PM Network

The monthly magazine of the Project Management institute, PM Network provides updates on the latest tools, techniques, trends, and best practices of project management. Features include case studies, lessons learned, and analysis of global trends.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 6, June

A Healthy Hybrid
CASE STUDYWhen patient-reporting rules changed, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska mixed agile with waterfall- and emerged fitter than ever.When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a mandatory update for the codes doctors...
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At Long Last
The world's longest floating bridge is getting a little bit longer- and a whole lot smarter. After more than a decade of planning, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is nearing completion on a US$4.13 billion megaproject that includes...
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Beauty Contest
Beauty isn't the only criteria needed to judge which projects are best for an organization's portfolio.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" doesn't apply only to romance and fashion. Even in portfolio management - the land of objective measures and...
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Bottoms Up
When the executive suite approves a project that will create major change, here's how to handle the stakeholders who matter most.Compare the importance of having buy-in from below to having executive-level buy-in.Gustavo Pastrana, PMP: I could see why...
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Chinese Companies Incubate Project Possibilities Abroad
Chinese investors- eager to nurture homegrown start-ups expanding abroad and to entice more U.S. companies to launch projects in China- are building massive tech centers across the United States.InnoSpring, a business incubator devoted to U.S.-Chinese...
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Desalination Comes Ashore in California
With the Pacific Ocean in its front yard, it's hard to imagine the city of San Diego, California, USA going dry. But the city suffers from the same scarcity of fresh water that plagues many arid regions of the Western United States - which it solves...
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Feedback
[FACEBOOK]An Agile AttitudePMI asked project professionals: Is "agile" a state of mind?uYes. Break free of senseless processes, documents and red tape that don't add value."-Naomi Oosthuizert ?"It's a project manageme set of practices and techniques...
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Going the Distance
Measuring a portfolio's strategic success can help an organization deliver on its long-term business goals.Creating an organizational strategy is like planning a road trip: The route is as important as the destination. And for organizations trying to...
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Lean into Savings
Using lean principles can drive waste and inefficiencies out of programs-and save millions in the process.LEAN PRACTICES have been working miraclci In manufacturIng for decades. driving early adopters-most notably Toyota-to the top of their markets....
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Myth Busters
In the TrenchesSarah Flaherty, PMP, says project managers don't stifle the creative process-they help it thrive.As a project manager in the creative department of a large corporation, I spend my days among very imaginative team members.Creative agencies...
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No Hard Feelings?
Project managers are dependent upon information. What trait can help them voice their feelings when they contradict the facts?Saying not to sponsor's request or delivering unwelcome feedback to a team member is rarely easy. But part of being an effective...
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Passive Building Gets Busy
Building projects have long been focused on saving money by going green. But a new trend in construction makes previous energy savings pale in comparison."Passive buildings" are proactively energy efficient: Walls are quadruple-insulated, windows are...
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Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles
Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles Project Management Institute, 2013, ISBN: 9781935589884, paperback, 187 pages, $23.95 Member, $29.95 NonmemberSustainable development" has become a buzzword, but fundamental questions about it...
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Project Teams Combat Hospital Infections
1 CHALLENGE 3 PROJECTSProblem: No one expects going to the doctor to be what makes one sick. Yet, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that roughly one in every 20 inpatients has an infection related to hospital care. The infection...
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Smart Guns Take Aim at Accidental Shootings
Passwords and electronic PINs help consumers protect their identities, but the arms industry is taking personal security to the next level. It's leveraging biometrics to help save lives.Smart-gun technology was initially developed to deal with the problem...
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Starting from Scratch
In 2007, Roman Baranovsky, PhD, PMP, faced a grim situation: Though IT services organization Experian Decision Analytics had the resources and financial backing of a global corporation, its office in Moscow, Russia handled only five projects per year.As...
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Strength in Numbers
Project teams have never seen a broader age range. Here's how to get the most from a multigenerational team.Work styles and stamina.Personal schedules and communication preferences. It's hard to think of a career component not influenced by a person's...
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Talk the Talk
Candid, forthright feedback is the lifeblood of most successful projects. So when a project manager is faced with a team that's happy to keep mum, shaking things up isn't only suggested- it's essential. We asked practitioners:What's the best way to solicit...
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Unleashing the Power of the PMO
A successful PMO can be the difference between an average and a world-class organization.When a project management office (PMO) is leveraged to its full potential, it can foster strategic alignment, improve project performance, develop future project...
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