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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.

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.

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.

Agile Project Management: No Planning Needed?

If you’re new to agile, you might think that the only planning you need to do is for an iteration. But many projects require different levels of planning–especially larger projects and programs–and you may need to plan at various levels. Find out what they are by reading on…

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.

Service Level Management: A Paradigm Shift

Most of the information available on Service Level Management focuses more on the technical and logistics side of implementing various agreements–and on the relationship management side of the equation. While the technical and logistics aspects of SLM are very important, there seems to be an abhorrent vacuum around the intrapersonal side of making SLMs truly flourish.

When Program Management Makes Sense

Organizations have a way to go in their awareness and ability to organize work as programs. So the onus is on us to help them. In the process, we step up our game as practitioners by not trying to force a square peg of work into the round hole of project management.

Results Management Offices

Cross-project integration, executive buy-in and clearly communicated benefits continue to challenge PMOs. Adding traditional business measurement benchmarks such as mission alignment, domain authority and organizational readiness are needed to help project leaders deliver and report success quicker.

4 Ways Neuroscience Can Enhance Project Management

As project managers, we need to pay attention to disengaged employees. We should know why it’s happening and learn how we can re-engage our teams. This is where neuroscience becomes a valuable resource. Here are four suggestions on how neuroscience can help improve your project management.

Interviewing — The Hidden Project Management Weapon

Assembling the right team is almost as important as all of the other project management tasks you will tackle throughout the life cycle of your project. The author recommends thinking of the team as a holistic organism, a single body that has to work as one entity, and offers some tips for pulling together a great team.

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.

The Change Management Lifecycle

On organizational change initiatives, leaders must engage people at all levels by involving them in the design of the implementation strategy and its execution. Here is a three-phase Organizational Change Management Lifecycle methodology for successfully managing your next change initiative.

Management By Objectives

For organizations that are ready to fully commit to the philosophy, the principles of Management by Objectives can provide a strong catalyst for team engagement in its goals. Here is an overview of the method’s six stages and five-step process for implementing it, along with potential pitfalls.

The Sorry State of Federal Program Management

Americans are unhappy with a lack of transparency and accountability on federal government programs, but federal managers say real improvement will require better standardized systems to collect and share data.

The Four Secrets of Successful Project Management and COTS Implementations

Code-off-the-Shelf (COTS) based solutions are intended to be easy and inexpensive to implement but their complexity is often underestimated. The author highlights some of the lessons learned from several large scale COTS implementations in the public sector and suggests ways project managers can avoid expensive overruns and sponsor dissatisfaction.

The Measure of Effective Resource Management

To get the most bang for the buck, people involved in IT-related projects need to accept that they are creating, and that the creative process comes in spurts of inspiration…and cannot be measured in hours of perspiration.

The Measure of Effective Resource Management

To get the most bang for the buck, people involved in IT-related projects need to accept that they are creating, and that the creative process comes in spurts of inspiration…and cannot be measured in hours of perspiration.

Project Management and the Art of War

The Art of War is a 2,000-year-old text about war strategy. It contains teachings about strategy that can be applied to project management. Here you will find some examples of Sun Tzu’s wisdom and how to use it in your next project.

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.

Intelligent Project Management

Want to get the undying grattitude of your PM peers and more importantly, those above you? Try initiating a BI project management initiative. If you can successfully calculate how long your project will take and how much it will cost, you’ve made it.

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.

The Bruce Campbell Guide to Management

Can a low-budget cult film actor pose as a paragon of sound management practice? What, if anything, can we learn from Bruce Campbell to further our pursuit of management knowledge? Whether you are a manager of resources or a project manager with matrixed resources, put aside those business textbooks and tune in.

IT Governance and Change Management

What are the components of a mature change management environment within the context of good IT governance? To answer this, it is important to establish a working definition of change management.

Project Management for Non-PMs

There are a lot of people who work on projects, but usually only a few project managers. How do you help the non-PMs understand project management—and keep them working within the confines of the framework governing the project?

The Metamorphosis of Project Management

Times have changed, and so have the expectations placed on project managers and project management offices. Jim Harris takes a look at the continuing evolution of the dynamic discipline of project management.

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 3)–Palpation

Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series continues, we explore the second of four techniques: palpation.

Global Project Management: Keys to Success

In addition to all of the issues and challenges found in “normal” projects, global projects bring with them elements that complicate things even more. What can a global project PM do to increase the odds of success?

Team Management: An Accountable Working Model for Matrix Teams

Many complex information technology (IT) projects are executed in a matrix environment. The major challenge with this type of team structure is having an amicable and effective relationship with clear lines of responsibilities, open communications, and accountabilities. This article proposes a working model that can help the program manager achieve the desired objectives from all of the teams.

Agile Development: Great for Engineers, Not So Much for Project Management

With over half of companies using a blended agile and waterfall approach to development, it’s critical to be aware of how an agile approach affects planning and alignment with the overall business strategy. Here are the most common challenges in enterprise agile development–and some tips for how smart companies are navigating the new landscape.

Quality Project Management: A History Lesson

How do we define quality as a project manager? Is it managing a project really well, or managing a successful project? How about managing a successful project really well? That sounds pretty good. However, it poses the next question: What is a successful project? Let’s look at some examples of project success, failure and ambiguity.

Effective Recovery Project Management

According to the Standish Group’s 2009 CHAOS report, 68% of projects failed, 44% of projects were late, over budget, and/or had fewer than the required features and functions, and 24% were cancelled prior to completion, or delivered and were never used. With statistics like these, it’s just a matter of time before you’re dealing with a project that is spiralling out of control. How do you get things back on track? This article walks you through a straightforward seven-step process for analyzing the project problems, developing a solution, and bringing your project back under control.

Change Management in M&A Times

More and more companies are pursuing merger and acquisition strategies to become bigger and make the competition smaller. And in today’s business environment, the change management before, during and after M&A is becoming complex–and affecting all aspects of the businesses involved.

Earned Value Management for Beginners

Earned value management is a technique that integrates scope, cost and time to highlight how the project has done in the past and predict how it is expected to do in the future. This article discusses a few basic concepts of EVM and is useful for anyone looking to get started on this topic, as well as for candidates preparing for certification.

Promoting the Value of Project Management

Project managers employed by firms that have never used a formal project management methodology can find themselves frustrated with an executive manager’s reluctance to embrace the project management discipline. In order to convince anyone of the benefits of the project management process, it is necessary to know the potential obstacles that could discourage a company from pursuing something new.

Big Picture Project Management

We often fix one problem in isolation to the rest of the challenges we face in a project or process. Why do we limit ourselves and fail to look at the bigger picture, putting our project into the context of that more important view?

PMIAA: What Does it Mean for Project Management?

Project management has taken another step forward with the U.S. Federal Government’s passage of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA). Learn how this can directly benefit many project managers and their projects.

The Importance of Executive Management Support

One of the critical success factors for all projects is executive management support. Here we look at why projects need this support–and provide some tips on how a project manager can ensure it.

Following Footprints to Your Project Management Goals

There is no shortage of project management tools available, but how do you know which one is right for your organization. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so it’s best to start by sizing up your organization.

Can Project Management Save the World?

Saving the world is a heavy undertaking. That’s probably why many of us leave it to the superheroes of cartoon and screen to take on. Or the men and women of the armed forces, taking on the impossible while wearing blue berets. Whatever your preferred form of superhero, real or imagined, it probably isn’t you. But maybe it’s time to go get a cape…

Strategic Talent Management: R&R Time

Recruitment and retention of human capital is now a strategic imperative for organizations in this highly competitive global work environment. As such, this issue has been raised to the C-level to ensure required results are obtained. How can you help?

Risk Management Process Measurement

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Tenrox Project Process Management

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Looking Ahead: Project Management Predictions for 2017

In order to move forward, you must sometimes look back—and see that some patterns have surfaced. These are no longer trends, but core competencies of the market. This year, expect to see a renewed interest in some of these tried-and-true methodologies.

The New PPM: Personal Project Management

Many of us are pretty accomplished project managers, at least while on the job. But how do we apply project management principles and disciplines to our personal lives? Personal projects come in all shapes and sizes, each accompanied with their own levels of complexity, risk, timelines, budgets and outcome expectations. Enter the world of Personal Project Management…the new PPM!

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 1)

The team health framework can be a vital asset to help project managers deliver consistently good results regardless of risks. This is the first of a five-part series on the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. In subsequent parts, we will discuss each of the four techniques (inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) in detail.

Project Management in Photovoltaics: Fast Track Your Project Management Career

This article focuses on project management in Photovoltaics, a sector of the fast evolving renewables industry. The author suggests approaches to setting up an appropriate methodology, explaining the most important differences with other traditional businesses; and, gives tips to project managers who want to get involved in the PV sector, as well as to companies and HR specialists who want to identify the best profiles for a “green” project manager role.

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

…or, how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes. Pictures are cool. They aid discussion and unite comprehension. They also allow us to avoid having to read volumes of text. As such, they are the convenience food of project management. Easy to consume, but are they nutritious?

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 1)

The team health framework can be a vital asset to help project managers deliver consistently good results regardless of risks. This is the first of a five-part series on the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. In subsequent parts, we will discuss each of the four techniques (inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) in detail.

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 1)

The team health framework can be a vital asset to help project managers deliver consistently good results regardless of risks. This is the first of a five-part series on the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. In subsequent parts, we will discuss each of the four techniques (inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) in detail.

Project Management in Photovoltaics: Fast Track Your Project Management Career

This article focuses on project management in Photovoltaics, a sector of the fast evolving renewables industry. The author suggests approaches to setting up an appropriate methodology, explaining the most important differences with other traditional businesses; and, gives tips to project managers who want to get involved in the PV sector, as well as to companies and HR specialists who want to identify the best profiles for a “green” project manager role.

Project Management in Photovoltaics: Fast Track Your Project Management Career

This article focuses on project management in Photovoltaics, a sector of the fast evolving renewables industry. The author suggests approaches to setting up an appropriate methodology, explaining the most important differences with other traditional businesses; and, gives tips to project managers who want to get involved in the PV sector, as well as to companies and HR specialists who want to identify the best profiles for a “green” project manager role.

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

…or, how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes. Pictures are cool. They aid discussion and unite comprehension. They also allow us to avoid having to read volumes of text. As such, they are the convenience food of project management. Easy to consume, but are they nutritious?

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

…or, how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes. Pictures are cool. They aid discussion and unite comprehension. They also allow us to avoid having to read volumes of text. As such, they are the convenience food of project management. Easy to consume, but are they nutritious?

Game On: Video Games Bring Project Management To life

To view video games as possessing only entertainment value is short-sighted and without merit. Today’s massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) impart social and innovative learning techniques for individuals and groups on a global scale–and to project management’s benefit. This article discusses how MMORPGs bring project management lessons to life. In doing so, it examines how MMORPGs teach players emotional intelligence (EI) competencies, such as self-confidence, empathy, trustworthiness and communication. It then uses the “World of Warcraft” (WoW) collaborative wiki as an example to show the benefits for project professionals. The article examines the parallel between WoW, project management teams and EI: the need for collaborative engagement. It concludes by looking at communication, one of the most important EI competencies, and shows how communication plays a role in WoW and project planning.

Game On: Video Games Bring Project Management To life

To view video games as possessing only entertainment value is short-sighted and without merit. Today’s massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) impart social and innovative learning techniques for individuals and groups on a global scale–and to project management’s benefit. This article discusses how MMORPGs bring project management lessons to life. In doing so, it examines how MMORPGs teach players emotional intelligence (EI) competencies, such as self-confidence, empathy, trustworthiness and communication. It then uses the “World of Warcraft” (WoW) collaborative wiki as an example to show the benefits for project professionals. The article examines the parallel between WoW, project management teams and EI: the need for collaborative engagement. It concludes by looking at communication, one of the most important EI competencies, and shows how communication plays a role in WoW and project planning.

Project Management Planning: Strengthening the First Line of Defense against Project Failure

Project management planning is one of the critical components of managing projects and the first line of defense against project failures. The author presents a template for developing an effective project management approach by considering the project’s unique characteristics, identifying project “hot spots” and adopting methods (tools and techniques) suitable to the unique nature of the project at hand.

A Balanced Approach to Systems Engineering Project Management

How do you, as a systems engineering project manager, know how to approach the decisions in process tailoring, technology, and tool selection? A balanced approach to systems engineering project management will help navigate difficult and seemingly intractable decisions.

Portfolio Management in Government

Government initiatives can benefit from many portfolio management principles. But portfolio management is not gaining the same traction in government as it is in private corporations. Why is that, and what are the implications?

Making Project Management Information Systems Agile

When one PM was asked to list the key requirements for a PMIS that would enable it to better support project and organizational effectiveness, he thought about past project, portfolio and program management experiences. The result? A “dream list” of features for a PMIS to support large, traditionally managed projects…a list that was surprisingly agile.

Think Small: Five Tips for Agile Program Management

One of the best ways to make sure your agile program is successful is to think about how to make everything “smaller” to better manage potential risk. Here are six tips for making your large efforts “smaller” to achieve maximum benefit from your agile programs and to help them maintain progress.

Influencing Others to Use Project Management Practices

Traditionally, project management processes and expertise in health care have rested in the areas of facilities management and development and/or Information Technology implementation. Although many of those in leadership roles within health care operations have spent a significant amount of time implementing new programs and introducing new equipment, for example, solid project management practices have not been known and/or utilized in areas other than facilities and IT.

The Politics of Portfolio Management: Why It’s Harder Than It Looks

Implementing portfolio management is political by nature. It is essential that any attempt to introduce it consciously addresses the political realities that exist today. More importantly, if it is to be successful, an implementation of portfolio management must have support from the very top of the organization.

In Celebration of Project Management

Every now and then, we need to take a step back and recognize just how important project management is. Those of us involved in it tend to take it for granted–we’re too close to be able to appreciate it for what it delivers. In honor of International Project Management (IPM) Day, let’s recognize some of the great things project management is doing…

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 4)–Percussion

Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series continues, we explore the third of four techniques: percussion.

Adopting Quality Management For Business Success

Many organizations are taking advantage of quality management methodologies to improve productivity, efficiency and customer satisfaction. These methodologies require employees to perform set tasks and adhere to structured processes involving changes to work habits that can sometimes be disruptive. Familiar, integrated IT tools can streamline tasks and reduce user resistance, enabling organizations to receive the maximum benefits from quality management techniques at a lower risk.

Back to School: Projects and Project Management (Re)Defined

If we are limited by the triple constraint, how do we as project managers lead with agility and embrace change? If projects are all about needs and values, then project management should be the tools and techniques to achieve this value. Is it time to redefine project management? Should we move away from the iron triangle to the value triangle?

Introduction of an IT Project Management Methodology in a Fast-Growing Company

This article explains the rationale behind the creation of an in-house, customized project management methodology, iMAP, at a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company. The authors also describe the priorities that were selected to start with its implementation: a solid project initiation, a clear project life cycle, a special attention to risk management, a first step in reporting standardization, and specific attention to the activities necessary for the transition to operations. They provide an overview of their approach to IT project governance and how a defined project management methodology is the key for its success.