Clarizen as an alternative to MS Project


The answer is simple; it’s available, affordable, and includes a very necessary set of Project Management features. The next question we asked was, “why is Excel even more popular and commonly used in Project Management practice than even MS Project?” Everyone can use it to keep the list of required tasks, even though it does not include even the most basic Project Management functionality. Concept – people need Beyond Project Management solution.

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Is risk management really that effective?

Ron Rosenhead

I explored the need for a systematic risk process for projects. I discussed the need for a systematic approach to risk management and I am assured this happens. Risk is not seen as a key process. People have described risk management as weak, not owned by the project sponsor or project board and generally not good enough. Are we really managing risks or playing at it? I asked myself has the management of risks become more effective.

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The risks of road rage on your project

Guerrilla Project Management

As Project Managers, we have to remember that our number one priority is to create an environment where our team members can do their great work and feel safe to speak up and express their ideas, no matter how silly or contrarian others might find them.

2010 40

Tips and Tricks for Smart Project Planning


Critical path analysis and project management tools can be really helpful in administering and managing projects. Thus, the formal critical path for small projects is often obvious enough for project managers and for project management software. Project management tools are helpful in the visualization of the schedule, and in quick calculation of an approximate end date when there are estimates in place.

2010 39

Observations from Computerworld's Premier 100 Conference


It was awkward to walk around and not know many people, but I did manage to find Melvin Evins (an ILTA member), the only other person from a law firm that won an award. This is not to say they want failure on major projects, 'cheap' meaning that it be low in both cost and risk. They spend a lot of effort taking reports that senior management get in excel or in a list view and creating 'cockpits' which are very visual dashboards.

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Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Risk issues that can be identified early in the program, which will potentially impact the program later, termed Known Unknowns and can be alleviated with good risk management. Effective Risk Management 2 nd Edition , Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003. Risk Management is Project Management for Adults - Tim Lister. Risk Management Papers. “A 24, 2010. “A

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When Rules of Thumb Can Be as Effective


To mitigate this risk, you might want to put such tasks with unreliable estimates sooner, rather than later, in your schedule, or at least allocate sometime early in the project schedule to elaborate on blurry estimates (prototype, research, detail). This will help you to adjust your estimates for the project and proactively manage the risks. What rules of thumb do you find helpful when managing your projects? Project Management heuristics project planning

2010 28

What software projects and battlefields have in common

Guerrilla Project Management

Stephen Cohen wrote a wonderful blog post on 10 analogies for managing software projects. One analogy that really resonated with me is # 7 “Battlefield management”. He wrote: While I don’t mean to in any way belittle the heroic efforts and significant risk to those in real battlefield situations; software, particularly large complex solutions, required.

2010 40

Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty. The idea of risk and its management and handling is a critical success factor for all software development. One of the most rigorous theorems of economics [1] proves that the existing means of production yields greater economic performance only through greater uncertainty that is, through greater risk. Without these estimates, there is no risk management.

A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to manage the risk encountered on software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. Let's start with a critical understanding of the purpose of managing risk on software development projects. Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Effective Risk Management 2nd Edition, Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003. Risk a Feelings,” George F.

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What Is Risk?

Herding Cats

Risk is the effect of uncertainty of objectives. In the context of risk management, uncertainty exists whenever the knowledge or understanding of an event, consequence, or likelihood is inadequate or incomplete ? ISO 31000:2009, ISO 17666:2016 and ISO 11231:2010 Risk is Uncertainty that Matters. Risk can be the potential consequence of a specific outcome that affects the system's ability to meet cost, schedule, and/or technical objectives.

Webinar Recap: Those darn Risk Register boxes! What really goes in there?


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Carl Pritchard’s session, Those darn Risk Register boxes! Kyle: Hello everyone and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, Those Darn Risk Register Boxes! I want to welcome you because I’m the risk guy.

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

If we look at the discipline of software engineering, we see that the microeconomics branch of economics deals more with the types of decisions we need to make as software engineers or managers. Research clearly shows the root causes of most software projects cost and schedule overruns and technical shortfalls comes from poor risk management. Now To Risk Management. Risk is the effect of uncertainty of objectives. All risk comes from Uncertainty.

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Vendor Showcase Recap: Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis – By Barbecana


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of John Owen’s showcase session, Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. He has extensive experience of both project management, and software development.

Vendor Showcase Recap: Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis – By Barbecana


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of John Owen’s showcase session, Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. He has extensive experience of both project management, and software development.

How to Manage Fixed Date Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Weddings — in fact, event planners are excellent at managing fixed date projects because every event has a fixed date on which it will take place and the project to deliver the event has to be done on time. 4 Ways to manage your schedule with a fixed date.

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The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

But what habits apply specifically to successful project managers? So, habits amplify how effective you can be and, therefore, how successful your project management practices are. Without these, I think you’ll fail to make any sort of worthwhile career out of project management – or anything much else. By now, I am sure many readers will be familiar with Tim Lister’s wise comment that: “ Risk management is how adults manage projects.”.

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MPP File Extension: What Is It & How to Open It

Managing a project is a team effort. Depending on the project management tools that you use, you could end up with files of various types—and this can cause compatibility issues. There are countless project management tools, but MPP files lock you into using only Microsoft Project.

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Conducting Project Management Interviews

Arras People

We recently put together a top five list of project management interview questions after speaking with some of our clients. The questions below are generic open questions that can be asked regardless of the project management role being recruited for. Project Managers that stand out in the crowd are ones that have been associated with project failure at some point in their careers either directly or indirectly.

2016 239

No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

You are assigned to manage a project and before you or your team have had an opportunity to start to chip away at the looming mountain of uncertainty, you get put on the spot to provide a cost or schedule estimate by your project sponsor or some other stakeholder. If only we had the confidence of Dilbert in Scott Adams’ 2010 cartoon below to stick to what we know is right! Make this mistake this more than once and word will spread that you are an untrustworthy project manager.

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

The IIL Blog

Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”. INNOVATION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT. For years, there has been a debate as to whether the words “innovation” and “project management” should be used in the same sentence. PROJECT MANAGEMENT IS A BUSINESS DELIVERY SYSTEM.

Let’s Rewrite the PMBOK

Leading Answers

If we want to change the future of project management I believe the best way to do that is from the inside outwards by doing the work - not from the outside inwards just criticizing. Longtime readers may recall my 2010 post Raise A Little Hell when the PMBOK v5 Update was being commissioned. Agile Project Management Books Certification Events Leadership Lean NoProjects Personal Agility Planning PMI-ACP Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Weblogs

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Project Risk Coach

The PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® is one of the eight PMI certifications. There are several reasons that a project manager may with to obtain the PMI-RMP certification. The change is to the exam, not the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

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4 Things the Project Manager Should Expect of Senior Management

Brad Egeland

Project managers are used to working fairly solo. If you have a PMO of, say, 15 project managers who are each running, on average, 5 projects then that’s 75 projects that may be going on at any given time in the organization.

A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management. Managment Processes. Nine Best Practices of Project Management , Software Program Managers Network (SPMN). Top Habits of Successful Project Managers. Integrated Master Plan: The Foundation of Program Success , College of Performance Management, May 21, 2014. The Nine "I's" of Program Success ," College of Performance Management. Ten Rules for Common Sense Program Management.

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10 Project Management Hacks Every Project Manager Should Know

The Squad Report

As project managers, we’ve all had a taste of at least one project gone awry. A KPMG survey of 100 businesses reported 70% of organizations faced at least one project failure in the year 2010 alone. An effective project manager is one who will always look for ways to streamline the project, team collaboration, and its outcomes. And the best way to do that is by using a project management tool. Project management tools are a double-edged sword.

I Can Work from Anywhere - Remote Project Management Myths

Brad Egeland

If not, then there may be no need to work onsite and remote management may be the best route to take. You can't just have a great home office setup and call yourself a remote project manager. Does your senior management approve?

2020 99

Kanban Project Management Everything you Need to Know

ProProfs Project Management

A lot of managers and project ideation teams face the same challenge. In case you’re new to this project management methodology, then we’re here to help you out. What is Kanban Project Management & its Origin. Why Use Kanban Project Management Methodology.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management Briefings and Presentations. Management Processes (#MP). Project Performance Management (#PPM). Agile Project Management (#APM). Risk Management (#RM). Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management (#CSTPM). Earned Value Management (#EVM). Integrating Agile and Earned Value Management (#AEVM). Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management.

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Top 9 Freedcamp Alternatives to Use In 2021 (Free & Paid)


Freedcamp is a free project management software launched in 2010. With Freedcamp, you can not only manage files, have discussions with your team members, create invoices but can also add extra tools through upgradation. Manage, track, and share tasks cards with your team members.

2021 78

Back to Basics: What is Microsoft Project?


Microsoft Project is a software application sold by Microsoft that provides project management tools to manage projects. Microsoft Project allows the project manager to enter and organize the tasks of a project (also known as the “ work breakdown structure ” or WBS) and assign workers (known as “ resources “) to those tasks, as well as track cost information. It provides alternate methods of organization to accommodate other methods of managing projects (i.e.

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I may be a “Crazy Fool” but I consider the A-Team to be agile!

Kiron Bondale

If your only exposure to The A-Team was the horrible 2010 movie starring Liam Neeson, you owe it to yourself to watch a few episodes of the original series. Here are a few of the reasons for this: The team is self-managing. Every episode challenges them with a unique mission where their resources are constrained but they still manage to put together creative gadgets and weapons with common household items to help them succeed.

2019 127

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


We did an extensive analysis of various factors that influence waterfall project management. This helped us to simplify how nTask project management software can be used for solving such issues. Waterfall is a popular SDLC project management model. What Do You Need to Know about Waterfall Oriented Project Management? The Waterfall methodology is the traditional and the most common methodology used for project management. Ability to take risks.

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Lessons in agility from wine tasting…

Kiron Bondale

After enjoying a glass of their 2010 Reserve Meritage I came to the conclusion that wine tasting and agile have more in common than you might think. Without having developed the discipline to pace themselves they run the risk of getting tipsy too quickly and might get turned off by the experience. Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , Process compliance stupidity.

2017 138

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Uncertainty is related to three aspects of the management of projects: The external world - the activities of the project itself. The risk is created when we have not accounted for this natural variances in our management plan for the project. Dealing with Aleatory (irreducible) uncertainty and the resulting risk requires we have margin. An aleatory risk is expressed as a relation to a value. One starting point is the value at risk. April, 2010.

Free Templates to Get You Started Managing Projects with Sharepoint and Office 365

Brad Egeland

One platform that I love for project management is Microsoft SharePoint. ​ Free Download: Two Project Management Templates for SharePoint and Office 365 But for many organizations, getting SharePoint set up for project management is not that simple. There are lots of questions and challenges that can crop up, especially if you’re new to formal project management. Work reports that help all team members manage their tasks and priorities on the project.

2016 108

Have you tried Gantter?

Girl's Guide to PM

Gantter is a Gantt chart-based Critical Path Method (CPM) project management tool in the Google Chrome web store. Gantter was designed to give Google users the most natural Google Drive Editor-like experience for their online project management.

2020 248

Embracing Uncertainty – Day 1 Recap


He noted that the driver of business disruption has shifted — from technology in the 2010’s to uncertainty in the 2020’s. Global forces and systemic risks will cull out firms that cannot prepare for and adapt to uncertainty.

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Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Let's say you're the project or program manager of a large complex system. This is an immutable principle that impacts planning, execution, performance measures, decision making, risk, budgeting, and overall business and technical management of the project and the business funding the project no matter the domain, context, technology or any methods. Unrealistic cost and schedule estimates based on inadequate risk-adjusted growth models.

Microsoft Project Viewer – View & Edit MPP Files (Updated Nov. 2019)

And while viewers are helpful for, well, viewing the files, what you really need is way to integrate Microsoft Project (MPP) files into your project management solution so you can also update and collaborate on project data seamlessly from one person to another. For those projects that are being managed on a Mac, the problems are much worse. There is a new 2019 version of Microsoft Project, as well as ones from 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. Risks, Issues & Changes.

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