When Project Management Hits Home: Using PM Principles to Help Build Homes For the Visually Impaired

Engaging the right stakeholders at the right time during requirements gathering is the best way to ensure all perspectives are considered and the best solution is built. This article features a project professional discussing how project management principles were used to help build an apartment complex for the visually impaired. It details the full collaboration between the end users and other stakeholders. It then overviews how user needs were prioritized starting with addressing a basic set of requirements. The article also explores the challenges presented when the residents required the same features they were accustomed to and how these challenges were resolved.

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Personal Process Management

Maximizing your own personal effectiveness doesn’t happen by accident. Regardless of the level of formality, detail and rigidity, every structured PM approach has some degree of process infrastructure to support it. But those approaches focus on the organizational perspective. Here, we build on that concept and look at things from the perspective of an individual project manager–personal processes and how you can use them to improve your performance.

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Project Management and the Art of Managing “Shock Waves”

A “shock wave” may be defined as “a major issue that occurs close to a milestone while everything seems to be quiet.” This article provides practical suggestions for combining the science of project management, especially the “verification and control” step for mitigating risk, with the art of project management, leadership skills, in order to better manage shock waves and make the right decisions throughout the project life cycle.

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The Gemstone Approach to Integration Management: Keeping the Gelatin Mold Intact

The gemstone model illustrates how managing a project does not follow a linear sequence. With the gemstone model, it is possible to start with almost any edge (knowledge area process) and examine how that particular process affects any other. The role of the project manager is to map out the various edges of the project’s gemstone and ensure they are integrated.

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North America Congress Highlights – Key Take-Aways and Lessons Learned in Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management: Q&A

Our webinar North America Congress Highlights – Key Take-Aways and Lessons Learned in Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management was so successful, the presenters ran out of time to answer all of the questions. Here, Lawrence Suda continues the conversation.

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Effective Project Scope Management

In the real world, scope changes can be expected during the life cycles of most projects. Scope changes implemented once work has begun will have a greater effect on the project schedule and cost than changes implemented during the project initiation or planning phase; therefore, it is imperative that the project scope be well defined before the project work begins. The purpose of this paper is to help the reader better define project scope, give examples of some of the difficulties of managing project scope and the consequences and recommendations for dealing with those difficulties.

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Project Management: A Tale of Two Futures

Project management in practice struggles to evolve, and we consistently fail to take the actions we know we should. Human inertia is too strong an influence to ignore if we want the future of PM to be that much different than it is today. If it were to be different, however, where might it go? There are two overall directions that appear to be emerging, and each has advocates and detractors. Whether (or indeed if) one attains dominance will depend upon the intersection of many forces.

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The Project Management Job Board

The project management profession is growing. Are you ready? PMI members can check out the PMI Project Management Job Board, a niche job site with hundreds of open positions, growing each day. Search by job title, keyword, location and more. Apply to available jobs that you feel match your skill set and set up job alerts to receive an email when new positions are posted!

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Green Project Management Using ISO 14000 and the Project Management Body of Knowledge

This paper explores the concept of green project management (GPM) and how project managers can tackle this emerging concern. It also describes an approach to GPM using processes discussed in the PMBOK® Guide as well as tools and techniques defined within ISO standard 14000. The findings will show that by integrating the workflows and data exchange points of these two frameworks, a project manager can greatly expand his or her ability to execute GPM responsibly and effectively.

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Work in Progress Earned Value Management (“WIPing” EVM into Shape?)

This article presents a variant on the use of schedule performance index (SPI) and schedule variance (SV) to manage schedule performance and includes a description, rationale, and explanation on how to apply the technique. An actual project, as well as examples, are used to illustrate the value and application of the technique. A basic understanding of earned value management (EVM) is required to understanding the article, whereas actual practice using earned value management, schedule performance index, and schedule variance is recommended.

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Innovation Management

The importance of innovation and its potential to deliver game-changing benefits are being realized by more and more organizations. However, most companies are struggling with establishing a systematic approach to innovation. This white paper indicates that companies need to take a more formal, rigorous approach to encouraging and managing innovation. This solution for innovation takes into account the people, processes, and technology aspects, and the related factors.

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The Project Management Information System (PMIS) Made Easy: A Case Study

Most project management office (PMO) managers would probably agree that the success of a PMO launch depends heavily on its strategy behind selecting a suitable project management information system (PMIS). Even though the PMIS is merely one, although important, ingredient of the overall PMO foundation, along with process, talent development, project methodology, and strategic mission, it is vital to get it right from the beginning. What strategy can a company adopt when it decides to start a PMO and launch a PMIS?

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Risk Management: A Real Challenge For The Construction Sector

Risk management is a challenge for construction professionals due to the shortage of qualified manpower, limited resourceful contracting agencies (technical and commercial), and the scarcity of resources. This article aims to explain risk management principles, the implementation of a risk management plan, and strategies to overcome threats and turn around the perception of risks from negative to positive opportunities.

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The Power of Project Portfolio Management

While one energy company pursues the traditional benchmarking sessions with companies within the industry it serves, it also looks to companies outside of the business to gain insight on different approaches to help it move forward. At PMI’s PMO Symposium this year in Phoenix, one practitioner got to share their story–and hear how many other PMOs and portfolios have also found success in their environments.

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Strategy to Develop Project Management in a Low-Maturity Company

In industry segments where project management is not considered a core business, such as manufacturing, it can be more challenging to propagate project management best practices, even though at the individual level employees recognize that improvements should be made. It is even more difficult to promote the idea of a structured approach via a project management office. Project management maturity is typically not even at the standardization level in those companies: some processes exist but are not considered an enterprise standard.

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EPCM Projects: Construction Quality Management (CQM)

Quality management, a well-established practice during the engineering and procurement phases of EPCM projects, has increasingly been adopted by construction companies as an initiative to solve quality problems and better meet the needs of final customers. The author explains the factors that affect the quality process, responsibilities of the chief participants and benefits to be realized.

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Three Testing Factors of Integrity in Project Management and Possible Ways to Manage Them for Success

A major challenge in project management is to become truly successful by practicing integrity. This article focuses on three key factors that test the integrity of organizations and practitioners—business case for the projects, organization structure and culture, and implications of laws and regulations—to highlight the importance of the roles of people and the system for practicing integrity. The author concludes by proposing useful ways to strengthen project management practices and comply with integrity.

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Demand Management for a Franchisee IT Support Organization

An important topic not often talked about in the project management community is how to deliver solutions your customers actually want. But, what if your customers are not actually your customers? This paper describes a model for IT governance in a franchise organization. The outputs of the process outlined in this document are key inputs into the Initiating Process Group as described in the PMBOK® Guide.

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A Theoretical Approach to Traditional Project Metrics-Bridging the Gap Between Earned Value and Critical Path Project Management

Since work completed from tasks not on the critical path does not affect the completion date of a project, it is important to differentiate tasks that are “critical” from those that are not in order to better monitor and control them. The project performance metric, critical path task index (CPTI), offers a more holistic view in terms of schedule performance for tasks directly related to schedule completion.

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Project Management: Not Just for Big Corporations

More and more large organizations are adopting project management these days. So, are small and medium businesses being left behind? Is project management simply not relevant to these organizations? The author has worked predominantly for small- and medium-sized organizations throughout her career, and most of the projects she has managed have been rather small. From her experience, she says that smaller organizations can certainly benefit from project management.

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