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Applications Delivery

Challenges with DevOps Projects

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

When the business environment demands quicker turnaround time for business needs, approaches like DevOps help organizations meet them. At the same time, it also introduces additional challenges to project managers. In this article, we discuss what DevOps are--and the additional challenges that need to be handled by PMs when they adopt them in their projects.

Project Portfolio Management Outlook for 2016

by Kevin Kern

Are you managing your applications? Is agile everything? What about the cloud? One expert reflects on some of the industry-specific project portfolio management trends of the past year--and considers trends for the coming year that might have an impact on the business.

Business Case

Lessons Learned in IT Project Failures

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar will discuss research conducted that lead the presenter to write the book “Project Management: Failed IT Project Business Cases: A Career Guide to Lessons Learned., Attendees will learn from real world IT project examples from the book, why they failed, and lessons learned for each one.

Project HEADWAY Project Proposal

deliverable
by Interthink

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 needed to see the project approved through to the planning stage.

Business Intelligence

Topic Teasers Vol. 70: Compliance Challenges

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

Question: We need to make some alterations in the way we manage our internal software and the access employees have to protected data. Now an audit shows we need to make specific changes immediately or pay a huge fine. Is there any way to avoid this embarrassment in the future and protect our public image?
A. International and federal regulations must be complied with, and knowing which regulations apply to your type of business so you can merge compliance into your plans at the project level will help satisfy the mandatory requirements to avoid large fines in the future.
B. Most staff members are reluctant to move forward with required changes to their daily routine, whether technological or manual. To get their cooperation and meet the audit list, fire the first three people who speak out in opposition. Setting an example clearly conveys that this change will occur with or without the agreement of the employees.
C. If your organization has been running smoothly and profitably, ask the legal team to search the past rulings to find ways to avoid altering the violation items listed by the compliance inspectors.
D. Each type of business has a single federal mandate to govern how they manage their profits. Know that the depreciation versus capitalization of corporate expenses should be recorded and tracked to meet audit specifications.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

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

Using L.O.V.E. to Enhance Project Teams and Project Management

Mar 18, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Four strengths project managers must possess in order to share and pass on vital information about the profession to new practitioners is the "L.O.V.E." or "Learn, Offer, Value, and Educate" philosophy. The L.O.V.E. philosophy focuses on the human as the keystone of the project since they are the ones who plan and implement the project process - and they are the ones who complete those projects. This webinar will examine this philosophy and discuss how you can apply these characteristics to your projects and relationships. Examples and case studies from the public service industry, military, private industry, and academia, will be reviewed. 

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

How To Be A Project Delivery Hero: Think Big Picture

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

People do things/buy things, not for the thing itself, but for the benefit that doing/buying the thing brings them. What makes this challenging is that those reasons are not always obvious. I’ll show you how to get past “first order problem solving” and drill down to the strategic value of projects.

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

Getting Past the Application Project

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The project is complete when the product is delivered, but it is not successful unless the application can be used by operational units. So how do you get past the application project to a live operational environment?

IT Strategy

PMO Successes and Failures

by Ginger Levin

For a PMO to be successful, it must demonstrate it has continued business value to the organization. To do so, the functions it is to perform need to be stated explicitly and communicated throughout the organization when it is first established. People at all levels then have a consistent message as to why it is being established and what it is to do.

ITIL/Service Management

Contracting for Infrastructure Technology (IT) Services – “Software as a Service” Projects

by Janice Blake, PMP

With business competition increasing, organizations have turned to third parties for delivery models that offer new ways of fulfilling their information processing and data needs. Managing an IT service is very different from managing IT products and requires new skills. Contract establishment, vendor management and education of the business staff is needed. This paper addresses some of the key areas to consider when contracting for large-scale IT service contracts.

Managing Large Suppliers Effectively

Aug 21, 2015 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar will focus on suppliers that provide mission critical inputs to the project over a long period of time. You will learn the fundamentals of large supplier management and how large suppliers differ from other suppliers. Next, you will learn about the key risks and opportunities available during procurement negotiations. The final section of the webinar will cover the art of supplier relationship management.

Knowledge Management

Listen to What You Cannot See

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Are you aware of cognitive biases and how they influence a project’s outcome? They are a source of project risk that anyone new to project management may not be aware of because they aren't easily quantifiable--and are expressed through the behavior of project participants.

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

After-Hours Ethics

by Bruce Garrod

PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct states: “We set high standards for ourselves and we aspire to meet these standards in all aspects of our lives--at work, at home, and in service to our profession.” But what exactly does “at home and in service to our profession” mean?

Establishing a PMO: Tips to Remember

by Fagun Garg

Many companies don’t have a PMO--and want to start one. But it’s tough for them to decide how to do that--and which tools or software to use, as there are so many options. In this article, the author tries to help solve this problem.

Requirements Management

The Business Analysis Ecosystem

Mar 1, 2016 11:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar covers the points that are required PRIOR to a project charter being issued, and the tasks therein can and should fall within the duties of a BA.

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

Agile Iterations: Why Bother?

by Gil Broza

Teams run into trouble when they adopt agile practices without really knowing why they are doing them. This can happen when people who’ve been told to use iterations (sprints) still don’t understand why. And when they act on these statements, they unknowingly undermine their efforts to use agile. What can we do?

Handling Interruptions in Scrum: 4 Options (Part 2)

by Gene Gendel

In an ideal world, a cross-functional Scrum team must be fully focused on Scrum. The team is also expected to hear a voice of one customer only: the product owner. But what happens when reality intervenes and you get pulled in other directions? As our two-part series concludes, we look at the remaining two ways of interrupting Scrum sprints--and share what can be done about them.

Testing/Test Management

Effective Validation Testing for Regulatory Compliant Agile Software

by Dina Laresch, PMP

The iterative nature of agile development poses key challenges when validating software for regulated industries. With thoughtful planning and careful execution, it is possible to achieve compliance through automated testing. Successful practices using automated validation testing and the steps a team can take to reduce validation cost and time at the end of a release cycle are discussed.

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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