PM Insider - Supporting New PMs
July 2, 2020  

As our month-long look at new practitioners continues, we stress the need for peer support, help them deal with continuous change and tackle Day 2 on the job. Plus, mind mapping for group problem solving, achieving PMO value in an imperfect world, turning non-planners into planners and a look at a day of service in Australia. Our Topic Teasers share 6 ways to be a bad leader, while our blogs tackle courageous change, 3 ways your team adds risk to projects and how to prepare for job interviews. And in our forums, readers ask for advice on salary negotiation, being an independent PM and reaching the C-level.

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peer Support for New PMs
New project managers will inevitably need support and guidance from multiple areas, but one of the most critical is access to a peer support network.

New Practitioners: Keeping Pace with Change
As a new practitioner, there is one thing you can count on: continuous change. It is something you must address throughout your career as a program or project manager.

Australia Gives Back
Late last year, project managers across Australia got together to give a day of service to the community in the best way a project manager can—by using their PM skills. Learn some takeaways we can all use in our careers. 

Mind Mapping for Group Problem Solving
Using a mind mapping tool for group problem solving can be an excellent way to resolve complex issues. A good group mind mapping experience has the added benefit of improving group dynamics and eliciting better participation.

PMOs: Delivering Value in an Imperfect World
In a perfect word, PMOs will have a clear mandate, a set of goals and objectives—and a plan to achieve those goals. But PMOs rarely exist in a perfect world, so how do they still deliver value?

Your Second Day as a Project Manager 
The first day is in the books—successful or unsuccessful, you are now in “Day 2” of project management. Sure, some of the polish has worn off, but guess what? Those challenges you faced on the first day are still there.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

How to Help Non-Planners Become Planners
When a team leader who is a planner at heart is forced to work without an official project management plan, there are still ways to covertly organize the workflow that can closely mimic effective PM principles.

New Practice Guide Addresses Benefits Realization Management
BRM practices are not clearly understood, and not used effectively. The new Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide will help you drive more successful outcomes and better strategic alignment in your organization.


Welcome to Topic Teasers, which tests your managerial prowess! In Vol. 116, we share 6 Ways to Be a Bad Leader:

Question: When I got my PMI certification, leadership was not really an important part of the study or testing process. Now I am finding as I lead teams that I am feeling very insecure about my managerial skills. Projects are not being completed as planned, and although I stand behind my prep work to set the project up skillfully, I think my interactions with the team may possibly be the issue. What’s a quick way to know how to lead people well without upsetting them?

A. It is admirable that you are taking the responsibility for the problems in the team; however, when a project is not completed on time, on budget and with a high degree of quality, it seldom has anything to do with the behavior of the project manager or individual leading the team. Give yourself a break and look for the true person to blame for the group’s lack of success.
B. Leadership certifications are available. Search the web for places that offer this kind of training and become an expert in this field, too. Without this specific education you will continue to fail in your projects.
C. The fastest way to get your teams back on track if problems arise from your leadership (or lack thereof) is to make a checklist of the biggest things to avoid and watch out for those first. Learning the proactive things to do is also important, but a quick Band-Aid to not create even more issues may be your best first step.
D. Perhaps you have failed to move your team to the scrum processes advocated by most practitioners of agile. Once you transition to agile, you no longer have any managerial responsibility for the team; its success and failure is no longer your concern.

Check the answer here, and send in your own question for consideration!


Is there a question you've been itching to ask? Create a poll today to get some PM help from your peers!

Q: Have you ever viewed your health as a project? Perhaps for weight loss, healthier eating, stress management, tobacco cessation or even improved sleep?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Never considered it

Voices on Project Management by Lynda Bourne
Project managers and processes go hand in hand. But are the processes of the past the right ones to guide future projects? And if project management is evolving, what should the next version of the PMBOK® Guide look like? It’s Time for a Long, Hard Look at Processes.
Projects@Work by Aaron Smith
In Return On Courage, Ryan Berman presents a business model for "Courageous Change." He wants organizations, teams and individuals to take thoughtful, calculated risks, whether it’s about developing a new product or simply voicing an opinion that upsets the status quo.
Women in PM Leadership by Fernanda Quinteros
Much has been studied about leadership styles and about the characteristics a leader should have. However, not as many studies include gender as a variable in their evaluations. Leadership Styles: Opportunities for Women has more.
The Money Files by Elizabeth Harrin
In her latest deep dive into the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition, our blogger looks at the second part of Project Schedule Management: the Define Activities Process. Plus, in her latest video entry, Elizabeth shares 3 Ways Your Team Adds Risk to Projects
The 'Pivot' Theory to Practice by John Farlik
Our communicating methods must accommodate the dynamism and agility common in today's projects. In Communicate for Project Success, John shares three methods of communicating that have been effective for him over the years.
Female Element by Lenka Pincot
Lenka's latest private project is relocation to Europe, and part of it is looking for a new job. After attending several job interviews, here are her learnings on How to Get Ready for Job Interviews that require project management or business analysis competency (or a combination of both!).
Game Theory in Management by Michael Hatfield
While watching Star Wars, it became clear that practitioners of the Dark Side wanted training to go in a dramatically different, sinister direction. Which brings our blogger to What's With The Push To Complete (One’s) Training? Plus, our blogger shares Whippersnapper Advantage #23.
People, Planet, Profits & Projects by Rich Maltzman
Eventually, we need to get "off" of fossil fuel; but for now, we need to do all we can to limit CO2 production at the source as we work on renewable, non-fossil energy sources. Rich shares more in Trillions of Tons (Part 4).
The Critical Path by Laura Schofield
Coming from the international development sector, our newest Engagement Specialist on the Digital Communities team at PMI was very excited to see the global reach of the community at! Hello, Project Managers Worldwide! has more.
Q & A

Did you know that help is just a click away? Our discussion forums give you access to the community: more than 500,000 experienced minds and growing! Ask your question today or stop by to help out other members in need of advice, including these recent and ongoing discussions on...

Negotiating a Salary
"I'm hoping to get an offer from a company I interviewed with. Any tips on negotiating my salary?"

The Independent PM
"What does it take to be an independent project manager?"

Reaching the Top
"There is nothing scarier than the thought of being in a dead-end position while aspiring to a C-level position in a global firm...what exactly does it take? I would appreciate any thoughts on this."

Brooks' Law
"Fred Brooks conceived the law where he says that 'adding people to a late project makes it even later.' I've seen it happen a people need to get 'up to speed' and those who should be developing the work get busy training or socializing with the newbies. Should you ever add more people to a project once it begins?"

Lessons in Action
"In the last six months, what have you read that influenced something in your project management career? For example, by reading a book or doing a course, you improved your negotiation skills tremendously."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It’s Time to Shine: A Guide for a Successful PMI Award Nomination
Are you ready to shine? Do you want to know more about PMI Professional Awards? Is there a person, project or PMO that has outstanding performance to be recognized globally? If you answered yes to any of these, please join us to learn how to determine which award nomination might be most appropriate.