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3 Questions Every Sponsor Should Ask of Agile Project Teams

by Kevin Aguanno, CSPM (IPMA-B), Cert.APM, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, FPMAC, FAPM

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.

3 Technical Project Skills That Never Go out of Style

by Bruce Harpham

To brush up on your project technical skills, it's time to explore a few timeless skills: time and resource estimation; 2. risk management; and 3. scheduling. These skills will help you improve your performance, or challenge the adequacy of the plans developed by your team.

5 Ws to Ask When Your Work Schedule Gets Interrupted

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

A lot of emergencies and unplanned tasks interrupt our daily work schedule. What can we do when this happens? Ask yourself these five Ws to help maintain sanity, be productive at work and maintain a better work/life balance.

A Better Burndown for More Accurate Sprint Planning

by Todd Bookless

One of the secrets of a practitioner's success is that I he has varied from the traditional burndown chart and sprint estimation suggestions that are taught when a person learns about Scrum. If you have had issues with making accurate burndown charts that reliably tell you when your sprint will finish, then perhaps his suggestions can help.

A Perception Change: Moving the Goal Post

by Laura Burford

Project managers excel at managing the project schedule, but many of us are not accustomed to revisiting the original premise of a project. There are four very simple and practical “perception” risk mitigation techniques that PMs and teams can implement.

A Theoretical Approach to Traditional Project Metrics-Bridging the Gap Between Earned Value and Critical Path Project Management

by M.W. Settlemire, PMP

Since work completed from tasks not on the critical path does not affect the completion date of a project, it is important to differentiate tasks that are “critical” from those that are not in order to better monitor and control them. The project performance metric, critical path task index (CPTI), offers a more holistic view in terms of schedule performance for tasks directly related to schedule completion.

Accepting Unrealistic Deadlines: A Recipe for Disaster

by Muhammad Umais Mulki

Sometimes the temptation to work on an exciting project—and other times the pressure from the business executives to get the business—leads to agreement on unrealistic expectations. This article discusses the mistake of agreeing to unrealistic timelines and suggests a few ways on how this can be avoided—and the project kept under reasonable control.

Accordions and Iron Bars

by Brooks Johnson

This article is about a critical attribute associated with the project schedule, which can help you in your planning activities as well as help others better understand one of the most basic yet significant of all project task attributes. That attribute is the ability of a task to flex and compress under the inevitable changes of the project.

Achieving Olympian Goals: Five Rings of Project Success

by Rob Saxon

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

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