Projects at Work

Bridges

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.

Smart Devices, Wiser Teams

- by Andy Jordan

We should leverage technology to free our teams to focus on higher value work, but if our devices become disruptive, or replace sound judgment, we are increasing project and organizational risk instead. Rules for using technology can help, but the biggest impact will come from showing teams by example.

Dealing with PM Anxiety

- by Dave Prior

Project management is a stressful profession, with its well-documented failure rates and steady doses of deadlines, uncertainty, conflict, unrealistic expectations, and accountability without authority. Senior project manager Carson Pierce and psychologist Krista Pierce discuss ways to deal with the pressure, angst and anxiety that come with the job. [42 min.]

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

The Forward-Thinking PMO

- by Lindsey Marymont

Does your project management office need to evolve from a reactive operation to a proactive force that anticipates changes and builds contingencies into its planning? Here are three strategies to shape the future of your PMO, and stabilize its status as a value driver in your organization.

Trust in the System

- by Joel Peterson

When people understand what they’re expected to achieve, and that they’ll be given credit for success, they can focus on objectives and outcomes, not just tasks. They can trust the system. Here are four suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.

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

First Steps to a Lean Portfolio

- by Nick Oostvogels

A large petrochemical site is taking steps to create a lean project portfolio, including a lightweight approach to building a business case and "smart release" planning, which breaks larger initiatives into smaller "waves" that can be interrupted by more urgent projects. The early returns have been positive.

Bridge PM Methods, Technology

- by Brian Saldutti

As stakes get higher for strategic initiatives, organizations are modernizing their project management methodologies and solutions. But a rift often exists between their approaches and the technologies that support them. They must be developed in unison to leverage quick, accurate decision making, ensure collaboration, and improve productivity and outcomes.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …

Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
Author of The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats. Available o…

Kathleen O'Connor

I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has served as the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its…

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