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.
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.
Practical tools they can apply immediately at work.Webinar attendees will learn:1. How to engage your workforce by demystifying innovation and creating a culture of breakthrough thinking and functional innovations 2. Why a structured process can produce 500% MORE useful IDEAS than traditional brainstorming3. What practical tools exist to stimulate innovative thinking across your organization– starting today
What are your big goals? Productivity? Speed? Happiness? All of these are understandably desirable. They also share another attribute: They all are best achieved by seeking other, lesser goals rather than by seeking them directly.
The Standish Chaos Report, CIO Magazine survey, and multiple independent and professional reports indicate anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of projects fail to deliver the quality expected by the customer. The best processes; without methods, tools and techniques that transform tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge and fully engage all stakeholders; simply do not produce the value we are trusted to deliver. In this presentation we will present a framework consisting of Lean for Knowledge Work, Systems Thinking, Agile methods, Canvasses, and Serious Games; that when applied; greatly increase the value to the customer, reduce (or eliminate) failed projects, and instill trust in project management as a true business partner.
Processes in many cases struggle to achieve excellence in meeting the internal/external customer expectations due to lack of understanding of the specific process targets and insufficient preparation. In the absence of a process management model, typical deployment of processes has not always contributed to the financial results as expected. In this webinar, the participants would learn about the 4-P model of process excellence.
We all want quality breakthroughs in project quality by combining project management with quality management and the book "Managing Project Quality" shows you how. Guiding you from project initiation through closure, the book provides a detailed stage-specific flowchart of activities correlated with appropriate tools to give you new power to meet customer expectations and institutionalize project quality.
During this presentation, we plan to give some examples of this type of situation. And, we will highlight how an organization can increase their OPM Maturity and allow the PMO to be more constructive to the entire organization. We will show that Project Management Quality and Organizational Project Management Maturity go together
Question: We have a massive internal change coming, and lucky me…I get to head the project! We have tried this before and had to pull back because of negative employee reactions. I know that this time we need some change management processes, too, but who is responsible to do that part of the project?
The good news is, it’s you. You need to take the responsibility and coordinate the change processes in with your usual team activities.
The good news is, it’s not you. Focus on the project and on meeting your metrics of time, cost and quality as usual. Corporate management is responsible to make sure employees accept and use these new changes.
The PMO is “where the buck stops” when endeavors move from simple projects to create products or software and billow out to vague objectives like “employee acceptance” and “corporate compliance”..
Ask your manager. Your project charter is limited to producing the usual product or services and your team is not skilled or experienced in change management processes. Your manager can deal with getting the changes accepted and getting them to stick.
The objective of this presentation is to explore how the selection emphasis shifts over time and how it differs with industry type. It is expected that the findings of this study will provide insight into the prevailing state of project manager selection
Question: I’m so confused. I was a Quality Tester at my last job, but here the employees seem to use the titles Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Testing interchangeably. I started out in a more traditional organization, but now I’m a tried and true agile believer. Since I have no job description, what are my responsibilities?
The three concepts are often used interchangeably. Ask what it means in your new organization and accept that as your role in your workplace reality despite the real definition.
Find the specific meanings for each term from a university professor in the town where you work. Use that information to correct the organization so that they use proper terminology.
Once you learn your job description from Human Resources, create a new title for yourself so that others can understand what you do. Perhaps Defect Engineer would be apt.
Since agile teams work without formal processes or documentation, there is no need to answer to a particular title. Everyone on the team is merely a team member.
If an organization is engaged in project work on a continual basis, a project management office may be the best investment in securing successful projects. What are the benefits of having a PMO versus just having project managers?
There are hundreds of different methods to organize your never-ending project management “to do” list--and they are not all created equal. Whether the list is a page long or hundreds of rows in a project schedule, you need to have a good and efficient way of organizing your tasks.
Just having bodies in seats is not enough for success; it needs to be the right bodies at the right time. When a project involves a consultant, it is important to evaluate the resource and not take their resume or proposal at face value.
If your project involves external resources in any capacity, then you are dealing with one or more outsourcing arrangements. This article gives some strategies for mitigating common obstacles for managing outsourced projects.
by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP
When one PM was asked to list the key requirements for a PMIS that would enable it to better support project and organizational effectiveness, he thought about past project, portfolio and program management experiences. The result? A “dream list” of features for a PMIS to support large, traditionally managed projects...a list that was surprisingly agile.
The software development industry has migrated more and more to a virtual, telecommuting industry. But recent headlines have solidified the battle lines regarding virtual teams. Are they good or bad for employee morale and productivity?
Why would you not always do as much planning as possible before starting a project? Could it actually be harmful? It all depends on the quality of that input data--when the input data is good, we can reliably plan; when the input data is bad, then we need to get better data and keep evolving the plans.
Quality Management is a difficult knowledge area for people to connect with as they study for the PMP exam. Sadly, PMI also recognizes the weakness and includes plenty of questions to test your abilities.
Is "consultant" a dirty word? Many consultants get a bad name from the fact that they become indistinguishable from the organizational employees that they work alongside. How do you know that hiring a consultant is a good idea?
What each vendor and client might think is black and white about their project can actually be gray. Just recognizing and accepting this is a conundrum--and resolving it requires aligning perspectives for the good of the project. Do you have the flexibility to change, collaborate and communicate?
Some studies have indicated that the real benefits of offshore outsourcing can be diminished by issues in communication, skill sets and accountability. But if managed properly, offshore IT projects can reap substantial rewards.
What comes to mind when you ponder the possibility of engaging a consultant? Dread or excitement? The high cost or opportunity for growth? Most of us have heard good things and bad things about using consultants, most of which are true.
Many consulting engagements see frustrated consultants because they are not allowed to do what they feel is needed to maximize the chances of success. Here, we look at how these scenarios can be avoided--something that starts with trust.