A forsaken Peruvian metro project is revived through a carefully coordinated public-private partnership and ample transparency.
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For experienced PMs, sometimes the hardest job is to go right back to the very basic stuff. So how can you maximize your chances of success? And how do we manage team members who have absolutely no experience or understanding of project work?
To look into the future--more often than not--you must first look back. But if we are to do that and look ahead to envision what the future of project management might look like 10, 20 or even 100 years from now, looking at how the past envisioned the future may help point us in the right direction and show us where that journey into the future is headed. So what did the future look like, in the past?
It is becoming increasingly difficult for project professionals to maintain a healthy work/life balance, given an increased focus on lean and just-in-time processes and a growing reliance on virtual workers who are expected to be on call. This article features four project professionals discussing how they solved the work/life balance conundrum without sacrificing success in either sphere. One project manager explores how personal and work schedules should complement each other, not compete with each other. Also, a PMO manager examines the role of discipline to maintain work/life balance. Prioritizing and making project goals and objectives a collaborative effort helps to effectively manage projects as well. Finally, a project management discipline expert explains how delegating may result in more spare time and suggests making a list of all weekly tasks you do on projects and picking the one that you must really do yourself. Then delegate everything else. Accompanying the article are two sidebars: the first sidebar identifies ways to handle overload; the second sidebar examines how to say "I'm unavailable" when necessary.
When you manage a team that is geographically dispersed, you will face unique challenges in communication and collaboration. In this article, we present five real-world suggestions to help you overcome those challenges.
People seem to think that the Project Management Institute is all about pushing burdensome, plan-driven, pre-codified approaches. Quite the contrary, PMI provides the worldwide platform, leadership and knowledge to help the community figure out what works, and it was on display in the person of PMI president Mark Langley at a recent event.
Use these definitions for a quick knowledge management refresher course.
Investing time and energy in a cross-mentoring group can pay dividends in your professional development as a project leader, providing a safe sounding board, invaluable advice, diverse feedback and a steady dose of inspiration. Not to mention, you will also benefit from sharing your own strengths to help others.
Boring presentations got you down? You can be the necessary change agent by becoming the presentation. To get the attention of people at a meeting, it's best that you work from a slightly different script than the material that’s handed out.
If we do not take the time to truly understand previous project experiences — both our own and those of others — how can we expect to improve our project outcomes? Here are a few pointers for capturing, assimilating, sharing and applying all those lessons learned.