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Structure and Satisfaction:Project Management as Morale Booster

Stop grousing about project management. It’s actually good for you! Improved productivity is a leading benefit of implementing project management. Why? Taking the randomness and confusion out of the project worker’s day and replacing it with clarity can only lead to a more satisfying work experience for both employee and employer. Now, what’s wrong with that?

Strategic Project Management: New Skills for the Modern-Day PM

Developing the business acumen to understand and provide the right feedback to senior leadership to pick and choose the right projects that will help achieve the larger strategic objectives is essential for the modern-day PM. Are you ready for the challenge?

Buddy PM: Improving Project Management through Paired Reviews

This article introduces a concept for project management improvement through the use of existing project management resources, without the need for disruption. The concept intends to avoid costly overheads in implementation and running–and introduces optimal use of project managers for review of projects, bringing down risk and involvement of costlier management overhead.

Effective Risk Management

Few project leaders want to spend the up-front time and money to actually put together a risk management plan, but it truly needs to be your first step in effectively managing risks on your project. Your planning needs to include four steps in order to be effective and in order to be a “sellable” tool in your PM process.

Risk Management, After the Crisis

In the midst of the global economic crisis, some risk takers are being taken to task, and rightfully so. But not all risk is bad. Moving forward, what is the appropriate role of risk management and risk specialists?

Framework for Integrating Project Quality, Risk Management, and Integration Management into Earned Value Management (EVM) for Deriving Performance Based Earned Value (PBEV)

Multidimensional project control systems, which integrate the critical to quality metrics of the project quality management, risk management, and program integration requirements into the earned value management system, delivers capability for the enterprise project team(s) in measuring the performance-based earned value of the project deliverables.

Project Performance Management Scorecard (PPMS) Using the ABSC Framework

This paper explains how the balanced scorecard (BSC) framework can be leveraged to enhance project performance management. The BSC framework is an effective tool to realizing enterprise strategy by cascading strategy into a set of objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), metrics, and targets across four dimensions: finance, customer, process, and learning/growth.

The Fortune Cookie Wisdom Guide to Project Management (Part 2)

No project manager would ever be so foolish as to leave the outcome of their project to chance events and simply hope they might get lucky. So it might appear odd for our guru to be looking inside a fortune cookie to find project management wisdom. But as we saw in Part 1 of his series, those simple mottoes can sometimes offer up more wisdom than first meets the eye…

The Consolidation of Project Management Offices – A Retrospective

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) recently completed implementation of a major change—consolidation of multiple project management offices (PMOs) into a single PMO. The lessons learned revealed a number of considerations that apply to executing any major change, revealed advantages and disadvantages to having a single PMO and identified future risks for the newly consolidated PMO.

Does Hybrid Project Management Mean a Hybrid Team?

As hybrid projects become more common, what has to change among team members, and how do we manage that change? Do we have to minimize these disruption scenarios, or can we create an environment where teams are more comfortable with the shifts?

Project Management Process Quality Checklist Matrix

What is quality project management? Once you have a set of baseline definitions have been established, the logical next step would be to develop a framework for measuring the level of quality a project management process has or will yield. This fram

Project Consulting vs. Project Management

Consulting on a project can be a very different experience than managing one directly. And if you are a PM, you may find yourself dealing with project consultants on a regular basis. But when consultants start to encroach on the project manager’s purview, there can be conflicts and issues.

Technology Impact on Communication Management: Q&A

In the webinar Technology Impact on Communication Management with Beth Spriggs, she talked about technology’s impact on communication management. She explored with attendees how communication behaviors and preferences have changed, and examined how these changes create both opportunity and risk in our projects. She also discussed ways this impacts our current project communication plans, explored ways to adjust our communications to be more effective and shared some practical communication tips. Here, she answers attendee questions.

Dynamic Project Management Framework: A Brief Approach to the PMBOK® Guide Execution

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is the master book for project managers, however, it is often subject to personal interpretation. This paper presents the conceptual steps needed to use the PMBOK® Guide processes in accordance with the projects that need it. It is about the integration Knowledge Area, and it covers why phases of a project life cycle should not be considered as a part of the Project Management Process Groups referenced in the PMBOK® Guide. It also explains how to use the processes groups within the project life cycle.

Agile Risk Management

Agile approaches do not have risk management approaches built in as standard; they have the integration points, but not the steps required. Fortunately, with a little effort, we can fill those gaps and equip teams with the skills they need to address risks and opportunities effectively.

Lifting the Hood on Project Management: Tweak, Tune & Tailor

How do you think about your approach to project management? Is it something well defined and fixed? Is it evolving and flexible? Is it mystical and incomprehensible? Or is it so innate and ingrained that you don’t even think about it? It’s an important question to consider, and one we don’t necessarily explore very often.

Project Management from a Student’s Point of View

Why study project management? What’s in store for project management in the future? What is the difference between what is taught to students in the classroom and project management in the real world? A student sets out to find some answers…

Demand Management: Connecting PM with ITSM

In this article, the author describes how to connect and harmoniously execute two management domains–project management and information technology service management–by giving a sample categorization of demands for IT organizations.

Project Management Competency: Practical Observations (Part 2)

Part 1 of this series discussed why project management competency is important, what consultative leadership skills are, and how to recognize these qualities. This article explains why trustworthy relationships are important, what the benefits of them are and how to build them.

Ethics, Culture and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations

A common, shared ethic can close the generational gap and aid in team integration, but the complex business environment necessitates an approach to ethics founded on culture. The catalyst for that culture must be embedded in leadership’s participation in behavior that reflects the shared values of the project management profession.

6 Steps for Knowledge Management in an Outsourced/Insourced World

The IT outsourcing/insourcing pendulum always seems to swing in an effort to reduce non-value-added tasks, save cost or retain intellectual property. Proper knowledge transfer and management remain key factors when implementing either type of sourcing project. Here are six steps to successfully implement a transfer plan based on a previous IT infrastructure insourcing project.

The ABCs to Begin Teaching Project Management

When considering project management at your university, don’t be constrained by someone else’s definition of what project management is. Think multi-disciplinary, cast your (course) net wide and don’t short sell the discipline and its far-reaching influence.

Portfolio Management Framework in Action

This article describes how an IT organization from a Fortune 500 manufacturing company applied the framework to its portfolio of accounting and finance applications.

Learning From Success and Challenges in Change Management

As project management matures and individual professionals take on larger efforts, change management skills become vital because leading people will only become more important. How can you overcome resistance, inertia and other worthy opponents?

Project Management for Life(cycle)

Does ALM change product project management? Perhaps the biggest challenge that ALM faces is simply that it is not yet well understood by all of the people that it is aimed to help. Until both business and IT groups understand what ALM offers and the tangible benefits that it can bring, then there is a danger that ALM will continue to generate either a blank look or images of expensive software suites. Perhaps it’s time you you focus your ALM efforts on the business first and the software second.

Bandage Management

Too often, the organizational focus is on relieving symptoms, not necessarily solving the problem. The culture of these organizations is that as long as the user problems can be fixed, then the issue is “solved”. Not only is that inaccurate, it’s inefficient and risky. Quick fixes are not permanent solutions, so when bandage solutions and workarounds become the norm, it’s time to act.

Fostering Innovation in Project Management

Innovation remains the key differentiator in terms of how your organization’s products and services are perceived by customers. In this article, we present some tips on fostering innovation and sustaining it in our day-to-day project management activities.

Project Portfolio Management on a Dime

With little extra money but plenty of extra time, smart IT managers are learning how to improve PPM functions without breaking the bank. Here are seven ways to get creative with PPM on the cheap.

Are Project Management Skills Transferable?

The author recently had an opportunity to switch into a technical project manager role after being a business project manager for over 12 years. She traces her 18-month journey to learn what skills are easily portable and which ones needed refining or, worst case, acquiring. She focused on two main areas: communications and teamwork.

Humor Belongs In Project Management

Some projects mean long hours, which leads to exhausted project teams. Humor, however, can be one way to relieve the pressure from these types of projects. This article reports how humor can contribute to team motivation and project success. It explores how something as simple as a smile can be an attitude-changing tool. It also describes how various cultures have different approaches to humor. For example, humor in the United States is contrasted with British humor.

Project Portfolio Management: Back to Basics

Many organizations find the process of managing their portfolio of projects extremely painful. But does it have to be like that? Perhaps a return to basics is needed. Could it be that the intellectualization of the PPM process has muddied the waters a bit?

Making Project Management Work Better

Even the most experienced project managers can benefit from a refresher before initiating the project. If you do not have a line item that says “Project Management Training,” you may have missed the boat and may miss the goals of the project. Every project needs training at some level. Learn how to get your team thinking like project managers.

Reinforcing Project Management in Functional Organizations with Business Process and Change Management

Organizational structures are an important enterprise environmental factor affecting the effectiveness of project management. Through a literature review and an actual business case, this article reveals how a functional organization structure limits project management practice. The article will then illustrate how proper business process and change management initiatives can be adopted to enhance the values of project management under such an organizational structure.

How to Break into Product Management

Product managers perform many of the activities commonly associated with traditional project work. But product managers have additional responsibilities that may be unfamiliar to project managers, such as marketing, pricing and business strategy. Let’s take a look at the trends of this career path.

The Importance of Benefits Realization Management

Planning benefits before you start is key to ensuring that you realize them once the project is completed. In this article, the author highlights the importance of benefits realization management for realizing project benefits.

Horizontal and Vertical Communication in Project Management

In a project, there are two types of communications that take place between the project manager and stakeholders: horizontal and vertical. Knowing the dynamics and characteristics of these can be an important asset of a project manager for achieving project success.

Virtual Teams – Individual Perceptions of Effective Project Management that Contribute to a Collective Effort in Project Success

When implementing virtual teams, how can you develop strategies to overcome the lack of social interaction, cultural differences and preconceived notions that can hinder the development of a cohesive team? The author presents survey results that uncovered key relationship-building techniques and the project management elements that are best suited to achieving project and organizational objectives.

Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Primer

The body of knowledge for SRM is still developing, and combining the best ideas from many viewpoints will yield a better approach. This article provides a more thorough look at SRM and presents some basic ideas that will help you in your development of your company’s SRM framework.

Stakeholder Management in Industrial Plant Engineering Projects

Effective and early participation of plant stakeholders during engineering phases of a brownfield project in a production plant allows us to capture the value and knowhow of the organization—and avoid multiple modifications during the execution phase. In order to manage stakeholder involvement efficiently, classification by function and organizational level is essential.

In Control: Rate Your Time-Management Skills

Everyone knows project managers are supposed to be masters of time management, even if different cultures have different perceptions of what that “time” actually means. To find out if you really have what it takes, take this quiz developed for PMI’s Career Track by Neil Fiore, Ph.D., a Berkeley, California, USA-based psychologist, coach, speaker and author of Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict, and Self-Sabotage [McGraw-Hill, 2006]. Find the time-management attitude that best fits your style and we’ll tell you what to do.

Portfolio Management: Practices and Principles

What are the practices and principles required for mature IT governance using a portfolio management approach, and how does an organization achieve them? First and foremost, change is required — not just in processes, but in behaviors, roles and responsibilities among three key groups.

The Functional Manager’s Role in IT Project Management

In a matrix information technology organization, the functional manager plays a key role in project management and is responsible for critical processes. Success will depend on the functional manager and the project manager cooperating, communicating, and understanding each other’s role. The author provides a case study as a guide to successful interaction.

Building Your Project through Benefits Management

Through the efforts of benefits management, projects are kept accountable to the needs they are designed to support. Without the persistent review of a project to keep it focused on its original goal, there may be circumstances where what was delivered is a far cry from what was expected.

Why Project Management?

At some time or another, all of us will be asked to provide potential project managers with advice on the profession. Are we doing that in a way that actually helps?

Agile Talent Management (Part 2)

Since agile is about individuals and interactions, it should come as no surprise that it helps with many talent management recommendations. But what do we do when HR recommends practices that are counter-productive to teams? In our concluding installment, we examine these six talent management strategies—and what motivates us.

Beyond Eliminating Defects: New Frontiers in Quality Management

“Quality” is one of the most heavily used words in advertising and management. Like any popular concept, quality is in danger of losing its distinct contribution due to overuse. In the world of project management, robust quality management has a vital role to play. Let’s consider a few of the recent advances in the art and science of quality management…

Bear in Mind: Influence and Leadership for Stakeholder Management

It’s vital to never forget the significance of stakeholder management. This chapter from Project Management: Influence and Leadership Building Rapport in Teams presents a discussion about stakeholder management and the notion that stakeholders differ in their perceptions, and also offers strategies for influence.

The Project Management Demand Explosion

PMI’s Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027 Report contains some startling revelations, among them the need for a significant increase in project-related roles. How does that increase get fed?

Process Reengineering and Knowledge Management

What is the link between Process Reengineering and people? How is process excellence achieved? And what the heck does knowledge managemnt have to do with it all? Read on to find out about the impact that combining these powerful tools can have.

Legal Project Management Grows Up

In this time of great change in the legal industry, firms with mature Legal Project Management (LPM) systems will enjoy a competitive advantage. This article examines LPM development from both the individual and organizational levels and looks to the history of and current trends in project management in an attempt to define some of the characteristics of LPM maturity.

Team Stress Management

No matter how hard we try to prevent it, there are times when our project teams feel overwhelmed. How do we manage those stressful times effectively?

Effective Stakeholder Management Using Core Teams

Stakeholder management is critical to the success or failure of a project. The core team process is an important tool for ensuring buy-in and fostering collaboration throughout the business. It is also a means for collecting ongoing input for the team, which will reduce your level of project risk. Most importantly, it will allow you to manage your stakeholders effectively by actively including them in the project life cycle.

A Portfolio Management Case Study

The economic downturn forced one company to revisit its entire portfolio. Here we take a look at the drivers behind a portfolio reengineering.

Assessment and Priortization of Strategic Initiatives/Projects Using an Innovative Portfolio Management Software Solution

Assessment and prioritization of competing strategic and operational projects are daunting tasks, particularly in view to their impact on the availability and performance of the enterprise’s critical information systems and information technology infrastructures. This paper provides an overview of a strategic portfolio management software solution. Implemented at a major international bank as an innovative assessment and prioritization approach, this solution represents the critical success factors that apply to all projects and the performance standards and assessment rules expected by the stakeholders. The outcome of this experience is discussed and samples from the actual outputs are presented.

Process Reengineering and Knowledge Management

What is the link between Process Reengineering and people? How is process excellence achieved? And what the heck does knowledge managemnt have to do with it all? Read on to find out about the impact that combining these powerful tools can have.

Legal Project Management Grows Up

In this time of great change in the legal industry, firms with mature Legal Project Management (LPM) systems will enjoy a competitive advantage. This article examines LPM development from both the individual and organizational levels and looks to the history of and current trends in project management in an attempt to define some of the characteristics of LPM maturity.

Team Stress Management

No matter how hard we try to prevent it, there are times when our project teams feel overwhelmed. How do we manage those stressful times effectively?