Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project
Gina Abudi PM
JULY 16, 2015
It is important for project managers to define roles and responsibilities early on in the project to avoid confusion and resource issues later on. The post Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project appeared first on Gina Abudi. While there will always be individuals who roll on and off projects, some key project personnel should be committed to the project from the beginning and have the time to fulfill [.].
Disruptive defined -- again!
Musings on Project Management
JANUARY 18, 2016
I'm not one to obsess over the number of angels on the head of a pin, but a recent posting about what's disruptive and what's not caught my eye -- to wit: an innovation that captures and exploits excess capacity may well be disruptive even it doesn't it the traditional definition that it must come from below from a less capable competitor The poster child for this idea is the smart phone that. Innovation
New Article on AITS: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions
Practicing IT Project Manager
OCTOBER 10, 2016
My latest article for AITS was published today: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions. The post New Article on AITS: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions appeared first on The Practicing IT Project Manager. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t effectively communicate your measurements if there are no well-understood units of measure.
Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?
Project Risk Coach
OCTOBER 17, 2016
As I define my baselines and plans, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity. Define how you will identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the project processes and activities. Define how you will plan, execute, and control scope.
Resilience – a new perspective for individuals, projects and organisations
JUNE 15, 2016
The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as : “The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties ”. It was first used in the material sciences, where resilience is defined as ability of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically, and release that energy upon unloading.
Increasing the Probability of Project Success
JANUARY 5, 2017
Domain is King, No Domain Defined, No Way To Test Your Idea. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.
Six things you should do when kicking off a project
APRIL 1, 2017
It’s not for the PM to set these rules but for the core team to define. On some projects it isn’t possible to define all detailed requirements up front as not everything can be decided that early. What do you do when you’ve just landed a new project?
What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…
MAY 1, 2016
There is a dynamic decision making process : Project governance processes were not well defined or practiced and decisions are being frequently challenged and reversed. Lemon.
Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
The highest impacting element of environment being the rules and regulations which we are requested to adhere to, which may formalise or go against the code of ethics which we personally used to define our own professionalism. Defined entry criteria for practitioners.
What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017
APRIL 10, 2017
Defined roles and responsibilities – the PRINCE2 project team should have a clear organizational structure and involve the right people in the right tasks. Manage by exception PRINCE2 project have defined tolerances for each project objective to establish limits of delegated authority.
Agile DNA Webinar
DECEMBER 21, 2016
The “Agile DNA” title comes from the twin strands of People and Process that are woven into agile approaches and uniquely define what they are. Please
Managing collaboration in projects
APRIL 7, 2017
in Automotive Industry the OEM) of the network defines synchronization points, milestone or quality gates. In many sectors projects are performed together with partners, project management needs to be based on collaboration.
Design the Poster
Zen Project Management
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
The idea is to help the team define and understand the product vision. Anyone that's been around Agile for a while has probably heard of the Design the Box exercise. I'm getting near the end of a project. We've had some challenges in terms of making the right decisions on scope. This has manifested itself in completing user stories only to have the business team say "I know that's what I asked for, but I don't think it's right." We didn't do a Design the Box at the start of the project.
It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!
JANUARY 16, 2017
Following guidance for Development Aid Projects the terms could be defined as follows: Inputs: The financial, human, and material resources used for the development intervention. In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget.
What Makes a Great Product Manager?
The Clever PM
JULY 14, 2016
Due to the vagaries of how different companies and industries define the role of Product Manager, it’s often a struggle to determine what skills and abilities one must have in order to separate themselves from the crowd. But while the roles may differ, I’m a strong believer that there is a core set of capabilities […]. Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Learning PM Psychology Roles
System Engineering FAQ
Musings on Project Management
APRIL 21, 2017
Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineeringA lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not to stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?
Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?
JUNE 7, 2016
A freelance/contract project manager tends to be hired to deliver a specific project or well-defined deliverables.In What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager?
Sponsoring a project – a key role for successful delivery
AUGUST 29, 2016
The Framework defines the role as follows: “ The sponsor is an individual who may be called funder, owner, client, senior responsible owner. In practice, we are facing several difficulties: – For many projects the role of a sponsor is not defined.
Minimum Valuable Problem
JULY 22, 2016
Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. The same is true about defining a minimum viable product. Gojko’s approach helps me very quickly define what it means to my user to solve his or her problem.
Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
Project managers will have a well-defined description of the project’s duration. As an iterative project management style, scrum features various “sessions” sometimes defined as “sprints” which generally last for 30 days.
Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!
OCTOBER 30, 2016
Wikipedia defines a denial-of-service attack as “ a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.
Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
The way we define it, though, is “good enough”. Note: I’m using a very broad definition of empathy here, as there is a whole discussion how empathy is defined and decomposed. I’ve been known to bring up research on collective intelligence in many situations, e.g. here , here , or here.
PM's FAQ about System Engineering
Musings on Project Management
JANUARY 31, 2017
Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineeringA lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not too stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?
Fewer choices beats full freedom when introducing self-organization!
JANUARY 29, 2017
However, where goals become more complex and there is a need for sustained follow-through and not just early buy-in, then leaders should take a more structured approach with defined steps or actions to achieve a better outcome. The same is true when defining work practices.
Using Kanban in Marketing
MARCH 1, 2017
Each card in the Events lane has a pre-defined To-do list. The pre-defined To-do list provides clarity of the overall work that needs to be done, work completed and the remaining tasks to be done to complete each Event.
“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”
JANUARY 17, 2017
The hashtag #NoProjects is a shorthand title for a movement that thinks the construct of a project with a defined beginning, middle and end is harmful to software product development. Does this question sound familiar?
What Is Strategy?
APRIL 20, 2017
Wikipedia defines strategy as a “high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty” Yet strategy is different from vision, mission, goals, priorities, and plans. Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business.
Don’t over-process your project management communications!
MARCH 27, 2016
Ensure that there’s a clearly defined review and approval path for not only key deliverables but also for presentations and reports. I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams.
Understanding Project Management Job Specifications
MAY 24, 2016
Candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of managing projects using a defined methodology and using recognised tools (e.g. The term “using a defined methodology” may not be restricted to PRINCE2, but could include other formal project management techniques.
How to pick the best requirements management tool
APRIL 7, 2016
During any project or significant business undertaking, RM is a complex, comprehensive and iterative business analysis process defining business-related needs that involve the following actions: Identifying. What is requirements management (RM), anyway? Documenting. Analyzing. Prioritizing. Tracking. Monitoring. Controlling change. Tracing. Versioning. Requirements management also demands effectively communicating to all agreed-to needs and changes to stakeholders.
4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
On a single page, include the following: Define the problem your project management plan is intended to solve. Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges.
How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams
Project Risk Coach
APRIL 10, 2017
You could facilitate a mini-workshop where you (or a business analyst) teaches the team to define, analyze, document, and validate requirements. Ever watched what happens when a new team is formed?
JULY 12, 2016
As a team, we ensured that we defined what the requirements were for investment, and although we had recently sold Gael Limited, which meant we could have funded the investment internally, we decided that would not achieve the best outcome for the business long-term.
7 Product Management Best Practices for Beginner PMs
MARCH 30, 2017
Use all the information and insights you’ve gathered by doing the above to define your long-term vision for the product, and then break that vision down into iterations of developing, executing—and applying what you’ve learned to improve and define the next iteration.
25 mistakes project managers make
MARCH 13, 2017
It is extremely important to define, document and understand the project scope. It is the job of the project manager to foresee risks, create an impact estimation and define how to respond to the issues which will arise throughout project life cycle. Everybody makes mistakes.
The War for Project Management Talent?
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Interestingly the McKinsey papers never really defined ‘talent’ so what are talented managers and executives?
Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples
Project Management Hacks
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Use these questions to better define the problems and develop solutions. The wording you use to define or describe a problem matters. What questions do you use most often in your work?
The Best Free Project Management Resources
JUNE 28, 2016
How to define effective project management. Prioritize your work by defining a budget, setting a scheduled due date, and getting ready to take action! But neither all the best content in the world nor the most well-defined execution process is enough to guarantee your team’s success.
Managing Failure in Project Management
JANUARY 31, 2017
The first step when talking about failure would be to define success. The success of a project can only be defined if there are clear goals to be achieved by the project team and the project.
These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy
JANUARY 26, 2015
While critical thinking, questioning, and even conflict can be healthy for a team, what defines this type is the underlying anger. Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done.