Why did PMI make Project Integration Management the first knowledge area instead of the last? Doesn’t integration happen when everything else is complete? Read on while we continue our series that shows why getting in physical shape is much like getting ready to write the PMP/CAPM exam...
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.
Quality management consists of a number of different elements, and this template is intended to provide a framework for identifying and managing each of those elements.
This agenda template aims to provide a little more structure and focus status meetings on the content that needs to be discussed, removing other elements to more appropriate forums.
A creative and intuitive process, mind mapping is also used by many PMs who seek more involvement by their project teams--while at the same time capturing an extensive level of detail that may not be covered by other project management techniques.
Backing up can mean many different things, especially in project management. None of them are easy, however. Here are three different kinds of “backups” that you need to keep in mind during a project...make sure that you know the best practices and the best processes to ensure success.
Question: Since our agile team is self-managed, we have recently received notice that we can also oversee procurement on items that would not be commonly used by the rest of the organization. None of us has a background in this area. How do we make good buying decisions?
|A.||People who are agile should not be buying things. That slows down software development. Tell management you will need a Procurement Department to make purchases so you are not involved in this low-level process in any way.|
|B.||Agile projects do not need anything except enthusiastic and inventive people to create success. Leave any procurement issues to those who follow traditional project management processes.|
|C.||If your team is often short of money to add all the extra bells and whistles to the project, being in charge of procurement gives you the opportunity to ask prospective vendors for free merchandise to use for the project or for team incentives.|
|D.||There are some common questions you can ask to help the team make better procurement decisions. It is a positive move to gain procurement responsibility since you are in the best position to evaluate buying options and get the features you really need to optimize your project success.|
Presenting the status on an entire portfolio can be very different than the status on one project or program. The portfolio manager must learn to condense and tailor the message for the audience.