The project manager needs to make sure that integration management is not skipped while all of the other project work is going on. When thinking about how you are going to integrate everything together, the following themes are important to keep in mind.
Are you wondering if your project plan has everything in it that it needs to have? Apply this checklist to it and see.
Simply put, scope is the size of the project. But there’s more to it than that!
Before you submit your project plan for final approval, you'd better check it over. Learn the steps for cross-checking a project plan.
Bottom-up estimates are detailed estimates done at the work package level. Detailed information on the work package and other direct/indirect costs are used to determine the most accurate estimate possible. Use this worksheet to help you keep track.
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?
|A.||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.|
|B.||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.|
|C.||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.|
|D.||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.|
Communication is one of the most critical success factors on a project and a strong communication plan will go a long way towards creating a structure of effective communication with all stakeholders. This template provides some basic fields common to all plans but also helps identify each stakeholder’s specific needs.
|A.||Management does not care what team members believe as long as they turn around work more quickly than they did in the past. Leave people to think what they will.|
|B.||In addition to the team rules and the agile methodology process rules, tell people each day what they are to think about the work they do and how they should view others.|
|C.||You can’t mandate change. You can only find a fun way to demonstrate and remind people on the team about the premises of agile philosophy.|
|D.||If your team won’t quickly adjust to knowing and following the agile philosophies, this approach to doing projects will fail. Return to traditional project management practices.|
The Probability and Impact Assessment form contains narrative descriptions of the likelihood of events occurring and the impact on the various project objectives if they do occur. It also has a key to assign an overall risk rating based on the probability and impact scores. If a Risk Management Plan is used, this information will become part of that plan.
The Project Procurement Management knowledge area often causes stress to potential PMP exam takers, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are, however, a few important elements within the process that will need to be studied in further detail.
It is difficult for project managers to know, at times, who our customer actually is. Is someone a customer just because they are a stakeholder? Or, worse, is someone a customer just because they want to have a say in what your project does and how it is delivered? One hopes--if only for our sanity--that this isn't the case.