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Applications Delivery

Your SaaS Application Implementation Framework

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

The best way to plan a project is to deconstruct it. One PM has been using a handy model to clearly outline the types of work that need to be done by both IT and the business in order to activate most SaaS packages. Key an eye on these six subtleties when deploying packaged vendor solutions.

Taking the Long View in Software Development

by George Dinwiddie

Organizations that over-emphasize expediency can set themselves up for long-term losses. This article addresses strategies for taking a balanced approach--specifically, maintaining development capacity, maintaining code asset value and flexible tool selection.

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

My Journey to Passing the PMP Exam

by Neil Thompson, PMP

A few years ago, this current PMP had no idea what project management even was--but after being thrown into the role of project lead, that all changed. His journey to project management was not a typical one...

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

3 Trends that PMs Should Watch

by Carleton Chinner

The future is a blank canvas, but trends today--in automation, aging populations and the fundamental interconnection of people and things--point to outcomes being possible, some say even likely. Here are three trends we are likely to see over the next two decades.

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

Project Management as a Service: The New Model

by Elizabeth Harrin

Do you deliver Project Management as a Service? That doesn’t mean outsourcing your PM to a consultancy, but changing the way you think about project management and your customers--they are clients of the project management processes that you provide.

IT Strategy

Does PM Have a Future? And What is It?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

Project management practices themselves haven't evolved much since the 1950s. In attempting to divine the future of project management, then, it's helpful to assess a few of the fundamental underlying trends that have been observed in project management, and what they mean for how it may evolve in the future.

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

The Mind: A Wonderful Thing to Map

by Mike Donoghue

A creative and intuitive process, mind mapping is also used by many PMs who seek more involvement by their project teams--while at the same time capturing an extensive level of detail that may not be covered by other project management techniques.

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

How to Develop Your PM Continuing Education Strategy

by Bruce Harpham

Your attitude toward professional development units (PDUs) says a lot about your professional aspirations. Learn how to navigate the world of continuing education in 2014 and beyond. Read on to get help finding flexible continuing education options to suit your budget and learning style.

Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (Part 7): Quality Management

by Bruce Garrod

Many project managers are not required to build a quality management section into their project plans. PMI knows that and sometimes exploits the lack of practical experience during the CAPM-PMP exam. This article continues the theme of comparing getting physically fit with getting ready for the certification exam.

Requirements Management

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 1)

by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

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

Mobius Strip and Double-Loop Learning

by Badri N. Srinivasan

The concept of double-loop learning exemplified by the Mobius strip can be a great model for encouraging transformational improvements by challenging key assumptions and strategies. Combining agile practices and a dose of courage, learn how double-loop learning can help your organization respond more effectively to change and thrive in the marketplace.

Topic Teasers Vol. 44: Don't Hire Heroes!

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

Question: Finally, we have convinced human resources that our agile team lead and our ScrumMaster need to be involved in hiring new team members. But now that we have the authority, we really don’t know what to look for in a good hire. How do we use this new power to our best advantage in choosing a fresh agile colleague?
A. Be careful what you ask for. Only human resource certified people are qualified to choose new employees for an organization. Revoke your participation rights in this process or you will be blamed when this new hire fails.
B. It’s not only the questions you ask, but what you do with the answers that will empower you to choose the best addition to your team. Create a good list of questions and know how to interpret what you hear.
C. Your product owner is the person on the management team and is more experienced in what makes a good agile team member. Ask him to sit in on candidate interviews and then defer to his superior judgment when making the final choice.
D. The person you hire must fit into the team, so assemble the entire team and have all of them work with you to interview potential candidates. Once they have agreed on a choice, they will be forced to work with the new person successfully since they have been part of the hiring decision.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Testing/Test Management

The Music of Agile Testing

by Paul Carvalho

Agile testing is commonly mistaken as only referring to the Quality Assurance/testers on the team. This is a destructive, limited view of this critical agile development piece. This article places the emphasis on the often neglected, misunderstood and essential collaboration tool.

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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