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Managing the Tightrope of Success Over the Holidays

by Emily Luijbregts

The work and personal stresses from this time of year alone can be daunting. What can you do to manage it? If you want to survive the holiday period with a healthy, positive mindset, follow these tips!

Leadership

Navigating the End-of-Year Chaos

by Andy Jordan

Managing projects that are behind schedule while also dealing with requests from staff for time off or to leave early for a holiday event is a difficult balancing act. How do you ensure project success and high staff morale during this crunch?

Organizational PM

Topic Teasers Vol. 145: Focus on Flow, Not Team Speed

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

Question: I understand that the organization needs to get team products and services to the customers to make a profit. However, putting extra pressure on teams to be faster seems to slow things down instead of having the desired effect. Is there a way that as a project manager I can intervene to get management its desired outcome and at the same time protect my team?

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The DE/I Mindset in Project Management

by Quincy Wright
November 30, 2021 | 60:50 | Views: 1,164 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.42 / 5

The DE/I Mindset in Project Management focus on a holistic approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE/I) in project and program management by equipping managers and leaders with an deepen understanding of culturally responsive practices, techniques to better improve team outcomes, and developing stronger relationships.

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New PMP looking to network

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Hi! I received my PMP in October 2021 and I'm looking to begin a new career path. I'm based out of Maine. I'd love to hear advice from you all on how you started out in your first role as a PMP and wh ...







Read the Culture

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

Organizational success depends upon cultural understanding. This is particularly true for project managers, who are the epitome of organizational players who need to exercise influence while possessing limited authority.



A Fractional Agile Transformation Won’t Work

by Andy Jordan

When an organization seeks to leverage agile practices and principles across multiple areas of the business, it must take steps to ensure that legacy groups and functions are not left behind or excluded from the process. It’s not about minimizing disruption; it’s maximizing benefits.


It Shall Be Released

by Bart Gerardi

Projects that don’t deliver incremental value run the risk of growing stale, or worse, not growing at all. By maintaining a steady stream of constant, frequent, small releases, the product or solution is in a state of continual improvement, with each release better than the last.


The Pandemic Sparks Project Delivery Innovation

by Kwang Lee and Sarah Markovitz

With ongoing restrictions to in-person collaboration and collocation, a hospital project team used virtual tools and strategies to streamline the design and construction process, finishing faster than planned while accommodating change requests despite a compressed schedule.



Are We Talking the Same Language? Some Scary Cultural Warnings

by Andy Jordan

A new survey suggests that many organizations are truly out of touch with how their employees feel about their organizations, that they don’t realize that engagement levels are so relatively low. How can we bridge this gap before things get worse?


The Risk and Reward of Organizational Rituals

by Yasmina Khelifi

Rituals help employees develop a sense of belonging to the team. But organizational culture is steeped in tacit knowledge, the unwritten and unspoken rules. How can you grasp these rituals if you are new to the project or team?


Ask Us Anything - PMI Certification Offerings through the Certification Framework!

by Alicia Burke, Glenn Farrow, Joe Falu, Robert Maiale, Sylvia Rivera, Tina Pierson, Kim Marcelliano, Nancy Huebner
December 03, 2021 | 54:11 | Views: 36 | PDUs: | Rating: 5.00 / 5

In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we will provide an overview of PMI’s Certification offerings through the Certification Framework. PMI was founded by volunteers in 1969 and since then has provided certifications and credentials to allow individuals to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Today’s employment market has been impacted by the disruption of traditional business models due to the continued move to a project oriented economy and global events impacting supply chains and the way individuals work. No longer does the ‘corporate ladder’ meet the needs of employees. The Certification Framework provides a view of the more ‘squiggly’ career paths that are coming into focus now and should be with us in the future. In this session, the Certification team will introduce and describe the breadth of products available and provide an opportunity for you to interact with the Product Owners. If you are interested in learning more about possible next steps in the profession, this webinar will be a must-attend event for you.


The Agile Enterprise: Certifications - Are They Necessary?

by Stelian Roman
December 02, 2021 | 56:55 | Views: 216 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

There are hundreds of different Agile Certifications from competing organizations. Even the authors of the Scrum Framework decided to have separate certifications, and later to create various levels. Due to its popularity, the Scrum Master role transcended the Scrum Framework and is now included in many other frameworks - even when those frameworks don't include a Scrum team. This webinar is a cost/benefit analysis of how Agile Certifications can help project delivery, offering examples of when a certification helps and what a Project Manager should look for when choosing a certification.


Resilient Projects and Tough Decisions

by Valerie Denney, Lissa Stewart
November 29, 2021 | 47:15 | Views: 1,619 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.65 / 5

If you scan the headlines you will see the word “resilience” just about everywhere. The concept is particularly true for project managers since there is little doubt that the last 2 years have been particularly challenging on many fronts. Not only must the projects survive, they must be adaptable and thrive. The growth of business transformation, perhaps accelerated by Covid19, appears to have a correlation to increased unethical business behavior. In this presentation, we demonstrate how to use ethical decision-making principles to make wise decisions.


Flexing the Business Analysis

by David Davis, Lynda Carter
November 22, 2021 | 61:03 | Views: 860 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.53 / 5

The expectations and responsibilities of a Business Analyst (BA) are extremely versatile and vary based on the type of project that is being completed. This session covers the similarities and differences of the BA role in each of the predictive, incremental, and iterative project approaches. Focus is placed on working in the virtual environment and driving value centric delivery. Borrowing the “Context Matters and Choice is Good” concept from Disciplined Agile, we explore how a BA analyzes the Context of the situation, defines an iteration goal of what is to be accomplished, and then selects the best approach to achieve that goal. This three step approach requires a large range of skills and knowledge that helps define a distinguished Business Analyst.


Setting up a PMO? Wow them in 100 days!

by Hussain Bandukwala
November 19, 2021 | 61:38 | Views: 718 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.67 / 5

The first 100 days for any leader entering office marks a major milestone. He/she is judged on the performance during that period and the opinion set during that time persists throughout his/her tenure. As a PMO leader, you should take this standard upon yourself. This will most likely not be set as an expectation by your stakeholders, but this plan of action will be largely appreciated by them.



Astonishing Project Management Learnings from the Covid19 Pandemic

by Antonio Nieto
November 17, 2021 | 58:47 | Views: 882 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.74 / 5

The global pandemic has brought projects to center stage, making it clear that we are all project managers, and leaders are all executive sponsors. At work, in our personal lives, and on the news, projects were suddenly everywhere, and we were part of them. Individuals and organizations have learned to come together and collaborate in new ways to develop previously unimagined solutions to unanticipated problems, as demonstrated by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine-development project. The pandemic has shown the world how project managers can deliver new ideas and change infrastructure and systems at an accelerated pace.


The Concept of Shared Leadership

by Laura Lazzerini
November 16, 2021 | 59:55 | Views: 623 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.51 / 5

This one hour session explores how to apply every day the shared leadership concept in the project and programs and how/to which extent delegate. This new concept of shared leadership brings interesting challenges to project and program managers involved in hybrid, waterfall and agile projects.



Project HEADWAY: Management Buy-in Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient

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

In gaining traction in any change, senior management support is required. But what that looks like, what is needed and what actually works is often far different than most people think. Yes there needs to be senior management buy-in, but there needs to be so much more if change is going to work. If you manage change and struggle with how to get support and traction, this is a webinar that you won’t want to miss.


Agile Concepts: User Stories

PREMIUM presentation
by Kirthi Karkera

This presentation covers the three components of a user story (cards, conversation, confirmation) along with seven important attributes—and helps illustrate how to create one.




Risk/Technical Grid: Suitability Assessment for Citizen Development (Part 2 of 3)

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by PMI

The Suitability Assessment is one process that falls under the Project Delivery component of the Citizen Development Canvas. Our free guide to the Risk/Technical grid will walk you through the main steps you will need to undertake in order to assess if your project is a suitable fit for citizen development or not.


Project HEADWAY: Can Waterfall And Agile Co-Exist?

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

The domains of waterfall and agile often appear as two solitudes, not overlapping at all. More often they appear to be warring camps, decrying the other and advocating for their preferred way of working. This gets reinforced by the adherents of one practice or the other (often most influenced by which perspective they learned first). One is considered good, the other bad, and there is very little middle space to explore common ground, let along find a potential way of working together. And yet, work together they can. Both strategies have a place, both have a role, and both deliver value. They key is in understanding what each provides, how they are similar and in what important ways they are different, and how commonalities can be found. If you’re stuck in the middle—or you are wondering what all the fuss is about—you won’t want to miss this webinar.



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