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The Practical PM Journal contains a wealth of information gained by project managers during the various phases of real projects. A community of project managers reveal the successes, failures and mitigation steps experienced in the practice of professional project management.

Topics cover all aspects of project management including:
– The five process groups: Initiation, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Monitoring and Closing
– The nine knowledge areas: Integration, Scope, Schedule, Costing, Quality, HR, Communications, Risk and Procurement
– Other related topics such as Operational improvement and program management

Active community members have the right to have at least one article per year published in the journal. The knowledge conveyed is of real value to other project managers as it offers the opportunity to avoid project trouble, gain efficiency, control schedules and more.

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The Practical PM Journal contains a wealth of information gained by project managers during the various phases of real projects. A community of project managers reveal the successes, failures and mitigation steps experienced in the practice of professional project management. Topics cover all aspects of project management including: – The five process groups: Initiation, Planning,…

Many organizations have established central units to coordinate and structure project work throughout the entire organization. Others are planning to implement Project Management Offices (PMO) in the near future. In my experiences at starting a PMO in the organization, the following must-haves need to be ticked off to bring the PMO to a success: (1) Constituting a strong Project Governance in the organization, (2) establishing a clear Project-Portfolio-Perspective, (3) introducing a common Project-Lifecycle as well as (4) common Project Management Instruments and (5) starting a company-wide staffing process. [click to continue…]

Many organizations have established central units to coordinate and structure project work throughout the entire organization. Others are planning to implement Project Management Offices (PMO) in the near future. In my experiences at starting a PMO in the organization, the following must-haves need to be ticked off to bring the PMO to a success: (1)…

They say the team that plays together, stays together – so investing time and money into your team’s morale is a no brainer. Whether that be staff activity days or rewarding those who never take a sick day, there are plenty of ways you can keep you team motivated. Read on to find out the most effective methods. [click to continue…]

They say the team that plays together, stays together – so investing time and money into your team’s morale is a no brainer. Whether that be staff activity days or rewarding those who never take a sick day, there are plenty of ways you can keep you team motivated. Read on to find out the…

business-idea-660083_640Employers have a responsibility to their workers to make sure that the environment in which they work is habitable and conducive to productivity. However, not all employers adhere to the ethics of the work environment. For such people, countries have employment laws; these laws are of extraordinary significance because they offer assurances to both the employer and the employee. On the bigger scale, agreeability with these laws offers advantages to the community overall, both on the personal and financial level. [click to continue…]

Employers have a responsibility to their workers to make sure that the environment in which they work is habitable and conducive to productivity. However, not all employers adhere to the ethics of the work environment. For such people, countries have employment laws; these laws are of extraordinary significance because they offer assurances to both the employer and the employee. On the bigger scale, agreeability with these laws offers advantages to the community overall, both on the personal and financial level.

As someone who lives, breathes, and sells software, I encounter many people on a daily basis who wouldn’t touch the cloud with a ten-foot pole. I can understand an aversion to something new. Each new wave of technology has brought a new wave of concerns. Below are six reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned about Contract Management in the cloud. [click to continue…]

As someone who lives, breathes, and sells software, I encounter many people on a daily basis who wouldn’t touch the cloud with a ten-foot pole. I can understand an aversion to something new. Each new wave of technology has brought a new wave of concerns. Below are six reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned about Contract Management in the cloud.

Case Study at two different German service firms

By Frank Keusch, MBA, M.Sc., PMP
Abstract
Project work is very common in today’s organizations. In projects the staffing process occurs more regularly than in the standard line organization. To investigate the subject of on-boarding in projects interviews at two different service firms are conducted. These interviews with project managers and project team members are analyzed to develop practical guidance. Based on the analysis of the overall responses, the following can be summarized: Successful project managers do carefully analyze the project context to structure the on-boarding process accordingly. The curiosity and openness of team members is emphasized on and is often increased by an active communication of the project goals, the development of the project and the specific role and expected contribution of the newcomers. Project managers should be highly available for the new team members as they are appreciated as the number one source of information during the project on-boarding.

Introduction [click to continue…]

Project work is very common in today’s organizations. In projects the staffing process occurs more regularly than in the standard line organization. To investigate the subject of on-boarding in projects interviews at two different service firms are conducted. These interviews with project managers and project team members are analyzed to develop practical guidance. Based on the analysis of the overall responses, the following can be summarized: Successful project managers do carefully analyze the project context to structure the on-boarding process accordingly. The curiosity and openness of team members is emphasized on and is often increased by an active communication of the project goals, the development of the project and the specific role and expected contribution of the newcomers. Project managers should be highly available for the new team members as they are appreciated as the number one source of information during the project on-boarding.

Ask any project manager, they always say that they are busy, and no time to take care about team. Along with the project success they need to take care about implementation of defined standards or processes, team motivation, training, team assessment, working with peers in acquiring more business, etc. If we observer, most of the responsibilities are related to each other.

A motivated team makes a project succeed; it helps in implementing defined standards and processes. A successful project leads to obtaining more business, etc.

This paper focuses on the importance of team motivation and how to build a good and responsible team. [click to continue…]

Ask any project manager, they always say that they are busy, and no time to take care about team. Along with the project success they need to take care about implementation of defined standards or processes, team motivation, training, team assessment, working with peers in acquiring more business, etc. If we observer, most of the responsibilities are related to each other.

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