What can we learn from the ever changing but closely woven network of nature? Taking the opportunity while sheltering at home, the author spent some time watching nature programs and found there were many lessons that could be applied to project management.
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The 3rd annual PMI Talent & Technology Virtual Symposium will equip participants with the skills to address current challenges and the roadmap to guide them through the constant change of the future. Our lineup of speakers will examine the ways in which project professionals have responded to crisis and share lessons to evolve beyond it.
We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
Love project scheduling? Or just want to learn what’s new in the world of project scheduling? Attend the PMI Scheduling Conference – exclusively for PMI Members. Learn the latest in scheduling best practices not available anywhere outside of PMI. We’ll share tips and tools from real-life projects and programs.
Join three of our Center Stage podcast guests for a provocative dialogue on how knowledge coupled with unlearning enable innovation. Guest Larry Prusak highlighted the true competitive edge of knowledge, “When you have a project team, it matters far less what an individual knows. It matters greatly what the team knows.” Does this threaten the value of a project manager? Both Larry and guest Barry O’Reilly caution against knowledge becoming stale. Larry says, “Refresh the knowledge you have. Always be open. Always be learning.” But Barry believes you may have to throw some of what you know in the trash: "It’s…the inability to unlearn existing mindsets and behaviors that were effective in the past but now are maybe limiting your success." What does this mean for adhering to methodologies when faced with uncertain requirements, divergent stakeholders and evolving delivery methods? As Peter Temes points out, there is often a tension between managing for efficiency and managing for discovery. Does managing for efficiency hold you back from finding innovative ways of working?
Agile methods, including iteration and incremental thinking, can work very well to relieve stress and sustain resilience in the face of hard times, particularly due to COVID-19. Join this webinar to take away key strategies to manage emotional and mental health and stay happy, healthy, and productive.
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Agile is often advertised as the silver bullet in the training class that will deliver "twice the scope in half the time." In principle, the topic of this webinar, agile implementation failures, may be unexpected from someone who used Agile practices long before they were called Agile and who was a champion of adoption of XP and Scrum in the early 2000s when Agile adoption was considered "crazy." One of the fundamental principles of Agile is to fail fast, learn, and recover. But accepting failure is not always as easy as it seems. When a manager “motivates” his team with "failure is not an option" or expects the Project Manager or the Scrum Master to be a "pusher" rather than a servant leader, learning from small mistakes becomes an important process. This webinar presents several situations when Agile failed, analyzing the root cause and what could have been done differently to avoid failure.
The Ask the Expert Webinar Series is an extension of the Ask the Expert Program offered at PMI® Global Conference. Each year, experts from the ProjectManagement.com community offer one-on-one sessions to conference attendees, acting as mentors, coaches, and sounding boards for Project Managers at varying stages of their careers and across industries. Gain access to these leading project management and industry experts through the Ask the Expert Webinar Series – ask your most pressing Project Management questions, seek career advice, and gain insights into industry trends. Please join the webinar prepared to pose questions to the experts!
Save Time With Tools + Templates
This Excel workbook provides eight logs and registers to help your project. It includes a Changes Log, a Lessons Learned Log, an Assumptions-Constraints Log, an Issues Log, a Risk Register (with accompanying risk guide and list), a Customer Promise Log, a Project Task Tracker, and an RFI Tracker. It's perfect for new and seasoned PMs alike.
This Excel workbook contains a wealth of templates to help you during your project. It includes a project checklist, charter, budget sheet, risk log, scope change log, project team register, communication reference chart, lessons learned register and more.
This log helps you collate both the positive and negative experiences throughout the life cycle of any software development project. The main purpose of this template is to collect, share, learn and improve from the real-time experiences you encounter during the project.
We all know we are supposed to do a “lessons learned” exercise as part of our projects. Some of us even take the time to go through the motions. The challenge is that lessons learned rarely get paid attention to, and organizational practices rarely change as a result. If we really want to learn from our projects, we need to change how we think about lessons learned.
Learn From Others
No matter how new a project manager you are, you probably have a negative mindset when it comes to lessons learned. You shouldn’t.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a global project. In this article, the author looks at the comprehensive application of project management principles during this crisis.
Project issues will plague even the best-run projects. The project manager must have a strategy to deal with issues, but it is just as important for the practitioner to support the team and control the narrative. Here are four suggestions that project managers can use when conducting issue management.
As ProjectManagement.com celebrates its 20th anniversary, Joe Wynne—a contributor since our very first year—shares a sampling of his PM journal entries from two decades ago!
As ProjectManagement.com celebrates its 20th anniversary, Mark Mullaly—who has been a contributor since our very first year—shares insights that he would most want his younger self to know, appreciate and learn from.
As ProjectManagement.com celebrates its 20th anniversary, author Michael Wood--who has contributed since our very first year--looks back at his introduction to the site, and how it has evolved.
ProjectManagement.com is 20 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we look back at 20 lessons our subject matter experts have shared over the last two decades—one for each year!
As one of the core technical components of the PMI Talent Triangle®, lifecycle management walks us through various project phases before it finally culminates with the termination phase. What is the best way to manage this when project closure is abrupt?
Project management techniques help to establish order and clear lines of responsibility and can be invaluable tools for successful implementation of due diligence efforts. The application of a WBS and a project schedule remove the potential bias of a “done deal” mentality and focus the effort to develop an informed opinion.
Managing projects in a desert environment during the hot summer period presents unique challenges. The author shares his experience and lessons learned from three major oil and gas projects in the Middle East. Tips for managing projects in a similar environment are presented to assist other project managers.
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