk when we sign a new software contract?


You Can’t Have an Agile Business Without Agile Leadership

by Andy Jordan

Current events are leading to ever more calls for the development of agile business environments. But if agile is going to help businesses that have not yet embraced its benefits, then the focus needs to be somewhere else. It needs to be on changing the minds of business leaders.


3 Ways to Increase Success When Integrating Into a New Culture

by Michael Huber

Integrating and adapting into one company culture can seem immense. The changes are sure to be constant, but with these changes comes new opportunities allowing us to add value to our new organization. These three tips can help.


Scheduling projects in times of COVID-19

by Hari Haran Sivaramakrishnan
August 27, 2020 | 60:53 | Views: 3,648 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.85 / 5

This webinar will showcase some key lessons learned to manage schedule compression effectively


Project HEADWAY: Storytelling for Project Managers

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
August 20, 2020 | 61:58 | Views: 2,429 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.65 / 5

An essential part of good communication is story. And good story has structure, rules and guidelines. Understanding how story works, and how to tell good stories, is a critical tool in communicating well. In this presentation, you will learn how to understand and apply story telling principles to your communication efforts.


Food Waste & Recovery - Opportunities for Project Managers

by Raju Rao
August 18, 2020 | 60:51 | Views: 2,208 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.16 / 5

Statistics show that globally about 33% of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. On the other hand, we have about 11 % of world suffering from malnutrition and hunger. According to UN based WHO, even if 25 % of the food wasted is saved then it can alleviate the hunger problem. The problem is acute and is obvious but yet organizations and people have not come to grips with it. Thankfully, during the last few years the situation is changing.



The Agile Enterprise: We tried Agile, and it didn’t work - What’s next?

by Stelian Roman
August 14, 2020 | 61:26 | Views: 3,037 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.51 / 5

Agile, for many a silver bullet, worked pretty well for software development teams with most of them being the first attempt to have a structured approach. Bringing some order to chaos was beneficial, and the results were in some cases spectacular. Most, if not all Agile frameworks were developed by software engineers and for software engineers. Apart from a couple of frameworks, like Disciplined Agile and SAFe that combine Agile with traditional Lean practices used in manufacturing, most Agile frameworks were developed for small teams (less than 10) and a start-up culture.


Project Risk Management / Risk Management

by John Ayers
August 13, 2020 | 51:16 | Views: 3,179 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.43 / 5

How do you incorporate risk mitigation plans into the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)? This is important because it is useful to be able to see the status of the mitigation plan in the IMS and the impact on other tasks if the mitigation plan begins to slip. This webinar presents a tutorial on risk management. It includes: the risk management process; risk identification methods; risk analysis techniques; risk response (handling) methods; and risk monitor and control approaches. Finally, the webinar will explain and show by example how to integrate a risk mitigation plan into the IMS.


Driving Operational Excellence using Lean Six Sigma

by Susan Beauchamp
August 12, 2020 | 61:58 | Views: 2,505 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.75 / 5

Have you heard about Lean Six Sigma and wondered what is all of the fuss about? Are you wondering why it’s growing in popularity and experience requested in a growing number of job posting requirements? Are you considering learning more about it so that you can become a practitioner? If so – join us for this one hour overview where we answer these questions.


From Chaos to Calm: Lessons from a Successful Program Turnaround

by Govind Agarwal, Reuben D'sa
August 12, 2020 | 71:54 | Views: 723 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.52 / 5

Are you struggling to get your stakeholders aligned and onboard for your program goals and objectives. Are you not sure if they understand what the outcomes of the program will be? Join us to learn about how through successful stakeholders management, crisp communication and strong RACI we were able to turn a chaotic situations into calm where there was perfect symmetry within roles and we had aligned outcomes.


Project Schedule Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel document allows you to create and manage a project schedule, and includes a resource distribution graph based on your inputs. Use in conjunction with the Work Breakdown Structure.


Requirements Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel document allows you to manage requirements related to your project by logging description, priority and type.


Resource Calendar Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

As soon as your team actually starts working (execution phase), it is wise to create and maintain a resource calendar. This document allows you to manage resource availability within your project.


Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel template allows you to create and manage a work breakdown structure using a register for work packages.


Project HEADWAY: Storytelling for Project Managers

PREMIUM presentation
by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

An essential part of good communication is story. And good story has structure, rules and guidelines. Understanding how story works, and how to tell good stories, is a critical tool in communicating well. In this presentation, you will learn how to understand and apply story telling principles to your communication efforts.


Decision Log Sample

deliverable
by Bart Gerardi

A simple decision log can help a project manager keep stakeholders and team members informed, aligned and engaged on decisions made throughout the course of the project. Here is a sample to use or modify to your specific needs. Use in conjunction with the article Distributed PM: Decision Logs.


Risk Register & Response Planning Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ihab Lasheen

This Excel workbook contains a risk register and response planning sheet to log risk cause and effects, along with strategy and action plans. It also includes a risk probability and impact matrix. Alter the data validation fields to suit your needs.


Project HEADWAY: Building Business Cases That Matter

PREMIUM presentation
by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

It doesn't need to be this way, and good, well-crafted business cases can be important decision tools to guide and support strategic decision making. This presentation dives in to what makes an exceptional business case, and how to build one.


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