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Gartner’s Market Guide for Software Requirements Definition and Management Solutions

If you’re a BA or PM struggling with automating software requirements definition you may be interested in this report found here

State of Scrum Report for 2015

The Scrum Alliance has published it’s most recent survey on all things Scrum. State of Scrum 2015.

Day in the Life of a Project Manager

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This survey ran as a two-part survey within North America by ProjectManagement.com on behalf of Workfront. The first survey ran from August 5, 2014 through September 3, 2014 and was conducted online within North America by ProjectManagement.com on behalf of Workfront; 384 project managers answered ten questions on the ProjectManagement.com website. The second survey was presented on the ProjectManagement.com and Workfront webinar “What the State of Project Management Today Means For You: The Results of the 2014 State of Project Management Survey,” on December 4, 2014; it had 336 live attendees. Day in the life of a Project Manager Survey.

 Building High Performing Project Talent

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 11.21.51 AMAccording to PMI, “Developing top-tier project talent does not happen overnight. Organizations must invest time and resources to identify high-potential project and program managers and give them the training and opportunities they need to advance. That process works best when it begins early and continues throughout the individual’s career.” This report provides insight and commentary, along with case studies, to describe how to build the type of talent an organization needs in project management.  Building-High-Performing-Project-Talent_PMIwhitepaper

Rally The Talent to Win: Transforming Strategy into Reality

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This survey, which was conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by PMI, reports that only 17% of respondents reported that their “talent management strategies are quick to react to changing business conditions” which greatly hamper 40% of strategy implementation efforts. Rally-the-Talent-to-Win

Spotlight on Success: Developing the Talent for Strategic Impact 

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Human Systems International (which was recently acquired by PMI) and PMI take an in-depth look at the talent management practices of 12 high-performing organizations which can be used as exemplars for other organizations looking to improve.  Spotlight On Success Developing-Talent-for-Strat-Impact

Talent Management: Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO.

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This report, done in collaboration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “identifies and explores the characteristics of organizations that excel at talent management.” However, based on a survey of 726 respondents “few organizations are adept at managing it, starting at the top.” It also suggests that by focusing on the six proven predictors of highly of highly mature organizations in management talent, any organization will be able to significantly boost its own performance in this critical area.  Talent-Management-Powering-Strategic-Initiatives

CompTIA’s 2014 “State of IT Skills Gap” Report

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Many project managers I meet are in the IT industry managing some very large projects and programs. This report from trade group CompTIA reveals some key skills gaps in the IT industry that could impact many of the projects that you may be responsible for.  CompTIA state-of-it-skills-gap-2014-

Pinnacle Strategies Report: Training and PMOs Will Not Save our Projects

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.09.24 AMAccording to Pinnacle this report “benchmarks current project management practices and results. It identifies today’s most common practices, concerns of executives and project managers, and process areas they are working to improve. Its goal is to shed light on the core issues affecting successful project delivery and the areas where practitioners and managers should be applying their efforts.”   Pinnacle State of PM Report Sep2014

PMI’s 2014 Pulse of the Profession Report

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession reports have emphasized the benefits of effective project, program and portfolio management. More recently, the Institute has begun focusing on strategic initiative management to drive organization success through improved efficiency. There are some very interesting findings in this year’s “Pulse.” Download your copy now. PMI_Pulse_2014

PMI Report: Portfolio Management

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.55.04 PMThis report describes the three broad best practices in the business of portfolio management that can improve efficiency, increase ROI and decrease risk.  Portfolio-Management pdf

PMI Report: Organizational Agility

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.39.29 PMOrganizations that report they have a high degree of agility  also claim that they have greater success in completing projects on time, on budget and meeting the project requirements. What’s the connection? This report provides some background of interest.  Organizational Agility pdf

 

PMI Report: The Essential Role of Communications

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.30.11 PMA majority of project managers say that effective communications is a key critical success factor in their work. This report provides the hard numbers on this soft skill.  Role-of-Communications pdf

 

PMI Report: Talent Gap–Project Management Through 2020

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.46.45 PMFrom now through 2020, approximately 9.5 million project management jobs will be created.  That’s more than 1.5 million per year for the next six years. Those with key project management skills and experience will be the ones who benefit.  PMSkillsGapReport pdf

PMI Report: The Competitive Advantage of Effective Talent Management

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.35.05 PMWhy are high-performing just that? Because they have a best practices approach to cultivating talent to deliver successful programs and projects. Advantage of Talent Mgmt pdf

 

PMI Report: Executive Sponsor Engagement-Top Driver of Project and Program Success

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.22.25 PMThis report describes the simple solutions that any organization can take to developing a culture of actively engaged executive sponsors, which, according to PMI,  is the top driver of project success.

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PMI Report: The Impact of PMO’s on Strategy Implementation

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.50.43 PMAccording to this report “PMOs are struggling with defining their role within organizations and demonstrating their value, despite evidence suggesting that PMOs offer a suite of benefits to organizations that champion them.”  The findings from this research identifies how best-performing PMOs are structured and how any organization can develop a PMO for maximum positive results and outcomes. More importantly, it provides insight on how PMOs can show more value to their organization.  Impact of PMOs on Strat Implementation

PMI Report: Requirements Management-A Core Competency for Project and Program Success

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.31.24 PMThis report, based on a survey of more than 2,000 practitioners, provides valuable insight into the current practice, or rather, malpractice of requirements management. If your organization needs help in sorting out the best way to do requirements, this report can help.

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PMI Report: Enabling Organizational Change Through Strategic Initiatives

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.41.02 PMAny organization’s strategy is delivered through projects, programs and initiatives. Accordingly, project and program managers are, in effect, change agents. To be successful in our work, project and program managers must ensure that their work is aligned with the organization’s objectives and strategy. This report is intended to provide organizations with helpful information on how they can  create more efficient, effective change management, and develop competencies to successfully implement and sustain change. Enabling-Change-Through-Strategic-Initiatives

 

PMI Report: Navigating Complexity

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.23.30 PMAccording to PMI “This publication explores the steps that organizations are taking to improve the success of their complex projects and programs. It reveals that, regardless of the degree of complexity, standardized project management practices, effective communications, and a strong talent base are necessary for project and program success.” Navigating_Complexity

 

Dr. Ginger Levin’s new PMI (Project Management Institute) Whitepaper on “Key Competencies for Success in Navigating Complexity.”

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PMI Report: PMO Frameworks

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.11.28 PMThis report is intended to help practitioners implement the best possible PMO for their organization. It was developed with extensive contributions from many PMO practitioners with significant expertise in the field. PMI_Pulse_PMO-Frameworks

 

Defense Acquisition University Gives Program Mgmt Tips in Smart Shutdown Guidebook

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Download your free copy here.

 

Information Week’s 2014 Enterprise Project Management Survey

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 1.10.30 PM“The 421 respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 Project Management Survey, all of them involved with project management at organizations with 100 or more employees, say the most important indicator for success is that a project is completed on time — a criterion we question. ” Download the full report here.

Multi-billion dollar oil and gas projects in peril

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 4.15.09 PMMulti-billion dollar, technically and operationally demanding oil and gas industry projects (megaprojects) continue to exceed budgets and miss scheduled deadlines, placing such projects in peril, according to new research from EY. Just click on the cover to download the report.

Really great templates and more!

projconnFree templates plus a variety of rich content on project management. Check out ProjectConnections.com.

 

Need help with cost estimating? GAO’s guide covers everything about it!

gaoguideAt 440 pages, it covers EVERYTHING you need to know about cost estimating. Just don’t try to read it in one sitting.  That said, the methodology outlined in this guide is a compilation of best practices that federal cost estimating organizations and industry use to develop and maintain reliable cost estimates throughout the life of a government acquisition program. And, you don’t have to be working with or for the Feds to benefit from this. Take a look.

Need help with project scheduling? GAO’s Schedule Guide is what you need!

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This schedule guide is a companion to the Cost Guide above. It may be another tome but worth downloading and having as a desk reference.  Simply put, schedule variances are usually followed by cost variances. Because some program costs such as labor, supervision, rented equipment, and facilities cost more if the program takes longer, a reliable schedule can contribute to an understanding of the cost impact if the program does not finish on time. In addition, management tends to respond to schedule delays by adding more resources or authorizing overtime. Hey, Amazon has the audacity to sell this  for $20, but you can get it free just by going to the GAO website. 

Want to know what’s happening in Agile? Read VersionOne’s recent survey

These guys have bScreen Shot 2014-08-15 at 8.34.55 AMeen doing this for years. Sure, they’re a vendor with a vested interest in the business, but it’s really good information.