Leadership

Taking Over an Ailing Project

by Stephanie Jaeger

Have you ever been asked to take over an ailing project—one that was close to failing and completely off track? A few simple steps can help you get off to a good start with your team and all stakeholders.

PMO

PMOs: Of Purpose and Problems

by Andy Jordan

The reason leaders often can’t define the purpose of the PMO is that they don’t understand the nature of the problems they want the PMO to address. How can we combat this fundamental issue?

Knowledge Shelf

Data Quality Management in Engineering and Construction Projects

by Valentin Kouprine, PhD, PEng, PMP, Daron Kinsey, MIEAust, Randy McMeekin, PEng

The engineering and construction industry is transforming from a document-driven to a digitally driven sector. Besides the physical assets delivered, managing project data and information is essential to providing better quality deliverables, cutting costs and controlling risks.

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Lean and Six Sigma: A Blended Approach

by Kimberly Johnson, William LaFollette
October 03, 2018 | 61:30 | Views: 1,281 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.57 / 5

We have all heard of Lean and Six Sigma, but what about blending the two approaches into a complementary systemic approach to excellence? This presentation will talk about the evolution of process improvement from both lean and six sigma perspectives—and how the methods complement each other in the healthcare and service industries. Case studies from two organizations that successfully deployed Lean Sigma thinking will be presented.

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Regression Testing in Scrum

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When changes are made to software that has been previously validated, even the smallest revision has the potential to disrupt the existing code. Software developers implement Regression tests to ensur ...









A Glimpse Into Our PM Future

by Mudassir Iqbal

In today’s world where we are experiencing massive changes in all facets of life, our craft has become quite pervasive. It’s thought-provoking to consider the upcoming demand for project managers. What challenges are ahead?


Agile Coach = Agile PMO?

by Júnior Rodrigues, MSc, PMP

The agile coach is like an agile PMO structure. The purpose is like that of a traditional PMO—to ensure that the project creates the intended product within an acceptable time frame. What changes is the approach...



Managing Through Informational Diversity

by David Maynard

Organizations often create cross-functional teams that enhance informational diversity, but this can present its own challenges. This practitioner shares four techniques he's developed over 25 years of handling project teams composed of “firm-minded” experts in the hopes of developing a project’s outcomes.


Projects in the Real World: Agile and Beyond

by Priya Patra

Has agile replaced other development methodologies as the go-to approach? Is it true for all projects? Let’s look at some characteristics of projects in the real world…


Staying Relevant as a Project Manager

by David Davis

Our PM training needs to focus on driving change more than following process. Here's a list list of 14 skills a project manager should refine in order to stay relevant in the future.


Can Agile Transformation Work in the World of Beer Brewing?

by Paul Odell

We all have an agile team in our minds whenever we take on mastering any new process. Parts of your mind are similar to a product owner, a scrum master and a development team. If you can organize a team with agile, could it not also work with organizing your mind?


Fact or Fiction?

by Andy Jordan

Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true. As a project manager, you will be told a lot of things. The secret to success is often separating fact from fiction.


Yikes, I am Being Replaced by a BOT

by John O'Rourke
October 03, 2018 | 61:23 | Views: 1,107 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.91 / 5

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) promises to be a major disruptor to both organizations and their employees over the next few years. This session will answer all of your RPA questions and most importantly discuss what Change Managers must do in order to prepare organizations and their employees for this technology.


Disciplined Decision Making: Experiences in Using the Ethical Decision-Making Framework

by Leah Brophy, Valerie Denney, Theodore Boccuzzi
September 28, 2018 | 60:21 | Views: 655 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.16 / 5

The purpose of this webinar is to provide practical experiences from using the PMI Ethical Decision Making Framework (EDMF). The webinar begins with the background and genesis for the EDMF, and an overview of the tool and the steps required. Next, the webinar summarizes the research design, collection and analysis process. Participants were asked identify an ethical dilemma, preferably in a business environment, and use the steps in the tool to evaluate the alternatives. Analysis includes what the participants did well, and what they struggled with. In final parts of the webinar, there are recommendations for further use of the tool as a structured mechanism to stop and think before acting in a rash fashion.


How Excellence in Collaboration Creates Better Project Plan

by Lynda Carter
September 28, 2018 | 61:04 | Views: 1,151 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.27 / 5

As projects become more complex, they require collaboration between many different parts of an organization. Creating a common vision and project approach become critical to project planning, approvals and successful project execution.



Project HEADWAY: Yes, You Can Deviate From the Process

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
September 20, 2018 | 62:24 | Views: 3,245 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.55 / 5

In this webinar, Mark Mullaly explores the value and relevance of process, as well as the circumstances where we need to adapt, evolve or deviate from the practices as they exist. He explores the basis for how processes are defined, how they evolved, and how we practically engage with them. Most importantly, he identifies the circumstances where established processes get in the way, and strategies and approaches by which to engage in responsible deviation.


Change Success: Driving Outcomes that Matter

by michelle yanahan
September 19, 2018 | 61:21 | Views: 2,755 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.33 / 5

How does your organization define project success? In order for a project to be truly successful it must deliver its anticipated ROI/business objectives.


Intrinsic Motivation: Team Mastery for Managers

by David Kachoui
September 18, 2018 | 59:14 | Views: 3,373 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.56 / 5

Much research and many popular books have been directed toward understanding the pursuit and achievement of mastery. A common understanding has emerged that mastery is more directly dependent upon the amount of time devoted toward deliberate practice. In mature skill areas, mastery can require 10,000 hours or more of deliberate practice. An organization or team filled with members who are committed toward achieving mastery is both desirable and elusive regardless of the industry or field. The key to achievement of mastery on an organizational or team level is individual motivation. Historically, most motivational research and advice has focused on extrinsic motivation. Recently, research has focused more and more on the power of intrinsic motivation. Intrinsically motivating teams can seem complicated and even contradictory. However, understanding the practical sources of intrinsic motivation can help managers apply the principles to real-world situations and increase their team’s drive to achieve mastery.




Corrective and Preventive Action Form

PREMIUM deliverable
by Payam Montazami

Corrective and preventive actions are improvements to an organization's processes taken to eliminate causes of non-conformities or other undesirable situations with clients and software. You can use this template as is, or as a starting point to make your own. This multi-purpose template can apply to both internal and external entities.


Lessons Learned Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Gururaj Kumar Shetty

This log helps you collate both the positive and negative experiences throughout the life cycle of any software development project. The main purpose of this template is to collect, share, learn and improve from the real-time experiences you encounter during the project.


Project Logbook

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sucharita Das

It’s important to track action items, issues and risks while managing a project regardless of project size. Handling multiple trackers for each is quite a challenge, especially when the project is big. This Excel logbook is a single place where all trackers can be stored. It also provides a graphical presentation of the overall status of the project logs, as well as individual detail statuses. This logbook also keeps the log of decisions/changes made during the project lifecycle.


Project Readiness Workbook (Financial Services)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Daniel Grzybek

When building a financial institution branch, there may be more than what is captured within the construction plan. This template provides you with the framework to help identify and track the deliverables your internal project team is accountable for. The first worksheet provides you with a mechanism to track and report these internal deliverables. The second worksheet further breaks down each deliverable to provide its details, such as key activities. The third worksheet captures details of the team’s open readiness plan. These worksheets should be modified in detail and accuracy to fit your project’s scope, and can be adapted to fit other projects/industries.


Risk Register Workbook for Qualitative Risk Analysis

PREMIUM deliverable
by Guilherme Calôba, PMP

This collection of Excel spreadsheets supports qualitative risk analysis, focusing on the creation of probability and impact scales, visualization of data and the comparison of untreated and treated risks.



PM Point of View #54: Procurement

podCast
by Kendall Lott, David Yarkin, Gordon Wade, Rick Grimm
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Almost every project involves some sort of procurement, whether it's goods, or teams of contractors. In fact, Procurement is one of the ten Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® Guide, and merits almost a complete column in the index of the Sixth Edition. Yet how well versed are PM’s in the best practices, the methods and approaches of the procurement process?


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