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2017 Pulse of Profession

by ProjectsatWork.com

Project success rates have climbed and waste has fallen significantly as more organizations develop technical and leadership skills, establish project management offices to align vision with execution, and adopt agile approaches, according to Project Management Institute's latest Pulse of the Profession report.

Transparency in Project Management

by R. Sarma Danturthi, PhD, PMP

Transparency in everyday project management practice sets the bar high and gives project managers and their teams a sense of responsibility to stand by. Aligned with selected Process Groups and their Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide, this paper serves as a starting point to cogitate, initiate and implement transparency.

Are 'Best Practices' a Thing of the Past?

by Jiwat Ram

Over the years, a large number of best practices in project management have been identified and documented. But is the “best practice approach” a thing of the past?

Creating Lasting Value

by Sarina Arcari

The 2016 PMI PMO Symposium® has drawn to a close and as in year’s past, this presenter is glad to have some free time to reflect on the many valuable insights and wonderful networking opportunities that this event always delivers.

Company X Projects in IT and How to Apply Knowledge Management

by Dr. Raed Skaf

Knowledge is the cornerstone for all operational activities. In order for an organization to grow, the need of storing and utilizing the information in an efficient way is critical. Applying proper knowledge management principles can improve effectiveness, foster innovation, improve the quality of solutions and lead to the generation of core value.

A Lead Role in Software Success

by Don Beckett

When organizations base their decisions on desires instead of data, it usually backfires. Here are four important actions that executives, PMO directors and program leaders can take to improve the predictability and success rate of their software development and enhancement projects.

Obey the (Software) Laws

by Don Beckett

Many business leaders are unacquainted with the wealth of knowledge about how software projects behave. No surprise, they are unable to explain why these projects fail repeatedly, much less do something about it. Here are five fundamental “laws” of software development that all executives (and teams) should understand and follow.

Topic Teasers Vol. 86: The Failure Repository

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

Question: I’m not in IT, but I’m heading a project to implement one of those big name software packages that is supposed to place all the corporate information in one application. We’ve rolled it out, but as a 24-hour organization it seems that we have departments unable to access their information at all hours of the day and night. Our vendor is on call for the fixes, but the outages interrupt our business. I’m discouraged, angry and exhausted. How do I manage these issues?
A. With a big name supplier, the responsibility to keep things up and going is on their shoulders, not yours. Contact upper management and ask to have any payments to them stopped until all areas of your organization are up and running with no down time for at least six weeks.
B. Each department was probably given a chance to express what connectivity they needed before the customization of this overriding package was finalized. Get the name of each person who was part of the planning team and subsequently had an outage in their area and report them to their own manager.
C. Ask your own IT team to get involved in solving these issues. Obviously, the vendor does not have competent people on its staff who can manage an install like yours. If your own internal staff takes over the responsibility, you will have better communication and a team that understands the high stakes when your systems go down.
D. The reality of any install that must switch over an entire organization at one time is that there are going to be hiccups. But as a non-IT expert, the most productive path for you is to create a way that the failures can be grouped and tracked so that past problems can be easily accessed to provide faster solutions to new outages or feature failures that occur.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Ask the Expert: A Notable Experience

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

Attending the PMI Global Congress 2016—North America as part of the "Ask the Expert" sessions, one practitioner quickly discovered that the experts are everywhere—and that we all have something to learn.

Elevation Through Conflict?

by Karen Chovan

Anticipate. Influence. Elevate. These were the themes of PMI Global Congress 2016—North America. Words of contemplation listed on a wall, blasted on screens, without context. Until we started the program and it all became clear.

Knowledge Management Best Practices

PREMIUM presentation

Closing the execution gap in knowledge management is never easy. This excellent presentation gives you hints on how to do just that. It concentrates on KM best practices and keys for success.

Intranet Strategy Plan

deliverable

You already know the benefits of creating an Intranet. Justify it with a solid business strategy plan.

Intranet Content Analysis Matrix

deliverable

Organize all of your Intranet content, user groups, risks, action items and responsible parties with this comprehensive chart.

Measuring the Value of Knowledge Management

PREMIUM presentation

The true value of knowledge management is using it to solve a business problem. This presentation will show you where, what and how to measure the true value of knowledge management for your company.

Traditional Job Competency Model

PREMIUM deliverable
by George Ball

Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship management specialist.

Smart Training Performance Model

PREMIUM presentation

Based on Clay Carr's Smart Training concept, this PowerPoint presentation outlines the concept of performance and guides you through each step of the performance cycle.

CMS Implementation Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.

Self-Documenting Code Checklist

checklist

Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.

Integration Test Plan Outline

deliverable

Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.

Quality Assurance Assessment Checklists

checklist

This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.

People Styles at Work Questionnaire

PREMIUM deliverable

What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.

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