Agile

5 Ways to Become a 'Grassroots' Agile Team

by Bart Gerardi

Even if the larger organization is not operating in agile ways, smaller teams can—while still aligning with the overarching methodology, and without causing a huge disruption. This kind of grassroots campaign won't achieve a full agile transformation, but it could make for happier, more productive teams.

Agile

Stir Up Your Daily Standup

by Andy Jordan

The daily standup is an important part of agile-based project delivery. But let’s be honest, any daily meeting can become stagnant and stale. Don't settle—you can re-energize your standups by changing the routine and honoring their true purpose.

Knowledge Shelf

Ethical Project Management

by Michel Wagner, PMP

Project success is traditionally focused on delivering a project within the constraints of time, budget, and scope. This article outlines the risks associated with the “new world disorder” and the challenges that require new ethical perspectives on the delivery of projects. An improvement to the project management framework is proposed to analyze the ethical value of the product, as well as the conduct of the provider in case of defect or failure.

Career Development

Ready Yourself for Career Opportunity

by Joe Wynne

With more opportunities than ever for project managers, you need to have tactics at the ready to make the most of your career. Sure, networking is important, but how do you prepare? Who do you contact? What questions are relevant?

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Mastering the Art of Negotiations – Part 2

by Dana Bernstein
September 06, 2019 | 56:38 | Views: 1,914 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.69 / 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.

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Agile or Waterfall?

by Srikanth Ramachandran

Agile resolves some of the challenges that come with waterfall. What do you need to consider when making the shift? And are you sure you should even do it? (Not all projects are suited for agile!)


Don’t Get Hung up on the Plan

by Andy Jordan

In projects, the plan is seen as one of the critical elements of effective management—and it is. But don’t give it too much weight or it can lead you astray. You must recognize that plans will continue to develop and evolve as the work proceeds.


The Scope Document: The Eyes and Ears of Project Management

by Barath Balasubramanian

The key role of a project manager is to guide the evolution of a project through a structured framework. There are reliable tools available to build structure and bring certainty to managing the initial stages of project planning. One such vital tool is the scope document.


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.


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.


15 Tips for Productive Meetings

by Benetta Yogendran

As we continue to work remotely and with virtual teams, the number of meetings has increased tremendously. How can we have meetings that are not only productive, but also an efficient use of time? Here are 15 tips to help!



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

by Stelian Roman
September 05, 2019 | 58:00 | Views: 1,694 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.89 / 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.


Time to Reinvent Project Management

by Antonio Nieto
September 04, 2019 | 59:22 | Views: 1,503 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.58 / 5

.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 and value chain analysis help to make strategy a key area for every organization to apply. In contrast, project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts.



Formalized and Systematic Risk Management Process for Complex Projects

by Esra Tepeli
August 27, 2019 | 61:53 | Views: 2,875 | 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: 2,370 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.22 / 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.


Successful Agile Requires a New Kind of Leadership

by Jeff Dalton
August 22, 2019 | 62:50 | Views: 3,697 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.55 / 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.


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

by Uri Galimidi 
August 20, 2019 | 61:06 | Views: 1,423 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.38 / 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: 2,347 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.42 / 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.



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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