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


5 Ways Agile Needs Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.

PM Tool Evaluation Matrix

- by Elizabeth Harrin

When assessing and comparing technology solutions to support your project management efforts, a wide range of potential features must be weighted and rated, along with vendor fit and cost. Use and customize this software evaluation matrix to guide your selection process.

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.

Build an Innovation Culture

- by Steve Blue

How do you spark new innovation in an organization with set ways? Start by making innovation part of everyone’s job description. Provide the training, time and space to do it. Fight fear and resistance early and often. Lastly, recognize and reward innovation every chance you get.

Beyond Possibilities

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Organizational change initiatives require leaders to demystify strategy and translate it into meaningful, daily activities for their teams. In this interview, esteemed HR executive Larry Solomon shares some insights on unlocking the innate ability of people to react, absorb and triumph amid turbulent change.

PMO Presentation Template

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Project management offices often face skepticism, misunderstanding or resistance, especially new or restructured ones. Here is a PowerPoint presentation template that PMO leaders can use to educate the larger organization about their purpose, scope and key functions. It can be tailored, customized and reused according to your PMO's specific structure, mandate and needs.

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.

Better Communication Environments

- by Andy Jordan

There will always be challenges around communications, be it giving or receiving information. But often it is the project environment we operate in that is the toughest challenge of all. Here are ideas for overcoming organizational barriers to effective communication. Consistency and context are keys.

A Better Slice of Change

- by David Dame

In many transformation initiatives, there is a disconnect between top and bottom — that is, the executives mandating the change and the teams adapting it. Vertical slicing is a cross-functional, cross-level approach that removes communication barriers and leverages interconnected change agents throughout the organization to test and validate decisions.

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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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