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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How to run an Effective Meeting

How to run an Effective Meeting

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Meetings are an inevitable part of a project and program manager’s job. They are often seen as an unproductive use of time that stops any “real work” from happening. However, if run properly they can be a great way of collaborating with your team and your stakeholders and getting things to happen.

This guidance presents 10 top tips to help you to run effective meetings. It’s part of the art of project management, as defined by Project DPro, which focuses on the people elements of a project and requires skills that enable project managers to lead, empower, motivate, and communicate effectively (see pages 28/29 of the Guide to Project DPro)

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 write a Project Implementation Plan

How to write a Project Implementation Plan

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

The project plan is arguably the most important tool in the project manager’s toolkit. The format of the project plan can vary between organizations and projects. The plan provides answers to questions such as “Why are we doing this project?”, “What are the goals and objectives?”, and “How will we make it happen?”

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 write and maintain a Project Charter

How to write and maintain a Project Charter

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Creating a Project Charter is a key activity during project Set Up and is a key output of this phase. The Project Charter is the project’s compass aims to officially authorize the start of the project, ensure understanding of project parameters, and create a shared commitment to 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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“How to” guides

“How to” guides

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

We have launched a series of “How to” guides to provide more details on the Project DPro and Program DPro tools and techniques.

These booklets 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. The first guides are:

  • How to Be a Mentor
  • How to create a Gantt Chart
  • How to create a Logframe (Logical Framework)
  • How to create a Network Diagram
  • How to create a Project Budget

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.

Visit the “How to” Guides page at the DPro+ platform and access the first ones. We will publish a new “How to” every week! Follow our social media and keep an eye at our blog.

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 DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

Project DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

PM4NGOs is delighted to announce the launch of the Project Management for Development Professionals Guide – Project DPro (PMD Pro 2nd Edition). The Project DPro Guide reflects years of learning, feedback from hundreds of development professionals, and a two-year development process. It also aligns with Program DPro Guide.

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Guia Project DPro – Segunda Edição do PMD Pro

Guia Project DPro – Segunda Edição do PMD Pro

PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

PM4NGOs anuncia com satisfação o lançamento do Guia de Gerenciamento de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento – Project DPro (PMD Pro 2a Edição). O Guia Project DPro reflete nos de aprendizagem, feedback de centenas de profissionais de desenvolvimento, e um process de desenvolvimento de 2 anos. Ele se alinha com o Guia Program DPro.

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