4 Game-changing Trends for PPM
By Fortes Global
Fortes Global has provided PM Hut with an infographic listing the top game-changing trends for PPM. The infographic is quite large, so you will need to click on the image below to view the full version.
Figure 1: 4 Game-changing Trends for PPM (Fortes Global)
Fortes Solutions is an international organization with Dutch roots which develops ‘best practice’ software for organizations that want to improve their efficiency in projects, programs and portfolios. Read the Complete Article
Why PMI Should No Longer Be an Authority on Project Management
Note: This post represents the author’s view towards PMI and may not represent that of PM Hut’s.
I pondered for a while before writing this post on whether to call it “Why PMI Should Have Never Been an Authority on Project Management” or “Why PMI Should No Longer Be an Authority on Project Management” – I eventually settled for the latter title, but you can use the former – both are true.
Now, the question is, what made me write this post? The answer is that I think we have reached a point where project management is in peril, where everything that PMI is marketing (processes, ideas, etc…) is wrong, and that PMI solely exists for the purpose of making money and getting fat training contracts and commissions for its board .
Recently, I saw an email sent by PMI to someone who just had his application approved. Read the Complete Article
“My Organization Is Agile”, and Other Untrue Phrases!
By Jordan S Wilkerson
One thing that really struck home for me recently was the realization that most organizations, large or small, don’t ever fully adopt one development methodology or the other simply because they don’t understand what they entail.
For example, you will always have people that say “my organization is Agile and we use Scrum” but what does that mean?
Let’s ask some mental questions:
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- Did they evaluate what problem they were trying to solve?
Do they have a dedicated Scrum master who is being utilized as an actual Scrum master and not an administrative assistant who runs one meeting a day?
Do they have a dedicated product manager on the Scrum team who is championing the team to be self-managing?
Does your product manager know how to calculate a team’s capacity for work?
Does your product manager adhere to the 80/20 rule for their backlog?
Tips for Successful Project Management
By Anne Mercer
Note: This post is written by an aspiring project manager with no field experience in the domain yet. It’s a reminder that some of us are blessed with innate project management skills. – PM Hut
As my final semester at Western New England University comes to a close, I am bombarded with group project after group project. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind group projects. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same mentality when it comes to completing a project on time, producing the best quality content for the client, or scheduling team meetings. I couldn’t help but compare these group projects for school to the various projects I’ve dealt with in my professional life. I sat down and decided to compile a few project management tips that I find extremely helpful.
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- Constant communication. With the influx of technology, every individual is constantly communicating with others.
A (Not So Secret) Recipe for Collaborative Project Management Success
By William Guinan
Note: This post should’ve been published last week just before Thanksgiving, but it’s still the spirit! – PM Hut
You’ve probably never thought that project management has anything in common with cooking and Thanksgiving!
Now I could get into how planning and cooking the Thanksgiving dinner could be broken down into a series of steps like a project, with the cooking schedule planned in advance… and then someone overcooked the turkey (we have an issue!).
And then there’s the food. Your family probably has that secret recipe for Grandma’s sweet potato pie. Everybody does.
Well, I believe we at BrightWork have the secret recipe for collaborative project management success … which I guess won’t be so secret anymore after this post!
Anyway, here we go … It’s only three ingredients – how hard could it really be?!
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- Amount – The first ingredient for successful collaborative project management is to start quickly with the right amount of project management process.
7 Things Rob Ford Can Do But Project Managers Can’t
By Anonymous (PM Hut Exclusive)
Maybe you have heard about Rob Ford, Toronto’s mayor who’s personal issues were exposed to the public, immediately propelling him into world celebrity status, à la Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. If you don’t know who Rob Ford is, maybe you should Google him or YouTube him for a few minutes, and you’ll know what the story is about. If you do, then here are 7 things that Rob Ford can do, but you, as a project manager, can’t!
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- Swear at your team members: I have been working in the corporate world for nearly 30 years, and I have yet to see a project manager who swore at his team members and came in the next day. Rob Ford swore frequently at his staff and the city counselors – but then again, he’s the mayor.
Why Pete Campbell Would Never Make It as a Project Manager
By Kristin Thompson
Note: This post is mainly about Project Management in a marketing environment, hence the focus on marketing. – PM Hut
In the well-loved Mad Men, Pete Campbell, account manager at the fictional ad agency with a revolving string of names, wines and dines clients; he strokes egos, takes the good old boys hunting and finds the lonely-hearted a little late-night company.
It is a set up as nostalgic as the clothes and music. The creatives still drink and hate the mornings, but account management is a thing of the past.
The latest craze in advertising is project management. And project management takes more the suave charm and an expense account.
What is this new-fangled Project Management?
The terms Project Manager, Interactive Producer and Digital Producer seem to be popping up all over the digital (and now even traditional) advertising world. Read the Complete Article
Project Management – Enterprise Environmental Factors
By Jeremy Siegel
This is a quick Sunday evening read on project management. Usually articles this short are not posted here, but this article is extremely concise and beneficial. We hope you enjoy it! PM Hut
Enterprise Environmental Factors are the realities, outside of one’s control, that affect the project. The factors could be cultural, economic, logistical, or regulatory in nature. For a project spanning two different countries, examples of enterprise environmental factors might include language barriers, foreign business customs, and foreign legal guidelines. Cultural environmental factors can also be seen domestically, in the organizational structure and culture of the sponsoring firm. For example, an organization’s existing staff may be unable to efficiently perform the work required to run the project, or perhaps a firm’s cultural aversion to change might keep the project running at a slower pace than desired.
Economic factors include budget constraints (or windfalls) and general market conditions. Read the Complete Article
Dodgy Politics, Murder, and Project Management
By Ian Webster
Note: This post (as well as all other posts on PM Hut) represents the opinion of the author and not that of PM Hut.
There’s no shortage of people and professional project management bodies prepared to tell you that up to 90% of successful project management is concerned with effective communication. Even politicians (rarely so in touch these days) recognize its importance.
In 1989 (shortly before he was murdered by the IRA) the late Ian Gow, an affable UK Tory MP, highlighted the key role of effective communication in the first live parliamentary TV broadcast. In it he suggested that the effectiveness of one’s communication was primarily concerned with your personal image (55%) and your tone of voice & body language (38%). Only 7% seems to depend on what you actually say.
If, like me, you’re far too young to remember 1989, I would encourage you to view his speech here (the clip should start 1 min 50 secs in – if not scroll through to 1:50). Read the Complete Article
Project Management Is a Broad Human Practice – Not Merely a Profession
By Michael Greer
Figure 1: Profession vs practice iceberg
In a recent article on PM Hut titled Defending the Project Management Profession Bruce McGraw writes: “… having recently seen ads for fast, cheap and simple project management training and tools, I felt the need to state firmly my position on this matter… [that] project management is a profession and project managers are professionals.” OK. Fair enough. Then Bruce goes on to provide ample evidence that PM is indeed a profession.
But I feel compelled to add: “Yes… AND… project management is much more than a mere profession: It’s a broad practice undertaken by many, many of our fellow humans. And, as a broadly undertaken practice, there is a compelling need for ‘fast, cheap, and simple PM training and tools.’” That’s because the majority of PM practitioners are people who are just jumping in and getting the job done, without giving a second thought to the PM profession, PM professionals or their vocabulary and “shoulds.” And any tools or training that these people find helpful (including fast, cheap, or simple ones) are by definition valuable. Read the Complete Article