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Are You and Your Executive Team in Harmony?

by Andy Jordan

As the new year begins, it’s time to look at what the PMO achieved last year and identify opportunities for improvement. For that to be effective, the PMO and leadership must be aligned.


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Project Performance Demystified: The Five Project Phases and How to Master Them

by Elizabeth Dorey

This article proposes that the most effective projects naturally develop and evolve through a series of distinct phases and asserts that failing to recognize these transitions helps explain why so many projects fall short. Each phase calls for a distinct level and type of engagement. And that’s where your project management approach becomes critical.

Fiction: A Life Less Balanced

A Life Less Balanced: Release 4.0

by Robert Bulger

With her life anything but balanced, Max finds herself in a good place with Mac. Monday morning at work, however, brings Max back to all the challenges that a startup encounters: an analyst call covering the launch of their largest client and an acquisition. The company needs her to be at the top of her game to handle everything they're throwing at her and her PMO!

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Project HEADWAY: Building The PM Organization

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
December 15, 2016 | 61:29 | Views: 1,796 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.66 / 7

In this webinar, Mark Mullaly explores the challenge of creating project management organizations that work well and deliver value. He identifies the key variables that drive value, the questions to ask to determine appropriate strategies and the approaches to take to manage development and implementation. Mark leverages research, organizational examples and several decades of experience to outline what it truly takes to implement effective and value-adding organizational capabilities. If you are challenged within your organization to build a more effective approach—or you find the approach of your organization challenging—this is a webinar you won’t want to miss.

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Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 has greeted you with a renewed sense of enthusiasm that will set you up for success in the months to come. To get you started, we've got some updates and new cont ...

Spotlight On: Organizational PM

On Program Management: Beyond Delivery

by Eric S. Norman

Here the author shares thoughts about how projects and programs are often delivered—focusing on some considerations for improving outcomes—and comments about what we as leaders who oversee organizational initiatives can do to be more effective.

Spotlight On: Career Development

How to Use Your Network Effectively

by Christopher Cook

Building a network pays dividends far surpassing career development. It brings resources together from different backgrounds, helps put out fires and continues to grow with the right plan of attack. This article delves into identifying who is in your network and how to use those connections to grow.

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Topic Teasers Vol. 90: Is Agile Japanese?

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

Question:Our management team is extremely agile resistant, saying that there is no research or history to this practice—or no link to better productivity, despite recent statistics that disagree. What can I tell them to show that this is actually a way to engage millennials, the largest section of the current workforce? And to show that it also has a proven track record of maximizing high productivity, even if it wasn’t called by the same name?
A. Since agile was conceived in 2001 in Snowbird, Utah, it is 100% American in origin. The rest of the world had never tried these practices until the results of this famous meeting were released through a series of speeches, articles and conversations.
B. Agile principles rest on the behaviors Douglas McGregor believed to be basic to most workers, called Theory X. Because it suggests that people dislike work and try to avoid it, the more lax workplace of an agile team tricks them into thinking they are in management.
C. Dr. W. Edwards Deming developed the earliest agile-like philosophy, which he called the Hierarchy of Needs. If a manager can meet all of the needs for the employee, productivity will soar. If even one is left unfulfilled, project outcomes will be subpar.
D. Agile actually is an outgrown of the Japanese motivational theories of Dr. William Ouchi’s “Japanese Management” style from the 1980s. By now, the concepts have been well tested and proven to be effective in the modern-day workplace, first in Japan and then in other locations around the globe.
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