Where we stand today and how we may influence tomorrow Dr. Brandon will share highlights from his recent research study exploring the key expertise, experience and career development factors which contribute to overall project manager competency and project success. The objective is to offer insights into how project managers rated their skill levels, provide an easy assessment tool, and recommend ways for project managers and leadership to enhance levels of expertise and accelerate professional development.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions globally. According to several studies, governments will spend more than $10 trillion on reconstruction projects in the next 10 years. This means there will be millions of projects — more than ever — put into production within the decade, and each will require a project manager. Project management jobs are already aplenty. Do a quick search on LinkedIn and thousands of roles will pop into your feed. To the point, we did a search while writing this article and found more than half a million openings in the United States alone. These are just a few indicators that the project economy is here to stay. If you’re curious about this career, now is a great time to start learning about the field, what it takes to land a project management role, and if it is the right path for you.
If you lack formal project management training, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with this new responsibility. What accidental project managers often need, is a fast-track learning program to give them the necessary confidence to see projects through to a successful delivery. They need to grow critical project management competencies and learn how to overcome the biggest challenges on projects. I will share 10 steps to jumpstart your PM career, without worrying too much about the nitty-gritty of PM. When starting out, these tips will make a big difference in your experience. If you are considering a career in project management, this webinar provides 10 tips for success in your PM career. Whether you are handling your first project as an accidental project manager or simply wish to achieve higher levels of success in your next project, this webinar is an ideal match for you.
There are hundreds of different Agile Certifications from competing organizations. Even the authors of the Scrum Framework decided to have separate certifications, and later to create various levels. Due to its popularity, the Scrum Master role transcended the Scrum Framework and is now included in many other frameworks - even when those frameworks don't include a Scrum team. This webinar is a cost/benefit analysis of how Agile Certifications can help project delivery, offering examples of when a certification helps and what a Project Manager should look for when choosing a certification.
Coaching was not necessarily a role and practice that existed when Agile started as a new approach in the 1970s. Agile began as an alternative to Lean Six Sigma which is the very mindset that is coming back to Agile as a way to 'scale' frameworks developed for small teams of software developers. Like some other practices that originated in Extreme Programming (XP), Story Points and burndown charts, the Coach role evolved to something that is hard to define. From an advisor to Senior Management, to a Trainer, or a salesman for various Agile certifications, the Agile Coach is almost always specific to software development. Agile Manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma, which may be considered much larger Business Transformations, don't necessarily have a Coach for each unit of the organization. This webinar is a Project Manager's analysis of the Agile Coach, Business Coach, and Lean Six Sigma's Master Black Belt roles.
Helping Project Managers Develop Ability in Managing Uncertainties and Ambiguities in Their Projects
Project managers are regularly confronted with complex and ambiguous situations in their projects. Ambiguities in projects impact decision making, evoke negative emotions such as stress or anxiety and can have long-term consequences on job satisfaction and burnout. The webinar will present findings from three interrelated studies on managing ambiguities in projects. We will present a catalog of ambiguous situations in projects, including types of ambiguities and specific examples of ambiguities in projects. We will outline and discuss individual, organizational, and situational conditions affecting tolerance of ambiguity, and provide a range of recommendations and strategies for managing ambiguities in projects. Findings from these studies were drawn from the established literature on ambiguities and uncertainties in projects, data from interviews with experienced project managers, and a longitudinal survey with 275 project managers.
Agile, the "new" product development approach started in the 1970s as an alternative to Lean Six Sigma, is now “scaling-up” by reverting to traditional practices like Kanban, Theory of Constraints, Voice of Customer, Kaizen, etc. Another area that is often included in scaled Agile is Emotional Intelligence. Unlike other Agile practices, stand-up, and meeting facilitation, Emotional Intelligence is not something that people can necessarily learn in an empiric way. It is a science, a very specialized domain that can't be easily simplified to the level of knowledge and experience of a specific role. This webinar is a Project Manager's view on how Emotional intelligence can be and is used in practice. It contains examples from the real world of how having Emotional Intelligence knowledge and skills can help to deliver a project.
Experience teaches us that managing stakeholder expectations and building rapport with our key stakeholders can make an enormous difference in our ability to successfully deliver. But the truth is some of our stakeholders are difficult--and you have to learn how to deal with them. In this session, Andy Kaufman shares six strategies for dealing with difficult stakeholders. There are no simple answers, but these are strategies that Andy has shared with clients around the world, and you're invited to see which ones you can put into place.
Agile found its way into project delivery with many certifications trying to define various Agile project roles. Most Agile frameworks, such as Scrum, Crystal, and XP, were conceived by developers for a small team of software developers, and the Project Manager role is usually omitted. Unlike some specialized Agile Project Manager certifications, PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® remains the benchmark for the Project Manager role with an increased focus on Agile and Hybrid practices but without compromising the predictive knowledge required to manage projects that can't or won't use Agile practices. This webinar is a comparative analysis of the Scrum Master, seen in some organizations as a replacement of the Project Manager role; various flavors of the ‘Certified Agile Project Manager’; and the standard Project Manager role.
Workplace change has never been at a higher rate or faster pace than now. PMOs, leaders and their teams grapple with multiple disruptions, from mergers and acquisitions to restructuring, pandemics, and digital transformations. In today’s dynamic environment, being successful in change is not about being perfect; it’s about being fast and effective so you can move on to the next task or issue—the speed of execution matters. Adopting one 80/20 action to address common project challenges is the best strategy. It gives you 80 percent of the results in 20 percent of the time. In this upbeat and interactive session, we will discuss how you can apply the 80/20 rule to focus in on one action to navigate the tasks and common situations that Project Managers typically encounter during a transformation project.