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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Teachable Moments: You’re Never Too Small for Project Management

Teachable moments are formed when you have done something–regardless of the outcome–and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, we help you lead a maturing PMO.

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Stakeholder Relationship Management: Make it Personal

The fostering of any successful relationship requires us to see the world, issues, concerns and needs through the lens of the other person. Additionally, you need to factor the person’s influence, position and attitude toward you into your assessment of how to cultivate and manage the relationship. This holds true for SRM as well–and purposely taking these elements of the relationship into account when designing your communications plan will only add to your success.

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Marketing in Project Management

Marketing is one of the most studied and analyzed fields of knowledge in the corporate world; therefore, its techniques and tools should be considered and applied to the environment of project management. This article analyzes the main concepts of marketing in the phases of a project or program, the key stakeholders and elements of marketing in a project, and also looks at an example of the positive use of marketing in Brazil’s Olympic bid.

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Agile Program Management: Oversight or Overkill?

Agile methods assume the best in people, from their knowledge and capabilities to their desire to collaborate in search of the best solution. It also assumes that developers and customers grasp the big picture. Unfortunately this is seldom the case, and why it is so vital that a project manager facilitate structured communication between the team and stakeholders to evaluate specific changes against broader objectives. It’s a fine line.

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Project Stakeholder Management

It may be tempting to overlook stakeholder management when facing tight deadlines. The author explains the perspectives of the many stakeholders along the supply chain and how each of them has an impact upon someone else. Everyone from the manufacturer to the final customer is able to recognize the benefits of successful project stakeholder management.

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