Integration

Scope

Baselining the Scope

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Baselining the schedule dates is the easy part. Trying to baseline the scope will be much more difficult. So how do you go about baselining the scope? Keep these four tips in mind.

All About Project Scope

PREMIUM presentation

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

Time

Earned Value Management (EVM) Calculator

PREMIUM deliverable

The basic premise of EVM is that we can assign a value to each task. We can then determine the progress that we have made on our project relative to schedule by comparing the amount of work completed with the amount of work planned to have been completed at the reporting date, and the progress relative to budget by comparing the amount of money that we have actually spent with the amount of money that we planned to spend.

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

Cost Estimating Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

A cost-estimating worksheet can help you develop cost estimates when quantitative methods or bottom-up estimates are developed. Quantitative methods include parametric estimates, analogous estimates and three-point estimates.

Bottom-Up Cost Estimating Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

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

Quality Control Plan and Tracking Template

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This detailed quality control plan template provides a greater level of detail and is also used to track results of the tests that are performed. This template is completed by the testing team or similar function that is responsible for quality control, and once completed forms an important record of the tests carried out to validate the project outputs.

Quality Management Plan Template

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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.

People

Three Essential Leadership Practices that Improve Team Ownership

by Pollyanna Pixton

Why is team ownership important? It is essential to agile team success because individuals thrive on ownership. With ownership, you have a stake in the game and push to find the best solution. The difficulty is that most corporate cultures have command-and-control leaders. Here is some help...

Consulting Characters

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What happens when the consultant falls short of their billing as an industry expert? Here is a humorous look at some of the consultant characters that you may have encountered--and survival tips for dealing with them.

Communications

Managing the Shared Worker

by Andy Jordan

It’s not uncommon to have an individual assigned to multiple projects at the same time. Organizations need to maximize the utilization rates of their employees--which brings its own set of challenges. Read on to get some help managing partially assigned resources.

The ‘Perfect’ Professional Services PM

by Andy Jordan

Does a project manager responsible for client-facing initiatives need a different set of skills from other PMs? And if so, what are those differences? What makes a good professional services project manager?

Risk

Project Constraints Hierarchy Template

PREMIUM deliverable

The project constraints hierarchy is intended to identify the order in which constraints will be compromised in order to protect/preserve more important constraints. The constraints hierarchy should be determined in conjunction with the major stakeholders who also need to understand the implications of their decisions.

Outlining Resource Needs

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

One of the first questions when starting a new project is: What resources do you need? Outlining these needs to executive management is paramount in securing project success, so keep these four tips in mind.

Procurement

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.

Topic Teasers Vol. 22: Agile Procurement

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

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.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Stakeholder

Presenting Portfolio Status

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

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.

Brewing Effective PMO Communications

by Chi-Pong Wong

Status sharing is key to PMO success, and newsletters have become the favorite transmission for managers to stay on top of milestones. Get help with your communications using TEAPOT--every PMO chef’s magic potion.

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