The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

Here’s my Must-Read Reading List for some great pointers on the skills, process and experience of engaging people and working together, whether your job is to lead or to follow. Larry & Meagan Johnson: Amacom, 2010.

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Applying Details to the Task Form View


In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. What I did not explain in my blog post article is how to take advantage of additional functionality available in the Task Form view. Articles Microsoft Project task task form view

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A Resource Leveled and Smoothed Schedule


To demonstrate the smoothing process, the problem was set up in Excel, as shown in the following figure. The standard leveling in Project 2010 or 2013 is the 13-day active non-delay schedule found manually, as described and shown above. Figure 1.

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Webinar Recap: How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success


During the 2010, 2013, and all of those other fun launches as we’ve gone through and continued to advance Microsoft Project, Project Online, and all of the good Project for the web stuff. Tad: Let’s talk about that innovation process. Tad: Once you begin this process of identifying that, what innovations, what ideations, what things can you put in place that help you meet that strategy? Tad: And of course the process stops at delivery with the PMO.

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management


So if you’re new to this or perhaps you’ve kind of been using it in a couple of different veins, maybe you’ve been part of a scrum team or you’ve watched it happen around you, or maybe you’ve seen a horrific implementation of an agile process, it isn’t necessarily the methodology, but sometimes you have to think about your culture, the environment, and what you’re trying to do. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM


There’s always a process. Well, it’s important to have a good process. Tim Runcie: So let’s think through a little bit of kind of that whole process of we’ve talked about high level with some of the tools here. You are a MPUG user for 10 years and you’ve got project 2010, and you can do things lethally, Agiley and Mobily. So if we think about this, let’s just continue going through the process of what else can we work with?

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Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Innovation management , in its purest form, is a combination of the management of innovation processes and change management. It refers to products, services, business processes, and accompanying transformational needs, whereby the organization must change the way they conduct their business. Strategic innovation follows other processes such as strategizing, entrepreneurship, changing and investing [de Witt & Meyer, 2014]. 2010). By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

Strategic Project Portfolio Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

It covers the whole lifecycle from finding ideas for projects, through the prioritisation process and planning for the most productive organisation possible. A version of this book review first appeared on my blog in 2010.

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PMI Are some more equal than others?

The Lazy Project Manager

Based on my ideas and this feedback I checked out the PMI congresses in EMEA and NA and APAC since 2010 and guess what? Stream 1 is the CFP (Call for Papers) process which is formal and automated. ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’.

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The PMO Series (3): The Different Project Management Office Types


A PMO has various functions and purposes: It’s responsible for establishing and maintaining standardized processes, methods and policies in the organization and to make sure that projects align with the organizational business strategy.

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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

Alexander, “Estimation of the New Agile XP Process Model for Medium-Scale Projects Using Industrial Case Studies,” M. 15, The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, 2010. December 2010. Project Decision Analysis Process,” Lev Virine, Intaver Institute, January 2014.

Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The program management processes should seek to reduce uncertainty in the variable of the project. If there is no process in place to reduce these variables, the probability of project success is reduced. Related articles.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Projects, Products, and Processes , Richard Stutzke, Addison-Wesley, 2005. Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, Addison Wesley, 2010. Related articles. Herding Cats: The Classic Misunderstanding between Principles, Practices, and Process. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex.

A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Here are my collected works, presentations, briefings, journal papers, articles, white papers, and essays, used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've developed and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems domain. Managment Processes.

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Rich Sheridan: Change Begins With You

The IIL Blog

I first met Rich Sheridan when we toured Menlo Innovations as part of a career transformation program I was leading in 2010, called “Shifting Gears.” the processes and practices of the Menlo Software Factory). Originally published at

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Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

Aleatory uncertainty, which is the naturally occurring yields variances in the underlying processes. Epistemic uncertainty comes from probabilistic processes that can be addressed with handling responses. 1] Control or Economic Law Paperback, Eugen von Boehm-Bawerk, 2010. [2] Related articles. Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty.

Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

Project Risk Management: A Combined Analytic Hierarchy Process and Decision Tree Approach,” Prasanta Kumar Dey, Cost Engineering , Vol. 255, April 2010. 24, 2010. “A Norton, The Systems Engineering Process Office, MITRE Corporation, 6 June 1999. 1, 2010. 48, 2010.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

Project Risk Management: A Combined Analytic Hierarchy Process and Decision Tree Approach,” Prasanta Kumar Dey, Cost Engineering , Vol. 255, April 2010. 24, 2010. “A Norton, The Systems Engineering Process Office, MITRE Corporation, 6 June 1999. 1, 2010. 48, 2010.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. . Here's some materials that provide the tools and processes needed to learn how to estimate. Group Processes in Software Effort Estimation,” Kjetil Moløkken-østvold and Magne Jørgensen, Empirical Software Engineering, 9, 315–334, 2004. Johnson, STC 2010. 3, 2010.

Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The planned uncertainty not only needs to decrease over time passing, but this reduction diminishes any impacts of risk on the decision-making processes. From his article in an IEEE magazine often quoted by No Estimates advocates. . Related articles.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

This quote demonstrates a lack of understanding of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty and the processes and events that create uncertainty. There is naturally occurring variability from uncontrolled processes. Aleatory uncertainty is expressed as a process variability.

The Myth of Standish Reports - Update Number 2

Herding Cats

1, Jan-Feb 2010, pages 30-36. So it's time once more to move beyond the worn out red herrings and start to address how to Increase the Probability of Project Success with processes and tools beyond just applying Scrum to the development team. Related articles.

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How to Use nTask for Waterfall Project Management – A Practical Guide for First Timers


We have gone an extra mile to illustrate various real life use cases and examples where waterfall is implemented, and how one can use nTask to further simplify that process – so on and so forth. It follows a sequential, linear process which is why it is often described as a “linear-sequential life cycle model”. Royce, often but mistakenly called the “father of Waterfall”, is accredited with the first formal description of the process in an article he wrote in 1970.

Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The uncertainty is always there, it doesn't go away with specific actions in specific domains, or with the use of any tools, processes, or practices. We need a formal risk management process. Related articles.

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015


Need up-to-date facts and figures for a project management report, article, or infographic? Having a knowledge transfer process in place boosts the chance of project success by over 20%. [6]. Most Popular Agile Tools and Processes: Scrum – 43%. Poor purchasing processes: 23%.

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Why Today’s Leaders are Seeking Executive Coaching


In 2004, Stratford Sherman and Alyssa Freas published an article on executive coaching in the Harvard Business Review. In an article for Quartz , Oliver Staley claims that this increase in age, is likely due to the Dodd-Frank act of 2010. Background on Executive Coaching.

What Is Risk?

Herding Cats

ISO 31000:2009, ISO 17666:2016 and ISO 11231:2010 Risk is Uncertainty that Matters. This uncertainty can originate from the naturally (randomly) occurring processes of the project (Aleatory Uncertainty). A deeper understanding of frequent risk identification trends and biases pervasive during the design and development of the project's deliverables is needed, for it would lead to improved execution of existing identification processes and methods. Related articles.

Becoming An Effective Leader In Government & Beyond: An Interview With Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop

Project Management Hacks

In today’s article, you will learn about Steve Ressler’s career journey which has spanned from various roles in the U.S. He is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, as well as the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award.

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FedEx Project Manager Profile: Leigh Espy

Project Management Hacks

In today’s article, you will hear directly from Leigh Espy about her journey into project management success at FedEx. I led an effort to develop a risk-based software development process. We developed the process with input from the user community, including business partners as well.

2016 58

The Agile Squad: The Organizational Model of the Future?

Check it out what you will find on this article about agile squad : The agile organization and the agile squad Benefits (and needs) of the agile squad Agile squad success stories A testament to the transformative power of collaboration.

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Principle Based Management

Herding Cats

Developing principle-based management processes doesn’t start with individuals. Welch's GE Work Out process removed the Bureaucracy to reveal the incompetent. PCI for credit card processing, HIPPA rules for medical applications. Derived from Fire and Rescue Magazine , May 2010. Related articles. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is. If it disagrees with Principles, it’s wrong. Richard Feynman.

Deconstructing The Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

But a more important idea is missing in the article. Thesis, George Mason University, 2010. "An Coping with the Cone of Uncertainty: An Empirical Study of the SAIV Process Model," Da Yang, Barry Boehm, Ye Yang, Qing Wang, and Mingshu Li, CSP 2007, LNCS 4470, pp. Related articles. Estimating Processes in Support of Economic Analysis.

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Same Same but Different †

Herding Cats

Much of the conversation in social media around agile techniques seems to be based on the differences between the variety of choices of a method, a process, or a practice and definitions of terms for those choices. While the principles of developing software for money are likely to be the same, the processes and practices can be dramatically different. 3] The Design History Reader, Grace Lees-Maffei (Editor), Rebecca Houze (Editor), Bloomsbury Academic, April 15, 2010.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

The Measure that is modeled in the Cone the variable is the Quantitative basis of a control process that establishes the goal for the performance measure. The processes is an engineering discipline. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Related articles.

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Software Cost Accounting

Herding Cats

Let's start with that dreaded waterfall development process. In the waterfall accounting process there are three phases in software development: Preliminary project stage or evaluation phase , which establishes the technical feasibility of the project. Money comes in many colors.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

The Measure that is modeled in the Cone the variable is the Quantitative basis of a control process that establishes the goal for the performance measure. The processes is an engineering discipline. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Related articles.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

The Measures that are modeled in the Cone of Uncertainty are the Quantitative basis of a control process that establishes the goal for the performance measures. The processes is an engineering discipline. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Related articles.

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LiquidPlanner: A Microsoft Project Alternative


We don’t have to tell you about the pain associated with this process, or about how impossible it is to keep the schedule truly up to date. In this article, we’re going to compare LiquidPlanner to Microsoft Project, more specifically, Microsoft Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365. The three-point PERT formula used to be supported as an add-in, but was removed with MS Project 2010. We’re often asked how LiquidPlanner compares to Microsoft Project.

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