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.
Trends on the horizon point to a renewed focus on the alignment of IT operations and strategic business goals. In addition, competition in all markets will continue to place pressure on both optimization and innovation. Savvy professionals can stay ahead of the curve by keeping the following project management trend predictions in mind.
It is difficult for project managers to know, at times, who our customer actually is. Is someone a customer just because they are a stakeholder? Or, worse, is someone a customer just because they want to have a say in what your project does and how it is delivered? One hopes--if only for our sanity--that this isn't the case.
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.
Extending ourselves through online profiles and social channels, we are exposing more of our individuality--and essentially building a virtual persona that others can recognize and use for a number of purposes. When it comes to identity and security, do you feel safe or paranoid?
Not all Good Samaritan work requires our physical presence. Many groups also need our minds to help create proposals, share knowledge, come up with contribution and support ideas, and other tasks that extend help to communities and even nations. The online world has made this possible, and it is through its expansive reach that many more projects are and can be accomplished.
When you have a resource who doesn’t want to make the effort, what do you do? Being able to turn the behavior around might be harder than letting someone go, but it is also much more satisfying--and most importantly, it is better for the individual involved.
Rigor in process around project management is not enough to stay professionally relevant. In fact, the nature of our work is such that process may not need to be our primary focus. One PM shares how certain situations can inform us about when process should be emphasized and when relationships should matter more.
Over the past five years, cloud computing has steadily expanded its reach, improved its performance, tightened its security and matured its offerings. In 2014, it looks like cloud computing will become a staple within the organization’s IT arsenal of prosperity leveraging tools. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what we can expect in the cloud computing space this year and beyond.
Time consuming, friction inducing and potentially costly, there is plenty that you would want to avoid when properly building IT service management. Yet if you hold your nose and do it right, you can establish a strong and effective process.
The environments created in communities, those in business and other forms, are affected by the dynamic relationships created in their respective “infrastructures” of contributing members, like employees and customers. As a result, individuals are responsible for developing the evolving standards that ultimately define how technology is used and how organizations act.
In Part 1, you committed to getting in shape for the CAPM/PMP exam. Now you’re back and ready to start getting a little more serious. This second article of the series will show that the tough work doesn’t have to hurt as we ease in with a look at process groups.
When studying for a new credential, a certain amount of "knowing what you are up against” information is useful to help study smarter and prevent worrying about certain things that don’t matter. So along the lines of “know thy enemy”, let’s dig into certification and examination design (but you still need to study!).
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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.
Question: I’m so confused. I was a Quality Tester at my last job, but here the employees seem to use the titles Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Testing interchangeably. I started out in a more traditional organization, but now I’m a tried and true agile believer. Since I have no job description, what are my responsibilities?
The three concepts are often used interchangeably. Ask what it means in your new organization and accept that as your role in your workplace reality despite the real definition.
Find the specific meanings for each term from a university professor in the town where you work. Use that information to correct the organization so that they use proper terminology.
Once you learn your job description from Human Resources, create a new title for yourself so that others can understand what you do. Perhaps Defect Engineer would be apt.
Since agile teams work without formal processes or documentation, there is no need to answer to a particular title. Everyone on the team is merely a team member.