Organizations are always looking to improve strategic decision-making, but that can be a very difficult thing to achieve. However, there are ways to gain an advantage—and recognizing that decision-making is a team sport is one of them.
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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).
Success does not just happen—it is made to happen! Success is born of behaviors and choices that lead to exceptional performance. Based on Neal’s new book, Power Skills that Lead to Exceptional Performance, Neal reveals 10 critical, best-practice, results-oriented Power Skills that can promote your professional and personal success. Implementing some of these Power Skills may initially cause your palms to sweat and your heart to race. However, your personal limitations at work and across your life are directly impacted by your willingness and tenacity to deliberately embrace and execute on these Power Skills.
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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.
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.
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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.
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AI can’t replace human interaction or discussion, but several easy-to-use tools can help surface issues and synthesizing data that require a project team’s attention, discussion and action. This can be particularly helpful when it comes to making the most of agile retrospectives.
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.