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October 2, 2014 In this edition:
Death by a thousand little slips is so easy. It's just a few weeks, and it's such a great feature! It's only a two week slip, how much could that really hurt? Our new template this week will guide your team through answering that question, and finding out just how much that one week slip could cost.

We've also had several inquiries about our fall FastRAMP™ schedule, and it's online now. We're really excited about this new slate of offerings, including a new PMLight™ FastRAMP™ specifically for smaller projects, subject FastRAMPs for topics like Risk Management and Meeting Management, and more. Register early for the best rates!

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

Wisdom, Perspective, and Advice from the Field
Kimberly Wiefling A Tale of Two Failures: Relationships Last Longer Than the Company
by Kimberly Wiefling

"If you knew that your organization was doomed to fail, would you rather go out of business quickly or take the slow path to death? And would you prefer to leave with relationships intact, or part ways having damaged trust in the fight to survive?" Kimberly explores some tough questions this week, by contrasting two (fictionalized) experiences. Her takeaway: "Life is too short to work only for money." Read More »

Fast Ramps and Training
FastRAMP to Masterful Risk Management New! FastRAMP™ to Masterful Risk Management
October 29 and October 31
Two 90-minute sessions
3 Category A PDUs

Whether it's willful or accidental, ignoring project risks is the height of insanity. But masterful and proactive management of risk and uncertainty by the entire team can save projects, save vacations, and enable teams to successfully take on even the most difficult projects.

New! FastRAMP™ to Managing Without Authority
November 5 and November 7
Two 90-minute sessions
3 Category A PDUs

Whose help, effort, or commitment do you need? And how do you get it when you have no authority? The answers lie in how you lead your team and orchestrate critical interactions at different project stages, coupled with how you leverage your personal credibility, business-savvy insights, and communication skills.

New! PMLight™ FastRAMP™ for Smaller Projects
Starts November 12
Four 90-minute sessions
6 Category A PDUs

Your small and/or short projects are important too, and deserve enough "management" to ensure that they successfully accomplish their goals -- without, of course, going too far. This focused, specialty FastRAMP™ provides a set of lightweight, less formal techniques specifically for smaller and/or shorter projects. It's a "just enough" approach that will make sense to everyone, even if they think this project is too small to need project management.

The Strategic Execution Conference – $500 discount for ProjectConnections readers!

Hosted by the Stanford Center for Professional Development and IPS Learning
Learn how industry leaders from companies such as Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Google, and Shutterfly are achieving innovation and business results by aligning strategy with execution throughout the project management lifecycle. This two-day conference is packed with sessions like these:
  • How an Agile PMO and Team-Driven PPM Manages Resources and Hits Delivery Expectations with 90% Accuracy (Shutterfly)
  • Strategy with Speed: Large Organizations Can Move Fast (Hewlett-Packard)
  • A People-Focused Approach to PMO Implementation (Amgen)
  • How Walmart IT Ties Resources to Strategies and Objectives
  • Leading Transformational Change at Intuit
  • A New Approach to Using Risk Profiles to Improve Execution (Savanna Energy Services Corp.)
  • How a Centralized PMO Model was Built and Used to Turn Around a Troubled Program (Nationwide Insurance)
  • Strategy to Execution at NASA – The Space Life Sciences Directive
ProjectConnections readers get a $500 discount to the conference until October 17th. Register here and use discount code PROJCONNECT when prompted during the registration process.

Being a Business-Driven Business-Savvy PM (the kind Execs adore)
Late Cost Per Week New! Late Cost Per Week – PREMIUM
Late Cost Per Week is a concept teams can use to clarify the importance of the time or schedule aspect of a project. This simple worksheet will help your team discover and communicate your project's Late Cost Per Week, for use when deciding project scope and tradeoffs.

Project Definition - Mission Statement Project Definition - Mission Statement – PREMIUM
A manifesto is a little hard to wave around or print on a T-shirt. Use these guidelines to construct an inspiring, results-oriented project mission statement or objective statement that your team can get behind.
Personal Power Tools! (Grow critical strengths and keep your sanity, too!)
Priorities, Goals, and Actions Alignment Worksheet – MEMBER
It's never too late to be sure your career is headed in the right direction. Use this worksheet from Kimberly Wiefling to capture critical personal goals, prioritize them, and develop personal action plans aligned with those priorities.

Keep Calm and Carry On, suggests the popular meme. Randy Englund isn't so sure that "calm" is always the answer. In his most recent post on Beginning Steps in Becoming a Complete Project Manager he suggests that occasionally a "controlled expression of anger" can be one of your most powerful tools. (Control being the operative word, of course.)
Achieving "Just Enough" PM (Your team will thank you for it)
Guidelines - Completion Criteria Guidelines - Completion Criteria – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until October 16, 2014
Completion criteria are more than just a checklist for developers and customers. They're really a communication tool and an important aspect of "quality management" on your project. These guidelines help you establish a common definition of "done" for the team.

Maintenance Planning Guidelines and Plan Outline – MEMBER
Hopefully, your product's support doesn't end when you push the launch button. This guideline will help you identify the appropriate types and timing of maintenance planning for your project, integrate it into your overall project plan, and eventually produce a full-blown maintenance plan (if your situation warrants it).
Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Morley Selver continues his series on Project Delivery Systems with a look at Design-Build and its pros and cons.
Premium How-To Course
Agile Methodologies: Overview of Feature-Driven Development
Presented by Kent McDonald

Feature-Driven Development (FDD) is an iterative and incremental software development process aimed at delivering tangible, working software repeatedly. It is meant to allow bigger teams to still act in an agile manner. This mini-course by Kent McDonald reviews the philosophies, roles, and five basic activities of FDD and explains how they interact to create what some observers have described as a phase-based approach to Agile development. 1 PDU. Learn more »
Where's ProjectConnections?
Mike Aucoin will be presenting "Team Re-Building: Positive Shifts for Dysfunctional and Uninspired Teams" at the Texas A&M PM Exchange on October 6, and the PMI Austin (Texas) Dinner Meeting on October 28.

Kent McDonald is at the Salt Lake City IIBA October 8 to explain why "Business Value is a Conversation, not a Number." He'll discuss Analysis in Agile at Building Business Capability 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale on November 4, and at the Phoenix IIBA Chapter on November 11.

Carl Pritchard presents Tools for the PM Toolbox at PMI SWVA Chapter on October 10. He'll teach Risk Management Essentials at PMI Baltimore on November 6. Planning ahead? Look for Carl at the PMI Baltimore Dinner Event in Timonium on March 19, 2015 (topic to be announced).

Randy Englund and co-author Alfonso Bucero present a four day pre-Global Congress seminar in Phoenix, Arizona October 22-25 for PMI's SeminarsWorld on Integrating People, Organizational and Technical Skills: the Complete Project Manager." Register now with 20% discount code AB20. Randy and Alfonso also present papers during the Congress. These events highlight material from their books The Complete Project Manager and The Complete Project Manager's Toolkit.

Brian Irwin will be at the PMI® Global Congress too, speaking on agile transformation.

Sinikka Waugh has a breakout session on October 3 at the PMI Central Iowa Chapter Professional Development Day (pdf).
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