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How to Manage Off-Specifications

by Tahir Khan

No matter how many projects you have worked on in your professional life, every single one of them has some form of change. Change is a constant throughout the project life cycle. This article provides details on what off-specifications are, and how an off-specification can be managed effectively.

Project Team Organization in Product Innovation as a Success Factor: Perspective of the Practitioner

by Frédéric Robin, PhD, PMP

The influence of project team organization as a factor in its performance has hardly been reported. This work reviews the most common project team organization models. Although no perfect model exists, this paper highlights the criticality for senior leaders to design the most appropriate team organization and provides some thoughts on how to tackle potential pitfalls.

Support: The Lost Deliverable

by Niels De Weyer

Did you ever have to call a project team back because the project was delivered and support was not set up? Not setting up support can give a good project a bad name. Throughout the phases of a project, support should be defined, planned, and set up. Be well prepared by asking the basic questions outlined in this article.

Cultural Agility: Are You in Need of Developing Cross-Cultural Abilities for Your Executives?

by Angelica Larios, PMP

Agility refers to the ability to change the position of one's body without losing balance. Cultural agility then becomes a competency that enables professionals to change their state of mind to perform successfully in cross-cultural situations. Global professionals that develop cultural awareness and agility will be the ones who gain a competitive advantage in a global economy.

Practical Portfolio Optimization

by Vladimir Shnaydman, PhD

How can you optimize project portfolio selection? The key question is how to select a “right” mix of projects aligned with company resources and strategic goals, and maximize portfolio value. The most popular techniques are described and an example illustrates the advantages of optimization modeling as the most effective and accurate technique for portfolio selection.

Strategic Lessons Learned From a Battle-Hardened Project Manager

by George Freeman, PMP

Project managers strive to learn from past experiences and guide others to do the same. However, these lessons learned normally exclude topics related to the plight of the project manager, who must regularly navigate the “domain of the unpredictable.” This article proposes a new device, “strategic lessons learned,” to address this void.

What Is Skinny Agile?

by Keith P. Hogan, CSM, PMI-ACP, PMP

In adopting agile, management may choose to implement a “skinny” version consisting of selected features. Any one feature of agile selectively introduced into the legacy environment may seem sure to fail. But agile is not static and with continuous improvement will mature it into a more comprehensive methodology.

The Execution of FMEA in Risk Management of a Project

by Niansheng Chu

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is one of the first structured techniques of failure analysis and is a very important tool in the engineering industry. The innovation discussed by this paper is that the engineering analysis method is applied to the project management process; the paper also calls on the importance of the exchange of engineering analysis tools and management methods.

How to Embrace and Truly Delight Your Customer!

by Brian Anthony O'Malley

Having well-honed customer relationship management skills is a key differentiator in project management. Embracing and truly delighting your customer goes well beyond the basics of traditional customer satisfaction. Take a closer look at some ways to move beyond the mundane to delivering a truly great customer experience!

Feed the Energy

by Melissa Gottschalk, PMI-ACP, PMP

Positive energy, an important predictor of organizational success, is often overlooked or poorly represented. Evidence has shown that positive-charged project leaders create high performance within the organization. Enact these suggestions to promote positive energy in your projects.

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