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PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2016

30 June 2016 | 9 AM to 5 PM ET | 6 PDUS | Online | Online

Overwhelmed by how technology is transforming project management? Looking to increase your productivity and learn new tech tools but don't know where to begin? No matter what your focus—medical, manufacturing, product design or otherwise—this virtual day of learning will deliver years of enduring value, with exclusive insights on how project managers are using new technologies. Register today!

Upcoming Webinars

Parents as the Purveyors of Project Managers

May 19, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar focuses on parents as both project managers, and the providers of future project managers (children).  The cases presented are based on real life examples of successful and failed projects and how they helped a prospective project manager learn from those projects. 

Kaikaku - Projects in Innovative Environments

May 20, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

This webinar is about making project management and innovation to co-exist through better understanding concepts around Kaizen and Kaikaku.

On-demand Webinars

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (UX)

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Dmitri Khanine

Recent PMI Study calls Requirements Management a core competency for project and program success - and does so for a good reason. 47% of projects run into trouble due to incomplete or changing requirements & specifications, lack of user input or unrealistic expectations. UX methods brought wild success to Apple, Google and other top players and it has been increasingly popular ever since. But what most magazines don't tell you is that it's not just the Design part of UX that makes it so effective! Attend this webinar to learn abut the not-so-glamorous, but extremely effective new UX tools and processes - for gaining accurate user insights, discovering 'missing' requirements and hidden underlying problems - the ones that business users would really like to see resolved first - even when they are not be clearly articulated.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny is a concise summary of the purpose of the project. It addresses the what and the why.

Project Ins and Outs

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

You can't do everything, nor should you. This template helps you figure out what is in and what is out of your project.

Project Imperatives

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

These are the do-or-die, must-meet requirements in order for the project to be considered a success. As such, they are continuously focused on by the project manager and core team.

The Seven Win Conditions

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

Win Conditions address how success will be measured. How do you stack up when it comes to stakeholder satisfaction, your schedule, scope, quality, budget, ROI and team satisfaction? This template helps you rank priorities, and provides areas for metrics and descriptions.

Risk Management Grid

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by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Risk Management Grid is a technique to identify potential risk events that could impact one of more of the project’s Seven Win Conditions. Importantly, it also serves to decide how those events will be prevented or mitigated.

Learn From Others

Requirements in Agile

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by Joy Beatty, Candase Hokanson

When companies move to an agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), they often remove the processes and analysis of their waterfall SDLC because, as the Agile Manifesto puts it, “They value individual and interactions over processes and tools.” Some of the rigor should be removed – waterfall processes can get bogged down with gates and sign-offs. However, caution must be exercised to not go too far against processes and analysis and rely just upon backlogs and user stories. Requirements and the analysis that leads to those requirements are just as essential in an agile project as they are in a waterfall project. The difference lies in how much requirements analysis is completed and the timing of it.

Does Hybrid Project Management Mean a Hybrid Team?

by Andy Jordan

As hybrid projects become more common, what has to change among team members, and how do we manage that change? Do we have to minimize these disruption scenarios, or can we create an environment where teams are more comfortable with the shifts?

Planning and Managing Development Projects: The Hybrid Way

by Michael Wood

The risk we take in swearing allegiance to a specific approach is that following the approach often becomes more important than achieving the goal of the project. Let’s explore the merits of using the best of different approaches—and how marrying them into a hybrid model impacts the way projects are planned and managed.

How to Demonstrate Trustworthiness: A Key Success Factor for Distributed Agile Teams

by Mark Kilby

The best agile software teams communicate well, push hard to meet deadlines, support each other when struggling with issues, and go above and beyond to maintain quality. The key element is trustworthiness. In this article, the writer provides a self-assessment tool that will allow you and your team members to assess and demonstrate trustworthiness over time.

Topic Teasers Vol. 77: Agile Non-Functional Requirements

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

Question: We have switched to agile practices and, if I do say so myself, I think we are doing an awesome job. However, even though we are carefully creating backlog lists and writing user stories, more often than not our end product or service still does not meet the expectations of our internal and external customers. Has something been left out of what we were taught?
A. Agile does provide a way to use non-functional requirements in its methodology, but often it is overlooked or not stressed when new teams are preparing their first few projects. Make a point to add them into your new process.
B. The reason agile projects are completed so much faster and provide so much more value is that with the Scrum practice methodology, it is no longer necessary to consider vague things like non-functional requirements. If they aren’t going to function anyway, why bother with them.
C. User stories are only written if there is a need for outside personas to be created to represent users. Non-functional requirements are the ones assigned to those personas who would not be interested in your product or service, and therefore can be excluded from consideration.
D. Many projects have both functional and non-functional requirements that impact the outcome of the project. That is why only traditional processes should be used. Agile processes work only on software projects, and then only when there is an absence of non-functional requirements to be considered.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Moving from Traditional to Agile DevOps

by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP

Trying to implement agile DevOps in a traditional DevOps environment is a huge challenge without first changing underlying governance practices. In this article, the author explains why--and identifies some success factors.

Preparing Teams for Different Ways of Working

by Andy Jordan

As more and more organizations recognize they need both agile and waterfall project execution processes in order to succeed, teams are being asked to work in very different ways.

Project Management – Fast and Slow

by Klaus Nielsen, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP

How do the biases, effects, fallacies, illusions and neglects outlined in Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow (2013) affect decision making? By applying Kahneman to the Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® Guide, the author illustrates how project managers can mitigate the effects of irrational thinking.

Collaboration as a Productivity Booster

by Mike Griffiths

Are command-and-control undertones hurting your organization's performance? Are people getting the passion and desire to contribute slowly crushed out of them by project management bureaucracy and prescriptive process? Then free them to be hyper-productive by emphasizing collaboration.


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