Project Management

How do I successfully manage projects, programs and portfolios in Government?

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Topic Teasers Vol. 49: Working Government Contracts

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

Question: I’m a PMP and an experienced project manager, but I just landed a great job in a government agency. We are working out procurement contracts, and I must admit that I’ve never heard of most of these contract name types they are throwing around. Does the government do different contracts that those we were taught in our training?
A. Within the federal agencies there is one sole source for tangible goods and a second for people who might be subcontracted into jobs on a project-by-project basis. These sources are reconsidered every four years. Depending where you are in the cycle, you will either use the source already in place or you may have a voice in choosing the next source.
B. The federal and state governments each make their own rules about procurement. There is no common thread of how it is done; therefore, if your project spans several states you will need a separate purchasing agreement and supply source for each state.
C. Government projects are run in exactly the same way that other projects operate under the supervision of a PMP, so check the version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) from the year you were certified to see what procurement guidelines you should follow.
D. There are some general ways you can learn in which government contracting differs from traditional private sector contracts, but check the details with your agency as laws and agency practices differ from year to year. You may have to make small adjustments in your practices as new rules are legislated.
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Workforce Analytics - Applied to Project Management in Govt

by Dr. Gregory Richards
June 16, 2014 | 59:03 | Views: 317 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.02 / 5

Our speaker (Dr. Gregory Richards) will present to you his latest research on Workforce Analytics applied to Project Management in Government.Managing the HR element in projects adds the complexity of continual “on-boarding” and “off-boarding” of project staff. On the other hand, performance information is often more readily available than in non-project environments as a result of the discipline imposed by milestone management. The session will examine application of “Big Data” techniques to the project HR environment. Recruitment: leverage historical data to create profiles of well-performing project resources. Managing performance: objectively identify the most efficient producers & identify ways of moving the entire team to the “efficient frontier.” Prediction: forecast likely attrition based on “nearest-neighbour” techniques.

PMO development at a government client sector

by Ahed Zarzar
April 24, 2013 | 66:54 | Views: 275 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.06 / 5

This Webinar will discuss the challenges that the project management practice is facing while setting up and implementing PMO in the government sector of Saudi Arabia. The webinar will explain those challenges from the experience and view of several OPM3 assessments.

Project Sponsors in Government: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

by Robert Randall 
April 25, 2014 | 73:57 | Views: 710 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.00 / 5

Do project managers take project sponsors very seriously? Do project sponsors take project managers very seriously? The topic of Project Sponsors and Project Manager relationships (or PS2PM) has been discussed probably as long as sponsors have been formally recognized in the late 1980’s.

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