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Hard Work vs. Smart Work: 5 Ways to Work Smart

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

When it comes to smart work versus hard work, which would you pick? Sometimes, we work so hard that we get worn out and exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way. These five tips can help.

Leadership

5 Tips for New (and Seasoned) Project Managers

by Walter Edwards

Through various interactions with business professionals, this practitioner has learned some valuable lessons during his career as a project manager. These tips can help new PMs—and provide a good reminder to seasoned pros.

Knowledge Shelf

Catapulting Productivity With IT Project Management and Corporate Governance

by Jim Miller

When project management and corporate governance join forces, organizations can boost efficiency and maximize growth opportunities. A fully engaged IT project management office will assist senior managers in the prioritization of the best ROI and strategic projects and make certain that IT projects deliver what’s expected.

Procurement

Topic Teasers Vol. 137: Lowering Software Purchasing Risk

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

Question: Due to major cutbacks at my organization, I have been asked to work on getting new software that we need to update. In the past, we had a procurement department to do this. Since they were all let go, finances are at a low level for us. How can I quickly get myself up to speed so that I lower the company risk when we sign a new software contract?

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Leading During Difficult Times

by Sheryl Unger, Wendy Heckelman
September 02, 2020 | 54:35 | Views: 4,073 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.44 / 5

Leading change is an essential leadership capability, especially during these unprecedented times. Your leaders play a critical role in dealing with this crisis across your organization and within its teams. Leading through change is not easy under regular business circumstances, let alone during a crisis. As change experts we know that living in a VUCA world, characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, is the backdrop for what motivates strategic change and the need for leadership agility.

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A New Litmus Test for Agile in 2020

by Mike Griffiths

When should we be using an agile approach for our project? The agile convert might claim “Always,” just as the predictive enthusiast could scream “Never!” For the rest of us, more objective tests and selection criteria are useful.


Danger: Waterfall Approaches

by George Freeman, PMP

There is no such thing as a pure waterfall implementation unless you are peering through nature’s lens—and there is no such thing as a pure agile implementation unless you are gazing through a lens of your own making.


Is Continuous Delivery Too Disruptive?

by Andy Jordan

Modern software development can always be in the moment, developing the best possible software for today. But is that good enough to succeed? Continuous delivery is going to gain traction and become an important part of how projects get delivered—but it only helps if it delivers business value.



5 Tips for New (and Seasoned) Project Managers

by Walter Edwards

Through various interactions with business professionals, this practitioner has learned some valuable lessons during his career as a project manager. These tips can help new PMs—and provide a good reminder to seasoned pros.


6 Practical Ways to Energize Your Hybrid PM Methodology

by Bruce Harpham

If we stubbornly insist on running projects “by the book,” we are going to miss opportunities. In that spirit, here are six ways to develop your hybrid approach to project management.



Hard Work vs. Smart Work: 5 Ways to Work Smart

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

When it comes to smart work versus hard work, which would you pick? Sometimes, we work so hard that we get worn out and exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way. These five tips can help.


Ask the Expert Webinar Series - Agile For Rest of Us

by David Maynard, Kiron Bondale
September 18, 2020 | 61:38 | Views: 137 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.11 / 5

The Ask the Expert Webinar Series is an extension of the Ask the Expert Program offered at PMI® Global Conference. Each year, experts from the ProjectManagement.com community offer one-on-one sessions to conference attendees, acting as mentors, coaches, and sounding boards for Project Managers at varying stages of their careers and across industries. Gain access to these leading project management and industry experts through the Ask the Expert Webinar Series – ask your most pressing Project Management questions, seek career advice, and gain insights into industry trends. Please join the webinar prepared to pose questions to the experts!


Leading During Difficult Times

by Sheryl Unger, Wendy Heckelman
September 02, 2020 | 54:35 | Views: 4,073 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.44 / 5

Leading change is an essential leadership capability, especially during these unprecedented times. Your leaders play a critical role in dealing with this crisis across your organization and within its teams. Leading through change is not easy under regular business circumstances, let alone during a crisis. As change experts we know that living in a VUCA world, characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, is the backdrop for what motivates strategic change and the need for leadership agility.


Scheduling projects in times of COVID-19

by Hari Haran Sivaramakrishnan
August 27, 2020 | 60:53 | Views: 4,104 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.85 / 5

This webinar will showcase some key lessons learned to manage schedule compression effectively


Seven Simple Strategies for Solving Any Problem

by Peter de Jager
August 25, 2020 | 56:40 | Views: 1,252 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.83 / 5

There are many problem solving methodologies-from TRIZ to OODA, from RPR to GROW, but this session won't discuss any of them. Instead we're going to focus on simple, standalone strategies to improve our problem solving effectiveness regardless of our existing PS skills or experience.


Project HEADWAY: Storytelling for Project Managers

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
August 20, 2020 | 61:58 | Views: 2,729 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.65 / 5

An essential part of good communication is story. And good story has structure, rules and guidelines. Understanding how story works, and how to tell good stories, is a critical tool in communicating well. In this presentation, you will learn how to understand and apply story telling principles to your communication efforts.


Food Waste & Recovery - Opportunities for Project Managers

by Raju Rao
August 18, 2020 | 60:51 | Views: 2,553 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.18 / 5

Statistics show that globally about 33% of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. On the other hand, we have about 11 % of world suffering from malnutrition and hunger. According to UN based WHO, even if 25 % of the food wasted is saved then it can alleviate the hunger problem. The problem is acute and is obvious but yet organizations and people have not come to grips with it. Thankfully, during the last few years the situation is changing.



The Agile Enterprise: We tried Agile, and it didn’t work - What’s next?

by Stelian Roman
August 14, 2020 | 61:26 | Views: 3,562 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.51 / 5

Agile, for many a silver bullet, worked pretty well for software development teams with most of them being the first attempt to have a structured approach. Bringing some order to chaos was beneficial, and the results were in some cases spectacular. Most, if not all Agile frameworks were developed by software engineers and for software engineers. Apart from a couple of frameworks, like Disciplined Agile and SAFe that combine Agile with traditional Lean practices used in manufacturing, most Agile frameworks were developed for small teams (less than 10) and a start-up culture.


Project Schedule Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel document allows you to create and manage a project schedule, and includes a resource distribution graph based on your inputs. Use in conjunction with the Work Breakdown Structure.


Requirements Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel document allows you to manage requirements related to your project by logging description, priority and type.


Resource Calendar Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

As soon as your team actually starts working (execution phase), it is wise to create and maintain a resource calendar. This document allows you to manage resource availability within your project.


Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This Excel template allows you to create and manage a work breakdown structure using a register for work packages.


Project HEADWAY: Storytelling for Project Managers

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

An essential part of good communication is story. And good story has structure, rules and guidelines. Understanding how story works, and how to tell good stories, is a critical tool in communicating well. In this presentation, you will learn how to understand and apply story telling principles to your communication efforts.


Decision Log Sample

deliverable
by Bart Gerardi

A simple decision log can help a project manager keep stakeholders and team members informed, aligned and engaged on decisions made throughout the course of the project. Here is a sample to use or modify to your specific needs. Use in conjunction with the article Distributed PM: Decision Logs.


Risk Register & Response Planning Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ihab Lasheen

This Excel workbook contains a risk register and response planning sheet to log risk cause and effects, along with strategy and action plans. It also includes a risk probability and impact matrix. Alter the data validation fields to suit your needs.


Project HEADWAY: Building Business Cases That Matter

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

It doesn't need to be this way, and good, well-crafted business cases can be important decision tools to guide and support strategic decision making. This presentation dives in to what makes an exceptional business case, and how to build one.


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"Nearly every great advance in science arises from a crisis in the old theory, through an endeavor to find a way out of the difficulties created. We must examine old ideas, old theories, although they belong to the past, for this is the only way to understand the importance of the new ones and the extent of their validity."

- Albert Einstein