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. Check your organizational process assets to determine if your organization has a standard set of risk categories that might be applicable to your project.

Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. Over-processing occurs whenever someone continues to work on an activity past the point where it would be deemed acceptable from a customer’s perspective or past the point where meaningful value is being added.

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Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

Pawel Brodzinski

In this case it wasn’t about defining what is a Minimal Viable Product. By now Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is for me mostly a buzzword. While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup , these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP.

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The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

And the answer to all of these is in the guise of project portfolio management process steps. The project portfolio management process steps mentioned below cater to all types of organizations that execute portfolio management to reach their business objectives and their strategic goals. Remember that these project portfolio management process steps don’t fix your woes within a day or week; treat it as the start of your path towards an efficient portfolio. .

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

This means having a set of Principles, Process, and Practices to test the suggestion against. These Five Immutable principles are time phased into Processes that provide answers to the Five Principles. With some details for each process area.

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.

4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Project Management Habits


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.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


In this article, we will explain what agile project management is, define its process, tell you why agile might be right for your next project, and finally a few downfalls of this methodology. This is a popular process for aligning development with customer needs.

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. At the end of the day, it depends on how you define agility, or more precisely how you define “self-directed.”

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Finding the right retrospective rhythm

Kiron Bondale

On projects where the team has gelled and their delivery process is in control, there is often a natural transition from team level continuous improvement to team members practicing personal kaizen. Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , Process compliance stupidity.

Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

Arras People

But does project management really have a place in a startup with its structured project management process? I’ve been involved in businesses that have embraced having a structured project management process in place and that has been core to their success.

Use and Misuse of Statistics of Process Improvement Studies

Herding Cats

There are several studies on how software development can be improved by applying various process. Some studies have very large data sets, with analysis of each process and the differences between the processes. Here's a checklist for the steps needed to produce a credible answer to - Is there any difference between one process or another process for improving the outcomes of a process. Were the important concomitant processes also measured?

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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The Best Free Project Management Resources


How to define effective project management. Since the process of setting specific tasks and initiating the appropriate call to action involves a sequence of events, your strategy to arrive at the end objective should also include a sequence of events.

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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.

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. Bridging the Process Gap.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

If you decide in advance which problems are important to solve, then you will get roughly the same amount of value out of your solution regardless of what process you use. The agile process gives you frequent opportunities to validate the hypotheses on which your product strategy is built.

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Good Enough

Tyner Blain

Many people mis-define product in MVP to mean experiment. MVP is an experimentation process, not a product development process. MVP / Lean Startup is a learning process fueled with hypothesis testing, following the scientific method.

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How effective is your benefits management framework?

Kiron Bondale

While project intake processes usually require some articulation of expected benefits, few companies effectively monitor and control the realization of those benefits over the life of a project and beyond.

Project Management Basics: 6 Steps to a Foolproof Project Plan


Step 3: Define Deliverables. You can actually finalize dates when you sit down to define your project schedule in the next step.). Look at each deliverable and define the series of tasks that need to be completed in order to accomplish each one.

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.

The 5-Step Expert Guide To Choosing Collaboration Tools

Girl's Guide to PM

Do they already work really well together, or should this purchase also be an opportunity to shake up your processes? Step 2: Involve Users In Defining Requirements. OK, you can’t involve every user in the selection process but you do need to take users into account.

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Do You Make These Quality Management Mistakes?

Project Risk Coach

Failure to Define Quality. Project requirements – processes that should be met during the project. Failure to improve project processes. Processes are a series of steps that one or more people take to create output.

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.

Exploiting team building opportunities within your project management ceremonies

Kiron Bondale

A good exercise to start the mutual learning process is for each team member to share their pet peeves and idiosyncrasies with each other to reduce misunderstandings.

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What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

According to Axelos , the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and how best to tailor it. Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year.

How to create a strong team identity during kick-off

Susanne Madsen

Not many put emphasis on team building and on giving the team members an opportunity to define how they would like to work together. We all know that defining the project is an essential starting point for running a successful project.

The Future Of Construction – BIM


Before we go further with that, it would really be useful to try to define what BIM actually means. In that sense, it’s an indispensable part of the decision-making process. It’s the simplest step of the information generating process.

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


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.

The five failures of agile tools

Kiron Bondale

A tool suite’s ability to capture of relevant metrics, produce colorful reports or deliver sexy dashboards is worthless if process to enter or maintain the underlying information is not equally user friendly.

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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

Kenneth Grant explores this question as a process comparison , and identifies it as a poorly formed question because comparing agile and waterfall is comparing apples and oranges. Anything you do that helps you better define the problems, and validate the solutions is “better.”

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

Project Bliss

Here’s information on the Project Manager roles and responsibilities listed in this post : Define project scope. She ensures the team follows the scrum processes in the daily stand up meeting and other ceremonies of backlog grooming, retrospectives, and demos.


The 5 Skills You Need For Managing Complex Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This isn’t totally the way I would define complexity on projects. Read Next: Complexity in Mega IT Projects (which is about building a 7-star hospital and defines complexity in a different way). However you define it, let’s talk now about the skills you need to manage a complex project.

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What is a Program Manager vs. a Project Manager?


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.

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Instead of having a long, throw it over the wall process, out of which emerges a deliverable; a team will have a series of shorter iterations where they engage stakeholders and otherwise rethink what they are doing to course-correct and “get smarter” about what they are doing.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

RACI (say: racy) is a way of categorising stakeholders to define their roles and responsibilities on a project. Another use for it is for process mapping. Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge.

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Tips for Project Success in the Automotive Industry

The Lazy Project Manager

It consists of defining the phases and process steps, marked by checkpoints and milestones. When choosing project management software, the automotive industry must take into account the requirements and processes of the industry. A guest post by my friends at Genius Project.

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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.