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Saying No, Productively

by Bart Gerardi

Teams will say that they need to learn how to say "no" more often. Actually, they need to learn ways to decline requests in a positive, productive manner. Here are five recommendations for teams to both properly support their stakeholders while also defending their own productivity.

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Building a Solid Business Case

by John Galyon

A solid business case is one of the fundamental building blocks of project management. The goals and objectives of any given project, at a high level, are simple—we must be good stewards of our limited resources to ensure long-term competitive edge for the business. This article provides a seven-step process to help.

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Operations as a Final Destination to Successful Project Delivery

by Dr. Nidhi Gupta, BDS, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMP

Operations play a critical role in the successful maintenance and sustainability of products or services once they are released into production. Employing a disciplined approach to operations management can lead to increased effectiveness, cutting costs and a competitive advantage.

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The Recipe for Successful Project Delivery

by NK Shrivastava, Phillip George
July 03, 2019 | 60:34 | Views: 2,337 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.24 / 5

What is the recipe to deliver projects successfully? It takes the right ingredients and proper amount of time to deliver a successful project. If you skip the crucial ingredients of a recipe it doesn’t turn out perfect. If you use more than required ingredients then also it doesn’t turn out perfect. So, where is the sweet spot? In this webinar, learn how to utilize eight key project management processes to increase successful project delivery.

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Are You Delivering Customer Value?

by Andy Jordan

We all know that agile is about delivering valuable solutions to customers, but is that actually happening in your organization? Do you even know the answer to that question?


Creating Sprint Goals: 4 Traps to Avoid

by Bart Gerardi

Sprint goals provide focus and direction to the team. They must be specific, meaningful and manageable, so the team understands what is and isn't included, what value they are delivering, and how success will be determined. Here are four common issues with sprint goals and ways to avoid them.


Responsive Strategy: How Agile Can Help

by Carleton Chinner

Adaptive strategy is sometimes a response to fast-changing environments—and sometimes it’s just chaotic reaction. Here's how to use agile techniques to tell the difference between the two—and still achieve great outcomes.


Saying No, Productively

by Bart Gerardi

Teams will say that they need to learn how to say "no" more often. Actually, they need to learn ways to decline requests in a positive, productive manner. Here are five recommendations for teams to both properly support their stakeholders while also defending their own productivity.


The Emergence of Permanent Teams Changes Things

by Andy Jordan

In more and more software development environments, there is a shift occurring from project-focused work to product-focused work, which is resulting in the creation of “permanent” agile teams. The implications are far-reaching. Let's look at two areas: the backlog and team behavior.


Guessing Is Not Estimating

by Andy Jordan

Project plans are still being built based on guesswork, and those plans and associated schedules become “locked” as the deadline the project must deliver against and the number of people needed to do the work. As a project manager, you must avoid falling into that trap.


Topic Teasers Vol. 124: But Agile Won’t Work for Me!

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

Question: With all due respect to my IT co-workers, agile may be the greatest thing since sliced bread for them, but it won’t work for me and my team. We are doing large infrastructure projects for a major city, and we can’t be assembling a small team of five to seven people to chat each morning before we decide what to do that day. But I will admit that we do need some help since few, if any, of our projects finish as planned regarding time. Also, the budgets are just a joke, because I don’t know if we’ve ever completed our work anyplace close to the estimated costs. So, make agile fix that!


Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study

by Kane Tomlin, Mark Bowman
July 16, 2019 | 61:51 | Views: 123 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.67 / 5

As we mark the 50th anniversary of human beings’ first steps on another celestial body, a new goal has been set for this nation to return astronauts to the moon within 5 years. In this webinar, we will take a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement


The Agile Enterprise: Benchmarking Projects - Measuring Project Outcome not the Output

by Stelian Roman
July 11, 2019 | 58:02 | Views: 95 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.14 / 5

Agile is perceived as a better 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 provide clear metrics that can be used to compare projects and delivery teams. Agile is a new approach, and traditional project benchmarking may not be relevant.


The Purpose Driven PMO: Establish long-term PMO success by aligning your Purpose to Organizational Strategy

by Joseph Pusz
July 10, 2019 | 59:48 | Views: 59 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

We’ve all seen the statistics that the average lifespan of a PMO is between 2-4 years. Why are these PMOs failing? Research points to several factors including Insufficient authority, unclear scope, self-serving rather than supporting, and overly bureaucratic processes and governance. How do we overcome these challenges and build PMOs which provide value and stand the test of time?


The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Successful Project Delivery

by Gaurav Wadekar
July 09, 2019 | 61:06 | Views: 1,501 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.90 / 5

It’s a question that is frequently debated: Are hard skills more important than soft skills? With experience, I can vouch that soft skills definitely have an edge when it comes to delivering successful projects. Having said that, having just soft skills is not going to help. You must also have a basic understanding of how projects are delivered.


Improving a Project Manager's Well-Being

by Sean Whitaker
July 01, 2019 | 53:08 | Views: 4,018 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.63 / 5

The profession of project management can be stressful and to perform at their very best (and increase the chances of project success) a project manager must ensure that they are looking after their own wellbeing. This presentation will give attendees practical skills and exercises they can use to increase their levels of wellbeing and authentic happiness.


Nunca Hay Tiempo Para Hacerlo Bien, Pero Si Hay Tiempo Para Hacerlo 2 Veces

by Norma Araceli Rodríguez Cabral
June 27, 2019 | 60:27 | Views: 564 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

Aprenderá la importancia de definir claramente los requisitos de su necesidad en los proyectos, así como el impacto de no hacerlo, para obtener los productos, servicios o resultados que necesita. Los resultados son "Documentación de requisitos" y "Matriz de trazabilidad de requisitos"


Agile Project Management: Nuances & Skills

by Gaurav Dhooper
June 26, 2019 | 61:57 | Views: 3,562 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.23 / 5

Agile Project Management requires some additional skills to be possessed by an Agile Project Manager. It does not only involve managerial skills but also requires more team-oriented and leadership skills. Agile Development is a value-driven model with focus on outcomes unlike traditional approaches which are plan-driven in nature and based on output.


Shadow IT - Creating Synergy Between Business and IT Strategy

by Anton Oosthuizen
June 25, 2019 | 60:38 | Views: 2,821 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

With the proliferation of cloud-based self-service platforms, it is becoming increasingly commonplace for business to break free from the shackles that bound them to Information Technology (IT) strategy forever. While strategy is never a bad thing, it can be the slow-moving tanker that takes forever to change course, and in the age of agility, most companies have not aligned their strategy with agile principles, even less so IT. Shadow IT, as it is known, has many advantage. But it also creates many challenges.


Project Charter (English & Arabic)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Rand Kaassamani

The project charter is typically a short document that outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders and gives authority to the project manager. This PDF charter is for use in both English and Arabic.


PM Podcast Episode 431: The CCR Handbook (PDU Spotlight)

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by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Today, we are shining a spotlight on Professional Development Units (PDUs). More precisely, I’m going to give you a relatively short overview of the CCR Handbook, which defines all the policies around PDUs. And if you are a project manager who holds a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® then you know about PDUs, because you need them for your certification renewal every three years.


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.



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