Defining PM

Musings on Project Management

I've never been too keen on the conventional definition of project management, though it is the "coin of the realm" so to speak on that point. Nonetheless, I'm more closer to the action with my definition, I think. And, so here it is mapped to the conventional definition: Normal 0. false false false. EN-US Project Management

Defining PM

Musings on Project Management

I've never been too keen on the typical book answer to "what is project management?" It seems it misses a more realistic statement of properties. So, I'm all about narrative, backlog, WIP etc, whereas the conventional definition is about initiating, executing, conrolling, etc. I made the comparison in this table. You can judge for yourself. agile Project Management

How to Actually Define Risk Categories

Project Risk Coach

Let’s look at how to actually define risk categories and how they can help Tom (and you). How to Define Risk Categories. One effective method for defining your risk categories is the Affinity Map method. The post How to Actually Define Risk Categories appeared first on.

How do YOU define project failure?

Kiron Bondale

An early project management lesson learned is that it is a good practice to start with the end in mind, especially when it comes to defining what done looks like. So why spend time only defining what project success is?

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions.

Tips for Measuring and Defining Brand Equity

Boost by Brightpod

A brand is a name or a logo associated with the product or service. The influence produced by a brand on the decisions made by customers is referred to as a

Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project

Gina Abudi PM

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 [.].

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Process Groups and the 5 Steps of Traditional Project Management


Process groups help you bring together and clearly define all of the individual tasks, steps, and processes you need to accomplish along the way. You have an idea, and now it’s time to define the overall scope and work required to get it done.

A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management


The two most popular methods of agile, Kanban and Scrum, rely on boards that look like this: The different stages can be defined in the following ways: Backlog: The complete list of tasks, created and prioritized by the product owner.

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How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Project Integration Management Plan Define how you will identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the project processes and activities. Project Cost Management Plan Define how you will plan cost management, estimate costs, determine the budget, and control costs.

The 3 Main Roles in an Agile Team


There are a few defining characteristics of an Agile workflow: Daily standup – A daily meeting in which contributors and managers discuss what work was done yesterday, what they’re working on today, and any questions that come up. defines the Scrum Master as.

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“Product” is More Than Just Development

The Clever PM

It’s far too common in the world of Product Management for us to wind up being narrowly focused on the actual product development cycle – define, build, measure, repeat. But there’s far more to building, launching, and maintaining a successful product than just what goes on between Product Management and Development. The best and most […]. Product Management Agile Interactions Learning Planning Priorities Roles Uncertainty

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Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter

The Digital Project Manager

As project managers, it’s easy to fall in love with one tool and let it define the way we manage projects. Perhaps in the rush. The post Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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How To Meet Deadlines Without Micromanaging

The Digital Project Manager

One of the most defining things about the role of a project manager is that. The post How To Meet Deadlines Without Micromanaging appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Leadership & Team Management Topics

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

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.

"Off the cuff" is a better style

Musings on Project Management

If this is not your strong suit, here's some worthy advice from John Coleman writing at the network blog: Define a structure: The pressure of extemporaneous remarks comes from. Every project manager speaks to groups in public. it goes with the territory. But, what happens if someone drops in unexpectedly and an off the cuff briefing or speech or speaking opportunity portends?

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7 Signs Your Project is Bound to Fail


Our advice: Trim your task list to only the essential parts needed to meet your goal as defined in the project plan. If project success rates were a movie, they’d be a horror film. Numerous studies across industries have put the numbers at well below 50 percent.

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A Super-Quick Guide to PERT, Critical Path, and All the Other Ways to Manage a Project


Defines the hierarchy of parent and child tasks. Defines essential tasks on the critical path. Most project managers are familiar with Agile and the Scrum Board. Agile works for fast-moving startup teams that need to deliver new products constantly.

7 Hidden Dangers Of Project Management (Why Even Well-Planned Projects Sometimes Fail)

Girl's Guide to PM

Despite your efforts to clearly define the scope, time and resources necessary to successfully complete the projects, things simply don’t always go according to plan. I’m pleased to be bringing you this post today, written by Maja Mrsic and sponsored by Active Collab.

Why Project Managers Need Business Analysts for Project Success

Project Risk Coach

Drive an efficient process to define and validate requirements reducing the potential for partial requirements. The project manager will have increased difficulty in achieving the project’s objectives when requirements are not properly defined and understood.

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How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

From estimating and scoping, to assigning resource, defining requirements, briefing in your team, the all important first meeting with the client—there’s a minefield of tasks out there which can shape how your project develops.

Project Quality Management – A Quick Guide

While we could go on forever about the “true” meaning of quality and use the Socratic method to dialogue on its many possible meanings, for project management the answer is more defined. When you’re managing a project, the Triple Constraint is always foremost in your head.

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The real problem?

Musings on Project Management

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem" Richard Feynman, Theoretical physicist Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer!

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The Role of the Project Coordinator

There are many qualities that define a successful project coordinator. Sometimes functional leads or project managers need help managing projects. That’s where project coordinators come in. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, explains their role further.

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The PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition: How to Escalate Risks

Project Risk Coach

Per the PMBOK® Guide, a program is "defined as a group of related projects, subsidiary programs, and program activities managed in a coordinated manner to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually."

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Is everything scheduled?

Musings on Project Management

Excellent, then you know that people doing defined tasks are just interchangeable parts, or they were in 1910. Have you read the PMBok? Then you've got Henry Gantt's charts, the critical path, and precedence scheduling down tight. Correct? Read a bit about Taylor and "scientific management". How about "The Critical Chain" by Goldratt? Do you understand buffers and milestone protection? schedule

10 Project Management Buzzwords and What They Mean

It defined how after a period of relative peace is interrupted by intellectual revolutions, which replace one way of thinking with another. Scope creep is usually the result of a project that is not clearly defined, documented or controlled.

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How to Improve Results With Better Risk Statements

Project Risk Coach

Why do people define risks poorly? When defining risks, think about what may or may not happen. Is the risk clearly defined and specific? Let’s focus on the third criteria: Is the risk clearly defined and specific? Is the risk clearly defined and specific?

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What is Lean Six Sigma?

Project Health Check

The term sigma comes from the statistical concept of standard deviation of the normal distribution; if points are normally scattered about a mean then one sigma is defined such that it would capture 68% of data points, 2 sigma would capture 95%, 3 sigma 99.7%

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?Do You Need a Project Management Office (PMO)?

Brad Egeland

And still others never really define their work in terms of “projects.” ​ I realize not everyone and every organization needs a Project Management Office (PMO). Some project management infrastructures just aren’t at the maturity level to really make use of a PMO.

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Project Team: Role & Skill Assessment

Project Health Check

The first step of this is to have defined roles within your project or preferably your wider organisation. These roles need to have clearly defined roles and responsibilities, tasks which are expected to be completed, and criteria which they are assessed on.

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How to pick the best requirements management tool

Moira Alexander

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.

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What Makes a Great Product Manager?

The Clever PM

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

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How to determine, document, and communicate your project scope

Moira Alexander

First, in the planning stage develop a scope management plan, that outlines exactly how the scope of the project will be defined, verified and managed. When it comes to determining project scope, there are key elements, but also some additional things to factor in that just might make every stakeholder’s life much simpler and help avoid scope creep.

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The Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Timing – Define how often you will perform risk management activities. Risk categories – Define the categories of your risks. Definitions – Define risk management terms such as probability, impact, risk, issues, risk appetite, and risk tolerance.

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PRINCE2 Principles: Manage by exception

Project Health Check

We do this via “Work Packages”, self-contained items of work which are clearly defined and self contained. The identification should be because of the breaching of a tolerance as defined in the plan (stage/project).

How to Develop a Successful Buyer-Seller Relationship

Project Risk Coach

Define the Buyer/Seller Relationship. Start by defining the roles and responsibilities of the buyer and the seller. The Master Agreement defines the general terms and conditions between the buyer and the seller.

The Tyranny of the Urgent - and how to manage it

Project Health Check

2) Define an Issue Escalation Process In point 1 we attempted to avoid urgent issues and escalations in the first place by proper planning. Define escalation routes for different types of issues e.g Urgent requests: it seems like most requests we get are.

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What is Strategic Project Definition? | Video

Online PM Courses

If a project definition defines your project, what is a Strategic Project Definition? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of Online PM Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes. Project Management in Under 5. What is Strategic Project Definition?

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System Engineering FAQ

Musings on Project Management

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?