Career Development

TPM: A New Kind of Program Manager

by Mario Gerard

A new role is emerging at organizations where technology is at the core of products: the technical program manager. What does the future hold for this marriage of software architect and program manager?

New Practitioners

Taking the Plunge as a First-Time PM

by Andy Jordan

You took the courses, you put in the time and now it’s happened—you’re a first-time project manager! What the heck do you do now? Let’s get you mentally prepared to manage your first project…

Knowledge Shelf

Practical Portfolio Optimization

by Vladimir Shnaydman, PhD

How can you optimize project portfolio selection? The key question is how to select a “right” mix of projects aligned with company resources and strategic goals, and maximize portfolio value. The most popular techniques are described and an example illustrates the advantages of optimization modeling as the most effective and accurate technique for portfolio selection.

Agile

Agile's Secret Sauce

by Emil Schnabel

Agile adoption and transformation are often approached in a very mechanical way, and the deep change aspect—where people are concerned—is not properly considered. These transformations are missing agile’s “secret sauce,” leaving people in a confused and uncertain state.

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Welcome to Reality – Surviving the Deadly Divide Between Pre-Sale and Post-Sale

by Kimberly Johnson, Brian Cohn, Randall Iliff
May 15, 2018 | 57:36 | Views: 1,445 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.52 / 5

The PM community has great models for how projects should work, and a wealth of good advice on how to make basically sound programs and portfolio management more effective. Unfortunately the business of selling PM effort is often in conflict with the profession of delivering PM services. We see this in the form of impossible deadlines, unrealistic promises, and estimates based on client budget rather than true cost of execution. In this session we’ll explain why this enormous problem continues to exist, show you how to assess the resulting risk on your own project / program / portfolio effort, and share proven strategies you can apply to minimize the impact. Every PM, regardless of experience or skill level, will benefit from this session.

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Strategic Lessons Learned From a Battle-Hardened Project Manager

by George Freeman, PMP

Project managers strive to learn from past experiences and guide others to do the same. However, these lessons learned normally exclude topics related to the plight of the project manager, who must regularly navigate the “domain of the unpredictable.” This article proposes a new device, “strategic lessons learned,” to address this void.


Behavioral Skills to Translate Vision Into Reality

by Kumar Srikant

Key behavioral skills that are inherently people-oriented form an important dimension. They complement the core technical and strategic skills of project managers and complete their arsenal to achieve project success.


Cultural Diversity and Business Performance

by Cristian Anitei

An understanding of why diversity matters could help organizations devise strategies and tactics that drive business performance with the help of a culturally diverse workforce—especially in project-oriented organizations.


The Unanchored Project Manager Vol. 2: Planning Life as an Unanchored PM

by Michael Huber

When it comes to embracing life as an unanchored project manager, the planning phase is just as important as it is with your work projects. In the second installment of his series, our wanderer shares planning tactics he has used to minimize risk of failure.


Topic Teasers Vol. 106: Hidden Easter Eggs in PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition

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

Question: I’m just slammed at work and I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t have time to go through the new A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). I know that they’ve added the Agile Practice Guide, but is there anything I absolutely must know in order to keep my job, do good projects and keep my skills up to date? I need the six simple steps version, especially since I’m thinking about applying for a new job in the next three months?


Business Transformation...Without the Disruption

by Andy Jordan

Business transformation has always been disruptive. But as it becomes more frequent, the need to manage and minimize that disruption has become even more critical. How do organizations do that?


Getting Risky with Project Phases

by Barath Balasubramanian

Managing early-phase risks is akin to laying a solid foundation on which future project success can be built. The central theme of this article is to identify and create an awareness of major risks that can have a deleterious impact if not managed well—and propose some practical steps to manage them.


The Truth About 'Transformation'

by Mike Griffiths

Transformations are all the rage. We have agile and digital transformations, but do they truly transform or just upgrade? Chasing aspirations is a noble goal, but what can most organizations expect from them?


7 Strategies for Attaining Mastery

by Christopher Cook
May 15, 2018 | 62:14 | Views: 1,829 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.06 / 5

Mastery is a journey, not a destination. The seven strategies for mastery in this presentation describe different pathways to take on your journey to mastery in the project management profession.


Preventing Groupthink in Project Teams

by Michael Perdunn
May 10, 2018 | 62:31 | Views: 1,375 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.50 / 5

This webinar will explore the concept of Groupthink and its effect on team, the warning signs that Groupthink is taking hold in your team, and what a project manager can do to prevent Groupthink.


How to Manage a Multi-Project / Multi-Teaming Environment

by Jan Willem Tromp
May 08, 2018 | 40:47 | Views: 1,993 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.47 / 5

If you work in a multi-project environment as a product developer, engineer, or R&D expert, then the notion of multi-teaming is probably familiar. Most likely, you have key people assigned to multiple projects at the same time. Planning and managing these resources efficiently is almost impossible. Key resources themselves are challenged with fragmented work, time pressure, lack of focus, ambiguity, a constantly changing environment and, above all, dissatisfied project managers. These skill groups serve several projects in a non-dedicated way. They switch from project to project based on demand. They’re between a rock and a hard place. In this webinar, Jan Willem will show you how resources should be managed in order to make multi-project environments successful.


How an Awarded Australian Project Executed a Model for the Future

by Debra Miersma, Peter Dodd, Sean Whitaker, Grant Hawksworth
May 02, 2018 | 59:19 | Views: 1,522 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.34 / 5

One of the 2017 PMI Award for Project Excellence winners, ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street, saw Dimension Data develop an industry-first technology solution for the Queensland State Government that has provided a benchmark platform that can be readily applied across all state-owned building into the future. Despite challenges, such as having to deal with a large and diverse subcontract base which introduced complexity and potential cost implications, the project was delivered on time and on budget. Learn about this award winning project’s challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in this webinar.


Communication: The Key to Project Success

by Sajeev Kumar Menon
April 26, 2018 | 62:42 | Views: 5,095 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.12 / 5

Communication is the building block of business relationships. The communication can range from face-to-face meetings, conference calls, emails and presentations. In all such scenarios it is vital for the Project Manager to get his/her message across to the audience.



Project HEADWAY: A Guide To Getting Started for the New PMO Manager

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
April 19, 2018 | 62:30 | Views: 3,515 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.53 / 5

Congratulations! You’re the new manager of a PMO. Even as you celebrate your promotion, expectations are being created. Responding to and managing those expectations is going to be critical to your on-going success. This presentation provides the new PMO manager with a guide to setting goals, setting direction and seeing success.


Risk Management - Introduction, Awareness, and Best Practices

by Syed Moize
April 12, 2018 | 63:39 | Views: 4,942 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.49 / 5

This webinar will provide a full view and understanding of Risk Management. New practitioners will find this webinar informative and immediately useful in their work. Experienced project managers will benefit from a refresher on risk management, as well as receive actionable best practices they can put to work today.


Bitácora de Riesgos de los Requiremientos

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by Cheryl Lee

Este registro, adaptado del libro Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration de Cheryl Lee, le ayuda a realizar un seguimiento de los requisitos y sus riesgos, e interpreta el puntaje para saber si se trata de un riesgo bajo, medio o alto.


Impact Analysis Template

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by Mayte Maria Sivera

The purpose of an impact analysis is to evaluate the effects, both pro and con, of an item under consideration—anything from solutions to a stated problem to a pending organizational change. In order to be sure that the team understands all the ramifications of a possible change and not just the obvious ones, it's important to consider the situation from multiple perspectives.


Resource Allocation Template

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by Nuno Silva

This Excel sheet was designed to make resource availability and allocation management simple. Input your projects/activities and resources on the "Param" sheet. On the "Plan" sheet, input holidays, select your "Project/Activities" and "Resources" in different sections and input both "Resources" holidays and allocation to projects. The rest graphically maps a visualization from different perspectives.


Business Analysis: Gap Analysis Report

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by Elok Robert Tee

Use this form to document the desired or future state for the business, its current state and identified gaps. An approval process may be instituted for stakeholders to accept this gap analysis/report, with procedures for the BA team to formulate solution options. Adapt this sample to your corporate needs prior to using the template. Use in conjunction with the Business Analysis: Solution Options Report.


Business Analysis: Solution Options Report

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by Elok Robert Tee

Having identified business gaps (i.e., determined shortcomings and designed solutions), present the same as options that may resolve the gaps. This template guides reporting the solution options for deliberation post-gap analysis. Adapt this template to your corporate needs prior to using (e.g., include suggested approach to voting on the solutions). Use in conjunction with the Business Analysis: Gap Analysis Report.


Business Case Template

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by Bryan Van Gundy

The goal of this business case template is twofold: Clearly explain the project benefit to decision makers; and provide traceable, measurable and consistent data for benefit realization analysis after project implementation. This template has annotated instructions in blue to explain the intent or recommended use of the information. Organizations can adapt the template to their unique structure.


Event Trigger Template

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by Elok Robert Tee

An event trigger may be a risk condition with a corresponding risk response, written as a standard operating procedure. Customize this worksheet to create a corporate template to list identified event triggers for your project.



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