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No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

It’s unfortunately an all too familiar scenario. You are assigned to manage a project and before you or your team have had an opportunity to start to chip away at the looming mountain of uncertainty, you get put on the spot to provide a cost or schedule estimate by your project sponsor or some other stakeholder. Sometimes we see an oscillation between these outcomes. No be there.

Project initiation is like back to school…

Kiron Bondale

With persistent teams assigned to long-lived products, capabilities or value-streams, project initiation and closure activities could be significantly streamlined. Labor Day weekend marks the ceremonial if not precise end of summer. Starting tomorrow, kids across North America will resume school after a long break. But what if school was year round with shorter class weeks?

Project Initiation Checklist [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

This month’s free template is a project initiation checklist. This is the first page of the Project Initiation Checklist. Inside PRINCE2: Who does what in project Initiation This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Inside PRINCE2Initiating a project is where it all starts in PRINCE2. I don’t mind. Enter your email address in the box below to download it. Enjoy!

Jerry Ihejirika: Bringing Laughter to Project Managers Everywhere


Becoming a PM Project Management Career Clinic Project Management for Africa Initiative The Comedy Project Manager's BlogGet to know Jerry Ihejirika, project management blogger with a sense of humor.

How to Share Your Project in 60 Seconds

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation communicationsYou get on the elevator with someone who asks you about your upcoming project. Can you clearly describe your project in 60 seconds? Photo courtesy of AdobeStock (edited in Canva). Perhaps you are on the way out of a meeting with senior leaders when a Vice President asks you about your project. Are you ready? Why do you need a project summary? Goals] How?

How to Create and Use a Stakeholder Register

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation stakeholdersIf you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Want to interact with other project managers on the topic of Stakeholder Management? Well, you’re in the right place! I’ve created the Smart Stakeholder Management Facebook Group where I will share articles, polls, and questions. You may ask your own questions.

How to Get Awesome Results Through Your Projects

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation GoalsThe Power of Results-Based Goals Project sponsors send a message to their project teams and other stakeholders through the goals contained in their project charters. The focus of the goals — either business results or project activities — will drive the project team. As Steven Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.” There is often a disconnect.

Are you bridging the gap between vision and delivery?

Susanne Madsen

Project failure project initiation project leadership vision and missionAccording to Harvard Business Review (HBR), being forward-looking and enlisting others in a shared view of the future is one of the attributes that most distinguishes leaders from non-leaders. The number one requirement—honesty—was also the top-ranking attribute of a good colleague.

Inputs for the Project Charter [Video]

Project Risk Coach

The value of the charter process is engaging stakeholders, discussing the issues, resolving conflicts, and getting agreement as you initiate the project. 1=InitiationIf you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Unfortunately, many people think of the project charter as an administrative hoop they must jump through to get their project approved.

Get Input into Business Process Improvement Projects

Gina Abudi PM

And Get Your Employees Engaged in the Initiative! Even what appears to be a simple initiative – involving only [.]. Reaching out to employees to get input into business process improvement projects enables for a number of benefits for both the organization and the employees. Consider that business process improvement projects are not easy to implement! The post Get Input into Business Process Improvement Projects appeared first on Gina Abudi. Project Management BPI projects Business Process Management process improvement project leadership

2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Update

Green Project Management

The compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support Sustainable Development goals. This past week the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit took place in New York and for the fourth straight year, we took an active role. What is great about the compact […].

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The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

Pawel Brodzinski

Let’s talk about how much we pay for introducing too many concurrent initiatives in our portfolios. Let’s imagine that the same team is involved in four concurrent initiatives. For the sake of that discussion and to have nice pictures let’s assume that all initiatives are similarly sized and start at the same time. Projects are, in fact, bigger than we initially assumed.

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True agility requires ruthless prioritization

Kiron Bondale

The greater the number of distinct initiatives someone works on, the greater the percentage of context-switching waste and quality impacts which will arise. Primary roles on agile delivery teams are expected to be fully dedicated to the one project or product that they are supporting. Easier said than done. Total utilization does not result in total productivity.

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Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


This does not mean every font change of a Project Charter template needs CFO approval, but it does mean that all plans, initiatives and work are open and available for contribution or comment to anyone who is interested. Instead of having a dozen initiatives on the go at once with people splitting their time between them, prioritize and execute them sequentially. O verproduction.

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Recovery projects – Better with a bloody nose…?!


It is an example how an initially poorly performing project can be turned around to excellence. Such initially disaster oriented projects get, after a while, all the attention and reflection needed in order to eliminate, minimize or mitigate the root causes of trouble to turn round the project and enable the future success. Making mistakes should be allowed. Henry Ford company (est.

It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!


Thanks to generous donations an initiative was launched to support the people of Nepal. In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget. In fact, that´s only partly right, as we should measure success of a project rather based on the long-term impact than its deliverables. Finding employment for the trainees nearby Kathmandu.

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6 proven strategies for evaluating and prioritizing IT projects

Moira Alexander

Regardless of business size, industry or structure, many projects today are unfortunately still selected and initiated in a siloed department-by-department manner, without considering the overall strategic impact. What are the risks of initiating projects in this manner? Businesses run the risk of more than one area competing for the same project resources, including people and technologies, and also conflicting deadlines and goals. They may even risk some project outcomes negatively impacting other areas of the business.

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“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”


It did not take multiple years to build the initial product, instead after delivery the business wanted more functionality, more integration, more automation. The NoProjects movement have some good initial ideas about portfolio tools for managing ongoing teams but they seem to lack sophistication and scaling guidelines. Does this question sound familiar? The “When will you be done?”

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PMO of the Year Award Winner: An interview with Sarina Arcari

Guerrilla Project Management

The Project Management Institute’s PMO of the Year Award honors a PMO that has demonstrated superior organizational project management abilities by adding value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives. I had the pleasure to interview Sarina Arcari, VP of Business Solutions at Wellpoint, whose PMO has taken the top honor.

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Are you just following up or are you micromanaging?

Kiron Bondale

Finally, reducing cross-initiative multitasking can enable staff to complete tasks quicker and with higher quality while eliminating the need for managers to have to constantly follow up with team members to ensure that priorities haven’t shifted. When Dilbert attempts to get commitment on a revised completion date, he’s accused of micromanaging the activity.

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Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

Arras People

Typically, a consultant, in any business field, has been traditionally focused on advising organizations what to do in certain business areas that need initiating, changing or developing. What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? other words, the organization knows what they want doing and just hire the freelancer to deliver it.

Sensible Project Management with Mark Phillipy (@SensiblePM)

PM for the Masses

Mark Phillipy shares with me his thoughts on Project Management, and how it can apply to large corporate initiatives but also smaller, home projects. Mark Phillipy shares with me his thoughts on Project Management, and how it can apply to large corporate initiatives but also smaller, home projects. The post Sensible Project Management with Mark Phillipy (@SensiblePM) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Interviews PM For You PM For You Podcast PM Resources Podcast

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Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

Arras People

I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. Just because your experience has focused on the implementation side of projects, does that really mean your initiation and planning experience is lacking? I would advise you to revisit the project methodologies and good practices and take a look again at what techniques and skills are used in the initiation and planning stages of the project. What advice could you give to tackle this problem?

Portfolio Lane: Revolutionizing Portfolio Kanban!!!!


Kanban Boards can be set up at different levels of the organization to track a portfolio of initiatives, programs, or product releases and their underlying projects or work items can be visualized and tracked far more easily than ever possible traditionally. (To For example, all Sales initiatives would be driven in a separate Sales board, Marketing initiatives in a Marketing board, etc.

When Outsourcing Makes Sense


The business case pitched to executives by outsourcing companies initially seems very compelling: Project Alpha needs 9 months of software development by a team of 5 people. Organizations do not undertake projects just to recoup their initial expenditure on them. They simply could not afford the true costs of getting projects done slower even if the initial outlay seemed less.

Back to PMO School in September

Arras People

Building a Scorecard to Help Prioritise Initiatives. There’s quite a lot going on in September for those of you who are working in PMO in the UK. PMO Flashmob – the networking group for PMO people – is hosting three events in London, Southampton and Edinburgh. Get your new bag and pencil-case sorted, it’s back to PMO School this September! Agile PMO.

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Does your organization truly support project management?

Kiron Bondale

The path to an executive role should include the engaged sponsorship of at least one successful initiative. The April 2016 issue of PM Network provided updated project management capability findings from PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession ® report. In addition to effective sponsorship, some of the following conditions should be met.

Hiring the Right People in Project Management

Arras People

It’s a simple question when you initially look at it. My initial thought was a combination of skills, experience, character and personality which fit the type of organisation that wants to hire them. I was asked the other day, if you’re hiring project managers how do you know who the right people are to hire? Finding the right answer, less so. What about character?

Agile Benefits Management


Agile is well aligned at CMMI levels 1 (Initial), 2 (Defined) and 3 (Managed), it also perfectly aligns with CMMI level 5 (Optimizing) that focuses on process improvement but runs afoul on the documentation and controls layer of CMMI level 4 (Quantitatively Managed). Benefits are why we undertake projects. Projects are expensive to undertake and have a risk of failure.   Summary.

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IR35 Changes – New Threat to Your Wealth?

Arras People

The latest initiative by the HMRC to collect additional taxes from the flexible workforce is going to further confuse the employment landscape in the UK. Whilst initially aimed at the Public Sector, if successfully implemented, it’s hard not to see it rolled out to the Private Sector too! According to the GOV.UK ( Director. Office Holder.

Project management for the good of society


Through a crowd sourcing initiative supported by IPMA an significant amount could be collected. The mainstream of project management focuses on projects that deliver value to a business. The application of project management for social projects, humanitarian and development aid as well as community services is rather underrepresented and needs more attention. Let me showcase two examples.

Excellent Finalists and Winners of IPMA Awards 2016 have been decorated by IPMA


These achievements were the main drivers to initiate the IPMA Project Excellence Awards, later followed by Otto ZieglmeierAward and Achievement Awards. Managing projects and programs often means dealing with ever-increasing complexity and volatility. In November 2016 IPMA celebrated the 15 th anniversary of the Project Excellence (PE) awards at the 19 th IPMA Poland Conference in Warsaw.

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Project Management Methodology Guide by the European Commission

The Open PM2 Project Management Methodology Initiative : Open PM² is an initiative taken by the European Commission that brings the PM² Project Management Methodology and its benefits closer to its broader stakeholders and user community. The Project Management Methodology Guide was recently released by the Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM2) of the European Commission. What Is The Mission Of The Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM2) ? What Is The Project Management Methodology Guide (PM2 Methodology Guide) ? project lifecycles. process guidelines.

The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

Arras People

All of which makes PPM a great melting pot of ideas and initiatives, a great place to be. >>Download We launch the latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain today. The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. You probably saw a lot of that?

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Will PRINCE2 Help Me Get a Foot in the Door?

Arras People

To start, simply take a blank piece of paper and draw a line with the project lifecycle from start to finish and fill in the core areas with your own personal experience; i.e. areas such as writing the business case, project initiation document (PID), planning, gate reviews, benefits case etc. Q&A Project Management Careers PRINCE2

Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

Arras People

He has extensive experience in major change / transformation/ transition projects related to multiple technologies from initiating a project to its planning, design, execution, monitoring controlling and closure of the project using agile methodologies. Is it just a pet hate of mine or is it something that other hirers have a problem with too? which ones?>

The Best Free Project Management Resources


According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations. Planning and initiating predetermined goals. Step 1: Initiate. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. Checklists. Templates.

Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO

Jez Lister

Most of my colleagues – myself included were initially unclear about the purpose of the PMO and assumed that we were all to be relocated to new offices. There is much more that could be said about setting up a PMO but here are the key points: Initiate a project to set up the PMO. I have seen countless models of PMOs and have set up several of my own. PMO Types. PMO Services.

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Projects and project management in China


Initial reforms in decollectivising agriculture and allowing private businesses and foreign investment during the late 1970s and early 1980s led to large-scale radical reforms, consisting of partial privatisation of the state sector, liberalisation of trade and prices, and dismantling of the “iron rice bowl” system of job security in the late 1990s. percent.

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Posting Your Project Management CV Online

Arras People

Personal details are often asked for around the time of submitting an application or around the initial interview request. “How can I post my CV online without giving out my personal details?” ” Thanks for your question. At least these details are not being broadcast across a job board where you have no way of knowing who is looking for them.