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August 7, 2014 In this edition:
What we stand for impacts what we do, and how we do it. Is your team focused on the right things? Is your organization? How about you personally? Professionally?

Too often our "operating agreements" focus on rules and regulations, shalls and shall nots, without taking notice of WHY those things are supposed to be important. This week, columnist Geof Lory reminds us that our team's practices will align with the team's values and principles, even if you've never written them down. Capturing your values and principles may help you find disconnects.

It got us thinking about the similar disconnect people often experience between their personal or organizational values and principles and the actions and projects they undertake in day-to-day life. So our highlights this week will help you take stock of those at every level and make sure you're headed in the right direction.

» Wisdom, Perspective, & Advice
» Business-Savvy PM
» Achieving "Just Enough" PM
» Personal Power Tools!
» Project Templates Spotlight
» Where's ProjectConnections?
» Corporate Subscriptions

Wisdom, Perspective, and Advice from the Field
Geof Lory Behavioral Traceability: Values to Principles to Practices
by Geof Lory

Why do we struggle so much with articulating fuzzy concepts values and principles, when it's so easy to document the rules? Perhaps it is because principles seem too abstract compared to practices, and values can start to sound a lot like Mom and apple pie. In reality, Values, Principles, and Practices always align because they are derived from each other, intentionally or not. Read More »
Geof Lory will be in Dalian China the third week of August to do a traditional project management simulation class using the Fissure simulation and Microsoft Project. For more information about the Fissure simulation experience, visit the Fissure website. To find out where other ProjectConnections experts will be this month, see our Where's ProjectConnections section below.

Being a Business-Driven Business-Savvy PM (the kind Execs adore)
Opportunity Screening Worksheet – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until August 21, 2014
Great idea! Is it worth it? Use this worksheet to determine whether a new development project is worth the effort, and identify the important issues in making that decision. Factors assessed include the market, the company's capability, potential market risks, and return to the company. With some deletion of items and minor modifications, this worksheet could be used for a benefits analysis for other types of projects.

Project Risk Checklist – MEMBER
Drafting a risk list can be a daunting proposition. This risk checklist prompts your team to consider common risks across a wide variety of categories, to reduce the odds of missing one of those dreaded "unknown-unknowns."
Achieving "Just Enough" PM (Your team will thank you for it)
New! Using Meeting Notes Wisely
This mini-course by DeAnna Burghart covers the ins and outs of creating meeting minutes when you absolutely have to, and generating useful meeting notes when that's good enough. Also includes tips for knowing what to record and what to ignore. 1 PDU.
Rapidly Implementing High-Impact Low-Overhead PM – MEMBER
You need formal project management, but you also need fast results, and you can't afford to get bogged down in bureaucracy. This presentation details how to implement high-impact, low-overhead PM, how to do it fast but right, and how to use it on multiple projects now.
Personal Power Tools! (Grow critical strengths and keep your sanity, too!)
Tomorrow Will Be Better
Alfonso Bucero reminds us that, while today is a good day, tomorrow will be better. This motivational post includes a detailed list that will help you prepare a personal vision for your career, and your life. Make sure your biggest, most important project of all is headed in the right direction.

Project Manager Development Profile Form – MEMBER
This one-page form allows for comprehensive assessment and development planning for individual project managers across categories such as management skills, career ambition, and short- and long-term growth potential. This is a great guideline for personnel growth and assignments, but consider using it as an individual coaching/assessment tool, too.

PM Powers – MEMBER
What kind of PM do you want to be? Besides the obvious answer ("employed!"), it's a good idea to consider the kind of projects you want to work on and the skills you'll need most for them. This presentation discusses the broad range of critical PM attributes and which are most important for various career options, such as working in a PMO, doing portfolio management, managing large and complex projects, etc. Not all PM opportunities are created equal -- find the one that fits you best, then find out what skills you need in order to pursue it.
Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Project Delivery Systems
Morley Selver overviews two common project delivery systems: Owner-Provided Delivery (OPD) and Design-Bid-Build (DBB). His detailed post discusses the owner's role, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each project structure. First in a series.
Where's ProjectConnections?
This summer, Cinda Voegtli is busy "Fast Ramping" PMs and teams in several different types of companies, including pharma, energy, and product development. If you're interested in getting the FastRamp tools and techniques approach, email for more information.

Kent McDonald jets from Ohio to Johannesburg in September. On September 5 he'll speak at the Columbus Chapter IIBA's BAPDD on why "Business Value is a Conversation, not a Number." Then it's on to Sandton, South Africa, where he will speak at the Business Analysis Summit Southern Africa on September 18. His topic there will be Analysis in Agile: There's More to it than User Stories. These topics will make additional state-side appearances in October and November. We'll keep you posted.

Randy Englund and co-author Alfonso Bucero are teaming up to organize "Project Management Soft Skills Days" in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, September 18-20. The event will be for project leaders, upper managers and executives who want to become more complete and effective leaders. For more information, please contact them by email.

Brian Irwin will speak on agile transformation at the PMI® Global Congress in Phoenix, Arizona October 26-28.
Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
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