Showing 30 posts tagged with: "leadership"

Jan 4, 2018

Interesting Times in Project Management: An Interview with J. Kent Crawford

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Our founder and CEO Kent Crawford stays on the road a good deal, teaching classes for the PMI SeminarsWorld series, as well as visiting client sites and attending conferences and speaking engagements. In doing so, he keeps a front-line view of what is going on in organizations across a broad array of industries. So, once… Read More »

Dec 18, 2017

Trends in Project Management: An Interview with Bruce Miller

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Bruce Miller rejoined PM Solutions/PM College as our President in early November and jumped right into the fray by attending the PMO Symposium. We caught up with him by phone to ask him if there were any surprises there for someone who had stepped away from working in the project management consulting field for… Read More »

Nov 9, 2017

CEO Insights from the PMO Symposium

Posted by Johanna Mickel | 0 Comments

Now that I have time to catch my breath after the whirlwind of information that is the PMO Symposium, I wanted to skip back to Monday and share a few insights from a panel of C-Suite luminaries convened by PMI for the occasion:Bruce Rogers, Forbes Chief Insights Officer, noted that we are in an… Read More »

Nov 8, 2017

Strategy + Innovation Yields "Transient Advantage"

Posted by Johanna Mickel | 0 Comments

According to keynote speaker Rita McGrath, competitive advantage is an elusive, ever-moving target, what she termed in her speech "Transient Advantage."For organizational success, we need both strategy and innovation. In the past, the “Holy Grail” of strategy has been to create a sustainable competitive advantage. Often when companies reach the top, they… Read More »

Sep 6, 2017

New Research Strongly Links PMO and PPM Processes to Strategic Execution

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 1 Comment

Although we have not released the formal research report yet, and the numbers are still being crunched, there are a couple things I found in reading through the raw data collected by our Strategy Execution Process Benchmark that I couldn't wait to share.Like the majority of companies out there, those that participated in… Read More »

Aug 9, 2017

Self-Governance and PMO Governance: Agile Teams Need Both

Posted by Gary Alvord | 2 Comments

Say you're a busy business owner with an urgent problem.  You are also blessed with some talented and high-performing people, and maybe access to some expert consultants, that you can throw together in a conference room on Tuesday and work until the problem is fixed — as long as it is fixed… Read More »

Jul 26, 2017

Expert Series 6: The Project Charter: Destination, Map and Key

Posted by Pam Toth | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: We continue our Expert Series with another column from Owens Corning project management guru Pam Toth. Her sponsor's-eye view of project chartering shares her personal experience with this key aspect of project sucess.For me, leading a project without a charter is like driving in a new town without a map… Read More »

Jul 17, 2017

Expert Series 5: Project Manager Bandwidth

Posted by Victor L. Allen | 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome back Vic Allen, director of project management,  DTE Energy, and co-author of Project Management for Experienced Project Managers, with the fifth in our “Expert Series” of blogs. You can read the whole series if you start here.A few years ago, one of my… Read More »

Jul 5, 2017

PMO Webinar Attendees: You Asked, Kent Crawford Answers!

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

In our May webinar/panel discussion of The State of the PMO 2016, we had a number of questions submitted by participants that there was not enough time to answer. I caught up with Kent Crawford by phone to get his responses to some of the questions that centered around PMO implementation and processes.Q: The… Read More »

Jun 7, 2017

Expert Series 4: The Relationship between Project Manager and Steering Team Members

Posted by Pam Toth | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: We welcome back Pam Toth as one of our "expert" guest bloggers this week, treading the sensitive area between steering and being steered. For a boost on executive roles and responsibilities in project management, check out the PM College course, Project Management for Sponsors.When a project manager is assigned to any… Read More »

May 30, 2017

Common Problems of a PMO

Posted by Victor L. Allen | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: We welcome back guest blogger Victor Allen with some words of wisdom, gained though experience, on the challenges faced by PMOs. This is the third in our "Expert Series": You can read previous posts in the series here and here. For more on PMO challenges and trends, please download our latest research… Read More »

Apr 27, 2017

Change Management: Start at the Beginning

Posted by Pam Toth | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: Welcome to the second in our Expert Series. We are thrilled to have Pam Toth, a leader in project management improvement and practice at Owens Corning. Her thoughts on organizational change are the voice of experience.Organizational Change Management (OCM) is a necessary component of delivering a successful project and a sustainable… Read More »

Apr 21, 2017

We Still Value Expertise

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

If you've been following PM Solutions for any portion of our 20+ year history, you'll know that we call ourselves "the project management experts." We continue to wear this tag proudly, despite the unfortunate trend towards dismissing expertise that seems to be part of the zeigeist right now. In putting up the first of… Read More »

Apr 7, 2017

PM Solutions’ CEO and Founder J. Kent Crawford Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Carrie Capili | 0 Comments

We are delighted to announce that our president and founder, J. Kent Crawford, is the recipient of the 2017 PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors those who have made significant and continuous contributions over the entirety of their career to the field of project management. That is certainly true of Kent!With… Read More »

Mar 20, 2017

Get Serious: What's the Role of Happiness in the Workplace?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 1 Comment

If you haven't looked up from your screen recently ... it's the first day of Spring (or Fall if you are reading this from the Southern hemisphere): the vernal equinox. You may be feeling some spring fever. But if your inability to settle down to work with a sense of wellbeing lasts longer than… Read More »

Mar 15, 2017

Innovation Is An Open-Ended Program

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

And now for something a little different ...Often, in the world of project and program management, we are engaged in trying to nail down specifics: cost, schedule, requirements. And of course, when we know exactly what we are trying to acheive, doing this improves our chances of pulling it off in time, on budget, and… Read More »

Jan 16, 2017

With the Passage of the PMIAA, Project Management Says, Hello Tomorrow

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Governance, Strategy Execution | 1 Comment

A month ago today, President Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law after it completed a long slog through Congress. The profession could not have received a more timely holiday gift. On the Project Management Institute website, CEO Mark Langley cited PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession report findings… Read More »

Nov 1, 2016

"The Times, They Are A-Changin’"

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford | 0 Comments

When I look back over my last 25 years in project management, I just sigh.  When I first entered this profession as Executive Director (now titled CEO) of PMI, I struggled with explaining what project management actually was to my family and friends.  They wanted to understand, but unless they were in the defense… Read More »

Oct 26, 2016

Report from Dubai: Disruptive Change Calls for Dynamic Organizations

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Panel Participants H.E. Mattar Al-TayerDirector General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) H.E. Mohamed AlabbarChairman, Emaar Properties Bill McDermottChief Executive Officer, SAP SE Mark LangleyPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Project Management Institute (PMI)In addition to facilitating the Youth Circle yesterday at the… Read More »

Oct 25, 2016

Report from Dubai: Today's Youth Are the PM Lab for Tomorrow

Posted by in Culture & Change Management, Human Capital, Project Management Research, Site News | 0 Comments

I've been privileged to lead some discussions today at the Dubai International Project Management Forum. Today and tomorrow I will be filling you in on some of the interesting developments at this conference.This morning, I had the pleasure of presenting to the "Youth Circle" and then facilitating a Q&A session, during… Read More »

Sep 1, 2016

PM Solutions Short-Listed for Thought Leadership Marketing Award

Posted by Carrie Capili in Project Management Events, Project Management Research, Site News | 0 Comments

We just got word that PM Solutions/PM College has been named a finalist in the IT Services Marketing Association's 2016 awards program, and we are thrilled!While previous winners have been giants like Cisco and PwC, ITSMA recently created a category for small businesses like ours. Instead of submitting an application based on one… Read More »

Jun 7, 2016

"The Art of the Possible": An Interview with Dr. Al Zeitoun, PMP

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Governance, Human Capital, Site News, Strategy Execution | 1 Comment

If you’ve been following PM Solutions this past month, you already know that we’ve gained a new President. Al Zeitoun, PhD, PMP has taken on one of the roles previously carried out by our founder and CEO J. Kent Crawford.  We’ve welcomed him with a fresh round of… Read More »

May 28, 2016

Executing Strategy: The Project Manager’s Role

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Human Capital, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Strategic execution continues to be one of the top challenges facing CEOs.  A decade ago, a Conference Board study showed that top management ranked consistent execution of strategy third of 91 challenges.  All I have read indicates that executing strategy remains a serious issue. According to an American Management Association study, “The… Read More »

Apr 25, 2016

On PM Solutions' 20-Year Anniversary, A Shout-Out to the People Who Have Made It Possible

Posted by J. Kent Crawford in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Project Management Maturity, Project Management Research, Project Management Training, Site News | 0 Comments

Twenty years!  When I first wrote the business plan for PM Solutions, I only dreamed of such longevity in our company.  Now that we have been in business for 20 years, it seems time has gone by so quickly.  I can only offer “Thanks” to all those who have taken this… Read More »

Nov 20, 2015

An Interview with John McIntyre of Ticketmaster International's PMO

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Human Capital, Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Training | 0 Comments

All three of this year’s finalists share a business model of leveraging IT to deliver services. In the case of UK-based Ticketmaster International (TMI), the service they provide is … fun. Across 13 markets (not including the U.S.), TMI is there at the touch of a button to hook up fans with their… Read More »

Nov 19, 2015

From Resistance to Results: PMO of the Year Finalist Symcor

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project Management Office (PMO), Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Symcor is one of those back-office businesses that you never think about, but upon which you rely every day. The millions of transactions that they process, from checks and ATM visits to statements and other documents, must happen seamlessly and to a standard of quality that can only be described as perfection. The next time… Read More »

Jul 31, 2015

The Beauty of Expertise

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Demand Management, Human Capital, Project Management Maturity, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 0 Comments

My last blog post picked the brain of PM Solutions’ consulting practice director, Roger Bryson, on the reasons why companies reach out for expert assistance with projects and programs.His comments renewed my interest in the topics of knowledge transfer and expertise. Consulting thrives because we operate on the assumption that expert knowledge is… Read More »

Jun 23, 2015

The Value of an Experienced Project Manager

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Demand Management, Human Capital, Project Failure & Recovery, Project Management Research, Project Management Training, Resource Optimization, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

The value of project management knowledge is, of course, the bedrock of PM Solutions' business. Recently, new research by the PM College and PM Solutions Research validated that companies with higher-skilled project managers experienced better business results. But what if, like the majority of companies in that study, your organization lacks those key individuals to… Read More »

Mar 19, 2015

New Benchmark Study Seeks Data on PM Skills

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Human Capital, Project Management Research, Project Management Training | 0 Comments

Two years ago, the Project Management Institute commissioned a study on the PM job market that forecasted exponential growth in the demand for project managers globally. And, as the U.S. economy continues to improve, it does seem that at least some of those predictions are on track. At the same time, the training side… Read More »

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