Project Management News Digest wk50 2013

News Digest5 Insightful Project Management Lessons from Sci-Fi

TheFastTrack

Carol Pinchefsky suggests that there’s project management advice aplenty if you know where to look, and sees lessons in the following movies/shows:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation “Remember Me.”
  • Robocop
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Doublemeat Palace”
  • Batman Begins, and
  • Ghostbusters

How to Ensure your Strategic Initiative Succeeds

ProjExc

John Williams explains why strategic initiatives are projects and how to make sure they succeed.

Study Highlights the Benefits of Project Management Training

Project Accelerator

A study by training company Parallel found by surveying previous PM training delegates that:

  • 89% agreed that the training benefitted their company
  • 64% agreed that PM training helped improve their current work projects, and
  • 71% of those attending APM training agreed that it helped develop their management skills

Project Management In A Post-Mad Men World

MediaPost

Paul Pentzer observes 5 qualities that Advertising Agency PMs should possess:

  1. Relentless focus on solving problems
  2. Ability to simplify complex situations
  3. Good facilitators
  4. Excellent in basic PM skills
  5. Ability to model a ‘servant relationship’

Why Are So Many IT Projects Failing

CIO.com

Sharon Florentine reports on a trend that as more companies adopt Agile, their project managers are expected to take on more responsibilities, namely development lead.

6 Project Management Modes

Shift Happens

Mike Clayton explores the 6 main modes that a PM needs to shift through as the project proceeds:

  1. Leading Mode
  2. Supporter Mode
  3. Fix-it Mode
  4. Exploration Mode
  5. Crisis Mode
  6. Process Mode

13 Steps to Becoming a Better Product Manager

InternetDJ

Michael Bordash considers 13 attributes of product managers, not least that Product Management is not Project Management.  Really.

A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management

Information Week

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Frank J. DeLuca looks at how to set up a good, fast, and inexpensive program that will make the best use of pricey IT resources, without costly specialised software.

5 Steps to Project Management Nirvana

TheFastTrack

Alison Green suggests that if your projects aren’t doing what they should, to try following these five steps.

  1. Get clear on the desired outcome before work begins.
  2. Establish clear roles
  3. Conduct “pre-mortems.”
  4. Build in check-ins along the way, and
  5. Debrief when the work is over.

Arras People Project Management Census 2014

How To Manage a Camel

It’s that time of year again when Arras People ask for your help to take a snapshot of our domain. It’s the ninth Project Management Census and this year they’ve really focused on the project management career.

Eylean Project Management Software Provider Launches Personal Version

Eylean

Eylean, provider of agile project management software for Scrum and Kanban, has introduced a personal edition of its agile task board, which will be available to customers free of charge for personal use.

5 Ways to Build Strong Project Teams

PMI

Dave Wakeman, PMP shares his thoughts on how to build project teams:

  1. Be an active communicator
  2. Trust your team
  3. Understand your team members’ individual motivations
  4. Don’t embarrass your team
  5. Be flexible

Project Management News Digest w46 2013

News Digest

Project Management and the Practice of Law
National Law Review
Peter Demuth, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Corporate & Securities Practice, talks about benefits of project management in the practice of law.

Simplilearn Partners With Udemy to Offer PMP Course

Simplilearn the provider of online training and professional certification courses, announced this week a partnership with Udemy to offer its Project Management Professional (PMP) training courses to all Udemy users. Over a million Udemy users can now enjoy Simplilearn’s flagship PMP course with the same high-level service as is offered by Simplilearn.

PM AnswersPM Answers Club: Affordable Coaching & Mentoring for Project Managers

PM Advisor, together with ProjExc PM Consultants have launched an affordable high quality coaching an mentoring service for project professionals, as part of their PM Answers offering.  The unique service provides a secure, first class learning environment, whilst saving time and money.

PMI and Boston Consulting Group Publish Strategic Initiative Management – The PMO Imperative Paper

PMIPMI’s thought leadership series examines how PMOs can become more strategic, shifting their emphasis from process to value delivery while developing their capabilities accordingly.  The series definitively shows that PMOs support the business by helping prioritise issues, identifying potential problems as they emerge, identifying and managing interdependencies, and communicating the right information at the right time, including reporting progress against targets.

Study on Project Intelligence and the Project Management OfficePMO

Oracle Primavera and The Performance Institute this week released their new study The Rise of Project Intelligence: When Project Management is Just Not Enough to help federal clients surmount the changing priorities and regulations born of a challenging political and economic environment.

Risk, Uncertainty, Project Management and New Shoes
If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. We could all do with some help managing risk and options in our lives and understanding how they keep messing up our projects.
The statistics on project management failure are dismal. Either a project fails or it fails to deliver the value promised. In some instances companies fail as a consequence. One of the biggest factors in project failure is ignoring uncertainty and sticking to a rigid plan that has been rendered redundant by change.
Authors Chris Matts and Olav Maassen have a better idea. What if uncertainty is acknowledged as part of reality? Instead of committing to an option or allocating the best resources early on, surely it’s better to build uncertainty into the process.  In this podcast interview they discuss their graphic novel, Commitment – A Novel About Managing Project Risk which outlines a different approach, one they call “Real Options”.

PM Answers just got more interesting

We are delighted to announce that the much anticipated PM Answers Club has launched.

In response to numerous requests for a low cost, great value project manager coaching and mentoring solution PM Advisor has this week launched PM Answers Club.

PM Answers

A unique resource providing project managers with honest advice from renowned experts on their project management issues

All professionals need support to develop and grow from time to time.  Project Managers in particular have a great deal of expectation placed upon them in terms of ability, specific skills and experience.  Increasingly PMs are assigned, despite them not necessarily carrying all of the pre-requisite competence.  Traditionally, in-house mentors have been a major part of the solution, but big business is under increasing pressure to do more with less.  More and more project professionals are working in smaller organisations where there is little or no expert support available.  These factors mean that external expertise is needed.  However competence development budgets are constantly being squeezed, and so there is understandably a need for great value, both in terms of quality, time and budget.

That is where the PM Answers ‘Club’ from PM Advisor can help.  This new and unique service provides a personally blended mix of learning, mentoring and coaching, built from modules of group and individual sessions led by expert PM Advisors.  Sessions are held securely online, and your first Group Learning session is free!  To secure your taster session download and email this application form.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Project Management News Digest w38 2013

NewsDigestAs we have now moved out of the holiday season there’s more going on in the world of Project Management.  Here are some of the things that have caught our eye over the last couple of weeks.

Cancelling Doomed Projects Early Saves Money
David Walton argues that most large organisations are victims of compulsive, blinkered spending on failing projects on a grand scale.
Consultant News

Talygen Adds Project Collaboration Functionality

Talygen the Business Intelligence specialist has added project collaboration tools to it’s suite with easy access via web, tablets and smartphones.
Talygen

5 Signs You Need Better Business Processes
Edward O’Brien suggests these 5 signs:
1. Non-repeatable processes or process duplication across your business/project.
2. Information and knowledge ‘silos’ across your business or project.
3. Poor internal controls, especially over manual processes.
4. Unable to identify the impact of change, including the costs and benefits of process improvements.
5. Lack of accurate, usable and timely information
Project Manager

MSc in Business Project Management to rival MBAs?

The specially designed MSc in Business Project Management gives students the skills to manage and transform business operations. “Projects are not about ‘business as usual’ – they’re about business change,”
The Guardian

5 Efficient Android Apps that Make Project Management a Less Daunting Task

This article extolls the virtues of Evernote, Dropbox, PrinterShare, LiquidPlanner, and TeamworkPM
SellCell

Companies Risk Project Over-runs as Training Budgets Are Cut
argues Bill Goodwin and ESI International

Computer Weekly

Cranfield to Present at Project Challenge Expo in London
The 2 seminars will be:
Success through developing The Energised Projects Organisation, and
Managing Different Forms of Complexity – what you and your teams can do today.
Project Challenge

Telerik updates TeamPulse to Ease Multiple Projects
Telerik

What’s Missing in Project Management Training?
Kevin Eikenberry argues that we train project managers, but fail to adequately equip members of the project team.
Business Management Daily

The Six Deadly Sins of Project Management Leadership
1. You think like an employee not a CEO,
2. You think you are the smartest person in the room,
3. Project success is all about delivering to time, cost, and scope,
4. Your team is there to get the job done – no matter what,
5. You leave yourself in the parking lot, and
6. You fail to promote – and keep the right people informed about – your project.
IT Business Edge / ESI International