Career Development

Certification Proliferation...and Confusion

by Mike Griffiths

Project management credentials have proliferated. This creates problems for project management professionals and hiring managers alike. How can they compare or rank one over another? And what does this mean for our future development?

Communication

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

by Amy Whicker

Our emotional intelligence gives us the confidence needed to trust and respect our emotional responses. Trusting and respecting emotions requires us to view all emotions as valid—while giving us the freedom to analyze if that valid emotion is truly applicable to our current situation. So, what can we do to trust and respect emotions?

Knowledge Shelf

Introducing Program Maps

by Gregory Fabian, PMP

A program map is a diagramming technique used for showing the relationship between various components (usually operations and project-type activities) of a program and program events plotted against time. Program maps, when properly constructed, can convey a lot of information that stakeholders can easily absorb.

Career Development

Back to School

by Bruce Garrod

There are endless options and considerations when choosing how to ensure ongoing personal development. But if you stand still and depend on past education and current experience, you're unlikely to realize your full career potential.

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Can Agility Benefits Be Measured? Benchmarking Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
October 12, 2018 | 62:12 | Views: 1,293 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.30 / 5

The transition to Agile takes time and it is a significant cultural change. Skeptics needs to be convinced that Agile will deliver the benefits.This presentation proposes a new way of using the "traditional" project benchmarking approach adapting it to the specifics of an Agile Project Team.

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How AI Will Change Project Management

by Andy Jordan

Artificial intelligence is not far from becoming a mainstream part of how businesses operate. That’s going to be disruptive, and project management may be impacted more than most areas—and not in the way many of us fear.


Innovation...and the Disruption It Brings

by Mike Donoghue

The initial impact of a disruptive change may be seen as having limited scope and impact, but when a “new kid on the block” technology starts getting a stronger and stronger foothold, a cascading evolutionary effect turns what might be considered an otherwise cute concept into an annoying competitor—and eventually the prodigy that is the identifying hallmark for the business.


What Is Emotional Intelligence?

by Amy Whicker

Our emotional intelligence gives us the confidence needed to trust and respect our emotional responses. Trusting and respecting emotions requires us to view all emotions as valid—while giving us the freedom to analyze if that valid emotion is truly applicable to our current situation. So, what can we do to trust and respect emotions?


Back to School

by Bruce Garrod

There are endless options and considerations when choosing how to ensure ongoing personal development. But if you stand still and depend on past education and current experience, you're unlikely to realize your full career potential.


Certification Proliferation...and Confusion

by Mike Griffiths

Project management credentials have proliferated. This creates problems for project management professionals and hiring managers alike. How can they compare or rank one over another? And what does this mean for our future development?


Introducing Program Maps

by Gregory Fabian, PMP

A program map is a diagramming technique used for showing the relationship between various components (usually operations and project-type activities) of a program and program events plotted against time. Program maps, when properly constructed, can convey a lot of information that stakeholders can easily absorb.


Your Career Development Focus Is (Probably) Wrong

by Andy Jordan

This practitioner talks with a lot of project managers who are looking to advance their careers. He sees a consistent theme in their focus—deepening skills instead of perfecting execution of their current skill set.


Navigating Disruptive Times: Next Practices

by Velimir Tasic

Industry edges have blurred, and novel technologies are rapidly emerging. With numerous solutions to choose from, it’s extremely hard to systematically utilize innovative technologies. In this article, the writer shares some tips to help you navigate through disruptive times with a “next practices” approach.



Project HEADWAY: Disrupting Project Management

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
October 18, 2018 | 62:47 | Views: 99 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.38 / 5

Let’s be honest: disruption is a hot topic. The mantra of Silicon Valley is “move fast and break things.” Disruption is about rethinking and restricting in radical new ways that unlock very different results and very different levels of value. So what happens if we disrupt project management?



Forecast Scheduling for Innovators

by Kimberly Johnson, Eric Uyttewaal, Mick Kuehn, Gina Lund
October 11, 2018 | 62:14 | Views: 1,043 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.31 / 5

Forecast Scheduling for Innovators shows you how you can forecast your project with just the project schedule, even without advanced techniques like Earned Value, Critical Chain or Agile.


They Is We; Them Is Us: Life Lessons from a Career in Project Management

by John Tracy
October 11, 2018 | 61:53 | Views: 1,279 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Inevitably, project managers will find themselves in situations that challenge their accumulated knowledge in the field. If you ever find yourself faced with such situations that leave you talking to yourself, muttering statements like "They would never let me do what I learned at this place" or "I’ll never be able convince them that what they have asked me to do is wrong," then this webinar is for you.



Business Requirements Gathering for Agile Projects

by NK Shrivastava, Phillip George
October 08, 2018 | 63:27 | Views: 999 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.41 / 5

Utilizing effective business requirements gathering techniques is crucial to project success in any environment. In RefineM’s webinar, attendees will learn how to effectively gather business requirements on Agile projects. They will be exposed to techniques including brainstorming, focus group techniques, and many other. They will leave the course ready to gather business requirements for Agile projects.


Lean and Six Sigma: A Blended Approach

by Kimberly Johnson, William LaFollette
October 03, 2018 | 61:30 | Views: 1,945 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.55 / 5

We have all heard of Lean and Six Sigma, but what about blending the two approaches into a complementary systemic approach to excellence? This presentation will talk about the evolution of process improvement from both lean and six sigma perspectives—and how the methods complement each other in the healthcare and service industries. Case studies from two organizations that successfully deployed Lean Sigma thinking will be presented.



Corrective and Preventive Action Form

deliverable
by Payam Montazami

Corrective and preventive actions are improvements to an organization's processes taken to eliminate causes of non-conformities or other undesirable situations with clients and software. You can use this template as is, or as a starting point to make your own. This multi-purpose template can apply to both internal and external entities.


Lessons Learned Template

deliverable
by Gururaj Kumar Shetty

This log helps you collate both the positive and negative experiences throughout the life cycle of any software development project. The main purpose of this template is to collect, share, learn and improve from the real-time experiences you encounter during the project.


Project Logbook

deliverable
by Sucharita Das

It’s important to track action items, issues and risks while managing a project regardless of project size. Handling multiple trackers for each is quite a challenge, especially when the project is big. This Excel logbook is a single place where all trackers can be stored. It also provides a graphical presentation of the overall status of the project logs, as well as individual detail statuses. This logbook also keeps the log of decisions/changes made during the project lifecycle.


Project Readiness Workbook (Financial Services)

deliverable
by Daniel Grzybek

When building a financial institution branch, there may be more than what is captured within the construction plan. This template provides you with the framework to help identify and track the deliverables your internal project team is accountable for. The first worksheet provides you with a mechanism to track and report these internal deliverables. The second worksheet further breaks down each deliverable to provide its details, such as key activities. The third worksheet captures details of the team’s open readiness plan. These worksheets should be modified in detail and accuracy to fit your project’s scope, and can be adapted to fit other projects/industries.


Risk Register Workbook for Qualitative Risk Analysis

deliverable
by Guilherme Calôba, PMP

This collection of Excel spreadsheets supports qualitative risk analysis, focusing on the creation of probability and impact scales, visualization of data and the comparison of untreated and treated risks.



PM Point of View #54: Procurement

podCast
by Kendall Lott, David Yarkin, Gordon Wade, Rick Grimm
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Almost every project involves some sort of procurement, whether it's goods, or teams of contractors. In fact, Procurement is one of the ten Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® Guide, and merits almost a complete column in the index of the Sixth Edition. Yet how well versed are PM’s in the best practices, the methods and approaches of the procurement process?


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