Managing Complexity

Managing Complexity

Leadership, Program Management
Development professionals everywhere work to address the most complex global and local problems, ranging from extreme poverty and armed conflict, to outbreaks of infectious disease and gender-based violence. The root causes of the problems that development and on-governmental organizations (NGOs) seek to overcome often require multiple strategies and interventions to address the complex causes of poverty, violence, disease, social injustice, environmental degradation, and humanitarian disaster.   [wpdm_package id='5517']   Working in a dynamic sector requires multi-dimensional solutions to bring about change and an approach that equips country and regional teams to be responsive and capable of delivering excellent programs in a continuously changing environment. To do this successfully, a Program Manager must have a good understanding of the external context and make sound judgments regarding the implementation of programs, projects…
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Exam for Program Management for Non-Government Organisations Certification now available

Exam for Program Management for Non-Government Organisations Certification now available

Program Management
This article was originally published by APMG International. In partnership with Project Management for Non-Government Organisations (PM4NGOs) APMG International has launched the Program Management for Development Professionals (PgMDPro) exam. This new certification has been created especially for program managers in the development sector to help offer leadership to project managers and their teams. PM4NGOs is an international organisation that proactively supports professionalism in program and project management across the international development sector. PM4NGO developed PMD Pro and PgMD Pro in 2011 to develop best practice guides, methodologies, tools and techniques to help project managers in the development sector to improve the impact of their projects and help them maximize the value of their projects for both the investors and the people who will benefit from investments. The certification is supported…
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Honing Interpersonal Skills for Successful Project Delivery

Honing Interpersonal Skills for Successful Project Delivery

Program Management, Project Management
This article was originally published on the website of the APMG by Emma Jones. A complete overview of the essential interpersonal skills that lead to project success. We each develop our own interpersonal skill-set as a result of our experiences, environment, and interactions with others. We are shaped by both nature and nurture. As Project Managers, we need to understand how we relate to, and interact with, other people in order to engender trust and respect to get the job done. A Project, Programme and Portfolio (P3) Manager needs to lead and motivate their management team and delivery teams. This will be through visionary leadership, ensuring people are committed to the objectives of the work, and managerial leadership, delegating work and developing teamwork. The P3 manager must also lead the…
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The value is in the small change

The value is in the small change

Development Sector, Program Management, Project Management
This blog was originally published on APMG International. You've supported your staff to attend an accredited training course on programme, project, or change management and successfully obtained their practitioner level qualifications. Implementing change in your organisation should now be easy, yes? Well… unfortunately, evidence suggests that the answer is no. Despite the popularity of training courses and accreditations available in programme, project, and change management, organisations in general find it difficult to implement change initiatives effectively. Projects are often delivered late (or not at all) and often with significant cost overruns. Those projects which are delivered 'successfully', in other words they have delivered their scope within time, cost and quality constraints, often do not deliver their promised improvements. New systems gather dust on the shelf and are not used effectively…
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The PM4NGOs Program Guide is live!

PgMD Pro Guide, Program Management
PM4NGOs has developed the Program Management for Development Professionals Guide to provide advice, tools, and guidance to help Program Managers work effectively at a pivotal level in local, national and international NGOs. Program managers play an essential role by providing an interface between their organization's strategic management team and project managers who are accountable for the successful delivery of small, medium, and large projects. Collecting the community feedback is a key step to improve the guide before the grand launch, in July. The Guide has been soft launched - for consultation and feedbacks. The consultation period is from May 9th to 31st. We would like to invite you to read the Guide and then send us your feedback. You can access the Guide preview (full content) at the following link:…
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How does PMD Pro helps Syrian crisis?

Alan Harpham Award, Project DPro
Due to the existence of the most egregious humanitarian crises after the Second World War, many Syrians in Diaspora or inside the country have united their efforts to respond to the most vulnerable human beings that are affected by the Syrian War. A number of them have left their professions, universities and business to forum groups and gatherings to support in any mean that was available. As it is known, independent civil society organizations could not exist inside Syria for years and years ago due to several reasons; which resulted that those gatherings were close to charities than well-developed organizations. Those grass roots and diaspora organizations were operating with full passion to help the affected people without even the knowledge of the minimum humanitarian standards and systems in responding to…
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Why is PMD Pro a good learning model? A few answers from the LINGOs Global Learning Forum

Board Members, Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
[caption id="attachment_3045" align="alignright" width="300"] From L-R: Amanda Fleetwood, Thomas Dente, Emily Fereday, John Cropper[/caption] I had the pleasure of attending the LINGOs Global Learning Forum in Seattle last month on behalf of PM4NGOs. It was a really worthwhile event and great to meet some inspiring people including the brilliant Julian Stodd whose blog you can find here if you feel like a thought-provoking read! Talking to other delegates at the event, it was evident that PMD Pro has had a real impact in the humanitarian and development sectors. It’s great that over 17,000 users have taken PMD Pro but it’s interesting to see that the reach is broader than that and goes beyond individuals. Several organisations I spoke to have adopted the PMD Pro project methodology and so even those…
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