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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Four Practical Ways to Improve Project Procurements

Project Risk Coach

Close the Procurements. Lastly, close the procurements. It is easy to overlook the final procurement activities when a project comes to a close. 2=Planning 4=Control 5=Closing Project Procurement Management

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

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Close the project. The Scrum Master works closely with the team and ensures that they adhere to the ceremonies. Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait.


Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger


OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. What me, upset? Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu.

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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.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

- Chuck Close. Quotes

4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Project Management Habits


You can also see the status of all issues under that project including how many are open, in progress, resolved, and closed. As a project manager, forming good work habits is essential for running a high-performing team.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

and the connections between each Process are made to form a Closed Loop control systems needed to manage any project. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

Project Bliss

This will often include working closely with the Product Owner to remove roadblocks. This is closely related to removing roadblocks, and could overlap. Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are?


The Best Free Project Management Resources


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

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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.

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Breaking Down Silos with Enterprise Work Management Solutions


Think DevOps – with DevOps being a software development and delivery process that emphasizes communication and collaboration between product management, software development, operations professionals and close alignment with business objectives.

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.

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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What is a project manager? The lead role for project success

Moira Alexander

Project managers play the lead role in planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects. What is a project manager? They are accountable for the entire project scope, project team, resources, and the success or failure of the project. If you are looking for a career in IT and wondering if a project manager position is right for you, IT Career Roadmap: IT project manager may be the best place to start. Also, consider if you have what it takes to be a great project manager.

Agile vs Waterfall Methodology: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

A project manager leads the effort and works closely with the team to plan and execute the project. The development team works closely with the customer throughout the implementation. Teams work very closely together, so being in the same physical location is an ideal state.


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.


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.

10 Free Project Management Templates

Girl's Guide to PM

Closing down your project well is important if you want to make sure that. I know you love free project management templates. As I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management this year, here are 10 of the most-clicked free templates from this site. Enjoy!

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Pam Shergill

Girl's Guide to PM

I didn’t believe the model was successful and provided some figures to my boss, recommending that we close down the operation. I closed down the operation and my boss offered me a job as a project manager based in Ireland.

The Benefits of Agile Approach to Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

If your meetings are not creating the output you hoped for, you can cancel them; there is no requirement for a weekly project team meeting if you find that you are working closely with team members throughout the week and the formal meeting has become redundant.

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The Causes of Conflict On Project Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Handover and Close Phase. You’ve made it to the end of the project and now you’re handing over to business as usual teams and closing the project down. Projects can be a hotbed of conflict.

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Men, Women & the PMP [Infographic]

Girl's Guide to PM

I’d like to read some more research before I confirm that the ‘gap is closing fast’ because the latest I heard – although I can’t put my finger on the stats right now – is that women still have a long way to go before equal pay for equal work becomes a reality.

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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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.

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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.

A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

” She must work “closely with key stakeholders throughout the organization and beyond” and “must be able to communicate different messages to different people about the project at any given time.”.


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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Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

Before your window of opportunity closes? Assumptions are interesting things – we all make them all the time, and we rarely acknowledge that we’re doing it.

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Managing Conflict as a Project Manager

Arras People

Stay calm – ss a Scouser I have been constantly reminded that we are an excitable race and “calm down” has become somewhat of a recognised war cry but in business even when provoked, keep a close hold on your temper; stay as calm as you possibly can.

Personal Design Thinking

Zen Project Management

In closing, there is a quote from Ralph Caplan, author of By Design; When it comes to life, There is no such thing as design There is only redesign. I'm currently reading the book Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel.

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. .

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Shifting Priorities


No matter how closely you are managing a project, there are certain factors even the most experienced project managers simply cannot control. {socialbuttons}.

The Essential Project Management Competencies: A 2017 Perspective

Girl's Guide to PM

And if a project is stopped prematurely or cancelled you can’t immediately assume it was to do with the project manager’s poor performance: more and more we need to be reviewing and closing down projects that are not meeting their business case goals.

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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.

The PMO and Sponsors

Arras People

Hopefully the M62 corridor (close to Arras People’s own home) will become a regular fixture for PMO Flashmob alongside London and Scotland. I’ve just read a great article on Linkedin about sponsors by Terry Doerscher (he’s the author of the fab Taming Change book).