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What’s Stopping You from Adding Agile to Your Project Mix?

More companies are considering adding Agile to their project management strategy, and for good reason. Given the increasingly quick pace of business today, a blended approach can bring valuable flexibility to complex efforts. Teams are better able to incorporate testing or iterative releases, for example—activities that are sometimes difficult to forecast or schedule a long…

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The Importance of Culture in Project Management Success

Every organization has a unique company culture. Even a business that appears very similar to others in the marketplace has its own blend of corporate values, maturity, and personality that set it apart. Culture wields wide influence, from shaping the company’s workforce to determining how collaborations are formed. Company culture also has a heavy hand…

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4 Signs Your Project Team Needs Better Training

Issues that are of immediate importance consume much of a PM’s time. This is especially true when the schedule is busy with active projects and additional initiatives are waiting in the wings to launch. Near-term problems such as schedule delays and funding concerns are just a few of the items vying for attention. As a…

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3 Benefits of an Accurate Project Portfolio View

If your company hasn’t yet implemented a solid project portfolio methodology, you may not be getting the most out of your project investments. You might be missing important data points, trends, risks, and opportunities simply because you don’t have the insight you need to spot them. You may also recognize your organization could be doing…

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Alert Executives to Project Problems

Project teams have deep insight into their initiatives’ inner workings, but unless executives are involved with projects on a daily basis, they likely don’t have the same level of familiarity. Senior staff members may not know where projects are in terms of progress or resource consumption, or even how one project’s metrics compare to others…

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The Impacts of Testing & QC on Manufacturing Projects

Testing and QC programs are a useful and necessary part of the manufacturing sector, but PMs need to be ready to address the significant impacts these activities can have on projects that are already in progress. Once the results of a testing or QC program are released, the effects on the project can range from delays in downstream activities to changes in the project’s scope. Successfully executing tasks in spite of these impacts—sticking to the target completion date and approved budget—can be tricky. But while juggling mid-project changes is often challenging, there are strategies organizations can use to ensure that testing and QC efforts don’t put the project’s success in jeopardy.

5 Stakeholder Questions Project Teams Don’t Want to Hear

PMP®s are the source of knowledge for anyone curious about the project’s planning and execution details, and it’s normal for the team to field a steady stream of questions from stakeholders. Queries commonly cover a range of areas, including the expected sequence and timing of activities, vendor selection criteria and contract status, work disruption impacts—it’s…

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Avoid the End-of-Project Rush

Has your project team found its members frantically trying to pull together loose ends and searching for wayward information as a project winds down? Even when milestone tasks have been completed per the plan, PMP®s could discover that vital activities still stand in the way of reaching the project’s goals and satisfying its stakeholders. The…

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6 Ways Project Teams Sabotage Their Training

Key skill sets, best practices, available technology tools, and project management thought leadership are constantly advancing. To keep pace, PMP®s must make ongoing training a top priority. Unfortunately, too many project teams unknowingly undermine their educational endeavors and spend training dollars (and their time) inefficiently. If you want to be sure your team is getting…

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AVOID THESE CONTINGENCY PLANNING MISTAKES

Developing and working with contingency plans is a routine part of project management. Additional funds, alternate material or equipment options, revised workflows, and shifted timeframes may all be part of contingency planning efforts, and a well-crafted plan can enable a project team to be extremely nimble while ensuring the project’s success.

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Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
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Manufacturing
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
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IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
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Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
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Energy
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
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Aerospace
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
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Cross-Functional
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
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Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
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Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
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ERP & SAP
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.