New Practitioners

Covering Things up Is Never the Right Approach

by Andy Jordan

Project managers sometimes feel they have to hide problems or challenges. That is never the right approach. When project managers try to mask or hide issues, they expose the project to a number of additional risks.

Scheduling

Event Project Management: 5 Best Practice Tips

by Mark Romanelli, Dr. Susanne Gellweiler

Project managers are regularly called on to coordinate event projects. The list provided here includes some tips from event management experts, who share some best practices.

Quality

What Is a Quality Project Manager?

by Bruce Garrod

Although it’s true that not every attribute can be quantitatively measured, leveraging PMI’s three processes makes sense when defining a quality project manager.

Agile

Topic Teasers Vol. 122: Can I Say This About Agile?

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

Question: I work in an environment where the scrum version of agile, which is evidently great for some organizations, just doesn’t work. Can I say this about agile, as I know it is the hot, new approach to projects? It’s just that there are some industries where, from what I read about this strategy, it is a great philosophy…but the actual steps to do it don’t quite fit. Is there any alternative to rejecting the whole methodology?

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Leading Change Through Project Management

by Angela Montgomery
June 05, 2019 | 57:21 | Views: 1,533 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.52 / 5

Change is necessary because organizations are struggling with the new demands and challenges of complexity. This webinar looks at how Project Management can be the engine of change.

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Risk Reward

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Risk is everywhere. Crossing the street. Changing lanes. Joining a pickup basketball game. Digging in the yard. Some risk we take for granted—most drivers observe the red light, so we go ahead a ...







A Quality Primer

by Andy Jordan

One area where new project managers seem to struggle is quality management. Let’s go back to basics and look at the foundations of quality (which will also be a useful refresher for everyone!).


How to Model Testing in a Project Plan

by Stephen Biddle, PMP

We all know the last thing you do in the project is test it. The question, however, is how to plan for it. The problem with many project plans is that they don't allow for a situation where the test fails, which is almost inevitable. Here's some help.


Quality Doesn’t Work the Way You Think It Does

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We want to do quality work. We want our results to be seen as being quality. But what does that actually mean? And how do we test for it? How can we satisfy for ourselves—and demonstrate to others—that we’ve delivered on expectations in terms of quality?



Quantum Computing: An Issue and a Solution

by Kevin Coleman

We’ve entered the quantum computing race! Are you prepared? Let's explore this interesting and complicated emerging technology—and its potential implications.


The Importance of ‘Why’

by Andy Jordan

PMs should be consciously thinking about whether they need to adjust the approach for the unique situation they are facing. New PMs don’t have the experience to know when they need to make those adjustments; to figure that out they need to continuously be asking “Why?”


A Strategy-Driven Approach to Regulatory Implementation

by Alexandra Wong
June 06, 2019 | 59:55 | Views: 751 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.40 / 5

Less than half of organizations consistently report high strategic alignment in their project management practices despite established research linking business success to strategic alignment in projects. Regulatory implementation programs, in particular, are susceptible to being operationally (as opposed to strategically) managed with the sole focus on “getting the job done”.



The 4-Hour (Project) Workweek

by Sean Hull 
May 28, 2019 | 57:35 | Views: 1,284 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.00 / 5

Graf von Moltke was a Prussian Field Marshal who developed a rather genius, and simple, method to stack up his generals based on intelligence and initiative (or lack thereof.) The smart & lazy rose to the top because they made the right thing happen, at the right time and found the easiest way to do so. Marshal your projects (pun intended) and take control of your life!


PM Lessons Learned From Game of Thrones

by Dmitry Ilenkov
May 23, 2019 | 57:29 | Views: 4,596 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.25 / 5

“A bruise is a lesson and each lesson makes us better” – Arya Stark The HBO series, Game of Thrones, provides a project manager with lots of insights and lessons to consider.


Phileas Fogg: The Around the World Project Manager

by Chris Greco
May 22, 2019 | 61:03 | Views: 3,050 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.51 / 5

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in Jules Verne's novel, "Around the World in 80 Days," and proves that the project management process works in a voyage to beat all other voyages! Listen to how Phileas used the project management processes that we use every day to navigate various (and dangerous) risks in order to get what he thought would be the greatest reward - a successful trip around the world.


The Secrets to Developing a Culture of Candor

by Dana Brownlee
May 22, 2019 | 59:44 | Views: 3,542 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.60 / 5

Virtually everyone agrees that projects benefit significantly when team members and key stakeholders speak up to ask questions, voice concerns (early!), and provide honest feedback. It’s that candid feedback that helps teams arrive at better decisions and sometimes avoid all-out calamity, but the truth is that oftentimes team members (even PMs) don’t feel free to speak up.


Consulting As a Service for Digital Transformation

by Nathalie Bouchard
May 21, 2019 | 61:02 | Views: 2,636 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.24 / 5

In this engaging 1-hour webinar, Nathalie Bouchard Executive Advisor and co-founder at Oneflexiwork discusses the rise of the Consulting as a Service (CaaS) model, for digital transformation. Consulting has always been about delivering services, but with today's technology and the consulting market transitioning to the Cloud, delivery, consumption, and billing of these services introduces new challenges.


RPI - The Third Musketeer in the Earned Value Framework

by Fernando Arturo Santiago, Kik Piney
May 21, 2019 | 60:17 | Views: 2,268 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.24 / 5

This webinar provides an introduction to the extension of the Earned Value Management (EVM) framework to the area of benefits realization management (BRM). The "third musketeer" is a new indicator, Realization Performance Indicator (RPI), which complements the existing CPI and SPI.


OPM3® Self-Assessment Questionnaire

PREMIUM deliverable
by Marcos Guoglielmi

Get help assessing your organizational maturity with this set of 500 questions that correspond with PMI's Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®).


OPM3® Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Spanish)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Marcos Guoglielmi

Obtenga ayuda para evaluar su madurez organizativa con este conjunto de 500 preguntas que se corresponden con el Modelo de Madurez de Gestión de Proyectos Organizativos (OPM3®) de PMI.


Technology Project Status Report

PREMIUM deliverable
by Payam Montazami

This clean and simple Microsoft Word template can be used for reporting the status of various technology type projects. It allows you to report high level information as well as a breakdown of the details when required. (Note: The fields can easily be renamed to fit other types of projects.)



Transition Plan Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Jonathan Winchenbach

This transition plan provides the resources supporting production the required information they will need to support the solution when deployed into the production environment. This documentation will provide the operational support resources the detail to facilitate the following: monitor and support in production and minimize outages and their negative affect on the business; obtain role-specific education; triage, troubleshoot and resolve an incident.




Gantt Planner for Excel

deliverable
by Gary Weber

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.


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