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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Intelligent Project Management: Adopting a ‘Program Mindset’

Establishing a “program approach” allows leadership to control performance across multiple projects to achieve maximum efficiency and ensure alignment to strategic goals. The “Intelligent Project Management” model (iPM) provides a fully integrated approach utilizing smart controls, greater visibility of performance data and ensuring people have the right capabilities to support delivery.

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Project Management Goes Blogging

In the past few years, project managers have started to establish blogs, and more than a handful have gained a following by mixing the professional and the personal, advice and anecdotes. Some do it as a marketing tool, some hope to improve the field by sharing good ideas, and still others admit they enjoy the validation and creativity of blogging.

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