Dr. Saadi Adra, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP, OPM3
Issues and problems that face organizations are numerous and have many causes; nobody claims to identify or quantify each and every one of them, nor this is an attempt to do so. Nevertheless, the following seven problems are widely spread within all types of organizations, whether permanent or tempo...

How to Establish a Successful PMO (SOE#1)

Reinventing the Project Management Office
Organizations never discuss the possibility of retiring their HR, Finance or Internal Audit departments, yet PMOs are always scrutinized and in some cases considered un-necessary overhead. Some statistics show that 75% of PMOs fold down within 4 years of initial setup. There are multiple reasons beh...

PMO/PMC -The Missing Link (SOE#2)

Dr. Saadi Adra, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP, OPM3
This article offers a perspective for answering an important question: What is the role of a Project Management Office and how does it relate to Project Management Controls for large infrastructure projects? PMOs have been commonly spread in government organizations and large corporates, in many ...

17 Challenges & Common Pains (SOE #3)

Dr. Saadi Adra, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP, OPM3
Each organization has its own vision, culture, values, individuality, capacity, mission and objectives. It might also have specific issues, challenges or pains that mandate consideration and attention. The first step to resolving our problems is acknowledging the fact they exist, in contrast to the ...

The Ten Structures of Organizational Excellence (SOE #4)

Dr. Saadi Adra, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP, OPM3
...because one-size does not fit-all Hamzah has issues and problems in his organization. He inherited an old school environment, and has been assigned to realize quite challenging transformational objectives. To undergo Organizational Development, Farid - the ADVISOR - suggested that initiation i...

The Agile Organizational Development Framework (SOE#5)

By Dr. Saadi Adra, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP, OPM3
Hamzah left his team with his client, offering them only one direction; make the client happy and went on a vacation... There are three possible outcomes to this situation: Feels like cutting the whiskers of a pussycat? Wearing extra tight shirt and trousers, with a suffocating shoe? The es...

Dispelling Myths around Project Sponsorship

by Radhia Benalia, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, Green Project Manager
In times where organizations are starting to question a lot of what they do and strive to find ways to improve their chances for sustainability and growth, there is increasing scrutiny on people holding leading positions. Forward-thinking organizations are willing to invest in their people, involvin...

Training Professionals- Lessons Learned from the Trenches

by Radhia Benalia, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, Green Project Manager
I have almost always been a trainer. I remember I was 7 when my French teacher asked me to take over the class for  about 30  minutes to train my classmates on reading with intonation. It didn’t necessarily help me make friends then, but in spite of the nervousness paired with the an...

How We Can Beat Procrastination. Seriously.

by Radhia Benalia, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, Green Project Manager
We're often haunted by the idea that it is very likely we would have gotten much more done in our lives hadn't we procrastinated repeatedly. I have suffered from selective procrastination a number of times. It became quite an issue as I have a family, a full-time job, and had-Just Happily...

Leveraging Clarity and Significance for Success

by Radhia Benalia, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, Green Project Manager
“The best involvement that a project sponsor/executive can offer is to give clarity from the beginning of an initiative”. Clarity is essential in the front-end (initiation) as well as throughout the project .  Assumptions, for instance, can be a mine-field of risks and a lac...

7 Habits for a Highly Productive Ramadan in Your Team

by Radhia Benalia, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, Green Project Manager
Let’s cut through the chase. For many, Ramadan is not a month of stellar productivity at work. This is unfortunate because staying up till dawn to check every soap on cable TV or Youtube defeats the purpose of how Ramadan nights should be spent (although, of course, it is not the case for ever...

Want to be a Leader? Expect this.

Leadership for Women: Pros and Cons
Do you wonder about all the buzz around leadership? Well, it's mainly because we can't live (and grow) without it, and to be honest, it’s not always easy to live with it either. You might have heard the 101 definitions of what a leader is. Let me set the record straight: There is no...

It Takes Two To Tango

The Role of the Executive or Sponsor in Project Success
A director , let us call him Jad assigned a project manager (Sam) on a critical initiative. Sam was not able to make decisions regarding resources, finance, change, time and he was strictly required to keep the client happy and never say no to him. Sam tried to speak to Jad to get the needed resourc...

How to choose between PMP® and the practical APM

In this article, I will examine the main benefits, requirements, and differences between two of the most widespread courses in the field of project management: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Preparation course, and Applied or Practical Project Management (APM) workshop. My aim is to...

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