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How to create an Objectives Tree

How to create an Objectives Tree

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Creating an Objectives Tree is an activity performed during project Identification and Definition. It is the second step towards creating a logical framework for the project and enables you to consider a positive future state in the target community when your project has had beneficial results.

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Click here to read this full guidance and access the series of “How to” guides available at the DPro+ platform.


The “How to” guides are booklets that present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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Can development projects be Agile?

Can development projects be Agile?

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro

What is the potential of Agile Project Management for the development and humanitarian sectors? This article investigates the compatibility between Project DPro and Agile PM.

The extent to which Agile PM could be useful in the humanitarian and development sectors remains largely unexplored. Originally conceived as a solution to problems presented by the traditional management of projects in software development, Agile has expanded to other sectors, and, in theory at least, can be used in any context.

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Applications for PM4NGOs Hubs

Applications for PM4NGOs Hubs

PM4NGOs

PM4NGOs is aiming to expand its network of local hubs worldwide. PM4NGOs Hubs are expert volunteers who represent PM4NGOs in specific country or region, providing support to learners and practitioners around the world.

Through these hubs, Project DPro students and practitioners meet their peers, make new contacts, network, build knowledge, share solutions and ideas, and enjoy activities and events.

Your support will help to provide transformational learning and certification to project managers working in the development and humanitarian sectors, serving to community based non-profits organizations and professionals.

Visit the PM4NGOs Hubs page and read the profile of our current representatives in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Nigeria, Turkey, and Syria. 

We are currently looking for new representatives in Canada and the USA, but you are invited to submit your application even if you are based in a different country. PM4NGOs Hubs Program will continue to expand across the globe and your application will be reviewed for (near) future expansion.

The next selection process (Canada and USA) will happen on May 31, 2020.

Can you help to form and run a local hub in your country or region?

Click in the button below and submit your application!

Note: In order to become a PM4NGOs Hub, candidates must be Project DPro (PMD Pro) or PMD Pro certified.

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How to create a Problem Tree

How to create a Problem Tree

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Creating a Problem Tree is an activity performed during project Identification and Definition. It is the first step towards creating a logical framework for the project, to be followed by the creation of an Objectives Tree.

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Click here to read this full guidance and access the series of “How to” guides available at the DPro+ platform.


The “How to” guides are booklets that present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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How to perform a Change Control Process

How to perform a Change Control Process

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

The Change Control Process is a process map that helps Project Managers make changes to the project plan. It is used in the Implementation phase of the project.

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Click here to read this full guidance and access the series of “How to” guides available at the DPro+ platform.


The “How to” guides are booklets that present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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Project Risk Identification and Management Post-Covid-19

Project Risk Identification and Management Post-Covid-19

COVID-19, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project Management

This is the third in a series of articles looking at the effects of Covid-19 on project management in the development and humanitarian sectors. For the second article in the series, visit:

Schedule and Time Management Post-Covid-19

Identification and management of risk is intrinsic and non-negotiable in project management, and certainly one area that will be irrevocably changed by the current health crisis. I believe we will change not the way in which risk is identified and assessed, but rather our relationship with risk.

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How to perform Needs Analysis

How to perform Needs Analysis

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Needs analysis is a key activity during project identification and design, and constitutes part of the PMD Pro identification and design phase process:

PMD Pro Identification and Design phase process

  • Collecting Data
  • Triangulating Data
  • Needs Analysis
    • Current State Analysis
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Future State Analysis

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Click here to read this full guidance and access the series of “How to” guides available at the DPro+ platform.


The “How to” guides are booklets that present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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Projects In Uncontrolled Environments

Projects In Uncontrolled Environments

Development Sector, Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro

Peter Marlow, PM4NGOs Board Member, discusses at this PM Today article the unique challenges of managing projects in the humanitarian and development sectors and how a training and certification scheme called Project DPro that’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year is making a big difference.

He explains why it’s needed, how it’s put into practice, and how you can help.

“Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” – Joy Gumz

Read the full article at the PM Today website.

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Schedule and Time Management Post-Covid-19

Schedule and Time Management Post-Covid-19

COVID-19, Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro

This is the second in a series of articles looking at the effects of Covid-19 on project management in the development and humanitarian sectors. For the first article in the series, visit:

https://www.pmdpro.plus/a-post-covid-19-world-and-alternative-development-with-project-dpro/

How will our experience of coronavirus affect our approach to managing the time element of projects in future?

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A Post-COVID-19 World and Alternative Development with Project DPro

A Post-COVID-19 World and Alternative Development with Project DPro

COVID-19, Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro

When we finally emerge from the current health crisis, it will be to a World indelibly marked by the events of 2020. 

The extent of human and economic loss exacted by coronavirus is not yet clear. What we do know is that life will go on and dedicated professionals will continue their work in the humanitarian sectors. But even before current events unfolded, calls for radical change were becoming ever louder as irreversible climate change becomes more imminent. 

I expect this trend to be magnified by the Covid-19 crisis. More people will consider alternatives to mainstream development that focus on culture and wellbeing rather than production based on economic growth. Concepts such as Buen Vivir, Ubuntu, and Degrowth may well become more popular.       

What does this mean for the Project DPro practitioner? Alternative development projects are people-centered and participatory, working on social and cultural issues at grassroots level. Inevitably then, for alternative development projects local knowledge and needs analysis will be more in-depth and complex.  

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