Strategy

The Astrophysics of Organizations

by Michael Wood

It's often useful to look at organizations, their culture and how they approach strategic initiatives through the lens of other disciplines just to explore whether there are useful metaphors to be found. And that brings us to a fascinating comparison with astrophysics.

New Practitioners

Take a Break...It's Worth It

by Andy Jordan

We hear a lot that project management is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s completely the wrong analogy…it shouldn’t be either. The work/life balance is supposed to be a real thing, so it's time we embrace striving for maximum success with minimum effort.

Leadership

Leading in High-Stress Environments

by Alexandre Costa

High-stress situations are common in the workplace today. The purpose of this article is to reflect on how a leader should deal with this kind of environment—and train their team—in the context of project management.

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Strategic Lessons Learned From a Battle-Hardened Project Manager

by George Freeman, PMP
August 08, 2019 | 60:05 | Views: 1,902 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.45 / 5

As project managers, we strive to learn from our past experiences, and we guide and teach others to do the same. We leverage approaches such as lessons learned to fine-tune the methodology, all to make each project better than the last, and sometimes we succeed. However, when navigating the domain of the unpredictable, these traditional lessons learned often “come up short” for advice, hence the need for a different type of lesson that I call “strategic lessons learned.”

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Last week it was my birthday. It was a fantastic day surrounded by family and friends (and maybe even some fools, to complete the three Fs). I received countless messages via various channels; Fa ...







Are You Failing Right?

by Andy Jordan

An organization that isn’t failing at anything is either paralyzed strategically or dangerously unaware of what’s actually going on. Indeed, successful organizations often fail more than faltering ones, but they leverage the experiences into positive stepping-stones.


CIOs: Stay in Your Lane or Cross the Lines?

by Michael Wood

True story: A CFO told a VP peer about how he wished the CIO would learn to “stay in her lane.” Yet isn’t the CIO supposed to provide the information, infrastructure, technology and systems the organization needs to leverage its ability to do business, compete, grow and prosper?


Get Your Risk Infrastructure Right

by David Hillson

Risk management can suffer from too little or too much supporting infrastructure, be it tools, techniques, training, templates or technology. Getting these elements right enables the risk process to deliver the expected benefits to the organization and its projects.


What's Your (Purpose) Story?

by Kindra Hall

When differences in understanding or expectations arise between project stakeholders, clients, partners or developers, it is the project manager who is often caught in the middle. One of the best bridge-building strategies is storytelling—and one of the best stories is about purpose.


Time Management for New PMs: A Balancing Act

by Andy Jordan

Chaos loves a vacuum. New project managers often struggle with managing their time. That leads to things getting missed—and disaster will soon follow.


Topic Teasers Vol. 125: Why Use Predictive Analytics?

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

Question: My latest project is to work with a small team to see if we need to add predictive analytics to our already brimming list of desktop applications. Frankly, I don’t see that we use even half of the features that we have now, but maybe some departments find value in them. To be honest, not being a math person, I don’t really understand why finding that we are 20% higher or 32% lower on some random statistic would do anything to help the business. The oddity is there! That doesn’t change anything for next month or week. What am I missing?


How to Accelerate Government Projects

by Barbara Eilenfield, MHA, PMP

Transformation in government agencies often comes up against bureaucratic hurdles. Employing a crucible, consisting of four elements (do more with less; lean project management; phasing; and consistency), paired with Kotter’s eight-step change model enabled a government team to successfully complete a difficult consolidation effort.


The Subtleties of Career Advancement

by Andy Jordan

We all like to think that our career success is the result of our ability, and that’s a major factor. But there are also a few other things that contribute to success—or the lack of it.


A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework (Part 3): Clear Objectives & Scope

by Uri Galimidi 
August 06, 2019 | 60:59 | Views: 1,085 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.56 / 5

This is in the third installment in an 8-part webinar series, A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework, presented by Uri Galimidi. The series covers an advanced yet practical framework which Project Managers can use to assess the health of their projects.


Consulting As a Service for Digital Transformation Vision

by Nathalie Bouchard
July 31, 2019 | 60:54 | Views: 2,019 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.89 / 5

Following her successful webinar, Consulting As a Service for Digital Transformation Program, Nathalie Bouchard, Executive Advisor and co-founder of Oneflexiwork, takes the innovative concept one step further and presents how it can support leaders in transforming their Digital Transformation vision into an actionable transformation program.



A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework (Part 2): The Project Leadership Team

by Uri Galimidi 
July 23, 2019 | 59:02 | Views: 850 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.66 / 5

This is in the second installment in an 8-part webinar series, A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework, presented by Uri Galimidi. The series covers an advanced yet practical framework which Project Managers can use to assess the health of their projects. The framework consists of eight key project management areas.


Powering Up Lusail Ultra Smart City Along With FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium In Qatar

by Irshad Hussain
July 23, 2019 | 60:36 | Views: 1,954 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.01 / 5

Lusail City extends across an area of 38 square kilometres and includes four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. It is a comprehensive arena with leisure spots, residential buildings, commercial towers, avenues and public ports. Lusail, a true city of the future, will eventually accommodate 450,000 people. City includes 22 hotels with different international star ratings, making it an element of attraction for investment in Qatar.


Project HEADWAY: It's All Strategy... Always

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
July 18, 2019 | 60:04 | Views: 2,131 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.48 / 5

This webinar explores where these lines blur, how to make sense of them, and how to think about our projects and they can—and should—relate to strategy.


Lessons Learned, Complete the Circle

by Kimberly Johnson, Brian Cohn, John Balog
July 17, 2019 | 60:53 | Views: 2,798 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.21 / 5

For some of us, the lowly Lessons Learned is one of those ‘have to do’ items in the Project Management artifacts folder. Some of us push it off, forget it, rush it, or minimize it. If used correctly, it becomes the ‘primer’ for your next project. We will see how it will save both time and money. Over time your Lessons Learned will switch from issues to must haves.


Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study

by Kane Tomlin, Mark Bowman
July 16, 2019 | 61:51 | Views: 5,143 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.72 / 5

As we mark the 50th anniversary of human beings’ first steps on another celestial body, a new goal has been set for this nation to return astronauts to the moon within 5 years. In this webinar, we will take a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement


Career Assessment Template

deliverable
by Michael Wood

No matter where you are on the career ladder, consider creating a roadmap for moving forward by comparing your current state to the requirements needed to achieve your career goals—and then identify the actions you need to take to make it all happen. Use this template in conjunction with the article What’s Your Career Plan?


Overview of the Project Management Process

PREMIUM presentation
by John Galyon

While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).


Materials Procurement Cycle Tracking Log

PREMIUM deliverable
by Abdelrhman Elfky

Use this template to monitor and control the procurement cycle of materials during a project. It helps you track procurements by comparing planned activity dates with actual activity dates, allowing you to forecast/adjust progress.


Project Resources Budgetary Analytics Tool

PREMIUM deliverable
by Lee Wallace

This template is designed to show projected budget costs for project human resources (a consulting team, for example) and provide a comparative analysis of actual money spent on those resources and hours used to date by those resources. It can be easily updated as desired (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.). The tool provides an immediate illustration of the state of the project at any point along the project life cycle by showing whether the money and hours utilized to date are above, at or below the projected budget amount.


Statistical PERT® Beta Edition

PREMIUM deliverable
by William Davis

Now updated! Statistical PERT® (SPERT®) is a freely licensed, probabilistic, estimation technique. Use Statistical PERT to estimate uncertainties that have bell-shaped risk properties, like: task duration, work effort, revenue, expenses, agile story points, project portfolios, event attendance and more. Use in conjunction with the article Getting Beta with Statistical PERT.


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. Code has been updated to run on Excel 365.


Project HEADWAY: It's All Strategy... Always

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

This webinar explores where these lines blur, how to make sense of them, and how to think about our projects and they can—and should—relate to strategy.


Project Charter (English & Arabic)

deliverable
by Rand Kaassamani

The project charter is typically a short document that outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders and gives authority to the project manager. This PDF charter is for use in both English and Arabic.


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