The art of project management

The art of project management

PM4NGOs
This article has been originally published at Elise Stevens' Website.  Art is defined as the expression or application of human creativity or imagination. It’s a much broader definition than simply painting or sculpture, but many project managers will still wonder why a conversation about art belongs in the project management world. According to project management consultant Echo Woolf, thinking about project management as an art form simply means thinking about what moves and motivates people. As she explains to Elise Stevens in this podcast, the art of project management lies in personal development; seeking intentional experiences and constantly refining soft skills in an attempt to perfect the craft. Continue reading
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PM4NGOs Hubs: Nesty Delgado

PM4NGOs Hubs: Nesty Delgado

PM4NGOs
Nesty Delgado Puerto Rico Jesus E. (Nesty) Delgado-Morales is a Civil Engineer and Project Manager passionate about bringing ideas to viable and healthy projects, and bringing those projects to results that generate a real impact and fundamental changes; successfully implement strategy to promote continuous innovation and achieve true resilience in the communities and organizations I serve. Nesty is enthusiastic about applying the best practices of engineering, exponential technologies, and the principles and methodologies of Project Management, Strategy Implementation, and Business Continuity to help our clients solve difficult problems, achieve the success of their projects, add value, and increase their readiness and their Organizational Resilience and Maturity. Continue reading
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The Material Effects of Stories

The Material Effects of Stories

PM4NGOs
How narratives can open up new ways of seeing and doing BLOG AUTHOR Emily Sadeghian FIRST PUBLISHED December 2021 SOURCE IDEO.ORG There’s this experiment that the psychologist Ellen Langer ran that demonstrates the material effects of stories. Her team asked 84 hotel cleaning staff whether or not they exercised; the majority answered ‘no.’  However, after the team explained to the staff that the labor they were doing each day—their bathroom scrubbing, bedmaking, and vacuuming—was actually exercise, the hotel staff started to lose more weight and their blood pressure decreased. The act of mindfully changing the narrative had material effects on their days, their minds, and their bodies. Continue reading
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The NGO Challenge

The NGO Challenge

Development Sector, PM4NGOs
Delivering third sector projects demands tenacity, agility and, increasingly, professionalised project management skills, finds Conrad Heine Life‑saving or life‑changing third sector projects are, as Peter Marlow, co‑chair of PM4NGOs, puts it, part of a sector that is “really big”. In 2019 alone, the UK government spent £14bn of public money on foreign aid. “Projects in uncontrolled environments”, as Marlow calls them, are needed on a huge scale – a need likely only to grow in the face of, for example, the huge numbers of refugees displaced by ongoing conflicts or the hardships likely to emerge on the back of climate change and the Covid‑19 pandemic. Project managers in the sector face the same challenges as elsewhere. But the contexts – including conflict zones, rapid onset emergencies, food relief distribution and refugee…
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New Hub representantive in Syria

New Hub representantive in Syria

PM4NGOs
Mazen Housseiny did an amazing job as PM4NGOs representative in Syria in the last year and half. He made an article talking about his experience as PM4NGOs Hub and introducing the new representative, Obidah AlSAYED ALI. "It was pleasure to serve the Syrian project managers as representative for PM4NGOs in the last year and half. And i am more pleased now that Obaida has taken this duty and relief me from this responsibility. He is one of the best ambassadors for improving the project and programme management in the humanitarian sector with conducting tens of training and supporting many NGOs with his amazing experience." - Mazen Housseiny Continue reading
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5 ways NGOs are working with local partners to respond to Covid-19

5 ways NGOs are working with local partners to respond to Covid-19

PM4NGOs
This article has been originally published at Bond.  AUTHOR: YOLAINA VARGAS PRITCHARD AMY SHAW Civil society organisations are playing an important role in the global effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities.  International NGOs are working in partnership with local civil society organisations, as well as national and local governments, to continually reassess and adapt how they best support their partners through this crisis. Here are a few examples of how Bond members are collaborating with their in-country partners to strengthen the response to Covid-19. 1. Standing by communities while protecting staff Continue reading
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PM4NGOs is joining the HPass family

PM4NGOs is joining the HPass family

Development Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro Certification
We are delighted to announce that we are joining the HPass family! We are joining a group of 27 organizations that already create and issue digital badges through HPass, using the platform to recognize skills and experience of individuals with an interest in humanitarian and development work. Individual learners are able to add their badges to an online myHPass profile, building up a portfolio of evidence of their expertise to share with employers and peers. The platform aims to promote skills-based hiring and give visibility to the experience and expertise of humanitarian actors beyond academic qualifications. As such, we are delighted to collaborating with the HPass initiative. We offer certifications in the fields of project and programme management, and financial management, which are respected and recognized worldwide, and used by…
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5 Ways Organizations and Leaders Have Been Caring for Staff During This Season of Extreme Uncertainty

5 Ways Organizations and Leaders Have Been Caring for Staff During This Season of Extreme Uncertainty

PM4NGOs
This article has been originally published at Humentum. What word or phrase would you use to characterize the past year? How do you sum up a season seen as a global pandemic, travel restrictions, seismic shifts in the global economy and our own working lives, acute political tensions, violence, and renewed calls for racial justice?     When we ask our clients these questions, we hear words like change, upheaval, hard, painful, scary, and growth. And we hear a common thread—uncertainty. It has been a season of extraordinary instability and uncertainty for all of us—one filled with extra pressure, stress, and anxiety. During seasons like this, it is tempting to put self-care on hold and to think that staff care can wait until things feel less overwhelming and uncertain. But it…
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5 Important skill set a business analyst must possess

5 Important skill set a business analyst must possess

PM4NGOs
This article has been originally published at Proventures. Business analysis is a discipline that focuses on ensuring that changes implemented in an organisation align with the strategic goals or direction of the organisation. And to successfully accomplish that, the business analyst would have to square-up to several challenges that demand a host of skills, competencies and expertise. For some people, these skills or competencies may come naturally, while for some others, it may just require some measure of training and perhaps a lot of practice to develop them As per me, not in a particular order, the below five most important skills one must possess to be effective and productive on the job of a business analyst; Continue reading
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PM4NGOs Hub – Board Representative

PM4NGOs Hub – Board Representative

PM4NGOs
Written by DOV ROSENMANN "I have been working in the NGO sector as professional since since 2003 and assumed various levels of responsibility within international organizations as well as in innovation startups. As detailed in my CV, I am a Project DPro and Program DPro certified professional. I have a multicultural background and identity being both a Brazilian and French citizen. I have a fluent command of French, English, Portuguese, as well as Spanish. Besides all the intrinsic management challenges I learned from during my carrier, my responsibilities have allowed me systematic contact with NGO business management, program development strategies, networks, resource mobilization challenges. At the same time, I have acquired on the ground and facilitation experience through leadership and coordination roles in fragile contexts. Building capacities and sharing knowledge…
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