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The Status of Nonprofit Projects

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Annual conference for nonprofit organizations hopes to inspire 'accidental' project managers, bridge knowledge gap and share best practices.

Greening Your Projects

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Sustainable project management is growing. Indeed, there is a clear economic imperative for companies to adopt greener practices, from telecommuting to managing projects almost exclusively paperless. And project managers can play a vital role in demonstrating how even seemingly small actions can make a positive impact difference — on the environment and the bottom line.

The Lazy Project Manager

by Peter Taylor

Is there such a thing as productive laziness? Yes, according to a PMO director and author of a new book on the subject. Here, the Pareto principle and the Prussian Army are part of his explanation.

Innovation Management

by Microsoft

The importance of innovation and its potential to deliver game-changing benefits are being realized by more and more organizations. However, most companies are struggling with establishing a systematic approach to innovation. This white paper indicates that companies need to take a more formal, rigorous approach to encouraging and managing innovation. This solution for innovation takes into account the people, processes, and technology aspects, and the related factors.

Intentional Creativity

by Paul Pantzer

Creative problem solving can make all the difference on a project. But how can project managers make the most of innovative thinking and still keep a firm grasp on the realities of scope control, timelines and budgets? Here are some techniques for not only encouraging creative behavior but also incorporating it into your existing project delivery processes.

Do Good

by Kathleen Ryan O’Connor

From the Negev Desert to New Orleans, the opportunities for project managers to make a difference in times of crisis have never been more real or more urgent. But risk and reward take on new meanings when the stage is global and the product is improving lives. In this multi-part series, we’ll introduce you to people who are bringing project management to humanitarian efforts.

Deming, the PM (Pt. 4)

by Josh Nankivel

Some managers believe a bit of fear can be healthy, but Deming didn’t think so, and it can hurt projects in countless ways, from data manipulation to lack of innovation. On the other end of the spectrum, light agile approaches honor another Deming principle: focus on stakeholder value.

What’s The Big Idea?

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Avoiding risk and being creative are not mutually exclusive, says acclaimed author and former Microsoft project manager Scott Bekun. But workplace stress is a big obstacle to innovation, and he recommends taking a break, even a nap, to get the ideas flowing. In this wide-ranging conversation, he shares his thoughts on productivity, executive power and — why not? — the planet.

Green PM

by Venessa Wong

The green movement is transforming the IT landscape — and creating a new set of challenges for project managers, who must balance hard ROI choices, fuzzy metrics and assorted expectations. When it comes to cutting energy costs and delivering long-term sustainability, the blueprint for green projects isn’t black and white. But best practices are emerging.

Paperless Projects

by Elizabeth Harrin

Everyone’s talking about going green, but many organizations are getting bogged down in how and where to start. When it comes to the document-laden world of project management, going paperless is a modest but important first step. It not only helps the environment, it can be more cost-effective and save you time.

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