PM Point Of View Podcast Series

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Welcome to PMIWDC's Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV)

This podcast series gives you brief and insightful conversations with PM practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

Host Kendall Lott draws on his experience as a PM, as CEO of M Powered Strategies and as former CEO of PMIWDC to explore how project managers create value in surprising places.

Our guests discuss their unique perspectives on project management, its uses, its challenges, its changes, and its future.
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PM Point of View #78. Project Perspective: The Bigger Picture

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

How can you manage a groundbreaking innovation project when you are surrounded by auditors and compliance- and risk-managers? And how can you ensure that what you deliver will truly benefit the organization and its stakeholders?  Two presentations from University of Maryland's 2020 Project Management Symposium describe the pitfalls and offer solutions to both these questions. …
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PM Point of View #77. Virtual PM: 2020 and Beyond 

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ever since Covid-19 swept the globe, our world has shifted, and that includes the world of Project Management. A panel of digital project managers talks about the changes they have noted already and what they envision for the future vis-à-vis project environment, tools, and ways of meeting, collaborating and doing business. The possibilities are limitless and a brave new world awaits the Project Manager who is bold enough to seize the opportunities this moment affords. AI, Virtual Reality, meetings beyond Zoom, collaboration tools and ways of rethinking how and why we operate the way we do are covered in this episode.…
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PM Point of View #76 Culture and Fit from the 2020 UMD Symposium

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

This episode, the first in a series featuring highlights from University of Maryland's 2020 Project Management Symposium, focuses on culture and the importance of fitting in. We examine the hiring process, and maintaining a culture designed to retain top-notch staff. We also learn about a unique approach to stakeholder management. By observing organizational culture through an ethnographic lens, PMs can detect patterns and probabilities, and address potential gaps before they become serious roadblocks to project success.…
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PM Point of View #75. Milestones in History

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

The 9/11 boat lift in New York City and the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56 were both hugely successful projects, with important lessons for Project Managers. The leaders did fast but effective planning and set clear goals. They hit all the milestones, and adapted as they went along.  They communicated effectively and strategically. They were alert to risks, and responded swiftly and decisively. In this episode we hear from two project managers who have studied these historic events through a project lens.…
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PM Point of View #74. Seizing Opportunity

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

An effective Project Manager can't be stuck in a pre-established plan. You have to be able to re-route in response to current circumstances and developments. To make good decisions, you must have a complete understanding of the organization's culture, as well as the broader strategic purpose behind the project.…
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PM Point of View #73. Productivity

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

According to research and reports such as the Chaos report, the success rate for projects is far from great. Despite all the methods, tools and lessons learned, we seem to be in a holding pattern vis-a-vis increasing the success rate. This episode of PM Point of View® tackles this issue, with some specific approaches and techniques that can help Project Managers get more bang for their project, and increase productivity.…
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PM Point of View #72. Teamraising

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

If you think of leadership like parenting, then you can comprehend the concept of teamraising. Think nurturing. Good leaders foster an environment where good manners and civility prevail. They pay attention to the individuals on their team. They groom those with leadership potential, and guide them through the training and experiences they need to get to the next level. In this podcast, experts discuss the ways organizations can and should address these issues, thus enabling greater success for the organization, the project, and everyone involved.…
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PM Point of View #71. The Art of Negotiation

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020

PMs deal with multiple stakeholders - the executives who commission the project; the project team who implements it; and the end users/recipients. They all have needs, requirements and limits. The better you can negotiate these competing concerns, the more fluidly your project will run, and the more effective your outcomes will be. If done well, the resolution will yield more than either party anticipated. Three experts discuss the approaches, strategies and tools to enhance your negotiation skills.…
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PM Point of View #70. Marketing, Branding & Strategic Marketing

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

When you think of Project Management, do the terms Marketing and Branding come to mind? Maybe they should. In order to survive in today’s fast-paced environment, with its accelerated rate of change, organizations need to pay attention to staying connected and staying relevant. PMs are well positioned to evaluate external perceptions as well as pick up on internal cues that can be indicators of the overall health of an organization.…
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PM Point of View #69. Neuroscience in Project Management

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Project management is a system designed by humans for humans. Over the course of a prescribed length of time, teams of humans work together to create a process or a product. The closer the process hones to a human operating system (taking into the account variations in wiring of each individual), the more efficient it will be. In this episode of PM Point of View®, three experts in the areas of neuroscience and project management examine the tools and processes of project management through a neuroscientific lens. …
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PM Point of View #68. Project Management in the Federal Government

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019

What’s different about managing projects in the Federal Government vs the private sector? For one thing, you have more stakeholders, more rules and restrictions. There is oversight from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accounting Office (GAO), not to mention shifting mandates from Congress. Government projects often take the longer view, and can extend over many years. In this episode of PM Point of View - the third in a series of highlights from the University of Maryland’s 2019 Project Management Symposium - we focus on Federal Programs.…
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PM Point of View #67. Cybersecurity in Project Management

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019

Every day we hear about another cyber attack. Another virus that we have to guard against. Defending our digital infrastructure is an ongoing and top priority for every organization. It must also be incorporated into every project, from inception to close-out. In this episode, host, Kendall Lott, convenes a round table of experts to discuss best practices to safeguard your project from digital predators.…
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PM Point of View #66. Leadership in the 21st Century

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

When managing millennials do the old rules still apply? (Think servant leader for starters.) What exactly is the science behind effective techniques for team motivation? Need some handy tips for conflict resolution or negotiation? Something you might want to try: approaching change management by first assessing what is actually good in the present state. These topics and more are covered in the second of our three episodes from the University of Maryland's 2019 Project Management Symposium.…
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PM Point of View #65. Psychometrics: Practical Applications

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Do the members of your project team communicate effectively? How well do they really trust one another? What do we mean when we say feedback, and what exactly is a "feedback culture"? What's the difference between observed behaviors and drivers? In this - the second episode on Psychometrics - host Kendall Lott gathers experts to discuss the practical applications of psychometric tools. They cite specific cases to illustrate which approach best suits a given circumstance or issue, and then explain why they chose the approach they did, and how to measure results…
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PM Point of View #64. Risk, Resilience, and Response

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019

This is the first of three episodes featuring highlights from the University of Maryland’s Project Management Symposium 2019. Here the focus is on the presentation tracks Disaster Resilience and Risk Management. Topics covered are Post Disaster Project Management; Stepping Safely into the Unknown - Project Management in a VUCA Environment; Carbon Neutrality, Resiliency, Program Management; The Relation between Risk Management and Project Success; and What is Lurking in your Project Forecasts?…
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PM Point of View #63. Project Management in a Digital World

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019

When you’re managing a digital project, you need a framework that's so nimble, even Agile might not provide sufficient flexibility. As technology advances at an unrelenting clip, project managers working in the realm of digital products - websites, apps, etc. - are facing a new range of challenges. In this episode of PM Point of View, host Kendall Lott sits down with four Digital PMs to discuss which PM principles and tools work, and which don't; what to watch out for, and tools for coping in this rapidly evolving arena.…
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PM Point of View #62. Radical Performance

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019

What’s the difference between preparation mindset and performance mindset? Did you ever consider that accountability should run horizontally as well as vertically? What’s the point of constantly drilling on the basics? (Once you know them can’t you simply move on?) What does it mean to hire for enhancement, and can one plus one actually equal three? Alan Stein, Jr., a former basketball coach, keynote speaker, and author of Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets of the Best of the Best, and Brian Levenson, podcaster, writer, and mental performance coach, discuss what it takes for…
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PM Point of View #61. Authors Part II: The Strategic Project Manager

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Projects are vehicles for change. The whole point is to add value to your organization and/or your stakeholders. With this in mind, PMs are increasingly charged with keeping an eye on the greater strategic goals of the organization. In this episode, three experts/authors discuss the teachings of their books, and how PMs can (and should) exert their influence to enhance the effectiveness and competitive stance of their organization. Featuring Gregg Brown, author of Ready...Set...Change Again; April K. Mills, author of Everyone is a Change Agent; and Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten…
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PM Point of View #60. High Performance Teams

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A former US Marine/Special Ops commander, the co-founders of Leadership Techniques International, and the director/coach of the offshore sailing team at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis talk about what it takes to lead highly effective, high-performing teams.…
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PM Point of View #59. Psychometrics: Myers-Briggs and Beyond

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Know thyself. Then know your teammates. A key component of effective project management is teamwork, but that’s not always easy when you bring together people representing a range of ages, backgrounds, and values. There are steps PMs can take to engender a harmonious and, consequently, a productive work environment. Generally, it's better to address this issue earlier rather than later. To sort through the various assessment tools, and their corresponding philosophies and methodologies, Kendall Lott has gathered a round table of experts to talk about the benefits, how to use them, when to…
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PM Point of View #58. VOE I: Working at the Macro Level

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Three seasoned Project Management practitioners, teachers, and authors share their insights, observations and what they consider the important issues of the day. Dr. Kenneth Smith talks about techniques and tools and why it's important for PMs to understand the underlying principles of the tools they use. John Stenbeck explains how Agile can be scaled up to the portfolio or organizational level. And Carl Pritchard shares techniques that PMs can use when they need to communicate with their managers or executives of the organization.…
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