Talent Management

Career Development: A Strategic Human Resource Challenge

by Kevin Coleman

Many organizations have already begun to experience difficulty recruiting and retaining resources for their projects and programs. However, when you add the extreme shortage of resources for new and emerging technologies, the problem becomes much worse—and we should all be deeply concerned.

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Construction Industry Project Management Lessons Learned: Phase 4 - Execution

by Mark A. Annunziata, Sr., PMP

Inspired by construction questions heard while managing tier 1 projects, in part 3 of his series the author explains contractor requirements for project execution, including workforce management, reporting, safety practices, change management and field activities. Each element is described along with humorous stories and lessons learned.

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Successful Agile Requires a New Kind of Leadership

by Jeff Dalton
August 22, 2019 | 62:50 | Views: 3,165 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.54 / 5

In an agile world, team members are empowered to make important decisions within the context of the behavioral architecture, without having to ask permission from supervisors or managers. But these supervisors and managers are coming from a lifetime of learning how to succeed in a hierarchical world, so they will need to leave behind those ingrained lessons. In order for agile to be successful at scale, leaders will need to change.

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Celebrating Failure…and Other PM Oddities

by Andy Jordan

New PMs often have a lot of questions they think are weird—questions that can be difficult to ask. In this article, the author reaches into his mailbag to explore a trio of questions raised by our readership on sticky situations faced by project managers.


The Limits of the Linear Approach to Schedule Variance

by Vladimir Malinovskiy

In this article, schedule variance is modeled to show the comparison and relationship of actual project progress and the schedule baseline. The underlying linear model of the schedule performance index (SPI) is explained and visualized with the budget square chart. The limits of the linear SPI approach are shown, and then an improved non-linear visualization is explored.


Career Development in Overdrive

by Mike Griffiths

We often think of career development in terms of how we develop as project managers. But it's just as important to focus on how we can help the people on the projects we manage.



The Human Side of Digital Transformation

by Luis Alberto Caceres Villota

Nobody loses weight just by wearing workout clothes. In the same way, dressing an organization with new technologies is not enough to reach expected benefits. What is necessary to ensure lasting results with digital transformation? The key is in the human side.


Topic Teasers Vol. 126: Gone Phishing, Help Yourself

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

Question: My latest corporate project is to set up a structured plan to protect the organization against hackers and phishers. I will be working with team members from information technology, training, human resources and procurement. I don’t quite understand why this isn’t solely an IT project, but I am happy to have a multi-departmental project as it is actually a promotion for me. The CEO is our product owner, so I have to make a good showing. The only problem is I don’t know anything about hacking and phishing. Can you give me a quick immersion experience?


When It Comes to Sponsors, Silence Doesn't Make It Better

by Andy Jordan

There are situations where the constraints of a project are unrealistic—where the required work just can’t be done in the allotted time with the team that you have been given. What do you do in that situation? Sponsors sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Deal with them.


Do You Practice Career Resiliency?

by Bruce Harpham

Building a successful career is the ultimate project. Take the right approach, and you can create projects that change the world—and earn a great living in the process. And there are three factors that drive a resilient career...


Mastering the Art of Negotiations – Part 2

by Dana Bernstein
September 06, 2019 | 56:38 | Views: 780 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.75 / 5

Negotiating is an extension of building community. You will not get anything you want if the other person feels slighted or if they do not think they are getting an equitable deal. You will have to work harder to get people MORE of what they want so you can have MORE of what you want. Not everything in the negotiation has to be a down-and-out battle between you and the vendor. Be flexible, and the vendor will usually follow suit. Negotiating specifications with a vendor is not easy as you both have your own agendas. This process of negotiating the project’s requirements starts with the first phone call and continues until the last bill is paid.


The Agile Enterprise: The Impact of Robot Process Automation to Agile

by Stelian Roman
September 05, 2019 | 58:00 | Views: 655 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.76 / 5

Robot Process Automation (RPA) is one of the recent practices that is usually combined with Agile adoption as part of Digital Transformations. This webinar analyzes the benefits of RPA, combined with Agile adoption, using a parallel with the introduction of robotization in manufacturing. It is also an analysis of how/if RPA and Artificial Intelligence can be used in Project Management to improve the project delivery process.



Formalized and Systematic Risk Management Process for Complex Projects

by Esra Tepeli
August 27, 2019 | 61:53 | Views: 2,384 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.16 / 5

Project risks can give negative impacts on project objectives such as delay, cost overruns, decrease in quality and security aspects, then we can observe serious project failures. Risk management aims to identify the possible causes of threats and opportunities, to assess them qualitatively and quantitatively and to propose an action plan for risks deemed critical in order to decrease the undesirable effects on project objectives. Complex projects are affected by numerous risks and opportunities because of their complex organizational plan with a large number of stakeholders, complex planning with a long life-cycle, complex resource management, technical issues, and particular environmental factors.


Trauma or Triumph? Effective Leadership for Transformational Times

by Karthik Ramamurthy
August 23, 2019 | 61:57 | Views: 1,762 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.25 / 5

“May you live in interesting times!” This is an ancient and famous Chinese curse. Today, we do live in interesting times: Our environment is characterized to be Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA). Change is constant and happens at a frenetic pace. Change poses severe challenges to project managers. It makes team members uncomfortable and may also cause unethical behavior or unprofessional conduct. Mismanaging change can severely impact project success. This very interactive webinar will cover a typical project change scenario and provide you with practical tips and techniques to deliver strong, proactive, leadership and confidently ride the waves of change.


A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework (Part 4): An Executable Plan

by Uri Galimidi 
August 20, 2019 | 61:06 | Views: 1,193 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.41 / 5

This is in the fourth installment in an 8-part webinar series, A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework, presented by Uri Galimidi. The series covers an advanced yet practical framework which Project Managers can use to assess the health of their projects. The framework consists of eight key project management areas.


Project HEADWAY: Knowing What To Focus On

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
August 15, 2019 | 63:17 | Views: 1,918 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.41 / 5

This webinar explores how to think about and approach career development in a way that all of us—accidental and deliberate project managers alike—can respond and relate to.


Killer Requirements Generation Using Design Sprints

by David Angelow 
August 14, 2019 | 60:28 | Views: 2,808 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Requirements are a key driver for any project and there is a direct relationship between the accuracy of requirements and the outcome of a project. In many cases there is a direct link between scope and requirements, hence requirement definition impacts project scope.



Project HEADWAY: Knowing What To Focus On

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

This webinar explores how to think about and approach career development in a way that all of us—accidental and deliberate project managers alike—can respond and relate to.


Career Assessment Template

deliverable
by Michael Wood

No matter where you are on the career ladder, consider creating a roadmap for moving forward by comparing your current state to the requirements needed to achieve your career goals—and then identify the actions you need to take to make it all happen. Use this template in conjunction with the article What’s Your Career Plan?


Overview of the Project Management Process

PREMIUM presentation
by John Galyon

While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).


Materials Procurement Cycle Tracking Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Abdelrhman Elfky

Use this template to monitor and control the procurement cycle of materials during a project. It helps you track procurements by comparing planned activity dates with actual activity dates, allowing you to forecast/adjust progress.


Project Resources Budgetary Analytics Tool

PREMIUM deliverable
by Lee Wallace

This template is designed to show projected budget costs for project human resources (a consulting team, for example) and provide a comparative analysis of actual money spent on those resources and hours used to date by those resources. It can be easily updated as desired (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.). The tool provides an immediate illustration of the state of the project at any point along the project life cycle by showing whether the money and hours utilized to date are above, at or below the projected budget amount.


Statistical PERT® Beta Edition

PREMIUM deliverable
by William Davis

Now updated! Statistical PERT® (SPERT®) is a freely licensed, probabilistic, estimation technique. Use Statistical PERT to estimate uncertainties that have bell-shaped risk properties, like: task duration, work effort, revenue, expenses, agile story points, project portfolios, event attendance and more. Use in conjunction with the article Getting Beta with Statistical PERT.


WBS Generator

PREMIUM deliverable
by Jerome Smith

This WBS Generator allows you to create a work breakdown structure by updating an Excel table and clicking a button. Users can create conditional formats to highlight keywords, change the options to modify the look and feel, maintain the WBS with on-the-fly updates, and add second- and third-level boxes. By creating custom conditional formats, project managers focus stakeholder attention to key points in the WBS. Code has been updated to run on Excel 365.


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