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

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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 [.].

Disruptive defined -- again!

Musings on Project Management

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

An Effective Project Kick-Off Meeting Needs Preparation

Arras People

Defining these elements will drive the decisions you must make for staffing the project and developing the project plan. Step 5: Define key success factors. Take the time to define in specific terms each item that will be required for success.

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What is a Program Manager vs. a Project Manager?

Wrike

Their role is to map out and define the list of dependent projects that need to be completed to reach the overall goal. Program manager vs. project manager — to understand how these two similar roles differ, you must first know the difference between programs and projects.

Big challenge: Getting your project team to work as a team!

The Lazy Project Manager

Numerous studies have shown that a project progresses effectively when the team is working on activities that are clearly defined and planned. In addition, it’s important to define the project leader and who to contact in the event of a problem or change.

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Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking

LeadingAnswers

The Customer Defines Value – Rather than automatically acting to minimize costs or reduce time to market, lean specifically adds the step of asking the customer to define what value means to them.

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What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…

Kiron Bondale

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.

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Domain is King, No Domain Defined, No Way To Test Your Idea. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

Construction Risk Management: What to do when your project goes wrong

Geniebelt

In other words, you can’t really define risk on the exact same way in every construction project. How we could define risk in a construction project. It becomes clear that we could define risk as any possible danger for the proper function and development of a construction project.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

At the end of the day, it depends on how you define agility, or more precisely how you define “self-directed.” In support of that long term goal you may define a handful of strategic initiatives.

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Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

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.

Six things you should do when kicking off a project

Susanne Madsen

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?

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Design the Poster

Zen Project Management

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.

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?

Agile DNA Webinar

LeadingAnswers

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

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

Arras People

If a startup embarks on projects without some defined processes, the only thing that will get them success is luck and you can’t really build a successful business on luck…not for the long-term anyway.

Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

Arras People

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?

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

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

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.

Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles

Azendoo

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!

Kiron Bondale

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.

Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

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.

Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great

Pawel Brodzinski

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.

“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”

LeadingAnswers

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?

Construction Disputes: What You Need To Know

Geniebelt

That’s why, it’s truly vital to pay extra attention to define the obligations and the rights of anyone involved in the project. This will offer you the ability to predict any mistakes along the way and to define your project’s’ needs.

What Is Strategy?

Arras People

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.

Fewer choices beats full freedom when introducing self-organization!

Kiron Bondale

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.

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

Defining the project scope. Clearly defining the scope will help your team focus and ensure that you and the customer have the same understanding of what will be included in the solution. If you want to know what success looks like for your project, you need to define what that means.

4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Project Management Habits

Backlog

Define what your deliverables will be and what the finished project should look like by the end. Team and individual responsibilities will need to be clearly defined to prevent any redundancies or gaps as well as establish accountability throughout the process.

Get Everyone on the Same Page with A Project Kick-off Meeting

Arras People

Define the project, its purpose, and expected goals and deliverables. You will need to define a process to surface scope change requests, to determine their impact and bring them forward for approval.

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PM's FAQ about System Engineering

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 too stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?

How to Improve Project Requirements and Quality

Project Risk Coach

This definition assumes that the requirements are defined and that there are varying degrees to which the requirements may be met. When defining requirements, define the fit criteria : “a quantification of the requirement that demonstrates the standard the product must reach.”

Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

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.

What Does it Mean to Focus on Value?

Herding Cats

The practices for defining a capability address the flexibility needed to ensure system responsiveness and sustainability in a context of constant change, while delivering tangible benefits to the buyer. A common chant in the agile community is we focus on value. What does this mean?

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.

How to Communicate Risks

Project Risk Coach

Work with the risk owner to define the risk including the following: Risk. After defining the risk, perform a qualitative risk analysis looking at the probability and impact using well-defined rating scales. How do you communicate risks?

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Understanding Project Management Job Specifications

Arras People

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.

The Future Of Construction – BIM

Geniebelt

Before we go further with that, it would really be useful to try to define what BIM actually means. Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be a valuable tool in the hands of anyone who works in construction.