Category Archives: Tools & Techniques

5 Great Open Source Project Management Platforms

Open-source has been gaining momentum for some time now. It seems that every year, more companies have been adopting open-source solutions to meet their business objectives. In fact, the results of the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe that more than 50 percent of purchased software will be…

The Efficiency Trap

I encourage Project Managers to use tools that are portable from project to project, from team to team, and from company to company. The common denominators are MS Project, MS Excel, MS Word, and MS Visio, MS SharePoint, and MS PowerPoint. I use a combination of MS Project and MS Excel for the project schedule….

Project Management at the United Nations: Projects Management for Sustainable Social Change

Ricardo Vargas, director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations, on project management at the U.N and the challenges of development and sustainable social change projects. Ricardo Vargas is the director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations (U.N). His work at the U.N is focused on improving the…

The GPS for Your Change Journey: Change Readiness Assessments

Kate Nelson on the importance of Change Readiness Assessment as an effective tool to pinpoint enablers and barriers to change and guide our change management work plan Kate Nelson believes that, just like a GPS, a Change Readiness Assessment can help the project manager and team define the starting point for a change initiative, chart…

12 Essential Conversations for Project Success

Shawn Kent Hayashi shares insights from her book on the 12 fundamental conversations every project leader should master to be truly effective. Listen to the audio or download the full transcripts below. Whether we are trying to gain commitment from a team member, set expectations for a project stakeholder, or negotiate a contract with a…

Social Media For Project Managers – A Conversation with Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin shares insights on how social media can support and supplement existing project management techniques. There’s a change happening in project management: social media tools are finding their way from branding and marketing to talent management and to the hub of companies and project teams. Elizabeth Harrin says that Project management methodologies are being…

Why Team Building Is Not An Event – A conversation with Kirk Weisler

Kirk Weisler shares strategies, behaviors, and, most importantly, the mindset that should guide effective team building. Team building is the process of transforming a collection of individuals into a high performance team. My guest today says that team building is not a one time event. It is more than team exercises and icebreakers. Kirk Weisler,…

How IT Can Deliver New Business Value Every 12 Weeks – Adobe Systems Case Study

Paulette Scheffer, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure & Service Management at Adobe Systems, on how her team Delivers new business value 12-week sprints. I am joined today by Paulette Scheffer, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure & Service Management, to talk about how her team at Adobe Systems delivers business value in 12-week sprints. Paula shares…

The LOE Index: Measuring The Individual Response To Organizational Change

Dr. Victoria Grady shares insights about the Organizational Loss of Effectiveness Index: a quantitative Tool for measuring individual response to organizational change. I am joined today by Dr. Victoria Grady to talk about her Organizational Loss of Effectiveness Index, a quantitative Tool for measuring the individual response to organizational change. The LOE Index is used…

How to Conquer Information Overload – A conversation with Dr. Joanne Cantor

Dr. Joanne Cantor shares insights from her latest book Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress. Do we own our electronic gadgets or do they own us? Dr. Joanne Cantor challenges how we think about our relationship to our smartphones, ipods, ipads, and other digital devices. Although these are great tools,…