The End of the Project – Game of Thrones Season Finale

The End of the Project – Game of Thrones Season Finale

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I am almost sure that I’ve read an article comparing Project Management with Game of Thrones. But, with the coming of the season finale, I cannot avoid thinking on how the project would end if the project manager were one of the Game of Thrones character…

Tyrion Lannister

Using diplomacy skills, he would advise each team member and to negotiate with local partners and seek for the best possible end of the project. He would jump from supporting the partners to attending donor requirements, also searching how the implementing organization could achieve its own needs. Despite of his good will, shifting masters he would like to please would lead to not attending anyone’s expectations. A (continuous) project redesign would probably be the adopted scenario.

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Project management professional development: agile or traditional?

Project management professional development: agile or traditional?

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This article was originally published on APMG.

Project management professional development: agile or traditional?

Training and certification is a great way for project professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and competences to current and future employers. Whether aligned to a particular framework or methodology, or a focus on the key attributes or a project manager, training and certification can prove incredibly valuable for enhancing skills and enabling career progression.

With a wide range of options available in the marketplace, it can be a difficult and time-consuming task identifying the best option/s for one’s career development.

This is further complicated by the rise of agile and its influence on the project management landscape, with more organizations and project professionals than ever embracing agile tools and frameworks as they aim to increase the success of – and return on investment from – projects and other change initiatives.

With agile now mainstream in project management, a key decision faces many project professionals considering training and certification, and indeed those embarking on a career in project management. The decision is linked to a question along the lines of:

Should I certify in agile or traditional/waterfall project management?

The ‘Intent’​ in Intentional Organizational Learning

The ‘Intent’​ in Intentional Organizational Learning

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The 'Intent'​ in Intentional Organizational Learning

This article was originally published on Humentum

Generally, to be intentional means, to do something on purpose or to be deliberate – when used, the addition of the word intentional often is to add emphasis. It implies that an organization has thought about its options, discussed everything that need to be discussed, and come to this decision. As a result, resources are being allocated to make it successful.

When it comes to learning this includes having deliberate discussions within the organization or to implement something purposefuly. At an individual level, intentional learning happens when one sets out to learn something specific. One might search on the internet for advice on how to solve a problem or acquire a skill. Or one might enroll in a training course to learn how to paint or speak another language. The point is that Intentional Learning is not accidental, and it is driven by a goal or need, even if you don’t know what that is.

According to written literature, intentional learning in an organization is the “persistent, continual process to acquire, understand, and use a variety of strategies to improve one’s ability to attain and apply knowledge” (American Accounting Association, 1995). The “cognitive processes that have learning as a goal rather than an incidental outcome (Bereiter & Scardamella, 1989)

Virtually Human: Creating Team Cohesion Without Being Together​

Virtually Human: Creating Team Cohesion Without Being Together​

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Virtually Human: Creating Team Cohesion Without Being Together

This article was originally published on Humentum

When I started my career in 1990 working for a small international agency, we still had a Telex machine, but we never used it. Instead, we heavily relied on fax. One of my duties was to collect the piles of curled pages lying on the floor after one of our project offices had sent through a report. I’d sort the pages into the correct order and set the pile on a table under a heavy weight to flatten before handing it to my executive director. The following day, I’d assist in faxing back a reply.

Today, most workers have never even used a fax machine. Instead, we struggle with the volume of email exchanged every day with colleagues, even while adjusting to the proliferation of apps offering even more ways to communicate and collaborate virtually. As a result, we now seem to be seeing the dawn of the fully virtualized workplace.

HUMENTUM’S TRANSITION

As a case in point, Humentum recently made the decision to transition to a virtual workplace model. In place of a collection of offices in several locations around the world, they’ll organize into a network of individuals primarily working from home. I would argue that this is a brave, strategic and—some may say—risky decision. It is also likely a prophetic choice, when we stop to imagine the workplace 25 years hence.

Which project management training is right for you?

Which project management training is right for you?

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Lottie Watters, a Devex Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona, has published this amazing article about project management certifications and courses, which includes PMD Pro as one of the top three recommended by global development professionals.

Which project management training is right for you?

By Lottie Watters

Project management certifications offer the skills to successfully see a project through from start to finish. But with a wealth of project management courses out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out which course is best — particularly as many courses are designed for the private sector.

Different certifications — such as PMP, PRINCE2, and PMD Pro — vary in methodology, complexity, and time required to complete them. It is therefore key to select training best-suited to your field and line of work.

“It is important to do your own research on the development area, industry, or specialist profession you are in or aiming for. Once you have done that, you will have narrowed down the options and should choose the methodology that you feel comfortable with,” said Dave Bain, senior project manager at New Zealand Christchurch City Council, who has completed the PMP, PRINCE2, and Lean Six Sigma courses.

This article originally published on Devex. Follow the link below to read the full article.
https://www.devex.com/news/which-project-management-training-is-right-for-you-94336

What is the relationship between managing change, stress and men and women’s mental health in projects?

What is the relationship between managing change, stress and men and women’s mental health in projects?

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This article was originally published on APM

If we consider a project to be ‘a unique, transient endeavour undertaken to achieve a desired outcome’ – we can see why projects are inherently stressful.

Projects are unique, so there is no business-as-usual. Project managers manage change, and there is always an element of change you cannot foresee. Projects are also transient, operating over a finite period with a reasonable rate of staff turnover and some instability. They have a desired outcome – usually, strict targets decided many years before delivery, with intense pressure to hold to those targets. 

These are the relatively ‘ordinary’ project stressors, but add in unforeseen issues, incidents, in-project change, decision-making scrutiny, etc, and you can see why mental health is such a big issue.

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Oliver Filler from Plan International discusses project management and the benefits of PMD Pro

Oliver Filler from Plan International discusses project management and the benefits of PMD Pro

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This article was originally published on Humentum

Oliver Filler, Program Quality Manager at Plan International, talks about his experiences in project management, rolling out program-wide improvements and how PMD Pro has helped provide a foundation for project management learning in the developing world.

George Miller: Hello and welcome to this podcast from Humentum. My name is George Miller and I recently had the opportunity to talk to Oliver Filler, the project management lead at Plan International, about his experience of rolling out PMD Pro training. Why did they choose PMD Pro? How did they prepare to introduce it and, critically, how have people found it and what impacts has it had? But before we got onto these big questions I began by asking Oliver about his own background in anthropology. What had got him interested in that?

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Parceria Enactus Brasil e PM4NGOs

Parceria Enactus Brasil e PM4NGOs

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Trabalhando em Conjunto para melhor Apoiar os Gerentes de Projetos Sociais do Futuro

A Enactus Brasil e o PM4NGOs firmaram parceria neste mês de novembro para ampliar a promoção e compartilhamento de metodologias e boas práticas com estudantes da Rede Enactus no Brasil. 

A Enactus Brasil é parte do programa Enactus, presente em 36 países ao redor do mundo. Trata-se de uma rede de estudantes, líderes executivos e líderes acadêmicos, que fornece uma plataforma para os universitários criarem projetos de desenvolvimento comunitário que colocam capacidade e talento das pessoas em foco.

Os 2.800 estudantes universitários que participam do Programa da Enactus Brasil e desenvolvem mais de 210 projetos, serão acompanhados de perto e receberão apoio do representante do PM4NGOs no Brasil, Dov Rosemann. “O perfil dos estudantes que participam do programa é de pessoas engajadas com os desafios socioambientais de nossos tempos. Colaborar com essa geração de futuros líderes é ao mesmo tempo uma honra e uma ação estratégica para o desenvolvimento de uma cidadania ativa e responsável”, afirma Dov.

Além do acesso aos guias de boas práticas PMD Pro[1]e PgMD Pro[2], todas as metodologias e ferramentas do PM4NGOs, os estudantes que obtiverem a certificação uma das certificações do PM4NGOs terão acesso ao programa de integração e desenvolvimento profissional contínuo PMD Pro+.

Segundo Vitor Vannucchi Ungari, Gerente de Programas da Enactus Brasil, “através da ação empreendedora e sustentabilidade, os projetos buscam melhorar a vida de comunidades em situação de vulnerabilidade social. Os desafios são muitos e a complexidade é grande, mas sabemos que não mudaremos nada sem colocar as ideias em prática e executar nossos sonhos grandes. A parceria entre PM4NGOs e Enactus ajudará a profissionalizar ainda mais os projetos, buscando melhorar o desenvolvimento dos estudantes e consequentemente o valor gerado nas mais diferentes comunidades”.

Sobre a Enactus Brasil

Enactus é uma organização internacional sem fins lucrativos dedicada a inspirar os alunos a melhorar o mundo através da Ação Empreendedora.

A Enactus Brasil é um dos 36 países ao redor do mundo que opera o programa Enactus. Somos uma rede de estudantes, líderes executivos e líderes acadêmicos, onde fornecemos uma plataforma para os universitários criarem projetos de desenvolvimento comunitário que colocam capacidade e talento das pessoas em foco. Com isso, nossos alunos fazem da Ação Empreendedora a ferramenta que transforma vidas. E a transformação acontece dos dois lados: as pessoas que servimos e os alunos, que desenvolvem valores para se tornarem os verdadeiros líderes do futuro.

Assim como no mundo dos negócios, acreditamos que a competição estimula a criatividade e recompensa resultados. Para a Enactus, isso significa mais vidas impactadas. Uma série anual de campeonatos nacionais fornece um fórum para as equipes mostrarem o impacto de seus projetos, que são avaliados por executivos. O Time Campeão Nacional avança para a prestigiada Enactus World Cup, onde tem a oportunidade de vivenciar a celebração da excelência e colaboração.

www.enactus.org.br

Sobre o PM4NGOs

O PM4NGOs é uma organização sem fins lucrativos internacional que almeja por um mundo sustentável e equilibrado onde o investimento social em projetos e programas alcança o maior impacto possível.

O PM4NGOs promove a excelência na gestão de projetos e programas através da criação e desenvolvimento de guias boas práticas para profissionais de desenvolvimento social, certificação para aqueles trabalhando no setor social que desejam adquirir uma qualificação internacionalmente reconhecida, e mantém um fórum para comunicação e discussão sobre as melhores práticas para o setor de desenvolvimento social.

A missão do PM4NGOs é promover e apoiar o profissionalismo da gestão de programas e projetos no setor internacional de desenvolvimento social.

www.pm4ngos.org

[1]Gestão de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

[2]Gestão de Programas para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs partnership

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs partnership

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Working Together to better Support the Future Social Development Project Managers

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs announce their partnership to share methodologies and best practices with the students of the Enactus Brazil Network.

Enactus Brasil part of the Enactus Program, present at 36 countries across the globe. The program is a network composed by students, executive and academic leaders, that offer a platform for university students create and implement community development projects, with focus on people talents and capabilities.

The 2,800 university students who participate in the Enactus Brasil Program and implement over 210 projects will receive close support and guidance from the PM4NGOs represent at Brazil, Dov Rosemann. “The students who attend the program have a socio-environmental engagement profile, focused on actual challenges. Collaborating with these future leaders is not only an honour but also a strategic action to develop responsible and proactive citizens”, says Dov.

Besides accessing the PMD Pro[1]and PgMD Pro[2]best practices guides, other PM4NGOs methodologies and tools, students who acquire one of the PM4NGOs certifications will have access to the continuing professional development program PMD Pro+

According to Vitor Vannucchi Ungari, Enactus Brasil Program Manager, “through sustainable entrepreneurship actions, projects seek to improve socially vulnerable communities living conditions. There are many challenges and the context is complex, but we know we will not change anything without changing our ideas in real actions. The partnership with between PM4NGOs and Enactus will help to make our projects even more professionals, improving students’ development and, as a consequence, generating earned value in the communities we support.”

 

About Enactus Brasil

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through Entrepreneurship Action.

Enactus Brasil part of the Enactus Program, present at 36 countries across the globe. The program is a network composed by students, executive and academic leaders, that offer a platform for university students create and implement community development projects, with focus on people talents and capabilities.

Our Students make the Entrepreneurship Action the tool that change lives. The transformation happens on both sides: people we serve and students, who develop values to become the true leaders of the future.

Likewise the business world, we believe competition stimulates creativity and generate results. To Enactus, this belief means impact to a bigger number of lives. A series of annual national contests provides a platform to Enactus teams present their projects’ impact, evaluated by executive professionals. The national winner team moves forward to the Enactus World Cup, giving this team an opportunity to experience and celebrate the excellence in cooperation.

www.enactus.org.br

 

About PM4NGOs

PM4NGOs is an international non-profit organization that seeks for an equitable and sustainable world where social investment achieves the greatest impact.

PM4NGOs promotes excellence in the management of social investment projects and programmes through the creation and development of best practice guidance for development professionals, certification schemes for those working in the sector who will be proud to hold an internationally recognized qualification and a forum for communication and discussion about international development sector best practice.

The PM4NGOs mission is to promote and sustain the professionalism of program and project management in the international development sector.

www.pm4ngos.org

 

[1]Gestão de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

[2]Gestão de Programas para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social