Interview with Jeff Furman, Project Management Answers

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. The PMBOK(r), Guide v5 refresh introduced new topics to students taking the PMP exam. Jeff Furman, the author of The Project Management Answer Book has just published a second edition. It covers all of that and more. It’s a heavy book that will help students prepare for the PMP exam, […]

Greg Balestro, PMI CEO

As we gather around the table, Greg Balestrero (CEO of PMI) says, “It’s really a exciting time for project management, despite the economy.” “There’s an era shift in the way we execute that we haven’t seen before.” This is Greg’s final day at the PMI Global Congress Orlando. He seems happy with how the event went. Before the Congress began, […]

How to Recover a Troubled Program

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. According to LeRoy Ward (Executive Vice President at ESI), there is only one thing worse than receiving bad news. It’s being told late about bad news. The webinar ‘Managing and Saving Programmes in a Changing World’ covers five steps to project recovery. Ward began by explaining what a “troubled programme” […]

How to delegate tasks

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. Every project manager must be proficient in delegating tasks. You need more people to do the work if you want to do more. It is not difficult to see that the project manager cannot do all the tasks. There are just not enough hours in a day (and you probably […]

How organizations can set up new project leaders for success

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. This is Varada Patwardhan, Xebrio’s guest blogger. This article: Why is it so important that organizations support leaders more than ever before? Modern organizations and the leadership gap How can organizations create new leaders that are capable of achieving success? What do new leaders need? Formal training Support and guidance […]

Book review: Six-Word Lessons For Project Managers

What can you learn in just 6 words? Lonnie Pacelli, President and CEO of Leading on the Edge International, says that there is a lot. This anecdote inspired him: “Legend has It that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six lines by friends. Hemingway answered the challenge with the following story: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” […]

Book Review: Managing Business Transformation

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. Projects can change things. Some projects can change many things. Business transformation is a scary topic. How can you go from here to your vision for the future, without it being all about tasks or deliverables? How can you convince people to adopt the new way of working Melanie Franklin’s […]

Part 2: Working together by PMs and BAs (part 2)

Last week, I wrote about how project managers work and how it relates to OTOBOS. This week, I will explain what project managers value in their working relationships with business analysts. BAs are architects to project managers. They are meticulous, they plan and build solutions, and they work in a systematic way. They often have to go through multiple iterations […]

7 Hidden Dangers of Project Management (Why Even Well-Planned Projects Sometimes FAIL)

Today’s post is written by Maja Mrsic, sponsored by Active Collab. Despite your best efforts to clearly define the scope, timeline, and resources required to complete the project successfully, things don’t always go according the plan. Customer service levels fell by 25-50% during a company integration program because team management focused their efforts in reorganising and changing employees’ roles, all […]

5 Tips to Make Better Decisions (With Process)

There are hundreds of decisions that we make about projects. Every day, we are expected to take action. This inevitably means taking a decision about something. This article will show you how to make better decisions using a simple process. This article: What is decision making? Why is decision making so difficult? The Decision Making Process 5 Tips to Make […]