Personal projects allow you to improve your skills in project management in a safer venue. These examples show how you can find meaningful practice even if the activities have nothing to do with information technology.
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"Big" is somewhat defined in the eyes of the beholder. Beyond sheer size and mass, what makes big projects so daunting? Certainly as a project grows in size and scope, a number of things increase along with it--each adding complexity and risk to the effort. While there is no foolproof way to eliminate the risks associated to big projects, there are some things you can do to reduce those risks.
Are your PM skills ready for the world’s spotlight? The athletes who are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in London are giving everything that they have to improve their performance, that tiny extra amount that will set them apart from their competition. Why shouldn’t we be doing the same in our project management activities? Here we take a lighthearted look at our time to shine.
Being clear about what constitutes “done” ensures that the product or service developed at the end of an iteration is completed to the satisfaction of the customer, which is the whole purpose of doing agile in the first place. Got it? Just in case, read on...
The Olympic rings are five intertwined circles that represent the elaborate and complex Games. Similarly, project managers can bring five rings of discipline together to manage very complex projects. Each of these rings builds upon the other--and they give the project manager a taxonomy by which to manage Olympian efforts
Most would say it is a project’s team members, not the project manager, who create a quality product. They believe that quality means doing quality work, or, that it can be tested in. But, in fact, the project manager has a lot to contribute towards a quality product, starting with the schedule and communication.
With the steady industry shift away from custom code applications to more commercial software packages and services, IT project management practices are necessarily changing to adapt to the new conditions. Is this a glimpse into what the future holds?
The sometimes dysfunctional relationship between project managers and business analysts can be compared to that of the two main characters in the popular book-movie. Without strong PM-BA collaboration, projects can fall prey to competing perspectives. Here are six strategies to find common ground and make the relationship work.
Can a low-budget cult film actor pose as a paragon of sound management practice? What, if anything, can we learn from Bruce Campbell to further our pursuit of management knowledge? Whether you are a manager of resources or a project manager with matrixed resources, put aside those business textbooks and tune in.
Large-scale change of enterprise-level architecture and infrastructure presents a challenge, especially in today's networked world. Enter agile project management and the ideas of refactoring and continuous improvement, which involve creating innovative new solutions for each problem encountered.