Integration

Best Practices for Application Integration

by Tad VanderVorste

Application integration is the process of exchanging data between two or more business/application systems. Integration between software applications presents a unique set of challenges. The author describes seven best practices that can be applied to any integration effort, large or small, to improve delivery results.

Scope

Start with the Scope

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Projects get started for various different reasons--and with varying levels of understanding. The scope is one of the most important items to settle on as soon as possible at the beginning of the project.

All About Project Scope

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Simply put, scope is the size of the project. But there’s more to it than that!

Time

Activity List for Program Increment Rollout

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This template has been designed to support the rollout of a program delivery within an agile framework based on a cloud-based product development. This template is specially designed to help the program management team to follow the development process from requirements gathering to rollout. You may want to use this template in conjunction with your backlogs and issues tracking system and any other project documents you may have.

Project Plan Reality Check

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Before you submit your project plan for final approval, you'd better check it over. Learn the steps for cross-checking a project plan.

Cost

Project Management as a Service: The New Model

by Elizabeth Harrin

Do you deliver Project Management as a Service? That doesn’t mean outsourcing your PM to a consultancy, but changing the way you think about project management and your customers--they are clients of the project management processes that you provide.

Cost Estimating Worksheet

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This document describes a template for a bottom-up project cost estimation worksheet based on a project WBS having disciplines as basic elements. The worksheet is based on WBS elements commonly adopted on the development of new products in the electromechanical industry involving HW and SW development, qualification, integration of new components into a system, development of system configuration rules, training and industrialization.

Quality

Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (Part 7): Quality Management

by Bruce Garrod

Many project managers are not required to build a quality management section into their project plans. PMI knows that and sometimes exploits the lack of practical experience during the CAPM-PMP exam. This article continues the theme of comparing getting physically fit with getting ready for the certification exam.

Project Quality – The Element of 21st Century Success

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It has become evident that effective Project Management has become significantly more demanding. The customer has been added to the PM table and is demanding higher higher levels of project quality. The successful Project Manager can borrow many of the techniques used by Lean and Six Sigma disciplines to deliver products and processes to continually meet customer needs profitably.

People

Leadership and Stewardship: Is There a Connection?

by Michael Wood

Ever wonder why effective leaders almost always see themselves as stewards of something far bigger than themselves, a keeper of a sacred trust? There is a connection between leadership and stewardship that would-be leaders need to understand if they are to mature into someone who can lead people--and organizations--to success.

Telecommuting Time

by Kevin Coleman

Telecommuting has been called the future of work, even for program and project managers. Like it or not, we had all better prepare for this as it is highly likely that within the next few years, it will impact all of us.

Communications

Capturing Schedule Updates

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The schedule needs to stay up to date if the project is going to proceed on time and be successful. Keep these tips in mind when developing a strategy for capturing schedule updates to ensure the success of the project.

Your New Priority: Retaining Project Workers

by Joe Wynne

Economic and demographic trends are requiring project managers to prioritize certain workforce management skills to avoid replacing workers during the project. Make sure you understand these four relevant trends to help you avoid problems.

Risk

Project Failures = Reputation Risk

by Kevin Coleman

Not all projects are successful. Some just fail to make the grade while others go down in a firestorm of controversy. Those are the ones that are increasing causing damage to the reputations all of those involved. Here's some help to address this growing challenge.

Risk Management for Program Managers

by Bruce Harpham

Program management is a relatively young discipline within the project management profession. That means there are fewer tools and techniques to address the challenges of program risk. At the same time, the larger responsibilities of program managers mean greater disruption from risk events. Consider the following findings about the state of program management…

Procurement

The Money Files

by Elizabeth Harrin

A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts.

An Insider's Guide to Shopping for Consultants

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

How you go about shopping for a consultant is critical. Most companies do it poorly rather than doing it well. This makes the entire process more frustrating, time consuming and expensive for all parties, consultants and customers alike. In the hope that some of this frustration can be minimized, we present an insider's guide to shopping for a consultant.

Stakeholder

Engaging and Maintaining Stakeholder Interest

by Andy Jordan

When managing a program, how do you ensure that your stakeholders are able and willing to provide what you need, when you need it? While there is no requirement for all stakeholders to be equally engaged at all times, there does need to be a minimum level of involvement with the program that needs to be maintained.

The Missing Link in Project Driven Organizations

by Matthew Gentile

The Project Controls Department fills the gap between the executive team, Operations, and Finance. These specialists provide the project manager with the data to fully understand the current health of the project and the trajectory it may be taking tomorrow. The author provides four possible organization structures to aid in increasing your project’s returns with more reliability and transparency.

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