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Your Social Media Strategy

by Michael Wood

Project managers must often develop a social media policy—and make decisions about the tools that will be used to digitally communicate and share project-related content. Here is some guidance for PMs to consider when developing a social media strategy.

On Program Management: The End of the PMO

by Eric S. Norman

Let’s face it: In the project/program/portfolio management world, delivering real value seems to be the most elusive aspect of any PMO. And because of this, the PMO seems to be one of the first places organizational leaders look to “right-size” or “optimize,” reducing the impact and potential value PMOs might generate for their organizations.

Implementing CRM Systems: Not All Sunshine and Roses

by Michael Wood

It's easy to understand why organizations would want to implement an efficient and effective CRM solution. So what goes wrong with these initiatives? Why are around 70% of CRM deployment efforts fraught with problems and unforeseen complications? Let’s explore some remedies...

The Importance of Data Quality

by Ken Serrell

Improving your data quality and completeness of your data are crucial to a successful outsourcing project. In order to scale a solution, the organization must address underlying issues around essential data.

Planning Your IT Transformation Strategy (Part 1)

by Maxson Anthony

This series focuses on preparing you to embark on your transformation journey and help you ask the right questions, understand and accept facts, define realistic goals and consider the right parameters. Most importantly, it helps you establish continuity and sustain such strategies in the long term. The first installment helps you ask the right questions and accept facts.

Be Careful Not to Break Something While Being Agile

by Rich Hephner

Agile is all about managing change, but every organization has a different rate of change. We generally think about agile as removing impediments to accelerate development and keep up with change. It also has an important role to play in placing constraints on change so that it doesn’t spin out of control. This article is a case study of how too much change can lower quality and lead to products that completely miss the mark.

Strategic Project Management: New Skills for the Modern-Day PM

by Ajaykumar Kittur

Developing the business acumen to understand and provide the right feedback to senior leadership to pick and choose the right projects that will help achieve the larger strategic objectives is essential for the modern-day PM. Are you ready for the challenge?

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.

The Titanic and the Manager's 5 Deadly Sins

by Luis Alberto Caceres Villota

The Titanic was an ambitious project, projected to reach extraordinary success...but it sank. Why did this happen? By going through this interesting historical case, we'll visualize how behavioral aspects could sink the best project or business. These are “must have” concepts for any manager interested in getting the most from projects.

Data Warehouse BQA Prototype Plan

PREMIUM project plan

This Microsoft Project Plan will walk you through the ins and outs of putting together a business question assessment to analyze the data you need for your data warehouse.

Data Warehouse Strategy Project Plan

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Need to plan a data warehouse project? This synopsis outlines the steps, deliverables and team roles for strategizing, architecting, designing and planning the implementation of a data warehouse.

List of Common Schedule Risks

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This list and overview of common schedule risks will help you maintain vigilance against pitfalls that can interrupt, stop or ruin your software development project.

Data Transformation Map

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Map the transformation of the data elements from source system tables to data warehouse target tables.

Data Warehouse Extraction Tool Recommendation

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How do you select the best data extraction/transformation toolset for your data warehouse? Evaluate features, functionality, vendor reputation... the works. Follow the example set by this robust tool evaluation.

Redbrick Data Warehouse Backup and Restore Procedure

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Even though you've built the perfect data warehouse, it's better to be safe than sorry if something goes wrong during its operation and you need to restore the original data files. Take the time to document your backup and recovery procedures, as in this example.

Data Warehouse QA Form

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A handy spreadsheet for recording Data Warehouse QA issues, from data transformation to report generation problems.

Offshore Outsourcing Project Plan

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Find greater profits using offshore outsourcing, and use this project plan to make sure it's done right--and on time.

Data Warehouse Tool Cost Matrix

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There's a lot to consider when selecting a Data Warehouse toolset. Use this comprehensive tool evaluation matrix to guide your final selection.

Data Warehouse Tool Selection Plan

PREMIUM project plan

This Microsoft Project plan can serve as a guide to evaluating vendor tools for your data warehouse. It includes a Gantt chart schedule and cost analysis for the complete tool selection process.

Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable

Mission-critical projects need to be well-justified, with clear goals that can be referenced throughout the life of the project. This business case template offers an excellent approach to goal-setting and a way to communicate those goals effectively.

Self-Documenting Code Checklist

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Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.

Data Warehouse Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

Are you putting together a data warehouse? This Microsoft Project plan will help you keep tabs on all the complex stages and steps involved in building decision support systems and a knowledge-based applications architecture and environment.

Integration Test Plan Outline

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Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.

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