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Closing—The Forgotten Activity

by Kevin Joyce

There is one project activity that is overdue for some consideration. It is often overlooked, usually rushed, seldom done well, and yet it has a unique potential for realizing value. It is the forgotten activity—closing. Employ this checklist as a useful tool for maximizing the value of closing a project.

Practical Innovation Scorecard Application – Case Study 1: Atomic Host

by Ondrej Zizlavsky Eddie Fisher

The Innovation Scorecard is put to the test in a live working environment to bring theory and practice together. In the second part of this series, read about the positive feedback from project managers and how they were able to generate new ideas more quickly and realize cost savings and efficiencies.

Integration of Project Management and New Product Development

by Veena Raghunandan, PMP, MBA

New product introduction is an organization’s future. Along with a well-tailored product development process, successful introduction of new products must be integrated with project management practices. This article unfolds potential areas of integration.

Case Study: Disciplined Agile Delivery – Does It Work? A Retrospective Application of DAD

by Chris Gay, DASM

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) offers a comprehensive, knowledge-based approach to delivering agile projects that are operating in complex technical and enterprise environments. This case study shows how a retrospective analysis of a real-life project that was delivered for one of the UK’s largest retail banks uncovered real potential for process improvements.

The Agile PMO Versus the Clumsy PMO

by Lourdes Medina, PMO-CP, PMP, PfMP

The next generation of PMOs must adapt to meet the challenges of complexity and transformation. Adopting a new mindset and reconfiguring your PMO to make it lighter and more agile can help your organization expand its capabilities and provide significant benefits.

La PMO Ágil versus la PMO Torpe

by Lourdes Medina, PMO-CP, PMP, PfMP

La próxima generación de PMO debe adaptarse para enfrentar los desafíos de complejidad y transformación. Adoptar una nueva mentalidad y reconfigurar su PMO para hacerla más liviana y ágil puede ayudar a su organización a expandir sus capacidades y brindar beneficios significativos.

Challenges and Opportunities of Hybrid Projects in Complex Environments

by Sebastian Sohn, PMI-ACP, PMP

Choosing from agile versus traditional project approaches does not have to be a “black-or-white decision.” Hybrid approaches can help realize the benefits and set off the disadvantages of both agile and traditional approaches, particularly in complex environments.

Must-Have Tools and Techniques for Project Managers in 2021

by Ward Boyer

What are the must-have tools and techniques for project managers in 2021, and which deserve an honorable mention? This checklist will help you choose the tools and techniques to apply to your organization and industry to stay on the cutting edge.

Regulatory Impact Assessment and Project Management

by Dan Potash

Regulatory impact assessment (RIA) is widely adopted as a global practice when developing new legislation and regulation. The RIA is all about what should happen. Project management is all about what does happen. Understanding RIA can benefit project managers who are enlisted to successfully realize the RIA recommendations.

Implementing and Managing IT/Telecom Projects in Hardship Locations During a Pandemic

by Anthony Chukwunenye Akpu

Implementing large-scale IT/telecom projects in hardship locations is tough enough. With COVID-19, we need to implement new best practices in real time. Learn how to protect the health and safety of team members and address the new challenges and complexities presented by hardship locations.

Como o Disciplined Agile apoia a transformação ágil e digital das organizações?

by Alexandre Caramelo Pinto, MSc, DALSM, PMP

Em qualquer esforço de transformação, entende-se que a resistência à mudança é o verdadeiro inimigo. Aprenda como o kit de ferramentas Disciplined Agile ™ (DA) pode dar suporte a iniciativas ágeis e de transformação digital, otimizando processos de maneira sensível ao contexto e ajudando você a escolher seu WoW (maneira de trabalhar).

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How Does Disciplined Agile Support Agile and Digital Transformation in Organizations?

by Alexandre Caramelo Pinto, MSc, DALSM, PMP

In any transformation effort, it is understood that resistance to change is the real enemy. Learn how the Disciplined Agile™ (DA) tool kit can support agile and digital transformation initiatives by optimizing processes in a context-sensitive manner and helping you choose your WoW (way of working).

Catapulting Productivity With IT Project Management and Corporate Governance

by Jim Miller

When project management and corporate governance join forces, organizations can boost efficiency and maximize growth opportunities. A fully engaged IT project management office will assist senior managers in the prioritization of the best ROI and strategic projects and make certain that IT projects deliver what’s expected.

Leading with Humanity: Project Manager as Project Leader in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Disruption

by Durga P Phuyal, PMP, PMI-ACP

What skills will be most necessary for project managers to thrive in a world that is being transformed by automation and artificial intelligence? Project managers must employ power skills, such as empathy, effective communication and emotional intelligence, in addition to technical knowledge, to become project leaders and turn ideas into reality.

8 Project Management Lessons from Watching Nature

by R. Sarma Danturthi, PhD, PMP

What can we learn from the ever changing but closely woven network of nature? Taking the opportunity while sheltering at home, the author spent some time watching nature programs and found there were many lessons that could be applied to project management.

The Regular Project Manager 'Managing' in a World Gone Agile

by Katherine Nnanwubar, PMI-ACP, PMP

Being agile means being adaptable. Now, more than ever, a project manager must be ready and willing to move and shift focus at the slightest opportunity. Agile is not just a mindset to be used exclusively when managing projects or “working”; being agile trains the mind to adjust to change with a minimum amount of resistance.

Vendor Selection and Trust in the Age of Search Engine Optimization

by Brian Galhouse, PMP

We can’t always do it all ourselves. Choosing the right vendor is critical to your project’s success. Ensuring your goals are aligned, conducting deep due diligence, and creating a win-win scenario will get you there. This article looks at approaches to help you gather accurate information about your vendor and their capabilities.

Leading Virtual Sessions

by Louis Alderman, PMP

Project management relies heavily on teams, and teams need to communicate and share project information and techniques. With virtual teams and remote sessions increasingly becoming the norm, it is essential for project managers to be adept at leading virtual sessions. These techniques will provide the foundation for a great virtual session.

Developing Authenticity

by Pang De Xian

Developing an authentic personality, through tapping into positive values or ethics, enables us to be true to ourselves and sincere in our interactions with others. Authenticity helps to gradually build trust and collaboration with our stakeholders and provide a sustainable contribution to organizations.

A Client Framework Can Improve Organizational Effectiveness

by Jacquelyn O’Connor, PMP

Similar to the technology frameworks behind the scenes of our everyday lives that improve our user interfaces, a client engagement framework can improve how organizations interface with clients, making the organization more effective and improving the quality and level of client satisfaction.

How Risk Mitigation Plans are Incorporated into the Integrated Master Schedule

by John Ayers

How do you incorporate risk mitigation plans into the integrated master schedule (IMS)? It is useful to be able to see the status of the mitigation plan in the IMS and the impact on other tasks if the mitigation plan begins to slip. This discussion presents a risk scenario to show you how to implement a risk mitigation plan on your own projects.

Study on the Main Causes of Project Schedule Delays

by Saleh A. Al-Wadei

Nearly 50% of projects worldwide during the previous eight years have experienced delays in their schedule. By examining several sources, with a focus on oil and gas projects but applicable to most projects, the paper consolidates the identified causes, categorizes them, and ranks them in the form of a top 12 list of the most common delay causes in projects.

Capital Program Management in the Food and Beverage Industry

by Bernard Fonseca, PMP

Capital program management is an effective method for managing engineering improvements in a facility. Too often, project engineers are managing projects on a short-term basis in a “firefighting” mode. A strategic capital management program provides the foundation for good project execution, improved plant infrastructure, cost savings, enhanced quality, and meeting customer deliverables.

Recommendations for Handling Disputes and Claims in Construction Projects

by Juan Horita, PhD, PMP

During the execution of large-scale construction projects, the occurrence of conflicts is probable due to variations to the project. Dispute resolutions can be considered as projects in and of themselves and require preparation. Integrating these recommendations and lessons can increase the quality of claims and limit the costs of elaboration.

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