Welcome to the Projectified™ Podcast!
Projectified™ is a lively forward-looking series of conversations about hot topics and emerging trends impacting the world of project managers, from digital transformation to artificial intelligence to career development. Each podcast 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.
Project Leadership in Uncertain Times
Today, collaborative, engaging leaders are in demand. With the uncertainty of the pandemic and the need for virtual teams, this skill set has never been more valuable. Penny Pullan, PhD, PMP, founder of Making Projects Work Ltd., discusses facilitative leadership and what virtual teams need to succeed. Luiz Dias, PMP, PgMP, head of digital, portfolio transformation at the Department for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom, shares the importance of communication and a calm, positive attitude when leading teams in uncertain times.
The Value of Diversity
When an organization focuses on diversity, added value is sure to follow. Along with bringing different mindsets and skill sets, diverse team members will challenge one another and approach problems from new angles. Blair Taylor, a partner in the Workforce of the Future practice at PwC, shares the importance of empathy and how diversity yields better business results. Annice Joseph, co-lead for Inclusive Career Journeys at SAP, shares how cross-generational teams bring innovation, creativity and group wisdom to projects.
Projects to Disrupt Misinformation
In the coronavirus pandemic, fact-checking organizations are delivering projects to separate truth from rumors. Silvia Cavasola, project manager, Pagella Politica, discusses a chatbot project to answer COVID-19 questions. Itziar Bernaola, director, Newtral Educación, talks about her organization’s automation project to help fact-checkers verify an increasing number of coronavirus questions.
Career Outlook After COVID-19
The world of professional development will look different after COVID-19, and project professionals will lead the way into the next normal. Lindsay Scott, a PM Network career columnist and co-founder of Arras People, says maintaining your professional network and developing your skills will help prepare you for the competitive job market to come. Mike DePrisco, Vice President, Global Experience & Solutions at PMI, shares that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam is now being offered online. And hear about free courses to help project leaders upskill from home.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of risk management. David Hillson, PhD, PMI Fellow, founder of The Risk Doctor Partnership, says risk managers need to look ahead and consider what uncertainties could come from the COVID-19 fallout. Mohamad ElHelaly, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMP, assistant project manager at Orascom Construction, says change is inevitable. He talks about how risk management should be integrated into all project processes and decisions.
Projects for the Planet
On Earth Day, Projectified™ looks at projects to save the earth. Devan Wardwell, director of growth at Forest Carbon, discusses a project to restore peatlands and the technology teams use to make data-driven earth saving decisions. Michael Sweet, PhD, a researcher at the University of Derby and an officer of the International Coral Reef Society, talks about challenges facing coral restoration projects.
The Future of Teaming
The Project Economy calls for a new look at the structure and dynamics of leading project teams. Ingrid Smith, head of PMI’s Thought Leadership, shares the power skills that will help project teams succeed. Peter Moutsatsos, PMP, chief project officer at Telstra, discusses how the organization’s shift to agile project teams at scale has improved flexibility and how teams should be created to fit a particular project challenge.
The Rise of E-Sports
With arenas being built across the world and industry revenues on the rise, esports is leveling up. Joe Marsh, CEO of T1 Entertainment & Sports, discusses two construction projects focused on esports—one in Seoul, South Korea and the other in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. TL Frasqueri-Molina, PMP, project management office lead and lead project manager in the broadcast technology group, esports, at Activision Blizzard, talks about the industry’s growth and the critical role of collaboration and communication in launching esports leagues.
The 5G Revolution
5G networks are coming online around the world, bringing new, innovative project opportunities. Will Townsend, a senior analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, discusses how latency reduction will drive innovation on projects. Odianosen Peter Ebhabha, a project director at Huawei, talks about the infrastructure and funding needed to launch 5G in emerging markets.
Infectious Disease Control
The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting countries, people and projects around the globe. It’s one of several deadly diseases the world has faced in recent years. Dr. Ranu Dhillon, a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, served as the special adviser to the president of Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. He discusses creating strategies to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the value of early detection and how that can be applied to the coronavirus.
Citizen-Focused Government Transformation
Can government interactions ever be smooth? Nations around the world are working on upgrading these citizen services. Anne Petersen, director of experience design at 18F, shares how they sidestep barriers to customer experience success and the mindset needed to achieve a customer-focused approach.
Africa: New Projects, New Talent
Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities, Africa is poised to become a hub for projects—and talent. Bulla Boma, PMP, head of the commercial project management office at MIC Tanzania PLC, discusses the increasing number of infrastructure projects in Tanzania and growing awareness of the project management profession. Sheillah Karimi, a senior program coordinator at KfW Development Bank, talks about a water supply project she’s leading in Kenya and how sustainability will become central to future projects.
Women in Project Leadership
Ahead of International Women’s Day, Projectified™ hosted a roundtable with three women to discuss their experiences leading projects and programs: Varsha Advani, PMP, with Akamai Technologies; Selenne Berthely, PMP, with Banco de México; and Asya Watkins, PMP, with EnvisionRxOptions and Women Of Project Management. Also, Anna Tavis, PhD, shares how hiring practices can help achieve gender equity on teams.
Financial Services: Innovation Meets Regulation
As expectations for financial services change, legacy institutions and startups alike have to innovate. Andreas Madjari, PMP, project management governance specialist at Erste Group, discusses agile’s role in creating the group’s internet banking platform, George. Alicia Levine, COO at Chipper Cash, discusses the fintech boom in Africa and the projects it may lead to in the near future.
From air taxis to bullet trains, what was once thought of as futuristic transportation is now closer to becoming a reality. François-Joseph Van Audenhove, a partner at Arthur D. Little, talks about changing mobility demands—for people and goods. And Mike Goodrich, an executive director at General Motors, shares how creative problem solving helps project teams working on new tech like autonomous vehicles.
2020 Jobs Outlook
What does the 2020 jobs scene look like for project professionals? In the season 3 opener of Projectified™, we get the scoop from Lindsay Scott, PM Network career columnist and co-founder of Arras People. She discusses how a potential recession could affect projects—and careers. Plus, DXC Technology CTO David Paré, PMP, talks AI in the healthcare industry.
Change—What's Next in Project Management
There’s a lot of change happening in project management. So we talked with five project professionals about what’s new and next for 2020—and beyond. They discussed new ways of thinking and what next-gen project leaders mean for the future of work.
Transformation—The Future of Work
As technology evolves, so does the way we work. Bob Safian, founder of The Flux Group and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company, discusses the risks and opportunities project leaders face in a changing world of work—and why the most important skill is the ability to keep learning.
Transformation—Turning Innovation Into Reality
Almost every executive is talking transformation. But the real test is whether they can make it a reality. Two leaders from the Brightline Initiative discuss why successful transformations are really about bringing people together—and winning over their hearts and minds.
Transformation—Project Management Evolves
As the business world changes, so too does project management. At PMI’s Global Conference 2019, project and program leaders shared how the profession has evolved, discussed the new must-have skills and looked back at some of the projects that inspired them.
Welcome to The Project Economy
Are you ready for The Project Economy? At PMI Global Conference 2019, PMI President and CEO Sunil Prashara discussed global trends driving The Project Economy, and how project and program managers can prepare themselves for the future.
Innovation—Inside 4 of the 50 Most Influential Projects
As PMI celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look back at some of the most influential projects of the past 50 years. Guests discuss how these projects led to new ways of thinking, new technologies and how they changed the world.
Transformation—The Evolving Customer Experience
We live in an era of instant gratification—and it’s redefined the customer experience. Guests discuss how technology has changed customer expectations and the innovations that are helping organizations provide faster, more personalized service.
Strategy—Trends in Cybersecurity
The world is changing fast. And big changes come with new risks—and new security vulnerabilities. Guests discuss emerging threats, what projects introduce the most security risk and how organizations can protect themselves.
Innovation—The Future of Construction
Predictive modeling. Augmented reality. Digital twin. Disruptive tech is changing the game for construction projects. Guests discuss how technology has helped them work more efficiently, create safer job sites and make better business decisions.
Job Skills—Keeping Digital Transformations on Track
Digital transformations aren’t just technology projects. They’re people projects. Guests discuss the skills and tactics that can help bring an entire organization together around a common vision—and keep everyone focused on the end goal.
Career Development—How to Position Yourself for a Promotion
Looking to land your next big promotion? Learn how to showcase your skills and stand out from the crowd. Guests discuss how project and program managers can climb the career ladder by showing they have what it takes to get the job done.
Leadership—Improving Project Results
There’s no “right way” to run a successful project. Producing better results is all about finding the best way to get the job done. Guests discuss the value of different project management approaches—and how building a broader knowledge base can help boost your career.
Transformation—Future-Proofing Energy Infrastructure
Digitization. Decentralization. De-carbonization. Global trends are disrupting the energy sector—and organizations are reshaping their project portfolios to adapt. Guests discuss what it takes to innovate in this competitive market and how project leaders can stay ahead of the curve.
Transformation—Sustainable Urban Development
Cities are growing—and fast. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. Guests discuss how development projects can boost economies and spur job creation while preserving the natural resources communities rely on.
Job Skills—Time Management
It’s true: time is money. Productivity drives profitability—and organizations rely on project professionals to get more done in a day. Guests discuss how they improve efficiency and reduce downtime without pushing teams to the breaking point.
Career Development—Professional Networking Pro-Tips
Your professional network is a gold mine. But how can you get more from your connections without asking too much? Guests share how joining communities, volunteering professional services and building stronger relationships have helped them advance their careers.
Job Skills—Fast-Paced Problem Solving
With business moving at breakneck speeds, there’s no time to waste on persistent problems. Guests discuss how they find quick fixes under pressure and what it takes to attack complex issues at the source.
Transformation-The Future of Manufacturing
Industry 4.0 technology is pushing manufacturers to disrupt—or be disrupted. Guests discuss the trends and technologies transforming the sector. Plus, the global head of IoT Services at Siemens outlines the key skills project professionals need to navigate organizational change.
Career Development—Moving to a New Market Sector
Global markets are shifting rapidly, creating new career opportunities for those willing to make big moves. Guests discuss how to prepare for the transition—and Amtrak’s EPMO head shares why project talent is well suited to make this type of leap.
Leadership—Managing Multigenerational Teams
The next generation of project managers isn’t satisfied with the status quo—and leaders must be ready to adapt. Guests discuss how they encourage collaboration across age groups, and a PMO director from Slack outlines how to recruit and retain young talent.
Social Responsibility—Promoting Gender Equality
The World Economic Forum predicts it will take 108 years for women to achieve equal status globally. Guests discuss how organizations can level the playing field—and the manager of global programs for UN Women shares recent project wins.
Predictive analysis. Machine learning. Robotic automation. AI technologies are coming of age—and it’s time for them to start earning their keep. Learn how organizations are turning the hype into hard numbers.
Career Development—In-Demand Skills and Sectors
Seismic market shifts have reshaped entire sectors and shaken up the project landscape. Learn how global business trends are impacting the job market for project and program managers—and what skills will help future-proof your career.
Job Skills—Cultivating Creativity
Creativity is the spark behind every bright idea—but it needs the right environment to flourish. Learn how leaders can give their teams both the structure and inspiration they need to think outside the box. Plus, Nickelodeon’s senior director of creative project management shares three creativity killers to avoid.
Transformation—Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions can take years—and they don’t always deliver the intended value. Learn how program and project managers on the front lines can ensure the success of mission-critical integrations. Plus, one of Google’s M&A program managers shares his industry expertise.
Lessons Learned—The Value of Knowledge Transfer
Talent turnover is unavoidable. Brain drain is not. Global experts discuss how effective knowledge transfer keeps organizations firing on all cylinders. Plus, NASA’s chief knowledge officer outlines how breakthrough innovations are made possible by sharing lessons learned.
Talent Management—How to Fill the Project Talent Gap
The competition for top project talent is heating up. Global business leaders discuss how they’re attracting top performers and building their project management bench.
Transformation—How to Manage Complexity
Innovation, uncertainty, rapid change—the defining factors of the modern marketplace are making projects increasingly complicated. Guests discuss how they’re overcoming complexity to deliver transformative projects.
Leadership—New Skills for an Age of Flux
What does it take to be an effective leader in a rapidly shifting business environment? Guests discuss in-demand leadership skills—and how to keep fast-moving projects on track. Featuring Robert Safian, founder of The Flux Group and former editor of Fast Company.
A Radical Mindshift—Managing Bleeding Edge Projects
Bleeding edge projects have the potential to disrupt the marketplace and reshape entire sectors—if they can make it across the finish line. Project leaders share how they shepherd and support extreme innovation in the face of increasing uncertainty.
Crisis Mode—Emergency Management and Response
From hurricanes to hunger, disasters are getting more intense and more expensive. Hear how global project leaders have managed emergency response and recovery efforts—and how they’re making their communities more resilient for the future.
The Greater Good—Lessons from Governments and NGOs
Making the world a better place is no simple task. Especially when funding is in short supply. Leaders from government agencies and NGOs share how transparency and accountability help them do more with less on their projects and programs.
The Need for Speed—Delivering Rapid Response Projects
A rapidly shifting business landscape is forcing project teams to be more flexible. Global project leaders share how they deliver fast-paced results—without sacrificing quality.
The Long Haul—Future-Proofing Infrastructure
Smart tech investments in infrastructure take center stage in our discussions with project leaders. They discuss how they’re helping communities meet needs that last for the long haul.
Winning on Strategy — The Power of Project Delivery
Insights from global experts for how project and program teams can respond to shifting priorities, when to pull the plug on an outdated project—and what it takes to deliver real strategic value.
Managing Volatility — Adapt or Fail
International project and program leaders discuss how they deal with disruption and navigate uncertainty in a constantly shifting landscape.
Career Development—Landing Your Dream Job
Global project leaders discuss how to ace an interview, landing your next big promotion and the skills that set top-performing project professionals apart.
Innovation – Changing the Game
Global project leaders discuss how to make hyper-innovation happen, the keys of managing virtual teams, and navigating an uncertain project landscape.
Women in Project Leadership — Gaining Ground
In this episode, Jane Canniff and Carrie Fletcher discuss what it takes to be a woman in charge, and Lindsay Scott shares research on gender trends in project management.
EMEA Congress Special Episode - The Demands of Digitization
In this conversation, recorded at EMEA Congress 2018, John Daly and Henk van Huyssteen discuss how digitization is changing the way projects are run — and the skills project and program managers need to stay one step ahead.
IBM PM Center of Excellence — Staying Relevant
Jim shares insights on the past, present and future of IBM's PMCoE, including its focus on attracting and developing tomorrow's project leaders, the challenge of balancing traditional methods with agile approaches, and the keys to remaining relevant over two decades.
Transformation — Momentum and Mindset
In part two with transformation expert Kevin Murphy, Kevin discusses how project managers serve as big-picture change agents, developing a future mindset, how to instill new behaviors for creating a change-ready culture, and dealing with resistance.
Team Leadership — Maximizing Potential
Andy defines leadership and teams in this episode and among the topics of discussion, he touches upon agile principles to bring out the best in the teams you lead.
Transformation — Risks and Rewards
Kevin defines transformation, highlights what’s different for leaders, and makes a case that project professionals can achieve their best work when co-creation is achieved.
Culture — Millennials in the Workforce
Dana shares insights on building strong work relationships between millennials and managers. With perspectives from both sides, she identifies behaviors and mindsets to foster cross-generational collaboration and understanding.
2017 Project of the Year — Complexity and Risk
Doug shares experiences and insights from managing PMI's 2017 Project of the Year. You’ll learn how the team overcame dangers of the work environment and the technical, talent, and communications challenges of the project.
Social Good: Leading Development Projects
Jane discusses how project management is changing and how it differs among the for-profit and global development sectors.
Communication — The Path to Payoff
Picking up our previous conversation on "pitching projects," Oren practices what he preaches — diving right into describing "a path to payoff" to follow when running team meetings or presenting a solution to stakeholders.
Digital Transformation — What It Takes
Real-world business examples of digital transformation enlighten part two of our conversation with Anand, as we dive more deeply into the role of cross-functional teams and discuss the culture challenges that must be addressed.
Creativity — Part of the Process
We return to the oft-neglected role of creativity in project management as Scott shares insights on bringing fresh-thinking and innovative problem-solving to your projects and teams, regardless of the work environment.
Agile Ways — An Ongoing Journey
Lauri shares insights and lessons learned on adopting and integrating agile principles and practices into a variety of work environments. Lauri also covers the PMO’s role in supporting teams, hybrid approaches, and dealing with complexity.
Communication — Pitching Your Projects
Oren makes a compelling case for why pitching an idea or solution is a crucial skill for project managers, and he offers tips for getting buy-in and selling the future. Oren shares common mistakes we make in presentations and how we can avoid them.
Creativity — Make It Part of Your Toolkit
Scott highlights the need to bring creativity to process-orientated environments and addresses the often misunderstood, neglected role of creativity in project management.
Artificial Intelligence — Opportunities Ahead
In this conversation, Chui summarizes vital research on the impact that AI will have on industries and particular jobs. Project managers will hear how to prepare and thrive in this fast-emerging, exciting and uncertain landscape.
Career Development — Your Personal Project
Jackie shares down-to-earth advice, including developing your own leadership style, learning from executive stakeholders, asking “awkward questions” and building trusted relationships, which is the “conduit to influence.”
Digital Transformation — Why It Matters
In this conversation, Anand provides an overview of the digital landscape, why it is important to every organization’s future, the roles of project management in digital transformation, and culture challenges.