IT Governance: Definitions, Frameworks and Planning

IT governance ensures that IT departments are prepared for what’s next, without losing focus on what matters. What is IT Governance? If you ask the business world, IT governance is all about managing performance for efficiency. Key Terms in IT Governance.

How Gap Analysis Can Improve Your Project Management

One particularly effective method used to figure out if your project is progressing as planned is called gap analysis. What Is Gap Analysis? Gap analysis is a formal study of how a business or project is currently progressing and where it plans to go in the future. PEST Analysis.

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Digital Transformation in Government Organizations: Tips from Microsoft, IBM, McKinsey, and PwC

Epicflow Blog

Though government organizations are not facing a threat of rivalry, one of the biggest challenges is meeting citizens’ requirements and bringing better results with smaller expenses and amount of time. Microsoft’s Vision of Government’s Digital Transformation Journey .

Big Announcements from Ignite 2019


In support of that commitment and with 1628 sessions, Ignite 2019 was proud to host events accessible to everyone. Power Virtual Agents became generally available December 1, 2019. It was made generally available on October 1, 2019.

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Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

Put another way, the United States Government Accountability Office defines cost estimation as “the summation of individual cost elements, using established methods and valid data, to estimate the future costs of a program, based on what is known today.”. Reserve Analysis.

Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

At the very simplest, Robotic Process Automation can start to take some of the mundane parts of the reporting cycles in PMOs, automate them and leave the insights, communication and analysis to the team that does that part best, the PMO. Strategy Execution at PMO Conference 2019.

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The 2019 Guide to Project Portfolio Management (PPM)


Project Portfolio management also promotes transparency in the whole process, proper governance over any and all issues, and also accountability for everything. The next step in the process is to perform an alignment analysis. This analysis will also help you figure out the probability of whether the new projects, you are thinking of undertaking, are really aligning with the company’s interests or not.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Project Governance. Agile Software Development for Government Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS) , Boulder Agile Meetup, 27 July 2016. The Nexus of Agile Software Development and Earned Value Management , OSD-PARCA, February 19-20, 2015, Institute for Defense Analysis.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Governance (#Governance). Six Business System Rule - defines the assessment of the integrated business systems for Federal procurement and their integrity in providing information to the Government contracting office. . Governance.

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How to Go From Technical Expert to Leader

Girl's Guide to PM

Stakeholder analysis isn’t a static, one-time activity. In addition to being a tool I can use to plan my interactions with stakeholders, I can use some of the stakeholder analysis findings to brief my team.

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Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job

Arras People

With PMO, skills are those things you’re using on a regular basis, so taking a typical PMO Analyst type role that would include things like: Reporting and analysis. Then there are more specialised areas – like Business Analysis; Data Analysis; ITIL ; Six Sigma and so on.

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Deconstructing the Hertz and Accenture Debacle

Herding Cats

Of course, No Root Cause analysis has been performed by these advocates, but it makes good click bait for their followers. This approach is guided by the processes for Root Cause Analysis on Software Intensive System of Systems project I've worked. Root Cause Analysis.

Podcast Interview

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Balanced Scorecard Capabilities Decision Making Deliverables Based Planning(r) Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Scheduling

Risk Assessment for Information Security

Brad Egeland

This is essentially the “what” of the process, and it includes ISO requirements, qualitative risk, and quantitative risk analysis methods. Quantitative Risk Analysis Quantitative risk analysis involves the assignment of a numerical value to certain types of risk.

Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth


They were awarded a major project from the government. It was the first time they were working with the government. Risk analysis is important part of planning, but it is not given its due importance in the corporate world.

How Good Project Management Could Have Prevented the Mess Known as Brexit


The process is scheduled to come to a climax on March 29, 2019, when the UK leaves the trading block covering 44 percent of its international trade. With no rules governing this trade, it’s unclear what will happen next. Risk Analysis.

PMO Best Practices: 7 Steps for Better Schedule Management


In most organizations, project managers do these things, but a project managers’ knowledge and skills can be better utilized for problem solving, alternative analysis, and stakeholder management. A PMO is a governing body, also.

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5 More Advanced Training Options for the PMO

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Business Analysis. PMOs which introduce new services; processes, tools and techniques to improve project management capability in project management naturally use approaches normally found in another discipline – business analysis.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Conduct an Analysis of Alternatives.

Review: How to survive the organizational revolution

Henny Portman

You get a concise and practical analysis of new organizational models like holocracy, the Spotify model, the multidimensional organization, value proposition-based ecosystem, open source organizations and platform organizations fostering online ecosystems.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Conduct an Analysis of Alternatives.

No Pain, No Gain?


Directives can be imposed by management (for example, to improve the image of a company), by government (like the Dodd-Frank Act to meet financial compliance regulations), and/or by external stimulus. Turning Project Financial Analyses into a Painless Exercise. Introduction. “No

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Staying Ahead of Business Risks

Brad Egeland

Ideally, working with this group of tools for data analysis should help improve waste management, customer services, profit margins, and cyber-security. It calls for business leaders to include risk analysis in their decision-making process.

The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Ngrams – the incidence of the word ‘project’ in media was determined by use of Google ngram analysis, analysing the total incidence of the word in a vast body of media indexed by Google.

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Phrases Used for Technical Performance Measures

Herding Cats

All project progress is measured independent of resources expended - Mr. Gary Bliss, Director Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA), US Department of Defense. Capabilities Estimating Governance IMP/IMS Management Planning Technical Performance Measures

The Insights Behind the Project Management Trends

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Strategy Execution released the top ten trends for 2019 a few weeks ago and my first thoughts were; we’re seeing a lot of them in the PMO community which is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Programme Management is Maturing within Federal Government.

Maximizing the Amount of Work Not Done

Leading Agile

We emphasize three things: Structure, governance, and metrics. By governance we don’t only mean procedures to assure regulatory compliance, we mean all the processes and procedures and rules and standards and so forth an organization uses to get work done.

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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. Requirement Gathering and Analysis : All possible project requirements are gathered and analyzed by the team to see the project’s feasibility. The United States government settled on the Waterfall Model as the model’s advantages perfectly fulfilled their requirements. According to Royce, the simplest program can be completed in just two steps: Analysis and Coding.

New Project Manager? Read This.

Brad Egeland

I talked to my manager, sought his advice on how to make the move from developer to project manager, and I ended up being bid for a project management leadership role on a very large, multi-million dollar government project. Ongoing budget forecasting and analysis.

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Software Development Process: How to Pick The Process That’s Right For You


Analysis and Planning. Analysis and Planning. In more practical terms, the Waterfall process is best suited for larger organizations (like government agencies) that require sign-offs and documentation on all requirements and scope before a project starts.

5 Things Your CEO Should Know About Cybersecurity

Brad Egeland

The paralysis of analysis won’t serve you well. Lots of big box companies were hit last year with credit card number theft, millions of government worker identities were infiltrated, and many marriages and other relationships…and lives…were ruined by recent data breaches.

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Skill Sets, Flow, and Transformation

Leading Agile

Programming, testing, and analysis are skill sets, not people. ” Within each area of technical specialization, each developer can possess and apply skills across programming, testing, and analysis activities.

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The Fundamental Goals of Risk Management

Brad Egeland

Here is some information on the components of risk management and the goals you should look to achieve: Components of Risk Management A well-outlined risk management process comprises of three parts; risk assessment and analysis, risk treatment, and risk monitoring. The first step is risk assessment and analysis, whereby you will need to identify the risks that your business faces.

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Integrated Change Control – Sequence of Change Request


Like industry competition, government regulations and rules. Like, when we are doing variance analysis, inspection, or meetings to understand -The actual results compared to plan – we may find a need to change a direction, which results in the change request.

Action! Four Ways to Build a Customer-Obsessed PMO


And without the PMO using solid rules of strategic governance to ensure only the right projects are on-deck, you won’t ever gain a solid, end-to-end process that encompasses KPIs based on customer-obsessed strategies. Forrester recommends a portfolio management tool to clarify your processes and reduce manual data analysis via automated planning and delivery. Governance. New governance often includes expedited planning windows and a move away from annual funding.

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Newbies’ Guide to Scrum Project Management 101


This framework contradicts the traditional Waterfall approach, which is based on extensive analysis, planning of requirements and documentation before starting the development phase. Scrum has been used in all walks of life – such as schools, government, software and hardware development, marketing, and everyday operations in organizations. Kanban vs Scrum: Which one is the better approach to use in 2019? Also Read: The 21 Best Free Productivity Apps of 2019.


5 Insane Project Management Techniques in Today’s Market


He will do an analysis of pending and already performed tasks. Sometimes, government agencies working on a complex defense system induce project management techniques because they can’t avoid them. The last quarter analysis of ABC Inc.

Project Managing For A PCI Audit

Brad Egeland

With a credible model for compliance, you can increase customer confidence and assure governing bodies that your systems are robust enough to avert data security threats. Using a project management approach allows you to take advantage of tools and techniques such as path analysis and activity sequencing. ​ PCI DSS compliance is critical for any business that handles credit card processing.

PERT Guide For Project Managers and Productivity Gurus


The following write-up is not a detailed analysis, but it is more than enough to give you a gist of what PERT is. With the PERT Analysis, the expected entire project duration and the probability with which the specific deadline can be reached is calculated. The 31 Best To-do List Apps of 2019 for Personal Task Management. 6. Government-sponsored projects for developing a new weapons system.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Utilization and Productivity


Track your Current Productivity and Utilization It’s an age old phrase but, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” This is too true of employee productivity and utilization where many variables govern how productive or how well utilized an employee is. Learn how to analyze team productivity to improve your organizations effectiveness and efficiency in 5 simple steps.

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