Supporting Termanin center for prostheses

Supporting Termanin center for prostheses

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by Mohammad Mansor Alatrash

Mohammad Mansor is one of the winners of the #StoryContest

Project Name: supporting Termanin center for prostheses at the north west of Syria to provide prostheses to 300 amputated children and women, who got injured because of the ongoing conflict in Syria. 
Duration of the project: 10 Months 
Organization: Polish medical mission (PMM)

A glance before the project fund approval:  A strong advocacy had been done since the beginning of the year 2018 to support this center, also I made many visits to capture the reality and the reliable estimations in time and costs to include them in the project design. Also, to foresee the risks that may confront us.

The project was launched officially the beginning of April/2018 , but to be honest it was through signing the contracts not with a project charter. So, I increased the communications with the staff and other stakeholders to ensure the good understanding for their roles, responsibilities and to get feedback about their concerns and fears. 

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Training professionals in project management

Training professionals in project management

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By Bimal Ghimire

Bimal Guimire, is one of the winners of the #StoryContest.

Hi, my name is Bimal Ghimire. I am a project manager by profession and I have been managing various development related projects/programs in Nepal over past thirteen years. I took PMD Pro certification in 2014 while I was working with World Vision International Nepal where the organization rolled out PMD Pro as a part of Project Management capacity building initiatives.

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More efficient Birth registrations and certifications process

More efficient Birth registrations and certifications process

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by Peter Njuguna

Peter Njuguna is the winner of the #StoryConstest. Here, enjoy the first price story.

My name is Peter Njuguna

I have implemented a project to digitize and make birth registration and certification process more efficient in terms of turnaround time and cost for citizens. The onset of this project coincided with my finishing PMD Pro course. It is implemented in coastal counties of Kenya. The project has an intensive government involvement as main duty bearer and therefore timeliness, systematic management of every stage, methodical handling of issues, risk identification, elaborate risk mitigation strategies and cost sustainability prove at scale is important. Managing such a project, whose interventions are all integrated and range from technology to non-technology and advocacy, requires elaborate project management tools to manage risk, issues, stakeholder, and budgets among others. This is exactly what PMD Pro provided me with! Elaborate, practical and robust tools.

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Can agile be scaled?

Can agile be scaled?

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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.

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