Communications

Creating a Communications Plan: People, Process & Technology

by Erin Coshall, Bogdan Neughebauer

How do you break through white noise? How do you communicate to your audience that what you need them to do is important? What it boils down to is a thoughtful communication plan that includes a focus on people, process and technology.

Risk

Advanced Project Management Pitfalls: Purpose, Not Process

by Sean Gwaltney

Our bias toward comfortable processes hides the root cause of failure. One of the root causes on experienced teams? The misalignment of purpose and process. Here, the author provides an easy-to-implement, purpose-driven organizational methodology that helps eliminate this risk.

Strategy

Determining IT Project Health

by Harold Hunt

Trustworthy assessments of project health are necessary. This article advocates an approach using proactive, objective and metrics-based project health indicators and communication of assessment outcomes by simple executive-level and project management-level dashboards.

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Stop the Abuse of Agile!

by Sanam Taj

Instead of making agile a tool to speed up development and manufacturing, many organizations use it as a means to cut corners—which often leads to loss of time due to rework, or to inferior quality being delivered.


2017 Technology Update: 7 Hot Categories

by Michael Wood

We’re already halfway through the year, and it’s time for the annual technology update! So get your geek on and let’s have a look at the hot information technologies for 2017...


Is Long-Term Strategy Dead?

by Andy Jordan

For organizations operating in disruptive environments with rapid, unpredictable change, long-term strategic planning must evolve. A clearly articulated, forward-looking destination is as important as ever, but the route to get there must remain flexible on the specifics of how it will be achieved.


The BICEPS Strategy: How to Keep Your Business Sustainable

by Majeed Hosseiney

Far too often, companies are ignoring the basic business rules by moving from one extreme to another with regard to tools, methods and processes instead of managing the change as an evolution. And regardless of the evolution in technology, the social economy and market changes, there is one simple formula that remains constant, one that will maintain the main muscle of your business.


Commitment to Growth or Commitment to Numbers?

by Andy Jordan

Maintaining a certification is an important part of the process. Do you give it the respect it deserves, or do you simply see a target “score” you have to meet?


Constructing Scope Definition

by Manavasi Ramesh

One of the major reasons for project failure is the occurrence of unforeseen events that disrupt the smooth running of the project and cause irrecoverable deviation from the plan. How can we help minimize the risk when it comes to scope definition in construction projects?


How to Grow Your Career with Certifications

by Bruce Harpham

Do certifications add value to your career? The answer is clear. Here, the author shares three questions to keep in mind before you invest in another certification, and six steps to create your project certification plan.


Integrating Offshore Centers and the Head Office

by Vimal Kumar Khanna

It’s important to increase the role and responsibilities of head office managers for projects that are offshored. This article is excerpted from the author’s book Leading and Motivating Global Teams: Integrating Offshore Centers and the Head Office.


Do You Focus Right for Project Monitoring and Control?

July 06, 2017 | 65:17 | Views: 946 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.88 / 7

Project implementation is required to reach the desired outcomes in business. You develop a WBS, apply project management systems, particularly EVM and then settle down with project monitoring and control processes to reach the end result - but is that enough?



No Requirements, No Problem!

by Kevin Richardson
June 29, 2017 | 61:32 | Views: 1,366 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.33 / 7

Kevin Richardson will walk through some common examples of two types of projects and how to wrestle them to the ground.


Project HEADWAY: Breaking Out Of The Lessons Learned Trap

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
June 22, 2017 | 63:14 | Views: 2,996 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.76 / 7

We all know we are supposed to do a “lessons learned” exercise as part of our projects. Some of us even take the time to go through the motions. The challenge is that lessons learned rarely get paid attention to, and organizational practices rarely change as a result. If we really want to learn from our projects, we need to change how we think about lessons learned.


Change Management Tips for Project Managers

by Luis Alberto Caceres Villota
June 20, 2017 | 44:04 | Views: 3,578 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.24 / 7

If the project manager wants to implement lasting changes, this webinar will help to understand these processes and offer a glance over formal tools and methodologies to manage all the complexity involved.


Change Made Easy

by Amy McKee
June 07, 2017 | 62:37 | Views: 3,747 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.49 / 7

If only CHANGE were easy. We lead projects and initiatives every day and the odds that they will be successful are not in our favor. It is like herding cats. Evidence shows that incorporating Emotional Intelligence makes it easier to lead people down a different path than they are currently on.


The Future of Project Management: Agile PM is the Forefront of a Larger Change

by Jean Richardson
June 07, 2017 | 60:51 | Views: 4,973 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.33 / 7

A sea change in project management practice and principles is already well underway. The roots go back as far as knowledge created and discovered in the early 20th century, but received a tremendous shot in the arm when the Agile Manifesto and Principles leapt into the world from its crèche in Snowbird, Utah.


The Questions You Should be Asking Your Project Team

by Emily Luijbregts
June 06, 2017 | 60:53 | Views: 3,462 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.81 / 7

Project Managers normally use the same questions to understand the current status of their project and tasks assigned. We get so used to asking the same questions that it becomes a habit: What's the status on this? How are we getting on? Perhaps it's time to look at some other questions to assess the health of your project. Are you team members happy? Are they able to do their work without being impeded by others? What are they most looking forward to in delivering this project? During this webinar we'll explore the questions that you should be asking as a Project Manager to determine the real status of the project.


Project Risk Register

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sahan De Silva

A risk register is a document used to record risk-related activity that will have an impact (positive or negative) on any project. Maintaining this document throughout the project lifecycle whenever more details come into play will help keep the project on track. This Excel template and accompany instructions in Word will help you capture essential information.


Key Performance Indicator Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Harold Hunt

While numerous key performance indicators (KPIs) typically influence IT projects generally, the benefit of tracking all of them may be outweighed by the cost to do so. Therefore, each project must carefully select and manage those KPIs most relevant to its specific situation. This sample template can be used to define KPIs; also included is a table with examples of possible KPIs for each of the previously defined project-critical success factors (PCSFs) and a metric (measure and dimension) for each KPI. Use in conjunction with the article Determining IT Project Health.


Stakeholder Management Workbook

deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

This document allows you to manage the stakeholders related to your project. Stakeholders are all persons or entities that are affected by the project in some way—either positively or negatively, either to a high extent or to a low extent. It is important to identify all stakeholders, and classify them according to their interest and power that they can have in the project. This classification allows you to decide how to engage each one of them, thereby increasing the probability of project success.


Monthly Status Report Template

deliverable
by Danilo Uvalin

This report helps you provide a concise and precise update on the current status of a clinical study and the achieved progress during the reporting period. It is usually distributed to a sponsor of the project, as well as the management of the company where the PM works. The main benefit of this report is that it addresses the major project constraints and provides only the relevant information needed to successfully manage the project and communicate with a diverse international team, typical for a matrix-based pharmaceutical company.


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): An Introduction

presentation
by Khaled Istanbouli

Occupational health and safety (OHS)—also commonly referred to as occupational safety and health (OSH), occupational health or workplace health and safety (WHS)—is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people at work. This presentation provides a primer on important introductory points.


PM Point of View #40: Influencers Part V - Teamwork

podCast
by Lisa DiTullio, Kendall Lott, Rami Kaibni, Paul Pelletier
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Project Management is a team sport; projects are rarely implemented by a single individual. But the minute you bring two, three, not to mention fifty or hundreds of team members together, you open yourself up a range of potential group dynamics issues. In fact, the pressures of time and budget, along with the drive to get results, can lead to bullying and other unproductive behavior.


Methodology Implementation Project Charter (Japanese Translation)

PREMIUM deliverable

これは、方法論を実施するためのプロジェクトチャーターの上位レベルの例ですが、構造とアプローチは多くのプロジェクトで有効です。 この例は、リスクと仮定、予算策定、役割の説明、紛争解決に重点を置いています。


Are You an Effective Project Manager? (Japanese Translation)

PREMIUM checklist

プロジェクトをどの程度効果的に管理していますか? あなたの得点にかかわらず、この50ポイントの自己評価は、あなたが持っているスキルに集中して改善するための非常に実践的な分野を特定するのに役立ちます。


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