In many organizations, the career track for project managers can be a rather one-dimensional climb to the top. This article (for career-minded project managers and employers alike) recommends an alternative model, one that is more realistic, dynamic and strength-driven. It is in an organization’s best interest to leverage and reward such strengths in order to reap corporate benefits.
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How do project teams overcome differences to adopt a design plan that strikes a balance between short-term affordability and long-term adaptability? Hear how a formal framework for design flexibility on the front end encourages greater communication among project team members, helps avoid risks and reduce costs, and improves efficiency. While the uncertainties of the future will always be present, capital project teams can manage potential change more effectively by adopting these principals and designing for evolvability.
Quite a few organizations are adept in implementing projects. When they scale up to executing programs, many of them face initial difficulties. This presentation examines the typical pitfalls experienced by companies during program management and how best they can be addressed.
Santa has performed an organizational assessment and is considering new portfolio ideas to move into the 21st century. One of the business case "winners" is drone delivery. Let's consider and evaluate the business benefits associated with this business idea. Shall the elves leap to implement this or is project execution caught in the fog of cloud business hype?
Save Time With Tools + Templates
Large projects often require tracking by work streams. Work streams are the progressive completion of tasks by a specific group or project team. For example, the work streams for a manufacturing facility may include engineering, drafting, procurement, fabrication, quality control and shipping.
This Power vs. Interest Matrix template—developed with Microsoft Excel and little bit of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)—is the ideal tool for stakeholder analysis. Fill the fields with your stakeholders name, give a number to power and interest, classify the engagement and write the stakeholder's expectations. After all stakeholders are identified, print the matrix and keep monitoring the power and interest of each stakeholder during project execution.
We often encounter work that may not be properly documented. This practitioner designed this template for his clients to define their business or operating processes (when those are contentious). This template may be used for projects that create an SOP document as a deliverable.
Learn From Others
In 1998 a project was chartered to develop an international standard for industry and government strictly through the grassroots efforts of unpaid volunteers. Their journey led to the development of the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3), and this is their story.
Bad projects waste money and resources, divert attention from good projects, and sow doubt about organizational competence. Using project stories, this paper takes a look beyond why projects go bad to explore behaviors that contribute to keeping bad projects alive. Actions are provided that project managers can take to avoid being victimized by bad projects.
International Development addresses a vast array of issues related to social and economic transformation. This article draws attention to the importance of the meso management level, which helps to bridge the gap between the macro level where strategies are defined and the micro levels where the interventions occur. To be effective it must face challenges related to project governance and management competencies.
Organizations can tap into their internal project managers for readily available consulting. Learn how PMs have the intellectual capital, reputation, tools and relationships to solve even the toughest of corporate problems.
Is your company anti-project management? You can make a difference. In this article, the author shares various steps you can follow to start spreading a project management culture in a full functional organization that has (thus far) resisted the discipline.
Environments containing multiple consultants can be challenging, with different perceptions and interpretations often coming to the fore. Managing that environment is a unique challenge.
In the first article of this series, we looked at annual planning processes and the role a strategically focused PMO should play in that foundational element of portfolio management. Continuing the look at political challenges for portfolio-focused PMOs, we look at the impact on project initiation and planning.
With more focus on strategy, more tool-driven automation and more diversity in project approaches, is there still a place for a PMO-driven center of excellence for project management?
You would think that project management would be a pretty uniform concept. You would be wrong. What passes for project management continues to vary considerably, and it does so for several reasons...
Organizations rarely address how their employees should assess the ethics of their actions and incorporate ethical choices into their decisions. This can only be resolved by creating and maintaining a corporate culture with a focus on ethics...and there are many ways that organizations can do this.
Setting up a PMO for the first time? No project management experience? Learn how you can “wow” them! In Part 2, the author provides a step-by-step breakdown of setting up a PMO in 100 days and helps boost your chances of PMO success.
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