Professional Development


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The Insurgent Strategy

by David Schmaltz

Processes are merely metastasized intentions. To get many projects done, we judiciously work around executive oversight. We work the system so the system can work. And this reality, often unspoken, also applies to convening a PM training workshop that goes beyond passively memorizing someone else’s technical knowledge.

Managing High/Low Performers

by Dr. Marty Martin

When it comes to getting more from your individual team members, it is far more effective (and rewarding) to leverage strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses. But how do you identify people who have the potential to be higher performers in the future? And what about chronic low performers?

Agile Careers.com Launches

by ProjectsAtWork

New site is a partnership with Scrum Alliance, offering members job-posting and resume services.

Ask, Don’t Tell

by Andrew Sobel

Are you a good questioner? It’s a good question to ask yourself. You can’t always have all the right answers, but the right questions can transform your working relationships and help you focus on what’s meaningful to clients, partners, stakeholders and teams members. Here are nine ways that questions help us as project leaders.

Turn Motion Into Momentum

by Joelle K. Jay

Project leaders must identify the catalysts in their strategic plans — the actions that have the ability to initiate powerful, even transformational results. Otherwise, you're just managing a lot of motion without vision, focus or momentum. A helpful technique is the CATA List.

PM History Lessons: Escape from the USSR

by Paul Bruno

In the summer of 1979, a young Soviet physicist decided to embark on an all-or-nothing project to obtain his freedom. Alexander Jourjine’s inspiring journey features eight lessons that can benefit all project leaders who face great risks, difficult decisions, and seemingly impossible obstacles.

PMI Takes Pulse of Profession

by ProjectsatWork.com

A new survey from Project Management Institute identifies key trends in project, program and portfolio management, including a renewed focus on talent development and increased use of agile methods. The results also point to critical success factors, among them clearly defining expected benefits, ensuring top-level management support, and creating a career path for project participants.

Are You a Project Manager?

by John D'Entremont

To determine your level of influence on your project teams, and whether your organization is making the most of your potential, you need a solid understanding of how your role is defined. This will ultimately impact the way that you communicate with your team, as well as your ability to efficiently and effectively complete your projects.

The No-Drama PM, Part 2

by Bart Gerardi

Project managers avoid drama and unnecessary stress by understanding the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved, starting with their own. In Part 1 of this series, we outlined the reasons why we run projects and why defined roles are so important. Now let’s dive deeper into the “what and how” of the project manager role.

A Team of Influencers

by Amy Showalter

Do you have an idea to improve your organization or department that you want your executive management to adopt? Do you feel like an underdog with little hope of influencing a meaningful change? If, so you probably need “connected converts” to improve your chances of success.

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