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Upcoming Webinars

Managing Uncertainty in Megaprojects

Jun 21, 2018 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
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Underperformance is a common threat to megaproject managers and the track record of cost and time overruns in these projects is well documented. While front end planning is important, not all events and scenarios can be foreseen when the project can take several years to complete and may involve many companies and stakeholders. In our research we find that the capacity to adapt to this uncertainty during the life of the project is crucial for megaproject performance but it is often overlooked as a capability. Using a case study of the construction of a US$20 billion dollar project we show that project leaders play an important role in recognizing when a plan needs to change and then navigating the path onto a new project plan without disrupting the delivery of the project.

First Steps Toward Agility: Incorporating Agile Practices in a Waterfall Environment

Jul 9, 2018 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar reveals practical concrete steps you can take to begin incorporating time-tested Agile practices that will help your team move the needle. Waterfall teams can adapt key Agile practices to improve agility without undergoing a full Agile transformation, enabling them to stay Waterfall or even adopt a hybrid Agile/Waterfall approach. You will leave with the knowledge and skills to begin adapting key Agile practices and taking your first steps toward Agile transformation.

Advance Your Career

Welcome to Reality – Surviving the Deadly Divide Between Pre-Sale and Post-Sale

by Kimberly Johnson, Brian Cohn, Randall Iliff
May 15, 2018 | 57:36 | Views: 1,204 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

The PM community has great models for how projects should work, and a wealth of good advice on how to make basically sound programs and portfolio management more effective. Unfortunately the business of selling PM effort is often in conflict with the profession of delivering PM services. We see this in the form of impossible deadlines, unrealistic promises, and estimates based on client budget rather than true cost of execution. In this session we’ll explain why this enormous problem continues to exist, show you how to assess the resulting risk on your own project / program / portfolio effort, and share proven strategies you can apply to minimize the impact. Every PM, regardless of experience or skill level, will benefit from this session.

How an Awarded Australian Project Executed a Model for the Future

by Debra Miersma, Peter Dodd, Sean Whitaker, Grant Hawksworth
May 02, 2018 | 59:19 | Views: 1,238 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

One of the 2017 PMI Award for Project Excellence winners, ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street, saw Dimension Data develop an industry-first technology solution for the Queensland State Government that has provided a benchmark platform that can be readily applied across all state-owned building into the future. Despite challenges, such as having to deal with a large and diverse subcontract base which introduced complexity and potential cost implications, the project was delivered on time and on budget. Learn about this award winning project’s challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in this webinar.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Project Plan/Project Definition

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Behind every successful project is a rock-solid, detailed project plan. This template defines every aspect of your project. The final product can be used to make what you are doing clear to all project stakeholders.

Project Plan Compliance Assessment

PREMIUM deliverable

This document is a checklist for assessment of whether a project plan meets an acceptable standard. This standard will vary from company to company, so feel free to tailor this form accordingly to meet your needs.

WBS Planning Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

There is a lot riding on your project's work breakdown structure. Use this worksheet to help you plan the WBS smarter and better.

Change HEADWAY: Extreme Project Management: Building the Bridge as you Walk on It

PREMIUM presentation

Remember the last project management basics course you attended? The instructor probably talked about the importance of the project plan and that by doing "proper" planning on your project the project will be successful. The plan becomes the silver bullet and if you manage to it, the project will be fine. While great in theory, there are many of us who are finding the traditional approach to project management just simply does not work for us anymore on some of our more dynamic projects. Our projects seem to be in constant flux, always changing, often requiring frequent changes in direction as the end goal of the project is moved, our stakeholders change and we are required to shift our project management approach. The notion of "on-time, on-buget, on-scope" seems to be more of a myth than reality and the idea of being able to plan the whole project at the beginning and sticking close to our project plan is long dead. Join us in our next Change HEADWAY webinar where will be examining the concept of extreme project management and exploring some of the opportunities this project management approach presents and the pitfalls we should avoid.

Project Closeout Checklist

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by Kenneth Darter, PMP

While there are some subtle differences in closing a project with a party or a wake, a carefully defined checklist will help with either ending to the project. This checklist should be defined early on in the project and communicated to everyone who will have input into the checklist at the end of the project.

Learn From Others

Have PMOs Turned the Corner?

by Andy Jordan

A few recent events have left this project manager feeling very positive about PMOs--and that’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. While we can't yet proclaim PMOs as saviors of organizations, they are now on the journey to success.

Four Steps Project Managers Should Follow to Help Ensure Strategic Success

by Marcela Diaz Angel, MGP, PMP

Although project managers are often called upon to begin a project immediately, it is important to stop and think critically about the project before getting started. By integrating relevant knowledge before beginning a project you can save time during execution and will have a more complete view to help develop adequate and necessary structure, tools, techniques and guidance to ensure project and organizational success.

Best Practices for Application Integration

by Tad VanderVorste

Application integration is the process of exchanging data between two or more business/application systems. Integration between software applications presents a unique set of challenges. The author describes seven best practices that can be applied to any integration effort, large or small, to improve delivery results.

Continuous Integration and Testing

by Kapil Kr. Bhatia

Using continuous testing, one can immediately detect problems in code — before it’s too late and problems spread. Using a clever combination of tests, tools, and techniques you can tell right away when there’s a problem and it’s easiest to fix. The author uses a case study to illustrate the benefits of continuous integration (CI) and how it leads to better quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).

All Integrated Now?

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The project manager needs to make sure that integration management is not skipped while all of the other project work is going on. When thinking about how you are going to integrate everything together, the following themes are important to keep in mind.

When Estimates Go Wrong

by George Dinwiddie

Custom software development is notoriously difficult to estimate. We start with vague ideas of what we want, expecting to fill in the details later. We’re usually doing something a little different than what we’ve done before, or completely different. How can we act more productively?


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How are deliverable an input to the process  Moloy Chakraborty  May 22, 2018 5:49 PM 
All process group have at least 1 Process in each knowledge area  Moloy Chakraborty  May 22, 2018 10:04 AM 
Integration Managment like Integrated Circuit?  Salman Morris  May 21, 2018 7:41 AM 
Which of the following statements DOES NOT describe the essence of Integration Management in the context of Project Management?  Moloy Chakraborty  May 14, 2018 1:13 AM 
A project is in the final stages of testing when it receives a major change request from the customer which would delay the final delivery of the project by 2 weeks. What should the Project Manager d  Moloy Chakraborty  May 12, 2018 2:45 PM  13 
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