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Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (UX)

Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

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.

Research Management - Techniques in Early Maturity Exploration

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

A great deal of project and program management is focused on development, operations, and maintenance efforts. Looking at a Technical Readiness Scale (TRL) most projects fall into TRL 5-9, the more mature end of the scale. There is, however, portfolio, program and project management at the earlier TRLs that address early engineering (TRL 4/5), research (TRL 2/3), and fundamental science (TRL 1/2). There are significant differences in risk, personnel, stakeholder and other areas requiring management. This webinar takes a look at portfolio, program , and project management in these early TRLs in with the goal of eventual commercialization and movement of science to product or service.

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The Other Tech Tools for PM

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Beth Spriggs

You already know and use project management software, and have your favorite. You’ve even expanded into some specialty software for tracking risk management or portfolio management. You have software for tracking your budget, resources, and doing complex Gantt charts. Those are all really good and helpful. But what about all the other tech tools out there?

Managing Project Country Risk

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Nicki Kons

The geo political scene keeps changing, and yet companies have to take on projects & risks on a global level and be global players in order to grow. The purpose of this presentation will be to provide tips for risk managers on how to understand and address geo political risks.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Project Status Report Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Daniel Grzybek

This Project Status Report template was developed to be utilized in smaller, vendor-to-customer projects. The ideal report frequency is short, such as weekly. It's simple format focuses on communicating key indicators of any project's health (schedule, cost, scope, risk, etc.), activity progress, action items/issues and risk with the goals of being 1) quickly and easily comprehensible to the general stakeholder audience and 2) easily maintained and/or modified by the project manager.

Project Charter Document

by Ralph Moore

This sample project charter helps you define the scope, objectives and overall approach for the work to be completed. It is a critical element for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and assessing the project. It should be the single point of reference on the project for project goals and objectives, scope, organization, estimates, work plan and budget. In addition, it serves as a contract between the project team and the project sponsors, stating what will be delivered according to the budget, time constraints, risks, resources and standards agreed upon for the project.

Requirements Risk Log

by Cheryl Lee

Adapted from Cheryl Lee's book Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration, this log helps you keep track of requirements and their risks--and interpret the score to know if it's a low, medium or high risk.

Project Status Update (Presentation)

PREMIUM presentation
by Daniel Grzybek

This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.

Learn From Others

A 3 Step UX-Inspired Process for Achieving High Benefits Realization

by Dmitri Khanine

Do we have to wait until after the project is delivered and handed over to operations to see if it was a good investment? This article will provide practical advice and a proven user research process you can use today to improve your benefits realization management .

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!

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (Part 4)

by Dmitri Khanine

This is the fourth and final installment in this series on using the latest UX methods for focusing on the right problems and slashing requirements-based risks. In this installment, we will be validating designs, using our prototypes for conducting usability tests.

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (Part 3)

by Dmitri Khanine

What is UX, and why should you pay attention? In the first article, we looked at the seven key UX activities involved in collecting accurate insights, modelling and validating our designs. Part 2 focused exclusively on the key differences of modern user research methods from traditional requirements-gathering activities. Now we look at building prototypes that will make it easy for us to later validate our solutions with usability testing.

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering (Part 2)

by Dmitri Khanine

In Part 1, we introduced the idea of User Experience Engineering (UX) and the core tools and processes we use today to conduct user research. Here we continue by showing the core principle that all user research is based on--and how you can use it to combat scope creep and other requirements-based risks right now.

Divide and Direct

by Ronald B. Smith

Dividing your project into smaller parts that are more controllable helps you move closer to your ultimate goal: successfully achieving your project deliverables and high user satisfaction. Follow these seven tips to gain more direct control over your project.

Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering

by Dmitri Khanine

What is UX, and why should you pay attention? This article will help you steer clear of common pitfalls. You'll understand the key UX activities, their goals, deliverables and what kind of outcomes you should be expecting to receive. We will also look at the degree at which each of these activities are affecting your risk breakdown structure and your schedule, their typical durations and typical manpower requirements.

The Risk-based Testing Strategy

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What can you do when schedules slip and there is pressure to still deliver on time? Risk-based testing starts early in the project. You should begin identifying risks to quality early--and use that awareness to guide your testing strategy.

5 Symptoms of a Sick Project

by Rob Saxon

There are few diagnostic readings that a project manager can take to determine if their project is out of control. Think of them as temperature and blood pressure. By identifying a critical mass of these readings, project managers can sooner identify problems--and change project behaviors for the better.

Testing Issues and Opportunities

by Kevin Coleman

Testing has been seen as an unavoidable evil. But as we change and adapt, we must test all of those changes to help ensure they work properly, work as designed, meet the organization’s needs and are secure.

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