Project management in practice struggles to evolve, and we consistently fail to take the actions we know we should. Human inertia is too strong an influence to ignore if we want the future of PM to be that much different than it is today. If it were to be different, however, where might it go? There are two overall directions that appear to be emerging, and each has advocates and detractors. Whether (or indeed if) one attains dominance will depend upon the intersection of many forces.
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There are many different ways to launch a successful career in project management, but depending on your particular background and goals, your path will vary. Here are four common scenarios and appropriate advice for individuals who are trying to get into project management from different backgrounds.
A new year brings new challenges — and renewed commitment to excellence for one project leader. What about you? What professional “bad habits” will you leave behind and replace with new best practices in 2012?
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.
Project Management Professionals (PMPs) must earn 60 PDUs every three years to keep their certification. You can earn some of these PDUs by writing project management-related articles. Here's the lowdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.