Projects at Work


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.

Have Some Ambiguity

- by Beth Spriggs

Most project managers welcome clear-cut goals and processes. Likewise, they are uneasy around uncertainty, be it open-ended objectives or vague direction. But ambiguity can present an opportunity — to think creatively, to take a risk, perhaps, and try something new that just might lead to an exceptional outcome.

Options to Address Project Cost Risk

- by Michael Bissonette

Project costs receive serious scrutiny from executives and stakeholders who use ROI and other financial metrics to judge organizational performance. Here is a checklist of questions to help project leaders and their teams determine the best available options for responding to project cost risks and issues that may arise.

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

4 Duties for Agile Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Managers in agile organizations remain not only relevant but critical to supporting high-performing initiatives. They recruit and construct teams, gather and provide feedback, guide career paths, and coach results. If a manager isn’t engaged in these areas, it’s likely no one is, and the team will eventually suffer.

3 Keys to Benefits Realization

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Few organizations reports a high degree of benefits realization management maturity, but those that do have a significant edge in achieving goals and business intent, according to a new report from the Project Management Institute. Here are the actions they take.

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

Disrupt or Be Disrupted

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Business leaders lack confidence in their ability to navigate digital transformation, according to a new global survey. Barriers to building an Agile organization include disconnect between project managers and executives, lack of transparency, poor communication, and overreliance on spreadsheets.

Gartner Insights: PPM's Role in Driving Real Business Transformation

- by Vlad Vecerzan

The term “business transformation” can have a variety of meanings depending on who you’re talking to, but the question of how it relates to PPM was pretty well addressed at this year’s Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit in Orlando.




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Bart Gerardi

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

Andy Jordan

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

Dave Prior

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

Beth Spriggs

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

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Editorial Director,
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