Career Development

7 Ways to Stay Relevant in Disruptive Times

by Elizabeth Harrin

Whether it’s political change or organizational transformation, the business world can be disruptive (and disrupted) at times. Here are seven ways that you can keep your skills relevant when everything around you is changing.

Organizational PM

Developing Customized PM Processes

by Stephanie Jaeger

Company-wide, defined processes help with the understanding of the PM lifecycle and the integration of processes between departments. If individuals understand how what they are doing fits into the big picture—along with why they are doing it and its overall importance—they will be more excited about their work and be more efficient.

Knowledge Shelf

New Age Organizational Roles

by Vivek Gondi

A new organizational model with a dedicated project management office and alternate roles can offer multiple benefits to deal with increased scale and diversity in the execution of projects. Learn how these new roles can provide opportunities to bring about positive change for enterprises large and small.

Leadership

Superheroes, Emotions and Project Management

by Ashutosh Sawant

Emotions can be a driving force or a destructive force. Here, the author looks at how emotions can effect your project and your team—all through the lens of superheroes and the colors of the rainbow!

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featured webinar

How an Awarded Project Reduced Rising Roadway Congestion through Light Rail Extension

by Lorelie Kaid, Joseph Gildner
November 06, 2018 | 60:17 | Views: 911 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.54 / 5

When Sound Transit decided to expand the light rail system in Seattle, Washington, USA, it had to find a way to tunnel under the densely populated city without disrupting life above ground. Seattle was the second worst city in the U.S. for time commuters were stuck in traffic. The University Link Light Rail Extension extended the light rail system 3.2 miles (5 kilometers) through underground tunnels providing relief for roadway congestion. The rail line opened months ahead of schedule, and the project closed US$200 million under budget. This project was a finalist for the 2017 PMI Project of the Year Award. Learn about this awarded project’s challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in this webinar.

Voices on Project Management

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Task Oversight: Finding the Right Balance

by Andy Jordan

One of the areas most likely to cause problems on projects is the monitoring and tracking of work. As a new project manager, how do you know how much is too much when it comes to task management?


Balance 'Weighted Shortest Job First'

by Bart Gerardi

Weighted Shortest Job First is a widely used technique that can give guidance to the product owner as to how to prioritize the backlog in a rational way, supported by solid data. But if it is the only process used, it can lead to a mediocre priority list.


Customers Still Don’t Know What They Want

by Andy Jordan

One of the common complaints about traditional project management methods is that they collide with customers who don’t know what they want or keep changing their minds. Agile approaches can help, but you still have to manage the customer — and the requirements!


How to Integrate Time Zones for Successful Collaboration

by Mark Kilby

Many managers of distributed agile software teams struggle with time zones. Team members may also struggle with maintaining a traditional eight-hour workday when separated by multiple time zones. Perhaps it’s not the time zones that are the challenge; the real challenge lies in re-thinking the workday of the team.


The Silent Killer in Your Agile Implementation

by Gil Broza

The longer it takes to do anything, the longer the variance of task duration. When that happens, motivation and engagement decrease, and collaboration becomes harder to maintain. These effects build on each other in a vicious cycle. This is why technical agility matters.


How to Lead Engaging Calls With Virtual Teams

by Lenka Pincot

Working with virtual teams brings unique communication and engagement challenges. This practitioner has put together her favorite tips to improve the quality of communication with a virtual team before, during and after a meeting.


The Robotic Process Automation Fallacy

by Gaurav Dhooper

RPA is often perceived as a means to reduce headcount. But in reality, the key drivers of RPA adoption are improved operational effectiveness along with an enhanced employee and customer experience.


Are You an Escalator or a Diffuser?

by Christopher Cook

Escalators create chaos and turnover. Diffusers are the leaders people go to in times of need when they require help with problems. So how does one become better at defusing rather than escalating?


Building Project-Based Learning Organizations: 10 Mechanisms Influencing Project Learning

by Anna Wiewiora, Ashley Forsyth
November 06, 2018 | 61:45 | Views: 54 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.83 / 5

Project learning is a vital prerequisite for innovation as it directly contributes to project and organizational capability development. As more organizations become project-based, there is an emergent need to understand how these organizations can overcome challenges of disruptive learning cycles caused by project temporality and employee mobility. Project learning occurs on the individual, team, and organizational level. Individual learning happens through intuiting and interpreting, learning by doing, experiencing using metaphors and cognitive maps. Team learning occurs through the integration of individual learnings, which result in shared understanding and mutual adjustment of mental models.


Meeting Facilitation: How to Own the Meeting You Lead – Part I

by Christine Rose
October 25, 2018 | 61:14 | Views: 1,583 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.27 / 5

To facilitate a meeting is to lead a group of people through a predefined agenda with clearly stated and understood goals in such a way that every attendee understands their role, adheres to the Rules of Engagement and participates according to their responsibilities within that meeting’s architecture.” Learning how to do so in spite of those attending the meeting is one of the greatest challenges any businessperson faces. Based on the final chapter of her book Everything’s a Project (and Everyone’s a Project Manager) Book Three: Communication, Christine shares that when you understand your role and your responsibility, you will own any meeting you lead.


Respect Culture or Face Failure: Leadership Lessons from Four Continents

by Karthik Ramamurthy
October 25, 2018 | 61:36 | Views: 1,669 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.40 / 5

Does your project team gel well? If not, can you really achieve success? Project success is tough to achieve as complex scope needs to be completed within compressed schedules and tight budgets. Another major challenge is the heterogeneous mix of project teams in terms of Age, Geography, Culture, Ethical outlook, etc. Ignoring cultural differences in teams is a recipe for disaster. Effective Project Leadership demands investing time in deeply understanding cultural factors, clear communication and complete transparency.This engaging webinar will help you understand key challenges, and walk you through a proven, practical six-step approach used across four continents to lead project teams to success.


Mobilité urbaine et acceptabilité sociale: l’expérience allemande

by Marie-Hélène Thouin, Patricia Tessier, Catherine Castagner
October 23, 2018 | 57:15 | Views: 264 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.29 / 5

L’objectif de cette conférence est de présenter les résultats du projet Öko entrepris par la Délégation MGP 2018 de l'ESG UQAM, un projet étudiant d’envergure internationale. Découvrez les leçons apprises tirées par les conférenciers à la suite de leurs rencontres avec des organisations allemandes. Provenant de milieux variés, ces organisations ont toutes entrepris des projets de mobilité durable en contexte urbain.Cette présentation permettra de mettre en relief leurs constats sur les pratiques de gestion des parties prenantes favorisant l’acceptabilité sociale. Visibilité, légitimité et approches participatives seront au coeur des discussions.



Project HEADWAY: Disrupting Project Management

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
October 18, 2018 | 62:47 | Views: 2,400 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Let’s be honest: disruption is a hot topic. The mantra of Silicon Valley is “move fast and break things.” Disruption is about rethinking and restricting in radical new ways that unlock very different results and very different levels of value. So what happens if we disrupt project management?



Can Agility Benefits Be Measured? Benchmarking Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
October 12, 2018 | 62:12 | Views: 2,661 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.20 / 5

The transition to Agile takes time and it is a significant cultural change. Skeptics needs to be convinced that Agile will deliver the benefits.This presentation proposes a new way of using the "traditional" project benchmarking approach adapting it to the specifics of an Agile Project Team.


Project Kickoff Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable
by Andy Jordan

The project kickoff is one of the most critical activities on the project. This worksheet is intended to assist the project manager in preparing for the kickoff so that the meeting is as effective and efficient as possible.



Analisis de Impacto

PREMIUM deliverable
by Mayte Mata-Sivera

¿Qué es un análisis de impacto? El propósito de un análisis de impacto es evaluar los efectos, tanto pro como contra, de un elemento que se está considerando, desde soluciones a un problema establecido hasta un cambio organizacional pendiente. Para estar seguro de que el equipo comprende todas las ramificaciones de un posible cambio y no solo las obvias, es importante considerar la situación desde múltiples perspectivas. (English translation - What is an impact analysis?


Risk Tracker Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Gururaj Kumar Shetty

This template is a simple risk register/tracker template in Microsoft Excel. It enables the user to key in key information for the risk management process. The template is based on risk management experience in various domains and contains only the basic necessary fields.


WBS Generator

PREMIUM deliverable
by Jerome Smith

This WBS Generator allows you to create a work breakdown structure by updating an Excel table and clicking a button. Users can create conditional formats to highlight keywords, change the options to modify the look and feel, maintain the WBS with on-the-fly updates, and add second- and third-level boxes. By creating custom conditional formats, project managers focus stakeholder attention to key points in the WBS.


Project HEADWAY: Disrupting Project Management

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

Whether you're a fan of project management as it's currently practiced, or you desperately wish it would evolve, you'll want to check out this webinar. You are bound to be challenged. You might even be disrupted. How you think about project management will most assuredly be different.



Corrective and Preventive Action Form

PREMIUM deliverable
by Payam Montazami

Corrective and preventive actions are improvements to an organization's processes taken to eliminate causes of non-conformities or other undesirable situations with clients and software. You can use this template as is, or as a starting point to make your own. This multi-purpose template can apply to both internal and external entities.


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