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Governance Around Projects: An Organizational Approach

by Lourdes Medina, PMP, PfMP, ITIL, CSM

An efficient frame of governance helps to ensure the strategic alignment of the organization with corporate initiatives and their realization. This article analyzes governance around projects with an organizational approach at the strategic level, at the tactical and portfolio level, and at the program and project level.

Project Managing the Start-Up: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Project Managers

by Dr. Riaan Steenberg, MBA, PMP

There is a strong correlation between the success of a start-up and the extent to which the entrepreneur executes on the disciplines of finding customers, enabling operations and managing resources. How can entrepreneurs gain insight into the link between the methods needed to manage projects and the processes of establishing a business?

How to Get Executives to Act for Project Success

by Michael O'Brochta, PMI-ACP, PMP

The trap of applying best-practice project management only to have the project fail because of executive inaction or counteraction can be avoided. This how-to paper describes how project managers can get their executives to act, and it identifies executive actions most likely to contribute to project success.

Effective Facility Closure: A Risk Management Perspective

by Amin Terouhid, PhD, PMP

Project management techniques can ensure that a facility closure is completed effectively, with economically, environmentally and socially responsible outcomes. Applying risk management processes assures the right set of strategies are incorporated into the project execution to respond to possible risks.

How to Connect With Organizational Culture and Enhance Meaningfulness

by M. Aslam Mirza, CEngr, MBA, PMP

Connecting with organizational culture to enhance productivity is paramount in project management; it helps to not only improve performance, but also adds meaningfulness. How can organizations align their values with talent management to inspire team members and create a high-performing culture?

From Banking to Building Site: Are Project Management Skills Transferable?

by Melanie Eichhorn-Schurig, Prince2, LL.M., Diplom-Kauffrau (FH), PMP

While applying her experience in the banking industry to a home expansion project, the author learned some key lessons: Project management skills are transferable between sectors and project managers should not be afraid to take on projects in areas where they have little or no industry knowledge.

Project Scope: Managing Complexity and Uncertainty

by D. Mari Rengarajam

Projects with many influential stakeholders face difficulty in arriving at an agreed-upon scope. And even after this agreement, complex project requirements may fluctuate from relatively stable to uncertain. The author shares insights into effective scope management and the role of governance boards.

Challenges When Integrating Nearshore With Offshore Outsourcing

by Human Motamedi

Establishing collaboration between a nearshore development subsidiary and an offshore outsourcing supplier can present challenges even when the client has an established delivery model for outsourcing projects. With nearshore-offshore collaboration on the rise, a better understanding of the challenges involved is beneficial.

Ethics, Culture and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations

by Jose A. LugoSantiago, ASQ CMQ/OE, LSSMBB, PMP

A common, shared ethic can close the generational gap and aid in team integration, but the complex business environment necessitates an approach to ethics founded on culture. The catalyst for that culture must be embedded in leadership’s participation in behavior that reflects the shared values of the project management profession.

Winning the Deal

by Soumya Maitra

Vendor management is a key activity in any project but literature often overlooks the vendor’s point of view. While there can’t be a “one-solution-fits-all” strategy to the challenging activities involved in making your pitch, the author, working with an IT service provider, shares his recipe for winning the client.

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