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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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Creating Virtual Teams That Thrive

by Shawn Stratton
November 16, 2016 | 63:41 | Views: 1,236 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.73 / 7

Virtual teams are governed essentially the by same fundamental principles as traditional teams, yet there are challenges inherent to the virtual team concept. It is difficult to build trust and to manage conflict when team members lack the ability to interact face-to-face. Communication is often more challenging, particularly among global virtual teams with inherent cultural barriers to overcome.

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Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 6): Decision Models

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each installment, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one—and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This is the last paper in this series and covers decision models, which include both decision trees and decision tables.

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The Politics of Integration (Part 1): Planning

by Andy Jordan

Of of the most significant challenges for PMO leaders is managing relationships across the organization. And as the PMO’s role becomes more and more central to all elements of corporate planning and project delivery, politics inevitably come into play. How do we manage that minefield?

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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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