When a relative needed help finding a missing dog, this practitioner jumped into action and relied on her project management skills to lead the search. Read about the valuable lessons learned from this “real life” project.
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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.
This all-day virtual event featured expertise to assist practitioners with Building Your Defense Against Chaos in the world of project scheduling. Two concurrent tracks of content featured 1. Education and Training Track: Learn best practices in project scheduling methods, techniques and approaches (topics include: applied schedule management and scheduling for programs and portfolios); and 2. Case Studies and New Advances Track: Pick up valuable case studies and/or lessons learned in project, program and portfolio scheduling. This includes presentations on scheduling theories and techniques from real projects and programs (topics: risk analysis and scenario-based program scheduling).
In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, the ability to learn from past projects is invaluable but often underutilized. This presentation unravels a novel approach to harnessing the wealth of data on 'Lessons Learned' across multiple projects using Generative AI. Pascal Brunet introduces the problem scope, emphasizing the existing gap between data collection and actionable insights. He demonstrates a step-by-step methodology, starting from data consolidation using VBA scripts—developed with the help of language models—to the final import and analysis using generative AI algorithms. The objective is to mine the 'Lessons Learned' data to produce actionable recommendations that can empower company employees in future projects. By bridging the divide between raw data and meaningful action, this approach positions itself as a pioneering solution in the field of project management and organizational learning.
An exploration of project management lessons we can glean from the story of Nehemiah building the wall in Jerusalem. This historical account offers valuable insights that can be applied to modern project management. Incorporating these lessons from Nehemiah's project management can enhance your leadership and project management skills, whether you are coaching others or managing your projects.
Advance Your Career
Diverse Teams are not any more an exception. Along your career you may work on a diverse team. In this webinar we’d like to share some lessons learned, best practices and tips to give you confidence in building and leading diverse project teams.
Entre un biais pour l’espoir et un biais pour le désespoir : une lecture comportementale de la performance des projets
La performance des grands projets défraie souvent la chronique le plus souvent à cause des dépassements de coût et des retombées en deçà des attentes. En effet, les projets ont tendance à avoir un « comportement » compliqué voire « une vie » difficile. Dans une perspective de systèmes complexes, le comportement d'un projet est l'étude de la manière dont les projets prennent des tournures différentes et complexes entre leur lancement et leur exécution, ou connaissent des déviations systématiques par rapport au plan. Cet exposé met en scène deux personnages clés du récit du comportement des projets. Les Pollyanna ont un penchant pour l'espoir et considèrent que les projets peuvent, contre toute attente, réussir malgré les défis auxquels ils sont confrontés. Ils associent la dérive des projets à des erreurs de gestion plutôt honnêtes, mettent de l’avant « l’erreur » comme la source du mal c’est-à-dire des facteurs tels que les changements à l’envergure, la complexité et l'incertitude. Pour contrer l’erreur, ces sur-optimistes se tournent vers les « best practices » ou les bonnes pratiques de gestion. Les Cassandre ont plutôt un penchant pour le désespoir et avancent que les projets sont voués à la contreperformance. Ils lient la dérive des projets à une distorsion systématique de la pensée logique, pointent du doigt « le biais » comme la source du mal, notamment le sur-optimisme et le mensonge stratégique. Pour en finir avec ce trouble du comportement, ces sur-pessimistes recommandent de « débiaiser » les prévisions des projets. Qui a raison ? Qui a tort ? Dans cet exposé, nous nous basons sur des études de cas de projets pour dépeindre leur performance à travers ces deux lectures comportementales.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
To help you create lessons learned that will not get stuffed in a folder never to see the light of day, use this simple Excel template in your organization. The template should be used across initiatives so you have a single source of the truth on lessons learned in one file versus having to hunt through multiple files. Use in conjunction with the article Capturing Lessons Learned That Actually Get Used.
This Final Project Report provides a snapshot of your project and provides an outline to help you surfaces relevant information on milestones, budget, time, lessons learned, and more! Adapt it to fit your needs.
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.
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
Midway through the year is a good time to review business and project results in a constructive, positive manner. Rather than dwell on disappointments, the main purpose should be to prioritize, refocus, and commit to improving the work for the remainder of the year.
While painful, spectacular failures are also worthwhile nuggets to help both yourself and others learn from mistakes. Instead of being stubborn, consider the following tips so you can help others and avoid a repeat performance.
Art works because of structure, process and honesty. If we want our projects to truly deliver results that we care about, we should take lessons from the world of the arts and apply them to our own projects and organizations.
With all of the effort placed on retrospectives and post-mortems, why are so many documented lessons learned from a project stuffed away and never looked at again? We need a streamlined process that mitigates making the same mistakes over and over.
Read how project management techniques turned a dream of walking the Himalayas into a memorable experience for one PM, who braved flight delays, tattered soles and a terrifying taxi ride to accomplish his mission.
Your backlog of projects and never-ending list of things to do far outpaces the capacity of the teams to deliver on them. What is a program manager to do? Follow these tips to help restore order.
After reflecting on the long history of a pro sports team’s failure to win a championship, this project manager saw many parallels in the mistakes he made leading a software team. Are you committing these five fouls?
We all hope that every project succeeds, but that doesn’t happen. If one of your first projects fails, it can be hard to handle. How should you respond, and what should your approach be moving forward?
As people take time off for the year-end holidays, team capacity fluctuates and planning is a challenge. Here are four options to make the best use of the time and people available, while trying not to create more stress and frustration.
One of the most valuable things to do after project closing is conduct a lessons-learned session. But for that to be successful, you must involve all of the key players early on—and keep them involved throughout project execution. And that brings us to the discovery session.