Conflict Avoidance and Management through effective participation

Conflict Avoidance and Management through effective participation

Development Sector, Program Management, Project Management

One of the most significant differences between PM in traditional industries and the management of projects in the development sector, is the occurrence of and potential for conflict between stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our work with national NGOs reveals a continuing need to develop strategies and processes for conflict resolution between stakeholders.

To give but one example, an NGO planning and implementing a project in an area containing several communities could be required to include numerous local grassroots organizations. Those organizations may well have different goals, interests and agendas.   

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Can Organisations Standardise Their Approach to Project Management and Still Remain Adaptive?

Can Organisations Standardise Their Approach to Project Management and Still Remain Adaptive?

Development Sector, Project Management

This article has been originally published at Humentum

Our sector is notably opposed to the language of standardisation. So, when preparing to speak at the Humentum conference this year on how large organisations can standardise their approaches to project management and remain adaptive, the first thing I did was try to find an alternative for that phrase.

A quick google thesaurus of ‘standardise’ throws up a long list of equally, often more, uncomplimentary terms. To institutionalise, to stereotype, to regiment or mass produce. Not things most Project Managers or organisations would want to be associated with.

Scrolling down to the list of antonyms for ‘standardise’ gave even more reason to want to avoid it. To mix up, prevent, change or differentiate. These are camps which any PM worth their stripes would much rather sit in. Our primary goal is to instigate change. To prevent bad things from happening. 

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Five hidden skills every project manager needs

Five hidden skills every project manager needs

Development Sector, Leadership, Project Management

This article has been originally published at APM

So you’ve decided you would like to climb aboard the project management ride, and feel that your love for planning, passion for budgeting and the pleasure evoked by telling people what to do will get you climbing the career ladder. But is this enough? What about the soft skills that you need to land and sustain your dream project manager role? Being a project manager can sometimes compare to being a pawn in a difficult game of chess. You are often assigned to projects which are aimed to implement change within the business but are fraught with politics and bound in bureaucracy. In these instances the project manager is often expected to perform an act of magic to deliver a project. I’m going to give you the real deal and tell you from my hands on perspective the skills you need to succeed as an excellent project manager:  

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Depoimento sobre o PMD Pro – Saulo Esteves

Depoimento sobre o PMD Pro – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, PMD Pro, PMD Pro Certification

Enviado pela APMG International

Nome:                  Saulo Esteves
Profissão:            Profissional de Monitoramento e Avaliação de Projetos Sociais
Organização:      ChildFund Brasil

Qual é sua opinião sobre o treinamento / exame PMD Pro?

“Não tenho dúvidas de que o PMD Pro é o melhor curso de gerenciamento de projetos para profissionais do terceiro setor. A grande vantagem do PMD Pro é que existem excelentes ferramentas aplicáveis a todos os ciclos de vida do projeto. Além de fornecer conteúdo rico para o setor de desenvolvimento, o PMD Pro permite que você seja certificado internacionalmente em gestão de projetos. Eu recentemente obtive a certificação de nível 2. ”

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PMD Pro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

PMD Pro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, PMD Pro, PMD Pro Certification

Sent by APMG International

Name:                  Saulo Esteves
Role:                     Professional of Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Projects
Organization:      ChildFund Brasil

What are your thoughts on the training / exam?

“I have no doubt that PMD Pro is the best project management course for professionals in the third sector. The great advantage of PMD Pro is that there are excellent tools applicable to all project life cycles. In addition to providing rich content for the development sector, PMD Pro enables you to be internationally certified in project management. I recently achieved the Level 2 certification.”

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FIELD – Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development

FIELD – Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector

Save the Children is offering you the chance to get involved in the development of a pioneering humanitarian learning resource!

FIELD (Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development) is a ground-breaking, free capacity building programme currently being designed by Save the Children, with support of World Vision International and funding from the IKEA Foundation.

FIELD’s focus is to develop the pool of local, national, and international staff who can prepare for and take charge of in-country operational programmes in humanitarian responses.

If you want to learn more and engage, watch the FIELD Programme Video, visit FIELD Announcement Page, or contact the FIELD team:

Valerie Gebhard: V.Gebhard@savethechildren.org.uk

Timothy Quick: T.Quick@savethechildren.org.uk

FIELD: field@savethechildren.org.uk

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Can agile be scaled?

Can agile be scaled?

Development Sector, Project Management

This APM Research Fund study builds on the 2015 APM North West Volunteer study on the practical adoption of agile methodologies which provided a review of approaches at a project level, this study aims to investigate the level of practical adoption of those programme and portfolio components addressed by Scaled Agile methodologies. 

The objective of the study was to understand the extent to which scaled agile tools, techniques and roles are practically in place in corporate portfolio, programme, project and development management methodologies, to determine the level of corporate commitment to exploiting scaled agile, e.g. pilot, full use, selective based on need, as well as drivers for selection or deselection of the framework based on the overheads.

Who is the intended audience?

The proposed target audience is APM corporate members and their employees but would also be of interest to individual practitioners, training providers and those who are considering or have adopted Agile and now want to expand its use, or who have been struggling to align timeframes and products across multiple agile deliveries.

This article has been originally published at the APM Website. Click in the button below to read the full article and download the report.

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The rise and reality of INGO domestic programming

The rise and reality of INGO domestic programming

Development Sector


Author: Susannah Pickering-Saqqa
This article was originally published at Bond

There is a growing interest in the idea of INGOs running programmes in their home countries alongside their projects in the global south. These “domestic programmes” (DP) range from helping impoverished communities in the UK, Canada and the USA to supporting refugees and asylum seekers entering Germany and Sweden.

Some INGOs, like Islamic Relief Worldwide, are embracing domestic programming for numerous reasons, but this multi-mandate focus presents a range of challenges.

Why some international NGOs are working at home

DP has traditionally been an issue that receives little attention, but it has taken on a higher profile in recent years. This is due to several interconnected factors:

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