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Stay up to date on hot topics and emerging trends that impact the world of project managers. Projectified is a forward-looking, project management podcast featuring conversations with established and rising project managers, business leaders in Fortune 500 companies and startups, best-selling authors, researchers and changemakers. Hear from leading-edge thinkers as they discuss how to navigate unprecedented global challenges, share insights around project leadership skills and career development and dive into the future of technology and organizational transformation.
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How Volunteering Can Transform Communities and Your Career
AI Projects: The Big Benefits for Organizations
Artificial intelligence is now a mainstay for organizations. But given the lack of widespread use across enterprises, there’s room for growth. And project teams are leading the way, developing AI solutions that deliver value to their companies and customers. Guests discuss AI projects they’ve managed—including building an AI-enabled office and using AI tech to create digital twins—the risks they identified and managed throughout these initiatives, the skills and knowledge project professionals need to manage AI projects and how they see the demand for AI projects increasing in the years to come.
Project Professionals Making a Positive Impact
Space Projects: Managing Innovation, Risk and Change
Space projects push boundaries, aiming to give teams a better understanding of our own planet and to explore what’s beyond. But these efforts are full of complexity, with evolving risks, new innovations, long timelines and fluctuations in funding. Guests discuss how the risk landscape is evolving in the space sector, how their teams adapt and problem-solve throughout a years-long project, and good practices for collaborating across global partners.
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Project Teams
Diversity and inclusion are now mainstay focuses for organizations—but it can be challenging to find the right strategies to achieve diverse and inclusive team environments. Guests discuss practices that can help project professionals create diverse and inclusive teams, and the benefits of diversity to teams and the projects they execute, plus examples from their own careers on how diversity and inclusion affect teams and their outcomes.
How to Promote Well-Being on Project Teams
Project professionals can help promote well-being in the workplace, making a positive impact on not only their own and their team members’ performance but also their overall mental health. Guests discuss how team members’ well-being affects project work, practices they utilize to maintain their own and their teams’ well-being, and how emotional intelligence, empathy and psychological safety can help, plus how to balance meeting project deadlines with caring for team members’ well-being.
Remote Leadership Tips: Developing Power Skills and Your Career
Tips for Using Generative AI Tools in Project Management
Generative artificial intelligence tools, from ChatGPT to Bard, are changing the way people work—including how people lead teams and manage projects. Guests share tips to help project professionals write ChatGPT prompts that return better results, examples of how project managers are using generative AI tools to boost productivity and save time, and ways to mitigate risks like privacy and compliance issues or AI tools returning inaccurate information. Plus, find out how generative AI tools could change project management in the near future as well as in the long term.
Strategic Alignment - The Secret to Project Success
Overcoming Burnout and Change Fatigue
Organizations always look for ways to innovate and improve, but continuous evolution without preparation and strategy can lead to change fatigue and burnout. Guests discuss the typical signs—and causes—of burnout and change fatigue, strategies project professionals can use to help their teams better manage change, creating safe spaces to discuss burnout, and how project leaders and organizations can support team members experiencing burnout or change fatigue.
How Project Leaders Can Boost Their Personal Branding
Project Leaders Embrace New Ways of Working
Introducing new ways of working to teams can be challenging, but it can also bring new insights and solutions that help teams deliver successful projects. Guests discuss how they implemented new ways of working — from greater use of agile techniques to hybrid approaches — how they built buy-in for these changes, the benefits to their projects, and advice for other project professionals looking to bring new ways of working to their teams and organizations.
The Rise of Value Streams and AI in Agile Approaches
Agile is moving further into the mainstream, and much like its name suggests, these approaches are evolving. Guests discuss how they’ve seen agile approaches advance throughout their careers and how design thinking, value streams and artificial intelligence are increasingly being used across agile—plus the skills project professionals need as organizations and teams across sectors further embrace agile approaches.
Cutting-Edge Technologies in Construction Projects
The construction sector is moving toward a more digital and connected future, with new technologies changing how teams are executing projects. Guests discuss how innovations, from digital twins and parametric design to augmented and virtual reality, are boosting efficiency on projects, how teams can build buy-in for adopting and experimenting with new tech and the skills project managers need to lead these next-gen construction projects.
From Ransomware to Mobile Malware: Emerging Cybersecurity Risks
Advice on Starting Your Project Management Career
Building Buy-In for Sustainability Projects
More and more businesses are realizing that sustainability projects are not just good for the environment—they also can improve an organization’s bottom line. But project managers need the right skills to get organizational support to deliver successful initiatives. Guests discuss how to build buy-in—from executive leadership to partner organizations—for sustainability projects, the skills project managers need to lead these initiatives and different ways to measure impact. Plus they share examples of projects that helped meet their organizations’ and customers’ strategic objectives while also helping the planet.
Where Tech Tools and Human Skills Meet in Project Management
Artificial intelligence, big data, collaboration tools—project managers are using a bevy of new technologies to boost efficiency and improve project outcomes. Guests discuss how next-gen tech is changing how project managers lead projects, how technologies such as machine learning can help project leaders predict risk, complexity and resourcing, plus how skills such as empathy and collaboration remain key even in a tech-fueled world.
How to Build Resilient Teams
Resilience is a must-have for teams delivering projects in a disruptive and volatile world. Guests discuss the need for resiliency in today’s world of work, how organizations benefit from having resilient teams, and ways project leaders can build and nurture resilience, including examples of how they’ve accomplished this goal.
What It's Like to Be a Woman in Project Management
Fintech Innovation and Risk Management
Project Management Tips for 2023 and Lessons Learned From 2022
As we kick off 2023, project leaders are looking ahead to new challenges and opportunities as well as looking back at what they accomplished in 2022. Projectified® reconnected with previous guests to discuss the biggest changes they have seen in the world of projects over the last year, their top lessons learned, plus what they’re excited about—and the skills project managers need to succeed—in the year ahead.
Making Project Portfolio Decisions—And Getting Buy-In
2022 Most Influential Projects: Creative Innovation
From feats of engineering and art to exploring the unknown, the 2022 Most Influential Projects showcase innovative and creative efforts from teams across sectors and regions. Guests discuss two of these projects: one bridges the physical and digital worlds to create ABBA’s immersive concert experience, the other pushes agricultural innovation to deliver the world’s largest vertical farm.
What is Ahead for PMOs?
In this Projectified® podcast, two PMO leaders discuss the importance of including PMOs in strategy planning, how PMOs can help adopt and encourage new ways of working and a vision for the future of the PMO.
How Project Leaders Are Using AI
Artificial intelligence is no longer a futuristic concept. Project leaders are putting AI to use to boost efficiency and collaboration on projects. Guests discuss how project leaders are benefiting from AI—from automating tasks to analyzing data—how it can help teams deliver more value and how AI will change project leaders’ roles and the skills they need moving forward.
Why Project Leaders Need Power Skills
It’s time to lean into the power skills that help project professionals drive success. Projectified guests discuss why power skills are so essential, how they’ve used them to deliver more value and improve their teams’ results and ways to further develop these skills.
How to Build Organizational Agility Into Company Culture
In today’s uncertain business landscape, companies must be more agile than ever, embracing new ways of working and nurturing a changemaker mindset across teams. Guests discuss the ROI of organizational agility, challenges enterprises face when building agility into company culture, and how project leaders can foster collaboration on their teams.
Modern Mobility: How Cities are Reimagining Public Transport
As urbanization increases worldwide, the public transportation sector is evolving. Teams are launching projects to meet changing consumer demands and employing new technologies with the goal of making public transport systems more sustainable, accessible and efficient. Guests discuss innovations in technology and infrastructure, how greater governance could impact projects across the sector and a pilot project that streamlines customers’ access to several urban transportation options.
Pushing Innovation in Renewable Energy Projects
The energy sector is evolving, with organizations and governments alike rethinking their options to push for a more sustainable future. Guests discuss how green hydrogen can impact global decarbonization efforts, how innovative tech is boosting efficiency on solar projects, and the skills teams need to execute projects across the renewable energy sector.
Why ESG is Important to Project Leaders
ESG is becoming both essential and fully integrated into every aspect of operations and culture. Learn how project teams are benefitting by incorporating ESG into their work.
Keeping Projects on Track Amid High Employee Turnover
Organizations are facing a massive shift in the workforce as people reevaluate what they want from their jobs. It’s up to project leaders to keep teams on track and to continue to deliver value in the face of high turnover and other challenges. Guests discuss how attrition can impact project teams, tips to keep team members engaged and ways to build resilience to resourcing challenges into projects.
Top Leadership Tips From the PMI Future 50
PMI’s annual Future 50 shines the spotlight on rising project leaders who are creating a better future for all. Projectified spoke with three 2022 honorees about how their leadership styles have evolved, their lessons learned from their careers so far, and how they’re seeing fellow rising leaders change how projects are run and are making their mark.
Smart Carts and Smart Tags - How Technology Is Disrupting Retail
Protecting Communities With Coastal Resilience Projects
The climate crisis is impacting coastlines across the globe, with communities facing threats from rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events. In response, teams are launching projects to mitigate risks and build resilience. Guests discuss a 10-year effort to bolster portions of Bangladesh’s coastline and the project’s impact on local communities, plus how a team is engaging with stakeholders, including citizens, to plan coastal resilience efforts in the city of Boston in the U.S.
The Digital Government Transformation
Over the last decade, governments across the globe have launched digital transformation projects, from digitizing services to revamping their online presence for better citizen engagement. Guests discuss projects to improve efficiency and transparency between citizens and their government, building buy-in for e-government initiatives, and advice for project leaders leading digitization projects in the public sector.
Digitizing Supply Chains and Manufacturing
From COVID-19 to materials shortages, the events of the past few years have wreaked havoc on the global supply chain. Organizations are responding with innovative projects to increase their resiliency. Guests discuss projects using technologies like 5G and AI to boost manufacturing capabilities and better predict—and respond to—change, whether due to consumer demand or supply chain disruptions.
In-Person, Virtual, Hybrid: How Events Are Changing
In the past few years, teams have had to rethink events of all types—conferences, award shows, concerts—to virtual or hybrid formats, innovating to keep attendees and audiences safe as well as engaged. We’ll hear how the Eurovision Song Contest adapted to keep the competition going through COVID-19, while another guest discusses using virtual tools and venues across the globe to host online and hybrid hackathons.
Project Leaders Fighting Climate Change
Pro Tips for Data-Driven Decision Making
Project leaders make decisions on a nearly non-stop basis: which resources to tap, whether to crash a schedule (or not), which feature might have to be cut to make budget. But they also have access to a wealth of information that can help them make the right call. Guests discuss where project leaders can get the information they need, and how technologies like AI and big data can help fuel decision-making.
Women Project Leaders on Challenges and Change
Women have faced an uphill battle in the workplace, especially during the pandemic. But they continue to make strides with game-changing projects across sectors and around the globe. Guests discuss how women are redefining what it means to be a project leader, the ways organizations can offer better support as well as their advice to other women.
2022 Jobs Outlook for Project Leaders
Even with disruption and economic uncertainty, the job market for project talent is booming—and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Guests discuss how the changing world of work has brought new opportunities—and new demands—for project professionals.
Accessibility In a Digital World
As digital transformation accelerates, companies may be leaving behind some users: the 1 billion people who experience some form of disability. Whether their project is in gaming or financial services, companies must ensure the digital world is an inclusive one. Guests discuss integrating accessibility into projects—right from the start.
Healthcare Innovation Keeping the Focus on Patients
COVID-19 has healthcare providers pursuing innovation like never before—but they must also ensure those cutting-edge ideas and technologies deliver value to patients. Guests discuss a European megaproject that infuses data science and healthcare, how project leaders can improve collaboration, and how one organization iterated and innovated to provide care to cancer patients through the pandemic.
Looking Back at 2021 and Ahead to 2022
As 2021 comes to an end, project leaders are looking back at what they’ve accomplished—and looking ahead to 2022. Projectified® reconnects with guests from the last year to discuss the lessons they’ve learned, the biggest changes they’ve seen, the emerging must-have skills and what lies ahead in the new year.
The Future of Fintech: Customer Centricity Fuels Innovation
The financial services sector is evolving—using new technologies to meet changing customer preferences. Guests discuss the demographic shifts prompting new fintech projects, the need to keep customer habits front and center, and the influence of emerging tech like AI and machine learning.
Humility and Vulnerability: The New Leadership Mindset
Change is constant in The Project Economy. And that means leaders must adapt and evolve, too. Guests discuss how leadership strategies are shifting and offer hands-on advice for bringing out the best in teams.
One Giant Leap for Space Exploration
Buckle up—the world is entering a new era of spaceflight as startup commercial ventures join forces with government agencies. Guests from Virgin Galactic and the European Space Agency discuss turning out-of-this-world ideas into reality and what’s next for space exploration.
Leadership Lessons from Most Influential Projects 2021
PMI’s 2021 edition of Most Influential Projects highlights nearly 250 initiatives that deliver serious innovation in everything from healthcare to mobility. Guests discuss two of those projects: one delivering a first-of-its-kind NFT package for music fans, the other delivering Kenya’s first systematic wildlife census.
Infrastructure: Tackling the Needs of Today and Tomorrow
Infrastructure projects form the bedrock of modern society—delivering expressways, clean water supplies, internet access and a bevy of other essentials. Yet project leaders must also ensure these initiatives deliver value now—and for decades to come. Guests discuss how they think about future-proofing infrastructure projects, the need for meaningful stakeholder engagement and the potential for true social impact.
Next-Gen Mobility: Building the EV Ecosystem
As the world grapples with the effects of climate change, consumers are increasingly interested in electric vehicles. And that means lots of projects, not just to deliver cool new products, but also the underlying infrastructure that supports them. Guests discuss the current state of e-mobility—and what’s next.
Data Lockdown: Managing Cybersecurity Risk
Data fuels collaboration and innovation—but it can also be a vulnerability. Guests discuss the cyber threats organizations are facing, how teams can keep data secure, and why security—and risk—should be top of mind from the start of any project.
Project Leaders Solving Complex Problems: Top Tricks and Tips
Cities of the Future: The New Urban Development
When the pandemic hit, many hallmarks of city life—public transportation, skyscrapers with shared amenities, bustling streets—flipped from pros to cons. But don’t count cities out. Guests discuss how project teams are reimagining the urban environment—making it more sustainable, equitable and resilient.
Personal Branding for Project Leaders
Companies aren’t the only ones that can tap the power of a great brand story. In today’s competitive world of work, career-focused project leaders are learning to set themselves apart from the pack by crafting their own personal brand. Guests share how to build a brand that reinforces your mission and how to use that brand to boost your career.
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Projectified® is a forward-looking series of conversations about hot topics and emerging trends impacting the world of project managers, from digital transformation to project leadership and career development. Each episode includes insights and perspectives from senior and rising project managers, business leaders in Fortune 500 companies and startups, best-selling authors, top researchers and a wide range of leading-edge thinkers. All Projectified® episodes are free to download