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Program Managers in Federal Service: Why They Matter

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Traci DiMartini

Program management is an underappreciated art in federal government. Hiring managers often confuse this skill with project management and overemphasize technical expertise and task-oriented results when hiring new employees. A Holistic Approach to Management As the fede... More »

Project and Program Management Come into Their Own

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Kathryn Medina

In 2011, the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council and OPM created a joint working group that focused on identifying and closing critical skill gaps in the federal government. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had identified strategic human capital manage... More »

Project Management Challenges in Government

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Stanley Emelander

All projects are risky. By definition, projects deliver unique services and products, distinguishing them from routine operations. This makes the role of project managers (PMs) especially complex because unique outputs demand unique inputs and processes. Every project e... More »

Project Success: The Basis of the Five Immutable Principles

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People in the field talk about the "basic tenets" of project management. Where do these come from? Some say they come from hands-on experience, anecdotal best practices, and the good old "school of hard knocks." According to Webster's Dictionary, a principle is a "gener... More »

The Cost of Underperforming―Driving Government to Success

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Todd Young

Just as private companies utilize project management standards to save time and money in their drive to remain competitive, the government should identify and utilize similar best practices. More »

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