Project management: 7 steps to on-time, on-budget, goal-based delivery

Moira Alexander

Since 2006, the PMI has conducted an annual global survey of project management practitioners to chart current and future trends for project management. According to Project Management Institute’s 2017 “ Pulse of the Profession ” global survey, organizations are wasting $97 million for every $1 billion invested due to poor project performance. Yes, that’s a 20 percent decline from the previous year’s survey, but the truth is, projects still fail at a staggering rate.

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Project management: 7 steps to on-time, on-budget, goal-based delivery

Moira Alexander

Since 2006, the PMI has conducted an annual global survey of project management practitioners to chart current and future trends for project management. According to Project Management Institute’s 2017 “ Pulse of the Profession ” global survey, organizations are wasting $97 million for every $1 billion invested due to poor project performance. Yes, that’s a 20 percent decline from the previous year’s survey, but the truth is, projects still fail at a staggering rate.

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With the end in mind

Musings on Project Management

One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.” – Paul Nitze (1907–2006), SecDef 1967–1969 Part of the answer, of course, is the popularity of "evolving needs" Project Management QuotationsEveryone talks about strategy, means of achievement, vision, narrative, "begin with the end in mind", even [gasp!] goals. How come this quote, courtesy of "hearding cats", still rings true?

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.” – Paul Nitze (1907–2006), SecDef 1967–1969. Quotes

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Episode 114: The State of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management

PM for the Masses

Cesar & Traci invited Mr. Iain Fraser, Chairman of the global Board of Directors for the Project Management Institute in 2006 on to the show this week to discuss the state of project, programme and portfolio management in today’s organizations.

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Seven Project Management Influencers to Watch

Project Risk Coach

Elizabeth Harrin is the creator of A Girl’s Guide to Project Management which she started in 2006. Up your game with new project management resources If you had to pick a few people who are helping you grow and mature as a project manager, who would those people be?

GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

2006. In case you’ve only just stumbled across this blog, this year I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management. I thought it was time to look back and see what the stand-out articles were over the years. Here are the top 10 articles year by year.

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Seven Project Management Influencers to Watch

Project Risk Coach

Elizabeth Harrin is the creator of A Girl’s Guide to Project Management which she started in 2006. Up your game with new project management resources If you had to pick a few people who are helping you grow and mature as a project manager, who would those people be?

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

212279, February 2006. Uncertainty is the consequence of all complex systems. It is the lack of needed knowledge of the state of the system in the present or in the future that creates risk. [1], 1], [2] Adaptability, flexibility, and other systems “?illities” illities” are devoid of meaning in a deterministic world. [3] 3] In the non?deterministic deterministic world, risk management is a critical success factor for increasing the probability of program success. [4]

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How to Improve Your Project Interpersonal Skills

Project Risk Coach

If you wish to be a great project manager, focus not only on your technical skills but seek to improve your project interpersonal skills. Extraordinary project managers know how to relate to others when things are going as planned as well as on days filled with undesirable events.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

212279, February 2006. Uncertainty is the consequence of all complex systems. It is the lack of needed knowledge of the state of the system in the present or in the future that creates risk. [1], 1], [2] Adaptability, flexibility, and other systems “?illities” illities” are devoid of meaning in a deterministic world. [3] 3] In the non?deterministic deterministic world, risk management is a critical success factor for increasing the probability of program success. [4]

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Pulse of the Profession 2018: Success in Disruptive Times by Managing Projects Effectively

Inloox

ABOUT THIS REPORT Conducted since 2006, PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® is the premiere global survey of professionals who provide project, program, or portfolio management services within global organizations. PMI’s most recent Pulse of the Profession is about how to succeed in a disruptive world, with challenges being, among others, new technologies (like autonomous vehicles), artificial and data intelligence and big data.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance is Measured Performance Improves , Daniel Galaorath and Michael Evans , Auerbach, 2006. Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn, Prentice Hall, 2006. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Don't hear one?

Is Your Software Development Team a Well-Oiled Machine?

Leading Agile

I was serving as the Scrum Master and technical coach for a certain development team back in 2006. To call a software development team a well-oiled machine may be taken as a compliment or an insult.

The Need for Speed

The Lazy Project Manager

Now an immediate disclaimer from me, this article really isn’t about anything to do with speed but it is a neat title I thought. Well when I say nothing to do with speed it does in an indirect way. Let me explain.

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First Place Position, Thanks to Dashboard Indicators

Arras People

In the book, Information Dashboard Design published in 2006, Stephen Few states: “A dashboard is a visual representation of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; grouped and arranged in one screen for quick reference.

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Ten Trends in Project Management Recruitment in the UK

Arras People

The Age Regulations that came into effect in 2006 still has little impact. At last month’s Project Challenge , we got asked a lot of questions, the most popular by far is, “ What is the market like at the moment?

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Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

Herding Cats

The Cone of Uncertainty,” Stephen Gryphon, Phillippe Kruchten, and Steve McConnell, Letters, IEEE Software , 23 (5) 2006, pp 8?10.

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Project Managers Moving from Public to Private Sectors

Arras People

I joined the organisation in July 2006 on the XXX Programme reporting to the Programme Manager who in turn reported to the Director of Resources as the programme sponsor.

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Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

Schedule Estimation and Uncertainty Surrounding the Cone of Uncertainty, Todd Little, IEEE Software , May/June 2006. There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects.

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Software effort estimation terminology: The tower of Babel,” Stein Grimstad, Magne Jørgensen, Kjetil Moløkken-Østvold, Information and Software Technology 48 (2006) 302–310. Software effort estimation terminology: The tower of Babel,” Stein Grimstad, Magne Jørgensen, Kjetil Moløkken-Østvold, Information and Software Technology , 48 (2006) 302–310. “A Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn, Prentice Hall, 2006. ” Haugen, Proceedings of AGILE 2006 Conference (AGILE’06). “A

Project Portfolio Management Works for More Than Just IT

Meisterplan

In 2006, Anand Sanwal, CEO of CB Insights, and former VP of American Express, said, “I remain amazed at how the entire portfolio management discipline has become largely focused on enabling corporate portfolio management for IT investments. When people hear the term project portfolio management (PPM), many think that it is a process to manage IT projects and investments.

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Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

3, August 2006, pp. Systems Requirements Analysis , Academic Press, 2006. Branching Out: Decision Trees Offer a Realistic Approach to Risk Analysis,” PM Network , May 2006, p. AF, Rand Corporation 2006.

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17 Biotech Conferences to Attend in 2018

Appfluence

Each year since 2006, Moffitt has hosted this conference, which has shown steady growth in attendance from about 200 to a maximum capacity of 375 at the 2017 conference. Looking to add biotech conferences to attend in 2018 to next year’s schedule? This article includes a wide variety of biotech events that will meet your interests. .

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The Myth of Standish Reports - Update Number 2

Herding Cats

8, pages 15-16, August 2006. The Standish Report is raising its head again in the Agile presentations I've seen recently at conferences. Forgetting for the moment all the past "criticisms" of Standish. Standish Report. Standish Report and Naive Statistics.

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Alpha Project Managers: What you’ll Learn and Whether to Buy it

Online PM Courses

There is so much I’ve highlighted in my 2006 hardback edition, that I don’t know where to start. ‘Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not’ is a far better book than I had expected.

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Don’t over-work yourself: Key to reducing stress at work

Proofhub

Researchers at Stanford University (press release 2006) have said that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.”

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Asana Alternatives

Binfire

It was founded by Andrew Filev in 2006. Asana is a popular to-do list. Even though it lacks some basic project management features it is heavily touted as a proper project management application. The good news is that there are several excellent Asana alternatives in the market today.

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Wrike Review- 10 facts you should know

Binfire

Wrike was funded in 2006 by Andrew Filev and has locations in California, Ireland, and Russia. . Wrike is a popular project management application. It is used in various industries and team sizes all over the world.

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The Best Time Tracking Software of 2018

Paymo App

Launched in 2006, they aim to do things the Harvest way. Started in 2006, TSheets fulfilled a need of one of the founder’s previous company: tracking timesheets for employees who were always on the go. Published: February 2018.

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An In-Depth Look at the Top 8 Modern Project Management Tools

Paymo App

Founded in 2006, Wrike has grown to an international team of around 500 people serving 14,000 companies and over a million users. Project management tools have come a long way in the last few years.

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Wrike vs Asana – which PM tool works best for YOU?

BeeWits

Founded in 2006 by Andrew Filev, it is today one of the top project management solutions powering thousands of businesses, in fact, the service is today used by more than 12,000 companies worldwide, competing with likes of Basecamp, Jira, Trello, Teamwork and of course, Asana amongst plenty of others.

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American Heritage FCU Ups Nationally Available 5-Year CD (2.60% APY)

Wrike

| About Us. Forum. Banks. Savings Accounts. Checking Accounts. CD Rates. Money Market. IRA Rates. Featured 1-Year CD Rates. Useful Resources. Banking Essentials. 40 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Bank. The Big List of Credit Unions Open to Anyone. What Do You Need to Open a Bank Account? Difference Between Banks and Credit Unions. Interest Rate vs. APY. Difference Between Wire Transfer and ACH. How ACH Transfers Work. Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Bank Account Interest. How to Build a CD Ladder.

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Software Cost Accounting

Herding Cats

The norm for product development companies is to expense IT (see the survey in the 2006 report, Capitalization of Software Development Costs: A Survey of Accounting Practices in the Software Industry , in which 146 out of 207 software companies did not capitalize their software development).

Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

In “Schedule Estimation and Uncertainty Surrounding the Cone of Uncertainty” (May/June 2006), (the author) expresses some concern about whether uncertainty really does decrease over time. Cone of Uncertainty describes the evolution of the amount of uncertainty during a project.

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The Trouble with Charts

Herding Cats

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management , Jeffrey Pfeffer and Rober Sutton, Harvard Business School Press, 2006. Today the Rally chart reappeared. This chart is from " The Impact of Agile Quantified.".

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Symptoms versus Root Causes

Herding Cats

There is a popular graph showing project performance versus the estimated project performance in " Schedule Estimation and Uncertainty Surrounding the Cone of Uncertainty ," Todd Little, IEEE Software , May/June 2006. .

Route to Enterprise Scale Agility

Digite

It was replicated at Robert Bosch’s South Bend, Indiana facility in 2006. Competitiveness in the age of digital disruption requires businesses to achieve agility at scale – not in select projects and portfolios alone, but across functions, across the business.

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Deconstructing The Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Carol Brennan, John Wiley & Sons, 2006. The paper on the Cone of Uncertainty is used by many in the No Estimates community as an example of why estimates are of little use. Let's deconstruct the essence of the paper. In this paper, there is data that does not follow the Cone of Uncertainty, in that the uncertainty of the estimates does not reduce as the project proceeds. Then there is some analysis.

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Build Awesome: RoR Devs Wanted

LiquidPlanner

In 2006 I left a great gig at Expedia to start LiquidPlanner with a fellow Expedia colleague, Charles Seybold. Humble Beginnings.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management, Auer-bach, 2006. [15]Jorgensen, The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Loch, Arnoud DeMeyer, and Michael Pich, Wiley, 2006. There was a Tweet two days ago from one of the founders of eXtreme Programming, that said. What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? .

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

2] " Wronger than Wrong ," Scientific American, November 2006. [3] There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. Time to update the Don't Do Stupid Things on Purpose (DDSTOP) post.

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