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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

Project Scope Statement Template

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The project scope statement details the project deliverables and describes its major objectives. Use this template to help compose a thorough statement that keeps all of your PMs and stakeholders informed.

All About Project Scope

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

Time

Project Plan Reality Check

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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

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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.

Bottom-Up Cost Estimation Template

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The Bottom-Up Cost Estimation Template is to estimate the cost of any portfolio, program or project by using the Bottom-Up Cost Estimation Technique. This template can be used in any type of industry. With the Bottom-Up Cost Estimation Technique, the overall cost of the project is estimated by breaking down the project into activities to the lowest level possible (similar to the Work Breakdown Structure). After considering the cost of each activity, the overall project cost is estimated.

Quality

Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (Part 7): Quality Management

by Bruce Garrod

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.

Q3 Town Hall Webinar

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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

People

Are We Measuring & Communicating Project Success in the Right Way?

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Projects are often not perceived as successful by some stakeholders even though the PM thought it was successful. How do you define project success? Get some help developing the right strategy in this presentation from the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix.

Communications

ProjectMan and ProjectWoman to the Rescue!

by Andy Jordan

Project managers are the most humble of all superheroes, but maybe it’s about time to show the world the color of our capes. What better time than International Project Management Day to acknowledge how awesome we are?

Data Visualization for Projects: How to Get Your Message Across

by Mike Donoghue

The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is one that can aptly be put to the test when attempting to convey technical complexities and nuances. Communicating these issues through visual means can increase the perception and appreciation of the challenges and rewards that a project can bring.

Risk

Capturing Risks Accurately

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

In order to keep a project on track and on schedule, the project manager must make sure risks are managed effectively--and that begins by capturing them accurately. The following reminders help give you a framework for capturing risks.

Crunch-Time Casualties

by Andy Jordan

Some projects go off the rails, and getting them back means going far beyond the job description. How do you manage that? When it comes to crisis management, do your approaches scream of desperation?

Procurement

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.

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.

Stakeholder

The Missing Link in Project Driven Organizations

by Matthew Gentile

The Project Controls Department fills the gap between the executive team, Operations, and Finance. These specialists provide the project manager with the data to fully understand the current health of the project and the trajectory it may be taking tomorrow. The author provides four possible organization structures to aid in increasing your project’s returns with more reliability and transparency.

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?

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