CMMI provides several models that organizations can use to identify best practices and organizational improvements. Studying the maturity models and researching earned value management readiness reveals a series of baby steps for organizations to adopt EVM.
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Agile is all about managing change, but every organization has a different rate of change. We generally think about agile as removing impediments to accelerate development and keep up with change. It also has an important role to play in placing constraints on change so that it doesn’t spin out of control. This article is a case study of how too much change can lower quality and lead to products that completely miss the mark.
Are you preparing for the digitization of the project management process? Your success in the future will depend on your ability to adapt to and utilize any digitized step, process and application upgrade. Follow these four steps to stay on top of required changes.
Just calling a practice “best” does not make it so. But for many PM practitioners, the term “best practice” appears to represent the business practice equivalent of a “get out of jail free” card--wave it around enough, and critical thinking seems to be banished. It's time for a new outlook on this misused term and concept.
Anytime you get a large number of people working on something, there are going to be differences in style and capability shown in that work. When that work is software development, then some of those differences are arguably better or worse for the maintainability of the software. So how do you achieve a better and more consistent outcome?
"Quality" is one of the most heavily used words in advertising and management. Like any popular concept, quality is in danger of losing its distinct contribution due to overuse. In the world of project management, robust quality management has a vital role to play. Let’s consider a few of the recent advances in the art and science of quality management...
Colonel John Boyd discovered that the primary determinant to winning aerial dogfights was observing, orienting, planning and acting faster. How does this apply to project management?
IT is heading for greener pastures, but how soon, how fast and how green are questions that still need to be addressed. If you're planning to take your IT to the next level of energy efficiency, you need to take a look at your data center.
Agile approaches tend to build resilience into the work because of the frequent build-release loop. But what if you can’t use an agile approach for some reason? Consider these three ideas...
Project managers can often forget what's at the core of business intelligence--giving senior management the tools to make more focused, confident decisions. A look at one PM's experience provides some valuable lessons to take away.