Category: PMI Professional Development Units

Project Manager By Accident

Are you a project manager by accident? You went from the best technical worker to managing a team. In doing so, your mindset needs to shift from an individual to a group. These three mindset shifts will help you become a better manager, therefore impacting a project positively.

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How You Can Give a “Bump-Up” To People

You can surely make a difference in other people’s lives who do not understand what Project Management is and is not. Being an instructor for a non-profit organization is one way. Project Management can transcend from what you do in your business life to people in need and can be used to support them in ways beyond your wildest expectations.

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Perfecting the Art of Better Business Requirements

Ever wonder what it takes to gather good business requirements? Well, sometimes the answer is the person who knows nothing about the product. This article discussed how sometimes the person who is not the subject matter expert can actually get to the heart of the requirements.

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Sizing PMO for Your Reality

There are a few trains of thought when it comes to this topic according to the guidance that is out there. A common one comes down to aligning the number of PMO roles to the overall cost of the portfolio it is managing. Another relates more to the number of projects and programs that are active and being managed in the organization but the majority of PMOs are budget driven and resource up to that amount.

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What is the Helium Stick and Why Does It Matter?

I’ve been through a few team building exercises in my day. Most team building activities become punchlines during water cooler conversations in the office. Did sitting on each other’s laps during the fabled “Trust Circle” improve your team’s performance? Right, didn’t think so. That’s just one example.

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Your resource capacity plan must avoid this to be useful

Arguably, the most requested service provided by a Project Management Office (PMO) is to offer a resource capacity plan. Few PMO’s I have seen deliver resource capacity planning that is widely used within the organization. Why?

The simple answer is that many organizations introduce complexity within their resource capacity planning process in terms of scope and in complying with the process. A key requirement of any resource capacity planning process should be simplicity. Simplicity in terms of who complies with it and how everyone is required to comply with it.

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3 Essential Keys for a project status in a PMO

To achieve proper project management, an essential issue is how we should report the status of our projects to Senior Management and / or the Steering Committee (which may include the PMO leader, the PMOfficer, the sponsor, to the directive council, to the steering committee, to the CIO of the organization even if it is a corporate pmo at the project portfolio level to the CEO of the company)

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