Project Management

Organizational PM

Stop Shunning Subjective Performance Measures

by Andy Jordan

"We need to guess if we are successful?!” They often get a bad rap, they’re often misunderstood, and executives frequently want to avoid them. But subjective performance measures help when there simply isn’t a way to know whether benefits have been achieved.

Talent Management

Measuring What Matters for Talent

by Joe Wynne

While identifying and measuring “what matters” can be complex, you have a lot of control when it comes to measures related to talent management. Use these four scores and metrics to get started.

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Leadership

Leading Projects With Humor

by Sam Stevenson

Humor is common in many projects and can improve project outcomes. What does humor look like in your projects? Has it helped or hindered? Learn more about the styles of humor, how it can benefit projects, and caveats to keep in mind.

Agile

Backlog Refinement: 5 Things to Avoid

by Bart Gerardi

Backlog refinement sessions offer many benefits, but there are also well-intentioned activities—or antipatterns— that can be detrimental to the team. Here are five backlog refinement antipatterns to avoid, from focusing on estimates to removing requirements too quickly.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Enable Engagement & Inclusivity on Project Teams

by Erik Rueter
May 13, 2022 | 55:10 | Views: 3,635 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.54 / 5

Oftentimes, when employees hear the term "diversity, equity and inclusion," they immediately think it is solely the responsibility of human resources. It's not. As project managers and members of PMI, we strive to be good shepherds of the resources in our care - including the diverse group of people on our teams. To do this, and to realize the greatest benefit for our projects, we need to ensure our teammates feel safe to bring their unique experiences and best self to their work. By incorporating human-centered design /design thinking methodologies into your leadership toolkit, you will be able to lower some structural barriers to success. Through a mix of storytelling, statistics, and practical activities, this webinar will guide you to becoming a more aware team leader so you can move beyond having a diverse team and into having a high - functioning, engaged and inclusive one.

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Measuring What Matters for Talent

by Joe Wynne

While identifying and measuring “what matters” can be complex, you have a lot of control when it comes to measures related to talent management. Use these four scores and metrics to get started.


Stop Shunning Subjective Performance Measures

by Andy Jordan

"We need to guess if we are successful?!” They often get a bad rap, they’re often misunderstood, and executives frequently want to avoid them. But subjective performance measures help when there simply isn’t a way to know whether benefits have been achieved.


What Matters Won’t Measure

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

If what we measure prompts change, then we have to be careful what we evaluate so that attention is focused on those things that are most meaningful and important. We are exhorted to “measure what matters” with “key performance indicators"—which often miss the mark.


Backlog Refinement: 5 Things to Avoid

by Bart Gerardi

Backlog refinement sessions offer many benefits, but there are also well-intentioned activities—or antipatterns— that can be detrimental to the team. Here are five backlog refinement antipatterns to avoid, from focusing on estimates to removing requirements too quickly.


Craft a Better Problem Statement, Part 2

by Jamie Flinchbaugh

Well-framed problem statements can greatly improve a team’s problem solving, but there are several “failure modes” to be aware of when crafting them. Here’s advice on writing problem statements that avoid these common pitfalls, from the author of People Solve Problems.


In the Name Game, Agility Is the Goal

by Andy Jordan

Most organizations “get” what it means to do agile projects, but far fewer embrace agile concepts and build agility. There needs to be more focus on the merits of an agile approach, regardless of its label.


How to Navigate the ‘Boring’ Middle Part of Your Projects

by Andy Jordan

There’s a point in every project where PMs don’t have much to do. The work is moving forward without them, and they feel a little redundant. How do you deal with that? Follow these do's and don't when your workload slows down.


How to Overcome Common Metrics Mistakes and Make Numbers Your Ally

by Bruce Harpham

It’s easy to be taken in by numbers. But ultimately, metrics are just as fallible as people. The answer is not to adopt a nihilistic view—to give up numbers and data. No, the better way is to boost our data literacy and how we act on metrics.


Ethical Conundrum in Returning to the Workplace

by Deepa Bhide, Gretta Kelzi
May 25, 2022 | 61:05 | Views: 141 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.38 / 5

Organizations are likely to face challenges around work trends, productivity, employee well-being and sentiments around the reimagined work model. The webinar focuses on the following: -Workplace concerns and area of employee pain points -Ethical challenges as employees return to workplace -Guidance to organizations to successfully navigate through these situations


Project HEADWAY: Delivering Bad News

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
May 19, 2022 | 62:53 | Views: 136 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.88 / 5

In this webinar, Mark explores the challenge of bad news and why delivering it is so uncomfortable. More importantly, he identifies strategies to craft difficult messages and deliver them confidently and well. If you have to deliver bad news (and what project manager doesn't at some point in their career) you'll want to attend this webinar. The good news is that you'll get insights you can take action on and use right away.


Ask Us Anything - PMIEF - Enabling Youth through Nonprofit Partnerships

by Ashley Forsyth, Emily Sanders
May 18, 2022 | 56:58 | Views: 476 | PDUs: | Rating: 4.69 / 5

In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we aim to put youth on the path to success by incorporating project management skills into their daily lives. In 2019 the PMIEF Board of Directors approved a strategic plan which runs through 2027 which narrowed the scope of the PMIEF to enable youth through partnerships with Youth-Serving Nonprofits (YSNPs). As we enter the second phase of this plan, we would like to take the opportunity to present to the PMI community how we're doing on our mission and provide insight on legacy PMIEF programs.


Using Human-Centered Design to Enable Engagement & Inclusivity on Project Teams

by Erik Rueter
May 13, 2022 | 55:10 | Views: 3,635 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.54 / 5

Oftentimes, when employees hear the term "diversity, equity and inclusion," they immediately think it is solely the responsibility of human resources. It's not. As project managers and members of PMI, we strive to be good shepherds of the resources in our care - including the diverse group of people on our teams. To do this, and to realize the greatest benefit for our projects, we need to ensure our teammates feel safe to bring their unique experiences and best self to their work. By incorporating human-centered design /design thinking methodologies into your leadership toolkit, you will be able to lower some structural barriers to success. Through a mix of storytelling, statistics, and practical activities, this webinar will guide you to becoming a more aware team leader so you can move beyond having a diverse team and into having a high - functioning, engaged and inclusive one.



People & Project Management: Valuable Takeaways of My Journey in the Mobile Phone Industry

by Armando Arriaga Castañeda
May 05, 2022 | 61:00 | Views: 3,286 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

Building a winning organization is not an easy task, and to succeed it needs to have solid foundations, foster collaboration and embrace continuous learning. Each of us have a key role in this success, whether as an individual contributor, Project Manager or head of the organization. In this webinar I share the most valuable lessons I´ve learned and cherished in Project and People management throughout my 15 year journey in mobile phones industry as part of global Quality Assurance organizations.


Project Manager Expertise, Experience, and Career Development

by Timothy Brandon
May 04, 2022 | 62:21 | Views: 3,188 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

Where we stand today and how we may influence tomorrow Dr. Brandon will share highlights from his recent research study exploring the key expertise, experience and career development factors which contribute to overall project manager competency and project success. The objective is to offer insights into how project managers rated their skill levels, provide an easy assessment tool, and recommend ways for project managers and leadership to enhance levels of expertise and accelerate professional development.


Balanced Leadership

by Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin, Shankar Sankaran
April 26, 2022 | 61:10 | Views: 7,912 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

Leadership in projects is dynamic and alternates between actors. This presentation on the award-winning study of leadership reality in projects and its resulting theory of balanced and horizontal leadership outlines project-specific approaches to leadership. These include temporary appointments of horizontal leaders, as well as the dynamic assignment (i.e., the balancing) of leadership authority to the best possible leader in different situations. To that end, it outlines a framework including recently identified types of leadership and their situational contingencies. This includes the five events that make up horizontal leadership in projects. These are nomination of team members, identification of potential leaders, selection and empowerment of leaders, empowered leadership and its governance, as well as leadership transition. Moreover, the presentation addresses the coordination of these events through the socio-cognitive space, and the dynamic assignment of leadership authority to the best possible leader at a time, which is known as balanced leadership.


Contentment Assessment

PREMIUM deliverable
by Lonnie Pacelli

How content you are in your current and future career potential? With your physical and mental health? With your current and future financial status? This assessment will help you think through areas in your life that are most important to you—and develop a practical and sustainable purpose statement to guide you when to say "yes" to some things and "no" to others. Use in conjunction with the blog "Your North Star – Creating a Practical and Sustainable Purpose Statement."


Project HEADWAY: Delivering Bad News

PREMIUM presentation
by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

In this webinar, Mark explores the challenge of bad news and why delivering it is so uncomfortable. More importantly, he identifies strategies to craft difficult messages and deliver them confidently and well. If you have to deliver bad news (and what project manager doesn't at some point in their career) you'll want to attend this webinar. The good news is that you'll get insights you can take action on and use right away.


Go/No Go Production Readiness Checklist

PREMIUM checklist
by Anthony Solis

Use this Go/No Go production readiness checklist to assess if your organization is prepared to deploy an application. This spreadsheet aims for a composite or holistic view between the business and technical aspects of an application deployment. There are 36 questions in nine categories to respond "yes" or "no" to, with self-adjustable weighting and a final score.


Project HEADWAY: Virtually Facilitating Well

PREMIUM presentation
by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

In this presentation, Mark dives deep into the strategies that enable effective audience participation in a virtual meeting environment. You'll learns strategies that you can apply immediately to improve the effectiveness and enhance the success of your next virtual meeting.


Gantt Planner for Excel

deliverable
by Gary Weber

Now updated! The tool creates a Gantt chart that can be used for presentations. Using this planner for "what-if" upfront planning is faster and easier than trying to do it in real time with dedicated project software. The tool easily allows adding comments or annotations to a Gantt chart, re-arranging tasks into logical flows, or showing multiple tasks in a single row.


Monthly Audit Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ishita Mitra

This template is to be used by internal auditors for reviewing project governance and compliance with organizational standards. This template focuses on the project budget, resource utilization and project health. It can be further expanded to include other project constraints; add more details as per your organization's audit needs.


Portfolio View Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Ishita Mitra

For efficient project governance, the PMO must ensure that the managers review all project parameters regularly. This template will help project/program/portfolio managers take a detailed look at all project constraints and variances. This will give a consolidated view and status of each project in a portfolio. This can also be leveraged and customized for weekly/monthly stakeholder reporting.


Scrum of Scrums Meeting Template

PREMIUM presentation
by Marcia Nathan

The purpose of the Scrum of Scrums is to synchronize projects that are interdependent upon one another and to discuss any roadblocks, impacts and mitigation strategies. Use this simple PowerPoint deck to track project progress and roadblocks.


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