Project Management

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Estimating

The Advantages of Probabilistic Estimates

by William Davis

Sharing probabilistic estimates with stakeholders is one of the best ways a project manager can align expectations and foster sound decision making by sponsors and other executives...even on an agile team.

Knowledge Shelf

Before You Dive In...Make Sure the Water Is Warm

by Brent Langevin

The Pay for Success (PFS) approach provides a compelling “try before you buy” platform for conducting a new product or service analysis. Is there a way to “experience” the needs and challenges of engaging in a PFS initiative, and to “visualize” the potential benefits of the offering, without a large commitment of resources to such an up-front effort?

Risk

Your Risk Management Probably Isn't Working

by Andy Jordan

You’ll never meet a project manager who thinks risk management is a waste of time, but much of the risk management that’s happening is just that—a waste of time.

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How to be a Rock Star Project Manager on Digital Transformation

by Tony Saldanha
January 08, 2020 | 60:11 | Views: 1,971 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.47 / 5

Digital Transformation is the #1 priority for boards and CEOs. It's a $1.7 trillion industry in 2019. And yet 70% of all digital transformations fail. Why? And what can a project manager do about it?

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4 Ways Planning Helps Agile Teams

by Bart Gerardi

Planning is time-consuming, and the end result is often inaccurate when assumptions crumble or circumstances change. No wonder many teams prefer to dive in and work out the details later. But even in an agile environment that does not delight in documentation, there is real value in planning (if not the plan itself).


9 Keys to Building Relationship IQ

by Andrew Sobel

Project leaders should never overlook the importance of building trusted relationships. Without them, your ability to drive teams, serve customers and connect with stakeholders will suffer—not to mention your career. Here are nine skills and attitudes that can help you build professional relationships that make a difference.


Driving Improvement with Agile and Kaizen

by Mihail Barakoski

The Kaizen framework for driving improvements is a combination of agile and lean practices used together in a systematic way so that it improves the level of employee engagement while also improving bottom-line business results.


Overcoming the Executive Barrier to Agile

by Andy Jordan

Agile adoption presents many challenges, none greater than when executive leaders and decision-makers are the biggest barrier to the cultural change that needs to occur. But it’s not an impossible hurdle to overcome. You have to play the game on their terms, one step at a time.


Scope Management in Today’s World

by Andy Jordan

Project scopes are far less stable than they were in the past. The fluidity of modern business drives changes to what’s needed and what’s delivered. How do we manage scope in that environment?


WBS and Product Backlog: Siblings or Distant Cousins?

by Mike Griffiths

Are work breakdown structures and product backlogs really so different? They both help with forming agreement on scope. Yet, due to how they are often used, they are viewed as quite different by many people…a viewpoint this expert would like to change.


It Works: Applying Project Management Techniques to Due Diligence Efforts

by Rob Seiler

Project management techniques help to establish order and clear lines of responsibility and can be invaluable tools for successful implementation of due diligence efforts. The application of a WBS and a project schedule remove the potential bias of a “done deal” mentality and focus the effort to develop an informed opinion.


A New Set of Technical PM Skills?

by Andy Jordan

If you say “technical project management” to a project manager, they immediately have a sense of what you’re talking about. But is that still an accurate reflection of the skills today’s PMs actually need?


Using Serious Games to Improve Your Project Management Skills

by Nicki Kons, Eitan Katzenell, Marie Struttmann, Hamutal Weisz
January 14, 2020 | 57:33 | Views: 691 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.83 / 5

Serious games are defined as games that have a primary purpose other than entertainment. Games have been known to shorten the learning curve and as one of the best ways to break patterns and adopt new habits. In this session, we will shortly present the science and research behind it and how it can help you become better at your job and learn new tricks. We will have three interviews about different project management serious games: from basic quizzes, project management board games to project virtual worlds. To top it off, a gaming expert will explain why playing serious games are a key element in professional development and success.


The Agile Enterprise: Managing Financial Aspects in Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
January 10, 2020 | 59:56 | Views: 3,477 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

Agile is sometimes introduced as a cheaper way of delivering projects, products, and services. Unlike the traditional approach of measuring the value delivered based on the planned deliverables, the budget spent, and meeting the critical milestones, Agile doesn't and shouldn't track the delivery in the same way. Agile is a new approach, and traditional project finance management may not be relevant or can become an impediment to agility. Agile is or should be based on trust, and in an Agile organization, most of the financial planning and reporting should not be necessary. However, very few organizations have the necessary conditions to abolish tight financial management. This webinar will propose a few financial management approaches for Agile projects, highlighting the necessity as well as the challenges of each of the proposed models.


The Project Manifesto - The Guiding Principles of the Project Economy

by Antonio Nieto
January 08, 2020 | 60:45 | Views: 2,061 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.58 / 5

We are witnessing the rise of projects as the main unit of work, as well as the essential model to deliver change and create value for individuals, organizations, and society at large. Despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. 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 is a great example.


How to Prevent and Stop Workplace Bullying

by Lori Wilson
January 07, 2020 | 58:46 | Views: 3,683 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.60 / 5

Workplace bullying is a fascinating and complex subject – whether it is happening to your personally in your relationships with others or showing up in your projects.




The Secrets to Conducting an Effective Project Kickoff Meeting

by Dana Brownlee
December 18, 2019 | 59:32 | Views: 5,683 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.70 / 5

The truth is that a project kickoff meeting can make or break a project. Done well, the kickoff meeting can set the project on a path for success, but a nightmare kickoff meeting can wreak havoc for months to come. These are a few simple secrets that can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your next project kickoff meeting. If you're already familiar with kickoff meetings, no worries. This presentation isn't a soup to nuts overview of how to run a kickoff meeting. Instead, we'll identify several specific techniques that you can throw into your bag of tricks to avoid common pitfalls and move your kickoff meetings from good to great!


The Proven and Practical Project Manager Toolkit: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Register

by Daniel Sklar
December 17, 2019 | 60:13 | Views: 3,405 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.52 / 5

Every project manager should have a proven, practical, and powerful toolkit – of skills, techniques, processes, procedures, tools, and templates – to help a project or program's success. The toolkit should be proven (it works), practical (efficient and adaptable), and powerful (big impact). This webinar focuses on three proven, practical, and powerful tools: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Registers.


Statistical PERT™ (SPERT™) Estimation Worksheet

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by William Davis

Updated for 2020! Statistical PERT is an estimation technique that project professionals use to align expectations and make better business decisions. Use Statistical PERT to create a probabilistic forecast for many project uncertainties, such as how much your project will cost, or when you might deploy the next agile release. Statistical PERT easily models a wide variety of uncertainties using built-in statistical functions inside Microsoft Excel, making estimation easy to do—even for people who don't like statistics.


The PM Podcast Episode 441: Facilitating a Project Planning Meeting

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by Jim Stewart, PMP, Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, Rich Maltzman

Planning your project right from the start is a big factor for future success. It’s definitely not everything, but doing the planning right goes a long way. And most planning is done in meetings. And that again means that you really want to make sure that those meetings deliver. That is where the book How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings - A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success can help.


Project Monthly Progress Report Outline

PREMIUM deliverable
by Mujahid Akhtar

Use this sample monthly progress report (created for a construction/engineering project) as an outline and adapt for your own project. It contains sections for an EVA summary, progress analysis, procurements and more.


Proposal Estimation and Planning Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sanjiv Dhupkar

There are many available techniques for estimation; however, during the RFP/proposal stage, estimation becomes a challenge due to the high level of scope and information, short durations, urgent submissions, etc. One has to rely on a work breakdown methodology and past experience to derive the schedule, effort and resource requirements. This sample template will help you log a variety of planning activities.


The PM Podcast Episode 440: PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition

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by Mike Griffiths, Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, Stephen Townsend , Cynthia Dionisio

At the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, I had the opportunity to attend two workshops to help in the development of A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) -- Seventh edition.



PM for Social Good® 2019 Open House Program Guide!

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The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation is honored to partner with ProjectManagement.com to share an Open House event around the theme of project managers giving back. We're speaking directly to the practitioner community to discuss how you can get involved. This Program Guide shares all you need to know to make the most out of your day—and your career!



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