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3 Agile Estimation Alternatives

by Johanna Rothman

Does your team spend significant time estimating stories with story points? Or, does your team try to manage its estimates with support or other interruptions? Velocity via story point estimation works in very few teams. Instead of story points, consider these other alternatives for your agile estimates.

PM Technical Skills

Complicating the Project: When Simple Math Will Do

by Paul Baumgartner, PMP

Why inject complexity into your projects when elementary math will suffice? Cut through the quantification using these three simple formulas when engaging with stakeholders.

Knowledge Shelf

How Collaboration Outperforms Competition

by Rajesh Shankaranarayana, Shalini Ramaswamy

In a large program, it may be necessary for competitors to work together to achieve customer goals. Insights are presented on various collaboration techniques, when they should be employed to have the most impact, and the business benefits that the program, customer, and each of the partner teams receive in working toward shared goals.

Talent

The Talent Dilemma: Dealing With Departure Disruption

by Kevin Coleman

In today’s world, it is essential that program and project managers create a strategy that identifies key project participants, monitors them for warning signs and takes measure to survive their sudden departure. Are you?

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The Agile Enterprise: Managing Financial Aspects in Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
January 10, 2020 | 59:56 | Views: 6,523 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

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.

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No PMO, No Problem? A Project Manager's Survival Guide

by Fatima Touré, PMP

While the vast majority of organizations understand the value of having a project management office (PMO), about 15% do not have one. How can project managers be successful in organizations without a PMO? The project manager still has the main responsibility for project success and can take ownership of its outcome by following a few best practices.


10 Ways to Be a Great Mentor

by Carleton Chinner

As a mentor, you have an opportunity to help someone else grow. To do this, you will need to be a wise counselor, a well-connected networker—and able to facilitate the kind of assistance that helps your mentee achieve success.


Avoiding Skill and Knowledge Complacency

by Emily Luijbregts

As project managers, we need to hold ourselves more accountable to reading the new versions of the PMBOK® Guide to make sure that we not only understand the new content, but that we’re able to implement it in our daily work.


Meeting the Training and Education Needs for Project Team Members

by Mike Donoghue

To increase educational participation and the retention of knowledge, there are a number of practices that can be used to reach the masses—but still have people feel encouraged with the “personal touch” your organization extends to them.


The Pros and Cons of Single-Mindedness in Career Development

by Andy Jordan

When you are pursuing your career ambitions, you have to recognize that there are both positives and negatives to being single-minded, especially in a profession that is evolving as much as project management.


Using Your PM Powers for Good: 5 Easy Steps

by Bruce Garrod

Being a project manager is a gift. Imagine the good that could be accomplished if every reader volunteered their time to one cause in 2020! Here are five easy steps to inspire you to greater things!


Getting Visual With Uncertainties

by William Davis

Sharing only single-outcome estimates of the future fails to convey project risk, uncertainty and the project team’s nascent project knowledge. A far better approach is to use visual signals to help project sponsors sense the uncertainties that they and their project teams face.


How Do I Know If I’m a Good Leader?

by Andy Jordan

Leadership is one of the most critical skills for new project managers, but how do you know if you’re doing a good job?


Using Serious Games to Improve Your Project Management Skills

by Nicki Kons, Eitan Katzenell, Marie Struttmann, Hamutal Weisz
January 14, 2020 | 57:33 | Views: 6,093 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.75 / 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.


How to be a Rock Star Project Manager on Digital Transformation

by Tony Saldanha
January 08, 2020 | 60:11 | Views: 4,760 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.48 / 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?


The Project Manifesto - The Guiding Principles of the Project Economy

by Antonio Nieto
January 08, 2020 | 60:45 | Views: 5,014 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.55 / 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: 6,789 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.61 / 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: 8,575 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.66 / 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: 5,208 | 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

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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

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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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