Agile

Caught in the Middle

by Bart Gerardi

Agile transformation requires the support of managers, yet many efforts focus on everyone but them. As a result, resistance to agile from middle managers is not uncommon. Here are ways that resistance “from the middle” manifests itself. Organizations ignore it at their peril.

Agile

Common Ground with Kanban

by Andy Jordan

Kanban techniques can help agile and waterfall approaches better coexist, and they can help newcomers to agile become more comfortable with agile methods. From communication to motivation to education, let’s look at some ways Kanban can create common ground.

Knowledge Shelf

Ethics, Culture and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations

by Jose A. LugoSantiago, ASQ CMQ/OE, LSSMBB, PMP

A common, shared ethic can close the generational gap and aid in team integration, but the complex business environment necessitates an approach to ethics founded on culture. The catalyst for that culture must be embedded in leadership’s participation in behavior that reflects the shared values of the project management profession.

Benefits Realization

Best Practices in BRM (Part 2): Relate Deliverables Directly to Strategy

by Michelle MacAdam

This is the second of six articles on best practices in benefits realization management and its integration into project governance. In the BRM discipline, projects and programs are aligned with strategic objectives to generate verifiable value. This happens through three stages: benefits identification, benefits realization and benefits sustainment.

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Leading Change and Navigating Transition

by Wendy Heckelman
January 10, 2018 | 53:24 | Views: 1,079 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.83 / 7

This webinar will help close the gaps related to two primary factors contributing to change failure: (1) strategic implementation planning and execution, and (2) preparing leaders to navigate change. Learn a proven framework that readies leaders to become change champions.

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7 Golden Rules of Quality Audits

by Nenad Pesic

A quality audit determines a level of conformance to requirements of a system, process or product. The requirements can be company policies, standards and procedures, or norms and regulations. This article contains general information about quality audits, as well as rules to follow for both auditors and auditees.


RPA Ruminations

by Devika Shanker

In order to maintain and increase efficiency from operations, it’s critical that mature financial services organizations drive transformational change through innovation. This article shares a few key themes that need to be addressed before, during and after the implementation of a robotics process automation initiative in a financial services setting.


Topic Teasers Vol. 104: Linking Holiday Absences with Performance

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

Question: It’s probably too late for this season, but every holiday season my team’s performance levels sink as people are pulled out of service for vacations. In fact, this is an issue throughout the year with innumerable reasons why team members won’t be at work. Yet management still expects us to deliver as planned. Is there any good way to manage these absences so they are less disruptive to the work progress of the team, while honoring the need for our colleagues to take much deserved time off?


Las Reglas no Escritas de los Proyectos

by Jose Alzurut

En cada organización existen reglas no escritas del juego por ende los proyectos se amoldan a las mismas. Pero las reglas no escritas no son buenas o malas. Sencillamente son apropiadas o inapropiadas, según lo que la organización este tratando de lograr y los verdaderos problemas se presentan cuando aquellas se refuerzan entre sí en modos que nadie identifica.


Winning the Deal

by Soumya Maitra

Vendor management is a key activity in any project but literature often overlooks the vendor’s point of view. While there can’t be a “one-solution-fits-all” strategy to the challenging activities involved in making your pitch, the author, working with an IT service provider, shares his recipe for winning the client.


Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Learning in Projects

by Alex Booth

What is it that makes learning from projects so elusive? This article posits that culture has a significant influence. Presented here are the most common challenges to learning identified in industry and academia—reframed as cultural issues—alongside practical recommendations for overcoming them.



Leveraging Your Stakeholder Register

by Miha Lenic

It's important to groom the stakeholders that matter most, but engage with all. This article focuses on some key aspects of stakeholder identification and analysis.


Experiences with Agile Scaling Frameworks

by Rahul Sudame, YeYoon Kim
January 10, 2018 | 60:25 | Views: 991 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.77 / 7

Multiple Agile scaling frameworks are being developed and presented now-a-days to handle enterprise wide Agile adoption. In this context, this session would present speaker’s experiences on implementing different Agile scaling frameworks and lessons learned through these adoptions.


Project HEADWAY: Reframing Success

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
December 21, 2017 | 61:21 | Views: 3,043 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 6.04 / 7

Ask what project success looks like, and the most common answer is “on time, on budget and to specification.” The role of projects in organizations has evolved considerably, but our perception of project success has barely moved.


Supply Chain Innovation Management Guideline

by Gert Staal
December 19, 2017 | 56:36 | Views: 1,498 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.26 / 7

If you work very closely with your supply chain when innovating, this section explains the core concepts behind Supply Chain Innovation Management. Key findings and conclusion. Last round of Q&A sessions for the series.


How to Increase Your Influence

by Shawn Stratton
December 14, 2017 | 63:07 | Views: 4,006 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.88 / 7

The ability to influence is one of the essential skills for leaders at all levels. It’s more art than science, and it can be tough to get your arms around. But the bottom line is that influence matters.


The Project Manager's Guide to Managing the Difficult Sponsor (Part II)

by Dana Brownlee
December 14, 2017 | 61:01 | Views: 2,825 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.81 / 7

We’re often taught that our “sponsor” is the person who champions the effort and provides critical support. Indeed, the sponsor is often the one we’re to seek out for support and issue resolution throughout the project. But what do you do when your sponsor IS the problem???


Challenges of Strategic Implementation and How to Make Use of Critical Thinking

by M. Aslam Mirza, CEngr, MBA, PMP
December 12, 2017 | 61:23 | Views: 2,293 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.75 / 7

Project management helps advancement for strategic implementation that requires an environment to create a “Thinking Organization”. Every team member needs to behave like a “strategic leader” and develop a driving force for a thinking organization.



Talent Management 2017: Developing Talent is the PM’s Top Priority

by Philip Diab
December 07, 2017 | 62:15 | Views: 526 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.37 / 7

Project Management professionals who play a leading role in driving critical organizational initiatives often don’t see themselves as responsible for the care and feeding of team members when it comes to career development.


Project Scope Statement Outline

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by Anatoly Savin, PMP, M.S.P.M., MCP

The Project Scope Statement documents the entire scope, including project and product scope. It describes the project’s deliverables in detail. It also provides a common understanding of the project scope among project stakeholders. Use this outline as a basis for your statement.


Developing a Gantt Chart (Excel)

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by Vinod Kumar Paidakula

Need help with your project schedule? A Gantt chart is a simple yet effective visual tool to give you a snapshot of all the important elements. Get help creating one in Excel with this template.


Procurement Management Register

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by Stefan de Vries

This document can be used to manage procurements in your project. A procurement is the process of acquiring products or services from third parties. This process includes any preparations, the actual purchase and controlling the compliance with a contract or agreement.


Lessons Learned Register

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by Sromon Das

The aim of the template is to capture lessons learned consistently across an organization. Capturing key project-related data in a consistent manner helps other project teams (in a different location, function, department) filter through and identify relevant lessons. The template can be used as is and shared via a local shared drive or in the cloud; or the format can be leveraged to create a SharePoint list to facilitate collaboration. Adapt categories and values to suit your needs.


Project HEADWAY: Reframing Success

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by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

Ask what project success looks like, and the most common answer is “on time, on budget and to specification.” The role of projects in organizations has evolved considerably, but our perception of project success has barely moved.


Lessons Learned Archive

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by Stefan de Vries

This document can be used to archive any new knowledge, know-how or experience acquired during the project. This lessons learned archive serves as a reference for future projects and (together with those of other projects) forms a key asset for the organization under which the project has been performed.


Quality Checklist Template

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by Elok Robert Tee

This package contains (1) a Quality Checklist template in Excel along with (2) instructions in Word. The macro-enabled workbook allows users to create checklist items as drop-down lists. Each drop-down element of a checklist item may be assigned a value and description.


PM Point of View #45: PMBOK 6 - The Agile Effect

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by Jesse Fewell, Kendall Lott, Michael Hannan
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

This is the second in a series of roundtable discussions on PMBOK® 6. The focus here is Agile and the Agile Practice Guide, which is included as a supplemental volume in latest PMBOK® Guide. For this discussion, one of the co-authors of the guide, Jesse Fewell, joins two previous panelists, Michael Hannan, and Randall Iliff, to talk about the decision-making process that went into the guide.


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