When one evaluates the project management body of knowledge, processes, procedures and common practice one cannot miss that the main focus and attention are placed on the planning processes. Most of PMI PMBOK is dedicated to planning processes, the project management process has only one step dedicated to execution and all the rest are planning steps.
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Gantt Charts are a fine mechanism for planning projects that have well bounded activities with a clean start and end point, and with understood dependencies and sequences. But in the non-linear, sometimes chaotic world of Product Development, Gantt Charts can be inadequate, cumbersome, or even misleadingly inaccurate. In the session, we will explore an alternative using mechanism of Agile product development - a Backlog of value to deliver with estimations of size (effort) and a reality-based Burndown that shows a plan with visible assumptions. Together these mechanism provide an effective way to plan, track, and replan a complex Product Development effort.
Does “scheduling” for an agile project make sense? If you can change what the team does, how is it possible to schedule? Scheduling does make sense for agile, if you think about “sequencing,” “minimum viable product,” and rolling wave deliverable-based planning. You might even use some of these approaches on your project now.
While every business is different, there are fundamental similarities that link project success to business success. As a project manager, you must make yourself relevant to your organization's overall mission. In this keynote presentation, Kristy Tan Neckowicz shares her experiences of what CEOs need and want from project managers, from schedule planning and communication to leadership skills.
Critical Path Methodology (CPM) scheduling and traditional project management have the triple-constraints of cost, schedule and scope. Agile project management has the same triple-constraints, but scope tends to be “flexible” and the cost and schedule tend to be “fixed.” We will look at a simplified example of your child going to college and how it would be planned using traditional CPM scheduling and compare it to “agile” scheduling.
This session focuses on the practical and ethical challenges posed by integrated information management tools such as BIM and ‘drones’ in the construction/engineering industries and how this affects the work of project controls professionals.
The advancement of the project management profession depends on being able to successfully deliver projects, and that becomes problematical when working with unrealistic schedules. This presentation will explain how to avoid the common scheduling mistakes when preparing and maintaining project schedules, and will discuss level of detail, use of constraints and task type, logic breaks, and progressing work.
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the “Five Secrets of Project Scheduling” and will go on to describe how to apply them in a PMO environment by creating a “scheduling center of excellence” and how doing so can improve project success rates throughout an organization.
In Expert Judgment: How to Incorporate the Latest Developments in Using this Common PM Tool, Paul S. Szwed provides research that will help project managers become more adept at using expert judgment effectively.
November Book Club Q&A Closing Webinar - Project Management Simplified: A Step-by-Step Process