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Solving a Multi-Criteria Decision Problem of Process Technology Selection

by Partha S. Ghose, PMP

Selection of the correct process technology for a manufacturing industry, with several complex variables that will dictate success, is of vital importance. This article applies Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to complex problems with both objective and subjective criteria. Here, the methodology is used in a selection decision for identifying the optimal technology for a steel-making enterprise.

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A Life Less Balanced: Release 4.0

by Robert Bulger

With her life anything but balanced, Max finds herself in a good place with Mac. Monday morning at work, however, brings Max back to all the challenges that a startup encounters: an analyst call covering the launch of their largest client and an acquisition. The company needs her to be at the top of her game to handle everything they're throwing at her and her PMO!

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Project HEADWAY: BAs, PMs and Other Acronyms

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP
November 17, 2016 | 61:34 | Views: 538 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.39 / 7

In this webinar, Mark Mullaly explores the similarities and distinctions between the roles of business analyst and project manager. He explores how each role has evolved, and where the blurring and overlaps are perceived to currently exist. He also identifies where the differences exist in role, responsibility, skill set and mind set. Finally, he checks on in on where the roles are likely to evolve into the future. For those curious about how these roles do and don’t align, this webinar will provide some useful insight. For those who are in one role and find themselves curious about the other, this webinar will be enlightening. For those in the position of hiring or supervising either or both roles, this webinar is essential.

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In Pursuit of the Perfectly Defined PMO

by Laura Burford

The term “PMO” means different things to different people, leaving room for interpretation. Determining the type of PMO requires a project manager to be a strategic thinker possessing technical project and business management expertise.

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5 Steps for Setting up a New PMO

by Barath Balasubramanian

The key to designing and setting up a successful PMO organizational unit is an experienced PMO leader who can provide effective leadership, from articulating a vision to delivering best-in-class PMO practices. This article provides a five-step guide to setting up a PMO from scratch.

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Topic Teasers Vol. 88: Chalk and Cheese Teams

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

Question: We are now part of a project that will use both an agile and a traditional waterfall team. As our British associates say, “It’s like chalk and cheese.” Is there a smart way we can work with this other group since none of our processes will match, none of the timing will be the same and, frankly, we each believe that the others are seriously misguided in having chosen their approach to project work?
A. There is a reason for the “chalk and cheese” expression. When you mix them you either forfeit a beautiful drawing or you miss a delightful appetizer. While multiple teams can work successfully on a common deliverable, it is vital that all teams are using exactly the same approach.
B. By now, 15 years after the meeting to create the Agile Manifesto, all teams should be aware that in today’s marketplace the only way to keep your organization competitive and protect your own job is to work in an exclusively agile environment. Most of the newsworthy business closings or serious curtailing of products are in industries that refuse to go agile.
C. It is not only possible for an agile team and a traditional team to work together successfully, it’s probably going to become the norm for more and more projects in the future. The secret it to understand where you can sync your work and where you need to use the parts of your preferred approach freely in order to have the best end outcomes.
D. While agile works situationally in software, the traditional methodology espoused by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) has the advantage of a 55-year history. The knowledge amassed within that length of trial and error makes waterfall the preferred approach for all industries that want to make projects successful.
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