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Change HEADWAY: Extreme Project Management - Building the Bridge as You Walk On It

by Craig Curran-Morton
July 21, 2009 | 58:39 | Views: 784 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.47 / 7

Remember the last project management basics course you attended? The instructor probably talked about the importance of the project plan and that by doing "proper" planning on your project the project will be successful. The plan becomes the silver bullet and if you manage to it, the project will be fine. While great in theory, there are many of us who are finding the traditional approach to project management just simply does not work for us anymore on some of our more dynamic projects. Our projects seem to be in constant flux, always changing, often requiring frequent changes in direction as the end goal of the project is moved, our stakeholders change and we are required to shift our project management approach. The notion of "on-time, on-buget, on-scope" seems to be more of a myth than reality and the idea of being able to plan the whole project at the beginning and sticking close to our project plan is long dead. Join us in our next Change HEADWAY webinar where will be examining the concept of extreme project management and exploring some of the opportunities this project management approach presents and the pitfalls we should avoid.

Communicating The Project Charter

by Stephen Maye
July 15, 2008 | 37:22 | Views: 684 | PDUs: | Rating: 6.17 / 7

Without a project charter, corporate staff just can't see the importance of a project. But even with a project charter, no one will know what's going on without communication! Join Stephen Maye as he walks you through a detailed presentation on how to create and present your Project Charter.

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Project Plan/Project Definition

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Project Plan Compliance Assessment

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Change HEADWAY: Extreme Project Management: Building the Bridge as you Walk on It

PREMIUM presentation

Remember the last project management basics course you attended? The instructor probably talked about the importance of the project plan and that by doing "proper" planning on your project the project will be successful. The plan becomes the silver bullet and if you manage to it, the project will be fine. While great in theory, there are many of us who are finding the traditional approach to project management just simply does not work for us anymore on some of our more dynamic projects. Our projects seem to be in constant flux, always changing, often requiring frequent changes in direction as the end goal of the project is moved, our stakeholders change and we are required to shift our project management approach. The notion of "on-time, on-buget, on-scope" seems to be more of a myth than reality and the idea of being able to plan the whole project at the beginning and sticking close to our project plan is long dead. Join us in our next Change HEADWAY webinar where will be examining the concept of extreme project management and exploring some of the opportunities this project management approach presents and the pitfalls we should avoid.

Project Closeout Checklist

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by Kenneth Darter, PMP

While there are some subtle differences in closing a project with a party or a wake, a carefully defined checklist will help with either ending to the project. This checklist should be defined early on in the project and communicated to everyone who will have input into the checklist at the end of the project.

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Four Steps Project Managers Should Follow to Help Ensure Strategic Success

by Marcela Diaz Angel, MGP, PMP

Although project managers are often called upon to begin a project immediately, it is important to stop and think critically about the project before getting started. By integrating relevant knowledge before beginning a project you can save time during execution and will have a more complete view to help develop adequate and necessary structure, tools, techniques and guidance to ensure project and organizational success.

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.

Continuous Integration and Testing

by Kapil Kr. Bhatia

Using continuous testing, one can immediately detect problems in code — before it’s too late and problems spread. Using a clever combination of tests, tools, and techniques you can tell right away when there’s a problem and it’s easiest to fix. The author uses a case study to illustrate the benefits of continuous integration (CI) and how it leads to better quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).

All Integrated Now?

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The project manager needs to make sure that integration management is not skipped while all of the other project work is going on. When thinking about how you are going to integrate everything together, the following themes are important to keep in mind.

When Estimates Go Wrong

by George Dinwiddie

Custom software development is notoriously difficult to estimate. We start with vague ideas of what we want, expecting to fill in the details later. We’re usually doing something a little different than what we’ve done before, or completely different. How can we act more productively?

The Path to the PMP (Part 4)

by Bruce Garrod

In the journey to PMP fitness, you have taken three decisive steps. But many PMs have not had the opportunity to participate in a suite of courses where most knowledge areas are explored from a combined approach of PMI theory and real-world application. While this can put you at a real disadvantage, it’s still possible to be successful. In out latest installment, we cover Project Integration Management.


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