A development team designed a feature to improve customer experience but things got worse. It turns out they didn’t identify the real problem or the right way to fix it. What they needed was a hypothesis for what was being changed, how that change would help, and how they would test it.
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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).
Advance Your Career
The global pandemic has brought projects to center stage, making it clear that we are all project managers, and leaders are all executive sponsors. At work, in our personal lives, and on the news, projects were suddenly everywhere, and we were part of them. Individuals and organizations have learned to come together and collaborate in new ways to develop previously unimagined solutions to unanticipated problems, as demonstrated by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine-development project. The pandemic has shown the world how project managers can deliver new ideas and change infrastructure and systems at an accelerated pace.
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.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
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.
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.
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
There is one project activity that is overdue for some consideration. It is often overlooked, usually rushed, seldom done well, and yet it has a unique potential for realizing value. It is the forgotten activity—closing. Employ this checklist as a useful tool for maximizing the value of closing a project.
This article shares how some major risks were handled and what lessons were learned from an oil refinery’s mega-turnaround in the Middle East region in 2020.
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.
We all need to learn from the past, but what do you do if you weren’t part of that history? Virtually no project exists in isolation. It is always building on something that was done before, preparing for something to be done in the future, or both. New and younger project managers may not know that context.
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.
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