There is a welcome focus on wellbeing in the workplace these days, but we need to ensure that expectations are realistic for everyone. It doesn’t always happen on fast-paced agile projects, where the human toll on software development teams to deliver is often ignored.
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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.
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In a bid to embrace agile trends, organizations are rushing to implement agile practices rather than adopting an agile mindset. In this interactive session, Dr. Helen Uzamere will elucidate the difference between "Being Agile" and implementing agile practices, such as Scrum, XP, Kanban and demonstrate why an agile mindset, not practices, drives successful projects.
Lessons from Brazil’s Social Housing Movement This webinar will illuminate novel forms of project organizing to tackle grand challenges in emergent economies. So ,shed light on novel forms of project organizing to tackle socio-economic problems that are so complex, uncertain, and difficult to resolve that they can often seem intractable, with an emphasis on developing countries. Drawing from extensive fieldwork on the emergence of participatory social movement organizations that nest self-governing project teams to tackle the housing crisis in São Paulo, Brazil, Nuno will share how organizations can harness the power of self-managed projects to unleash cooperation, creativity, and adaptability without compromising internal organizational cohesiveness. A key insight Nuno will share is how to create a virtuous architecture of participation: one where by leveraging managerial control to build order inside the self-managed project teams, the organization builds capacity for the projects to contribute to spontaneous self-organizing activities, the result of which increases the beneficial effect of self-governing projects. Nuno will discuss implications to private and public-sector organizations which are willing to consider establishing autonomous project teams in the pursuit of solutions for grand challenges.
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Question: I am managing millennials who really want to feel a purpose to their work, not just have a job. But the organization is expecting us to deliver a return on their investment. How can I blend in “improving society” into my web development projects without increasing their cost? Seems like a hopeless undertaking.
When it comes to creating social impact through projects, the outcomes and impacts should be (almost) all that matters. So why are so many organizations getting it wrong—and what can project managers do to help?
As project managers continue to secure greater autonomy over how they work, the importance of sustainability in approach and solutions becomes ever more important. How can PMs become green catalysts?
Climate change has arrived, and the question now becomes: What can project managers do about it? There is no single correct answer to this complex question. But there are solutions both big and small that can help make a difference.
In our era of disruption marked by skyrocketing costs and supply chain meltdowns, the need to use our time and resources wisely has never been so important. What types of environment friendly activities can be woven into projects that are not necessarily green or “social good” focused—without impeding on the project’s original goals?
Some of the most talented workers are now leaving their organizations—and companies are finding it difficult to fill vacant positions with qualified individuals. What strategies should organizations adopt to retain top talent—while also making their workplaces attractive to new hires?
A very big deal is being made about workplace models as we shift into whatever our new normal looks like. But none of this is at all new. The problem is that we simply don’t follow the guidelines, the recommendations, the research and what we know works well.
For many organizations, the need for any kind of office environment is becoming unnecessary. Here we look at the pros and cons of physical offices and some of the complex factors that are hard to resolve as we ponder our new way of working.
Is your organization focused on the symptoms of the Great Resignation—the turnover affecting project delivery, for example? A short-term response is necessary, but there are also long-term opportunities to redefine your workplace into a destination of choice for folks seeking something better.
Are you ready for your 3D virtual work avatar? Whether we like it or not, we are on our way to seeing more of our project and portfolio management functions transposed to the virtual world. Does this bode well for project and portfolio managers? Yes and no...
It looks like 2022 is the year we begin to return back to formal workplaces, at least for some of us. But not everyone is in love with the idea—even some employers. Looking forward, the virtual versus on-site working models will need to find a common ground.
There is a sense among some people that returning to a pre-pandemic way of working, whether completely or partially, will be an easy adjustment because it isn’t something new—it’s what was done before. But that’s not the case.
As communities re-emerge from the pandemic, how do we adapt our organizations to support our stakeholders as they transition to this new world? Using a parent teacher organization as a case study with diverse stakeholders, a structured approach can be identified with three primary components.
In celebration of International Women’s Day and in recognition of Women’s History Month, PMI recently led a diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) discussion on how women in leadership are shaping their organizational environment, building effective teams and impacting positive business results and performance.
This practitioner never set out to manage projects. Instead, she had some organization skills that she used and enhanced. Upon reflection, she realized she learned many of these skills from other women—including these three guiding principles that we can all learn from.
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