New PMO – the Hub of Innovation?

Arras People

Is your PMO the hub of innovation in your organisation? People are free to innovate, with the PMO’s framework of processes and templates at the core of all new activities. Are you aiming for your PMO to be the hub of innovation?

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.

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5 Ways to Build Innovation into your Project Team


Innovation cannot happen without a project manager who recognises that change is part of a process. Here’s how you can build innovation into your project team. {socialbuttons}. News/Blog

2017 28

Podcast 90 – Innovative Project Delivery with Trish Sutter

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s explore innovation on projects In this podcast, Trish Sutter from Armada Consulting speaks to me about innovation on projects. The post Podcast 90 – Innovative Project Delivery with Trish Sutter appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. The team at Armada focuses on maximising clients’ returns on enterprise project investments in performance and profitability improvement.

2016 23

Auteur model of innovation

Musings on Project Management

Now we hear about the auteur model of innovation, an idea coined by John Kao, an innovation guru. Auteur: an innovator that has a distinctly personal style and maintains artistic control over all design and production aspects of his/her work [a definition adapted for projects from the film industry where the auteur model has been practiced for. InnovationGood grief! Yet another model to learn about.

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success (REVIEW)

Project Management Hacks

I recently read Shane Snow ‘s book, “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” Simplicity: Inside An Innovative Solution To Saving Babies.

How Contract Manufacturing Teams Keep Up With the Speed of Innovation: Dynamic Project Management


Keeping Up With the Speed of Innovation. What CMs and OEMs need is a project management system that lets them build productive and profitable relationships and keep up with the speed of innovation. While contract manufacturing is not a new concept, its reach continues to increase.

5 Ways to Build Innovation into your Project Team


Innovation cannot happen without a project manager who recognises that change is part of a process. Here’s how you can build innovation into your project team

IPMA 2014 – Innovation through Dialog

Fear No Project PM

While I have a lot of readers who are in Europe – thank you for reading! – I know that many of my readers are here in the USA and always looking for a good reason to get out of the country. I also know that some of you are members of the International Project Management […]. Best Practice Conference Professional Development learning pm project management training

20/20 Vision – Innovation Game in Action

Tyner Blain

Innovation Games. If you are a product manager (or play one on tv), and aren’t already familiar with Innovation Games, you should be.

Morse code on a Smart Phone?

Musings on Project Management

The code is simpler also: So, InnovationNow we learn about an experiment to "simplify" typing on a smart phone -- perhaps someday coming to you. Google has been thinking about a variant of Morse Code they call TAP Don't remember your Morse? Perhaps you remember this: Of course, on a smart phone, it's much "simpler". You merely 'tap' on two large buttons, one for dot and one for dash.

Friday Roundup: Self-Driving Cars, Robots, and the Most Innovative Companies


Self-driving cars are being built and tested as we speak; robots and automated processes are replacing mundane human effort—and making way for us to do more innovative work with our brains. Why Big Firms Are More Likely to Innovate – Harvard Business Review.

Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

Gamestorming has an article describing the Whole Product game and a link to Innovation Games’ online version. We stayed pretty close to the script for following the “rules” of the game as described on the Innovation Games and Gamestorming sites.

Creative constraints

Musings on Project Management

InnovationMost of us are familiar with the Theory of Constraints as postulated by Eliyahu Goldratt in his famous book: "The Goal". In ToC, constraints are not good; they're the bad guy Now, comes along a TED talk that sets up the opposite proposition: Constraints are 'somewhat' the good guy because they frame the issue, estabish a target, and get us beyond "writer's block". Take a look: "The power of.

Analyze, optimize, etc

Musings on Project Management

We’re moving into a world where machines and software can analyze (see patterns that were always hidden before); optimize (tell a plane which altitude to fly each mile to get the best fuel efficiency); prophesize (tell you when your elevator will break and human factors Innovation Project ManagementAccording to Tom Friedman, author of "The World is Flat, "we’re in the middle of a change in the “climate” of technology."

The Lord Beaverbrook model

Musings on Project Management

Innovation process Project Management QuotationsLord Beaverbrook, a genious in getting things done with big bureaucracy under the extreme pressure of war, had this philosophy Organization is the enemy of improvisation It is a long jump from knowing to doing Committees take the punch out of. fill in the blank]. Lord Beaverbrook was a close advisor and confidant of Winston Churchill during WW II. His genius: making.

Tool Review: Streamtime

The Digital Project Manager

With effortless project planning, one click estimating and invoicing, innovative time tracking, slick scheduling and intelligent reporting, Streamtime gives you complete visibility of your projects all within a beautiful interface. Posted in Articles General Tools.

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Disruptive defined -- again!

Musings on Project Management

I'm not one to obsess over the number of angels on the head of a pin, but a recent posting about what's disruptive and what's not caught my eye -- to wit: an innovation that captures and exploits excess capacity may well be disruptive even it doesn't it the traditional definition that it must come from below from a less capable competitor The poster child for this idea is the smart phone that. Innovation

Innovative leaders ask powerful “what-if” questions

Susanne Madsen

” When you ask these great questions you will challenge your team to think beyond the status quo and into innovation and creative thinking. Asking q uestions is an essential component of leadership.

Capturing and Learning from Project Experiences; why slowing down can help you speed up!


Capturing and Learning from Project Experiences; why slowing down can help you speed up!

2017 30

How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP)

Guerrilla Project Management

Innovative firms are thinking differently about how they charge for their consulting services and they are offering creative ways to package Project Management.

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Effect of Culture on Innovation – A Conversation with Vivek Wadhwa

Guerrilla Project Management

From tech entrepreneur to business owner, from accomplished academic to widely published writer, Vivek Wadhwa is an agent of innovation and disruption. From tech entrepreneur to business owner, from accomplished academic to widely published writer, Vivek Wadhwa is an agent of innovation and disruption.

What’s the Most Important Job of a Project Manager?


Building the plan is not a project manager’s most important job— especially for projects that need to innovate among a lot of uncertainties. If innovation is required to be successful, the most important job of a PM is to nurture an environment where the team can innovate.

2016 29

Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Arras People

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. Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture?

2017 56

The Executive-Project Manager Gap

Troubled and Failing Project

I fired off, "Creating an over bureaucratic morass stifling innovation & implementing process instead of cultivating leaders." It was such an innocuous question, "Working on an article; what is the biggest problem you see with project governance at orgs? Can you comment?" Can I comment? Really? That is like cheese to a mouse. Where could I start—bureaucracy, draconian process, poor executive sponsorship, disengaged leaders?

2015 20

6 strategic projects any business can implement in 2016

Moira Alexander

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.

2016 30

5 Collaboration Trends You Will See in Project Management During 2018

Brad Egeland

” Moreover, the continuous diffusion of innovative technologies throughout the working landscape has accelerated and governed this shift. In the next year, we’re going to see fundamental shifts in collaboration.

2018 12

Outside-In User Story Example

Tyner Blain

” You miss out on an opportunity to innovate – to invent something valuable – by focusing on an inside-out description of a problem manifestation.

2016 67

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. And whole industries just now realizing the value of project management are expected to spur a boom in demand for project management skills in the coming decade, according to the a recent report from the Project Management Institute.

2017 13

Five Advantages of Applying Design Thinking in Project Management


Design thinking first emerged as a methodology for driving innovation; it is now the go-to mindset for most managers, including progressive project managers. Project management and design thinking have been evolving rapidly in the recent years. Being both a science and an art, design thinking is an important part of project management that cannot be ignored anymore.

2017 14


Musings on Project Management

Hedges goes on (I paraphrase her ideas): Inaction is your enemy human factors InnovationDoes your work inspire you? Super if so Frustrating if not Kristi Hedges tells us in an essay that psychologists T. Thrash and A. Elliot have posited three contributors to an inspired work life: We see new possibilities We're receptive to outside influences We've a feeling of energy and motivation Not working for you?

Why Not What – An Example

Tyner Blain

” A different question approach, based on Clayton Christensen’s work in The Innovator’s Solution and the Jobs to be Done approach, will simultaneously ask “why?”

2015 63

PMI Global Congress Wrap-up

Zen Project Management

He talked about how innovation evolved at Lego, based on a book he wrote on the topic. I'm at the Orlando airport, departing from this year's PMI North America Global Congress. I've attended at least part of every North America congress since 1999, and even a few of the ones in Europe. While I did enjoy it, this year's was definitely not among my favorites. I missed the first day's activities due to a personal commitment.

2015 32

Being Productive is a State of the Mind


Productivity has evolved into a more holistic concept with a focus on collaboration, process innovation, and business outcomes. The context of productivity has gone through a world of change in the last decade. Companies were following the traditional manufacturing through the process of measuring resource output against hours. That’s the productivity formula anyway. Today productivity means a lot more than just more done output per resource.

Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Eight forces are creating this complexity today, constraining the progress of organisations and teams as they try to innovate and deliver on their strategic objectives.

2017 56

Understanding and Leading Highly Creative Professionals – with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Guerrilla Project Management

Innovation today is becoming more technologically complex, multidisciplinary, and occurring at an increasingly fast pace. The quest for innovation requires project leaders to bring together teams of highly creative individuals with diverse. Innovation today is becoming more technologically complex, multidisciplinary, and occurring at an increasingly fast pace.

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The Project Manager who Smiled

The Lazy Project Manager

If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will be nurtured… A smile and a joke can go a long way, so be quick to see the lighter side of life’.

2017 23

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. Innovating at the required pace, or as radically as necessary, is a challenge for most organizations. Innovating from the inside is not always the best way to manage high-speed transformation.

2015 21

How to Lead Highly Creative Professionals: Balancing Creative Freedom and Management Rigor

Guerrilla Project Management

Author Lina Echeverría shares leadership insights from her new book “Idea Agent”, based on her vast experience assembling and nurturing cutting-edge innovation teams at Corning Incorporated.

2013 19

How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

Arras People

Some key attributes to look for are: A strategic, innovative mindset. Think back to your most recent successful project. What factors contributed to the desired outcome? A clear purpose supported by a detailed plan? Access to the right resources at the right time? An engaged team?

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