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. 26, No. 2, February

10 Mistakes That Could Get You Fired
A list of the biggest offenses a project manager can make on a software development project.WITH HEIGHTENED COMPETITIVENESS and ever-increasing pressure to reduce time to market, the tolerance level for mistakes has significantly diminished. Sometimes...
Advice for Managing Multiple Projects
Michael Nadeau, PMPbusiness analyst and project manager, Irwin Mortgage, Noblesville, Indiana, USACreate a project snapshot in Excel. Column A can be the list of projects; Column B can be the status of each; Column C can be estimated completion dates;...
Africa: High Risk, High Reward
THE WORLD'S SECOND-MOST POPULOUS CONTINENT REMAINS A LARGELY UNTAPPED MARKET. THE POTENTIAL WINDFALL IS HUGE- IF PROJECT TEAMS CAN MANAGE THE MYRIAD OBSTACLES.The business world has long eyed Africa, but many companies have also been put off by the poor...
An Inside Job?
SHOULD YOUR PROGRAM MANAGERS COME FROM YOUR PROJECT MANAGER RANKS? FIVE EXPERTS DISCUSS THE PROS AND CONS.It's time to name a new program manager. Do you find a candidate among your project management ranks or look outside your organization? Not every...
Bad Behavior
One of the main sources of stress in a team is putting up with difficult people. Make sure you're not part of the problem.Every project manager must work with different types of people- and that often involves personalities. I've dealt with many problematic...
Bring It On
Nine tips to help organizations implement project management tools.Change isn't always welcome- a fact project professionals know all too well. Even though automated project management tools are intended to make teams more efficient and effective, introducing...
Change Is in the Air
CRITICAL CHAIN AND A FULL KITTING PROCESS PROVIDE A MUCH-NEEDED BOOST FOR A FALTERING AEROSPACE COMPANYFor mankind nignt has always been the direct result of phenomenal engineering- starting with tine Wright brothers' successful foray at Kitty Hawk,...
China Targets a Greener Growth
One of the fastest-growing economies, China also ranks as the world's largest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions. Looking to shed that dubious distinction, the country recently issued a comprehensive blueprint for cutting its carbon intensity by...
Daunting Challenges
Three case studies illustrate the obstacles that project teams in Africa face. But they also show that with the right approach to the continent's unique risks, these projects can deliver real rewards.A Mall Rises as a Regime FallsThe 160,800-square-meter...
Feedback
FACEBOOKCould the future of project management platforms be found in the cloud?Ron Young Jr., PMP, comments:Cloud computing increases the risk profite for today's megaprojects. Rapid access to data and information is paramount for making key decisions,...
Fighting Crime with Numbers
Stymied by resource cuts, police are turning to data-analysis projects that could not only help crack a backlog of unsolved cases, but also change the way they battle crime.The U.K. police force launched a £300,000 crimemapping site with detailed maps...
For Business Intelligence, Short Is Sweet
Business intelligence (BI) projects fuel fundamental business strategies - but their value often hinges on razor-thin delivery margins.The longer a BI project takes, the lower the reported benefits, according to a recent survey of 3,000 global IT professionals...
Good for Business
EMBEDDING PROJECT MANAGERS IN BUSINESS UNITS TIES STRATEGIC GOALS TO EXECUTION.Many organizations are implementing new, less rigid business structures that emphasize collaboration across departments. To that end, project managers working within business...
Governance and Communities of PMOs
Governance and Communities of PMOs Project Management Institute, 2Q1Z, ISBN: 9781935589488, paperback, 106 pages FEBRUARY ITEM OFTHE MONTH ATPMIMARKETPLACE During the month of February, purchase this title from Marketplace.PMI.org at the PMl member price...
Is Tech Sexist?
Are women still a step behind their male counterparts when working in the IT worLd? AshLey Kotik Rice, CAPM, and Maja Ferle, PMP, share some unpleasant experiences and debate whether or not gender discrimination exists in the field.Ashley Kotik Rice,...
Less Is More
Want more successful projects? Do less work,Stop me ifyeii've heard this one before: You've been handed a project char· tec, a detailed requirements document, an unrealistic plan - and a mandate to be successful. Then, as a dutiful project manager, you...
On the Road to Better ROI
Home of the world's eighth-largest economy, the state of California, USA pumped US$81 billion into transportation infrastructure projects from 2000 to 2010, according to a report by the fiscal advisory Legislative Analyst's Office.Now one state agency...
Paper Pushers & PROCESS POLICE
Negative stereotypes hurt your reputation, discourage team-building and undermine your authority. Here's how to change that image and justify your value.[stereotype]You're obsessed with reports.There is no denying that reports are an important part of...
Pipelines Face Tough Border Crossings
In the quest for energy security, countries are joining forces to launch massive pipeline projectr with mixed results.Project leaders must run a perilous gauntlet as they attempt to navigate intricate political Landscapes, secure financing from a wide...
Power Trip
Project management was making a solid difference at Wartsila, a global provider of complete life cycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets.Looking to leverage those hard-earned best practices, Wartsila started a project management office...
Prove Yourself
These tips will help you show off your competence and presentation skills during an interview.Q: I have an interview coming up for a project manager position, and I've been informed that it will be competency-based. How can I prepare?A: Competency-based...
Retail Apps Target Mobile Shoppers
Retailers want to reach consumers whenever and wherever they're looking to buy. And these days, it's not necessarily in stores or on websites, but rather on smartphones and tablets. Two-thirds of U.S. smartphone owners shop from their mobile devices,...
The New Social Media Contender
Google+ enters the fray- and offers a new way to communicate on projects.When the number of subscribers for Google+ reached 18 million last July, one month after it was introduced, the chatter intensified around whether or not the new offering will be...