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.

Processes and Project Management

Project Health Check

We regard Processes as the bedrock for successful Project Management. And not just our Project Management Processes (Schedule/Cost Management etc) but the technical delivery aspects also. So what's in a Process? What is your experience of Processes? Process Management

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.

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.

Coherent Design and Development Process

Herding Cats

Planning , controlling, and applying sy s tem engineering to transform a contractually defined operational need into a system / end product definition and an optimized design that incorporates equipment , personnel, facilities , computer programs, and procedural data. Establishing traceability of defined significant engirieering decisions to the system engineering management activities on which they are based.

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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?

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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How to Integrate Your Existing Process Into Dynamic Project Management


It gets tricky: Even when you find what appears to be the perfect product match, teams get stuck in the process of moving from what they know, to something new. What does it look like to manage projects in a new tool, with a new process? Defining .

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Project Health Check

Lean Six Sigma is an approach for Process Improvement Projects, combining many different conceptual tools depending on the situation. Define the Problem, the associated Goals, who in involved, the key measures and the rough timescales Measure - Quantitatively what is the current performance?

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DPM Podcast: Building & Scaling Project Management Teams (with Brian Kessman)

The Digital Project Manager

They cover everything from defining the purpose, getting the right people, establishing the right partnerships, setting in place the right processes and monitoring the PMO's performance. Ben Aston chats with Brian Kessman about the best ways to build and scale a project management team, particularly within in agency.

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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Resolved vs Closed: Definitions Vary, Necessity Doesn’t


While your team can decide not to use these specific terms, you’re likely following the processes they represent regardless. For example, some teams opt to exclude the QA check from their process.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

There are many well-defined processes within the cost estimating discipline. Cost estimation is part science, part art. There is also a subjective element to cost estimating that makes the discipline an art (NASA, 2004

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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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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


Fortunately, following a project management methodology can help you organize your project into a structured, streamlined process. Project managers will have a well-defined description of the project’s duration. 7 – Rational Unified Process.

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Progressively Elaborated Users

Tyner Blain

I’m contextualizing the value of personas relative to other sources of value in the product development process. Firstly, as Rich defines, you assist in the “you are not your user” pattern. Understanding your users is critical to developing good products.

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Identifying and Managing your Project Stakeholders


While a project may impact many people, key project stakeholders stand out for a few common reasons: They have the decision making power to define the course of the project. They have the power to define what success means for the project. Share processes.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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. Then, we should go through an acceptance process of receiving the Work Package when it is complete to make sure it was what was required.

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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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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How many PMBOK knowledge areas are there in the 6th Edition?


Each knowledge area represents a category of project management concepts, processes, and terminologies. If the 47 processes were not categorized in any way, you may have a difficult time remembering all of them. However, you do NOT need to have the ITTOs within each process memorized.

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.

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Project Closure: Your Complete Guide to How to Close-down Your Project

Online PM Courses

I think it is fair to say that PMBoK has little to say about its ‘Close Project or Phase’ process group, which it describes as: The process of finalizing all activities for the project, phase, or contract.’. There are five activities in the Closing a Project process.

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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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.


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.

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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’s To Like About AgilePM?

Arras People

It recognises that projects have a lifecycle and need to be investigated as to their strategic fit and a business case developed that defines the benefits and value that the deliverables will provide. What it does have that PRINCE2 doesn’t are roles defined for delivering the requirements.

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Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Arras People

Equally an internal review of current business performance can also be the trigger for strategic initiatives that require process improvement to improve costs. More than ever the need to have a defined and clear communication plan is paramount with a strategic initiative.

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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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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Minimal sufficiency applies to tooling just as much as it does to documentation!

Kiron Bondale

“Working software over comprehensive documentation” This value statement from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is a reminder to remain vigilant that the by-products of our product or project processes don’t distract us from delighting our customers and stakeholders.

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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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Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


If checking tasks is a complex and time-consuming process, implement a tiered structure where multiple rounds of edits and approvals take the pressure off gateway staff. Define your own corporate culture early on: don’t think that you need to be big and fancy to have a culture.

Give Your Organization the PMO Edge – Become a Certified PMO Developer

Brad Egeland

Course Location – Online Access – Instructions provided once payment is received and processed. Learn the various types of PMOs and how to complete a feasibility study to define key Project Management problems and opportunities within the organization.

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