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.

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?

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.

Agile

Alternatives to Agile Approaches for Programs

by Johanna Rothman

If you can’t do “Agile,” you're not cool...right? Wrong. Agile approaches are wrong for some programs—and those alternatives are not strict waterfalls. Here, the author presents some ways to think about the kind of lifecycle that might be right for your program.

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Can Agility Benefits Be Measured? Benchmarking Agile Projects

by Stelian Roman
October 12, 2018 | 62:12 | Views: 1,223 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.31 / 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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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.


Topic Teasers Vol. 112: PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition New Earned Schedule Theory

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

Question: One of my colleagues told me that they are changing the earned value management (EVM) formulas. We have many projects in progress, with automated charts and spreadsheets configured with the current calculations I was taught to use in my Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam prep training. Is this true that the math is being altered by PMI?


A Glimpse Into Our PM Future

by Mudassir Iqbal

In today’s world where we are experiencing massive changes in all facets of life, our craft has become quite pervasive. It’s thought-provoking to consider the upcoming demand for project managers. What challenges are ahead?


Agile Coach = Agile PMO?

by Júnior Rodrigues, MSc, PMP

The agile coach is like an agile PMO structure. The purpose is like that of a traditional PMO—to ensure that the project creates the intended product within an acceptable time frame. What changes is the approach...


Data Quality Management in Engineering and Construction Projects

by Valentin Kouprine, PhD, PEng, PMP, Daron Kinsey, MIEAust, Randy McMeekin, PEng

The engineering and construction industry is transforming from a document-driven to a digitally driven sector. Besides the physical assets delivered, managing project data and information is essential to providing better quality deliverables, cutting costs and controlling risks.


PMOs: Of Purpose and Problems

by Andy Jordan

The reason leaders often can’t define the purpose of the PMO is that they don’t understand the nature of the problems they want the PMO to address. How can we combat this fundamental issue?


Are You Prepared for the Era of Disruption?

by Kevin Coleman

The disruptive trends of over a dozen emerging technologies have raised the concern that many organizations and individuals will find it difficult to cope given the magnitude of impact. Like it or not, change is occurring—and it will have a disruptive influence in your professional and your personal life.


Forecast Scheduling for Innovators

by Kimberly Johnson, Eric Uyttewaal, Mick Kuehn, Gina Lund
October 11, 2018 | 62:14 | Views: 994 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.30 / 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: 1,219 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.48 / 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: 946 | 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: 1,917 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.54 / 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.


Yikes, I am Being Replaced by a BOT

by John O'Rourke
October 03, 2018 | 61:23 | Views: 1,816 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.90 / 5

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) promises to be a major disruptor to both organizations and their employees over the next few years. This session will answer all of your RPA questions and most importantly discuss what Change Managers must do in order to prepare organizations and their employees for this technology.


Disciplined Decision Making: Experiences in Using the Ethical Decision-Making Framework

by Leah Brophy, Valerie Denney, Theodore Boccuzzi
September 28, 2018 | 60:21 | Views: 1,169 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

The purpose of this webinar is to provide practical experiences from using the PMI Ethical Decision Making Framework (EDMF). The webinar begins with the background and genesis for the EDMF, and an overview of the tool and the steps required. Next, the webinar summarizes the research design, collection and analysis process. Participants were asked identify an ethical dilemma, preferably in a business environment, and use the steps in the tool to evaluate the alternatives. Analysis includes what the participants did well, and what they struggled with. In final parts of the webinar, there are recommendations for further use of the tool as a structured mechanism to stop and think before acting in a rash fashion.


How Excellence in Collaboration Creates Better Project Plan

by Lynda Carter
September 28, 2018 | 61:04 | Views: 1,845 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.32 / 5

As projects become more complex, they require collaboration between many different parts of an organization. Creating a common vision and project approach become critical to project planning, approvals and successful project execution.



Corrective and Preventive Action Form

PREMIUM 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

PREMIUM 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

PREMIUM 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)

PREMIUM 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

PREMIUM 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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