A Guide to Network Analysis


The core technique available to Project Managers for planning and controlling their projects is Network Analysis. Network Analysis, Critical Path Analysis (CPA), or the American “Program, Evaluation, and Review Technique” (PERT) is one of the classic methods of planning and controlling the progress of projects. To illustrate this planning tool, let’s consider the manufacturing process of a small item. Some typical processes might be: cutting. Introduction.

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Project Management Process & Phases

ProProfs Project Management

In simple terms, the Project Management process is the art of managing all components of a project from starting to closure using a structured scientific methodology. Let’s learn about the whole process while discussing 5 project management steps of a project life cycle.

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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.” The “Network” part being a logic diagram of connecting nodes (details of the individual tasks and the relationships between them), and the “Analysis” part describing the process of estimating the duration of each task and then calculating the timings for each task.

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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.

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, sometimes referred to as “needs analysis” or “needs assessment,” is an important tool for determining business requirements and assessing whether business requirements are being met. Gap analysis process.

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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 analysis is one part of the wider Risk Management process. Risk Management Process. The Project Manager’s Guide to Simple Risk Analysis. How to Conduct a Risk Analysis. Secondary Risk Analysis.

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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. Over-processing occurs whenever someone continues to work on an activity past the point where it would be deemed acceptable from a customer’s perspective or past the point where meaningful value is being added.

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What is a Milestone Trend Analysis


A milestone trend analysis, or MTA, is a method of tracking progress in project planning. Milestone trend analysis charts can help project managers assess the health of a project and provide valuable insights about scheduling or scope for future initiatives. . In this article, we’ll answer some common questions about trend analysis in project management. Why is a milestone trend analysis important? How does milestone trend analysis work?

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. Kyle: Hello, everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG vendor showcase session, Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis, presented by Barbecana. I’m going to talk about schedule risk analysis. And effectively, it does an analysis of actual over estimated durations.

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. Kyle: Hello, everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG vendor showcase session, Making Light Work of Schedule Risk Analysis, presented by Barbecana. I’m going to talk about schedule risk analysis. And effectively, it does an analysis of actual over estimated durations.

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.

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. Most of the processes are interrelated, and you don’t know where to start from. You use outputs from the previous steps in the next step in the process. You need to evaluate each process. Here, I focus on project planning process only.

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.

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. At times I work for the Institute for Defense Analyses , who produces Root Cause Analyses for software-intensive system of systems, here's an example Expeditionary Combat Support System: Root Cause Analysis. 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. Summary: The article covers seven high-level project management steps to help project managers achieve on-time, on-budget, goal-focused delivery of high-profile projects, to increase their project success rates and career prospects.

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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. With these 5 Principles, there are 5 Processes needed to implement them. Each of these processes has Practices that have been shown to be widely applicable in many domains, including Agile development. Related articles.

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. So when you hear a story about some undesired outcome - labeled as a dysfunction - and then here a quick and dirty solution to that dysfunction ask if there has been a Root Cause Analysis of the situation? Related articles. Principles Root Cause Analysis

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.

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. Standing on the side of the road and pointing out problems -There a number of people in the Project Management world that seem to take delight in standing on the side of the road pointing out all the failures of projects, processes, and the people managing them. This is a Wide Band Delphi process that has been around for . All The World's A Random Process .

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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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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. In PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition , all processes are defined in terms of input, output, and tools & techniques. A process is a set of activities to produce desired output. What are the Process Groups for?

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?

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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. You don’t need to go through the entire blog to see what kind of articles are published. All the times given in the following table are intended for the creation of a 500 word article.

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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. This randomness comes from the underlying uncertainties (Epistemic and Aleatory) in the processes found in the development of the software. So back to the original quote, it's missing ½ of the process needed for business success. Related articles.

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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. The world is developing at an unprecedented speed and to keep up we have to continuously look at how we can improve the products and services we deliver along with the tools and processes we use to deliver them. Be Productive Project Management Experts This article contains affiliate link

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A Deep Dive into Risk Matrix Reporting


In this article, we will learn about one particular report, the Risk Matrix Report. In the following article, I’ll first outline the foundational blocks of creating the risk matrix, followed by building a risk matrix scoring scheme (instrumental in plotting the risk matrix).

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. Let’s take a moment to address each of these barriers and outline some research-backed and time-tested strategies for overcoming them, so you and your team have the best chance of succeeding in the change management process. Many process change initiatives failed because of an underestimated scope, a lack of resources, or the clock running out.

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. In 2018, I plan to expand my book, Project Management for Creatives , into a full course, and dive more deeply into resources that guide successful implementation of tools, process and systems in the simplest way possible. 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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How to Improve Your SWAG


Two excellent Wikipedia articles on this are The Wisdom of Crowds and Delphi method. Independent Estimates : This is a process of using a third party to obtain/analyze information which will be used to support prediction of cost, schedule, or other items (PMBOK 2017, pg.

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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. Just a reminder about the spectrum of processes for writing software for money. Since many in the agile community like to quote Deming, let's look at what he says about process.

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).

Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?


So for the first time the PMBOK guide is shifting from a process based standard to a principle based standard. Such as, framework, methods, approaches, processes, knowledge areas, process groups, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs. But, when you take processes.

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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. and the connections between each Process are made to form a Closed Loop control systems needed to manage any project. With some details for each process area. To support these Principles and Processes, a set of Practices are needed. Related articles.

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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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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. To understand more on release and iteration, refer to the article, Agile Release Planning, Let’s Break It Down! Analysis Stories. Articles agile agile development stories

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Visualizing Project Flow Using Cumulative Flow Diagrams


In my recent article, Sequencing Product Backlog , I used the shortest weighted processing time (SWPT) strategy to sequence a product backlog in order to minimize flow time and work in progress [1]. In that article, I defined four concepts needed to measure flow through the development process: flow units, flow rate, flow time, and work in progress (WIP) inventory. It is natural to consider a feature in the product backlog as the flow unit in the development process.

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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. Making the Impossible Possible: Applying Heliotropic Abundance for creating Program and Project Management Processes. Basis of Estimate Process. Root Cause Analysis.

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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. Sign up for a free 30-day trial > The post 5 Ways to Track and Measure Employee Performance appeared first on Employee evaluation and profitability analysis software - AssessTEAM. Articles employee evaluation software employee performance measurementProductive workers are the best assets of any company.

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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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