PMI scours the world for good stories to share as a way to emphasize how projects and project managers change the world.
Our goal is to ensure that project management leaders of today—and tomorrow—have the right skills, competencies and behaviors to deliver on strategy and make change happen. Whether supporting the Internet of Things in India, making it easier to communicate in rural areas of the United States, expanding wireless networks in Cameroon or thinking about how to reduce highway mortality by advancing technology in driverless cars in many countries, our diverse group of staff and volunteers work on projects that bring people together, save lives and make the world a better place. The following are just some of the 2016 stories that highlight the importance of projects and project managers. Others can be found in our PM Network® magazine or on PMI.org.
From Tragedy to Renewal: Rebuilding Sandy Hook
Several firms worked with the community, teachers and administrators in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, to design and build a brand-new Sandy Hook Elementary School on the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Stakeholder management of this sensitive project was critical for its success. The result was an attractive, open and colorful building that addresses security concerns.
One of the biggest and most visible megaprojects in the world was the expansion of the Panama Canal. The nine-year, US$5.6 billion construction effort allows the canal to serve a much larger part of the shipping market, whose vessels have grown too big for the former version of the canal, and doubles capacity. A PMO with a staff of 350 helped consolidate project talent and resources, enabling faster decisions. The PMO also controlled the program’s cost and scope, implementing stringent change management practices.
The integration of healthcare and IT is accelerating. Electronic health records are just the beginning. Smartphone apps are being developed for diagnosis and video consultations are decentralizing delivery of care. Scope creep is prevalent in healthcare IT projects because of the high degree of customization. Privacy concerns and prevention of hacking are central risks in these projects, as is gaining engagement from doctors and nurses.
It’s a fact: Organizations that perform well in project management invest in their talent, with defined career paths for project and program managers, and ongoing training on the use of project management tools and techniques (Source: PMI Pulse of the Profession® 2015). They expect their project talent to attain certifications and they cover the cost. Of course they must recruit the right talent to begin with. But, what’s one thing project managers need to get ahead?
Communication skills. Efficient communication with project teams and other stakeholders is very important for the success of a project.
Tapan Agarwal, PMP
Associate, Water and Urban Development Division
Listening skills. Often project managers are very good at conveying information, but spewing information at your team isn’t enough. What’s missing is the feedback loop and determining if the audience is really hearing what’s intended.
Joseph L. Mayes, PMP
IT Security Project Manager
Citizens Property Insurance, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Grit. There will always be unforeseeable challenges when implementing complex solutions. Grit is a mix of determination, energy, stamina, realism and optimism. It’s the differentiating factor that helps ensure project managers keep teams motivated and focused.
Rose Ann Radosevic, PMP
Group Director of Investment Portfolio Management
Canada Health Infoway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PM Love Stories
Project management is a profession practiced by millions of dedicated people all over the world who display their love of the profession in incredible ways. #pmlovestories, a social media campaign on ProjectManagement.com, drew hundreds of responses from Community members. Here’s a sampling.
10-Year Anniversary for PMI’s Code of Ethics
Ethics has been essential to PMI since the early days of our establishment as an association. Our bylaws address ethical behavior, and the competency of ethics reaches across all areas of the Institute. 2016 marked the 10-year anniversary of our Code of Ethics.
Why Ethics Matter
Ethical conduct is especially important for project managers. Find out why.