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What's getting in your way? Let's break down the barriers and build bridges to success. Here are both leading-edge and time-tested approaches to better managing projects, programs and portfolios.


Planning and execution … conflict and communication … teams and stakeholders … control and innovation … managing and leading.

Avoid 'Groundhog Day' Mistakes

- by Eric Bergman

Mistakes are inevitable on any project. Some are even valuable if they serve as lessons learned for future efforts. But mistakes that happen again and again are damaging. With the movie "Groundhog Day" as our guide, here are four common mistakes that no project manager should repeat.

First Sprint, Lasting Lessons

- by Andrew Makar, PMP

Agile processes can offer rewarding advantages to traditional software development, but they take time to adopt properly. New teams will likely encounter conflicts and confusion during their first sprint retrospective. Here are five lessons learned that can help your next sprint avoid some common pitfalls.

Coordination and collaboration … metrics and methods … PMOs, standards and training … knowledge-sharing and decision-making.

Align the PMO with Agile

- by Andrew Makar, PMP

A project management office can be a crucial advocate for agile transformation, but many PMOs act more like roadblocks. Here are some ideas for building alignment between your PMO and agile initiatives, particularly in the areas of governance, planning, scheduling and change control.

Develop Change Response Strategy

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Individuals or teams may react negatively to change for a variety of reasons, from lack of information, to fear or misunderstanding about the implications, among others. Use this worksheet to invite communication and develop an appropriate response that addresses concerns while conveying the need and vision for the change.

Alignment and allocation … prioritization and politics … visibility and value … strategy and synergy.

Get Ideas Into the Porfolio Process

- by Andy Jordan

An organization’s ability to achieve its goals is dependent on many things, but nothing is more critical than selecting the right projects to deliver those goals, and that means you need the best candidates. How do you maximize the chances of that happening? Start with the ideas.

The Strategic PMO

- by Andy Jordan

In the ongoing effort to link strategy with project execution, one entity can have a huge impact on an organization’s ability to achieve its goals and objectives — the strategic PMO. Here is an overview of an “up and out” approach that integrates groups and functions, dealing in the "currency" of relationships.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
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