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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.

Promoting Your Project Management Brand

How do you promote your project management brand in the marketplace? This article provides a few creative approaches to establishing your PM brand and reputation using a variety of social media approaches.

Fundamental Project Management

Protect your technology investments with business-savvy, experienced project management…which is more than just gantt charts.

Project Management Involving Emerging Technologies

What happens when you have little historical data to draw upon when managing a project? PMs will be flying blind with no historical perspective to guide them. Building a buffer into the schedule, the resource commitment and the budget may be the smart move.

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.

The Hunger Games in Project Management

Hollywood, here we come! Who said project management wasn’t glamorous? The successes of the main characters in The Hunger Games can aid project managers in their own project games. May the odds be ever in your favor…

The Hunger Games in Project Management

Hollywood, here we come! Who said project management wasn’t glamorous? The successes of the main characters in The Hunger Games can aid project managers in their own project games. May the odds be ever in your favor…

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.

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!

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.

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?

Finding Value in Project Management (Part 1)

While our writer is inspired by a well-known vision of what project management should be, he is sometimes a little unsure as to what, exactly, the value of project management is. And is it really as valued by others as he feels it to be? Do they see the value that he sees in it? Or is it perhaps less consequential–and therefore less valuable–than he thinks it is?

A Journey into Project Management

It all started with an ad in a newspaper, and quickly grew from there. Read how one practitioner realized his dream to become a project manager through an ambitiously planned professional path.

Low Intensity Project Management

Need help steering a path between mountains and molehills? Much has been written about how to implement highly structured project management. However, little guidance exists regarding how to proceed when conditions are less demanding but not entirely ad hoc. Until now.

Toward a Meaningful Definition of Project Management: Stops On a Journey Forward

The rumblings continue from our last installment in this series, in which our author pondered over the definition of project management. That new definition is yet to come. In the meantime, let’s continue to look at the challenge of defining what project management is, and how someone knows that they are doing it. Can it even be defined?

Vision, Vigilance, and Intuitive Judgment in Project Management Processes

What are the key attributes that give some leaders the edge compared with other, more ordinary leaders? This article discusses the three characteristics of highly effective project managers’ leadership skill sets and explains how those characteristics fit into the project management process.

A Project Management Dichotomy

Project management is heading for a fork in the road–you need to approach it with your eyes open and be prepared for change. Here we look at how different “arms” of project management are going to develop as distinct disciplines–and how we can make sure that we have the skills necessary to end up on the side that we want.

Socially Acceptable Project Management

Thinking about how to use social media? Your project team members are already there. Social media has morphed from something that you play with to something businesses use for marketing, advertising and reputation management–or for encouraging networking, the exchange of ideas and collaboration within their organizations.

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.

Unlearning Project Management

In project work, widely accepted fallacies continue to squeeze out effective practice, often by executive edict. Above all, the favored “operations management” approach trivializes the complexity and uncertainty of most projects, creating self-inflicted problems that seriously undermine performance.

Five Project Management Points from a CEO

Mark H. McCormack started his company with $500 and grew it into the global International Management Group. Here are Mark’s 5 “Timeless Management Points” and how they relate to being a project manager today.

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.

Project Management as an Actual Career Choice: Discuss

It’s an odd thing to do, choosing a career in project management. If we’re really honest, it’s a haphazard wander through reality, figuring out how to best keep moving forward and learning the skills that we need to keep our heads above water. But it doesn’t have to be.

Franchise Project Management

Here’s a different look at project management–through the lens of running your own business franchise. If you’ve had your eye on the option of starting a business by franchising, you’ll want to review the following insightful project management issues that will present many opportunities–but not without challenges!

Franchise Project Management

Here’s a different look at project management–through the lens of running your own business franchise. If you’ve had your eye on the option of starting a business by franchising, you’ll want to review the following insightful project management issues that will present many opportunities–but not without challenges!

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.

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.

A Fresh Take: A New Generation Is Remaking Project Management

The current crop of up-and-comers forced to contend with the most brutal economic environment in recent history.
But many young project managers have geared up to face this brand-new world. In a chaotic climate full of new demands, they’re arming themselves with an upgraded skill set, willing to tackle an array of multifaceted roles.

A Fresh Take: A New Generation Is Remaking Project Management

The current crop of up-and-comers forced to contend with the most brutal economic environment in recent history.
But many young project managers have geared up to face this brand-new world. In a chaotic climate full of new demands, they’re arming themselves with an upgraded skill set, willing to tackle an array of multifaceted roles.

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.

Project Management Process Overview

This presentation lists the processes completed during the lifecycle of a project and what you need to know to get things done within your budget and on time.

Is there an Entrepreneurial Dimension to Project Management?

The emphasis across business and industry on innovation, organizational agility, and customer-centric business models has increased the demand for project managers with entrepreneurial skills. The authors provide a self-assessment that can serve as an indicator of where you are on a project manager–entrepreneur continuum and help determine the kind of education or experience required to advance your professional aspirations.

Impact of Quality in Project Management

Many projects are unsuccessful and fail to get completed within budget and timelines. One of the underlying causes for their failure can be attributed to unaligned and weak processes that result from a combination of problems such as feeble project management, poor cost estimation, poor planning and scheduling, inadequate requirements management, and inappropriate contingency planning, as well as many others. To maximize a project’s performance and enhance the probability of its success, every organization needs to build a better project management process dedicated to meeting the customer’s most important needs.

Project Management in Your Hands

You can take it with you after all. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) like Palm Pilots, Handsprings and Pocket PCs have changed the way people manage their lives. Discover how they can also change the way you manage projects.

Extreme Project Management

Extreme Project Management (XPM) is a methodology used to describe how to deliver projects on time and budget based on the scope. Is the theory behind this concept really new, or just another name for what many project managers already know? Either way, this article points out the true “extremes” of project management, highlights the theory behind XPM and provides some guidance on when to use the technique.

Extreme Project Management

Extreme Project Management (XPM) is a methodology used to describe how to deliver projects on time and budget based on the scope. Is the theory behind this concept really new, or just another name for what many project managers already know? Either way, this article points out the true “extremes” of project management, highlights the theory behind XPM and provides some guidance on when to use the technique.

Project Management in Emerging Economies

Globalization has had multiple effects on emerging economies. The per capita income has risen, and the underlying facets of project execution and delivery are subject to these changes in the economy. The emerging nations have provided relatively abundant low-cost, English-speaking labor that could deliver under tough constraints. In these circumstances, project management has been focused primarily on meeting the bottom line, as opposed to focusing on the other values and methodologies required for managing projects. However, the cost-driven outsourcing of earlier years has changed to value-driven outsourcing in more recent years.

Project Management in Emerging Economies

Globalization has had multiple effects on emerging economies. The per capita income has risen, and the underlying facets of project execution and delivery are subject to these changes in the economy. The emerging nations have provided relatively abundant low-cost, English-speaking labor that could deliver under tough constraints. In these circumstances, project management has been focused primarily on meeting the bottom line, as opposed to focusing on the other values and methodologies required for managing projects. However, the cost-driven outsourcing of earlier years has changed to value-driven outsourcing in more recent years.

PMOs and the Advancement of Project Management

What role, if any, do PMOs play in shaping the future of project management? PMOs must not only understand the trends that are occurring within project management as a whole, they must act as the shapers of those trends within their organizations.

Enterprise Project Management

The definitions and the roles of the project management office (PMO) today are very diverse, and it is therefore important to examine and understand the evolving role of the PMO in a dynamic global business environment. The role of enterprise PMO is as important as any other corporate function, equivalent to other corporate functions such as strategic planning, finance, or audit. In addition, an organization can maximize the value of project management by standardizing the practices and consolidating the initiatives across the enterprise.

Project Management According to Napoleon, Part 6

In this sixth and final article in this series, we’ll discuss Napoleon’s thoughts on post-project evaluation, milestones, global and virtual teams, and the importance of using all available resources.

A Road to Innovation through Project Management

Project management is a very powerful tool that can be integrated with other tools to get results. In this article, the author links project management with Six Sigma to show how it can result in innovation.

IT Project Management: The Role of Lean

Scenario: A particular software development project is underway, but progress is slow, even with the required resources on board. Technical issues are compounded by changing requirements, and planning is complicated by development resources getting pulled into support work on existing products. Quality has been compromised. The problem described above is an example of what we view as a work process issue. This is in contrast to what we have called, in a companion paper (“IT Project Management: The Role of Governance”), a governance issue.

Profit = Project Management Partners with Finance to Use EVA

One of the best ways of selecting a project is by utilizing economic value added (EVA) methodology. This methodology is also considered a criterion of project acceptance. EVA requires effective collaboration between finance and project management, an alliance that not only enables the project management professionals to understand how the company’s finance works, but also allows them to assist business leaders in making better financial decisions.

Your First Job in Project Management

Many of us go through personal and organizational goal setting at this time of year. What if your goal list includes starting a new career in project management? What’s the first step? Here, you’ll learn about typical entry points to the profession and how you can succeed.

Patient Care – A Project Management Perspective

This article is an effort by the author to relate the application of project management principles to patient care when it is treated like a project. The article helps us understand the relevance and benefits of such an exercise, which can lead to enhanced quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Project Management Maturity: A Framework Refresher

How mature is your organization, and how mature does it need to be? There are many ways to define maturity. Here is an overview of the major maturity models and how they might relate to the projects, programs and portfolios that you’re working with.

Resolving Conflict in Project Management

All conflicts—no matter how big or small—are harmful to projects. They all impact time, cost and our credibility. Let’s bring into focus the importance of managing conflicts to ensure that our projects succeed.

What Exactly is Agile Project Management?

The words “agile project management” are being used in the industry to describe a new approach to how project management is conducted. The industry and company leaders need to fully understand how project managers can be brought into the agile world to ensure cohesion between these two disciplines.

Freaky Project Management (Part 1)

Solving problems is an integral part of any PM’s job. But how do you solve those problems? The honest answer is, “Not as well as I’d like to.” And this is where being freaky comes in, as a way of improving our ability to solve project problems.

Integrated Team Approach in a Client-Supplier Project Environment: A Value Addition to Project Management?

How do we manage the team in the current project environment when there are many teams involved in one project delivery? In this article we explore a generic project environment in which there is a client (sponsor) project team and one or more supplier (vendor) project teams working toward a common project goal. Practitioners in two different project domains (construction industry projects [capital intensive projects] and IT service sector projects) were interviewed as part of a case study project, and practices are recommended to set up and maintain integrated project teams for a successful project delivery.

Project Management in Drug Discovery: Current Practices and Opportunities

The demand for drug discovery organizations to produce viable drug candidates is critical, as they try to progress pipelines in a pharmaceutical industry facing increased complexity and costs. A survey of drug discovery scientists was initiated. Respondents overwhelmingly point to project management practices as a valuable asset and offer several actionable suggestions.

Workmageddon: Project Management

Project management is the application of tools, know-how and skills needed to accomplish project activities, satisfy stakeholders and make a little money, too. These skills are particularly valuable to entrepreneurs in a wide variety of fields. What can entrepreneurs in the hip-hop business teach us about project management?

The ‘3 Bears’ Theory of Project Management

How do you get PM just right? How do we find the balance in making project management work? What constitutes “enough” project management, and how do we make the call? What are we giving up when we compromise the approach we take, and at what cost?

Automotive Embedded Project Management and Product Development

Embedded products for automotive applications typically follow a very rigid development process. The details vary from Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM), however, the need for risk mitigation is the same. Development for vehicle systems can be quite costly. Additionally, mistakes can have a heavy impact on quality perception as well as legal ramifications.

Five Project Management Trends for 2016

The discipline of project management tends to be relatively stable as processes and methodologies are well established. However, just as technology and business models change, project management adapts over time. Here are some trends within our industry that are likely to gain momentum over the coming year.

Advanced Project Management Pitfalls: Purpose, Not Process

Our bias toward comfortable processes hides the root cause of failure. One of the root causes on experienced teams? The misalignment of purpose and process. Here, the author provides an easy-to-implement, purpose-driven organizational methodology that helps eliminate this risk.

Five Project Management Pathologies

Since it’s the cold season, we wanted to share a list of maladies that will take your project down if you aren’t paying attention or fail to keep your guard up. Each are preventable, and as the old saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Avoiding Redundant Project Management Costs in Electronic Discovery Projects

The economic recession has led to corporate clients demanding greater predictability in, and more value from, their legal expenditures. Project management has become a crucial competency for law firms that must compete in this new environment. In this article, I briefly introduce the role and cost of project management in e-discovery projects and provide seven tips for decreasing project management redundancy and, hence, cost.

Achieving Benefits Through Organizational Project Management

Efficient organizational project management enables companies to achieve organizational benefits through greater agility and a sharper competitive advantage in the market. To achieve this, we must first understand how to differentiate the concepts of organizational benefits, strategic initiatives, project management and organizational project management.

Project Management as a Service: The New Model

Do you deliver Project Management as a Service? That doesn’t mean outsourcing your PM to a consultancy, but changing the way you think about project management and your customers–they are clients of the project management processes that you provide.

Challenges of Project Management for the Integration of Organizations Into Mergers and Acquisitions Process

This article examines the processes of mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on programs and projects for the integration of the companies. It analyzes the main reasons for success and failure and considers the mistakes to be avoided, within the context of the concepts and processes for managing projects and programs of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fourth Edition, as well as on the basis of reports and experiences of companies that have experienced complex integrations. Project managers are challenged to deal with issues such as cultural influence, strategy, planning of the integration, and especially the management of people, as crucial elements to the success of these projects.

Project Management in Education Empowering Projects for Emergency / War-Affected Regions

The communities confronted with disaster, destruction, and displacement in any part of the world are faced with numerous challenges. In most cases, the impact of disaster is greatest for women and children, second only to the destruction of civic infrastructure .The launching of relief projects that include well planned and organized education projects not only assist in enhancing the educational level and skill development of children, but also reduce the their psychological trauma.

Agile versus Aggressive Traditional Project Management: How Corporate Culture Drives the Project Management Styles of Two Different High-Tech Industries

In this article, the authors describe how two very different industries — enterprise cloud computing and government research and development — are leveraging varied methodologies to satisfy market demands. The agile-based project management used in the first case is compared with aggressive, concurrent engineering combined with traditional project management in the second case. The corporate cultures that influence each industry’s choice of methodology will be discussed.

Agile versus Aggressive Traditional Project Management: How Corporate Culture Drives the Project Management Styles of Two Different High-Tech Industries

In this article, the authors describe how two very different industries — enterprise cloud computing and government research and development — are leveraging varied methodologies to satisfy market demands. The agile-based project management used in the first case is compared with aggressive, concurrent engineering combined with traditional project management in the second case. The corporate cultures that influence each industry’s choice of methodology will be discussed.

Does Your Corporate Ladder Have the Right Project Management Rungs?

In many organizations, the career track for project managers can be a rather one-dimensional climb to the top. This article (for career-minded project managers and employers alike) recommends an alternative model, one that is more realistic, dynamic and strength-driven. It is in an organization’s best interest to leverage and reward such strengths in order to reap corporate benefits.