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

PREMIUM presentation

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

Time

Measuring Quality in a Schedule

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When setting up a schedule, you should be able to measure the quality in order for it to be accurate and useful to the project team. Setting up some quality measures will monitor the schedule and help show a truer picture of the project.

Project Plan Reality Check

PREMIUM presentation

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

PREMIUM deliverable

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

Teamwork: The Best Quality Tool

by Andy Jordan

Quality is more than just processes and measurements--it’s about ownership and commitment. If you want a quality outcome, you need a team capable of delivering it.

Beyond Eliminating Defects: New Frontiers in Quality Management

by Bruce Harpham

"Quality" is one of the most heavily used words in advertising and management. Like any popular concept, quality is in danger of losing its distinct contribution due to overuse. In the world of project management, robust quality management has a vital role to play. Let’s consider a few of the recent advances in the art and science of quality management...

People

Achieving an Effective and Functioning Project Team

by Marcelo A. Briola, MBA, PMP

Projects without a focused strategy for an effective project team will be disordered--and made up of professionals who lack the required motivation. To reach this goal, a project team should be based on two building blocks and three critical success variables.

Embedding Diversity into the Talent Management Process

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

Many organizations struggle to move women and minorities into top-level positions. One of the keys is to embed diversity into a holistic talent management strategy, including recruitment, development, and retention. This webinar will give you practical implementation strategies to help you leverage talent management to drive diversity.

Communications

Stakeholder Integration: 3 Critical Factors

by Marcelo A. Briola, MBA, PMP

Stakeholder integration is vital to achieving project goals. In order to achieve successful integration, the project must be based on three critical success variables.

Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (Part 9): Communication Management

by Bruce Garrod

Do you need to study how to communicate in preparation for the PMP exam? Really? With only three PMI processes based around the function that every project manager does every day of their life, it may feel that studying this chapter in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—Fifth Edition is a waste of effort. Not so fast...

Risk

Assumptions & Constraints Log

deliverable

Assumptions and constraints need to be tracked on your project to minimize risk and keep you on track. Use this sample log to help with the process.

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.

Procurement

Procurement in Project Management - What You Need to Know

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

All project managers have to buy something, either goods or services. When you have a procurement professional on your team, you can manage the procurement as a subproject. But when you have to do the procurement yourself, you need to know exactly what has to be done, and when.

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.

Stakeholder

Initial Stakeholder Engagement in a Cultural Change Project: A Case Study

by Amrita Khadilkar, PMP

The successful rollout of a fundamental change needs support and buy-in from senior stakeholders. The project manager therefore needs to plan for adequate and persistent senior stakeholder engagement. This article introduces two measures--Appetite for Innovation (AI) and Trust (T)--that can be used to predict likely responses of senior stakeholders to organizational change. Low AI can be addressed by making the change real and relevant to stakeholders. Low Trust can be addressed by improving the awareness of senior stakeholders about the change that is being introduced.

Growing a PMO in an Operationally Focused Organization

by Andy Jordan

How does a PMO succeed when the organization isn’t focused on projects? Our writer shares an experience working with an organization in the position of not only needing an IT PMO that has more formal structure and communicates well with the business at large, but also in need of formal project execution in other business areas.

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