As the number of projects in organizations skyrocket, understanding project fundamentals and fostering project management skills have become essential. Leaders have too many projects with too little visibility into them, and they lack the project oversight and delivery competencies to untangle them. In a recent survey with Harvard Business Review, we wanted to look at the current challenges faced by senior leaders when dealing with projects and project management, as well as their expectations for the future. The results, combined with other case studies, will help us better understand how organizations are using projects now, where they are finding success with projects, and where they are struggling. The session will help project managers translate their hands-on know-how up to the leader’s-eye view.
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Cross-disciplinary projects are particularly challenging in that they require everyone to align and support each other to be successful. When you inhabit different worlds, adopt different perspectives and use very different terminology (although occasionally using theoretically-familiar words). If you currently manage cross-disciplinary projects and teams, or you fear that you will in the future, this is a webinar that you won’t want to miss.
The current economic landscape is swept by one disruption after another – the only real strategy to survive each new trend is to embrace change management strategies. ‘Nimble’ organizations that are willing to make quick decisions and in the nick of time are the ones that can survive the toughest ordeals – from global pandemics to regulatory bottlenecks. Change can be organizational-wide, team-based and may stem from a number of factors – from technology to internal politics and everything in between. In this case, learning how to manage organizational change is a key component of leadership and survivability in the grand scheme of things.
Agile, the new approach that in 1970 was created to replace Lean Six Sigma, is now 'scaling up' by reverting to Lean Practices, such as Kanban, Theory of Constraints, Voice of Customer, and, Kaizen. Although the main scaled Agile frameworks originated as Lean frameworks, the Process improvement practices, including the very important Six Sigma component that is the most mature and confirmed way of measuring the impact of process improvement initiatives, were left out. This is partly because they require more complex and nuanced skills and knowledge and partly because they are associated with manufacturing, whilst most Agile frameworks originated in software development. In some cases, the reason for avoiding mentioning the Lean Six Sigma origins of most scaled Agile practices is just because some of the well-known Lean Six Sigma practices are now at the core of various Agile certifications. Although Lean goals (e.g., eliminate waste, adoption of standardized processes) are in opposition to the Agile mindset that fundamentally embraces change, allows good waste, and is against reliance on standardized processes, Lean and Agile can complement each other and adapt to change in an efficient way. This webinar is a presentation on how the most mature Process Improvement approach, Lean Six Sigma's Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC), can be used to fast-track Agile adoption as well as how it can be used to convince senior management that Agile can be a solution for core issues and a way to improve the bottom line.
A project schedule is an indispensable tool in the hands of a Project Manager to efficiently manage and direct project work. A well-constructed and maintained schedule is a key ingredient needed for the success of any project. The DCMA 14-point assessment offers a project manager an industry defined method to quantitatively evaluate a schedule and improve its quality. The project manager may use the DCMA 14-point assessment at the beginning of the project as a set of guidelines for developing a logic driven, solid and manageable schedule, and throughout the life of the project, as a set of health checks for periodically evaluating the schedule against a set of measurable criteria. It is not always easy to change traditional scheduling practices and compromise the apparent simplicity of a schedule.
This webinar will introduce you to a free tool aimed at evaluation and improving your (and your project team’s) Work from Home (WFH) experience. Like millions of others, I started working from home in 2020. Most of my clients also started working from home and I was asked a range of questions related to how to work from home effectively. Being involved in the interior fitout business I was keen to provide some answers and having conducted extensive research and discussions I have identified nine key elements to keep in mind when working from home. This is especially applicable to project managers as they need to work from home themselves and ensure their project team members are able to work from home optimally. The WFH calculator works as follows: read the information pertaining to each element and give yourself a score for each element. This is known as your baseline score. Identify elements where you gave yourself a low score and make some changes (as per the recommendations in the guide) aimed at improving your score on the particular element/s in question. Rescore yourself monthly as you make changes. As your score improves so too will your WFH experience. Share this information with your project team and as their scores improve so too will their WFH experience. Some changes will be easy, some will be difficult, some will be impossible so start with what you have and aim to maximise your own score. As a project manager you should also guide your team members to improve their WFH experience and this tool provides a structured method to do so.
Project and Product management are two disciplines that are well-developed in their application and practice. Both are crucial and required in the development of products and services in business and industry .While there are plenty of similarities between the two there are diﬀerences too in terms of content, emphasis and approach. This talk will discuss and deliberate on the following aspects about the two disciplines. ● The two disciplines, should they be practiced in combination or separately? ● Overview of Standards and Certiﬁcation in both. ● Learnings and sharing of best practices between the two disciplines. ● A Look into the future, how is it expected to shape up?
In this webinar, you will meet EFAR (Enemy, Friendly, Administrative needs, and Request), the time-tested-and-true recipe for composing status reports. EFAR is based on the military Situation Report (SITREP) and will work wonders in helping you keep your reports on point, give necessary and relevant information to the right people, and get the right results. During the webinar, EFAR will be explained, unpacked, and practiced. After the webinar, attendees will look for opportunities to exercise this powerful tool via any communication channel: spoken, written, or electronic.
The world is changing faster than ever, and the next disruption is just around the corner. Many companies are therefore well on their way on an agile transformation to become more adaptive and resilient, but many experience that the transformation does not provide the business value they had imagined in advance and new challenges emerge.
Agile found its way into project delivery with many certifications attempting to define various agile roles, some of them project-related. Although the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is against specialization in an Agile Team, all the traditional roles have become "Agile" by sticking the "Agile" label to the old job title: for example, Agile Project Manager, Agile Tester, Agile Business Analyst, "Agile" Scrum Master and the "Agile" Coach. Most Agile frameworks, like Scrum, Crystal, and XP, were conceived by developers for a small team of software developers, and the Project Manager role is usually omitted. Unlike 'specialized' Agile Project Manager certifications, PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® remains the industry benchmark for the Project Manager role, providing an increased focus on Agile and Hybrid practices without compromising the knowledge required to manage projects that can't or won't use Agile practices. This webinar is a comparative analysis of various roles in a project that uses agile practices and how various project roles should change to adapt to a new way of delivering projects.