Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project
Gina Abudi PM
JULY 16, 2015
It is important for project managers to define roles and responsibilities early on in the project to avoid confusion and resource issues later on. The post Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project appeared first on Gina Abudi. While there will always be individuals who roll on and off projects, some key project personnel should be committed to the project from the beginning and have the time to fulfill [.]. Project Management managing complex projects project leadership project roles RAM
Disruptive defined -- again!
Musings on Project Management
JANUARY 18, 2016
I'm not one to obsess over the number of angels on the head of a pin, but a recent posting about what's disruptive and what's not caught my eye -- to wit: an innovation that captures and exploits excess capacity may well be disruptive even it doesn't it the traditional definition that it must come from below from a less capable competitor The poster child for this idea is the smart phone that. Innovation
New Article on AITS: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions
Practicing IT Project Manager
OCTOBER 10, 2016
My latest article for AITS was published today: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions. The post New Article on AITS: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions appeared first on The Practicing IT Project Manager. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t effectively communicate your measurements if there are no well-understood units of measure. I explain the rationale for selecting project-relevant dimensions, in addition to the usual schedule, budget, and quality, in order to make the status report meaningful and actionable.
Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?
Project Risk Coach
OCTOBER 17, 2016
As I define my baselines and plans, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity. Define how you will identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the project processes and activities. Define how you will plan, execute, and control scope. Define how you will plan, execute, and control the schedule. Define how you will plan, execute, and control the budget.
Resilience – a new perspective for individuals, projects and organisations
JUNE 15, 2016
The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as : “The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties ”. It was first used in the material sciences, where resilience is defined as ability of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically, and release that energy upon unloading. A word gains increasingly attention in social sciences: resilience. Preoccupation with failure; 2.
What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…
MAY 1, 2016
There is a dynamic decision making process : Project governance processes were not well defined or practiced and decisions are being frequently challenged and reversed. Lemon. When house hunting, savvy shoppers quickly learn the meaning of some seemingly innocent phrases found in listing descriptions. Quaint implies that no upgrades have been made since the house was originally built.
Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
The highest impacting element of environment being the rules and regulations which we are requested to adhere to, which may formalise or go against the code of ethics which we personally used to define our own professionalism. Our professionalism at this level is still not consistent, nor measurable, as environments A to Z may all define their standards differently. Accreditation.
Agile DNA Webinar
DECEMBER 21, 2016
The “Agile DNA” title comes from the twin strands of People and Process that are woven into agile approaches and uniquely define what they are. Please I am excited to announce a free webinar with RMC Learning Solutions entitled “Agile DNA: The People and Process Elements of Successful Agile Projects ” that will be taking place on January 11 th 2017 at 12:00pm Central Time.
It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!
JANUARY 16, 2017
Following guidance for Development Aid Projects the terms could be defined as follows: Inputs: The financial, human, and material resources used for the development intervention. In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget. What is the impact and how does it relate to input, activities, outputs and outcomes of a project?
What Makes a Great Product Manager?
The Clever PM
JULY 14, 2016
Due to the vagaries of how different companies and industries define the role of Product Manager, it’s often a struggle to determine what skills and abilities one must have in order to separate themselves from the crowd. But while the roles may differ, I’m a strong believer that there is a core set of capabilities […]. Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Learning PM Psychology Roles
Design the Poster
Zen Project Management
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
The idea is to help the team define and understand the product vision. Anyone that's been around Agile for a while has probably heard of the Design the Box exercise. I'm getting near the end of a project. We've had some challenges in terms of making the right decisions on scope. This has manifested itself in completing user stories only to have the business team say "I know that's what I asked for, but I don't think it's right." We didn't do a Design the Box at the start of the project. These posters are 2x3 feet, have a logo and the tool name on the top, and more information below.
Sponsoring a project – a key role for successful delivery
AUGUST 29, 2016
The Framework defines the role as follows: “ The sponsor is an individual who may be called funder, owner, client, senior responsible owner. In practice, we are facing several difficulties: – For many projects the role of a sponsor is not defined. Thus, the role of a project sponsor from the initiation throughout the end of a project should be clearly defined and communicated.
Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?
JUNE 7, 2016
A freelance/contract project manager tends to be hired to deliver a specific project or well-defined deliverables.In What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? other words, the organization knows what they want doing and just hire the freelancer to deliver it. There is no advisory element. Read more on contracting.
Using Kanban in Marketing
MARCH 1, 2017
Each card in the Events lane has a pre-defined To-do list. The pre-defined To-do list provides clarity of the overall work that needs to be done, work completed and the remaining tasks to be done to complete each Event. Shown below is an example of how a webinar card looks like, with pre-defined to-dos-. where we have a bunch of powerful tools! Putting my Knowledge to Test!
PM's FAQ about System Engineering
Musings on Project Management
JANUARY 31, 2017
Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineeringA lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not too stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?
Minimum Valuable Problem
JULY 22, 2016
Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. The same is true about defining a minimum viable product. Gojko’s approach helps me very quickly define what it means to my user to solve his or her problem. Defining the minimum valuable problem is defining the minimum viable product. Starting with Icebergs. larger ].
Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!
OCTOBER 30, 2016
Wikipedia defines a denial-of-service attack as “ a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet. Define thresholds. Don’t feel smug because your project delivery is done using agile approaches!
25 mistakes project managers make
MARCH 13, 2017
It is extremely important to define, document and understand the project scope. It is the job of the project manager to foresee risks, create an impact estimation and define how to respond to the issues which will arise throughout project life cycle. 21-Not having a metric for defining success. Everybody makes mistakes. Project manager’s role is complicated.
Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
The way we define it, though, is “good enough”. Note: I’m using a very broad definition of empathy here, as there is a whole discussion how empathy is defined and decomposed. I’ve been known to bring up research on collective intelligence in many situations, e.g. here , here , or here. Since the original work was published, the research has been repeated and findings were confirmed.
Why COACHING for Development
MARCH 20, 2017
Through coaching, the coachee (the person being coached) takes true ownership of the project’s goals by defining it. The 2011 McKinsey-Devex survey of 1210 people in NGO and development agencies showed that only 36% of aid projects achieved their intended impact. Things that many of us are grateful to take for granted. Table 1 shows results reported by Whitmore (2002).
Don’t over-process your project management communications!
MARCH 27, 2016
Ensure that there’s a clearly defined review and approval path for not only key deliverables but also for presentations and reports. I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. So how can this be avoided?
“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”
JANUARY 17, 2017
The hashtag #NoProjects is a shorthand title for a movement that thinks the construct of a project with a defined beginning, middle and end is harmful to software product development. 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. No More Projects.
How to pick the best requirements management tool
APRIL 7, 2016
During any project or significant business undertaking, RM is a complex, comprehensive and iterative business analysis process defining business-related needs that involve the following actions: Identifying. What is requirements management (RM), anyway? Documenting. Analyzing. Prioritizing. Tracking. Monitoring. Controlling change. Tracing. Versioning. Requirements management also demands effectively communicating to all agreed-to needs and changes to stakeholders. A requirements baseline is ultimately determined, against which all project activities are measured.
Understanding Project Management Job Specifications
MAY 24, 2016
Candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of managing projects using a defined methodology and using recognised tools (e.g. Moving onto the next paragraph, we see that candidates must: ”demonstrate experience of managing projects using a defined methodology and using recognised tools (eg MS Project) to which they have received formal training”. What do you do next? Wrong!!
Managing Failure in Project Management
JANUARY 31, 2017
The first step when talking about failure would be to define success. The success of a project can only be defined if there are clear goals to be achieved by the project team and the project. What if failure could make us stronger? Together they explored the subject of failure and exchanged their perspectives on the lessons that failure can bring to project management.
JULY 12, 2016
As a team, we ensured that we defined what the requirements were for investment, and although we had recently sold Gael Limited, which meant we could have funded the investment internally, we decided that would not achieve the best outcome for the business long-term. Will they hit their target? Read on and find out more. Starting the Crowdfunding Project. Then we looked to our user base.
Do You Make These Quality Management Mistakes?
Project Risk Coach
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Failure to Define Quality. Project managers and their teams define their approach to quality. Last week, I talked about How to Develop a Quality Management Plan. Today, I’d like to share common quality management mistakes. Being aware of these failure points can help you and your project teams to identify and manage quality risks. Quality Management Mistakes. Flowcharts.
The War for Project Management Talent?
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Interestingly the McKinsey papers never really defined ‘talent’ so what are talented managers and executives? An updated report in 2001 – commissioned after the focus placed on ‘talent’ created a flurry of activity in corporate HR departments – had surveyed 13000 managers in the US and warned that the ‘war for talent’ would persist for at least two decades. So what is Talent Management?
Product Management 101: How to Become a Product Manager
MARCH 15, 2017
Product managers are responsible for product strategy, developing the product roadmap, and defining features. . Boil it down, and a product manager defines the why, what, when, and how of the product. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: . Product managers are technical people, so there’s no need to involve them in business, marketing, or sales decisions. Product Logic. Dan Schmidt.
4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
On a single page, include the following: Define the problem your project management plan is intended to solve. 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.
Portfolio Lane: Revolutionizing Portfolio Kanban!!!!
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Enterprise/ Portfolio Kanban has for some time provided a visual method of defining and managing portfolios in a much easier manner compared to traditional PPM tools. To learn more about SwiftKanban’s existing Portfolio Kanban capability, please click here.). SwiftKanban has so far provided several unique capabilities to support portfolio management at various levels of the organization.
How Non-Techies Can Successfully Manage a Development Team
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
Proper requirements are essential to delivering high-quality software, so talk to as many people as possible to define functionality and usability. The same rules apply to developers as any other type of team: don’t micromanage them, listen to and provide regular feedback, give specific instructions, and clearly define roles, responsibilities, and priorities. .
4 basic questions new PMs must ask on any project
JULY 7, 2016
But remember that good project management should never be about filling in templates or following a defined process. Projects vary hugely in size and complexity and need different levels of control and management oversight. If you are running a smaller project and need a quick steer, here are four basic questions to get you started. What is this project all about and why is it important?
Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
Therefore, by defining the services to be provided and the customers to whom the services are directed, we gain an understanding of the type of PMO required. I first came across the Project Management Office or PMO concept twenty-five years ago whilst working as a project manager for a large systems integrator. I have seen countless models of PMOs and have set up several of my own.
The Best Free Project Management Resources
JUNE 28, 2016
How to define effective project management. Prioritize your work by defining a budget, setting a scheduled due date, and getting ready to take action! But neither all the best content in the world nor the most well-defined execution process is enough to guarantee your team’s success. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. Checklists. Templates.
Rethinking Resource Management
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Our hope is that by embracing Work and Resource Management, we can help you define and deliver on those big ideas that drive your business. In this article, Patrick Tickle from Planview* talks about just how complex resource management has gotten and how, now, might the right time to rethink what we’re doing around resource management. Outcomes are different. Plans are more critical.
The end of a species called „homo economicus“ – or did it ever exist?
JUNE 26, 2016
Those beings are seen as consistently rational and narrowly self-interested agents who usually pursue their subjectively-defined ends optimally. In economics we learn a lot about a species called “homo economicus”. Many theories and concepts in economics (and project management) are based on this concept, yet the species seem to be extinct in real life. Consistently rational behaviour?
Tips for Project Success in the Automotive Industry
The Lazy Project Manager
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
It consists of defining the phases and process steps, marked by checkpoints and milestones. A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. Automotive projects present challenges to companies with regards to time management, capacity and budgets. Here are a few ways to help put the right tools in place. Automotive projects are often very complex. German association for project management).
Your Guide to Project Management Best Practices
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Then prioritize project goals, identify deliverables, and estimate task duration to define your schedule and dependencies. . So take the opportunity to establish a common goal, clarify roles and responsibilities, define how you’ll measure success, review risks, decide how you’ll communicate, and choose your project management methodology and tools. Engage project sponsors.
When there is no plan B
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
This is a strong message to IPMA as an association that defines our profession. The 4th IPMA research conference was held in Reykjavik Iceland on Sept 14-16. This conference was an eye opener for everyone that participated. At least, that is my hope. A group of MPM students from Reykjavik University told us about basic definitions of sustainability and the meaning of the Paris convention.