Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:50:01 GMT Pro*Blog https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/302014/Pro-Blog Covering all things Pro: problems, products, progress, projects, process, programs, professions, proposals, provisioning, and more! Analysis and commentary on yesterday and today, and prognostications, prophesies, and projections for the future. Agile versus Waterfall in Software Projects https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50984/Agile-versus-Waterfall-in-Software-Projects Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:14:47 GMT Agile versus Waterfall in Software Projects By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM A complete discussion of the pros, cons, and other aspects of using agile, waterfall, or hybrid approaches is too much for a blog column.  Indeed, it might be worthy of a short book!  What follows is... Collective Knowledge https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/46877/Collective-Knowledge Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:34:16 GMT Collective Knowledge   By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM Your company can be smarter than it is.  Your project, too.  By drawing on resources both within and outside the company, your company’s knowledge base can be larger than the sum of its intellectual p... Last Responsible Moments https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/26209/Last-Responsible-Moments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:52:17 GMT Last Responsible Moments By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM Lean Software Development is an agile software approach based on the lean concepts of Value Streams, and the work of Taiichi Ohno, who is considered the father of the “Toyota Production System” an... Donald Rumsfeld and Project Management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/17486/Donald-Rumsfeld-and-Project-Management Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:53:05 GMT Donald Rumsfeld and Project Management By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM Donald Rumsfeld graduated from Princeton University and was an active participant at high levels in both corporate and government organizations.   He was both the 13th (1975-77) and 21st (2001-06) Secreta... Kaizen or Kaikaku? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/16249/Kaizen-or-Kaikaku- Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:14:38 GMT Kaizen or Kaikaku? By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM   Kaizen is a Japanese word that means improvement.  When used in business or quality settings, it generally means continuous improvement, and is associated with cyclic activities like Deming’s Wheel (Plan-Do-Check-... Business Justification - a Root-Cause Analysis https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15394/Business-Justification---a-Root-Cause-Analysis Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:19:35 GMT By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM.    There are many excellent articles and templates for demonstrating Business Justification, but a root-cause analysis reveals a very basic lesson in business acumen.   There are only four major reasons for undertaking any business ... Alexander's Question https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15393/Alexanders-Question Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:08:24 GMT By John Herman   PMP, CQE, MPM About 40 years ago, a new strain of flu hit in New Jersey.  During the analysis of that flu outbreak, critical thinking took a big step forward via questions asked by Dr. Russell Alexander, although no one probably realized the impact at that time.&nb... The QRD (Qualifying Requirements Document) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/14399/The-QRD--Qualifying-Requirements-Document- Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:03:04 GMT Every project needs requirements, and requirements need to be documented.  Many projects use a BRD, a Business Requirements Document.  Others use SRS, System Requirements Specification.  Some may use other document names, tools, and/or templates.  So what’s a QRD? First,...