How Smart Managers Create an Innovation Culture

Another popular word that gets tossed around often is innovation. In many cases, innovation is given the aura of the mythical and the inexplicable. But in my research, I’ve found that, like most things, innovation can be planned with software and encouraged with positive mindsets.

Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation

Everyone in business is talking about innovation, but how does one actually innovate? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you practical steps you can take to innovate by using co-creation and project management techniques. An innovation, she said, is a new method, idea or product.

Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation is often viewed as the Holy Grail of business and the primary driver for growth. By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

The Executive-Project Manager Gap

Troubled and Failing Project

Where could I start—bureaucracy, draconian process, poor executive sponsorship, disengaged leaders? I fired off, "Creating an over bureaucratic morass stifling innovation & implementing process instead of cultivating leaders." Then the maelstrom started and it went directly to the gap between the executives and projects managers. It was such an innocuous question, "Working on an article; what is the biggest problem you see with project governance at orgs?

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How to Create an Innovative Project Team


Innovative project teams are increasingly becoming an invaluable asset for corporations. When looking at how to cut costs, the teams have to be exceptionally innovative in the way they approach the design and production of their products. And this is exactly what innovative teams do.

Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

Gamestorming has an article describing the Whole Product game and a link to Innovation Games’ online version. great prioritization), or execution against the target problems (e.g. Generic is at the base, then you build on that to meet expectations, augment, and innovate.

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Project management salaries: Talent gap reveals long-term growth

Moira Alexander

Organizations are increasingly relying on project management professionals to implement strategic initiatives, drive change and deliver on innovation. Project managers, especially, bring a valuable set of skills and knowledge that organizations will increasingly need to execute strategic projects in the years ahead.

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A clever tool to help you problem solve

Lynne Cazaly

It's one of the reasons I give groups and teams this creative and innovation thinking tool to make problems bigger. It's some cloud shapes or circles up on a whiteboard or I'll get them (yes, executives and senior leaders too) to sketch in a notebook, blank page or in an app on their tablet. It's a process that let's you look at creativity, innovation and problem solving by making it bigger before you get your hands dirty by doing something about it.

6 Practical Tips For Improving Your Team’s Digital Skills


We can and we must develop a flexible, sustainable approach to innovation in an era of constant change. Fortunately, leaders have started to grasp the importance of digital – only 52% of 2,200 surveyed executives rate their digital IQ as strong. Innovation Work management

6 strategic projects any business can implement in 2016

Moira Alexander

There are many projects any business can implement that, if executed successfully, can create fresh opportunities or drastically reduce the chance of costly missed opportunities. Projects are often pursued for the purpose of generating revenues, creating growth opportunities, seeking innovation or even increasing brand awareness, but it can be easy to get caught up in just day-to-day operations without recognizing the actual cost of missing some more basic projects.

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Getting Started with Project Management


Different teams have different goals for projects and different execution strategies. Along the way, you will also find ways to innovate on project structure, communicate more effectively, and enable cross-team collaboration. Getting Started with Project Management.

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Portfolio and Resource Management: Satisfy Your Spring Fever


The Top 7 Reports for IT PMOs – Learn why the PMO needs to focus more and more on innovation, agility, strategy, and stakeholder engagement. 9 Key Ingredients for PMO Success – Your PMO should no longer be narrowly focused on project execution.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

Then create an implementation plan, and execute improvements. It also doesn’t fit well with work that is oriented towards finding innovative new methods and processes. It’s been around for three decades, but Six Sigma can still be somewhat of an enigma.

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10 Best Project Management Quotes

There are outside influences that will impact it, not to mention the project is executed by people, and people are notoriously difficult to place in box. Even if such top-down authority is adhered to, it will crush any creative thinking and innovation. Project management is vast.

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Collectively Deliver on Strategy with Digital Transformation [Video]


We’re in the age of digital transformation, and with that, the pace of innovation is greater than ever before, customer expectations and demands are higher, and the competition is more intense.

The Basics of Agile and Project Management

Arras People

According to a 2016 study by Accenture Technology Vision, 86% of executives expect an acceleration of tech developments in their sector within the next three years. Agile management adapts more easily to changes in an environment of innovation. Seek to regularly improve and innovate.

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Plotting a Course for Work and Resource Management Success

Arras People

The rapid innovation—from cloud computing to AI to IoT—is making waves that require a new management mindset and a broader toolset. In this guest blog, Esther from Planview talks about a new whitepaper focused on resource management in VUCA environments – digital transformation.

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Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Arras People

For the PMO, this means executives expect adaptability, not predictability. At its heart, this issue involves innovating to overcome cumbersome project lifecycles so annual planning will no longer have a death grip on the business. Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker.

Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future


Invest in actively engaged executive sponsors as they will use their influence within an organization to actively overcome challenges by communicating the project’s alignment to strategy, removing roadblocks, and driving organizational change. The role of the project manager is also expanding: Strategic Advisor: plans and executes projects, delivers results. Innovator: acts as product owner and developer. New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace.

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OFFICIAL! Project sponsorship has been declared null and void.

Ron Rosenhead

The conclusion from the Board and ratified by the Senior Executive Committee was that because sponsors failed to carry out their role effectively and training was falling it should cease to be an ‘official’ position in project management.

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17 Biotech Conferences to Attend in 2018


At this showcase, you will hear the latest industry trends in workshops and panels featuring key biotech leaders, investors, pharma executives, and other industry advisors. Partnering for Growth: Biotech Innovation, Showcase, & Forum. In addition to the Innovation Showcase, Partnering For Growth features a series of educational presentations, panel discussions, and networking activities aimed at sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the industry.

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How to become a better coach

Susanne Madsen - Developing Project Leaders

They don’t have aspirations to become an executive coach like myself, but would simply like to get better at coaching their team members. Many project managers work with me one-on-one because they would like to become better coaches.

Work and Resource Management: Benefits to Bypass the Competition


This means you can define, document, and execute the right work using the best resources. According to Ventana Research, only 45% of executives can do this well, and only 26% of organizations are able to compare actuals to plans within three business days—a result of static project documents.

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10 LinkedIn Groups every Entrepreneur & Project Manager should join


The group is used by innovators, thinkers, and experienced projects managers who share million-dollar advice for free. Executive Suite: A group of 326,750 people where all the high-profile executives connect and share advice related to decision-making, leadership , and team management.

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Interpreting Project Reports: Spotting Opportunities and Identifying Problems

Common complications occur when reports aren’t targeted on the project’s planned outcomes, and they fail to consider what the project manager, executive or stakeholder needs to gain from reading the report.

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Project Management Life Cycle - a course on how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing. Customer-Centric Innovation teaches how to take on competition by creating successful and innovative business ideas through a thorough understanding of customer needs.

Project Management Career Q&A – Strategic and Business Management Development

Arras People

Strategy management, financial planning processes; portfolio management and strategy execution are all areas for consideration. Then there are options which you may never have considered for your industry or organisation, for example innovation, design thinking, data analytics, psychology – take inspiration from other industries and bring in new thinking in your approach to managing projects.

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How to Prioritize Your Workload When Everything Seems Important


While this article provides advice from CEOs and their experiences, keep in mind that their contributions can be applied to not only Chief Executive Officers, but other members of the board of directors team such as CTOs and COOs, all the way to business owners to managers. Innovation.

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8 ways to train your staff to digital efficiency


Here’s 10 ways to help your staff to adjust to these new challenges and embrace innovation. Some organizations such Orange have decided to send a large part of executive managers in a “learning expedition” in San Francisco. Established companies have but one goal: resilience.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Continuous innovation and improvement are regular practices. Traditional waterfall planning and execution can lock down budgets and team resources on a set plan that might not deliver value for 18 months. Innovation happens quickly these days, and teams need to be able to adjust.

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Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


Be clear when setting goals who is responsible for delivery and execution. Things at Google may have changed since those days, but at what cost to innovation? Innovative projects will improve company culture; people love to work somewhere innovative that has a future.

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A New Way to Recognize the Achievements of Project Managers

The IIL Blog

Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. It was called a war room because this is where the battles between project teams, executives, stakeholders, clients, and contractors took place. The Innovation Ribbon: . Exhibit 8: The innovation Ribbon.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

The lesson I need to remember is that, whilst experimenting is an integral part of innovation, the most successful programmes are those that recognise the ongoing needs of business-as-usual and balance the tried and tested with the new.

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What did the Project Managers ever do for us?

The Lazy Project Manager

Assuming that projects continue to get commissioned then you might hear a few executives mumbling things like: ‘Our stakeholders really love us, so they don’t care if their projects are late and don’t work.’.

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22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018


In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with innovators and leading professionals throughout the industry. Connect with over 20,000 engineers and executives who are ready to forge business partnerships. This is your chance to find answers to your current medtech challenges — from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing — while keeping up with the latest innovations reshaping the industry. Manufacturing Innovation.

Top 5 PMO Trends for 2017 You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Arras People

No matter your industry, change and innovation are the only constants you can count on these days. Patrick Tickle is responsible for the company’s Products organization and leads the Planview team that continues to deliver the most innovative portfolio management solutions to the marketplace.

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Can IBM’s Watson Improve your Organization’s Lessons Learned Process?

The IIL Blog

LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM, CSPO | Executive Vice President – Enterprise Solutions, IIL . Certainly, by now, you’ve heard of Watson, the superfast supercomputer that beat former Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the game show back in 2011.

How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

Arras People

Often holding a senior position within the organisation, the project sponsor is responsible for initiating and approving the project, and supporting the project manager during execution. Some key attributes to look for are: A strategic, innovative mindset.

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11 ways company politics can thwart your projects

Moira Alexander

If unaddressed, workplace politics becomes interwoven in the overall culture and typically intertwines itself throughout the executive, sponsor, middle management, project team, support staff, and stakeholder ranks, and could potentially degrade vendors relationships as well. Often real progress and innovation come about through the differing experience or views.

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4 Key Drivers For Team Engagement

Girl's Guide to PM

60% said the executives don’t have a good understanding of an individual’s contribution and their value. This is particularly true if you work odd hours to cope with project team members overseas, and some of the time you are working is not sitting outside the executives’ offices.

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