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


A Nudge to Innovation

- by Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns

Change initiatives can be mentally and physically taxing because it is more challenging to be in a “mindful” state of learning something new than in a “mindless” state of doing the familiar. Physical or cognitive “nudges” help — not by forcing adoption of new ideas, but by creatively eliminating obstacles so that it happens naturally.

The Value-Centric PMO

- by Tushar Patel

Many PMOs focus on measuring activities and tracking on-time, on-budget delivery of projects. That’s not enough. Ensuring value through business and strategic impact should be their top priority, and that requires a focus on outcomes. Here are three steps for employing a value-centric approach.

Agile Readiness

- by Aaron Smith

In pursuing the organizational agility that enables strategic, fast-moving transformation, leaders must focus on four spheres — individual behavior, team responsibilities, management governance and institutionalization. Along the way, they’ll also need to ask “so what?” questions, break down barriers and embrace discovery.

10 Steps to Better Metrics

- by Carol Dekkers

An effective software measurement program is a long-term investment, not a quick fix. Here are 10 steps to ensure your organization’s metrics deliver a positive return on that investment, from more accurate cost and schedule estimation, to streamlined processes and better insights into current and future commitments.

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.

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