Why and How You Cancel Projects

by Phil Doyle

Unfortunately, not all projects successfully deliver what they set out to achieve. The harsh reality is that some projects end up being cancelled. In this article, the author explores why some projects should be cancelled, identifying two main categories of cancellation—and how they should be handled.

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Knowledge Shelf

Transforming Life Insurance: A 7-Stage Journey Just to Get Started

by Philipp Masefield, MA, HSG, PMP

Intending to transform the established life insurance business of a leading insurer is a multi-dimensional challenge. It is also a story of the level of adaptability, perseverance and collaboration. In this case study of a leading Swiss insurance Company, the author shares the insights gained from the four-year journey as the company prepares for implementation.


Commitment Issues

by Bart Gerardi

Most agile practitioners admit to an important truth: we often don’t know what we don’t know. This brings into question the concept of commitments, which can become impractical, even in shorter increments, when new information is constantly emerging that requires individuals and teams to adapt.


featured webinar

Successful Change Management: How to Turn Stakeholders into Advocates

by David McGimpsey
March 07, 2018 | 61:16 | Views: 2,535 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.85 / 5

What went wrong? If you got everything right along the way and the change effort still faces problems, chances are you are not communicating effectively. In this session, we'll explore how communication influences change projects.

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Using Data to Focus Your Customer Strategy

by Ankur Mittal

Analytics is vital to understanding customer behavior and optimizing operations to attain sustainability. It can be leveraged to avail data-driven decision making—and extrapolated and customized to accomplish numerous objectives, such as reducing costs and optimizing profits from a customer or project. The article seeks to propose four features to reap long-term benefits through concentrated investments.

Be Smart About Being Agile

by Walt Ruday

The use of agile methods lean toward faster delivery of results at a more frequent pace and in a more cost-conscious manner. However, not every project is best suited to be delivered in an agile way. As an agency partner, you need to be honest with yourself about where you are in your agile journey.

From Agile Practitioner to Agile Coach: A Journey

by Ramkumar Arumugam

Despite resistance to change from team members, this practitioner went through a coaching experience that gave him a sense of fulfillment. Read about his challenges—and the three simple stages he took with coaching.

When Do Agile Iterations Make Sense?

by Sandhya Gupta

Planning goes into what projects will entail and what their timelines will be—and agile is a medium to get there and achieve goals. Is your project really agile? Agile iteration makes sense if certain conditions are met...

Topic Teasers Vol. 105: Strategic Analysis for Typical and Non-Typical Projects

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

Question: With the new emphasis on strategic and business skills for project managers, I know I should do some more concrete analysis of project success. But the projects I do are non-typical, and the “success” is more difficult to measure than number of units sold or even the profit margin. How can I calculate value in a more intangible environment?

Code Red: Prioritization Over Optimization

by Venkata Naga Rahul Rani

In a custom equipment manufacturing environment where unforeseen work causes projects to slip on schedule, prioritization is key. "Code red" meetings can help.

Effective Metrics: What is Measured, Improves

by Anju Aggarwal

Management philosophy believes that what is measured gets managed. Hence, metrics suggest whether the process is in order or needs external interference. They form the basis of control in any organization. Learn more about the key features of effective metrics.

Project HEADWAY: Supporting the Next Generation of PMs

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
March 15, 2018 | 62:53 | Views: 401 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.44 / 5

All of us have an opportunity—and an obligation—to give back. And one of the most significant ways that we can help to do that is to help develop the next generation of project managers. The challenge is that they are a very different generation. They have different values and different priorities. They also face a very different environment organizational and work environment. This webinar explore how to make a difference in developing the next generation of project managers.

Sauver le monde grâce à la gestion de projets!

by A Jeannot, Moulay Radouan Torkmani
March 15, 2018 | 62:12 | Views: 21 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.00 / 5

Dans le cadre du développement et de la coopération internationale, de nombreux projets sont réalisés chaque année. Mais combien de ces projets utilisent l'expertise qu'offre la gestion de projets telle que décrite dans le PMBOK?

Shaping your Intercultural Project Leadership: How to Leverage Cross-Cultural Challenges in your Project

by David Colliquet, Robert de Quelen
March 06, 2018 | 61:58 | Views: 1,669 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.03 / 5

Intercultural gaps threaten many projects. National cultures, job cultures, enterprise cultures, generational cultures: any gap in those components can lead projects to face culture clashes…and additional problems. Yet, project managers can not only actively manage those gaps, but also leverage them and thus extend leadership skills. This webinar will highlight which levers project managers can use to identify and proactively manage intercultural factors within the project, and suggest practical ways to develop an intercultural leadership style which can be effective both at personal and team level.

Stakeholder Engagement - The Ultimate Key To Project Success

by George Jucan, MSc, PMP, OCP
February 28, 2018 | 60:18 | Views: 3,095 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.15 / 5

This session covers the entire life-cycle of stakeholders’ engagement, from day 0 to project sign-off, and describes not only WHAT to do but also HOW to do it efficiently – including original tools and techniques proven by Mr. Jucan’s successful track record in complex stakeholder environments.

Le PCO: contrôleur du temps et des priorités

by Nersa Dorismond
February 22, 2018 | 58:29 | Views: 419 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.08 / 5

Je propose de présenter la valeur ajoutée du rôle du PCO dans le cadre de la réalisation d'un projet. De la phase de planification jusqu'à sa fermeture.

Launch Trajectory – Why Integrating Definition and Execution Is Critical to Development Project, Program and Portfolio Success

by Randall Iliff
February 20, 2018 | 59:44 | Views: 1,573 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

It isn't easy to make exact copies of even a simple product, but at least you begin that effort knowing what "done" looks like. Development introduces a special kind of challenge – you only learn what "done" looks like at the end. The critical path for execution becomes dependent upon the critical path for definition and vice versa. The development path can be thought of as a part "altitude" you wish to attain and part "distance" you must travel to get there. We'll use this powerful analogy to explore why development outcomes vary so widely, why Agile methods are essential, and to help you plot the optimum launch trajectory for any given effort.

To-Do List

PREMIUM deliverable
by Karan Shah

This template is a simple to-do prioritization sorter. The aim of the template is to minimize inputs of tasks (and task attributes) and provide a sorting algorithm to allow the user to focus on the most critical tasks first. It automatically sequences tasks based on the parameters of due date, importance and estimated duration.

Risk Identification Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Prerna Sud

This template can be used to identify risks and log each risk event in detail after analysis with all stakeholders.

Stakeholder Analysis Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Joao Saragoca

This Excel template allows a project manager to list the stakeholders and automatically highlight the ones with more impact for the project. It also highlights the ones with which the commitment level needs to be managed, with a space for dated actions.

Project Workbook

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sameer Shaikh

The Project Workbook consists of 26 different worksheets/templates necessary for all projects, such as a Project Mini-Charter, a Spotlight report and a Risk Management Worksheet. The templates can be broken out into separate documents. Project managers can read the "Info" worksheet for more information.

Cutover Strategy

PREMIUM presentation
by Vinod Kumar Paidakula

This presentation details the various steps needed to manage project cutover efficiently. Project managers can use this template and customize it to meet their project cutover needs. The cutover example in the presentation is for a very large IT implementation spawning multiple countries, so not all steps might be needed for smaller projects.

Project HEADWAY: Program Management for Dummies

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

In this presentation, Mark Mullaly takes us back to the essence of what program management is, and what it means to be a program manager. It explores where program management came from, and what it was intended to address. The webinar explores the challenges that were present when program management was conceived, and the challenges that continue to be present in taking a program approach. Finally, it considers how to practically consider and apply the principles of program management in the real world.

Critical Path Weighting Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefano Pittaluga

This template will help with planning an activity by giving a method to weight critical paths, with the final goal to calculate contractor delay responsibility by calculated weightings.


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