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Presenting: New Project Staffing White Paper

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our third white paper this year, this time on project management staffing.  As always, we wanted to give our loyal followers of this blog the first crack at this valuable content.

This comprehensive paper demonstrates a multi-tiered approach to project staffing, including an in-depth look at the best practices for the talent acquisition layer.  Also included is a guide to picking the appropriate staffing partner.

Click here to receive your copy of Getting Beyond PMPs: Best Practices to Find, Select, and On-board Excellent Project Leaders.

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Presenting: New EPMO White Paper

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We have developed an Enterprise Project Management Office white paper, and we wanted to provide it for free for our loyal blog followers.  At 5,000 words and over a dozen graphics, this is the most in-depth content we have ever released free to the public, so be sure to take advantage.

This comprehensive and multi-layered paper demonstrates how the project portfolio delivers your organization’s Mission and Vision, the strategy challenges and solutions, and the execution challenges and solutions.

Click here to receive your copy of Delivering the Future into the Present: Fulfilling Mission and Vision through Portfolio Priorities and  Project Execution.

 

 

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The Risk of Risk Management: Why it feels so wrong to do what’s right

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When unplanned events arise, there are severe repercussions for the projects you are accountable for. Yet, project risk management typically has an unpleasant connotation.Trying to sell executives on risk management is like taking the role of an insurance salesperson, dwelling on the negative potentialities that might not even happen. There are enough “real” uncertainties and issues that exist right now in any project; how are you going to convince executives to spend their money on risks that have a limited chance of happening?

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View from the Top: 2015 Perspective – Stakes Rising for Project Management

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Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write quarterly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.

As we reach the midpoint of the decade it’s helpful to take a big-picture look at the state of Project and Portfolio Management. From my chair, all of the economic, corporate and technological fronts have the arrow pointed up for Project and Portfolio Management. This, of course, is a reason for optimism, but it also places a heavier onus on doing Project and Portfolio Management right.

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View from the Top: How Harmony Solves Organizational Enigmas

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Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write semi-monthly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.

Two of the most frequently quoted business aphorisms are seemingly at odds with each other. Steven Covey prioritizes strategy with his famous quote, “Begin with the end in mind.” But that seems to contradict the saying, “A mediocre strategy well executed is better than a great strategy poorly executed,” which has all-but been business’ battle cry of the century. So which is it? (more…)

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View from the Top: 2013 Trends and 2014 Outlooks

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Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write semi-monthly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.

January is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the realities of the past year and plan to apply those lessons to the upcoming year.  And 2014 looks to be a transitionary year.  With the dizzying rate of change in this IT age, we can no longer track business culture in terms of generations or even decades, but half decades.  As such, 2014 marks the last year of the first half of the 2010s, and in many ways, it will usher in the next era.

So let’s take this opportunity to look at several of the biggest trends of 2013 and determine what it will mean for project management moving forward.

2013 Trend: The global economy has seen an uptick, returning us a bit closer to the mean. (more…)

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