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Applications Delivery

Improving Testing Integration

by Andy Jordan

Test functions are often viewed as independent, somewhat isolated parts of the project execution environments. It doesn’t have to be that way…in fact, it shouldn’t be.

The Abstraction Equilibrium

by Al Taylor

A useful goal for the mature organization would be the definition of an “abstraction equilibrium.” This is the state where there is no impetus for change with respect to the relationship between the amount of abstraction built into the application and other project variables such as cost and quality.

Business Case

North America Congress Highlights – Key Take-Aways and Lessons Learned in Strategic Business Management Skills

Nov 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)

Please join us and continue the conversation with presenters from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America. During this webinar we’ll explore best practices, key takeaways and lessons learned from Strategic Business Management Skills 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 –North America.

Project HEADWAY Project Proposal

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

The Value of Revisiting Assumptions

by Behzad Ashtiani

Tech companies started to revisit assumptions about cellphones, and the smartphone revolution started when a brave person challenged the answer to a very simple question. What can this cycle teach us about project management?

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 PMI-PBA: From

Dec 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

Learn the benefits of the PMI-PBA certification, understand the preparation and requirements needed for the credential, and get tips for passing the exam.

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.


Elevator Pitch for Project Management (Part 1)

by Alain Soulie

Looking for high-impact statements when you only have 30 seconds to demonstrate the value of project management--and present yourself in the best possible light? What would your elevator pitch be? It's harder than you think...

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.


How to Improve Application Delivery With Agile

by Bruce Harpham

Many technology project managers focus on building or improving applications. Businesses rely on reliable and high-quality applications to serve customers and maintain operations. If you are in the business of application delivery, read on to see how agile can help.

IT Strategy

The Power of Project Portfolio Management

by Jennifer Baker

While one energy company pursues the traditional benchmarking sessions with companies within the industry it serves, it also looks to companies outside of the business to gain insight on different approaches to help it move forward. At PMI's PMO Symposium this year in Phoenix, one practitioner got to share their story--and hear how many other PMOs and portfolios have also found success in their environments.

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

Agile Knowledge Management at the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service

by Sam Falcone, MSW, MBA, PMP, CSM, Lisa Binckes, M.A., Co-Sponsor

The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team, utilizing a rapid piloting approach, customized preexisting/prepaid software tools to quickly meet their information needs. Read the case study for details about lessons learned and critical success factors.

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

Keeping Portfolio Management Simple

by Wanda Curlee

As a core team member who helped develop the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® certification, this writer was eager to see the certification blossom. What better way than to attend PMI's PMO Symposium and speak about the merits of the certification--and more importantly, portfolio management?

Topic Teasers Vol. 67: 10,000 Kid Hours

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

Question: I read in Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell that to be really successful at something, you probably have to have about 10,000 hours invested in it--and that most people start as kids. I’d like my kids to be in the project field, but I don’t really know how someone can get that many hours experience in project management or agile practices.
A. Start with your kids at a very early age and blend the logic and selection process of project management into their day-to-day life. If you are creative, it shouldn’t take much time but rather just an awareness of what you are doing.
B. Ask your local Boy Scout and Girl Scout chapters if they can offer a series of 10 project management badges. If each one takes about two weeks’ worth of work, that’s 100 hours right there.
C. Plan to send your child to summer camp for project management when other kids go off for outdoor living, theater experiences or coding instruction. Children should have made a career decision by 7 or 8 so that they can get the most background possible.
D. Children have so little time to just be kids. Don’t make any attempt to teach them anything at home; they get plenty of education and homework at school. Once they arrive home, just let them relax.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Requirements Management

Effective Functional and Cross-Functional Requirements in Agile Projects

by Dina Laresch, PMP

To produce effective functional and cross-functional requirements, project teams must focus on solving real user issues. The author’s team initially ran into problems with delivering software that did not completely resolve market and user needs. To improve their practice, they increased their cross-functional team collaboration and enhanced the requirements management process in their agile projects.

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.


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

What We Are Still Getting Wrong About Quality

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We’re getting quality more wrong than we are right. Which is fascinating, when you get down to it, because quality is the foundation on which project management is built. Why is this a problem? When everything is a constraint, nothing is.

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.


"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. "

- Bertrand Russell