Document Management: The Importance of Being Organized

by Charles Borrelli

Whether you’re using your organization’s operating system or one of the many available document management systems, there are still some basic best practices for keeping your documents organized and safe. This article focuses on file nomenclature, security, revisioning and training.

Career Development

The War on Experience

by Christopher Cook

Who cares how long you have worked? When it comes to talent management and career development, the emphasis should be on quality over quantity.

Knowledge Shelf

Productivity Beyond Prioritization

by Pang De Xian

Faced with overwhelming workloads, we are often advised to “prioritize,” as if that is some sort of magical spell. We need to look beyond prioritization. Here are some useful tools and techniques that can be applied by individuals as well as teams to increase productivity.

Career Development

Topic Teasers Vol. 116: 6 Ways to Be a Bad Leader

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

Question: When I got my PMI certification, leadership was not really an important part of the study or testing process. Now I am finding as I lead teams that I am feeling very insecure about my managerial skills. Projects are not being completed as planned, and although I stand behind my prep work to set the project up skillfully, I think my interactions with the team may possibly be the issue. What’s a quick way to know how to lead people well without upsetting them?


featured webinar

It’s Time to Shine: A Guide for a Successful PMI Award Nomination

by Sean Whitaker, Lorelie Kaid
January 09, 2019 | 41:13 | Views: 2,844 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.34 / 5

Are you ready to shine? Do you want to know more about PMI Professional Awards? Is there a person, project, or PMO that has outstanding performance to be recognized globally? If you answered yes to any of these, please join us to learn how to determine which award nomination might be most appropriate. We will share best practices, sage advice, and new updates on submitting a nomination. In 2019, ALL nominations will be completed online, so save time by joining this informative webinar.

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Eye on Trust: Openness

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You may have heard, like I have, that openness can build trust. But what kind of openness exactly? Certainly, you can share "too much information" about yourself. You can share the wrong thi ...


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I am a 20 plus yr industrial construction guy . Principal , Director , PM ,Site Manager ect ect . I have always wanted to study and take the PMP . It seems every where I turn someone is tryin to sell ...

How to Help Non-Planners Become Planners

by Dianne Naughton

When a team leader who is a planner at heart is forced to work without an official project management plan, there are still ways to covertly organize the workflow that can closely mimic effective PM principles.

Mind Mapping for Group Problem Solving

by Charles Borrelli

Using a mind mapping tool for group problem solving can be an excellent way to resolve complex issues. A good group mind mapping experience has the added benefit of improving group dynamics and eliciting better participation.

PMOs: Delivering Value in an Imperfect World

by Andy Jordan

In a perfect word, PMOs will have a clear mandate, a set of goals and objectives—and a plan to achieve those goals. But PMOs rarely exist in a perfect world, so how do they still deliver value?

New PM, New Choices

by Mike Griffiths

New project managers are exposed to conflicting guidance. Recommendations often appear to be at odds, so what is the new PM to do? Let’s examine the basics so we can make an informed decision...

Help With Sunsetting Software

by Sandhya Gupta

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into defining and completing an end-of-life cycle for every software product. It also requires a skilled program/project manager. Here are some recommendations to help facilitate this process.

Agile Tools & Techniques for Self-Improvement

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

As project managers, we learn many tools and techniques that help us successfully complete many of our projects. But how many times have we used those techniques in our personal lives to overcome challenges and better ourselves?

Managing a Software Upgrade Project in an Energy Commodities Trading Environment

by Jayant Bardalai

Software upgrades are a necessary part of the information systems life cycle and there are various requirements that drive the need for upgrades. Upgrading systems is not an easy process, but utilizing best practices and applying PMI’s project management principles can play a big part in ensuring a positive outcome.

The PMO Business Plan

by Andy Jordan

PMOs are business functions and need to be managed as such. That means delivering on an annual business plan, but how do you go about building and implementing that?

It’s Time to Shine

by Debra Miersma
January 16, 2019 | 43:23 | Views: 269 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.30 / 5

This presentation discusses each of the PMI Professional Awards offered in 2018. We encourage you to learn more about the PMI Professional Awards, the overall PMI Professional Awards Program, and to submit nominations for these professional awards! You can work within your PMI chapter and region to support PMI awards and reach out to award winners and finalists as an important resource for chapter/region learning.

Flip the Switch - Shifting to Innovation Centered Project Management

by Kimberly Johnson, Mick Kuehn, Dennis Stauffer
January 15, 2019 | 55:33 | Views: 216 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.00 / 5

Project managers face two competing imperatives, 1) to be as fast and efficient as possible, and 2) to improve what you do and how you do it. The first one is about being on budget, on time and on target. The second one is about doing that better than you did it last time, perhaps radically better. In other words innovating the products you develop and the processes you use to do that. In this webinar you will learn a simple intuitive framework—a mindset—for thinking about your work, that enables that innovation. A switch that will make you and your team more adaptive, resilient and resourceful, as you enhance rather than compromise your efficiency.

Project Governance: From Data to Recommendations to Action or Inaction

by Hang Vo, Terry Williams, Richard Kirkham
January 15, 2019 | 61:44 | Views: 225 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.52 / 5

Assurance reviews are essential to the overall good governance of major public projects and programs; in this webinar, we explore some of the challenges around framing and implementing assurance review recommendations during the life-cycle. PMI have funded a research study led by The University of Hull, which seeks to uncover how the treatment of assurance review data influences recommendations and the subsequent actions (or inactions) that arise, using a definitive set of data. During the webinar, we will discuss some of the implications arising from the findings of this study, explore suggestions for improving current assurance processes in practice and identify recommendations for future research.

Benefits Realization Management – A Model for Projects and Programs

by Kenn Dolan
January 11, 2019 | 60:10 | Views: 1,482 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.29 / 5

One of the most difficult, yet important, questions regarding projects is "What advantages will this project create for the investors and key stakeholders?" Projects and programs should be treated as investments. This means that the focus of projects shifts from delivering within the triple constraints (time–cost–quality) towards some of the more fundamental questions: What is the purpose of this investment? What are the specific advantages expected? Are these benefits worth the investment?

Backlog / Story Grooming

by NK Shrivastava, Phillip George
January 09, 2019 | 61:12 | Views: 1,409 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Have you or your Agile teams had trouble refining requirements on an Agile project? Are your teams struggling with user stories and tasks that are too large for them to handle well? If so, you and your teams need more guidance to implement backlog / user story grooming. Backlog grooming is a step-by-step process of taking high-level (“coarse-grained”) requirements and refining them to lower-level user stories and tasks (“fine-level”) that are ready to put into a sprint. In RefineM’s Backlog/Story Grooming presentation, attendees will learn how to work the process to achieve fine-grained requirements that are ready just in time. The key to success is leveraging tools and techniques as well as the expertise of your team to refine requirements iteratively.

When the Box is the Limit - Drive your creativity with constraint

by Walter Vandervelde
January 09, 2019 | 59:54 | Views: 2,464 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.69 / 5

Innovators have long recognized that constraints very often stimulate or guide the process of creativity and innovation. When ‘the box is the limit’, creativity often comes to the surface organically as the most ultimate and natural solution. This webinar is aimed at every professional who’s convinced that creativity plays a crucial role in the daily work environment, but is also aware of the boundaries that take away the illusion of ‘the sky is the limit’.

Conflict Resolution

by Dana Bernstein
January 08, 2019 | 62:38 | Views: 1,778 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.53 / 5

How much time do we waste thinking about, avoiding or worrying about conflict and what does that do to your work environment? Conflict does not generally go away unless you actively manage it. In the webinar, we will explore how to have productive conversations and provide you with a framework where you can be successful in winning a resolution.

9 Gráficas Básicas para el Análisis de Riesgos e Incertidumbre en Proyectos

by Alfredo Armijos
December 20, 2018 | 62:40 | Views: 444 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.53 / 5

Según el informe WEF Global Risks Report 2018, cerca de 6 de cada 10 principales ejecutivos en sus sectores empresariales experimentó un incremento en riesgos inherentes a sus negocios. Un 24% de sus pérdidas financieras fueron generadas por riesgos ambientales, cibernéticos, económicos y geopolíticos, con proyección a incrementarse en el próximo 2020. Es así cómo se evidencia a nivel mundial una tensión creciente hacia una gestión efectiva de las organizaciones. Y la dirección de los proyectos no es la excepción, acorde al reporte PMI Pulse of the Profession 2018. De las principales causas que condujeron a iniciativas ser declaradas como fracasos, la falta de definición de riesgos y oportunidades es una de ellas. Adicionalmente, solo cercano a 3 de cada 10 compañías aplican siempre prácticas en gestión de riesgos sobre sus proyectos. Esto conlleva a observar cómo instituciones de todo el mundo derrochan $1 millón cada 20 segundos. La praxis lleva a las organizaciones ejecutoras de proyectos a establecer un marco de gestión de riesgos que sea simple y resiliente frente a amenazas y oportunidades. En la actualidad, existe una gran diversidad de estándares, metodologías, herramientas y técnicas para este propósito. No obstante, gran parte de ellas han resultado ser complejas y subjetivas de aplicar para los gerentes de proyectos y de riesgos, lo que ha incrementado la incertidumbre en sus proyectos. Por lo tanto, es clave compartir con los gestores de proyectos y de riesgos un set de 9 gráficas básicas para el análisis integral de amenazas y oportunidades en esfuerzos temporales. Cada una de ellas proporciona una visión sistémica y pragmática de la toma de decisiones bajo riesgo e incertidumbre en los proyectos, migrando de esta forma del clásico paradigma determinístico hacia uno estocástico, inherente al entorno VUCA de los negocios del siglo XXI.

Profit-Loss Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Khaled Istanbouli

This Excel sheet helps you track monetary trends for various project items and plots a graph summary based on your entries. Adapt the items and expenses to suit your project.

Daily Construction Record and Weekly Dashboard

PREMIUM deliverable
by Hesham Arafa

This template is an Excel sheet with a pivot table utility report that retrieves data from data tables. By keeping a record of construction project data and information on data tables—and by using pivot tables—we can get back many forms and dashboards, such as a daily and weekly construction report. This zip file contains a sample record and a blank record.

Project HEADWAY: Bah Humbug - A Dickensian View Of Project Management

PMI MEMBER-ONLY presentation
by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

In this webinar, participants will explore: The challenges associated with effective project management Why project managers often develop a myopic and narrow view of the project they are managing What a broader perspective of our projects and how we manage them might offer The insights that Charles Dickens offers to project managers How to manage projects in a way that brings value to stakeholders, and keeps the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year

Design Tracking Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefano Pittaluga

This template helps you control all the salient phases of a design project, starting from the drafting of the list of works to the definition of the control cycles for the various types of elaboration; and to control progress, both at the whole design level and for each discipline involved in the project. The system was created in Excel and with the help of the VBA programming language.

Project Priority Index Workbook

PREMIUM deliverable
by Julio Ruiz Rodriguez

This Excel template helps you prioritize projects in your organization using objective criteria like strategic fit, economic impact and feasibility. You can adapt this template using other criteria that you can consider. This template helps you determine big-impact, top-priority projects for your organization.

Project Task Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Pooja Lohiya

Use this log to stay on track of descriptions, owners, dates, status and more for project tasks.

Risk Management Register

PREMIUM deliverable
by Charles Borrelli

This risk management template in Excel includes alternate/backup risk management plans as well a risk score based upon probability and impact.


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