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Applications Delivery

5 IT Infrastructure Lessons Learned from Missed Requirements

by Andrew Makar, PMP

In a typical software development project, gathering and managing requirements is a common process. But what about IT infrastructure projects? Do they have specific requirements beyond the architecture diagram? Here are five lessons learned from an infrastructure project that struggled with missed requirements.

Managing Effective Collaboration in the Early Acquisition Life Cycle Stages of an Enterprise Application for the DoD

by Randall Schmidt, PMP

Collaboration inside the Department of Defense is critical to program success, especially for enterprise-wide applications. DoD program managers face challenges unique to the DoD, including culture, organization dynamics and an abundance of complex statutory and regulatory requirements. Methods explored in this paper can assist the program management office (PMO) in achieving needed collaboration, and putting these in place at inception increases effectiveness.

Business Case

Sponsor Checklist: Business Case

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The aim of your business case is to gain organizational support and funding approval for an initiative by providing all necessary rationale for informed decision making. You as the sponsor must document the business case after satisfactory analysis has been conducted to understand business need, examine alternatives and conclude recommendations. Use this checklist as a reference in building a better business case.

Project HEADWAY Project Proposal

PREMIUM deliverable

The purpose of the project proposal template is the first step to gain approval of a project moving forward. Similar to a project charter, it provides the initiator of the project with an avenue to document the purpose of the project, the objectives, and the basic information need to see the project approved through to the planning stage.

Business Intelligence

Are You Data Driven?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Most of us know the resistance that can arise when presenting new ideas or creative thoughts to address age-old problems. Data can provide the mechanism for change, empowering you with the confidence to challenge the status quo. Research also suggests that a data-driven approach to decision making offers competitive advantages as well.

Data Warehouse BQA Prototype Plan

PREMIUM project plan

This Microsoft Project Plan will walk you through the ins and outs of putting together a business question assessment to analyze the data you need for your data warehouse.

Career Development

The Agile Certification Landscape

by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP

The number of agile certifications available in the market keeps growing, and one must consider the unique needs of the inquiring company or individual to know what would be best for them. What factors should you consider? Do you even know the options available?

Consulting Agreement

PREMIUM deliverable

Whether you're a consultant starting with a new client or a company looking to outsource, this agreement will make sure everyone is on the same page going into your next project.

Communication

Managing Stakeholders as Clients

Apr 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar is based on the book "Managing Stakeholders as Clients", published by Project Management Institute. The author, Mario Trentim, was the recipient of the PMIEF 2014 Harold Kerzner Award for his contributions to the project management profession. Participants will master tools and techniques to involve and engage project stakeholders in a very practical and dynamic way through plenty of real-world examples and stories.

Motivational Action Plan

PREMIUM deliverable

If you're having trouble with your team, this might be a good time to check in on their motivation and take some positive action. Here's a plan to get everyone back on the right track.

CRM

Beyond Eliminating Defects: New Frontiers in Quality Management

by Bruce Harpham

"Quality" is one of the most heavily used words in advertising and management. Like any popular concept, quality is in danger of losing its distinct contribution due to overuse. In the world of project management, robust quality management has a vital role to play. Let’s consider a few of the recent advances in the art and science of quality management...

IT Strategy

From Technology Adoption to User Adoption: How Technology Has Changed Change Management

May 19, 2015 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

We accept technology into our lives without question. We know something new will emerge soon and we know that society expects us to adopt and adapt when the next new thing shows up. We accept it. Often we welcome it. Thanks to technology, we are saturated with change. You’re working on a project that will introduce more change. In fact, your measure of success is user adoption, and if your users don’t accept your change then your project will fail. Technology has shifted our change thresholds for better or worse. As project managers we have to deal with that. We will journey down a slightly different path of change management and user adoption. We’ll explore the impact of technology in shifting change thresholds. While a change management plan focuses on managing changes in such a way as to achieve the best outcome, you’ll learn how to create an adaptability plan, which focuses on the people being impacted by the changes, including individual and group needs required for success.

ITIL/Service Management

A Project Manager's Guide to IT Service Management

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

This webinar will explain the similarities and differences between PMI's PMBOK Guide and IT Service Management concepts. It will also examine how Project Management can be used in conjunction with ITSM to further improve IT and meet business needs

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management Best Practices

PREMIUM presentation

Closing the execution gap in knowledge management is never easy. This excellent presentation gives you hints on how to do just that. It concentrates on KM best practices and keys for success.

PMI Standards

The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification
(Part 4)

by Beth Ouellette

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 4, she takes us through the final phases.

The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification
(Part 3)

by Beth Ouellette

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 3, she forms a task force.

Requirements Management

EMEA Congress Highlights – Business Analysis and Requirements Management

Jun 4, 2015 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

PMI® Global Congress 2015-EMEA key topic take-a-ways: A spotlight on Business Analysis and Requirements Management Please join us and continue the conversation with presenters from PMI Global Congress 2015 –EMEA. During this webinar we’ll explore best practices, key takeaways and lessons learned from Business Analysis and Requirements Management sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to virtually meet the presenters and get a glimpse into their post-conference highlights and teachable moments from PMI Global Congress 2015 –EMEA.

Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

Every project has stakeholders. Your job is to get to know the ones who will be crucial to your project. This analysis worksheet will help you get a feel for what to expect from various key parties who have an interest in your project.

Scrum

User Stories: Ready, Set, Go!

by Bob Galen

Have you ever entered a sprint taking on a user story that you later regretted? What can be done to prevent this frustration? Is there a technique that will prevent this from happening, or are these teams doomed to keep repeating their mistakes?

Is Your Daily Standup Meeting Hurting Teamwork?

by Gil Broza

In its popular, standard form, the Daily Scrum (“the Standup”) hurts teamwork. Follow this PM to understand how and why the meeting causes that--and discover alternatives that work better.

Testing/Test Management

The Repeatable Test Cycle Resource

by Al Taylor

For PMs working in IT application development projects, which resource is the most important (other than people, of course)? For many it is a Technical Quality Assurance model that supports highly repeatable test cycles.

Testing Tools Evaluation Form

PREMIUM deliverable

This Testing Tools Evaluation Form details a complete description of the expected level of service and performance to be provided by prospective testing tools.

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