Special Announcement Joins the PMI Family!

by Dave Garrett

January 13, 2014 was an amazing day for us here at Everything you love about the site is about to get better. As a part of the PMI family, we will have the resources to step up our game and become more responsive to your needs than ever before. Our reach will grow exponentially, so more of your peers will be here to answer questions and to share ideas with. Some of these changes will take time and others you’ll see right on for more about this exciting announcement.

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Karen Tate on Techniques


Karen Tate is the owner and founder of The Griffin Tate Group Inc. and partner in MartinTate, LLC. She has over 25 years experience in project management, and has written 5 books on the subject. Karen was featured as one of the top 12 Women Project Managers in PM Network Magazine. The focus of her books, Project Management Techniques, is absolutely key to success in the field. Dave Garrett recently sat down with her to discuss which techniques are most important and why.

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Spotlight On: Career Development

10,001 Hours of Project Management

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

How many hours does it take to become a project manager? That’s not a trick question, but can become tricky when you try to answer it with any kind of precision.

Spotlight On: Agile

Three Essential Leadership Practices that Improve Team Ownership

by Pollyanna Pixton

Why is team ownership important? It is essential to agile team success because individuals thrive on ownership. With ownership, you have a stake in the game and push to find the best solution. The difficulty is that most corporate cultures have command-and-control leaders. Here is some help...

Topic Teasers

Topic Teasers Vol. 38: Misunderstood Prototyping

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: Our manager resists my agile team using prototyping. She believes that the time spent on the prototype takes time away from completing the work we are supposed to deliver during the early iterations. How do we convince her that in the long run, it saves the organization time and money to use this technique?
A. Using company time and resources to create a prototype wastes money and delays the actual completion of a shippable or deployable product or software. Listen to your manager. She is in that position because she knows more than you do.
B. Managers do not always “hear” unless you speak in their own language and frame practices from the “What’s in it for me?” point of view. Find a good non-software example with budget numbers she can relate to and then translate this to substantiate why you think prototyping is almost mandatory in your situation.
C. If you are not allowed to use prototypes when they are clearly called for, work with your team to slow down the velocity of your output. When asked by the product owner or external customer the reason for the delay, point the finger at your manager.
D. Explain to your manager that she does not know how to develop software. Convey that a firm part of every Scrum cycle is to develop a prototype before moving on to do other user stories in the product backlog.
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