Top 5 Tips for Facilitating Online Meetings

Top 5 Tips for Facilitating Online Meetings

Leadership, PM4NGOs, Program Management, Project Management
This article has been originally published at APMG AUTHOR: TOMASZ NEDZI Tomasz Nedzi, an experienced facilitator, explains some simple tips that can help you facilitate online meetings 1. Be early If you are the facilitator of the meeting it’s your duty to manage the meeting and be prepared. Show that you are prepared by being on time. It’s best to be the first person in the room.  Your participants will join gradually and you can meet and greet them. By showing your appreciation for their presence you will reduce stress. Asking them casual questions about the place they are joining from, or the weather at their place will help to build relationships. 2. Understand your participants It’s important to understand that we humans are not all the same. Even though we…
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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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Project DPro Pulse 2019

Project DPro Pulse 2019

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
PM4NGOs has launched the Project DPro Pulse 2019 - a survey to identify the demand and needs of project managers at the development and humanitarian sectors.You will be leading the project management tools/guides development in 2020/2021 and providing your opinion and recommendations along with other professionals around the world.This survey takes approximately 15 minutes. You participation is crucial - the survey findings will not only generate a global report but, more importantly, drive PM4NGOs and its partners efforts to attending professionals and organizations' project management needs. Please also share this initiative with your colleagues.Click in the button below to participate on the Project DPro Pulse 2019. Project DPro Pulse 2019
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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.    (more…)
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Program DPro (PgMD Pro) Rebranding

Program DPro (PgMD Pro) Rebranding

Program Management, Project DPro
Over the past 10 years, PMD Pro has reached 27 thousand professionals, working at 1,250 organizations, in 165 countries. This is the number of professionals that we can acknowledge because they have taken the exam – but we are sure that many more project managers and their teams are applying the PMD Pro best practices. This large community has motivated and helped PM4NGOs and its partners to go beyond the project management level. PMD Pro has given birth to a family of best practices and methodologies: Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Financial Management, PMD Pro Starter, and supplemental materials like the Theory of Change and the Quick Reading Guides. Informally, we refer to this group of guides and methodologies as the DPro Family. To better align with the growing DPro…
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Why do we need five steps to develop a schedule?

Why do we need five steps to develop a schedule?

Program Management, Project Management
Before learning and adopting best practices for project management, developing a project schedule was a pain. I used to grab the project proposal and other available documents and then spent several hours (days) behind my computer working on the MS Project. No matter how much time I dedicated or how focused I was, the outcome was never detailed or comprehensive enough. PMD Pro made me understand that there are many steps prior to the scheduled development, such as the Logframe review, WBS development, sequencing activities, estimating resources and duration, and establishing the critical path, to finally develop the project schedule.However, I still struggled to understand why I needed to follow all these steps, one by one, instead of simply applying their techniques at once. After all, when thinking on a…
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Long live the Decision Gates

Long live the Decision Gates

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
During the project launch meeting, suddenly, the Project Manager raises from his chair and shouts: “long live decision gates!” Yes, decision gates must live long and walk through the entire project life. But what are decision gates? According to the PMD Pro Guide, decision gates consist of a series of points in the project that require a decision to either proceed with the next phase of the project, modify the Scope, Schedule or Budget of the project or end the project outright. Each successive decision gate builds on the work that was developed in the previous stage. Although more common at the Setup Phase, when a formal approval is required to mobilizing resources and beginning the iterative planning and implementation phases, decision gates are helpful and necessary to connect each…
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