Projectified

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 Sep 9, 2018

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Projectified[R] is your guide to the future of project management. Created by Project Management Institute, this podcast is for people who lead strategic initiatives and collaborate on teams to deliver value to their organizations. It features dynamic thought leaders and practitioners who share their real-world experiences and expertise to inform, inspire and prepare you for success.

Episode Date
2021 Project Management Jobs Outlook
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The pandemic has fundamentally shifted how people work. While some sectors and regions struggle, others are full of activity. So what does that mean for project leaders and their careers in 2021? 

Alice Chow, a director at engineering giant Arup in Hong Kong, China, discusses what she’s seeing on the post-COVID jobs landscape. She also explains why project leaders should strengthen their listening skills. 

Lindsay Scott, co-founder of Arras People in London, shares her outlook on job hot spots for this year. The career columnist for PM Network also talks about how project leaders can align their personal risk appetite with career opportunities.
 

Key themes

[01:04] Uncertainty and opportunity in 2021

[02:32] The 2021 outlook

[04:38] Improving listening skills to better address clients’ needs

[07:46] Analyzing personal risk: Seeking safety or new opportunities in adversity

[12:08] The world of work post-COVID-19

Jan 13, 2021
Helping Ecosystems Recover From Wildfires
1147

Wildfires are a devastating, natural phenomenon. But as climate change makes the world hotter and drier, the threat has intensified. Following megafires on Australia’s Kangaroo Island and in the Pantanal in Brazil, project teams got to work helping animals and looking at ways to future-proof their increasingly fragile ecosystems.

Rafael Hoogesteijn, jaguar program conflict director at Panthera in Porto Jofre, Brazil, discusses how teams collaborated with the government and local community stakeholders to help the jaguar population as wildfires raged in the Pantanal.

 Pat Hodgens, fauna ecologist at Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife in Kingscote, Australia, talks about how teams are collaborating on the Kangaroo Island recovery, an effort that made PMI’s 2020 list of Most Influential Projects. He shares details on his team’s efforts to aid a small marsupial native to the island after its habitat was burned in the bushfires.

 Key themes

[01:12] Wildfires: A growing threat around the globe

[03:08] Teams, firefighters & military work together to fight Pantanal wildfires

[07:04] Partnering with the community to help jaguars

[12:10] Initiatives to help the Kangaroo Island dunnart

[16:29] Lessons Learned: Act fast and put resources toward wildfire prevention

 

Jan 04, 2021
Technology & Teaching: The Rise of Virtual Learning
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Virtual learning was already a high-growth sector, but that was nothing compared to skyrocketing usage among children shut out of schools by the pandemic in 2020. While there have been promising results, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. 

Mac Glovinsky, global program manager at UNICEF, talks about how his team accelerated the growth of Learning Passport, a virtual education program that’s ranked number 3 on PMI’s 2020 list of Most Influential Projects. He also shares how despite increased digitalization, there’s still a need for humans to be involved in online learning. 

Boye Oshinaga, co-founder and CEO at Gradely, discusses the project to create the online learning platform and how the team blends virtual learning with in-person instruction. 

Key themes 

[00:58] Virtual learning: Promising results with room to grow

[02:19] Accelerating and expanding UNICEF’s Learning Passport

[07:50] The future of edtech: Delivering access as well as learning 

[12:19] Working with teachers to create online lessons

[15:39] Blending virtual learning and in-person instruction 

Dec 16, 2020
Creating Positive Social Impact: From Intent to Action
1149

Projects have the power to not only benefit business but society as a whole. But to achieve positive social impact, the same strategic mindset behind the drive for bottom-line results must be applied to ensure projects create a better world.

TED@PMI speaker and marketing consultant Khulan Batkhuyag discusses how keeping things simple can help teams be agile and how her visits with Mongolian nomads changed her views on sustainability and her approach to projects.

Okka Phyo Maung, co-founder, CFO and CMO at RecyGlo, shares how the Myanmar startup is using tech to reduce pollution in waterways through better waste management and data analytics. He also talks about how his company is helping make the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals a reality. 

Key themes 

[01:10] Seeking positive social impact isn’t just the right thing—it’s also the smart thing to do

[03:36] Keeping things simple to increase agility

[06:28] Sustainability: Developing something that’s resilient 

[09:54] Consider the social impact of your work
 [12:43] Pursuing positive social impact through data 

[14:44] Why the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals are so important  Projects have the power to not only benefit business but society as a whole. But to achieve positive social impact, the same strategic mindset behind the drive for bottom-line results must be applied to ensure projects create a better world.   
 
 

TED@PMI speaker and marketing consultant Khulan Batkhuyag discusses how keeping things simple can help teams be agile and how her visits with Mongolian nomads changed her views on sustainability and her approach to projects. 

 

Okka Phyo Maung, co-founder, CFO and CMO at RecyGlo, shares how the Myanmar startup is using tech to reduce pollution in waterways through better waste management and data analytics. He also talks about how his company is helping make the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals a reality. 

 

Key themes 

[01:10] Seeking positive social impact isn’t just the right thing—it’s also the smart thing to do

[03:36] Keeping things simple to increase agility

[06:28] Sustainability: Developing something that’s resilient 

[09:54] Consider the social impact of your work
 [12:43] Pursuing positive social impact through data 

[14:44] Why the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals are so important  

Dec 02, 2020
2020 Most Influential Projects: Ingenuity Meets Innovation
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PMI’s 2020 Most Influential Projects highlights more than 250 bold, breakthrough efforts—spanning sectors and continents. Guests discuss three of those initiatives: 

Hugh Lawson, project director at Sydney Metro in Sydney, discusses how the massive project will transform transportation in the city and how COVID-19 created opportunities to challenge long-held assumptions. 

César García Marirrodriga, project manager at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, shares what scientists hope to learn about the heliosphere from the Solar Orbiter’s seven-year mission. 

Rob Wright, of Public Services and Procurement Canada, talks about how the project team created a long-term vision with built-in flexibility for a multiyear restoration of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

Key themes 

[00:56] PMI’s 2020 Most Influential Projects

[02:24] Sydney Metro to bring new ways to move around the city

[04:43] Challenging long-held assumptions and finding opportunities in COVID-19

[07:00] Sydney Metro transforming transportation for years to come

[09:31] Solar Orbiter: Unlocking secrets of the sun

[12:25] Creating a long-term vision with built-in flexibility for Parliament Hill Rehabilitation

[15:03] Using Centre Block as an apex project to drive strategy

[17:37] Lesson learned: Bring construction and design together on day one

Nov 18, 2020
TED@PMI: The Rise of Resilient Leadership
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Command and control leadership is losing ground to a new style—one that emphasizes creativity, resilience, authenticity and a willingness to reach out for help. Two TED@PMI speakers discuss the must-have skills of the modern leader.

Billy Samuel Mwape, PMP, assistant information and communications technology manager at Development Bank of Zambia in Lusaka, discusses resilience and letting team members make mistakes. He also talks about a very personal project: unifying a team of therapists in response to his son’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

Chiwuike Amaechi, PMP, principal subsea intervention engineer at Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. in Lagos, Nigeria, discusses the power of storytelling and shares how he uses the skill to drive home the points he wants to make to his team.

Key themes 

[01:17] Leaders wielding creativity, empathy and resilience

[02:46] Traits of resilience: Know the roadmap and be transparent

[07:01] How uncertainty drives creativity

[12:19] Using storytelling to unite teams

[14:20] The role of listening for storytellers

[16:06] When crafting stories, reflect and be deliberate

Nov 04, 2020
Delivering Innovation in Healthcare Tech
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Innovation in the healthcare sector takes time—with companies devoting long hours to research and clinical trials while adapting to regulatory changes along the way. 

 Leo Rapallini at Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA discusses how his team upgraded the world’s smallest pacemaker for a bigger share of the market. He talks about how company culture and a passionate, multidisciplinary team helped the organization deliver disruptive innovation. 

 Andy Molnar at UVD Robots in Boston, Massachusetts, USA shares how the company scaled up to meet a global increase in demand for its autonomous disinfection robot. He also discusses how he sees bots helping humans do more strategic work in healthcare.  

 Key themes 

[02:16] Staging development: Starting pacemaker innovation with the Micra VR

[06:08] Micra AV: Giving a tiny pacemaker an upgrade

[08:25] Company culture, passionate team key to disruptive innovation

[12:07] COVID-19 shines spotlight on sanitation across industries

[14:13] How UVD Robots scaled up to meet spike in demand

[19:06] Robots not taking over—helping humans do value-added work in healthcare


 

Oct 21, 2020
India’s Innovation Opportunity
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India is at a crossroads, a moment that may determine whether its economy can grow fast enough to support its rising population. To survive—and thrive—will require new ways of thinking.

Rachna Singh, IT deployment program manager at Amazon in Bengaluru, discusses how the IT business has changed in India over the course of her career, what lies ahead—and the skills project professionals need to succeed in the sector.

Ankur Jain, founder and CEO at Bira 91 in New Delhi, talks about some of the challenges he’s faced while scaling up his craft brewery and how cross-functional teams are helping his company innovate.

Key themes 

[01:14] A time of growth in India 

[03:03] Change of mindset and innovation in IT

[05:40] Focusing on communication, risk and technical skills

[08:06] Bringing craft brewing to India  

[13:43] How cross-functional teams help Bira 91 innovate 

Oct 07, 2020
Plants: The Food Industry’s Next Big Trend
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There’s a lot riding on the future of food—our personal health, the health of our environment and the growing issue of food security. One potentially promising solution? Plant-based foods.

Giulia Braghieri, head of growth and expansion at NotCo, discusses how the Chilean company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create plant-based versions of food staples like mayonnaise, milk and more. She also talks about how NotCo uses agile to turn the founder’s ideas into reality.

Troy Swope, co-founder and CEO of Footprint, discusses plant-based packaging for food. He shares how each project pushes the U.S. company to innovate and iterate its products.

Key Themes 

[00:56] The plant revolution in the food industry

[03:00] Using AI, machine learning to create plant-based food

[07:26] Using agile to turn ideas into reality

[10:45] Effect of consumer climate awareness on the food industry  

[12:51] From microprocessors to food: Creating plant-based food packaging 

[15:48] Focusing on customers and their products 

 

Sep 29, 2020
Fueling Innovation
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Innovation separates the leaders from the laggards. While there’s no surefire path to the kind of breakthrough creative thinking that leads to the next big thing, organizations are on the prowl for ways to spark innovation.

Vidhya Abhijith is the co-founder of Codewave Technologies in Bengaluru, India. The PMI Future 50 leader talks about the link between design thinking and innovation, and how team members can push one another to think differently.

Yuri Bartzis, innovation manager at Pomerleau in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, discusses how the company’s innovation teams seek out new technologies and working processes. He also talks about one of the innovation team’s pilot projects with Spot, an autonomous robotic canine. 

Key themes 

[00:42] Building cultures to spark innovation

[03:19] How design thinking can help deliver innovative solutions

[04:06] Stakeholders, team members, customers—all can share innovative ideas

[08:10] Innovation initiatives to embrace new tech, work processes

[10:48] Testing Spot, the autonomous robot, on a project site

[12:26] Buy-in from upper management key to embrace innovation

 

Sep 09, 2020
Projects for a More Accessible World
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The World Bank estimates 1 billion people experience some form of disability. That means accessibility must be built into how teams approach every project—helping them deliver more value to everyone.

Kathryn Rutkowski, PMP, senior program manager, Atlassian, Sydney, Australia, discusses how bringing in experts can help bring an accessibility sensibility to project teams. She also talks about designing projects with accessibility customers in mind to create a better experience for everyone.

Matt Ligas, principal, Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Washington, D.C., USA, discusses a project to build accessible homes for military families and how feedback from the homes’ occupants has influenced design decisions. He also shares how architects play a key role in keeping an accessibility focus on projects.

Key themes 

[00:57] Increased awareness, legislation for accessibility

[02:36] Building accessible sensibility into project teams  

[06:01] Design thinking: Think of accessibility customers as people with difficulties, not disabilities 

[08:07] Pushing Atlassian’s accessibility program forward

[10:02] Making accessibility standard on projects, products

[11:34] Personal experience puts focus on accessible design

[13:29] Customer-focused design on Accessible Military Housing project

[17:21] State of accessibility: We’re doing better than ever, but there’s still work to be done 

Aug 26, 2020
Digital Nomads: Project Leadership Beyond Borders
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Without a permanent physical office, digital nomads are leading projects as they travel the world.

Ott Vatter, managing director of the e-Residency program in the Republic of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, discusses how the project helped create a community for digital nomads. 

Christina Nguyen, PMP, strategy practice leader for Global Professional & Field Services, Dell Technologies, Austin, Texas, USA, talks about leading a project portfolio as a digital nomad. She also shares the lessons she learned and how the experience changed how she leads projects and teams. 

Plus, the value of online upskilling. Matt Koch, PMP, vice president and director of operations for the federal business unit at Atkins North America, shares how his team benefited from the online courses at PMTraining.com

 Key themes

[03:28] The need for community among digital nomads
[07:29] Discovering the “new normal” of the digital nomad lifestyle
[10:17] Building connections through empathy
[11:54] New challenges of remote working during COVID-19
[15:21] Remote upskilling through PMTraining.com

 

Aug 12, 2020
Projects to Preserve Cultural Heritage
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The world’s historic and cultural sites connect us to human history. Projects to preserve or restore these sites must be handled with care. Ray Pepi, president and founder of Building Conservation Associates in New York, New York, USA, talks about managing priorities of preserving a building’s cultural and historical significance while also setting it up for continued use. He also discusses how he sees structural conservation changing in the future.

Kacey Hadick, director of project development at CyArk in Oakland, California, USA, talks about working with teams around the world to digitally document cultural heritage sites under their care, the challenges these teams face and how they can use the data in the short term as well as in the future.

Key themes

[02:40] Preserving history with the future in mind

[03:58] Importance of research in restoring or conserving cultural properties 

[08:14] Future of historic preservation and sustainability

[09:24] Digitally documenting cultural heritage sites and on-site problem-solving

[11:43] Using data to call for action in Rapa Nui

[15:13] How teams can use digital documentation now and in the future

Jul 29, 2020
PMI’s Future 50: Rising Young Project Leaders
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A new generation of leaders is creating, transforming and defining The Project Economy. Meet a few members of PMI’s Future 50, a group of rising project leaders who are making their mark with bold thinking—and innovative projects. 

Kenneth Harris II, senior satellite engineer, Joint Polar Satellite System, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA, talks about his career journey and the future of project teams and STEM talent. 

Geetha Gopal, PMP, senior infrastructure projects manager, Panasonic Asia Pacific, Singapore, discusses the value of data, embracing AI and machine learning, and creating change within organizations. 

Miishe Addy, co-founder and CEO, Jetstream Africa, Accra, Ghana, shares how her organization focused on customers while digitizing logistics and connecting African supply chains. 

And PM Network® writer Tegan Jones discusses how this youthquake is reshaping the future and accelerating innovation in the project world. 

Key themes 
[00:50] The Future 50: Rising young project leaders transforming The Project Economy
[02:52] Passion for the cutting-edge and family inspiration at NASA
[05:32] All leaders are different
[06:30] Focus on the future: More specialized project teams and the next generation of STEM talent
[08:09] AI, machine learning and their value to organizations
[10:30] Create change by gaining management support, evaluating resistance and listening
[12:27] Taking the entrepreneurial spirit from the U.S. to Ghana
[14:13] Customer focus in digitizing logistics, creating supply chains
[17:27] Organizations moving from perfection to continuous learning and innovation
[21:06] Putting the focus on results, not ego

Jul 15, 2020
Project Leadership in Uncertain Times
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What skills will help project leaders succeed in times of uncertainty? As organizations pivot and deploy virtual teams, collaborative, engaging leaders are steering their teams to success. Penny Pullan, PhD, PMP, founder, Making Projects Work Ltd., Loughborough, England, says when you’re working virtually, command and control doesn’t work. She shares the value of facilitative leadership and the importance of building a team culture and relationships when leading virtual teams.

Luiz Dias, PMP, PgMP, head of digital, portfolio transformation, Department for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom, Newcastle, England, discusses how he and his teams have added daily standups and opened more lines of communication during COVID-19. He also shares how keeping a calm, positive attitude can help when leading teams in uncertain times.

Key Themes

[02:08] Leading virtual teams with facilitative leadership

[04:02] Creating a culture for virtual teams 

[05:28] Building relationships with your team members

[08:43] Communication more important than ever in COVID-19

[11:39] Being open to reinvention and keeping a calm, positive attitude 

[13:25] Characteristics of a great leader: compassionate, concerned for team members and confident




Jul 01, 2020
The Value of Diversity
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Diverse project teams deliver value. A team that offers a wide variety of mindsets and skill sets will outperform the competition, as members challenge one another and approach problems from new angles. That often leads to innovation.

Blair Taylor, partner, Workforce of the Future, PwC, Seattle, Washington, USA, says diversity unlocks potential. It yields better business results, and diverse teams create personal connections between people. He also discusses how he believes empathy—associative and acquired—is the missing ingredient to see more progress in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Annice Joseph, co-lead, Inclusive Career Journeys, SAP, Bengaluru, India, shares how cross-generational teams bring innovation, creativity and group wisdom to projects. She also talks about how SAP’s cross-generation mentoring initiative has helped managers learn and change their behavior on their own teams.

Key Themes 

[02:27] Diversity yields better business results, sends a message about an organization’s values and stimulates personal connections 

[06:16] Empathy—associative and acquired—is often a missing ingredient 

[11:05] Fostering a diverse environment and recruiting diverse talent 

[13:36] Multigenerational teams bring innovation, creativity and group wisdom 

[15:04] Changing behavior through SAP’s cross-generation mentoring initiative

[17:02] Creating teams with skills and talent from across an organization

Jun 17, 2020
Projects to Disrupt Misinformation
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In the coronavirus pandemic, following the wrong information could be a fatal error. That’s why fact-checking organizations are delivering projects to separate truth from rumors. Silvia Cavasola, project manager, Pagella Politica, Milan, Italy, shares how teams from multiple organizations are working together to create a chatbot to answer COVID-19 questions. She also talks about the chatbot’s potential to create a closer relationship between readers and fact-checking platforms.

Itziar Bernaola, director, Newtral Educación, Madrid, Spain, says her organization is facing an increasing number of fact verification requests due to COVID-19. Bernaola shares how she’s leading her team through a stressful time and discusses an automation project to help fact-checkers verify coronavirus information faster.

Key Themes

[02:05] Expanding fact-checking beyond the political world to include nonpolitical, coronavirus misinformation

[03:50] Project of necessity: A chatbot for COVID-19 queries

[07:27] Creating a relationship between readers and fact-checking platforms

[09:27] Leading a team with an increased workload in a stressful time

[12:46] Using automation to verify information

Jun 03, 2020
Career Outlook After COVID-19
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The world of business will look different after COVID-19, setting the stage for project professionals to lead the way into the next normal.

Lindsay Scott, PM Network career columnist and co-founder of Arras People, London, England, shares how skills development—including certifications and specialized training—and maintaining your professional network can help project professionals prepare for the competitive job market to come. She also talks about how young project leaders can find their voices and bring their perspectives to help create change.

Mike DePrisco, vice president, global experience & solutions, PMI, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA, talks about the online version of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. Also: three free courses from PMI to help project leaders continue their professional development from home.

Key themes 

[01:58] Prepare for competitive job market by developing skills, maintaining professional network

[08:34] Using certifications, specialized training to stand out from other applicants

[11:58] The value of servant leadership

[15:40] Young project professionals finding their voice, bringing their perspectives to create change

[17:56] PMP certification exam now available online 

[23:22] Free courses, digital resources from PMI to upskill while working from home 

[25:26] Project professionals can help world recover after COVID-19

 

May 20, 2020
Managing Risk
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The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of risk management. David Hillson, PhD, PMI Fellow, founder of The Risk Doctor Partnership, Petersfield, England, discusses identifying and analyzing risk in innovative and novel situations. Dr. Hillson says COVID-19 isn’t currently a risk—it’s a problem—and the risk management task is to look at the uncertainties that could come next.

Mohamad ElHelaly, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMP, assistant project manager at Orascom Construction, Cairo, Egypt, shares his top lesson learned from previous projects: Change is inevitable. He also talks about how risk management shouldn’t work in a silo and should be integrated into project processes and decisions.

Key themes 

[02:11] Identifying, analyzing risk in innovative scenarios

[03:39] Risk’s effect on objectives, managing threats and opportunities 

[06:00] Look for uncertainties to come from COVID-19

[11:35] Flexibility, resilience in society, organizations, projects and people

[13:36] Lesson learned: Change is inevitable; you must adapt

[16:23] Integrating risk management into all project processes

May 06, 2020
Projects for the Planet
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On Earth Day, ProjectifiedTM looks at projects to preserve the planet. Devan Wardwell, director of growth at Forest Carbon in Jakarta, Indonesia, discusses a project to restore peatlands. He also talks about using satellite data and sensors to monitor the project’s progress and make data-driven decisions.

Michael Sweet, PhD, a researcher at the University of Derby in Derby, England, and an officer of the International Coral Reef Society, discusses two projects aimed at restoring coral reefs—one focused on abandoned fishing gear, the other, a physical restoration project. He also shares the challenges facing coral rehabilitation projects, including disease and rising sea temperatures.

Key themes 

[03:03] Restoring peatlands in Indonesia

[06:30] Satellite data, sensors help project teams make data-driven decisions

[11:34] Helping coral reefs by removing abandoned fishing gear and physical restoration projects

[14:36] Challenges to coral rehabilitation projects

Apr 22, 2020
The Future of Teaming
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The Project Economy calls for a new look at the structure and dynamics of project teams. Ingrid Smith, head of PMI’s Thought Leadership in London, England, shares the power skills that will help teams succeed. She also discusses the importance of empathy while working on virtual teams and how ready-for-anything teams are agile, collaborative and put the customer first.

Peter Moutsatsos, PMP, chief project officer at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia, shares how the organization’s shift to agile at scale has improved team flexibility and changed the focus to measuring outcomes. He also says teams should be created to fit a particular project challenge.

Key themes 

[01:53] Using power skills to succeed in The Project Economy

[05:22] Ready-for-anything teams are agile, collaborative and put the customer first 

[07:12] Empathy’s importance in virtual teams

[09:42] Creating greater team flexibility through agile at scale at Telstra

[13:56] Shifting sponsors to drive teams

[19:30] Building the right teams for particular project challenges

Apr 15, 2020
The Rise of Esports
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With arenas being built across the world and industry revenues on the rise, esports is leveling up. Joe Marsh, CEO of T1 Entertainment & Sports in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, discusses two major esports construction projects. The first is the headquarters for T1 Entertainment & Sports in Seoul, South Korea, which will be a space for the organization, gamers and fans. The second is the Fusion Arena, which is being built specifically for esports in Philadelphia.

TL Frasqueri-Molina, PMP, project management office lead and lead project manager in the broadcast technology group, esports, at Activision Blizzard in Pasadena, California, USA, talks about the growth of the esports industry, with larger companies entering the space and wider audience reach. She also shares how collaboration and clear communication across multiple teams is critical in launching esports leagues.

Key themes 

[03:31] Creating a facility for an org, gamers and fans

[06:50] Building an esports arena from the ground up 

[12:03] Esports industry growth and wider audience reach

[13:34] Launching esports leagues takes collaboration and communication 

Apr 08, 2020
The 5G Revolution
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5G networks are coming online around the world, bringing new, innovative project opportunities. Will Townsend, senior analyst, networking infrastructure and carrier services at Moor Insights and Strategy in Austin, Texas, USA, discusses how latency reduction will drive innovation on projects. He also shares early 5G use cases involving edge computing.  

Odianosen Peter Ebhabha, PMP, project director at Huawei in Lagos, Nigeria, talks about how infrastructure, politics and funding can affect 5G launches in emerging markets. He also talks about 5G’s impact on the internet of things, remote medical support and education in remote areas.

Key themes 

[01:42] Latency’s role in innovative 5G projects

[05:17] Challenges in emerging markets: infrastructure, politics and funding

[08:51] Potential innovations to IoT, healthcare and education

[12:39] 5G brings big data and need for skills in data analytics

Apr 01, 2020
Infectious Disease Control
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The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting countries, people and projects around the globe. It’s one of several deadly diseases the world has faced in recent years. Dr. Ranu Dhillon, a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, served as the special adviser to the president of Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. He discusses creating strategies to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, collaborating with organizations in other countries to adapt strategies and the toll fighting an epidemic can take. Dr. Dhillon also talks about the value of early detection and how that can be applied to the coronavirus.

Key themes 

[02:55] Strategizing to fight the Ebola outbreak in Guinea

[06:49] The emotional and physical toll of fighting an epidemic 

[10:22] Lesson learned: The value of early detection 

[13:23] Testing challenges for the coronavirus 

Mar 25, 2020
Citizen-Focused Government Transformation
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Can government interactions ever be smooth? Nations around the world are working on upgrading these citizen services. Anne Petersen, director of experience design at 18F in Chicago, Illinois, USA, says there are multiple barriers to success in customer experience, such as a lack of money, time or in-house expertise. Anne also shares how to help organizations instill a customer-focused approach and how feedback—and your response to it—can increase people’s trust in government.

Key themes 

[00:34] Governments striving for better customer experiences

[01:59] Barriers to customer experience success: Money, time, in-house expertise 

[04:24] Establishing a customer-focused approach

[08:46] Using design thinking to find failure points faster

[09:44] Being open, human-centered and iterative to gain a better understanding

Mar 18, 2020
Africa: New Projects, New Talent
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Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities, Africa is poised to become a hub for projects—and talent. Bulla Boma, PMP, head of the commercial project management office at MIC Tanzania PLC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, discusses the increasing number of infrastructure projects in the country. She also talks about raising awareness of project management and the value project professionals can add.  

 

Sheillah Karimi, senior program coordinator—water, sanitation and transport at KfW Development Bank in Nairobi, Kenya, discusses leading a water supply project and how she’ll apply lessons learned to future projects. She also says sustainability will become central to infrastructure investments due to climate change. 

 

Key themes

[01:02] Africa’s growth, rapid urbanization are leading to more projects

[02:09] Projects promoting industrialization in Tanzania

[05:39] Increasing awareness of project management and its value

[09:32] Organizations striving for innovative, data-driven projects

[11:08] Coordination and engagement key in Nairobi water supply project

[14:57] Reconciling theory and practical knowledge

Mar 11, 2020
Women in Project Leadership
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Ahead of International Women’s Day, ProjectifiedTM hosted a roundtable with three women to discuss their experiences leading projects and programs and their hopes for the next generation of women in the profession.

 

Varsha Advani, PMP, senior technical program manager at Akamai Technologies in Bengaluru, India, talks about the importance of mentorship and how company-structured programs can help build a culture of learning. She also hopes to see more women in management roles moving forward.

 

Selenne Berthely, PMP, project manager, Banco de México, Mexico City, Mexico, discusses how leaders need both technical and people skills and shares her advice to other women in the profession—remain true to yourself and focus on your team.

 

Asya Watkins, PMP, manager of pharmaceutical implementations at EnvisionRxOptions and founder of Women Of Project Management in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, discusses how mentorship helped her career and the lessons she learned from being the only woman on some of her teams. She also shares ways men can advocate and support women on project teams.

 

Anna Tavis, PhD, academic director of human capital management, New York University, New York, New York, USA, shares how organizations can use data-driven metrics and better measurements of collaboration to help gender equity.

 

Key themes

[01:25] Creativity, empathy and freedom make projects challenging and fulfilling

[03:33] What leaders need: People skills, relationship building, communication

[06:23] Sharing experiences and learning through mentorship

[13:58] Advocating for women through partnership on projects, speaking up

[17:07] Hopes for the future: More women in management roles

[20:49] Measuring performance and impact of an individual on a team

Mar 04, 2020
Financial Services: Innovation Meets Regulation
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As expectations for financial services change, legacy institutions and startups alike have to innovate. Andreas Madjari, PMP, project management governance specialist at Erste Group in Vienna, Austria, discusses agile’s role in creating the group’s internet banking platform, George. He also shares a look at the future—from stabilization to more online services.

 

Alicia Levine, the COO of Chipper Cash based in London, England, discusses the growing investment in fintech in Africa. She also talks about mobile money removing barriers for people who don’t use traditional banks and how new methods of transferring money can help people build digital financial histories.

 

Key themes

[03:11] Empowering teams for agile development

[06:47] Innovating to meet customers’ needs with reliability

[10:15] Fintech’s growth in Africa 

[12:20] How mobile money opened the door for new currency transfer options, digital financial identity

[16:10] Fintech in Africa going digital—from banking to currencies

Feb 26, 2020
Transforming Transportation
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From air taxis to bullet trains, what was once thought of as futuristic transportation is now closer to becoming a reality. François-Joseph Van Audenhove, a partner at Arthur D. Little and head of the Future of Mobility Lab in Brussels, Belgium, talks about changing mobility demands—for both people and goods—and the challenges to integrating self-driving cars into the current mobility landscape.  

 

Mike Goodrich, executive director—corporate development and global mergers & acquisitions at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, USA, led the electric and autonomous vehicle program at GM for several years. He shares how creative problem solving helps project teams working on new tech like autonomous vehicles and the challenges organizations face to gain people’s trust.

 

Key themes:

[05:40] Increasing demand in passenger—and goods—mobility

[06:59] Self-driving cars’ effects on mobility systems

[11:24] Facing project challenges with collaboration and accountability

[12:46] Creative problem solving’s role in first-of-its-kind projects

[15:02] Consumer skepticism in the tech—and trust—race

Feb 12, 2020
2020 Jobs Outlook
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What does the 2020 jobs scene look like for project professionals? In the season 3 opener of ProjectifiedTM, we get the scoop from Lindsay Scott, PM Network career columnist and co-founder of Arras People in London, England. She discusses the state of the job market as a potential recession looms and how a strong network and working across sectors can help project professionals in times of economic uncertainty. She also talks people skills— including a new focus on empathy and mental health among project leaders.

 

David Paré, PMP, CTO for healthcare business at DXC Technology in Perth, Australia, discusses how AI will change work. He also offers tips for using champions to sell tech projects.

 

Key themes:

[02:51] Project opportunities during economic uncertainty

[08:23] A stronger focus on empathy and mental health

[12:36] Understand what you need to learn—and unlearn

[15:40] Must-have skills for healthcare projects

[16:43] How the AI upheaval will change work

[18:46] Managing tech, change and stakeholders

Jan 29, 2020
Change—What’s Next for Project Management
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There’s a lot of change happening in project management. At PMI’s Global Conference, we talked with project leaders about what’s new and next for 2020—and beyond. They discussed new ways of thinking and what next-gen project professionals mean for the future of work.

 

Narasimha Acharya, PMP, assistant director in the client technology practice at Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, talked about adapting to evolving trends and advocating for change.

 

Mike Palladino, PMP, head of the Agile Center of Excellence at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA, discussed how teaching needs to change and encouraged new project managers to accept ambiguity. 

 

Fernando Antonio Oliveira, E2 program director for Embraer in São José dos Campos, Brazil, proposed new ways of working—from how we use data to finding ways to change the world.

 

Kaustuv Bagchi, head of India operations for oil and gas offshore projects for LT Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai, India, talked about how disruptive technology can help younger project managers learn different skills.

 

Olivier Schmitt, CEO of The Project Group France SAS in Lyon, discussed how organizations struggle to integrate emerging points of view from up-and-coming project professionals entering the workforce.

 

Key themes

[00:58] Positioning yourself for success in a time of change

[02:10] Honing new ways of thinking and adjusting to change

[04:56] Using data for prevention instead of reaction 

[06:28] Disruptive technology as a teaching tool

[08:47] Bringing together new and established ways of working

[09:48] Why you should seek a mentor—even if it takes time

[12:44] Avoiding the right versus wrong mentality

[13:56] How do you want to change the world?

Dec 12, 2019
Transformation—The Future of Work
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As technology evolves, so does the way we work. At PMI Global Conference, Bob Safian, founder of The Flux Group and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company, talked about how technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning present project leaders with new opportunities—as well as new risks. He also discussed the factors fueling The Project Economy—and why as the world of work continues to shift, the most important skill is the ability to keep learning.

 

Key themes:

[01:01] Why we’re moving to The Project Economy

[03:17] Technology’s effect on business

[06:51] Risks project leaders face as the world of work evolves

[10:08] New opportunities coming from The Project Economy

[12:13] The new needed skill: Continue learning new skills

[13:28] How projects can leave a lasting legacy

Dec 04, 2019
Transformation—Turning Innovation Into Reality
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Almost every executive is talking transformation. But the real test is whether project leaders can make it a reality. Two leaders from the Brightline Initiative discuss why successful transformations are really about bringing people together—and winning over their hearts and minds.

 

Ricardo Vargas, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP, executive director of the Brightline Initiative, discussed how organizations need to focus on people and culture—not just technology—during transformations. And that starts with getting executives and project teams on the same page.

 

Tahirou Assane, PMP, director of operations for the Brightline Initiative, shared how finding internal champions to back transformation initiatives will help keep things on track and build more buy-in. He also discussed how organizations need to prepare employees to accept, adopt and embrace change as the new normal.

 

Key themes:

[00:22] Challenges to transformation

[01:22] Putting people, culture at the center of transformations

[03:00] How internal champions can increase buy-in

[04:17] Accepting and embracing transformations as the new standard

[07:25] Getting executives and project teams on the same page

Nov 20, 2019
Transformation—Project Management Evolves
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As the business world changes, so too does project management. At PMI’s Global Conference 2019, project and program leaders shared how the profession has evolved, discussed the must-have skills and looked back at some of the projects that inspired them.

 

Fernando Antonio Oliveira, of Embraer in São José dos Campos, Brazil, and Shobhna Raghupathy, PMP, with Proficient Project Consulting Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, shared how Apollo 11 and the World Wide Web influenced them.

 

Laila Faridoon with the PMI UAE chapter in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Vinod Kumar Paidakula, PMI-ACP, PMP, PgMP, with KLC Consulting in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, discussed how project management has evolved with the mainstreaming of agile and the introduction of disruptive technologies.

 

Narasimha Acharya, PMP, of Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, talked about how technologies like artificial intelligence can change the profession—he believes for the better. Marc Lahmann with PwC Switzerland in Zurich shared how organizations are using simple AI, such as automation or chat bots, as well as advanced AI, like machine learning, predictive and fully autonomous project management.

 

Taiwo Abraham, PMP, with Horizant and Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, discussed the new must-have skills like strategic thinking and how volunteering can help project professionals gain experience.

 

Key themes

[00:22] Highlights from PMI’s Global Conference 2019

[01:43] Inspirational and influential projects

[05:32] Agile going mainstream

[08:23] Technology’s impact: Transformation, tools and more

[10:14] AI—both simple and complex—in project management

[13:01] Broader roles lead to skill shift for project leaders

Nov 06, 2019
PMI Global Conference—Welcome to The Project Economy
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Are you ready for The Project Economy? At PMI Global Conference 2019, PMI President and CEO Sunil Prashara discussed how global trends like population growth and alternative energy are driving The Project Economy, the new opportunities coming from AI and other disruptive technologies, and how project and program managers can prepare themselves for the future.

Key Themes

[01:47] Global trends influencing project work

[04:30] Work is changing: From lifelong careers to project-based roles

[06:00] Needed skill sets in a shifting project landscape

[06:52] How automation, AI can lead to opportunities in project management

[07:45] Preparing for the future of The Project Economy

 

Oct 23, 2019
Innovation—Inside 4 of the 50 Most Influential Projects
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As PMI celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look back at some of the most influential projects of the past 50 years. Guests discuss how these projects led to new ways of thinking, new technologies and how they changed the world.

 

Ahmed Bouzid, the former head of product on Amazon’s Alexa team, shares what inspired the project. Plus, he talks about how focusing on a minimum viable product helped the team gain feedback from customers—and ultimately deliver a mega-successful product.  

 

Antti Heinonen, former director of banknotes at the European Central Bank, discusses how the team made the largest currency changeover of all time happen—without a glitch.

 

Aristides Patrinos, former director of biological and environmental research at the U.S. Department of Energy, talks about the inspiration for the Human Genome Project and what it could mean for medicine in the future. 

 

Ilya Marotta, the Panama Canal’s chief operating officer, shares why the project to expand the canal was so important to the country, and how clear structure and strong leadership helped keep team members on track.

 

Key themes

[00:23] Most influential projects of the past 50 years

[03:12] Q&A with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa

[05:41] Focusing on minimum viable product and customer feedback

[07:46] Hopes for Alexa—and her role in human interaction

[09:39] How the euro was launched

[11:23] Taking exceptional measures to prepare billions of coins and banknotes

[14:29] The euro’s role in cultural change

[16:03] Inspiration for the Human Genome Project

[17:47] A new approach and specific roles for scientific researchers

[19:59] A completed genome sequence: what followed and what’s to come

[21:26] The importance of the Panama Canal expansion to the country’s economy

[22:42] Building a project team that could deliver on time

Oct 09, 2019
Transformation—The Evolving Customer Experience
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We live in an era of instant gratification—and it’s redefined the customer experience. Guests discuss how technology has changed customer expectations and the innovations that are helping organizations provide faster, more personalized service. 

 

Sindhu Joseph, CEO and founder of CogniCor Technologies in San Francisco, California, USA, outlines how artificial intelligence can help organizations deliver on-demand customer service.

 

Members of the PMO team at Triglav Group in Ljubljana, Slovenia explain how digitizing and centralizing customer data helped transform Triglav’s customer experience.

 

Borislav Tadić, PMP, vice president responsible for transformation and board member support for data protection, legal and compliance at Deutsche Telekom in Bonn, Germany, discusses how taking a more holistic approach—and getting every department involved—can help an organization offer a better customer experience.

 

Key Themes:

[00:23] Evolving customer expectations 

[02:46] How AI can enhance customer service

[06:13] Creating more customized customer interactions

[08:14] Case study: Triglav’s digital transformation

[12:57] Delivering transparency, personalization, simplicity

[15:03] Taking a holistic approach to customer experience

[17:48] Simplifying processes creates better customer experiences

Sep 25, 2019
Strategy—Trends in Cybersecurity
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The world is changing fast. And big changes come with new risks—and new security vulnerabilities. Guests discuss emerging threats, what projects introduce the most security risk and how organizations can protect themselves.

Albert Torres, PMP, cybersecurity program manager at Lockheed Martin in San Antonio, Texas, USA, outlines how to keep cloud-based projects secure.

Kimberly Valentine, program manager for the office of the chief information security officer (CISO) and senior manager overseeing cybersecurity operations at Brunswick Corp., based in Denver, Colorado, USA, shares how she’s integrating cybersecurity reviews into the organization’s project planning process.

Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Greg Touhill, president of Cyxtera Federal Group in Washington, D.C., was the United States’ first CISO during the Obama administration. He discusses what he learned during his time in public service and the greatest threats organizations need to defend against.  

Key Themes:

[00:22] Cybersecurity risks—and potential costs

[03:14] Securing cloud-based projects

[05:39] Creating a unified front

[07:13] Building a cybersecurity culture

[10:27] Lessons from the United States’ first CISO

[14:15] Organizations face threats from outside and within

[19:11] Strategies to succeed in security-focused projects

Sep 11, 2019
Innovation—The Future of Construction
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Predictive modeling. Augmented reality. Digital twin. Disruptive tech is changing the game for construction projects. Guests discuss how technology has helped them work more efficiently, create safer job sites and make better business decisions.

Colin Cagney, PMP, director in KPMG’s major projects advisory practice in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, discusses how data analytics can help organizations prevent accidents and improve project outcomes.

Monica Sosa, senior associate and project manager at Corgan in Culver City, California, USA, outlines how her organization used 3D cameras and augmented reality glasses to spot potential design flaws on an airport expansion project.

Arsen Safaryan, head of building information modeling and digital construction at ALEC in Dubai, UAE, talks about what it takes to get new technology adopted across an organization—and what innovations are delivering the most value.  

 

Key themes:

[00:22] Trends in construction technology

[04:13] Using data to inform project decisions

[05:24] How data analysis can make job sites safer

[08:36] Piloting disruptive technology

[13:17] Top innovations influencing construction projects

[15:29] Adopting new tech across an organization

[18:41] In-demand skills for the future

Aug 28, 2019
Job Skills—Keeping Digital Transformations on Track
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Digital transformations aren’t just technology projects. They’re people projects. Guests discuss the skills and tactics that can help bring an entire organization together around a common vision—and keep everyone focused on the end goal.

 

Jan Olesen, PMP, head of agile transformation for Manulife in Hong Kong, China, outlines how agile principles and approaches can help teams navigate change efficiently—and help them move forward when there is resistance to change.

 

Seema Sadhu, PMP, senior project manager at PVH in Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA, shares how breaking transformations into smaller projects make them more tangible and easier to manage.

 

Rob Loader, PMP, the executive in charge of capital management at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia, discusses Telstra’s digital transformation and how his team has delivered strategic outcomes.

 

Key Themes:

[00:23] What defines a digital transformation?

[03:50] How to overcome resistance to change

[07:21] One transformation, many projects

[08:57] From vision to reality 

[10:32] Building consensus for a better future

[11:58] Leading with purpose

[16:32] From a telco to a tech company

[19:06] Mapping a digital transformation

Aug 14, 2019
Career Development—How to Position Yourself for a Promotion
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Looking to land your next big promotion? Learn how to showcase your skills and stand out from the crowd.  Guests discuss how project and program managers can climb the career ladder by showing they have what it takes to get the job done.

  • Moira Alexander, PMP, founder of PMWorld 360 Magazine in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, outlines four steps that will help project professionals prepare themselves to take the next big step in their careers.
  • Amber Simonsen, PMP, director of guest product development and delivery for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, Washington, USA, shares how crafting a plan to improve project delivery inspired her boss to create a new leadership role—and give her a promotion.
  • Diane Hatton, director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate Office of Project Planning and Oversight—accelerator projects in Brookhaven, New York, USA, discusses how to identify skill gaps and invest in professional development that will advance your career.

Key Themes:

[00:23] What does it take to get a promotion?

[03:09] 4 tips for landing a promotion

[06:42] Seeing the big picture

[09:34] How to market yourself

[12:00] Climbing the career ladder

[14:59] Invest in professional development

[17:27] Crafting your personal career path

Jul 31, 2019
Leadership—Improving Project Results
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There’s no “right way” to run a successful project. Producing better results is all about finding the best way to get the job done. Guests discuss the value of different project management approaches—and how building a broader knowledge base can help boost your career.

Andy Kaufman, PMP, PMI-ACP, president of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc. in Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA, discusses how understanding an organization’s culture can help you choose the best project approach.

Emily Luijbregts, PMP, project manager at Siemens PLM Software in 's-Hertogenbosch, or Den Bosch, in the Netherlands, shares how understanding multiple project approaches can open the door to new career opportunities.

Nelson Rosamilha, PMP, PMI-ACP, head of project management at Ericsson in Sao Paulo, Brazil, outlines how project managers can take the lead to build buy-in for the best delivery method.

Key Themes:

[00:23] What drives project success?
[03:22] The value of pulling from different approaches
[04:48] How culture impacts the right approach
[07:50] How a broader skillset can boost your career
[08:50] Building buy-in with business benefits
[11:17] Customizing your leadership style
[14:47] Setting expectations with stakeholders
[18:16] Becoming more customer-centric

Jul 17, 2019
Transformation-Future-Proofing Energy Infrastructure
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Digitization. Decentralization. De-carbonization. Global trends are disrupting the energy sector—and organizations are reshaping their project portfolios to adapt. Guests discuss what it takes to innovate in this competitive market and how project leaders can stay ahead of the curve.

Jul 03, 2019
Transformation—Sustainable Urban Development
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Cities are growing—and fast. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. Guests discuss how development projects can boost economies and spur job creation while preserving the natural resources communities rely on.

Hassan Aboelnga, PMP, is an urban water security researcher at Koln University of Applied Sciences, and a management committee member of specialist groups at the International Water Association, based in Cologne, Germany. He outlines how taking a systems approach can help project managers deliver more sustainable water infrastructure projects.

Kaustubh Tamaskar is a senior urban planner and designer with Beca and an urban resilience consultant for the World Bank based in Auckland, New Zealand. Kaustubh discussed how teams can keep sustainability front and center on development projects—even when they need to move quickly.

Suresh Kotla, PMP, director of sustainable manufacturing for the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Mumbai, India, shares how his organization helps drive investment in sustainable development projects by fostering public-private partnerships.

Key Themes:
[00:29] Effects of rapid urban population growth
[02:33] Bringing sustainability within reach
[04:46] Future-proofing sustainability projects
[08:01] Managing water scarcity
[10:50] A systems approach to sustainability
[13:11] Roadblocks to sustainable development
[14:54] Balancing economic and environmental needs
[18:52] How to scale up adoption of new models

Jun 19, 2019
Job Skills—Time Management
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It’s true: time is money. Productivity drives profitability—and organizations rely on project professionals to get more done in a day. Guests discuss how they improve efficiency and reduce downtime without pushing teams to the breaking point.

Kiersten Huddleston, PMP, program manager at Salesforce in Seattle, Washington, USA offers tips for reducing digital distractions on project teams.

Michael Janzen, PMP, PMO director for MedStar Health in Washington D.C., shares how he ensures the organization is committing the right resources to the right projects across the board.

Marcio Amadeu, PMP, senior project portfolio manager for Nestlé USA in Arlington, Virginia, USA, outlines how he manages team workload to keep everyone firing on all cylinders.

Key Themes:
[00:31] Boosting team productivity
[03:35] How to reduce the drain from digital distractions
[08:03] Smart capacity planning
[09:42] What’s driving the deadline?
[12:10] Prioritizing the right projects
[13:47] Data-driven workload management
[16:21] Efficiently managing multiple projects
[17:32] How to avoid team downtime

Jun 05, 2019
Career Development—Professional Networking Pro-Tips
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Your professional network is a gold mine. But how can you get more from your connections without asking too much? Guests share how joining communities, volunteering professional services and building stronger relationships have helped them advance their careers.

Nina Scarnici, PMP, associate director of project management for Publicis Seattle, in Washington, USA, offers tips to help you build authentic relationships across your professional network.

Krishna Mohan, PMP, division head for program management, quality and tools for Nexteer Automotive, in Bengaluru, India, and Rick Knaggs, PMP, director of the global IT PMO for ICU Medical in San Clemente, California, USA, discuss how they bring value to others in their professional networks.

James Brady, PMP, CIO for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services shares how his professional network helped him move up the ladder and reach his career goals.

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Key Themes:
[00:32] Get more from your professional network
[02:20] Building relationships with new contacts
[05:40] How to give back to your network
[07:58] Asking for an introduction
[10:30] Tapping your network for new opportunities
[15:00] Strengthening connections with coworkers
[17:32] How to ask for career advice

May 22, 2019
Job Skills—Fast-Paced Problem Solving
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With business moving at breakneck speeds, there’s no time to waste on persistent problems. Guests discuss how they find quick fixes under pressure and what it takes to attack complex issues at the source.

Christine Lee, PMP, associate director of project management at S&P Global in London, outlines how she empowers her team to solve problems quickly while working within a strict regulatory framework.

Roman Baranovsky, PMP, services quality assurance lead for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Microsoft in Moscow, outlines how he gets to the root of problems before they push his projects off track.

Chandra Shekar, PMP, general manager of IT for Schneider Electric in Bengaluru, India, shared how organizations can rethink the way project teams work to help them address issues more efficiently.

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Key Themes:
[00:38] The need for speed
[02:25] Finding quick fixes in a regulated environment
[06:15] AI-supported problem solving
[07:35] Getting to the root of the problem
[09:35] The power of knowledge sharing
[12:50] Building a culture of communication and transparency
[16:48] The three E’s of problem solving

May 08, 2019
Transformation—The Future of Manufacturing
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Industry 4.0 technology is pushing manufacturers to disrupt—or be disrupted. Guests discuss the trends and technologies transforming the sector. Plus, the global head of IoT Services at Siemens outlines the key skills project professionals need to navigate organizational change.

Jerid Hayward, PMP, automation and robotics project manager for Stanley Black & Decker in Hartford, Connecticut shares his thoughts on how project and program managers can keep their skills sharp as digital manufacturing evolves.

Sanjoy Paul, chief digital officer for the manufacturing business unit at Wipro in Houston, Texas, USA, discusses what it takes to make cutting-edge manufacturing projects a success.

Siddharth Verma, PMP, global head and VP of IoT Services at Siemens in San Francisco, California, USA talks how project leaders can develop the talent they need to manage digital transformation projects.

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Key Themes:
[00:25] Manufacturing in the digital age
[02:25] Tech breakthroughs reshaping the sector
[05:07] Connected factories of the future
[07:40] Getting more from big data and IoT
[9:43] Industry 4.0 innovations
[12:53] The manufacturing talent gap
[16:50] In-demand skills for the future

Apr 26, 2019
Career Development—Moving to a New Market Sector
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Global markets are shifting rapidly, creating new career opportunities for those willing to make big moves. Guests discuss how to prepare for the transition—and Amtrak’s EPMO head shares why project talent is well suited to make this type of leap.

Phil Pavitt, consultant executive vice president of business transformation for Safelite AutoGlass, outlines the skills project professionals need to succeed in a new sector.

Narasimha Acharya, PMP, assistant director for Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, explains how his experience working across sectors helped him land his current role

Sarina Arcari, PMP, vice president in charge of the EPMO at Amtrak in Washington, D.C., discusses her hesitation to switch sectors—and the opportunities that inspired her to take on an executive-level position in a new industry.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Hot sectors for project talent
[02:50] Skills to succeed in a new sector
[05:45] The risk of “job hopping”
[06:55] The value of cross-sector experience
[10:35] Managing projects in a new industry
[14:40] Communicating with execs in a new organization
[16:25] When to make a big career move

Apr 10, 2019
Leadership—Managing Multigenerational Teams
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The next generation of project managers isn’t satisfied with the status quo—and leaders must be ready to adapt. Guests discuss how they encourage collaboration across age groups, and a PMO director from Slack outlines how to recruit and retain young talent.

Ilinca Rolea, a junior project manager for the IT firm Cameo Global in Brussels, Belgium outlines the type of professional support she wants her managers to provide.

Andy Almenara, the PMO head for Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service in Sydney explains how proactive planning keep his multigenerational team firing on all cylinders.

Manny Ventura, PMP, the director of the business operations PMO at Slack in San Francisco, California, USA, discusses how organizations can encourage team members from different generations to build on each others’ strengths.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] The multigenerational workforce
[02:30] The art of communication
[04:19] Setting clear expectations
[06:30] Reverse mentoring
[08:50] A Gen Z perspective
[12:23] Competing for young project talent
[16:00] Accommodating different work styles
[18:56] How to spark collaboration across age groups

Mar 27, 2019
Social Responsibility—Promoting Gender Equality
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The World Economic Forum predicts it will take 108 years for women to achieve equal status globally. Guests discuss how organizations can level the playing field—and the manager of global programs for UN Women shares recent project wins.

Adam Simpson, manager of global programs for UN Women in New York discussed the role gender equality plays in reaching the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals—and what it will take to reach these ambitious targets.

Anne Steinhardt, a systems engineering manager with Cisco Systems’ global virtual engineering organization in Washington, D.C. explains how Cisco’s Connected Women is encouraging more women to join the technical workforce.
Kush Dhillon, engagement manager for Capgemini in London, shares how she helps her female colleagues set clear career goals—and build the confidence they need to reach them.
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Key Themes:

[00:34] The state of gender equality
[02:59] Empowering women in the workplace
[05:52] Fighting imposter syndrome
[06:45] How to fill the future talent pipeline
[09:20] Sponsoring women in STEM fields
[11:29] The mission of UN Women
[14:09] Prioritizing high-impact projects
[17:31] Recent wins for equality

Mar 13, 2019
Transformation—Artificial Intelligence
1323

Predictive analysis. Machine learning. Robotic automation. AI technologies are coming of age—and it’s time for them to start earning their keep. Learn how organizations are turning the hype into hard numbers.

Oliver Broom, program director for artificial intelligence and data and analytics for Virgin Media in London discusses how AI is transforming the customer experience.

Sindhu Joseph, co-founder and CEO of CogniCor Technologies in San Francisco, talks what it takes to define and deliver clear ROI as an organization integrates AI technology.

Veronika Sokolova, an intelligent automation program manager for British Telecom in London, shares how robotic automation is streamlining global operations.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Trends in artificial intelligence
[02:45] The business case for robots
[04:43] End-to-end automation
[06:56] Defining and delivering AI ROI
[11:35] Transforming the customer experience
[14:55] The future AI roadmap
[17:55] AI’s impact on the workforce

Feb 27, 2019
Career Development—In-Demand Skills and Sectors
1022

Seismic market shifts have reshaped entire sectors and shaken up the project landscape. Learn how global business trends are impacting the job market for project and program managers—and what skills will help future-proof your career.

Barnali Sahoo, PMO head for the Americas division of Flight Centre Travel Group, based in Montreal, New Jersey, USA, outlines the skills project managers need to respond to shifting customer demands.

Jens Wilken, executive director for the thermal power plant, desalination, solar thermal, and oil and gas division of Fichtner Consulting Engineers in Stuttgart, Germany explains why project and program managers need to up their business acumen.

Edgar Bonilla Torres, a project manager for Heliosolar, based in Bogotá, Colombia, discusses what’s next for renewable energy projects in Latin America.

Alarka Purkayastha, an engagement manager for Accenture in Bengaluru, India, shares his perspective on how the country’s IT services sector is evolving—and what skills will help project and program managers stay competitive.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Trends shaping the job market
[01:45] New career opportunities in India
[04:18] Delivering a better customer journey
[06:20] CX: What’s at stake
[09:30] The value of project management education
[11:00] Renewable energy trends in Latin America
[12:30] The demand for business acumen

Feb 13, 2019
Job Skills—Cultivating Creativity
1326

Creativity is the spark behind every bright idea—but it needs the right environment to flourish. Learn how leaders can give their teams both the structure and inspiration they need to think outside the box. Plus, Nickelodeon’s senior director of creative project management shares three creativity killers to avoid.

Ahmed Bahaa, PMP, managing director for Hive Studio in Cairo, Egypt, offers tips to cultivate an “always-on” creative culture that helps team produce high-quality work on a tight timeline.

Todd Henry, host of The Accidental Creative podcast and author of the book Herding Tigers in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, discusses how project leaders can encourage project team members to leave their comfort zones.

Mike Tenney, senior director of creative project management for Nickelodeon in New York, New York, USA, outlines how he minimizes the risk of last-minute surprises.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Sparking and sustaining creativity
[02:25] What sets creative companies apart
[05:05] How to foster a creative workplace
[08:22] The key to better brainstorming
[10:15] Encouraging risk-taking
[12:38] What makes creative project management different?
[15:30] Keeping surprises at bay
[18:40] Creativity killers to avoid

Jan 30, 2019
Transformation—Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions
1298

Mergers and acquisitions can take years—and they don’t always deliver the intended value. Learn how program and project managers on the front lines can ensure the success of mission-critical integrations. Plus, one of Google’s M&A program managers shares his industry expertise.

Stephanie Blanco, VP of M&A integration and program management for Sound Physicians in Washington, D.C., USA discusses how to balance transparency and confidentiality on sensitive M&A projects.

Kash Ahuja, a mergers and acquisitions program manager for Google in Seattle, Washington, USA, outlines how his team overcomes change and uncertainty on fast-moving M&A initiatives.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] 2019 M&A trends
[02:40] The M&A project roadmap
[04:35] Transparency vs. confidentiality
[06:15] Lessons from the Whole Foods buyout
[08:30] Unique M&A project challenges
[13:00] Unifying systems and processes
[17:30] Delivering the intended value

Jan 16, 2019
Lessons Learned—The Value of Knowledge Transfer
1279

Talent turnover is unavoidable. Brain drain is not. Global experts discuss how effective knowledge transfer keeps organizations firing on all cylinders.

Mustafa Hafızoğlu, PMP, program director for Space & Defence Technologies in Ankara, Turkey, explains how his company has transformed project knowledge into a reusable commodity.

Betsy Mathew, PMP, director of organizational development and talent management for Dark Matter in Abu Dhabi, UAE, offers her take on how organizations can create an environment where knowledge flows freely.

Roger Forsgren, chief knowledge officer for NASA in Washington D.C., USA, shares how the agency’s breakthrough innovations are made possible by effective (and mandatory) knowledge management.

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Key Themes:
[00:25] The business value of knowledge transfer
[03:00] Building a formal knowledge bank
[06:00] Retaining expertise amidst employee turnover
[08:10] How to collect meaningful lessons learned
[09:22] Facilitating knowledge sharing
[11:05] How knowledge transfer reduces costs
[14:10] Gathering and disseminating knowledge at NASA
[16:30] Lessons learned for engineers
[19:00] Securing top-down support

Jan 02, 2019
Talent Management—How to Fill the Project Talent Gap
1241

The competition for top project talent is heating up. Global business leaders discuss how they’re attracting top performers and building their project management bench.

Frederic Casagrande, the PMO manager for Nawah Energy Company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates shares how he’s leveraged PMI’s standards and best practices to develop a training program that helps experts in nuclear energy up their project management skills.

Thokozani Skaka, the PMO head for MTN, in Johannesburg, South Africa discusses project management talent trends in the Middle East and Africa, including the skills gaps he sees and what organizations are doing to attract top performers.

Chris Hiltbrand, the division vice president of human resources for General Dynamics Information Technology in Washington, D.C., USA, outlines which skills the company hires for—and which skills it is willing to help people develop on the job.

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Key Themes:
[00:33] Project management talent gap data
[02:37] Developing talent for nuclear energy projects
[06:58] In-demand skills in the Middle East and Africa
[08:50] How culture attracts top talent
[10:29] Recruiting and retaining top talent
[14:12] Developing soft skills on project teams
[16:47] Measuring the success of training

Dec 12, 2018
Transformation—How to Manage Complexity
1228

Innovation, uncertainty, rapid change—the defining factors of the modern marketplace are making projects increasingly complicated. Guests discuss how they’re overcoming complexity to deliver transformative projects.

The PMO team from Telstra, Australia’s largest telecom company and this year’s PMO of the Year Award winner, explains how PMO oversight helped get the company’s capital investment portfolio back on track.

Mohammed Fakhri, AVP of global project delivery at Standard Chartered Global Business Services in Malaysia, discusses how he manages change across an interconnected project portfolio.

Wale Elegbede, PMO manager for the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, shares how project teams navigate uncertainty on innovative healthcare projects—while also complying with strict regulations.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Defining project complexity
[03:40] Telstra case study: 2018 PMO of the Year
[05:30] Facilitating strategic innovation
[08:00] Navigating interdependencies
[10:45] What is regenerative medicine?
[14:55] Planning for uncertainty
[16:45] Understanding stakeholder priorities

Nov 28, 2018
Leadership—New Skills for an Age of Flux
1340

What does it takes to be an effective leader in a rapidly shifting business environment? Guests discuss in-demand leadership skills—and how to keep fast-moving projects on track.

Barry Draskovich, PMP, vice president of program and contract management at Parker Aerospace in Irvine, California, USA, shares four skills project professionals should develop if they want to rise up in the ranks

Robert Safian, the founder of The Flux Group and former editor of Fast Company, discusses his research on leadership in the age of flux, how to maintain a strategic mindset when the market is shifting fast and the skills that set the best leaders apart.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] How leadership is evolving
[04:30] In-demand skills to sharpen
[08:10] Leading in the age of flux
[14:28] Reshaping the talent pool
[16:13] Outside-in vs. inside-out leadership
[18:18] What sets the best leaders apart

Nov 14, 2018
A Radical Mindshift—Managing Bleeding Edge Projects
1268

Bleeding edge projects have the potential to disrupt the marketplace and reshape entire sectors—if they can make it across the finish line. Project leaders share how they shepherd and support extreme innovation in the face of increasing uncertainty.

Michael O’Connor, director of strategy and project management at Medtronic in Minnesota, USA, talks about what it took to develop the world’s smallest pacemaker in a highly regulated environment. Medtronic is a member of PMI’s Global Executive Council.

James Stewart, vice chair at KPMG in London, England, describes how a combination of flexibility and independent assurance can drive success on first-of-its-kind projects.

Marc Lahmann, director of the transformation assurance division for PwC Switzerland in Zurich, shares how leading organizations are adopting artificial intelligence—and what’s needed for this tech to deliver real business value.

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Key Themes:
[00:30] Navigating risks on bleeding edge projects
[04:25] Case Study: Revolutionizing the pacemaker
[08:30] Flexing the project plan
[13:00] Integrating artificial intelligence
[15:26] How to spur cultural change
[17:23] Getting early wins with AI

Oct 31, 2018
Crisis Mode—Emergency Management and Response
1192

From hurricanes to hunger, global disasters are increasing—and intensifying. The costs of these events are also multiplying, and the risks are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Project leaders from around the world explain how this new disaster era is forcing teams to adjust their risk management strategies and priorities.

Mahamoudou Guimbayara, emergency team leader for the Development Food Assistance Program at CARE Mali, discusses how he and his team emphasize risk reduction and recovery in the midst of a long-term, national food scarcity crisis.

Victor Orellana Acuña, PMP, former deputy national director of Chile’s National Emergency Office, talks about the impact of standardization and simplification on emergency management in the immediate post-disaster landscape.

And members of the project team from Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, winner of the 2018 PMI® Project of the Year Award, discuss how they were able to rebuild a massive, state-of-the-art medical facility and demonstrate resiliency after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

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Key Themes:
[00:37] The growing impact—and cost—of natural disasters
[03:52] Committing to risk mitigation in a long-term crisis
[08:24] Establishing a common language for recovery
[10:31] Developing a simplified model of emergency management
[13:01] Winning stakeholder buy-in despite devastation
[15:03] Gathering insight via rigorous testing
[16:57] Staying flexible in the face of setbacks

Oct 17, 2018
The Greater Good—Lessons from Governments and NGOs
1211

Long Description

Making the world a better place is no simple task. Especially when funding is in short supply. Leaders from government agencies and NGOs share how transparency and accountability help them do more with less on their projects and programs.

Riaan Husselmann, director of enterprise portfolio management for the New South Wales Electoral Commission in Australia, shares how increased transparency can improve project delivery—and restore the public’s trust in its elected officials.

Danny Scott-Rockel, a senior program manager at Nesta, outlines how clear communication on social innovation projects helps his U.K.-based NGO maintain support from donors and grant providers.

Lori Tanner, senior director for the IT project management office and services for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., discusses how project leaders can respond to the need for greater transparency and reporting in the NGO space.

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Key Themes:

[00:48] The global trust deficit

[03:45] Projects to deliver democracy

[06:43] How project tracking drives transparency

[11:56] The case for accountability within NGOs

[13:42] Responding appropriately to risk

[15:18] How the PMO navigates volatility

[17:40] Building a culture of transparency

Transcript

Narrator

The future of project management is changing fast. On Projectified with PMI, we’ll help you stay on top of the trends and see what’s really ahead for the profession—and your career.

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Stephen W. Maye

Hello, I'm Stephen Maye, and this is Projectified with PMI. I'm here with my co-host, Tegan Jones, and in this episode we're talking about how governments and NGOs can run projects that will make a bigger impact in the world.

You know, there are so many different types of needs that governments and NGOs have to address—economic development, healthcare, affordable housing. But the funding never quite matches the need. There’s always more to be done.

Tegan Jones

That’s so true. And it leaves organizations with really two options. You can either raise more money or try to cut costs. And obviously, project management can help organizations be more efficient, save some money, but there’s only so far you can go down that path. You can’t save your way to zero. So to do more work, you eventually are go

Oct 03, 2018
The Need for Speed—Delivering Rapid Response Projects
1435

A rapidly shifting business landscape is forcing project teams to be more flexible. Global project leaders share how they deliver fast-paced results—without sacrificing quality.

The PMO team from McDonald’s shares how it successfully delivering a massive digital transformation project that touched 20,000 global restaurants in just nine months.

Dev Ramcharan, a program director at TD Bank in Toronto, Canada, explains how the full spectrum of project management approaches can help project teams deliver expected outcomes on an expedited schedule.

Everaldo de Souza Alves Jr., PMO manager for Latin America at Equifax, discusses how a strong understanding of business strategy can help teams run innovative projects quickly and effectively

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Key Themes:

[00:39] Understanding the need for speed

[03:24] McDonald’s Digital Transformation

[07:45] How to define a quality outcome

[08:56] Using the right approach for the job

[12:42] Innovation as a survival mechanism

[15:16] Short-term vs long-term project impact

[17:26] Rapid response in a regulatory environment

[20:29] Keeping an eye on strategy

Sep 19, 2018
The Long Haul—Future-Proofing Infrastructure
1247

Smart tech investments in infrastructure take center stage in our discussions with project leaders. They discuss how they’re helping communities meet needs that last for the long haul.

 

Frank Vieveen, program manager for the City of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, shares how he selects smart city and digital economy projects that streamline city life.

 

Sarah Hoban, a global project manager and lead associate for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C., discusses how project teams can prioritize the right infrastructure technology investments in developing countries.

 

Ed Blayney, innovation project manager for the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation in Louisville, Kentucky, talks about how smaller cities can run innovative projects while still being careful stewards of taxpayer funds.

 

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Key Themes:

[0:45] The impact of population growth on infrastructure

[2:20] Innovation tips for small cities

[3:45] Community-sourced innovation

[6:30] Capacity-building in developing countries

[11:15] Trends disrupting urban infrastructure projects

[15:00] How Rotterdam is planning for the future

Sep 05, 2018
Winning on Strategy—The Power of Project Delivery with guest Felipe Daguila
1227

Insights from global experts for how project and program teams can respond to shifting priorities, when to pull the plug on an outdated project—and what it takes to deliver real strategic value.

 

Felipe Daguila, the chief digital officer for Ooredoo Qatar, explains how increasing collaboration between the teams that create and execute on strategy improves the quality of project delivery.

 

Dev Ramcharan, a program director for TD in Toronto, offer tips to help teams deliver successful projects when an organization’s strategy changes midstream.

 

Amruta Oak, executive director of program management services for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, and Heather van Wyk, business program manager for Engen Petroleum in Cape Town talk about how focusing on the business case helps teams deliver programs and projects that drive the strategy forward.

 

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Key Themes:

[0:38] The cost of poor project delivery

[2:40] Aligning projects to strategy

[4:04] How the business case helps projects deliver value

[5:25] Tying individual performance to strategy

[7:02] Responding to strategic shifts

[10:50] Key drivers of successful strategy delivery

[13:43] Building buy-in for strategic initiatives

[16:47] When to cancel a project

Aug 22, 2018
Managing Volatility — Adapt or Fail with guest Jennifer Mercer
1212

In this episode, global project and program leaders discuss how they deal with disruption and navigate uncertainty in a constantly shifting landscape.  

 

About Our Guests: 

Jennifer Mercer, program manager for arctic research support and logistics with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. talks what it takes to manage projects in some of the world’s most extreme environments.

James Stewart, vice chair for KPMG in London, discusses how project managers need to adapt their skill sets to better manage uncertainty.

John Donohoe, director of change management and the program management office for Star Alliance Services GMBH in Frankfurt, Germany, shares how his company has evolved its product development process to quickly adapt to changing customer demands.

 

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Key Themes:

[0:40] Dealing with disruption

[2:45] How The Star Alliance Network navigates change

[5:25] Planning for volatility on projects and programs

[8:40] Anticipating change and managing risk

[9:55] Data-driven decision-making

[11:50] Managing projects in extreme environments

[15:35] Dealing with project disruptions

[17:15] Lessons learned from Arctic projects

Aug 08, 2018
Career Development — Landing Your Dream Job with guest Manuel Salero Coca, PMP
1364

Global experts discuss how to ace an interview, landing your next big promotion and the skills that set top-performing project professionals apart. In this episode, you'll hear from career experts ... 

 

Manuel Salero Coca, managing director for PIN Technologies in Mexico City, about what it takes to become a project leader in a global company—and even start your own business.

 

Lindsay Scott, director of program and project management recruitment for Arras People in London, shares some of the hiring trends she’s seen taking shape in the U.K.

 

Deepa Kalangi, senior project manager at Magellan Health in Portland, Oregon, USA, offers tips to help job seekers answer the toughest project management interview questions.

 

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Key Themes:

[1:15] In-demand project management skills

[4:53] How to impress a hiring manager

[6:59] Answering impossible interview questions

[9:47] The project management talent gap

[13:48] Becoming your own boss

[17:48] What sets top performers apart

[19:30] Building trust with your team

Jul 25, 2018
Innovation - Changing the Game with guest Alice Pollard
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In this episode, global project leaders discuss how to make hyper-innovation happen, the do’s and don’ts of managing virtual teams and navigating an uncertain project landscape. 

 

Alice Pollard, chief of staff and innovation architect for Cisco Hyper Innovation Living Labs in San Francisco, shares the success factors that helps some of the world’s largest companies collaborate on game-changing innovations.

 

James Stewart, vice chair for KPMG in London, talks how teams can navigate a new breed of project challenges, from breakneck speeds to real-time reporting requirements.

 

Fiona Charonnat, customer project and program management process owner for Ericsson in Paris, and Ibrahim Dani, director of governance for Optus Australia in Sydney, outline how leaders need to think differently when working with increasingly dispersed teams.

 

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Key Themes:

[2:10] Defining the skill set of the future

[5:00] When to turn to a virtual team

[6:59] How to engage dispersed team members

[11:28] Future-proofing project plans

[12:35] Running a first-of-its-kind project

[15:05] How does hyper-innovation work?

[20:40] Gaining speed without sacrificing quality

[22:55] Innovation on a shoestring

Jul 11, 2018
Women in Project Leadership - Gaining Ground with guest Jane Canniff
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Jane Canniff and Carrie Fletcher discuss what it takes to be a woman in charge, and Lindsay Scott shares research on gender trends in project management.

 

About our Guests — Carrie Fletcher, Lindsay Scott and Jane Caniff:

 

Carrie Fletcher, PMP, is the senior director of health information management and the enterprise project management office (PMO) for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector.

 

Lindsay Scott is the director of program and project management recruitment for Arras People in London.

 

Jane Canniff, PMP, is a senior IT consultant who spent more than a decade working for nonprofits World Vision International and CARE in the global development sector.

 

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Key Themes:

[1:40] The gender pay gap in project management

[6:10] Challenges female project leaders face (Carrie Fletcher)

[8:08] Striking the right work-life balance (Carrie Fletcher)

[12:10] Gender trends in the project management profession (Lindsay Scott)

[13:45] The future of contract vs. full-time project work (Lindsay Scott)

[16:18] How to advance your career (Jane Canniff)

[20:50] Advice for female project managers (Jane Canniff)

[22:26] The value of diversity in the workforce (Jane Canniff)

Jun 27, 2018
PMI EMEA Congress Special Episode - The Demands of Digitization
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During this conversation, recorded at PMI’s EMEA Congress 2018 in Berlin, John Daly and Henk van Huyssteen discuss how digitization is changing the way projects are run, the benefits project teams can expect to see in the near future— and what skills project and program managers need to develop to stay relevant. 

 

About our Guests — John Daly and Henk van Huyssteen:

John Daly, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, is a Director in Cisco Advanced Service Global PMO, managing a global team of project and program managers from Jacksonville, Florida, USA. John began his career as an engineer and quickly moved into project and program management, and has been working in that field for over 12 years.

 

Henk van Huyssteen, PMP, delivers complex business technology programs for large organizations and is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in defining delivery strategies and models to achieve aggressive timelines or to turn around projects in trouble. Over the past three years, he has led a variety of large-scale, digital transformation programs.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[1:25] The impact of digitization on project work

[3:25] Facilitating faster decision-making

[5:50] Innovative problem solving

[7:15] Project management skills for a digital world

[8:50] How to begin the transformation

[12:30] Congress attendees weigh in on the evolving role of project management

Jun 13, 2018
IBM PM Center of Excellence — Staying Relevant with guest Jim Boland
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Jim shares insights on the past, present and future of IBM's PMCoE, including its focus on attracting and developing tomorrow's project leaders, the challenge of balancing traditional methods with agile approaches, and the keys to remaining relevant over two decades.

 

About our Guest:

Jim Boland is the leader of IBM's Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCoE), which is celebrating its 21st anniversary as it serves over 350,000 "IBMers" —including dozens of PMOs and 40,000 certified project managers.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[01:30] The broad mission of IBM's PMCoE

[03:10] Everybody is a project manager

[06:15] The difference between a CoE and PMO

[09:00] Meeting the pace of change with agility

[14:45] Frequent 'sense-checking' to identify red flags

[17:00] Internal and external certification programs

[20:15] Attracting talent to the PM workforce

[22:45] New skills needed for project managers

[25:45] Defining/reinforcing culture values/practices

[28:40] What's next for the PMCoE

[31:45] Get comfortable with change

 

 

May 30, 2018
Transformation — Momentum and Mindset with guest Kevin Murphy
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In part two with transformation expert Kevin Murphy, Kevin discusses how project managers serve as big-picture change agents, developing a future mindset, how to instill new behaviors for creating a change-ready culture, and dealing with resistance.

 

About our Guest:

Kevin Murphy is a partner in Bain & Company's Washington, D.C. office, and head of its Center of Expertise for Co-Creation. He has more than 30 years of experience across multiple industries in leading large turnarounds and transformations.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[01:00] Building and maintaining transformation momentum

[05:30] The relationship between transformation and culture

[07:30] Defining culture and the three levels of change

[11:00] Creating a mindset for the future state

[14:30] The importance of feedback from peers and teams

[18:40] Project managers as change agents

[20:15] A results delivery office: value, execution and people

[23:45] Understanding and dealing with resistance

[29:20] Less screens and meeting, more time with people

May 16, 2018
Team Leadership — Maximizing Potential with guest Andy Kaufman
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Andy defines leadership and teams in this episode; discusses trust, conflict and alignment; touches on agile principles in leading teams; emphasizes the importance of finding meaning in the work; and offers advice on dealing with "bad apples" and bringing out the best in the teams you lead.

 

About our Guest:

Speaker, author and executive coach Andy Kaufman has worked with thousands of individuals from hundreds of organization to help them improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. He has 25 years of experience in management, technology, team leadership and project management.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[03:00] Definitions of leadership, from vision to potential

[08:00] The ripple effect of good and bad leadership

[10:00] A team is more than a group of individuals

[11:40] Trust is the foundation, not artificial harmony

[17:45] Team alignment requires understanding the "why"

[20:50] Applying agile principles to team leadership

[26:00] Shared leadership and meaningful work

[31:00] Dealing with "bad apples" on teams

May 02, 2018
Transformation — Risks and Rewards with guest Kevin Murphy
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In this episode Kevin defines transformation, describes what’s different for leaders moving through it, and makes a case that project professionals do their best work when they attend to the physical, mental and emotional space where co-creation can be achieved.

 

About our Guest:

Kevin Murphy is a partner in Bain & Company's Washington, D.C. office, and head of its Center of Expertise for Co-Creation. He has more than 30 years of experience across multiple industries in leading large turnarounds and transformations.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[01:30] Drivers and characteristics of transformation

[04:45] Transformation projects are marathons, not sprints

[07:45] Transformation lessons and rewards

[10:00] Risks and reasons for high failure rates

[12:55] Attitude, resolve and top-down commitment

[16:25] Engaging in conservations that break down silos

[21:15] Creating physical, mental and emotional spaces  

Apr 18, 2018
Culture — Millennials in the Workforce with guest Dana Brownlee
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Dana shares insights on building strong work relationships between millennials and managers. With perspectives from both sides, she identifies behaviors and mindsets to foster cross-generational collaboration and understanding.

 

About our Guest:

Dana Brownlee has served as project manager and strategy consultant for IBM and AT&T, among other organizations. She is president of Professionalism Matters and the author of the upcoming book The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches

 

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Key Takeaways:

[02:30] Describing general distinctions of millennials

[7:10] Accommodating various communication modes

[9:20] Adapting leadership styles, relationship-building

[14:10] Work culture adjustments for millennials

[18:30] Balancing policies: opportunities vs. privileges

[22:00] How millennials are inspiring welcome changes

[26:00] Comfort with technology and fresh perspectives

[27:45] The value of meeting with people individually

[29:10} Project management skills for career success

 

 

Apr 04, 2018
2017 Project of the Year — Complexity and Risk w/ Guest Doug Greenwell
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Doug shares experiences and insights from managing PMI's 2017 Project of the Year. You’ll learn how the team overcame dangers of the work environment and the technical, talent, and communications challenges of the project.

 

About our Guest:

Roland (Doug) Greenwell has led highly complex projects at U.S. Department of Energy sites for more than 30 years, bringing expertise in nuclear waste retrieval, safety-conscious work environments and continuous improvement.

 

Doug shares experiences and insights from managing PMI's 2017 Project of the Year. The project was replacing an underground tank that was leaking radioactive waste in Hanford, Washington, USA. Highlights of the award-winning project includes finishing the project ahead of schedule and US$8.7 under budget, and no safety issues were encountered while transferring nuclear waste. Doug’s conversation details dealing with technical and talent challenges, communicating to diverse stakeholders and negative media, risk management, and the rewards of the job.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[2:13] project background and site history

[6:56] project begins with an unexpected leak

[10:50] dangers of the work environment

[13:30] technical challenges, timeline and cost

[16:23] the talent challenge, skillsets and training

[25:10] the stakeholder communication challenge

[28:27] dealing with media and negative coverage

[32:38] the shared attributes of complex projects

[36:20] risk management is indispensable

[39:43] the rewards of the job, the impact on society

 

Mar 21, 2018
Social Good — Leading Development Projects with guest Jane Canniff
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After building a successful IT consulting career in the corporate world, Jane invested a decade leading global development projects and programs for World Vision International and CARE USA.

 

In this episode, Stephen Maye sits down with Jane Canniff who discusses how project management is changing and how it differs between the for-profit and global development sectors. Jane also shares what she's learned about transition, adaptation and finding purpose in work that can save lives.

 

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Key Takeaways:

@01:30 — the global development landscape, goals

@04:00 — the need for project leadership

@05:45 — moving from corporate to development sector

@11:45 — building local capability and commitment

@15:20 — communication and cultural considerations

@19:40 — technology and infrastructure challenges

@25:00 — the value of curiosity and encouragement

@27:00 — returning to for-profit world with new perspective

@28:55 — working with a cross-cultural, global team

@31:50 — making the transition to social-good project work

 

Mar 07, 2018
Communication — The Path to Payoff with guest Oren Klaff
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Picking up our previous conversation on "pitching projects," Oren practices what he preaches — diving right into describing "a path to payoff" to follow when running team meetings or presenting a solution to stakeholders.

 

About our Guest:

Oren Klaff is author of Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal and an investment banker who has raised more than $1 billion for entrepreneurs.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[02:46] Describe problems in ways that solutions are valued

[10:57] Establish why meeting is important and worth the time

[12:35] Build a narrative arc about what's new or changing

[18:54] 'Unpack' the solution with facts then 'sell' benefits with emotion

[21:30] Only present for as long as you can be compelling

[23:13] Remember and believe that YOU are the value

 

Links:

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal,by Oren Klaff

PitchAnything.com

Feb 21, 2018
Digital Transformation — What It Takes with guest Anand Swaminathan
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Anand Swaminathan, a senior partner at McKinsey and Stephen W. Maye continue their conversation about what digital transformation means today, and why it’s important to almost every organization’s future. Real-world business examples of digital transformation enlighten part two of our conversation with Anand, as we dive more deeply into the role of cross-functional teams and discuss the culture challenges that must be addressed. 

Anand Swaminathan is also one of the authors of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company. Anand covers some of topics in the book such as the changes in strategy that happen as part of the digital transformation, changes in culture, the organization model and operating model, as well as the changes in fundamental capabilities.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[04:35] Breaking down silos with cross-functional teams

[07:05] Examples of digital transformation in healthcare

[10:05] Culture change and reinvention are mandatory

[12:15] Emerging roles to build bridges, drive transformation

[14:08] 'Intentionally temporary' jobs, processes and models

[17:00] Preparing for your digital work future

 

Links:

McKinsey & Company

Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company, by Anand Swaminathan and Jürgen Meffert

 

Feb 07, 2018
Creativity — Part of the Process with guest Scott Berkun
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Best-selling author of The Dance of the Possible, The Year Without Pants and other books, Scott is a former Microsoft project manager, a creative-thinking teacher, and a popular speaker.

Episode Description:

We return to the oft-neglected role of creativity in project management as Scott shares insights on bringing fresh-thinking and innovative problem-solving to your projects and teams, regardless of the work environment.

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Episode Notes:

@01:15 — overcoming 'creative block' by lowering the bar

@04:26 — keeping a journal to spark ideas and solutions

@09:21 — bringing creative thinking to traditional work cultures

@12:29 — balancing quick solutions with deeper exploration

@16:40 — an idea-generation technique using 'opposites'

 

Links:

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management, by Scott Berkun

Jan 24, 2018

Agile Ways — An Ongoing Journey with guest Lauri Bingham
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Lauri Bingham, Director of Technology PMO at T-Mobile. Responsible for managing over $100M across a diverse, high-profile portfolio of national programs and projects.

 

Episode Description:

Stephen W. Maye is your host for Projectified with PMI. In this episode, Stephen sits down with Lauri Bingham who shares insights and lessons learned on adopting and integrating agile principles and practices into a variety of work environments. Lauri also covers the PMO’s role in supporting teams, hybrid approaches, and dealing with complexity.

 

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Key Takeaways:

2:44 — the importance of 'soft' and 'big-picture' skills

@06:15 — moving from waterfall to agile/hybrid methods

@08:44 — finding the right fit for right team for right project

@11:01 — communicating successes, benefits and lessons

@12:20 — the challenges of going first and changing habits

@14:40 — a culture shift throughout organization

@19:57 — balancing waterfall and agile principles

@22:25 — letting the data lead you to the answers

@25:43 — listen to your customers, build a relationships

@30:30 — the learn-trial-learn process

@33:57 — career advice to women and young project managers

 

Links:

Lauri Bingham LinkedIn

Jan 10, 2018
Communication — Pitching Your Projects with guest Oren Klaff
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Oren Klaff, Pitch Expert and author of Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal. Stephen W. Maye is your host for Projectified with PMI. In this episode Oren explains why the art of pitching is a crucial skill for project leaders and describes ways to increase buy-in to your ideas, proposals, recommendations, and how to sell your vision of the future to your stakeholders and teams.

 

Oren shines a light on common pitfalls people encounter while working to inform and influence those around them as well as provide solutions to these problems. He also lends his insights into how to formulate an excellent pitch and the neuroscience behind these strategies.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[:56] Pitching as a project leader: Presenting, persuading, influencing, and creating a ‘dome.’

[3:39] Under the ‘dome’; projecting the future of a project.

[4:15] Selling the future; Creating a strong pitch and following through.

[5:51] Establishing the rules under the ‘dome,’ or pitch, and the value of not answering every question.

[7:34] The trust connection when pitching a project and replacing trust with credibility and autonomy.

[9:06] The importance of autonomy.

[11:18] The three major problems Oren sees in every presentation: the information dump, the nothing-burger, and having the right information in the wrong order.

[15:23] Answering the right questions and organizing your presentation in a narrative arc: the setup, the path-to-payoff, and the payoff.

[16:50] The setup: What’s changing in the world?

[19:09] The neuroscience behind the formulas and theories Oren discussed.

 

Links:

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal, by Oren Klaff

PitchAnything.com

Dec 15, 2017
Creativity — Make It Part of Your Toolkit with guest Scott Berkun
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Scott Berkun is a bestselling author, sought after speaker, and former Microsoft project manager. Stephen W. Maye is your host for Projectified with PMI. In this episode Stephen discusses creativity withScott explains creativity’s often misunderstood and neglected role in project work, how to foster and apply creativity in process-oriented environments today, and why it will become even more important in the future of project professionals.

 

Scott describes creativity as a creation and problem-solving process within project roles. He emphasizes that the process of creation and being creative is to not only create something new but to maintain and improve pre-existing ideas. Scott discusses the importance of defining ‘good’ when it comes to creativity, the relevance of creativity in the project management role, the benefits of applying creativity to any role, and where creativity fits in an increasingly automated and digitized world.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[:28] Stephen provides some background on Scott and welcomes him to the podcast

[1:09] What’s the deal with Scott’s hair?

[2:49] Scott’s definition of creativity

[5:12] Scott’s early project manager role with Microsoft

[6:04] Reflecting back on his role as a project manager: Where was creativity relevant?

[7:34] The importance of defining ‘good’ and who gets to define ‘good’

[11:08] Where creativity fits in a world that is becoming increasingly more automated and digitized.

[14:14] Who is at greatest risk for losing their job to automation?

[16:02] Creativity’s relevancy in projects in an ever-increasing automated world and how project managers can better bring creativity to their job.

[20:15] The opportunities and benefits of applying creativity in the role of project management.

 

Links:

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Managem

Dec 08, 2017
Career Development — Your Personal Project with guest Jacqueline Van Pelt, PMP
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Jacqueline Van Pelt, a rising star at BAE systems, recounts her experiences in a number of project management roles and shares the deep insights she’s gained along the way. Jacqueline’s insights will benefit both up-and-coming and mid-career project professionals alike. Stephen W. Maye is your host for Projectified with PMI.

 

Jacqueline is a young professional that has already amassed an impressive level of experience. She started as a consultant in the defence industry doing project management and business development consulting and is now employed with BAE Systems a leading defence contractor where she has spent the last year immersed in a project management role and has gotten to see project management from a number of perspectives and angles. Jacqueline has a lot to bring to the community of project professionals, project managers, and those involved in PMOs and related work.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[:28] Introduction to Jacqueline and her current work

[2:24] Jacqueline’s role in reinvigorating a PMO: The challenges and mission

[5:19] The importance of mentorship

[6:18] The biggest challenge of reinvigorating a PMO

[7:42] Jacqueline’s transition from an engineer-focused mind to focusing on her interactions with people

[9:07] The switch to relationship-focused PM

[11:25] A window into how building these relationships began

[13:19] Valuing your own perspective as a project manager

[15:00] Jacqueline’s ‘backstage’ tips

[17:01] Jacqueline’s basic principles when it comes to trust and building relationships

[19:14] The key to building trust with those that you need to influence

[20:43] Learning to ask the awkward questions

[23:27] The experiences Jacqueline carried with her as a consultant into her current work

[26:35] Jacqueline’s excellent mentors

[29:13] Developing a leadership style

Oct 19, 2017
Artificial Intelligence — Opportunities Ahead with guest Dr. Michael Chui
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Dr. Michael Chui of the McKinsey Global Institute. Dr. Michael Chui is a technologist by training, a computer and cognitive scientist, author, and frequent speaker at major global conferences. Stephen W. Maye is your host for Projectified with PMI. In this episode, Stephen talks with Michael Chui who has conducted lots of fascinating research around automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and digitization.

 

Michael shares research on the impact that artificial intelligence will have on the workforce, why A.I. presents new opportunities in the project world, how it affects work and the future potential of work, and how project professionals can prepare themselves to thrive in an emergent, exciting and uncertain landscape.

 

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Key Takeaways:

[:28] Steven introduces Dr. Michael Chui and he gives us some background into his work

[1:40] What Dr. Michael Chui’s research has been about, the motivation behind it and the biggest surprises to come out of it

[8:40] Where Michael sees the significant differences in the project world with the adoption of technological automation

[12:17] The good news: Emphasis on leadership roles and developing connections with people

[14:20] Where Michael anticipates the most significant impacts from automation and digitization

[16:25] Where we are from a social acceptance perspective about machines and robotics

[19:20] Awareness of robotics and automation adoption across the country and on socioeconomic levels

[22:17] How people in professional roles will prepare for a world of increasingly smart technology

[24:48] The good news for project management and project leadership: Immense value placed on leadership and motivation skills

 

Links:

Michael Chui’s McKinsey & Company Profile

Oct 19, 2017
Digital Transformation — Why It Matters with guest Anand Swaminathan
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Anand Swaminathan, a senior partner at McKinsey and Stephen W. Maye talk about what digital transformation means today, why it’s important to almost every organization’s future, the role of project management and realising its benefits, the risks and challenges it introduces, and the changes it can bring to your work culture, teams and customer experiences.

 

Anand Swaminathan is also one of the authors of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company. Anand covers some of topics in the book such as the changes in strategy that happen as part of the digital transformation, changes in culture, the organization model and operating model, as well as the changes in fundamental capabilities.

 

For an easy way to stay up-to-date on Projectified with PMI, follow the podcast at:

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Key Takeaways:

[1:27] What ‘Digital Transformation’ represents

[3:22] What is different today in digitizing processes and the capabilities in technology

[5:33] The fundamental difference between ‘strategy’ vs. ‘execution’

[7:07] The breadth of relevance of digital transformation as a modern movement

[7:38] Where we should look today to see the most significant impact from an industry perspective

[10:01] Going Digital: Embracing the capabilities (John Deere serving as an example)

[13:47] Connection to Culture: The culture shift from digital transformation

[15:22] The big red flags in digital transformation initiatives

[19:36] Tailoring your digital transformation to better suit your customers

[21:02] Infusing and not replacing talent; Putting together the organization ‘puzzle’

[22:11] Planning a major digital transformation program vs. Planning a large technology implementation

 

Links:

McKinsey & Company

Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company, by Anand Swaminathan and Jürgen Meffert

Oct 13, 2017