Talent

Changing Work, Changing Needs

by Andy Jordan

As project work shifts and evolves to meet the changing needs of the business, what are the implications for our teams—and how do we manage them?

Agile

Agile Program Measurements to Visualize and Track Progress

by Johanna Rothman

Agile provides us the opportunity to measure what has actually occurred: empirical data. Given the observations, agile program managers don’t need too many measurements. Here are three that will help you see the program’s progress.

Knowledge Shelf

Is India's Information Technology Story Ending? Can We Sustain It?

by Jayanth P. Reddy, Pankaj Tiwari, PMP

India has been a focal point of the IT revolution in the last two decades. This overview frames the IT landscape and evolution; and what organizations, start-ups and workers can do in this era of confusion and transition to create more jobs, sustain jobs and try to maintain India’s edge on the industry overall.

Communication

Effective Meeting Management

by Stacy King

A key component to project success is the project manager’s ability to facilitate diverse groups toward discovery or consensus decision making through effective meeting management. Keep these tips in mind to keep your audience engaged.

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Conflict, Collaboration, and Consciousness

by Jean Richardson
July 26, 2017 | 60:37 | Views: 2,151 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.39 / 7

Agile teams are all about high bandwidth, cross-functional communication. But, we can get really jumpy about conflict. Creative conflict is where the good stuff is in product development and innovation. Come learn about how effective conflict engagement deepens consciousness and what we mean when we talk about consciousness and software development. Jean’s style is dialogic, so expect to interact!

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Show and Tell

by Andy Jordan

Project management could go a long way toward being better understood—and better appreciated—if it just shared more information in a way people could interpret.



Visualizing Your Project: Start with a Blank Slate

by Naomi Caietti

What are some ways to set your documents and technical tools aside and bring out a blank slate so project leaders can leverage the best ideas from your team to crank up the innovation? Let’s look at how we can start with a blank slate to visualize our projects creatively and be successful project leaders…


3 Questions Every Sponsor Should Ask of Agile Project Teams

by Kevin Aguanno, CSPM (IPMA-B), Cert.APM, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, FPMAC, FAPM

While there are many governance data points that can be gathered and analyzed to help make go/no-go decisions, there are three in this writer's experience that stand out as being the most important.


A Healthy Backlog

by Bart Gerardi

Are we on track? Every team gets asked this, sooner or later, again and again. On agile projects, a key input for answering the question is the product backlog. But it is only as good as the “health” of the stories in it. Here are five key areas to consider when measuring the health of your product backlog.


Doing Less with More

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

We are often trying to do more with less, but when complexity creeps into your organization or your world, you may need to flip the script and do less with more.


Tricking the System: How to Track Costs for Projects with Internal Resources

by Cory Adcock, PMP

It can sometimes get lost that there are a great number of projects initiated every day that will never have a formal budget associated to them. It is important that PMs and management not lose sight that even internal projects can benefit from the rigor of cost management processes and EVM principles.


Lean-Driven Project Management: Q&A

by Norbert Majerus

Our webinar Lean-Driven Project Management shared some lean principles and practices and gave examples of how they could be used in a large variety of projects. Here, the presenter continues the conversation with this Q&A session that followed his presentation.


Managing Millennials and Multi-Generational Teams

by Dana Brownlee
August 27, 2017 | 61:02 | Views: 90 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 6.36 / 7

Given the fact that millennials will comprise more than one in three adult Americans by 2020, smart organizations are investing time and energy not just learning about their oftentimes unique workplace preferences/work styles, but also determining how to best leverage their strengths to benefit all.


Burning Bridges - Costly Mistakes Arising from Unnecessary Errors

by Philip Diab
August 09, 2017 | 69:45 | Views: 28 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.67 / 7

Professionals working in the field of project management are often exposed to stressful situations and frustrations caused by a wide variety of challenges ranging from unrealistic expectations, stakeholder resistance, or constantly changing priorities. The reactions to these challenges depends greatly on the individual, their experience, and capabilities.


What Does It Entail to Manage a Project Team for High Performance?

by M. Aslam Mirza
August 08, 2017 | 60:48 | Views: 25 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.75 / 7

The gist of the matter is to manage "Collective Commitment" of an individual member, team, and an organization. This webinar will cover how that happens, managing certain prerequisites while forming a team and inducting a new team member, certain areas of leadership to help the team perform at their best, and certain behaviors to avoid.


The Final Step to Agility for Your Project

by Joel Neeb
July 27, 2017 | 59:29 | Views: 790 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.78 / 7

In this session, you will learn how to conduct a structured Debrief to assure your team can scale successes and eliminate the failures that may have occurred during the length of the project.


Why Bad Projects Are So Hard to Kill

by Michael O'Brochta, PMI-ACP, PMP
July 25, 2017 | 58:55 | Views: 2,158 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.46 / 7

Bad projects abound, and research by Project Management Institute and others has provided useful insight into the underlying causes of bad projects. This webinar looks beyond why projects go bad and explores why bad projects are so hard to kill.


Project HEADWAY: Developing The Master Project Manager

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
July 20, 2017 | 62:03 | Views: 1,590 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.86 / 7

This webinar is designed to explore the pathways and options available in realizing project management mastery. It explores the development strategies available to us, and outlines their essential role in building effective project management skills. Most importantly, it is designed to provide you with the insights to plan your personal journey towards your career goals.


Decision Making - Identification and Counterbalancing of Bounds (Rationale to Wisdom)

by Tanish Mathur
July 19, 2017 | 57:46 | Views: 1,206 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.66 / 7

This presentation explores the concept of bounded rationality & its impact on project management decisions. Different bounds have been identified & discussed which impacts critical decisions during different phases of the project life-cycle. A bound free model of decision making has been discussed as part of this webinar.


Lean-Driven Project Management

by Norbert Majerus
July 18, 2017 | 59:39 | Views: 1,816 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.78 / 7

Lean practices have revolutionized the manufacturing industry; the application of lean principles have also had a big impact in construction, IT, services and health care. In this webinar we will share some of those principles and practices and give examples how they can be used in a large variety of projects.


Scope Statement

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

The scope statement is first defined in an early stage of the project, so that right from the start it’s clear what should be achieved and what not. Besides a clear description of what is included, the scope statement also contains a description of deliverables, exclusions, assumptions and constraints that might apply. All these aspects of the scope can be described in this simple document.


Flowchart: Change Request Process

PREMIUM presentation
by Baria Abu Ghoush

This single-page PDF flowchart depicts the process for facilitating communication about requested changes among the stakeholders of any project, providing a common process for resolving requested changes and reported problems, and reducing the uncertainty around the existence, state and outcome of a change that has been requested in a work product. Use it as a visual refresher or teaching tool.


Communication Plan

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefan de Vries

If your project involves many persons or groups divided over different locations or time zones, it is advisable to create and maintain a communication plan. This will give a clear view over what should be communicated, who should transmit this information, and when and how it should be sent. You can start defining the communication plan once the stakeholders (and their needs) are identified, which is normally in an early stage of the project. This document lets you plan different types of communication within your project.


Project Cost Estimator

PREMIUM deliverable
by Atul Deshmukh

This template can be used to estimate costs for a project based on Scrum iterations/sprints. This tool assumes basic knowledge of agile/Scrum. The template is divided into three spreadsheets: Overview (detailed explanation of the template and usage), Estimator (calculations required for obtaining project cost estimates) and Data (look up data used in the estimator worksheet).


Status Report (Brief)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Darlene Rudolph

Project managers can use this brief template to provide an update to management on the status of a project issue or system problem.


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 accompanying 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.


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