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The Color of Projects

- by Kristyn Medeiros

Red and green signify more than holiday spirit for most project managers. Along with yellow, these colors are used to indicate the status of a project — be it real, implied or imagined. Here are some helpful thoughts to keep in mind when using red, yellow and green to represent your project's health.

PM Obstacles: Miracle Work

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Some organizations expect project managers to be “miracle workers” who produce results without the active support or involvement of leadership. And sometimes project managers are able to leverage resources, meet deadlines and achieve deliverables under these conditions. But it’s not a long-term strategy for success.

Using Software Project Metrics

- by Don Beckett

Software measurement by itself does not resolve budget, schedule or staffing issues for projects or portfolios, but it does provide a basis upon which informed decisions can be made. Here are examples of how to use metrics to determine present capabilities, assess whether plans are feasible, and explore trade-offs if they are not.

A Lead Role in Software Success

- by Don Beckett

When organizations base their decisions on desires instead of data, it usually backfires. Here are four important actions that executives, PMO directors and program leaders can take to improve the predictability and success rate of their software development and enhancement projects.

Deliver Value with Benefits Focus

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Project managers play a critical role in helping organizations close the gap between expectations and achievement, according to a new report from Project Management Institute. Successful practices include engaging cross-functional teams and keeping business owners informed about benefits-related issues.

Significance + Success

- by Beth Spriggs

A project’s goals and a project manager’s success measures are often conflated, but they’re not the same thing. Goals come from stakeholders; they are outcome-driven and focused on organizational impact. Success measures demonstrate the work achieved. Here’s a closer look at this key distinction.

Is Your Project Audit-Ready?

- by Ruth Zive

Project teams in regulated industries must get compliance requirements right — a company’s reputation and legal standing depend on it. Here are eight best practices to help PMOs, product owners and business analysts to better understand complex regulatory environments, interpret rapidly changing regulations, and develop clear, complete requirements.

Justify a Customer-Centric PMO

- by Kevin Kern

A customer-centric PMO goes beyond cost reduction efficiencies and aligns itself with initiatives that benefit customers, which in turn benefit the business and the workforce. To justify this focus, the PMO must be able to measure the value of customer initiatives through several metrics.

Build a Better Metrics Program: 7 Steps

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Many organizations collect mountains of data that produce negligible benefits. But a well-run measurement program can provide huge ROI, from more accurate cost and schedule estimates, to streamlined processes, to better insights and decision-making. Here are seven guidelines for building and maintaining a metrics program that delivers value to your organization.

7 Keys to Global PM Success

- by Sangeet Saurabh

When teams are working in multiple locations, time zones and cultures, there is no substitute for clear upfront goals, real-time visibility, flexible work approaches and powerful collaboration tools. Here are seven measures that are fundamental to success on global projects.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
Author of The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats. Available o…

Vicki Wrona

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

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