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. 22, No. 7, July

A Hole in the Fence
WHAT U.S. PRESIDENT Geoige W. Bush hailed as "the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history"-a "virtual fence" along the U.S. and Mexico border-has officially flopped. And poor project management and a lack of communication...
A Little Bit of Everything
No two team members are created alike, and that isn't always a bad thing.TO GET THE MOST OUT OF A TEAM, you need to know what makes each person tick. But sometimes it takes a little digging to figure out who has which skills, work style, personality...
An Inside Job
Private eye Stanly Raspberry is back on the case, battling the foes of project management.On most dark and stormy nights I would be in my office, but on this particular evening, I was due at police headquarters. I finally had a file full of hard evidence...
A Tale of 7 Cities
EVEN WITH GLOBALIZATION, TRENDS DON'T ALWAYS PLAY OUT THE SAME. HERE'S A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF WHAT TO EXPECTProject leaders are now an official part of the international jet set, but it always helps to know a little before you go. So PM Network takes a...
Case Study: A Closer Look: Country Choice Organic
A small ... takes a bite out of the competition with market intellige ... at doesn't break the budget.EDEN PRAIRI, MINNESOTA, USA(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)THE CORPORATE TITANS of the world can usually afford to employ teams of competitive...
Doing Good for Business' Sake
YOU CANT ESCAPE IT. It seems like every day, another company launches an official corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy with a matching website and a barrage of press releases touting its good deeds. But even with the best intentions, all diose...
Drilling Down
Staking a claim as a global leader in geothermal exploration takes money, intuition, a knack for identifying worthwhile investments, and, in the case of Petratherm Ltd., a commitment to project management. Terry Kallis, managing director of the company,...
Executive Brief
34 MAPPING MATURITY* Global organizations eager to boost the bottom line and secure a competitive advantage are taking steps to mature their project management practices. it Training can help build project management knowledge and increase organizational...
Hand in Hand
Projects are just another way to achieve organizational objectives-and should be managed as part of the overall investment portfolio.PMI's The Standard for Portfolio Management says, "Both the operational and project aspects of an organization must be...
In a Different Light
THE TRUSTEES AT THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART DIDN'T JUST WANT MORE ROOM. THEY WANTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT.A museum is more than just a building. It's the sum of a culture's ideas, dreams and imagination-its heart and soul. So, when trustees at the...
In the Know
TRACKING THE COMPETITION CAN GIVE COMPANIES AN EDGE IN CHOOSING AND HONING PROJECTS ACROSS THE PORTFOLIO.IN novels or movies, characters out to steal corporate secrets kidnap key executives, hire "moles" within the company or break into security vaults...
Mapping Maturity
AROUND THE WORLD, ORGANIZATIONS ARE TAKING A GOOD, LONG LOOK AT THEMSELVES-AND FIGURING OUT WHERE TO GO NEXT.It certainly sounds good in theory. With project management maturity comes improved project delivery, increased ROI and smarter allocation of...
Marketplace
www.PMI.org/MarketplaceHOW TO ORDER Online: www.PMI.org/Marketplace * Telephone: 1-866-276-4PMI (U.S. and Canada) or +1-770-280-4129 (international) * E-mail: book.ordersapmi.orgMRON J. SHENHAR, Ph.D., DRAGAN MILOSEVIC, DOV DVIR Ph.D., AND HANS THAMHAINReinventing...
No Problem
If an issue comes up, don't make excuses. Figure out the solution.It doesn't take much skill to spot a problem. The majority of project professionals around the world can see the obstacles in front of them-yet only a select few see the opportunities.I...
Product Round Up
AVEVA VPRM 9.6 SP3COMPANY: Aveva Group ptc, Cambridge, EnglandCATEGORY: Resource ManagementFEATURES:* Lets users monitor and control life cycle events for tagged items* Restricts access to purchase orders by project group* Allows multi-office purchasing...
Quality Control
LEAN SIX SIGMA GETS AUTOMATED-PUTTING ALL THE NECESSARY DATA IN ONE PLACE.Both lean manufacturing and the Six Sigma business-improvement methodology have been around for a while. But companies could still use a little help in actually carrying them out.Stripped...
Ready for the World?
FOR A WHILE THERE, it looked like South Africa might receive a red card-the penalty for failing to meet the demands of hosting the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. But the country stayed in the game and is putting...
Some Healthy Competition
IT BEHEMOTHS Google and Microsoft are battling it out on new turf-each leveraging their technological prowess and brand loyalty to win over consumers to rival online healthcare management systems. Although they take different tacks, both allow clients...
Traffic Jam
THE PROJECT: Improve major transportation arteries in Auckland, New ZealandORGANIZATIONS: Transit New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, and the Auckland City CouncilSTART DATE: April 2006END DATE: July 2008COST: NZ$26 millionTHE CHALLENGE: Looking to...
Worldview: TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
IN THE SHADOW OF A SUPERPOWER, THIS DIVERSE METROPOLIS SETS ITSELF APART AS A BREEDING GROUND FOR FUTURE GLOBAL PROJECT LEADERS.Toronto seems to take a certain pride in being a city of firsts, biggests and bests. Not only is it the largest city in Canada,...