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Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

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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.

Find Your Best Project Leaders

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Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. And there is strong evidence for that intuition: it’s in our Building Project Manager Competency white paper ( request here ). And how do you measure its impact on the organization?

Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen

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The biggest misconception about benefit and value management is that the process happens after the project. OK, you saved your receipts.

PMI Requires Business and Leadership Training

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Well, it’s now official: the Project Management Institute (PMI) demands strategy, business, and leadership skills from its certification holders.

High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI

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The Project Management Institute’s latest “ Pulse of the Profession ” report just came out, and it’s full of provoking findings. It clarifies the benefits of high-performing project management, and it highlights what the top organizations do differently. — PMI Pulse, page 6.

Now THIS Is What I Mean By “Advanced” Training

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We’ve had a ton of discussions with clients after the Project Management Institute (PMI)announcement that it would soon demand business and leadership training from its certification holders. Some organizations wanted just the facts – who, what, where, when, why, and how — then were on their way.

The Biotech IT PMO 2.0

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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!

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Agile Prep for the PMI-ACP®: Tips from Personal Experience

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First, it turned out that I was just in time: my live project experience would’ve aged out in six months! If you’re like me, a practitioner who gets sucked into management every so often, I suggest applying straightaway after you complete a relevant agile project. PM College has upped its agile game over the last few months. Agile PM

Troubled Projects and Root Causes

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UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Many project managers lament this situation.

Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft

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The result is well-reasoned, yet approachable opinions and projections of football drafts, rosters, and of course, game performance. Filed under: PMO Tagged: Differentiation , NFL Draft , Patriots , Portfolio Management , Project Management , Strategy , Valuation. Draft picks are indeed capital. They are assets that can be traded.

Are Organizations Hiring for Leadership and Business Skills?

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My first post discussed how to hire for the right project, leadership, and business skills. ” . That may have been true 15 years ago.

How Do I Hire The Right People?

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We had a great webinar on project, leadership, and business skills. The program has three components: a multi-level project skills knowledge assessment, a personality and cognitive behavior assessment, and a multi-rater survey reviewing the current performance of project managers. NOTE: First posted at the PM College blog.

PM Skills Benchmark Study

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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’s End: The Career Progress Dilemma

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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?

How Do I Interview for Soft Skills?

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If your organization struggles to hire the right project management talent, PM College assessment services are just the ticket. Filed under: Hiring , Human Resources , Interviewing , Leadership , Project Management , Talent Management. Hiring Human Resources Interviewing Leadership Project Management Talent Management

More on why projects fail

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This post on top reasons for IT project failure by Ron Sheldrick has up on LinkedIn for a while. Back in my SAP days we found that poor knowledge of the contract and SOW — especially among the project team and contractors — was a common thread among troubled projects.

Winning with Talent Management: Three Real-Life Examples

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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? PM College has a tried-and-tested Competency Assessment Program that helps you find and develop the best project managers. But how do you identify “best”?

Good meeting “rules” seed list and its use in practice

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end agenda at 9:50 AM vs. 10:00 AM)” One process tip: if this meeting will be an ongoing event or part of a project, have the participants make up the ground rules. Filed under: PMO Tagged: communications management , Effective Meetings , Leadership Skills for Project and Programme Managers , meeting etiquette.

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Talent Development for Complex IT Programs

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I just received a McKinsey brief on “ Developing talent for large IT projects ” that has the usual recommendations, but adds two useful insights. ” Build IT project-management capabilities : a.k.a., Project and program managers need to drive this discussion, even if it’s in their own heads.

What Specific Training Do You Suggest for Increasing Leadership Skills?

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Managing Relationships for Project Success. Uses SDI to determine, manage and motivate when projects and good and when conflict occurs; team dynamics. Workplace simulation on project team leadership. NOTE: I’m cross posting a PM College blog piece from Debbie Crawford from our recent webinar on the PM Skills Benchmark.

How personal shortcomings undermine recovery (Mini Case Part 2)

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Filed under: PMO Tagged: Accountability , Leadership , Test Management , Testing , Things Fall Apart , Troubled Projects. PMO Accountability Leadership Test Management Testing Things Fall Apart Troubled ProjectsUnfortunately, our quality control processes didn’t fare so well. This approach also allowed process gaps to persist.

Preparing the Agile Kool-Aid

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The risk of a failed project must be mitigated. — From PM College’s Agile Project Management. That’s why, before you dive into pilot projects, software spend, or a large-scale agile rollout, you should begin with a bit of discovery. It’s even better when it’s real Kool-Aid , not the generic stuff.

Bad Choices Underpin Most Problem Projects

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In my last post I asserted that failed projects often have at their roots “neglect or damage in [the leaders'] personal and professional lives”, not ignorance of project management principles. If the claim is true, then shouldn’t we find evidence in problem projects of “good thought, bad action?”

The Benefits of Career-Oriented Education

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PM College creates and delivers learning for strategy execution topics such as strategy, leadership, portfolio and project management. 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?

Can personal shortcomings undermine recovery? (Mini Case Part 1)

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I concede that projects can recover — at least for a time — without sustainable personal and professional behaviors in place.

Do PM Job Descriptions Address the Skill Gap?

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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.

Turnkey Courseware from PM College

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Does your institution need to offer project management or leadership training? Are employers asking for project management certifications from your business and engineering students? PM College delivers a full, turnkey Project Management Essentials and PMP Exam Review curriculum, which prepares students to lead projects.

The Apple 8.0.1 Debacle: Whom to blame?

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So all you Apple fans, just remember the joke we used to make late in a project: “What’s another name for the release milestone? Marc Andreessen drew my attention to a Bloomberg article that laid out what it purported to be “links” with the failed Maps launch. Some guy wasn’t doing his job. Case closed.

Meet The New PMCollege.com!

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Moreover, we have new PM College courses and services: Spotlight Course : Managing Multiple Projects prepares project managers who need to step up to leading more than one initiative, but who can’t rely upon the structure of an overarching program to organize priorities and stakeholders. ” – Fortune 50 global aerospace company.

Benefits Realization: Demonstrating Initiatives’ Value

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Filed under: benefits realization , Business Case , PMO , value management Tagged: benefits realization , business alignment , Business Transformation , capability building , PMO , Value of Project Management. Debbie Crawford just taught a refreshed version of our Benefits Realization class.

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Poll: Project Success Measures

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Note that multiple answers are acceptable. Filed under: PMO.

Before, During, and After Trouble

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Like projects themselves, recovery from project challenges follows a definite lifecycle. Todd Williams , in his Rescue the Problem Project , identifies one prerequisite and four steps in the recovery process. After accepting that the project has problems, recovery proceeds in four steps: Audit the project.

Interview: Project Mgmt and Software Dev Best Practice

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Filed under: PMO Tagged: best practices , Project Management , Ruthlessly Helpful , software development. PMO best practices Project Management Ruthlessly Helpful software developmentContinuing my interview with Stephen Ritchie (@ruthlesshelp, blog here ). ” What is wrong with “best practices”?

The Value of Domain Expertise: Football By Football

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One of the “old chestnuts” I heard when I started to consort with project management professionals was the “functional vs. project skills” chestnut. I used to hear from many project pros that all that was really needed for project leadership success was command of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK).

Personal and professional lives fail before the project does

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Personal, professional, and project problems grow and cascade into a torrent of trouble. In other words, project problems don’t remain confined to the project; they innundate every part of one’s life. Many excellent writers and thinkers have laid the foundation of project management and project recovery.

Own your project’s story (HT @MelanieDuzyj and @mkrigsman)

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We all should know how critical project communication is to project success. A compelling story can build strong sponsorship and sustain stakeholder commitment , even in the most challenging of circumstances (also see Michael Krigsman’s project success checklist ) . Why not listen and learn from people who know?

Crossderry Podcast #2 — 16 November 2014

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The topics are: Best and Worst Project Names. Links: My posts on Best and Worst Project Names here and here. Filed under: Podcasts Tagged: Car Talk , Disney Institute , influence without authority , Phoenix , project names , storytelling. Links: My posts on Best and Worst Project Names here and here. Enjoy!

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How effective organizations build staff capabilities — Insight from McKinsey

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” To that end, several popular PM College offerings — Managing by Project , its construction-specific flavor, and Leadership in High Performance Teams — use simulations to bring project and leadership challenges alive…without risking real initiatives. What did they do?

Things fall apart

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You can’t sleep because your life is a mess, you can’t sleep because your job is a mess, and you can’t sleep because your project is a mess. More later… Filed under: PMO Tagged: Change , Leadership , Recovery , Things Fall Apart , Troubled Projects. Another sleepless night. Check that.

How can cloud computing help transformation projects?

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Also, per David Kerr [a fellow commenter], the idea that the cloud will solve “speed bumps” driven by topics external to the project is dubious. If nothing else, you have to have this specific contingency in place during the project contract discussions. PMO Cloud Computing contracts transformation programs