What beats giving money to charity and non-profit organizations? How about giving your time? Many non-profit organizations lack the funds needed to hire qualified PM professionals yet need help across the project management landscape. You can answer that need by volunteering your time to causes that are important to you.
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There has been an explosive change within the last two decades over how software is developed and deployed. Agile methods and Scrum have led this charge and continue to gain momentum. A new report, "The State of Scrum: Benchmarks & Guidelines", is now available. This report reveals who is practicing Scrum, why they are practicing Scrum and the outlook for Scrum. Almost 500 professionals in over 70 countries were surveyed by ProjectManagement.com, ProjectsAtWork.com and Scrum Alliance for the report. Participants represented multiple industries from IT to education, finance, government, healthcare, telecommunications and more. Learn how your Scrum practice compares!
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Question: I have a short project coming up that seems too simple to need to go through all the usual processes. Is there a quick way to ensure that the project plans are baselined and tracked in my automated software? My boss will still want effort, schedule and cost captured and reported and the usual PMI processes honored?
|A.||Collect cost receipts in a manila folder and ask team members to write down the time they spend on each task. You can figure out a report at the end.|
|B.||Go through all of the steps, including your automated software files, just as you usually do. Short projects should be planned, documented, and archived exactly as longer ones.|
|C.||Use a quick plan with lighter documentation, but involve your team in close communication on a daily basis.|
|D.||Pull a similar electronic project file from your archives and change its’ name to the name of this project. Submit this disguised project at the end.|
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