Projects with many influential stakeholders face difficulty in arriving at an agreed-upon scope. And even after this agreement, complex project requirements may fluctuate from relatively stable to uncertain. The author shares insights into effective scope management and the role of governance boards.
When initiating a high profile project there is a very good chance that you will start on the back foot, already one week behind a schedule that still needs to be agreed. In this session, we use a very simple analogy to illustrate why you would not want to reach for the low hanging fruit immediately.
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Is your project on time and within budget? This tracker will guide you through the Earned Value Method, giving a clear, step-by-step approach to help you answer that question.
The Project Scope Statement documents the entire scope, including project and product scope. It describes the project’s deliverables in detail. It also provides a common understanding of the project scope among project stakeholders. Use this outline as a basis for your statement.
This sample Project Charter contains sections and instructions for: General Provisions; Normative References; Terms, Notations, Abbreviations; Project Purpose; Measurable Project Objectives and Related Success Criteria; High-Level Requirements; High-Level Project Description, Boundaries and Key Deliverables; Overall Project Risk; Summary Milestone Schedule; Preapproved Financial Resources; Key Stakeholder List; Project Approval Requirements; Project Exit Criteria; Project Manager; and Appendixes.
This single-page PDF flowchart depicts the process for facilitating communication about requested changes among the stakeholders of any project, providing a common process for resolving requested changes and reported problems, and reducing the uncertainty around the existence, state and outcome of a change that has been requested in a work product. Use it as a visual refresher or teaching tool.
This checklist is designed to help you ask and answer the tough questions about what defines your project and its mission. Before you start any work, take a quick look to make sure you haven't forgotten something important. (Hint: This document is excellent material for putting together your project plan!)
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Not managing scope can seriously jeopardize a project, as the scope is the bedrock on which the product or solution is built. Understanding the various reasons for scope expansion in terms of customer- and vendor-induced expansions and how to define a good requirement are important building blocks.
Though there is lot of bias toward increasing velocity every iteration to release more features faster, if there is no attention to quality, the system will soon become fragile—and will not be able to house scope changes in the future. How do we balance these forces?
In order to get additional scope, PMs need to go through an exception process for formal approval. You must prepare to present your case succinctly and answer the questions from the enterprise release board. Preparing answers to these 10 critical questions will help...
The speed of adoption with technology—specifically in the mobile and cloud environment—is so fast that it’s becoming more difficult to "freeze" the scope and ascertain what scope creep is and what a true change to scope is. This is a challenge the author has faced as a project manager with a cloud service provider...
While there are many governance data points that can be gathered and analyzed to help make go/no-go decisions, there are three in this writer's experience that stand out as being the most important.
Our bias toward comfortable processes hides the root cause of failure. One of the root causes on experienced teams? The misalignment of purpose and process. Here, the author provides an easy-to-implement, purpose-driven organizational methodology that helps eliminate this risk.
One of the major reasons for project failure is the occurrence of unforeseen events that disrupt the smooth running of the project and cause irrecoverable deviation from the plan. How can we help minimize the risk when it comes to scope definition in construction projects?
Your cost, schedule and resource estimates need to be realistic. But for this practitioner, that wasn't always the case in an effort to garner sponsor and customer approval. What would you do in this situation?
No matter where you work or what project you are assigned to, there is bound to be a funnel somewhere in the organizational hierarchy. How you work through and around that funnel may determine just how successful your project will be.
私たちは皆、一般にビジネス界の落とし穴を知っていて、避けなければならないことを理解していますが、最も明らかなトラップは、時には私たちが陥りやすいものです。特に、数多くの競合する優先事項を持つプロジェクトを管理し、 先行する道を離れてください。 この2部構成の記事シリーズは、プロジェクトが失敗する上位10の理由を特定し、共通のプロジェクト管理の落とし穴を回避する方法に焦点を当てています。
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