A Guide to Network Analysis


The core technique available to Project Managers for planning and controlling their projects is Network Analysis. To illustrate this planning tool, let’s consider the manufacturing process of a small item. Some typical processes might be: cutting. Time Analysis.

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Network Analysis: The Best Practice for Calculating Duration


If you read my Guide to Network Analysis , made available last month, you hopefully gained a better understanding of a project’s “Network” and “Analysis.” A correct analysis of duration will act as the baseline for your project and providing you with an end date.

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What is gap analysis? Uncovering the missing links to successful performance

Moira Alexander

Gap analysis definition. Gap analysis is a method of comparing the actual level of performance versus the desired level of performance for a business process, project, strategy or IT solution. Gap analysis process. To read this article in full, please click here

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The Project Manager’s Guide to Simple Risk Analysis

Online PM Courses

Risk analysis is both easy and hard at the same time. Is it any wonder that one of the most quoted aphorisms in project manager is this, from Tim Lister: Risk Management is Project Management for Grown-Ups’ Where Does Risk Analysis Fit in? Risk Management Process.

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How to Improve Your Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Alignment

Project Risk Coach

Today, let's look at a step-by-step process to improve your strategic planning, analysis, and alignment with a particular focus on risk management. Strategic risk management is a process for identifying, analyzing, and managing risks most critical to the achievement of your goals. During the project initiation process, a project charter should be completed. Lastly, if you only manage projects, consider this process as the context for your projects.

Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. So what are the impacts of over-processing on the project manager’s part?

Project Stakeholder Management: Identification, Analysis, Register

PM Basics

This article is all about project stakeholder management. Therefore, I suggest starting with identification process first. It is a single place to put all the relevant information you will use during the analysis and creating a stakeholder management plan.

Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

How To Create A Simple Project Plan (Project Planning Process)

PM Basics

Nevertheless, project planning is a structured and logical process. In this article, I’ll show you a proven workflow. At each moment of the process, you’re in need of information that you don’t have yet. You need to evaluate each process.

Without a Root Cause Analysis, No Suggested Fix Can Be Effective

Herding Cats

Using the chart from the post, showing the number of projects that went over their estimated effort, let's look closer at a process to sort out the conjectures made in the post about estimating. Start with Root Cause Analysis and only then suggest the reason for the problem.

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The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017


We scoured the top online publications to find the 30 most widely read and shared project management articles. These three articles share some of the best practices and how-to articles to help your business reduce risks and avoid costly mistakes.

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Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

Herding Cats

Like nearly every observed problem, there is some underlying cause and Root Cause Analysis is the first step in assessing this undesirable condition to determine if it is correctable or preventable. To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Related articles.

Business Analyst & Project Manager Relationship: Collaborate for Success

Girl's Guide to PM

Business analysis helps ensure your project delivers the intended business value and that business needs, requirements, and processes are well-understood, leading to a more streamlined implementation process. Stakeholder management This article contains affiliate links

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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. Related articles.

A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

Credible Estimating Processes - prediction is difficult, but prediction is the basis of all decision making. This is a Wide Band Delphi process that has been around for . Statistical Process Control The Basis of All Modern Control Systems. All The World's A Random Process .

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The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

Herding Cats

When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. This, of course, is the basis of Root Cause Analysis. Related articles. Principles Root Cause Analysis

PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition Knowledge Areas And Process Group


Are you confused with new terms like Knowledge Areas, Process Groups, and a Process? In this article I am answering: What are the processes? What are the Process Groups for? What are the processes. A process is a set of activities to produce desired output.

How The PMP Exam is Changing in 2020

Girl's Guide to PM

This time, they are talking about a Job Task Analysis, but from what I can tell it’s basically the same thing. This latest analysis from PMI has shown, as is to be expected, that the project manager’s role has evolved.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Agile isn’t just for software projects, the idea of an iterative approach with rapid customer feedback and process adaptability can apply to how project managers work on a day to day basis. Be Productive Project Management Experts This article contains affiliate links

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10 Steps To Streamline Work Process And Improve Workflow


Whether its work allocation, quality inspection, project monitoring, or simply going through a to-do list, project managers and teams often complicate processes which are easy to implement. You need to know how each process in every division or department of your business operates.

10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)


The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Many change management processes fail because simple logistical or tactical details were overlooked, or the team wasn’t properly equipped.

How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Executives are starting to realize that process is only one small component of success and that executing to a strategy takes more.

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Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

Herding Cats

Software engineering economics is a topic that addresses the elements of software project costs estimation and analysis and project benefit-cost ratio analysis. So back to the original quote, it's missing ½ of the process needed for business success. Related articles.

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Use and Misuse of Statistics of Process Improvement Studies

Herding Cats

There are several studies on how software development can be improved by applying various process. Some studies have very large data sets, with analysis of each process and the differences between the processes. Other studies have small data sets, no error bands on the data, and no real statistical analysis of this raw data. Were there examples and examples of the process outcome provided, if doing so will enhance the clarity of the study?

Why We’re Not Afraid to Write Generic SEO Articles


Make note that this reasoning is going to appear more than once in this article. The ranking process has two very basic steps: Target website audit. Next part will cover an in-depth analysis of how we actually calculate the hours.

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Stories about Stories in Agile Development


The process is a complex one with many stakeholders involved over months, sometimes years. In this process, written requirements with written words are many times inadequate, sometimes even inaccurate, and most of the time said requirements don’t convey the real intent.

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PMO Best Practices: 7 Steps for Better Schedule Management


There was an initial resistance in implementing new processes, but my client was very supportive. I have written this article to share the best steps for implementing and managing project schedules in a PMO. Step II – Create Processes and Guidelines.

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5 Ways to Track and Measure Employee Performance

The Digital Project Manager

This can also mean achievements of targets set up for manufacturing a certain number of units or finishing a certain number of cycles of a process. Articles employee evaluation software employee performance measurementProductive workers are the best assets of any company.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners


The retrospective process consists of two words: Retro – meaning recent past, and. You can define the retrospective process as: “A recurring workshop in which the team looks back on their work over a period, reflects upon it, and learns.

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Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth


That said, in this article, I am going to preach against proactive risk management. Proactive project risk management is a five steps process. Risk analysis is important part of planning, but it is not given its due importance in the corporate world. Articles

Split It Out (Part 2)


In Part 1 of my article “Split It Out,” we looked at ways to separate projects task into smaller parts or pieces that are more controllable. There may be other closing processes like tying up loose ends, capturing lessons learned for future projects, and thanking the team for a job well done.

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Big Announcements from Ignite 2019


It includes a new set of robotic process automation capabilities called UI flows, now available in public preview. Sentiment analysis , which detects positive or negative sentiment in social media, customer reviews, or any text data. Articles Microsoft Ignite

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What Should You Know about the PMP Exam 2019 Changes


In fact, every three to five years, PMI conducts a Role Delineation Study (RDS) or Job Task Analysis (JTA), which checks the knowledge, skills, and tasks required to perform the role of a project manager. The People domain has fourteen tasks, the Process domain has seventeen tasks and so on.

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

This means having a set of Principles, Process, and Practices to test the suggestion against. These Five Immutable principles are time phased into Processes that provide answers to the Five Principles. With some details for each process area. Related articles.

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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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The Best Business Analyst Certifications to Enhance your Career

Arras People

In this article, we’ve analysed the popular questions of Business Analyst certifications and have answered them for you. According to the IIBA , business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organisational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. According to Payscale , a professional in the field of business analysis could potentially earn up to £75,000 a year. ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis).

No Pain, No Gain?


Recent surveys indicate most executives prefer IRR over NPV because they find it easier to compare investments of different sizes in terms of percentage rates of return, rather than by the dollars shown in NPV analysis. Turning Project Financial Analyses into a Painless Exercise.

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Principles of Cost and Schedule Estimating

Herding Cats

This assessment comes from research at the Institute for Defense Analyses (www.ida.org), where I sometimes work as a contractor in support of the Office of Secretary of Defense Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis. Analytical Method for Cost and Schedule Analysis.

The 7 Questions Every PMP Exam Student Asks Their Coach


In this article we share the top 7 questions that every student asks us in our role as their PMP® exam coach. You should be aiming to score Moderately Proficient or Proficient in all process groups and an excellent PMP exam simulator will provide you with those scores. Articles

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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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