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PM Obstacles: Turf Protection

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Organizational silos and poor communication are often the result of “turf wars” in which groups or teams value their interests over cross-functional cooperation for the good of the entire enterprise. Here are some ideas to help project managers operate in this environment and overcome its harmful effects.

PM Obstacles: Firefighting

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Many organizations live in perpetual ‘fire-fighting’ mode, a space in which short-term results often supersede long-range plans and strategies. While this can certainly make it more difficult to fully realize the benefits of sound project management practices, there are techniques to accommodate a ‘high-drama’ culture throughout the project lifecycle.

The Power of Relationships

- by Beth Spriggs

Building good work relationships is one of the most powerful ways to influence others and drive project success. It bolsters buy-in and adoption, strengthens communication, makes difficult conversations easier, and develops channels for support and advice. Here are tactics to improve your work relationships.

Elevation Through Conflict?

- by Karen Chovan

Anticipate. Influence. Elevate. These were the themes of PMI Global Congress 2016—North America. Words of contemplation listed on a wall, blasted on screens, without context. Until we started the program and it all became clear.

The Product Pivot

- by Steve Blue

Organizations that can’t adopt and adapt to new technologies are going to be pushed aside by others that can. It’s called a product pivot, and it’s less about the specific technology being launched and more about managing the associated changes it introduces.

Politics and Projects

- by Andrew Neitlich

Every organization is political, and many careers — and projects — are made or broken based not on our technical skills but on how well we navigate the fuzzy and risky political landscape. Here are five tips for navigating the dangerous waters of office politics.

Stay Agile with Discovery

- by Johanna Rothman, Marcus Blankenship

What happens to your agile principles when a customer or sponsor insists on knowing the cost and duration of a project before you even start? It’s a common quandary, but there are ways to show a non-agile client the benefits of going agile, starting with a discovery project.

The Politics of Change

- by Lisa Hillenbrand and Ellen Auster

Project and programs are the drivers of change in organizations, but too often more attention is paid to the plan and cost than to the people who can make or break these initiatives. To succeed, we must embrace our “inner politician” and work closely with both the key influencers and the skeptics within our organizations.

Influencing Innovation

- by Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher

Team innovation can be greatly influenced by conflict (either productive or destructive), experiential diversity, a sense of empowerment, and organizational boundaries. An Agile approach can help, though there are pros and cons to consider. Spotify offers a real-world example of how it works.

Agile Classrooms + Empathy Maps

- by Dave Prior

John Miller, among others, is on a mission to reinvigorate youth education in the most challenging environments through the agile principles of empowerment and collaboration. Here he discusses how it’s going, including a visual technique called empathy mapping that makes a real difference, in and out of the classroom. [36:45]

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