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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.

Agile Benefits Management

Benefits are why we undertake projects in the first place and agile maximizes business value, which is a benefit. So agile is all about benefits management, right? Partly yes, but it’s not that simple…

Project Communication Management: Key for Project Success in Construction Arena

The process of managing a project’s communications should keep all participants, both team members and all key stakeholders, up-to-date on the project’s progress. The process should also help project managers and project leaders make major project decisions and reach critical project milestones and project objectives. To achieve a successful outcome, project managers need a vast amount of information, such as expectations, goals, needs, resources, project plans and schedules, status reports, and budgets and purchase requests. They also need to communicate this information, at regular intervals, to all team members and other project stakeholders.

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.

Portfolio Management: Just Do It!

Each year, the PMO Symposium® presents a great opportunity to meet and network with other portfolio managers and PMO directors from around the world. Here a presenter shares her rewarding experiences.

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.

The ABCs of Change: A Path for Change Management

What considerations should be made when working to bring about change? There are numerous ways to approach it, and it differs from organization to organization. The approach suggested here is strategic. This is the first in a series of articles on change.

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.

Strategic Portfolio Management

When used effectively, PPM can increase the perception of IT’s value to the organization. So what can PMOs do to ensure that PPM processes are increasing IT’s value to the business?

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.

Earned Value Management Formulas…Illustrated

The whole point of Earned Value Management is to use past project performance measurements to depict the current standings and predict future efforts and resources required to complete the project goals. If you think in pictures, this illustrated formula will aid in your pursuit of certification or provide a refreshing perspective for veteran practitioners.

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.

Project Portfolio Management Outlook for 2016

Are you managing your applications? Is agile everything? What about the cloud? One expert reflects on some of the industry-specific project portfolio management trends of the past year–and considers trends for the coming year that might have an impact on the business.

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.

Service Level Management: Back to Basics

Developing a phased approach that brings continuous and measurable improvements is key to implementing an effective SLM capability. SLM isn’t about service level agreements, layers of complex processes and such. SLM is about aligning the services and capabilities IT provides to the organization with its fundamental operational and competitive sustainability needs.

Service Level Management: Back to Basics

Developing a phased approach that brings continuous and measurable improvements is key to implementing an effective SLM capability. SLM isn’t about service level agreements, layers of complex processes and such. SLM is about aligning the services and capabilities IT provides to the organization with its fundamental operational and competitive sustainability needs.

An Iterative Risk Management-Based Strategy for Benefits Realization

Project managers can facilitate benefits realization and–more strategically–the project management function. That encompasses the three Ps of project management, which can play the crucial but often missing organizational role that will embed benefits realization in strategy execution and–by extension–program and project delivery.

Resource Management on an E-commerce Project

What is workforce management? How is it better than just keeping tabs on all your employees? Part two of this two-part article will explain the advantages and benefits of workforce management. Also included are ways to maximize the workforce management and technical suggestions.
Presented as an Information Systems Track at PMI«2000 in Houston in September.

Crisis Management in Action (Part 2 of 2)

Examining how New York City is preparing for and protecting itself from a major coastal storm provides valuable insights all PMs can learn from. Find out how the training program was forged, more about its expectations and scope–and the program’s far-reaching applications.

Measuring the Quality of the Project Management Process

What does quality project management mean? What does it look like? Can all project management be measured using the same metrics? What might those metrics be? Here’s some help with the designing of meaningful metrics for measuring the quality of your organization’s project management process.

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Consider Adaptive Case Management

If you’re working in a project environment that produces intellectual rather than material outputs, Adaptive Case Management can be an effective approach to getting the most out of knowledge workers. It’s about reducing “process overload” and empowering team members to make real-time adjustments and decisions.

A Risk Management Partnership

Organizational risk management requires alignment across all levels of execution, including project, programs, portfolios and the PMO. This includes consistent reporting and approval processes as well as a culture that facilitates communication among team members, senior executives and stakeholders.

Research Results: What IT Project Managers Think About Financial Investment Firms Pursuing Straight-Through Processing With Agile and Workflow Management Systems

Changes in the financial services sector have made achieving straight-through processing—a dedicated commitment to settle a securities transaction within 24 hours and minimize risk—a monumental effort. Can agile software development and workflow management systems have a positive impact on addressing straight-through processing?

The Cost of Bad Data Management

How much money and time is wasted by inefficient use of the tools that you already have available? The benefits of database storage go far beyond current projects, and project management tools have become far more powerful. Are you harnessing this resource?

Creating a Business Process Management (BPM) Center of Excellence

Business process management (BPM) is not another three-letter shortcut to promises of improved efficiencies and optimization of business and technological tools, methods, or mantras. BPM is a consolidation of earlier management theories and practices, with the addition of the human element in business.

Risk Management: What Intuition Can Bring

Through your own intuition and “sixth sense,” you are managing risks in a project without even knowing it. Learn how intuition replaces risk management rigor in resource-constrained environments.

4 Principles for Reaching Your Project Management Goals

If you want to get better at anything, you have to work at it–and project management is no different. Read on as a PM and mentor/coach helps shape four principles for reaching your project management goals. If you follow these, you’re bound to make progress.

Total Value Management

Once upon a time, the buzzword was TQM. Now, you have to look at more than quality. Today’s successful businesses are about value. Welcome to the age of TVM.

Data Management and the Portfolio Execution PMO

Portfolio management is an area that more and more PMOs are looking to become engaged in. As organizations look to improve project execution and alignment, what role does the PMO play in managing project data?

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.

WBS: A Building Block of Sound Project Management

The work breakdown structure is fundamental to project execution. When we expend insufficient time and develop inadequate detail on the WBS, the project will yield poor results and we can expect to see last-minute identification of critical elements. Here we look in greater detail at this essential tool.

Leadership-Powered Project Management

Read on for successful traits to propel you from project manager to leader–and discover the single greatest and most underestimated leadership attribute you should not ignore.

The Implementation of Risk Management

Risk management allows a company to strike a balance where growth and related risks are in line with the strategy and objectives of the company. In order for these processes to function efficiently and effectively, there must be enterprise-wide commitment and involvement in day-to-day risk management activities. Properly implemented, risk management can immediately add value to your company.

5 Predictions for the Future of Employee Performance Management

Companies who lack a formal evaluation process could be missing the mark, losing revenue and failing to properly motivate their teams. To make things more challenging, millennials are bringing a new set of expectations and attitudes that may shift the patterns. Be mindful of these trends that are likely to occur in the employee performance management process…

10 Project Management Axioms

Top 10 lists are everywhere this time of year, so why not one more? Here are 10 time-tested, widely recognized truths for project management success. Sometimes, it’s best to simplify.

Are You Talented at Talent Management?

The challenge of recruiting top talent for your organization is daunting enough. Perhaps even more challenging is retaining talent. What happens once you have finally landed that superstar employee that you just paid a lot of money to recruit? Does your organization have a robust talent management and retention model?

Relating Project Risk Appetite to Project Management Activities

The alignment of project management activities with project risk appetite can be a powerful tool to help illustrate and communicate the relationship between these two important areas. Adopting a more formal process to frame and document project risk appetite can maximize positive outcomes.

Winds of Change (Management)

The successful deployment of an application, idea or process requires buy-in from the high level infrastructure level of an organization. When dealing with application development, keep these important change management tactics in mind.

Project Management Ethics in International Logistics

In international logistics-related project management, we deal with applied ethics or professional ethics that examine ethical principles and morals, or ethical problems that arise in a business environment. There are three domains that need to be considered…

Applying Project Management in Technology Transition— A Bird’s-Eye View

Technology transition has gained a great deal more attention in recent days. This is defined as the detailed desk-level knowledge transfer and documentation of all relevant tasks, work flows and business processes from a provider to a client or from an owner to a support organization. Extensive due-diligence is required in assessing what activities need to be transitioned and to what extent. This article is an attempt to explore the different phases and activities of a transition cycle and how some of the project management techniques can help make life easier for a transition manager.

Rules-Based Project Management in Matrix Organizations: A Concept for Optimizing Organizational Performance in Multi-Project, Shared-Resource Environments

Organizations with projects that compete for limited resources may be able to optimize performance of project portfolios and achieve better business results via a rules-based task management system. Learn how to “right track” projects with prioritization rules and visible metrics.

We’re Not Ready for Portfolio Management’

This practitioner often hears organizations claim they aren’t ready for portfolio management. They are…but they need to start with a different definition of what portfolio management is.

Satellite Systems: Requirements Management (Part 2)

In Part 1, we outlined some considerations involved in managing requirements for satellite. In this concluding part, we will look at a few specific pointers that can lead to better requirements management in such engagements.

The 4 Pillars of Portfolio Management

Portfolio managers that develop a detailed understanding of four fundamental aspects will be better positioned to manage their portfolios—and be able to answer the specific questions that executive managers are fond of asking.

Project Management and the Learning Organization

Most people have heard of the term “learning organization.” However, do we know what it has to offer project planning management? Before a proper discussion of how it can be employed throughout the project process groups, we must first discuss the five components that form LO.

The Promise of Enterprise Relationship Management Data Warehouses

By building data warehouses and data marts that integrate customer contact information with product history and customer service information, organizations can truly begin to build a complete picture of their customers and really start to understand their needs and tailor specific messages for each customer.

Disruption in Project Management

Disruptive technology is about innovation and enablement. Future project managers will need to be good at innovative practices—including collective intelligence, self-adjusting small teams, and continuous monitoring of agents of change—to survive and flourish. Two case studies present companies that were able to thrive by identifying opportunities for change.

How I Began Teaching Project Management

There are many ways to start teaching project management at a university. Including a class is good, but in this practitioner’s opinion, it’s not enough. Here he shares how the process started for him.

The ABCs of a Project Management Career

Just as we always look out for the good of our projects, we must also look out for the good of our career. We can never assure that they will continue to advance and grow, but there are some factors we can look to that might optimize our chances. Taken by themselves, none of these factors will assure a smooth and rewarding career progression. But leveraging several of these factors can help maximize success.

The ABCs of a Project Management Career

Just as we always look out for the good of our projects, we must also look out for the good of our career. We can never assure that they will continue to advance and grow, but there are some factors we can look to that might optimize our chances. Taken by themselves, none of these factors will assure a smooth and rewarding career progression. But leveraging several of these factors can help maximize success.

Leveraging the Best Knowledge Management Practices

In the project management context, knowledge management and transfer are essential. Effective KM practices increase the business value of consultants to organizations. Change management programs are improved when they are supported with knowledge transfer. Finally, we will see that knowledge management activities are a hallmark of many top-performing organizations.

Organization Layer Portfolio Management Processes

We’ve talked about the primary and support processes in the portfolio management model. The organization layer describes the common language, definitions, metrics, measurements and approaches to integrating the primary and support processes.

Mind Mapping for Efficient Project Management

Mind maps can be built using a variety of options. This series of articles will demonstrate several applications using mind mapping tools for better project management efficiency and effectiveness. In this article, there are several links to a variety of free templates that you can use to get started with mind maps.

Top Risk Management Concerns

This article explores the highlights and interactions of risk management over the other areas of project management in a comprehensible manner and projects it over common “real” project situations.

The Most Overused Terms in Project Management

This writer has noticed a lot of project management buzzwords not just being used, but sometimes being used incorrectly. With that in mind, here are the most overused terms in project management.

Putting the ‘Management’ Back in Career Management

Project managers spend much of their working lives managing. So why don’t we spend more time managing our own careers? Here are a few thoughts on how each and every one of us can start proactively managing our career—and influence our future success.

Tackling Service-Based Portfolio Management

As we think about how we evolve our portfolio management disciplines, it is important to practice portfolio management within the context of service management. Ideally, an IT organization clearly defines its set of products and services via a service catalog and each customer works with a service portfolio manager to manage the lifecycle of services that is pertinent to them.

Managing Quality in a Program Management Plan (Part 2)

Working on the program level, quality management becomes complex because of differing elements being measured and differing criteria. A Program Management Plan with a quality management section can fit the bill. In the concluding installment, we look at how you can guide this complexity.

Tailored Project Management

It’s time to take control of things again and apply our skills and experience to alternative project management–and challenge our thinking beyond conventional norms.

Enhanced Risk Assessment Matrix for the Management of Project Risks

There are many tools available to assess project risk. However, the tools may be used infrequently due to the lack of a prescriptive risk management protocol coupled with an abundance of options. The author details the relative benefits of the Risk Fishbone Diagram and the Enhanced Risk Assessment Matrix (ERAM), and explains why they may be the only two tools necessary to facilitate risk management for most projects.

No Problem Project Management

The problem-solving skills on which project managers largely build their reputations might be greatly improved by mastering the challenge of problem-selecting instead. In short, the difficulty isn’t the problem; it’s how we’re coping with it. Radical acceptance is a start.

The Dimensional Approach to Scope Creep Management in Construction Projects

The efficient delivery of construction projects will be greatly enhanced if project managers focus their efforts on developing measures for identifying, monitoring, and managing scope creep in projects of any size. This article seeks to provide answers to the following questions: What is scope creep? When does it happen (identifying? Why does it happen (monitoring)? And, how can it be prevented from happening (managing)?

Risk Management: A Critical Component to Successful PM

Risk management is often discussed, but it is amazing how few project managers truly embrace the process. This article presents an overview of risk management in context to project management, and shares some guidance on the components that should be considered when implementing a risk management process framework.

Project Management as If Service Mattered

Do we recognize as project managers the kind of service we are describing? What service actually matters as a project manager? And how do we know that we are delivering it?

Request Management Gremlins

Poor request management will get your project off to a bad start from which it may never recover. Here are four recurring request management issues that derail project, program and portfolio effectiveness, from the gathering to prioritizing and tracking of them. How many sound familiar?

Service Management from the Top Down

Time consuming, friction inducing and potentially costly, there is plenty that you would want to avoid when properly building IT service management. Yet if you hold your nose and do it right, you can establish a strong and effective process.