Project Estimating Skills: How to Master Successful Project Estimation

Online PM Courses

Why is Project Estimation a big deal? It's very hard to do well & poor estimates are often a major reason for cost or schedule over-runs. The post Project Estimating Skills: How to Master Successful Project Estimation appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

Which estimation methods are favored for adaptive delivery?

Kiron Bondale

If you ever find yourself wanting to inject some energy into a cross-functional gathering of delivery staff and stakeholders, ask for their opinion on estimates. Relative sizing – this covered such techniques as story pointing, T-shirt sizing, affinity estimating and others.


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Estimate at Completion: A Complete Guide + Template

Rebel’s Guide to PM

In this article, I’ll explain what Estimate at Completion is for project managers, how to use it (because there are 4 different ways) and give you examples. Estimate at completion (EAC) in project management tells you how much the project will cost when the work is finished.

Project Estimating: The Only Guide You Need

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Frankly it’s too hot, but it has made me realize one thing: I am no good at estimating. In fact, I’ve always known that I’m not good at estimating. The only thing I can estimate is time. Why estimate? We create estimates mainly for project budgets and project schedules.

Best PMI-ACP Study Guides

Rebel’s Guide to PM

You’re here because you are planning to take your PMI Agile Certified Professional ( PMI-ACP )® exam. As well as a PMI-ACP training course, the most successful students also include a study guide in their exam prep because those books are designed to help you get ready for the test.

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Best PMI-ACP Exam Prep Books

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Are you aiming to achieve your PMI Agile Certified Professional ( PMI-ACP )®? The most successful students also include reading a range of PMI-ACP books in their exam prep, as well as a training course, just as that little bit of extra comfort. A full PMI-ACP exam prep course.

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A New Direction for PMI’s PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition


The Project Management Institute (PMI) has gone through quite the metamorphosis over the past few years, positioning itself once again as one of the top authorities on how project management is practiced. The post A New Direction for PMI’s PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition appeared first on MPUG.

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Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimate and How to Calculate It (with example)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

What is a ROM estimate used for? A rough order of magnitude estimate is used to give you a very high level view of potential project costs. But in reality, we rarely have the time or luxury of being able to provide that level of estimate at the earliest stage of project.

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Time Estimation for Project Managers: Tips & Techniques

The best a project manager can do is develop an accurate time estimate for how long it will take to satisfactorily complete the project. Time Estimation Matters. A 2018 study by the Project Management Institute (PMI), in its Pulse of the Profession report, stated that poor time estimating is the root cause for 25 percent of failed projects. Looking into the future to determine how much time it will take complete project tasks allows for an estimation.

Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

Online PM Courses

There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. So, in this article, we’ll take a careful look at project estimation, to help you learn how to master the art and craft of doing it well. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge. Methods and Tools for Project Estimation.

10 Easy Ways to Get PDUs & Stay PMI Certified

If you hold a qualification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) like PMP (Project Management Professional) or PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Professional), CPD is mandatory. The PMI measures CPD in Professional Development Units, or PDUs. PMI’s PDU Requirements. Some PMI certifications require you to earn a minimum number of PDUs over a three-year cycle. Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP) requires 30 PDUs; 10 per year.

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The PMI Talent Triangle: A Guide [for members and non-members]

Online PM Courses

The PMI Talent Triangle is a simple tool that reminds us all about the value of a broad range of professional skills. The most succinct – and possibly best known – articulation of that full range of capabilities is the PMI’s Project Management Talent Triangle. Just a Moment… Who or What is the PMI? If you don’t know who or what the Project Management Institute (PMI) is, take a look at this video before reading on.

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Success in Disruptive Times: PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession

Online PM Courses

The PMI has titled its 2018 Pulse of the Profession report: Success in Disruptive Times. You can download your copy of Success in Disruptive Times from the PMI’s website. The PMI’s Annual Project Management Survey: The Pulse of the Profession. Our regular readers will know that, for the last two years, we have extracted the marrow from the bones of the PMI’s Pulse of the Profession survey. Terrific Insights from the Annual PMI Project Management Review 2016.

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Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Satya Narayan Dash’s PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New? Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, What’s New With PMI PMBOK Guide’s 7th Edition Standard. This is PMI lingo.

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Meisterplan at 2018 PMI Global Conference – Do Your Plans Work?


The Meisterplan team including Brian , Karoline , Stephan and Christoph were excited to participate at the 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. We appreciate every one of you who stopped by our booth at the PMI conference. Estimating work effort is challenging. We want to thank everyone for all the great conversations at the PMI Global Conference! The post Meisterplan at 2018 PMI Global Conference – Do Your Plans Work?

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Top Tips for Realistic Project Estimations

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Poor estimation is a major cause of project failure. According to the PMI, inaccurate cost estimates is a contributing factor in 28% of projects that fail. When an estimate has been delivered, clients and executives will often see it as binding and will expect the project to track to it. Producing Realistic Estimates for Strategic Projects. To a large extent, good estimation comes down to how honest and realistic you are in your outlook.

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Webinar Recap: Analogous and Parametric Estimating Schedule Template


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Oliver Gildersleeve’s Analogous and Parametric Estimating Schedule Template webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. The new schedule template covers both analogous and parametric estimating features.

Webinar Recap: Want To Be A PMI-ACP? The Primary Steps to Take


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Satya Narayan Dash’s session, Want To Be A PMI-ACP? If you want to be a PMI-ACP, here are the primary steps to take. Today’s session is eligible for one PMI-PDU and the technical category.

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PMI-ACP Exam Lessons Learned - Do NOT Underestimate it!

Deep Fried Brain

PMI-ACP Lessons Learned: I'm pleased to inform you that I PASSED the PMI-ACP exam yesterday (Oct 28, 2013), couple weeks earlier than my original estimate. Agile Lessons Learned PMI-ACPPassing any exam is a matter of.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success , PMI Spring Seminar, 2021, Austin TX. Five Principles of Project Success , PMI, Northern Utah Chapter, Professional Development Day, 2012. Applying Deliverables Based Planning ® To Increase Our Probability of Success , PMI Fort Worth, Chapter Meeting, 15 July 2010. Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline , PMI, Northen Utah Chapter, Professional Development Day, 2012. Basis of Estimate Process.

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Reduce the Risk – Share the Success

International Institute for Learning

Without going into details in all phases it can be easily imagined that the more information collected about the potential uncertainties ( risk identification ), the more accurate the estimation can be about the likelihood and the impact of these on the project ( risk analysis ).

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Mike Griffiths

While profit is not their goal, usually an economic impact figure can be estimated for the outcomes they aim to achieve. Then, in 2012 I presented a collection of Collaborative Games for Risk Management  at the Agile 2012 Conference in Dallas and PMI Global Congress in Vancouver. After

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

But each method needs to be based on 5 Immutable principles to be successful, no matter the domain or context, PMI Spring Seminar , 2012, Austin TX. Five Immutable Principles of Digital Transformation Project Success - PMI San Diego Chapter , 11 July 2018. Successful Digital Transformation Starts with a well defined Executable Strategy for Success - PMI San Diego Chapter , 11 July 2018. PMI Lakeshore Ontario Chapter , 27 October 2018. PMI Workshops and Conferences.

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How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a lollipop?

The Lazy Project Manager

“It could be 500; it could be 1,500 … It’s kind of a crude estimate,” study leader Leif Ristroph, a physicist at NYU said. project management answers apm capm ipma lollipop peter taylor PMI pmp project project author project manager project speaker sharing social solutionsI saw the above recently and a) I wondered why does that matter and who cares anyway, and then I thought b) you mean someone has actually investigated this?

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Overview of the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – Lesson 1 Transcription


So with that, let me go ahead and just say our first portion being the overview of the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition, what I wanted to talk to you about here is really the evolution, the legacy, and exactly what is PMI valuing now? It’s not the only thing that PMI publishes.

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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

The conference committee encourages everyone to prepare papers on one of the relevant topics, among which there are: Managing people, Managing projects, Software management activities, Project execution and monitoring, Empirical estimation technique, Critical path analysis.

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How to Build a Robust Project Risk Culture [8 Steps]

Online PM Courses

This will hep you improve your budget and schedule estimates, and therefore reduceover-runs. PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management Project Governance Project Risk Management risk culture risk managementA robust risk culture goes beyond having a strong basic risk management process. But the rewards for the extra work you’ll put in to build that culture are huge.

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Project Failure – Why it Happens

Online PM Courses

Poor estimating, unrealistic assumptions, and a failure to appreciate the complexity or scale of your project all happen a lot. Poor Estimating. There is a school of thought (to which I do not subscribe) that estimates are so often wrong, that there is no point. Let’s get it straight: no estimates = no plan = inevitable failure. Let's get it straight: no estimates = no plan = inevitable failure. Sound Estimates Over-ruled. PMI PDUs.

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Professional Development Day 2022 – IGNITE!

International Institute for Learning

PMI has become and continues to be the leading professional association in project management. Estimating and Applying Points with Agile – How to apply, and when is it done? As early as most of us can recall, we estimate the size/magnitude/amount of effort to do something in time.

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New PM: The What?, Why?, and How? of Project Charters

Leading Answers

The most common source of late project completions is not poor estimating or a lack of risk management, it is late starts. They may also have been terrible at estimating and blind to common threats, but late starts are very common. The uncertainty associated with our estimates needs to be reflected (to some degree) in our schedule. Agile Project Management Estimating Planning Risk ManagementCreating a great project charter is an art and a science.

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What is Project Management?

The IIL Blog

According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) , project management is defined as “the application of knowledge skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. We do so because it’s a lot easier to estimate and control our work when we break it down into pieces, rather than trying to grapple with the whole thing at once.

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Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

Your ‘Project Cost Management Plan’ Establishing your costs – the processes of estimating and budgeting. Project Cost Management is a process that has two principle components: Estimating costs and creating a project budget from them. The Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Project management Body of Knowledge (the PMBoK) has Project Cost Management as one of its ten Knowledge Areas (or KAs). Establishing Your Costs: Estimating and Budgeting.

Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ? The beginning of all business critical software development projects is the point in time when performing organizations are least certain about the project, yet it is also the time when top management expects to be delivered project estimates that are very precise.

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How Much Time Is Required for PMP Exam Preparation?


Of course, these time estimates will vary from individual to individual based on fitness level, prior experience, and many other factors. In my estimation, you would need to set aside about seven to nine hours for completing a chapter. Articles exam pmi pmp

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Agile Illustrated – Sample #3

Mike Griffiths

Anyone taking the PMI-ACP exam should expect to see 18-20 questions on this topic.). If we keep making estimates without checking actual performance, we will keep making the same estimation errors.

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Project Manager or Project Leader? What’s the Difference?

Online PM Courses

And then there’s the PMI Talent Triangle. If you’re a PMI member, you need to hoe your craft in three dimensions: Technical: the core skills of Project Management. We’ll also look at The PMI’s View… I will end this article by looking at how the Project Management Institute (PMI) may see the distinction between Project Manager and Project Leader. Simply, we can compare the list of examples PMI offers in its Talent Triangle flyer.

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The Project Manager’s Guide to Simple Risk Analysis

Online PM Courses

The problem with estimating likelihoods is – to be blunt – people are rubbish at it. Your estimates are likely to fall prey to bias and inaccuracy. It has the merit of not trying to introduce spurious precision into your estimates. It is beyond the scope of this simple guide to take us into quantitative risk likelihood estimates. It’s far easier to estimate the impact, should a risk occur. Risk analysis is both easy and hard at the same time.

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Project Procurement Management [All the basics you need to know]

Online PM Courses

Cost estimates for each of the procurements. PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management Project Procurement Management Contract COTS market testing procurementProject procurement becomes necessary when your project is so large that you don’t have skills or capacity within your team to do things yourselves in a cost-effective way. At this point, you need someone else to provide the goods or services that will supplement your team’s capabilities and resources.

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Project Management Challenges with Artificial Intelligence

International Institute for Learning

The most common applications of AI are expected to be part of estimating and controlling project cost and time, as well as resource management by determining the strength of employee qualifications from assignments to selected project activities. Harold Kerzner. Introduction.

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4 Reasons Project Management Skills Should be a Priority in Early Education

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Brantlee Underhill, Managing Director, PMI, North America. By McKinsey & Company’s estimates, this equates to a potential of three months of learning loss in math and one-in-a-half months of learning loss in reading. Kickoff from PMI.

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