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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.

5 Ways to Improve Time Tracking

- by Tushar Patel

There are myriad benefits to time tracking. The trick to realizing them is boosting adoption and compliance. By focusing on the potential benefits of time tracking from your teams’ perspectives, you can help get everyone on board and get over the internal hurdles quickly.

Control the Cost of Change

- by Bart Gerardi

When aware of the different hidden costs of change, project managers can positively influence those costs — and minimize the disruption to their teams, creating a project environment where change becomes a force for good, rather than something to avoid or resist. Here are three best practices that will help.

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

Risk At the Program Level

- by Andy Jordan

The program stands in the middle of organizational risk management, executing down through projects and considering impacts up to the portfolio. Here are key factors when determining if risk management should be “downloaded” to the project level or “uploaded” to the program level.

CMMI, the Agile Way?

- by Greg Pfister

Can you formalize your processes and still maintain an Agile culture? More specifically, can Agile principles coexist alongside a Capability Maturity Model Integration program? Here is how once organization has embraced both its CMMI journey and Agile ways to achieve new levels of success.

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

Change Capable

- by Jesse Jacoby

Change management typically takes a back seat to the technical aspects of most projects, often with dire consequences. Here is a four-step blueprint for improving the change capabilities across your organization, focusing on four building blocks: structure and governance; methodology; tools; and resources and competency.

Risk At the Portfolio Level

- by Andy Jordan

The portfolio is the cornerstone of applied organizational risk management, but it is also where there is less day-to-day focus so risks can slip through the cracks. In response, we must identify risk owners at the portfolio level and connect project activities with business concerns such as idea-generation and benefits realization.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Andy Jordan

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

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

Aaron Smith

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

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