Projects at Work

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Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.


Ideas Win with Wider Input

- by Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns

Leading change is not a one-person job. For a new idea or innovation to succeed across an organization, the effort’s “champion” should encourage everyone possible to contribute and claim ownership of some part of it. Diverse input also helps everyone learn more about the idea and their organization.

Talent Show

- by Tim Wasserman

The attraction, development and retention of top project management talent is paramount to the success of any organization. Here is a strategic execution framework that leaders and PMOs can use to guide their talent management efforts, specifically targeting six areas that can deliver the great impact and ROI.

Analytics Project Framework

- by Adriana Beal

The rise of big data and analytics can greatly improve an organization’s decision making, from programs and portfolios to products and processes. Here is a comprehensive checklist to help PMOs develop a framework for structuring large analytics projects, ensuring they deliver the desired business insights and impact.

Building A Dual-Method Culture

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Flexible work approaches allow teams to use the methodologies that best suit their needs. Agile and Waterfall methods can be used within the same program or portfolio of projects, but like any successful marriage, it takes compromise and adjustment. Here are six guidelines to make it work and make your organization more Agile.

A Measure of Agile

- by Dave Prior

Can we come up with an economic model that shows whether Agile practices actually deliver the promised value? Troy Magennis is working on it. Here he discusses how quantitative metrics can serve as a common language to join disparate perspectives within an organization, and why intuition is no way to drive real transformation. [33 min.]

6 PPM Questions Before You Start

- by Matt Sandberg

The difference between a successful Project Portfolio Management implementation and a drawn-out process that fails to make the most of your investment often comes down to a lack of planning and poor change management. Here are six questions to ask before the kickoff to ensure you set the right expectations, with the necessary support and staffing.

You’ve Been Disconnected

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Some 87 percent of businesses fail to execute their strategy each year. Disconnectedness is at the heart of the problem, according to strategic execution consultant Dan Prosser, whose new book offers eight insights into why and how to fix it, from the power of conversations to the possibilities in chaos.

The Strategic PMO

- by Mike Gruia

The strategic PMO goes beyond tactical execution and helps an organization bridge the gap between high-level strategy and project implementation. Here is a roadmap to get there by focusing on capabilities, prioritization, resource allocation, value realization and, ultimately, delivery, which encompasses measuring, understanding variance, predicting, realigning and reallocating.

Program-Level Strategic Alignment Checklist

- by ProjectsatWork.com

We need to ask meaningful questions to clearly understand and track the strategic alignment of our programs. Here are critical areas to review with stakeholders, covering vision, mission, objectives, structure, leadership, people, incentives and adaptability.

Improve It Or Lose It

- by Joachim Ahlstrom

High-performance teams keep it simple, stay focused and positive, create ownership, and take systematic approaches. These principles are also crucial to creating a continuous improvement culture and mindset, but many organizations get bogged down. Let’s take a closer look at why, and how common pitfalls can be avoided.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

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Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
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