Clarizen as an alternative to MS Project


People need a solution that will solve the whole gamut of activities that they need to plan, execute and monitor, including project management, time tracking, change management, risk management and others. One of the things we asked ourselves when we founded Clarizen is why was MS Project so popular and so commonly used? The answer is simple; it’s available, affordable, and includes a very necessary set of Project Management features.

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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. Are we really managing risks or playing at it?

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Tips and Tricks for Smart Project Planning


Even with more traditional waterfall projects, opportunities to break down deliverables into stages can provide iterative benefits to the stakeholders and reduce overall project delivery risk. Move tasks that involve risks closer to the start of your project.

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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. We all know that bullying and intimidation take place. Leadership

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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. Risk Management Papers. “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).

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Observations from Computerworld's Premier 100 Conference


This is not to say they want failure on major projects, 'cheap' meaning that it be low in both cost and risk. It was quite a wake up call to attend a conference outside of legal and I was certainly woken up on several occasions at the Premier 100 conference put on by Computerworld Magazine. When you're in the same room with companies that have an IT budget that exceeds (gulp) 1 billion dollars, I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore.

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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. 255, April 2010.

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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. NoEstimates Risk

What software projects and battlefields have in common

Guerrilla Project 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. 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”.

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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. IT Risk Management.

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

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. occurrence, or recurrence of the cause of the risk.

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Let’s Rewrite the PMBOK

Leading Answers

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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No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

If only we had the confidence of Dilbert in Scott Adams’ 2010 cartoon below to stick to what we know is right! Tagged: communications , improving project management , Process compliance stupidity , Project scheduling , Risk management , Stakeholder analysis , Valuable projects.

A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management. Applying Deliverables Based Planning ® To Increase Our Probability of Success , PMI Fort Worth, Chapter Meeting, 15 July 2010. Risk Management. Managing in the Presence of Uncertainty and Resulting Risk.

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Back to Basics: What is Microsoft Project?


Project Online Essentials : Designed for team members, Essentials allows for task updates, issue and risk updates, timesheet submission, and online collaboration with Microsoft Teams. Allows team members to access timesheets, manage tasks, add issues and risks, and collaborate from anywhere.

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Have you tried Gantter?

Girl's Guide to PM

Gantter was launched in 2010 and now has 3+ million users across the globe. Not knowing every possible risk and resource for your project. With built-in analytics and reporting, you can receive real-time information and analysis on costs, risks and resources.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

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. April, 2010.

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. They are also very supportive when a fellow team member takes a risk – they will always have that person’s back!

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The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

By now, I am sure many readers will be familiar with Tim Lister’s wise comment that: “ Risk management is how adults manage projects.”. So, get into the habit of thinking in terms of risk. Constantly working their risk register.

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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. Risk Management (#RM). Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management. But in fact, risk management is part of the other 4 principles as well. Risk Management .

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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.

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Zombie Projects and How to Kill Them

Girl's Guide to PM

Zombie PM is a term I came up with in 2010 when I put together a project management alphabet. ” Derek took an Agile approach, scheduling a daily 15 minute standing meeting to communicate status and deal with issues and risks.

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

There is a new 2019 version of Microsoft Project, as well as ones from 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. Risks, Issues & Changes. If you’re using and more importantly sharing MS Project files, there are going to be problems.

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What Is Cloud Storage, and How Are Innovative Companies Using It?

Some of the disadvantages include the risk to security and the potential of unauthorized access to data. By 2010, they needed to find a solution that worked and saved them costs, so they could remain profitable. Everybody’s head is in the cloud nowadays.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Other uncertainties that create risk include: Unrealistic performance expectation with missing Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance. This is the basis of a risk tolerant plan.

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4 Things the Project Manager Should Expect of Senior Management

Brad Egeland

We have the responsibility to keep our senior leadership informed of project status and the risks of upcoming roadblocks. Project managers are used to working fairly solo.

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

Brad Egeland

BrightWork provides two free project management templates for Office 365 and SharePoint 2016, 2013, or 2010 , for a quick and easy way to get started managing projects with SharePoint. One platform that I love for project management is Microsoft SharePoint.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Other uncertainties that create risk include: Unrealistic performance expectation with missing Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance. This is the basis of a risk tolerant plan.

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

The IIL Blog

Innovation requires: An acceptance of significant risk, more so than in traditional project management. The situation gets even worse when companies try to use traditional project management for business processes such as business model innovation, where you have the greatest degree of risk and uncertainty, where traditional risk management planning will not work, and where a great deal of flexibility is needed for decision making. 2010). By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

Why Johnny Can't Do The Math

Herding Cats

In software development, those managing the project have some understanding the market forces (from their marketing departments), the technology (from their engineering department), and how to manage in the presence of Aleatory and Epistemic risk (the managers running a successful firm).

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Other uncertainties that create risk include: Unrealistic performance expectation with missing Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

Herding Cats

One chapter on the Principles of Risk Management and the second chapter on the Practices of Risk Management. Since reducible and irreducible uncertainties create risk, those uncertainties need to be reduced as the project proceeds for the probability of project success to increase.

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4 Awesome Teamwork Examples for Agile Teams


Example #2: Broderick Brown – Oklahoma State Football Game 2010. Situation: During a 2010 Oklahoma-Oklahoma State football game, when Landry Jones threw the ball towards an open space, he was not ready for what was coming up next.

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Conducting Project Management Interviews

Arras People

Expect answers which include mention of; situation analysis; success criteria; stakeholder and sponsor management; change management; re-establishing baselines; risk management; communications and relationship management; conflict management; negotiation and influence.

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Are You A Workplace Bully?

Girl's Guide to PM

Do you really understand the risks of leading with bullying tactics? The Risks of Being A Workplace Bully. Do you really understand the risks of leading with bullying tactics?

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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

Monte Carlo Schedule Risk Analysis,” Intaver Institute, Inc. 15, The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, 2010. Monte Carlo Method in risk analysis for investment projects,” Victor Platon and Andreea Constantinescu, Proceedia Economics and Finance, 15 pp. 58, 2010.

10 Project Management Hacks Every Project Manager Should Know

The Squad Report

A KPMG survey of 100 businesses reported 70% of organizations faced at least one project failure in the year 2010 alone. Same can be done for work plan templates, risk templates, and budget templates. They say it’s never too late.

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. Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, Addison Wesley, 2010. IT Risk Management. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex.

Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

IT Risk Management. The Cone of Uncertainty is a useful approach to defining the expected range of uncertainty at specific stages in a project.

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