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Teamwork

By Kevin Korterud   Have you ever been on a project where the team members and the project manager resemble migratory birds? This nomadic existence does not lend itself well to fostering project cohesion and direction. And without a cohesive project team, project performance can suffer. In my experience, one of the more effective ways to…

Fair’s Fair

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By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP When you have to deliver bad news, the processes you use are at least as important as the decision you’ve made. Take this example: The car manufacturing industry in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia is in the process of ceasing manufacturing and moving to an importing business. Over the next few…

Leading With Integrity

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By Dave Wakeman, PMP   A few months ago, I wrote about the essential principles of leadership, and one seemed to have really struck a chord with readers. That principle is integrity. And, as I prepared to write some thoughts on the role of integrity in leadership, several examples of why integrity is so important jumped to…

The Fairest Metric of All

By Kevin Korterud We often rely on a number of different metrics to help create insights into our true project progress. These can range from discrete indicators, such as schedule performance index, to more subjective measures, such as forecasting completion dates based on prior experience on similar projects. I am asked on regular basis which project…

Finding Innovation Through Design Thinking

By Jen L. Skrabak, PMP, PfMP Recently, I came across a concept presented by U.S. businessman and author Tim Ogilvie centered on “design thinking” — how to turn abstract ideas into practical applications to maximize business growth. Since the core of portfolio management centers on identifying the right opportunities through strategic alignment, innovation and transformation, this…

Bloggers Sound Off: Congress Takeaways

By Voices Team In this Voices on Project Management roundtable, two bloggers discuss their top takeaway from PMI® Global Congress — from the perspective of an attendee and a presenter. Conrado Morlan, PMP, PgMP, PfMP Attendee Every time I attend a PMI Global Congress, I am ready to discover exciting learning opportunities. Congress gives me the opportunity…

Building Maturity, Battling Complexity

By Peter Tarhanidis, PMP Today’s marketplace and customers make new demands that fuel complexitiesin our organizations through a number of external factors. These factors require an organization to become agile to meet the new demands. In many cases the external factors include: Globalization of world markets, which introduces many organizational dynamics and new ways of working with…

Problems, Conflicts and Decisions

by: Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP While frequently treated as separate topics, conflict management, problem-solving and decision-making are interrelated and all are focused on achieving the best possible outcome. In an ideal world, there would always be sufficient information and rational maturity to allow you to treat everything as a problem and apply the following problem-solving…

6 Obvious Budget Overruns to Avoid

By Marian Haus, PMP Nowadays, we rarely hear about projects that finish below a given budget. On the contrary, we hear about projects that need more people, more material resources and more time, which ultimately translates into additional costs that strain the project budget. Although it is clear that project costs can be influenced by external…