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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?

Organizational PM

Anatomy of an Effective Program Manager

by Gary Hamilton

What qualities define an exceptional program manager? In relatively immature organizations, it is often a common misconception that very talented project managers will be quality program managers.

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Project Performance Reporting

by Allen Chilmeran, PMP

Project-status reporting is intended to enable decision makers to make informed decisions that will increase the chances of achieving a favorable outcome. The process of establishing an effective and proactive reporting system that ensures engagement of the project executive team is discussed here.

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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Burning Bridges - Costly Mistakes Arising from Unnecessary Errors

by Philip Diab
August 09, 2017 | 69:45 | Views: 735 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.22 / 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.

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Anatomy of an Effective Program Manager

by Gary Hamilton

What qualities define an exceptional program manager? In relatively immature organizations, it is often a common misconception that very talented project managers will be quality program managers.


Breaking Down Barriers for Project Teams...Visually

by Andy Jordan

Project team members have to consider many more variables in their work these days. It’s not enough to simply communicate business purpose, there has to be an understanding of what that means. How can we help them understand those factors?


How to Create a Project Organization Chart

by Elizabeth Harrin

Get clarity on who is working on your project by creating a project organization chart for the team. In this article, we’ll look at who to include in your project org chart, how to create the chart and what to do with it once you’ve got one.


Project Performance Reporting

by Allen Chilmeran, PMP

Project-status reporting is intended to enable decision makers to make informed decisions that will increase the chances of achieving a favorable outcome. The process of establishing an effective and proactive reporting system that ensures engagement of the project executive team is discussed here.


The Benefits of Visual Communication

by Paul Baumgartner, PMP

Project managers are well-equipped to add unique value to their projects through their visual communication abilities. Read on for two practical examples.


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?


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.


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.



Acknowledge It to Manage It – 4 Steps to Recovery

by Anton Oosthuizen
August 10, 2017 | 65:18 | Views: 229 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.42 / 7

When initiating a high profile project there is a very good chance that you will start on the back foot, already one week behind a schedule that still needs to be agreed. In this session, we use a very simple analogy to illustrate why you would not want to reach for the low hanging fruit immediately.


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

by M. Aslam Mirza
August 08, 2017 | 60:48 | Views: 525 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.17 / 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.


Managing Millennials and Multi-Generational Teams

by Dana Brownlee
July 27, 2017 | 61:02 | Views: 1,117 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.93 / 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.


The Final Step to Agility for Your Project

by Joel Neeb
July 27, 2017 | 59:29 | Views: 1,263 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.77 / 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.


Conflict, Collaboration, and Consciousness

by Jean Richardson
July 26, 2017 | 60:37 | Views: 2,458 | 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!


Why Bad Projects Are So Hard to Kill

by Michael O'Brochta, PMI-ACP, PMP
July 25, 2017 | 58:55 | Views: 2,445 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.48 / 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: 1,959 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.87 / 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.


Scope Statement

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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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