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Go-to insights and how-to advice for executives, decision-makers and leadership teams.


Crafting and implementing complex programs, innovative projects and critical change efforts that make a competitive difference and bottom-line impact.

To Go Global, Think Local

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Anna Schlegel has led global technology initiatives for Cisco, VMware and Xerox. Author of a new book about the theory and practice of expanding into international markets, she shares insights on globalization and tips for managing and measuring distributed teams.

Building An Integrated Roadmap

- by Keith Duncan

By bridging strategy with project and portfolio management, integrated roadmaps help organizations make decisions that align with long-term goals and deliver more significant innovation, from NPD to IT efforts. This five-step guide to building a roadmap covers needs and drivers, products and capabilities, delivery gaps, and resource opportunities.

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Developing talent, establishing processes and tools, promoting collaboration, and collecting and delivering data to support project,-program-portfolio efforts.

Off the Beaten PM Path

- by Naomi Caietti

Technical competency is not enough in a complex, competitive global marketplace. Project and program managers need leadership and business intelligence skills that support the strategic objectives of their organizations, says Nicholas Errico, author of a field guide that presents a fresh perspective to delivering value.

2017 Pulse of Profession

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Project success rates have climbed and waste has fallen significantly as more organizations develop technical and leadership skills, establish project management offices to align vision with execution, and adopt agile approaches, according to Project Management Institute's latest Pulse of the Profession report.

Prioritizing activities and ideas, allocating resources and providing transparency to align initiatives with strategic and business goals.

Common Ground Through PPM

- by Lawrence Putnam Jr

The most effective project portfolio planning brings IT managers and business leaders together to prioritize, scope and staff initiatives as a single team with common goals. In doing so, the process fosters better working relationships — and provides a roadmap for delivering value to the organization.

Ideas into Plans

- by Andy Jordan

Some organizations try to streamline the process of developing business cases and end up missing great opportunities. But turning ideas into realistic, executable plans should, in fact, be a complex journey, from screening to rationalization to approval. Here are essential steps to make the time and effort worthwhile.

Encouraging experimentation, reducing complexity and fostering responsiveness to changing needs, risks and opportunities throughout the organization.

Hindsight Is 50/50

- by Bart Gerardi

Do team members and executives in your organization see retrospectives as a waste of time and expense? If so, maybe your retrospectives aren’t providing the value they should, from establishing a culture of team learning and stressing continual improvement, to tracking metrics and celebrating successes.

4 Agile Leader Lenses

- by Bart Gerardi

Agile teams are self-organizing, and sometimes self-managing, but they still need leadership. Agile leaders create space for failure (and learning) while ensuring that individual performance is aligned with organizational goals. Four "lenses" — areas of focus — are helpful: mechanism, culture, process and motivation.

Evaluating, measuring and reviewing goals as initiatives evolve, and managing corrective actions, to ensure desired outcomes are achieved.

Shop Talk: Collaboration Tools

- by Eileen O’Loughlin

What are the top challenges in implementing collaboration software on project teams? A recent survey from Software Advice highlights three and offers some tips to combat them. The survey also identifies some ‘must-have’ features that teams find most useful in a collaboration tool.

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.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

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 …

Vicki Wrona

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

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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