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Backlog Refinement: 5 Things to Avoid

by Bart Gerardi

Backlog refinement sessions offer many benefits, but there are also well-intentioned activities—or antipatterns— that can be detrimental to the team. Here are five backlog refinement antipatterns to avoid, from focusing on estimates to removing requirements too quickly.

Agile

In the Name Game, Agility Is the Goal

by Andy Jordan

Most organizations “get” what it means to do agile projects, but far fewer embrace agile concepts and build agility. There needs to be more focus on the merits of an agile approach, regardless of its label.

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Leading Projects With Humor

by Sam Stevenson

Humor is common in many projects and can improve project outcomes. What does humor look like in your projects? Has it helped or hindered? Learn more about the styles of humor, how it can benefit projects, and caveats to keep in mind.

Agile

Craft a Better Problem Statement, Part 2

by Jamie Flinchbaugh

Well-framed problem statements can greatly improve a team’s problem solving, but there are several “failure modes” to be aware of when crafting them. Here’s advice on writing problem statements that avoid these common pitfalls, from the author of People Solve Problems.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Enable Engagement & Inclusivity on Project Teams

by Erik Rueter
May 13, 2022 | 55:10 | Views: 2,620 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.57 / 5

Oftentimes, when employees hear the term "diversity, equity and inclusion," they immediately think it is solely the responsibility of human resources. It's not. As project managers and members of PMI, we strive to be good shepherds of the resources in our care - including the diverse group of people on our teams. To do this, and to realize the greatest benefit for our projects, we need to ensure our teammates feel safe to bring their unique experiences and best self to their work. By incorporating human-centered design /design thinking methodologies into your leadership toolkit, you will be able to lower some structural barriers to success. Through a mix of storytelling, statistics, and practical activities, this webinar will guide you to becoming a more aware team leader so you can move beyond having a diverse team and into having a high - functioning, engaged and inclusive one.

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Backlog Refinement: 5 Things to Avoid

by Bart Gerardi

Backlog refinement sessions offer many benefits, but there are also well-intentioned activities—or antipatterns— that can be detrimental to the team. Here are five backlog refinement antipatterns to avoid, from focusing on estimates to removing requirements too quickly.


Craft a Better Problem Statement, Part 2

by Jamie Flinchbaugh

Well-framed problem statements can greatly improve a team’s problem solving, but there are several “failure modes” to be aware of when crafting them. Here’s advice on writing problem statements that avoid these common pitfalls, from the author of People Solve Problems.


In the Name Game, Agility Is the Goal

by Andy Jordan

Most organizations “get” what it means to do agile projects, but far fewer embrace agile concepts and build agility. There needs to be more focus on the merits of an agile approach, regardless of its label.


How to Navigate the ‘Boring’ Middle Part of Your Projects

by Andy Jordan

There’s a point in every project where PMs don’t have much to do. The work is moving forward without them, and they feel a little redundant. How do you deal with that? Follow these do's and don't when your workload slows down.


How to Overcome Common Metrics Mistakes and Make Numbers Your Ally

by Bruce Harpham

It’s easy to be taken in by numbers. But ultimately, metrics are just as fallible as people. The answer is not to adopt a nihilistic view—to give up numbers and data. No, the better way is to boost our data literacy and how we act on metrics.


Participate in Survey to Help Inform International Standards

by PMI

On behalf of ISO Technical Committee 258, PMI is asking the members of the global project management community to provide their unique insights and perspectives around agile and adaptive approaches, techniques and practices in the project, programme, portfolio and governance space. Participate in this survey before it closes on May 31, 2022.


4 Ways to Future-Proof Your Workforce

by Andy Jordan

Project management is a high-demand profession with a significant supply shortfall. What can organizations do to ensure they have enough project management talent to support them in the future? What skills and attributes should companies be looking for?


Enough With the Benefits Realization Excuses

by Andy Jordan

How can you commit to work if you don’t know whether that work will deliver what you want? Benefits realization isn’t easy, but it’s certainly not impossible. The fundamental issue is that work—and the benefits aligned with that work—is being defined in the wrong way.


Ask Us Anything - PMIEF - Enabling Youth through Nonprofit Partnerships

by Ashley Forsyth, Emily Sanders
May 18, 2022 | 56:58 | Views: 197 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.67 / 5

In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we aim to put youth on the path to success by incorporating project management skills into their daily lives. In 2019 the PMIEF Board of Directors approved a strategic plan which runs through 2027 which narrowed the scope of the PMIEF to enable youth through partnerships with Youth-Serving Nonprofits (YSNPs). As we enter the second phase of this plan, we would like to take the opportunity to present to the PMI community how we're doing on our mission and provide insight on legacy PMIEF programs.



People & Project Management: Valuable Takeaways of My Journey in the Mobile Phone Industry

by Armando Arriaga Castañeda
May 05, 2022 | 61:00 | Views: 2,719 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

Building a winning organization is not an easy task, and to succeed it needs to have solid foundations, foster collaboration and embrace continuous learning. Each of us have a key role in this success, whether as an individual contributor, Project Manager or head of the organization. In this webinar I share the most valuable lessons I´ve learned and cherished in Project and People management throughout my 15 year journey in mobile phones industry as part of global Quality Assurance organizations.


Project Manager Expertise, Experience, and Career Development

by Timothy Brandon
May 04, 2022 | 62:21 | Views: 2,570 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.36 / 5

Where we stand today and how we may influence tomorrow Dr. Brandon will share highlights from his recent research study exploring the key expertise, experience and career development factors which contribute to overall project manager competency and project success. The objective is to offer insights into how project managers rated their skill levels, provide an easy assessment tool, and recommend ways for project managers and leadership to enhance levels of expertise and accelerate professional development.


Balanced Leadership

by Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin, Shankar Sankaran
April 26, 2022 | 61:10 | Views: 6,439 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

Leadership in projects is dynamic and alternates between actors. This presentation on the award-winning study of leadership reality in projects and its resulting theory of balanced and horizontal leadership outlines project-specific approaches to leadership. These include temporary appointments of horizontal leaders, as well as the dynamic assignment (i.e., the balancing) of leadership authority to the best possible leader in different situations. To that end, it outlines a framework including recently identified types of leadership and their situational contingencies. This includes the five events that make up horizontal leadership in projects. These are nomination of team members, identification of potential leaders, selection and empowerment of leaders, empowered leadership and its governance, as well as leadership transition. Moreover, the presentation addresses the coordination of these events through the socio-cognitive space, and the dynamic assignment of leadership authority to the best possible leader at a time, which is known as balanced leadership.


Is Project Management The Right Career For You?

by Antonio Nieto, Yasmina Khelifi
April 22, 2022 | 60:35 | Views: 5,235 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.52 / 5

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions globally. According to several studies, governments will spend more than $10 trillion on reconstruction projects in the next 10 years. This means there will be millions of projects — more than ever — put into production within the decade, and each will require a project manager. Project management jobs are already aplenty. Do a quick search on LinkedIn and thousands of roles will pop into your feed. To the point, we did a search while writing this article and found more than half a million openings in the United States alone. These are just a few indicators that the project economy is here to stay. If you’re curious about this career, now is a great time to start learning about the field, what it takes to land a project management role, and if it is the right path for you.


Project HEADWAY: Virtually Facilitating Well

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
April 21, 2022 | 62:29 | Views: 4,885 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.75 / 5

In this presentation, Mark dives deep into the strategies that enable effective audience participation in a virtual meeting environment. You'll learns strategies that you can apply immediately to improve the effectiveness and enhance the success of your next virtual meeting.


The Agile Enterprise: Kaizen - From the Shop Floor to the Office

by Stelian Roman
April 21, 2022 | 60:53 | Views: 3,654 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.45 / 5

Fifty years since the first agile project, Enterprise Agility remains a hot topic and for some, it is a new delivery approach. Started in the late 1970s as an alternative to Lean Six Sigma, Agile became popular in the second decade of the 21st century when the frameworks used by successful small software development team found their way into projects. Possibly because it was successful on a small scale, or due to business involvement in the development of new software solutions, or just because agile has become something that any organization has to have over the last decade, agile “escaped” software development and is now more and more considered as an option for other Business Teams. "Scaling" Agile beyond software development is a challenge because most popular agile frameworks are conceived by software developers for software developers. In many cases, "scaling" is done by returning to Lean Six Sigma practices - the very approach that Agile tried to improve or even replace. Kaizen is a Lean Six Sigma practice used with great success in manufacturing. In this webinar, the author will share his practical experience with Kaizen in manufacturing as well as software development projects.


Project HEADWAY: Delivering Bad News

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

In this webinar, Mark explores the challenge of bad news and why delivering it is so uncomfortable. More importantly, he identifies strategies to craft difficult messages and deliver them confidently and well. If you have to deliver bad news (and what project manager doesn't at some point in their career) you'll want to attend this webinar. The good news is that you'll get insights you can take action on and use right away.


Go/No Go Production Readiness Checklist

PREMIUM checklist
by Anthony Solis

Use this Go/No Go production readiness checklist to assess if your organization is prepared to deploy an application. This spreadsheet aims for a composite or holistic view between the business and technical aspects of an application deployment. There are 36 questions in nine categories to respond "yes" or "no" to, with self-adjustable weighting and a final score.


Project HEADWAY: Virtually Facilitating Well

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

In this presentation, Mark dives deep into the strategies that enable effective audience participation in a virtual meeting environment. You'll learns strategies that you can apply immediately to improve the effectiveness and enhance the success of your next virtual meeting.


Gantt Planner for Excel

deliverable
by Gary Weber

Now updated! The tool creates a Gantt chart that can be used for presentations. Using this planner for "what-if" upfront planning is faster and easier than trying to do it in real time with dedicated project software. The tool easily allows adding comments or annotations to a Gantt chart, re-arranging tasks into logical flows, or showing multiple tasks in a single row.


Monthly Audit Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ishita Mitra

This template is to be used by internal auditors for reviewing project governance and compliance with organizational standards. This template focuses on the project budget, resource utilization and project health. It can be further expanded to include other project constraints; add more details as per your organization's audit needs.


Portfolio View Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ishita Mitra

For efficient project governance, the PMO must ensure that the managers review all project parameters regularly. This template will help project/program/portfolio managers take a detailed look at all project constraints and variances. This will give a consolidated view and status of each project in a portfolio. This can also be leveraged and customized for weekly/monthly stakeholder reporting.


Scrum of Scrums Meeting Template

PREMIUM presentation
by Marcia Nathan

The purpose of the Scrum of Scrums is to synchronize projects that are interdependent upon one another and to discuss any roadblocks, impacts and mitigation strategies. Use this simple PowerPoint deck to track project progress and roadblocks.


Project HEADWAY: Building the Value Creating PMO

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

In this presentation, Mark Mullaly dives deep into PMOs and the roles that they can and do play in organizations. He looks at the reasons that many feel, and explores the factors that do, occasionally, lead to success. If you work in a PMO, or for one, or are impacted by one in the projects that you manage, this is a presentation that you won't want to miss.


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