Developing the business acumen to understand and provide the right feedback to senior leadership to pick and choose the right projects that will help achieve the larger strategic objectives is essential for the modern-day PM. Are you ready for the challenge?
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Organizations are becoming more complex. Gone are the days of simple Org Charts where things flow in an orderly fashion. Complex matrix organizations are now the norm. Projects are pulling resources from different parts of the organization and, many times, from entirely different organizations. How can Project Managers be successful in matrix organizations?
As projects and programs are getting increasingly complex, organizations are continuously grappled the challenges. This webinar would be of interest to project, program and portfolio managers across various domains who are seeking to improve the organizational PM maturity.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
Large projects often require tracking by work streams. Work streams are the progressive completion of tasks by a specific group or project team. For example, the work streams for a manufacturing facility may include engineering, drafting, procurement, fabrication, quality control and shipping.
This Power vs. Interest Matrix template—developed with Microsoft Excel and little bit of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)—is the ideal tool for stakeholder analysis. Fill the fields with your stakeholders name, give a number to power and interest, classify the engagement and write the stakeholder's expectations. After all stakeholders are identified, print the matrix and keep monitoring the power and interest of each stakeholder during project execution.
We often encounter work that may not be properly documented. This practitioner designed this template for his clients to define their business or operating processes (when those are contentious). This template may be used for projects that create an SOP document as a deliverable.
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In 1998 a project was chartered to develop an international standard for industry and government strictly through the grassroots efforts of unpaid volunteers. Their journey led to the development of the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3), and this is their story.
As portfolio planning and the ability to tie strategy to execution grows in importance for organizations, what role can business analysts play to increase effectiveness?
Of of the most significant challenges for PMO leaders is managing relationships across the organization. And as the PMO’s role becomes more and more central to all elements of corporate planning and project delivery, politics inevitably come into play. How do we manage that minefield?
There’s been an increasing intersection between business analysis and project management. All of this can leave people scratching their heads and wondering what it all means. Where are the overlaps? Where are the boundaries? What does it mean to be a business analyst relative to what it means to being a project manager?
This practitioner was asked by executive leadership to lead an assignment to improve the company's project delivery function. Creating a PMO and aligning activities to the company's strategy were important early steps in this improvement process. What he didn't anticipate was the proactive role that the PMO, once established, would later play in a feedback loop to further evolving company strategy.
Organizations who are now embarking on agile adoption are feeling pressure to “catch up” with their competitors. But when “late adopters” of agile try to make up for lost time, it can cause problems.
Competing in the global marketplace is no easy task these days. So what is the secret for middle-market companies? According to a recent survey, mid-market companies are at the front line of innovation.
Ask many people what a business analyst does and they’ll tell you it’s about documenting requirements. Is it?
By their very nature, compliance projects should be regarded as strategic—as non-compliance could lead to far-reaching implications for business survival and continuity management. But they pose unique challenges for project managers...
One global engineering organization took the bold step of making certification of all project managers a mandatory requirement for some 7,500 staff in 29 countries—a step not that common in the traditional, technically driven architecture and engineering industry. As this practitioner shares, the results of this change have been stunning.
|A.||It is helpful for us all to know how we are doing when rated next to a larger group of project managers. It’s also good to know if there are places where our organizations are missing out on key improvements that would increase return on investment. Measure yourself and your company and pass along any places where your statistical performance could be improved.|
|B.||Comparing yourself to others is an odd desire. There is no way to see if you have the same training, certifications and experience, so any comparisons would be meaningless. Plus, should someone at your company see that there are other higher performers out there, your job might be at risk.|
|C.||Organizations, especially management levels, want to believe that they are the best at everything they do. If you should find places where other businesses, especially competitors, are doing things better than within your workplace, it is important to keep that data to yourself. You don’t want to be blamed for the poor project performance shown in the statistics.|
|D.||It’s not about how you do projects, or even the outcome, that matters. Each and every place of business is so unique that it is impossible to compare them to each other. However, study any statistics you can find through PMI and on the internet. Places that have higher ratings may be better places for you to look for a job.|
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