PMI Requires Business and Leadership Training
MARCH 9, 2015
NOTE: My colleagues at PM College passed along the news that PMI is changing its PDU requirements. 60% of the PDUs must come from education (e.g.,
Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen
MAY 4, 2015
OK, you saved your receipts. You may be able to show what you spent it on. But can you really show what you got for it?
Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects
MAY 18, 2015
What drives project success? Research has consistently shown that it’s having an effective project manager. Results from PM College’s latest research, “ Project Manager Skills Benchmark 2015 ,” confirms this, showing that organizations with highly skilled project managers get significantly better project results.
Agile Prep for the PMI-ACP®: Tips from Personal Experience
MAY 12, 2016
PM College has upped its agile game over the last few months. We now have a full suite of offerings across a variety of agile approaches: Scrum , XP, Kanban , Lean, and different ways to combine them for success, including SAFe or agile certifications. I figured that if I was eligible to apply, perhaps I could bone up and pass the exam. Agile PMO
“Train as we work” — National Disaster Medical System
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
It seems like simulation and practice is in the air these days. Sure enough, simulation and realistic practice came up on day one. Simulation Trainin
Here’s A Quick Way to Measure Learning Impact
MAY 14, 2015
We ask for client feedback on nearly every class or workshop we hold. It’s the way we ensure continuous improvement, instructor/client culture fit, and client satisfaction. It also opens the door to other opportunities; many students express opinions about what they want to see next. How often does ORG UNIT meet its deadlines?
The Biotech IT PMO 2.0
MARCH 11, 2015
As a CIO, you have either made – or heard – recommendations to create an IT project management office. Perhaps you have implemented one, and your department is reaping the benefits of project planning, monitoring, and controlling. IT delivers its projects on time, on budget, and to spec. Congratulations!
Why Project Management Expertise Isn’t Enough: Lessons Learned from Security Breaches
MAY 11, 2015
How many times have I heard that “a good project manager can manage any project?” ” Too often for my taste. My biggest issue with the claim is that it begs the question : he statement assumes we all agree that any project manager with a mastery of the profession’s tools and techniques can succeed anywhere.
I’ll be at the PMO Symposium 2015: Phoenix, AZ (8-11 November)
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Are you headed out to the Phoenix PMO Symposium in November? We’ll I’ll be there too. I’ll be on site from about 2 PM on Sunday until midday on Wednesday. I’ll be circulating, but I’d love to be booked up w/ meetings! Reach out to me via the comments or @ crossderry. Hope to see you then and there! Filed under: PMO.
Find Your Best Project Leaders
APRIL 6, 2015
My last post noted that filling gaps, improving skill mastery, and driving behavior change are the improvements that organizations need. But how can you design these objectives into your talent improvement program? If you have had a program in place, how do you know you have the right mix? And how do you measure its impact on the organization?
Are Organizations Hiring for Leadership and Business Skills?
JULY 13, 2015
I am continuing with my series on the PM Skills Webinar we just held (the webinar recording itself is here , registration required). ” .
How Many Projects Can A PM Handle?
MARCH 24, 2016
On the Strategy & Projects blog this week, we delved into a question about the optimal number of projects that one project manager can handle at a time. You can read the answer here.). As I poked around in various research studies looking for clues, I found that like many seemingly simple questions, the answer is “it depends.”
Leading PM College
JANUARY 14, 2015
FYI, I just accepted a role leading PM College, which is a leadership training group based outside Philadelphia. I’ve known the firm and its owners for 15 years and I’m very excited about the fit. Thanks to all for your help, both temporal and spiritual! If you have leadership development needs, you now know where to go! ??.
Practice makes champions: Lessons from Super Bowl 49
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
When clients or colleagues ask about my passion for simulations or other experiential learning , I go back to the counsel of an old baseball coach. I hated certain fielding drills, because I thought I already knew what do. But Coach reminded me that knowing what to do wasn’t my problem, the problem was that I had to think about it.
This startup can grow metal like a tree, and it’s about to hit the big time
AUGUST 26, 2015
Paul Ritchie : Cool beyond words! Originally posted on Fortune : A Seattle startup has found a way to grow high performance metals in a cheap and energy efficient way, marking an important breakthrough for industries like construction, automotive, and oil and gas. off of Texas. The company said that it had raised $33.5
The Walking Around PMO
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Jonathan Becher (@jbecher)—SAP’s Chief Marketing Officer—has an excellent, longstanding blog named “ Manage by Walking Around.” I could not help but think of Jonathan as I heard another former colleague’s presentation at the 2015 PMO Symposium. Lou Pack from ICF International (@ICFI) served with me on PMI’s Global Executive Council.
Quote of the day: Marcus Aurelius
MARCH 1, 2016
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. Filed under: PMO.
PM Skills Benchmark Study
MARCH 23, 2015
PM Solutions and PM College are pleased to announce our latest research initiative: The Project Manager Skills Benchmark Study. This study is designed to help us understand current skill levels of project managers in the areas of project management, leadership, and business. This survey should take about 10 minutes of your time.
Project Portfolios in Practice
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
I’m attended—with my PM Solutions colleagues—the 2015 PMO Symposium in Phoenix. I’d like to share some of the great knowledge and experience on offer, therefore I’ll have a quick blog series on some key topics. I live tweeted the conference @pm_college and via the conference hashtag #pmosym. Does your culture support that mix? Filed under: PMO.
How Do I Interview for Soft Skills?
JULY 20, 2015
My last post in this series responding to questions asked by participants in our recent PM Skills Webinar (the webinar recording itself is here , registration required) covered whether employers were really looking for leadership and business acumen. First, formal talent assessment tools will refine and focus your new hire interviews.
Quote of the day: Thomas Jefferson
APRIL 4, 2016
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson Filed under: PMO.
Quote of the day: Abraham Lincoln
MARCH 31, 2016
Honest Abe knew not to overpromise and underdeliver. We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot. Abraham Lincoln Filed under: PMO.
Winning with Talent Management: Three Real-Life Examples
AUGUST 17, 2015
The wrong person in the wrong role costs real money. Studies suggest bad hires cost 250% of the role’s salary. In other words, a bad $100K hire will cost you $250K! And when it comes to the cost of a bad project manager, look at it this way: , what was the size of your last failed project: $1 million, $10 million, $100 million?
Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft
APRIL 10, 2015
Rich Hill is one of my favorite Twitter sports follows — @PP_Rich_Hill — though I only now realized I hadn’t been following via @ crossderry until recently. He does a great job of melding a fan’s perspective with his analysis. He’s also a Pats fan, so he must be a man of honor and distinction!
Talent Development for Complex IT Programs
AUGUST 26, 2014
I just received a McKinsey brief on “ Developing talent for large IT projects ” that has the usual recommendations, but adds two useful insights. To succeed, organizations need to cultivate in-house talent for roles that require intimate knowledge of the business and the organization. Where do they go next? Whether you like it or not.
What Specific Training Do You Suggest for Increasing Leadership Skills?
AUGUST 12, 2015
NOTE: I’m cross posting a PM College blog piece from Debbie Crawford from our recent webinar on the PM Skills Benchmark. – What specific training efforts do you suggest for increasing leadership skills? This is a great question, but one that does not have a “one size fits all” response. What would such a definition look like? 2 days.
The Bad Apple Does Spoil the Bunch
APRIL 1, 2016
When I teach Strategies for Stakeholder Engagement , I get many questions about dealing with tough cases, problem children…yes, bad apples. Organizational theory assumes that group dynamics make that old saw obsolete: a group can send any bad apple to the bottom of the barrel. Even if it’s you. Filed under: PMO.
Troubled Projects and Root Causes
MARCH 30, 2016
UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Register here. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? Key Strategies for Quick Turnarounds. It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Filed under: PMO.
Custom Learning Drives Transformation
MARCH 22, 2016
The trend is unmistakable: elearning is here to stay. According to research by eLearning Industry , this instructional method has grown by over 9% in the past five years. One area in particular stood out for us: … The online corporate market is expected to grow by 13% per year up to 2017. And this makes sense. Filed under: PMO.
Quote of the day: Ray Bradbury
MARCH 4, 2016
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. — Ray Bradbury Filed under: PMO.
Preparing the Agile Kool-Aid
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
After a long hike at Scout camp, there’s nothing like seeing a cooler with bug juice on tap. It’s even better when it’s real Kool-Aid , not the generic stuff. That first sip’s a step back into childhood…well, except for the fact that you need to wait for all the Scout to drink up first! Or pretend to.
Good meeting “rules” seed list and its use in practice
AUGUST 28, 2014
I like this meeting rules/tips list from Harry Hall (@harrythall). They’re all good, though I’d add “no open devices (e.g., PCs or tablets)” and “schedule the meeting’s end-time to allow people to get to their next meeting (e.g., For one thing, some of these are meant only for the leader.
Project’s End: The Career Progress Dilemma
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
In more than one project, there’s been lots of happy talk about people’s future roles in the organization. Yet everyone knew that some colleagues simply wouldn’t have a place after the project, including themselves. It’s incumbent on the project team to think about “what’s next?” Right?
Five Ways To Tell Stories That Stick
SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
During my latest Strategies for Effective Stakeholder Engagement course, I related my Babson strategy professors admonition that stories are at the core of how humans communicate. Stories are how we conveyed knowledge and memorized facts long before the written or printed word. You know the drill, follow the link.
How personal shortcomings undermine recovery (Mini Case Part 2)
JULY 6, 2012
Unfortunately, our quality control processes didn’t fare so well. We did get sufficient testing resources for the first rollout, but a couple of process owners only delivered under protest. For you see, they believed that testing of their processes — even user acceptance testing (UAT) — was not their job. One example: .
The Benefits of Career-Oriented Education
JULY 29, 2016
Here’s an extract of an interview I did for Central Connecticut State University’s Continuing Education Blog. Tell us about PM College. What educational opportunities do you offer? PM College creates and delivers learning for strategy execution topics such as strategy, leadership, portfolio and project management. Filed under: PMO.
Do PM Job Descriptions Address the Skill Gap?
JULY 3, 2015
My last post addressed the first question from our webinar: how to hire for the right project, leadership, and business skills. I relied on J.
The Apple 8.0.1 Debacle: Whom to blame?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
Marc Andreessen drew my attention to a Bloomberg article that laid out what it purported to be “links” with the failed Maps launch. pmarca was properly skeptical of the article: General principle: Quality problems in software are not the fault of the quality assurance team. Some guy wasn’t doing his job. Case closed.
Quote of the day: Albert Einstein
APRIL 15, 2016
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. — Albert Einstein Filed under: PMO.
Quote of the day — H.L. Mencken
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. — H.L. Mencken Filed under: PMO Tagged: Freedom , H.L. Mencken , Knowledge , PM Quote of the Day , Truth. PMO Freedom H.L. Mencken Knowledge PM Quote of the Day Truth