How to Close a Surprise TKO Project

Project Risk Coach

Your project sponsor called you to her office and told you that the party is over — close the project. How to Close the Project. Second, be clear about the steps you will take to close the project. The post How to Close a Surprise TKO Project appeared first on.

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

This took me back since Scrum is derived from an empirical closed loop control system developed in the USAF by Col. And of course: Assessing the outcomes of the feedforward and feedback loops is the basis of all Closed Loop control system. See link below on Closed Loop Control).

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Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

For any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. Managing software development projects is a Closed Loop control system.

?Having Trouble Closing the Project?

Brad Egeland

Closeout isn't any easy time for project managers. You'd think they would be feeling relief. Rather, it's closer to anxiety. You know the scenario … you and your team have faced your fair share of issues on the project – no project is without issues and rough spots. But for the most part, things have progressed rather well. Even user acceptance testing went off without too much of a hitch. Read the full article

3 Key Differences Between Project Program and Portfolio

PM by PM

These statements might resonate with you – you would have either made them yourself or heard them from someone close to you. […]. Project Program and Portfolio Compared Do you use the terms Project Program and Portfolio in day to day language? I am sure you are using them regularly.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success and Estimating

Herding Cats

Control in the presence of uncertainty is Closed Loop. It doesn't always turn out well, but the principles, processes, and practices of Closed Loop Program Planning and Control are well established. Let's start with a fundamental principle of all project management.

Probability plays a powerful role in project management

Kiron Bondale

From foreign dignitaries to the stock markets, the prevailing opinion leading up to June 23 was that while the final results would be close, the majority of voters would choose to keep Britain within the European Union.

Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

The identified risk is then submitted as a candidate and either accepted or closed by the program. Typical decisions made during the step are: continue as planned; re-plan (develop a new or updated mitigation plan); change the primary plan to the fallback plan; accept the risk; or close.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

Teams align based on common goals and work closely together. In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN.


Performing virtual project meetings


Many project teams are nowadays spread across the globe and therefore cannot not (regularly) meet physically. Most of their meetings are performed virtually, usually by means of a web conference or a collaboration tool.

Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!

Kiron Bondale

But on agile projects we expect that core team members will collaborate closely on a daily basis.

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In support of strategic colocation

Kiron Bondale

These performance gains only appeared to be achieved when the workers were sitting very close together and distances of 25 or 50 feet did not reveal the same improvements.

Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects


John Chapman closes the chapter with words once said by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel: “Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. My first thought holding John Chapman´s book in my hand was: “what a weird title for a book on projects and project management”.

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“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”


However, you likely only ever built a successful software product because of the close collaboration between your business group and the software team. Does this question sound familiar?

Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


PMOs should work closely with teams to determine not only what experience and skills people have, but also what they would like to try.

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3 Work Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Tools That Should Be Extinct


Let’s face it, meetings take time — and time is your team’s most precious resource (coffee may be a close second). There’s a reason why dinosaurs are extinct. And while the exact theory pinpointing their demise is still being debated by scientists (crashed comets? climate change?

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Real World Examples Of Successful Teamwork


Usually, team members work together closely but they don’t really understand the complexities of other person’s role. All of this has contributed to a more cohesive and a close-knit team”.< Personal relationships, both close and less so, are an important consideration when pursuing this approach, which is why we do not hand out recognition without validating the worthiness of the employee’s contribution.

4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan


Setting a response plan and closely monitoring these concerns throughout the project could ward off a catastrophe. Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges.

Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Daedalus and Icarus


He came to close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell into the sea and drowned. The island where Icarus drowned close by is today called “Icaria”. With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from.

Three things you should do whenever someone leaves your project

Kiron Bondale

We start our projects with a small core team but as we proceed further down the rabbit hole we add team members to support planning and delivery activities. Then as work streams get completed, team size shrinks until we reach project closure where we are back to the original core team.

The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

Pawel Brodzinski

I assumed some time required for transition from one project to another yet still, it shouldn’t be close to what we waste on context switching. I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too.

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Agoraphobia: The Fear and Loathing of Open Space Offices


They found that having a door you can close and even screened phone calls seems the best for insulating people from productivity robbing interruptions and allowing extended periods of focused work.

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The Myth of "Discover by Doing"

Herding Cats

To close the loop this emergent work needs to have a target to steer toward. There is a popular Agile and No Estimates phrase. It is by doing the work we discover the work we must do. .

Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Alexander von Humboldt


Here we can close the loop to what Daniel Defoe saw as the key competence of a projector…. With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from.

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Who can say yes?

Musings on Project Management

Consider: If you want a "Yes", up close and personal works much better than remote and mystical. In your domain, who can say "Yes" -- and make it stick? Should this be a hard question to answer? It can be. And, you may have to be cunning to work around the "staff" that protects the "yes-sayer" from saying "yes" too often. What does that mean for the remote worker? Could be SOL in many. Project Management

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

“If a profession is to sharpen its skills, to develop new skills and applications, and to gain increasing respect and credibility, then theory and practice must be closely related” – Martin Shub.

Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

And some differences: Close involvement of customers and key control partners throughout the life of a project increases the likelihood of effectively identify and manage emergent risks.

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


By closely analyzing and estimating the amount of time it should take for each event to be completed, the manager can then easily create realistic timelines and budgets for those aspects of the project. Getting your team organized around a project is often easier said than done.

Agile Benefits Management


Often project managers, who are rightly close to their projects, cannot see the bigger picture of what success looks like. Benefits are why we undertake projects. Projects are expensive to undertake and have a risk of failure.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Stakeholders and developers closely collaborate on a daily basis. If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile?

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When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

Arras People

A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations. In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.

What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?


Developers work in close collaboration with other stakeholders. No matter which method you choose, you can closely monitor progress with a project timeline, maintain communications with team members and stakeholders, and easily share important information and documents.

Fourth of July

Musings on Project Management

This office is closed on 4 July due to circumstances beyond our control Sign on British Consulate in the USA Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've writtenBuy them at any online book retailer! Read my contribution to the Flashblog Quotations

What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. A PM leads projects from initiation to close, to ensure stakeholder objectives are met with success, and facilitates meetings between team members, company leadership, stakeholders, vendors, and other relevant parties. It is designed to meet an organization's project goals, and hopefully overall strategic objectives.

The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

Pawel Brodzinski

This sounds dangerously close to stating that we can assume that a chosen method would definitely solve our problems. Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules.

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Megaprojects that we admire


If we do increase our infrastructure spending to $9 trillion per year, megaprojects will rise in importance from roughly 8% of global GDP to close to 24% factoring in all the spinoff economies, and the world will be in the great demand for competent megaproject managers.

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The Best Free Project Management Resources


Step 5: Close. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task.

What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

In some organisations the project manager is not involved in delivery but in a small organisation or for a small project, the project manager may be managing and closely involved in delivery. What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market?

Project Manager vs. Program Manager: A Side-by-Side Comparison


Here, I’ve categorized some of these differences across the initiation, planning, execution and close lifecycle steps. The closure phase is the last phase where the project or program manager formally closes the project. Close financial contracts. Close any financial contracts.

Take Control of Your Project Plan Calendar


The next steps require close supervision, meaningful communication and the ability to make changes when necessary. In project management , timing is half the battle.