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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

Three Testing Factors of Integrity in Project Management and Possible Ways to Manage Them for Success

by Pragatheeswaran Rathinasamy, PMP

A major challenge in project management is to become truly successful by practicing integrity. This article focuses on three key factors that test the integrity of organizations and practitioners—business case for the projects, organization structure and culture, and implications of laws and regulations—to highlight the importance of the roles of people and the system for practicing integrity. The author concludes by proposing useful ways to strengthen project management practices and comply with integrity.

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

Getting Things Done for Project Managers: Keys To Increased Performance

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

Project managers often struggle to reach success at work because of their limited formal authority. Presenter Bruce Harpham, PMP will discuss how to overcome this obstacle by exploring different tips and techniques, discussing the importance of organization, and how this can enhance your reputation.

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

Emotional Intelligence in a Project Environment

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Decades of researches show that Emotional Intelligence is key to success. For Project managers, with their success being dependent on other people, the constant development of Emotional Intelligence becomes crucial. This webinar shows simple concepts and actions that every project manager can take to develop and apply Emotional Intelligence in projects and also better understand stakeholders' feelings, emotions and behaviors.

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

The Balance Between Customer and Project

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The expectations and the needs of the customer do not always balance the needs of the project--and the project management processes. Project managers often have to walk a fine line between the customer and the project. Keep these tips in mind.

IT Strategy

Role of the 12-Point Maturity-Value-Success Metric in Achieving Corporate Success

by Dr. Erzsebet Lugosi, PMP, CISA, CRISC, ITIL-F

The contribution of a project to corporate success is an essential question. The results of PMI’s 2013 and 2014 Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Reports show clearly that at a high maturity level of project culture, the project value creation is realized in most cases. Employ the 12-point maturity-value-success metric (12-point MVS metric) to keep projects on the right track and increase the probability of delivering project value.

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 Project Manager as Knowledge Broker

by Paul Baumgartner, PMP

Does project management just boil down to the right knowledge getting to the right people? Project success hinges exactly upon that, with a highly empowered project manager leading the way.

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

PDU Category Structures: Existing and New

by Mike Griffiths

You may have heard that the PDU Category Structure is changing in December, but are you clear on what it changes from and to? This article illustrates those changes, contrasting the current structure to the new structure and discussing some of the implications.

Topic Teasers Vol. 57: Skill Shifts to Notice

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

Question: My teams seem to be composed of younger and younger people, and even though I am an experienced and certified project manager we are having retention issues. I am managing just as I have successfully done in the past, but it no longer seems to work. The expense of constantly recruiting and training new people for my team is raising flags with my manager about my own performance. What can I do?
A. The majority of employees in the workforce today are Generation X. They will not be led and must be allowed to form their own teams and do the work when and how they see fit. Do not try to manage them.
B. The majority of employees in the workforce today are millennials, and they do not respond well to being managed by someone for whom they do not have respect as a leader. Up your leadership skills.
C. Ask your own manager for the position power to put people who do not do what you ask within a reasonable amount of time, and to the standards you require, on report. Let them know that if this same behavior happens on the next task, they will be asked to leave the company.
D. Modern employees are unwilling to have someone else set the goals for their workday. Involve teams in each and every decision that is made about what the project will create, when it can be delivered and the quality standards to which it must adhere.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Requirements Management

Requirements Definition - Project and Outcome Success Drivers, PMI’s Road Map

Jun 4, 2015 1:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

A recurring challenge for projects is the delivery of outcomes that meet stakeholder expectations. When outcomes do not produce expected results, the associated implementations that delivered those outcomes will likely be viewed unfavorably. Requirements definition is a well-known technique for specifying project deliverables and outcomes. Incorporating requirements definition into project phases can significantly improve the chances that the outcomes will meet expectations, and the associated implementation will be judged a success. Attendees will walk away with learning how to define requirements before project starts to improve project and outcome success, how the project charter contains the business analysis, and more.

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

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?

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?

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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