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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."