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Boost Positive Risks

by Ronald B. Smith, PMP

Risks get a bum rap! Many believe a project risk carries a negative connotation—meaning an adverse event or threat may occur. You may be missing out on positive risks or opportunities that can potentially have a beneficial effect on your project’s deliverables and goals. Learn how to recognize positive risks.

Fiction: A Life Less Balanced

A Life Less Balanced: Release 2.0

by Robert Bulger

Welcome back to our favorite start-up, Konnect Software. Release 2.0 picks up moments after the end of our first Release. It's now the latter half of Friday afternoon, and we're finding Max Jackson in an enviable position—a weekend off. But a decision looms. It's not so much how Max answers, but in how she structures her success around the answer. Another glass ceiling needs to shatter. Along the way in this Release, we start to see how Max looks at life, HR and the pursuit of project management.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Schedule Variance

by Byron A. Love, MBA, PgMP, PMP, CISSP

Effectively communicating schedule information in a VUCA environment can be very challenging, especially when powerful stakeholders create psychological schedule baselines based on preliminary estimates. There are commonalities between the challenges of forecasting project schedules and forecasting weather.

Spotlight On: Requirements

Requirements Planning: Faux Pas or a Must?

by Melicia Grant

The reality is that projects are continuously failing due to the questionable process being executed to plan how to elicit, gather and document requirements. Many organizations are not spending time to plan for requirements development. Therefore, it begs the question: Is requirements planning a must?

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Topic Teasers Vol. 82: Balancing Business Analysts

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

Question: After being team lead for our Customer Operations business unit transformation project, I’ve been offered a position to head the new department. It will now also include Information Technology (IT). Here’s my issue up front: I’m a traditional project manager and now I’ll have nine business analysts and an agile IT team to lead. Who is responsible for what on projects now? I need to figure this out fast.
A. Business analysts replace project managers, so once you assign a BA to a project, your work is over. All you will need to do is help referee the conflicts between the BAs and the IT teams.
B. If your business analysts are trained and certified, they’ll know their own roles or can adjust quickly to what you want them to do. The agile IT team should be fairly self-directed. All you need to understand is who does what, present the responsibility chart and stand back ready to support them if needed.
C. Agile teams do not need any supervision or direction over and above their own ScrumMaster, who is 100% devoted to one project at a time. Ask your BAs if they will cross-train as ScrumMasters to maximize the number of projects you can run at any one time.
D. Due to the new strategic and business requirements from PMI, project managers have now been renamed. Just have your newly christened business analysts do what project managers have always done.
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