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How to Close a Surprise TKO Project

Project Risk Coach

Your project sponsor called you to her office and told you that the party is over — close the project. How to Close the Project. Second, be clear about the steps you will take to close the project. Out of respect and honor for the team, call a meeting as soon as possible to communicate the decision to close the project. 5=ClosingYou never saw it coming.

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

This took me back since Scrum is derived from an empirical closed loop control system developed in the USAF by Col. And of course: Assessing the outcomes of the feedforward and feedback loops is the basis of all Closed Loop control system. See link below on Closed Loop Control). Closed Loop Control. Close Loop Thinking. Agile in name only. scrum, not agile.

Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

For any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. For the software machines the principles of closed loop control in the presence of noise and changing conditions are the same ‒ Closed Loop Control.

?Having Trouble Closing the Project?

Brad Egeland

Closeout isn't any easy time for project managers. You'd think they would be feeling relief. Rather, it's closer to anxiety. You know the scenario … you and your team have faced your fair share of issues on the project – no project is without issues and rough spots. But for the most part, things have progressed rather well. Even user acceptance testing went off without too much of a hitch. Read the full article

3 Key Differences Between Project Program and Portfolio

PM by PM

These statements might resonate with you – you would have either made them yourself or heard them from someone close to you. […]. Project Program and Portfolio Compared Do you use the terms Project Program and Portfolio in day to day language? I am sure you are using them regularly. Let’s look at the following statements. PM Framework

Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects


John Chapman closes the chapter with words once said by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel: “Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. My first thought holding John Chapman´s book in my hand was: “what a weird title for a book on projects and project management”. However, it´s an extraordinary book and definitely worth reading it ….

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In support of strategic colocation

Kiron Bondale

These performance gains only appeared to be achieved when the workers were sitting very close together and distances of 25 or 50 feet did not reveal the same improvements. Close proximity to workers who exhibited toxic behaviors resulted in normal workers sitting with them picking up their bad habits. Neighbors, it appears, really do make a difference!

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

Teams align based on common goals and work closely together. In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. Focuses on the tasks and improving the processes. Other options.

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Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!

Kiron Bondale

But on agile projects we expect that core team members will collaborate closely on a daily basis. Studying for the PMP exam forces a candidate to relearn project management using a standardized nomenclature, to view the world of project management in black and white rather than the many shades of grey it is, and to memorize and to be able to apply a number of mathematical formulas.

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Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger


OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. What me, upset? Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu. Take these ingredients: An open […].

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

The identified risk is then submitted as a candidate and either accepted or closed by the program. For example, management may track quantitative measures of the residual probability that a risk will occur and assess those measures periodically to decide whether to continue mitigation, change the mitigation approach, accept, or close the risk. All project work is uncertain. Analyze -.

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3 Work Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Tools That Should Be Extinct


Let’s face it, meetings take time — and time is your team’s most precious resource (coffee may be a close second). There’s a reason why dinosaurs are extinct. And while the exact theory pinpointing their demise is still being debated by scientists (crashed comets? climate change? mammals eating dino eggs?). The fact remains that they didn’t survive with the times and simply died out.

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Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


PMOs should work closely with teams to determine not only what experience and skills people have, but also what they would like to try. These are all relevant goals for today’s Project Management Office (PMO) and the reason that increasingly organizations are using Lean Thinking to boost value and reduce waste in the PMO.  It’s about people first. O verproduction. W aiting.

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5 Ways to Effectively Manage Shifting Priorities


No matter how closely you are managing a project, there are certain factors even the most experienced project managers simply cannot control. {socialbuttons}. There could be changing legislation that means the deadline on one project is brought forward while another is pushed back. News/Blog

Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Daedalus and Icarus


He came to close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell into the sea and drowned. The island where Icarus drowned close by is today called “Icaria”. With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from. You are all encouraged to write about great projectors out of your context so we may learn from them and improve our way of performing projects.

“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”


However, you likely only ever built a successful software product because of the close collaboration between your business group and the software team. Does this question sound familiar? If you get asked it regularly then you may be part of the mainstream transformation from software projects to products. The “When will you be done?” issue. When are you people going to be finished?”

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Three things you should do whenever someone leaves your project

Kiron Bondale

Closing a phase or the entire project usually involves some formality when it comes to taking the team through the adjourning stage of Tuckman’s Ladder but when team members leave our projects mid-phase we should perform these three transition tasks to avoid realizing the risk in Dave Mustaine’s quote “ Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”

4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan


Setting a response plan and closely monitoring these concerns throughout the project could ward off a catastrophe. Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges. However, they’ll most likely reach successful outcomes with a thoughtful project management plan. What is a project management plan? Put the Project Management Plan on Paper.

The Myth of "Discover by Doing"

Herding Cats

To close the loop this emergent work needs to have a target to steer toward. And of course, since the steering target (goal) and the path to this goal are both random variables - estimates will be needed to close the loop of the control processes used to reach the desired outcomes that meet the Capabilities requested by the customer. A Plan is a Strategy for success.

The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

Pawel Brodzinski

I assumed some time required for transition from one project to another yet still, it shouldn’t be close to what we waste on context switching. I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too. Let me have another take on this from a different perspective. Suddenly we finished faster. Not only that.

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Agoraphobia: The Fear and Loathing of Open Space Offices


They found that having a door you can close and even screened phone calls seems the best for insulating people from productivity robbing interruptions and allowing extended periods of focused work. Agile methods like XP, Scrum and DSDM have been advocating co-located teams in open plan offices now for 20 years. Click to enlarge.). 75% of interruptions not relevant to work. Summary.

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Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

And some differences: Close involvement of customers and key control partners throughout the life of a project increases the likelihood of effectively identify and manage emergent risks. What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Risk bias and appetite need to be assessed when managing risks.

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What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?


Developers work in close collaboration with other stakeholders. No matter which method you choose, you can closely monitor progress with a project timeline, maintain communications with team members and stakeholders, and easily share important information and documents. With some research, you can decide whether a waterfall model is the best way to move forward.

Megaprojects that we admire


If we do increase our infrastructure spending to $9 trillion per year, megaprojects will rise in importance from roughly 8% of global GDP to close to 24% factoring in all the spinoff economies, and the world will be in the great demand for competent megaproject managers. But, there is a common perception that megaprojects are not only difficult, but often unsuccessful.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Stakeholders and developers closely collaborate on a daily basis. If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. How long as agile been around? Simplicity is an essential element. Related Video.

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Definition of Done

Herding Cats

Do those capabilities meet the Measures of Effectiveness needed to accomplish the mission of the system in operational units of success closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions? Close Loop Thinking. that add verifiable and demonstrable value to the product. And many more.


Product Management 101: How to Become a Product Manager


Product managers work closely with anyone from engineering to finance to marketing, depending on the current stage of the product lifecycle. During the product launch, however, a PM will work more closely with marketing and sales teams to build product awareness and determine how best to reach and persuade potential customers. . Stop me if you’ve heard this before: . Product Logic.

When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

Arras People

Only last week I spoke to a candidate who was accepting that if a new assignment did not come soon she would have to wait until late September when ‘things were back to normal’ The combination of festivities and annual closing of offices leaves hiring managers and candidates feeling recruitment also takes a break. and then again when the schools are open again.

What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. A PM leads projects from initiation to close, to ensure stakeholder objectives are met with success, and facilitates meetings between team members, company leadership, stakeholders, vendors, and other relevant parties. It is designed to meet an organization's project goals, and hopefully overall strategic objectives. While project management and change management are two areas often work side-by-side -- and they should -- there are some similarities.

Fourth of July

Musings on Project Management

This office is closed on 4 July due to circumstances beyond our control Sign on British Consulate in the USA Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've writtenBuy them at any online book retailer! Read my contribution to the Flashblog Quotations

Agile Benefits Management


Often project managers, who are rightly close to their projects, cannot see the bigger picture of what success looks like. Benefits are why we undertake projects. Projects are expensive to undertake and have a risk of failure. So, we need to get benefits from them, or at least think we will get benefits from them, to start projects in the first place.      Program Closure.

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You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

Close Project. Closing process group. Have you been closing out your projects to ensure that the project work was completed and that the project objectives were met? How Bring All the Pieces Together If you were asked to describe project managers with one word, what would it be? Planner? Leader? Organizer? Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). Planning process group.

A Reminder of the Pseudo-Science of #NoEstimates

Herding Cats

Defies the principles of closed loop control systems in the presence of stochastic non-stationary systems. . When you hear. NoEstimates is a hashtag for the topic of exploring alternatives for making decisions in software development. That is, ways to make decisions with "No Estimates". Think about the conjecture. No conditions that were in place from the past will be changing in the future.

What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

In some organisations the project manager is not involved in delivery but in a small organisation or for a small project, the project manager may be managing and closely involved in delivery. What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market? According to the Oxford Dictionary the term Agile is an adjective to describe: The ability to move quickly and easily.

The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

Pawel Brodzinski

This sounds dangerously close to stating that we can assume that a chosen method would definitely solve our problems. Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. We still follow the rules though. Tweet.

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Where Are All the Project Management Vacancies?

Arras People

Finally, there has been a whole book dedicated to hidden vacancies called The Invisible Candidate by Anthony Haley , it was published back in 2009 but I’ve still not read a book like it that gets close. It is suggested by some commentators that as many as 70% of jobs are never advertised! OK, roles in the public sector have (are supposed?) So how do we tap into these opportunities?

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The Best Free Project Management Resources


Step 5: Close. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations. It’s clear there are a right way and a wrong way to do things. Checklists. Templates.

Personal Design Thinking

Zen Project Management

In closing, there is a quote from Ralph Caplan, author of By Design; When it comes to life, There is no such thing as design There is only redesign. I'm currently reading the book Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel. The book takes a look at Design Thinking and applying it to your own life. It is based on the success that the author has had as a product designer. design thinking

Improve business outcomes by aligning project management and CRM

Moira Alexander

It only makes sense if organizations have both CRM and EPMO/PMO teams that both teams should closely collaborate on projects in order to ultimately align common goals to improve customer satisfaction. A project manager coordinates all aspects of project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and close out. It should not come as a shock to hear enterprise project management offices (EPMOs) should be closely working side-by-side with CRM teams to ensure customer concerns are addressed and expectations are met. CRM's role. The PM's role? Related Video.

Why Entrepreneurs Burn Out


Leave it : close the business and return to doing technical work as an employee or a freelancer. Roughly 50% of new businesses fail within the first 4 years. The most common reason why new businesses fail is because business owners try to do everything and end up burnt out. This is because new entrepreneurs focus on technical things instead of focusing on running a business. To avoid this, you need to know when it’s time to change your approach. The most common startup story. Most entrepreneurs, like you, start their career as an employee. Everything you do, you get to keep.