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Project Management Predictions for 2023

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Tis the season to take a step back to look forward. As another year wraps up, it’s time to peer ahead at this dynamic career of project management and what may change in 2023 and beyond. Here are my predictions! Reimagining Stakeholder Engagement. Stakeholders are a big deal on any project.

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Being Thankful, Project Management Style!

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Tis the season to be Thankful! We all have things we’re thankful for and everyone’s list is different. Here is my annual list of what I’m thankful for in this dynamic career we call Project Management! Having a Thanksgiving Dinner Release Plan.

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Training for a Race IS a Project

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The Wooden Wolf. There it was, the finish line. After thousands of feet of climbing up and down countless hills, I rounded the corner and saw the blow-up arches with the word “FINISH” emblazoned across the top.

Can John Cleese’s Advice Help Solve Those Tough Project Issues?

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Let me start by saying, if you don’t know who John Cleese is, look him up. Watch a couple of his Monty Python skits. Then c’mon back to this article! About six months ago I was talking about the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a couple coworkers.

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Negotiation: A Lifelong Skill!

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Project “Buy a New Truck.” ” Let me tell you, this project has been going on for months. With the supply chain woes, new vehicles are in short supply, which makes used vehicles in short supply, also.

Focus on Delivering Value – PMBOK 3.4

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“Continually evaluate and adjust project alignment to business objectives and intended benefits and value.” ” PMBOK pg. This is my favorite principle out of the 12. When I first started my career, the focus was on scope. I would be handed a project and told to get it done.

A Test of Leadership Skills

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I was leading a team of 6. They were high energy and ready to get after it. With hammers and power tools within reach, everyone wanted to get to work. They talked non-stop. There were questions about everything within eyesight and earshot.

The Principles of Being a Good Steward – PMBOK 3.1

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“Stewards act responsibly to carry out activities with integrity, care, and trustworthiness while maintaining compliance with internal and external guidelines. They demonstrate a broad commitment to financial, social, and environmental impacts of the projects they support.”

“Smoke Jumping” Into an In-Flight Project

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“Smokejumper.” ” When most people here the term, they think of brave men and women who hurtle themselves out of aircraft, loaded with gear, ready to battle a raging forest fire when they hit the ground. These smokejumpers have a very difficult and dangerous job.

How to Improve Team Effectiveness & Reduce Workplace Stressors Through Exceptional Culture

Speaker: Galen Emanuele - President, Shift Yes LLC

Having a great workplace culture increases engagement and performance, yet many leadership teams lack the tools they need to successfully develop one. In this webinar, you will receive guidance on how to adapt your workplace culture and improve your employee experience.

How Project Management Can Help Fight the “IT and the Business” Paradox

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Have you ever heard the term “IT and the Business?” ” Have you ever said “IT and the Business?” ” Did you know every time you say “IT and the Business” a baby kitten dies?

New Year’s Resolutions: Three Words You Need to Know

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Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions! This time-honored tradition happens when a person resolves to change undesirable habits, or, more commonly, accomplish a personal goal. Yes, we hear them every year, and probably make a couple ourselves.

Everything Was Going Fine, Until It Wasn’t (and what to do about it)

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I had a plan. I had everything in place to support my plan. I was ready to execute and when I did, everything was going fine, until it wasn’t. I am an ultra distance runner and cyclist. I attribute my crossing the finish line to successful planning and execution.

Project242: Success is a Long Road and a Team Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

Influence Without Authority

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Congratulations, you’re a Project Manager! You’re accountable for getting a project from initiation to completion. You’re responsible to get your team to do the work. But, your team has been assigned to this project and does NOT report to you! You have ZERO positional authority!

Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way

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What the hell just happened? One minute, the project is moving along. The next, chaos. Some issue suddenly rears its ugly head and throws a wrench in progress. Whether this issue started as a known or unknown risk, a once happy team is suddenly stressed. Patience is frayed. Fingers are pointing.

So You Think You’re Good At Multitasking

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A good friend of our family is an EMT (Emergency Medical Tech). Somehow, we got on the topic of multitasking. As she put it, if she loses focus and starts multitasking on things not directly related to a patient, someone could die. That got me thinking, do I multitask? Hell yeah I do!!

Enabling Change – PMBOK 3.12

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“Prepare those impacted for the adoption and sustainment of new and different behaviors and processes required for the transition from the current state to the intended future state created by the project outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What’s OCM?”

Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You

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Ok, I’ll admit, HATE is a strong word. Extreme dislike (which is basically the definition of hate) sounds a little better. The first project manager I ever worked with I couldn’t stand and extremely disliked.

2021: A Retrospective

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Time to say goodbye to another year. 2021 wasn’t a s**t-show like 2020, but still had its unique challenges and opportunities. As we look to the future, tis the season to do a retrospective of the past 12 months. Here are my highlights and take-aways of the year. Biking and Business.

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Project242: Don’t Get Too Wound That You Snap

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project Management Trends in 2022

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The project management industry continues to evolve. Traditional responsibilities of a project professional continue to be blurred. In our hybrid reality of remote teams and short-staffed companies, new challenges and opportunities will arise.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

Adaptability and Resiliency – PMBOK 3.11

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“Build adaptability and resiliency into the organization’s and project team’s approaches to help the project accommodate change, recover from setbacks, and advance the work of the project.” ” PMBOK pg.

Project242: Build Strength in Multiple Areas, Not Just a Few

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Navigating Complexity – PMBOK 3.9

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“Continually evaluate and navigate project complexity so that approaches and plans enable the project team to successfully navigate the project life cycle.” ” PMBOK pg.

What’s Your Learning Plan?

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I learned early in my career that professional growth and development was my responsibility, not my employers. I learned this lesson when I asked my boss what my professional development should be. He said “How the hell do I know. It’s your development.”

Enhance Employee Wellness to Retain High-Performing Teams

Speaker: Eric Torigian - Managing Director, Advisory Services, CHRO Solutions

During this informative webinar, Eric Torigian, Managing Director at CHRO Solutions, will explore how organizations are emphasizing employee wellness, how that has helped workers attain a healthy "life balance", and how, as a result, this has contributed to corporate success.

Effective Stakeholder Engagement – PMBOK 3.3

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“Engage stakeholders proactively and to the degree needed to contribute to project success and customer satisfaction.” ” PMBOK pg. Let me tell you a story about why I hammer on stakeholder engagement when mentoring new PM’s.

What is Your PMO’s “Marketing Plan”

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This post was originally written in 2019. But, out of respect for the PMO manager who asked not to be named or have this published until his retirement in March of 2021, I held off. Today, 3/11, was his last day. Thank you, good sir, for being a leader, mentor, and friend.

Responding to Risk – PMBOK 3.10

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“Continually evaluate exposure to risk, both opportunities and threats, to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts to the project and its outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What happens if you see a bear and then it tries to eat you?

Strategic Priorities: Figuring Out What You’re Doing And What You’re Not

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The excitement. The laughter. The ideas. The energy. It was amazing! Imagine you have a business idea, one for a very niche market where your friends are lining up to subscribe. It’s something you enjoy doing and want to share your passion with others. Sounds great, doesn’t it?!

Employee Wellbeing & DEI: Supporting Inclusivity Throughout the Employee Life Cycle

Speaker: Catherine Mattice - Culture Consultant, Business Coach, Strategic HR Expert

Join Catherine Mattice as she details actionable steps for encouraging and reinforcing inclusive behavior from the employees’ first day all the way to their last.

Working in the “Gray Zone”

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“Yeah, well, you know gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play” – Mr. Jones by the Counting Crows. I heard this on a “Classic Hits” station (released in 1993) and had to chuckle.

Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7

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“Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using “just enough” process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.”

Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5

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“Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.” ” PMBOK, pg. I don’t know how many times the word “system” is used in section 3.5, but it’s a LOT!

Project242: A Career is Like an Ultra Endurance Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Unlocking Your Supply Chains True Potential in The Midst of Disruptions

Speaker: David Food - Head Of Supply Chain at Board International

In this webinar, Supply Chain Futurologist David Food will discuss how to manage risks and build customer loyalty in the midst of disruption. Don't miss out!