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Digital Transformation in Government Organizations: Tips from Microsoft, IBM, McKinsey, and PwC

Epicflow Blog

Though government organizations are not facing a threat of rivalry, one of the biggest challenges is meeting citizens’ requirements and bringing better results with smaller expenses and amount of time. So, let’s see the way top companies consider this process.

Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG vendor showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance. What Triskell is, is it’s a system used for enterprise governance and it’s an… It’s really an Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Management tool.

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Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG vendor showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance. What Triskell is, is it’s a system used for enterprise governance and it’s an… It’s really an Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Management tool.

A Real-World Success Story: New Zealand Government Improves Project Delivery

Planview

Meeting the demands of ever-changing priorities within a government can lead to inconsistent processes, departments with limited visibility into what is being worked on, and no ability to monitor investments. New Zealand Government, like many other government agencies, was tasked with overcoming these obstacles to develop and manage project and investment portfolios to grow the economy to deliver greater prosperity, security, and opportunities for all citizens.

Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Risk issues that can be identified early in the program, which will potentially impact the program later, termed Known Unknowns and can be alleviated with good risk management. Effective Risk Management 2 nd Edition , Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003. Risk Management is Project Management for Adults - Tim Lister. Risk Management Papers. “A Risk a Feelings,” George F.

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Thoughts on Suggestions That Violate Principles of Finance, Probability, and Statistics

Herding Cats

The conjecture that we can manage in the presence of uncertanty without estimating the impacts of our decisions, willfully ignores uncertainties in the present and future that will impact our outcomes, the external governance frameworks of managerial finance, probability and statistics of the processes under management, and regular governance processes and the decision rights of those governance frameworks.

Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

Herding Cats

Self-Organizing is a powerful process. So for projects that spend other people's money in the presence of uncertainty - Governance is a means to establish those shared principles. Governance is about Decision Rights. You don't need governance, a Product Roadmap, and Release Plan. But if you're on a team that gets its funding outside the team, then there is likely a governance process in place for how to spend that money.

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

A key enterprise partner is the Finance department and the organization’s model for project funding will have significant influence over successful agile delivery. It can result in higher risk, premature financial commitments.

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Cost and Value Management for Software Development

Herding Cats

This, of course, is a violation of the principles of Managerial Finance and Microeconomics of software development in the presence of uncertainty and scarce resources. Overlooking key project risks. The result is the basis of an immutable business decision making process.

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Project Status Reporting – 6 Key Considerations

Project Health Check

The Project should then be reporting its status regularly to senior management via a Status Report, as part of its overarching Governance arrangement. So far so good; but when an organisation is orchestrating its status reporting process, what does it need to consider? We’ve recently been involved in a review and update to the Project status reporting and governance structure for a major organisation with circa 150 Projects live projects at any one time.

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

Again, this is the basis of Managerial Finance. Uncertainty creates risk. Risk Management is how Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. Conduct Schedule Risk Analysis. Uncertanty creates Risk. Agile is a participant in Risk Management, but Agile is NOT Risk Management. . Risk Management has 6 processes, see SEI Continuous Risk Management. Maintain the Baseline with Repeatable Processes.

Fallacy of the Week

Herding Cats

Do the highest technical risk first. ALL risk comes from uncertainty. Here are a short list of papers on Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainty , the risk it creates. And the technical risk is only one of three classes. There may be a high technical risk, but it can be handled quickly for very little money. Or there may be a low technical risk but will require longer and be more expensive. IT Risk Management.

How to Fund a Software Development Project

ProjectManager.com

But greater flexibility generally requires a more skillful approach to governance and project management. What you need instead is advice on what process decisions you should consider, what your options are, and what the associated trade-offs are. Related: Mastering the Decision-Making Process: A Practical Guide. For example, in Figure 1 you see the process goal diagram for how a team may secure funding. The Secure Funding Process Goal.

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Why Identifying as a Project Business is Critical For Success

The Lazy Project Manager

This allows these companies to take advantage of standardized processes and KPIs, automation, and economies of scale more easily than Project Businesses. In traditional industries, processes and data are standardized no matter who is doing the work.

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Get the ‘Right’ Project Controls & Enterprise Programme Management You Want

Arras People

The common narrative is that overlapping systems and processes produce similar versions of the same report with different results. DADA introduced how it uses a Systems Blue Print to map the company’s processes which are then validated by a Playback session to senior stakeholders to give everyone an opportunity to understand how the processes and system will fit together before proceeding to the Build phase. High-Level ERP / EAM Process & Policy Requirements.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Cognitive bias - a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other cognitive processes, often occurring as a result of holding onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information. Optimism bias - a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. Because of that, we don't separate the thinking processes into a dual-system.

Decisions Without Estimates?

Herding Cats

Let's look at each of these from the point of view of Managerial Finance and Economics of Decision Making the presence of Uncertainty. These two points of view are the basis of any credible business management process. If you want to decide what's the probability of occurrence of some Epistemic uncertainty or the statistical processes for some aleatory activity you need to estimate. This process is the basis of all risk management. IT Risk Management.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Irreducible Schedule Risk. Irreducible Cost Risk.

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Black Swans

Herding Cats

This advocate continually confuses Macroeconomics of financial markets and sovereign finance with Microeconomics of software development. They are not the same, the processes of decision making are not the same. Acquiring Data Retires Risk.

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Principles of Cost and Schedule Estimating

Herding Cats

One of the 4 summary root causes of project performance failures is Unrealistic Cost and Schedule Estimates based on inadequate risk-adjusted growth models. One notion in a governance paradigm is It's Not Your Money . I'd like to provide some background on how proper governance leads to proper estimating and how that's done when those asking for and those providing the estimates have a mutual understanding the reasons for why estimates are needed for any non-trivial project work.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . The result was a safety stand down for everyone on the site (5,000 Steel Works), including all us office workers, to get the message about health, safety, and safeguards of the materials and processes on site. . Analytical Hierarchical Process .

The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

When we hear a suggestion about a process that inverts the logic of normal business activities based on a governance framework - say Microeconomics of Software Development, we need to ask who benefits? Anyone in the finance department, paying his salary, paying the developers has a fiduciary need to know what something will cost when it is done. But that has nothing to do with the principles, practices, and processes of writing code using current languages and tools.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . The result was a safety stand down for everyone on the site (5,000 Steel Works), including all us office workers, to get the message about health, safety, and safeguards of the materials and processes on site. . Irreducible Schedule Risk.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Cognitive bias - a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other cognitive processes, often occurring as a result of holding onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information. Optimism bias - a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. Because of that, we don't separate the thinking processes into a dual-system.

An Introduction to Project Steering Groups

Girl's Guide to PM

You might use the term Project Board or Governance Committee, or something else that means a similar thing. Here’s an introduction to project steering groups as part of the governance framework so you can get yours set up and working on your project. The objective of the Project Steering Group is to provide executive oversight and governance for the project. A finance or legal team member, if the project has significant impact in those areas. The Governance Framework.

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How To Take Over An Existing Project [Free Checklist]

Girl's Guide to PM

You won’t know if the risk log is sound and the resource planning sensible until you investigate. 5: Review the governance structure. Is there a governance structure ? Action if there is no formal governance: My first point of call would be your project sponsor. For other areas of governance such as reporting and approval levels, talk to your PMO and get these in place. Action if there is no budget plan or information: Back to the PMO or your Finance team.

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The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. So when we hear anything about the current state of Agile or even that Scrum is NOT empirical and needs to be replaced, ask what new process is being suggested that will meet Dr. Carter's definition? the OODA loop sketch and related insights represent an evolving, open-ended, far from equilibrium process of self-organization, emergence and natural selection. IT Risk Management.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

This can cause a number of problems, including the fact that once developers realize they are being judged by their own estimates, they start to be very careful about the process of creating those same estimates, usually spending a lot of precious time completing an activity which doesn’t accrue additional value to the product that they are building. Similarly, product lifecycle management (PLM) integrates people, data, processes and business systems. IT Risk Management.

Program Manager Job Description – Plus! Cut & Paste Example

ProjectManager.com

Getting certified shows that they have proven their ability to manage many projects and can work on complicated processes that cross various functions, organizations, regions and even cultures. These courses tend to be no longer than half-a-year in duration and teach how to define, measure and sustain a planned program, while covering topics like program governance, stakeholder engagement and strategies related to managing a program of projects. Manage change, risk and resources.

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Black Swans

Herding Cats

This advocate continually confuses Macroeconomics of financial markets and sovereign finance with Microeconomics of software development. They are not the same, the processes of decision making are not the same. These behaviors are by their nature intractable to standard project management processes. Acquiring Data Retires Risk. One role of the project manager is to reduce or retire risk. This supposes a risk management system of course.

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Value, Cost and Business Decision Making

Herding Cats

The decision process here usually starts with some target margin compared to the industry in general and the local conditions supported by the margin. So another conjecture heard from #Noestimates advocates of Focus on Value not on Cost must be assessed from the Managerial Finance point of view, informed by the market dynamics of the offering. This is an immutable principle of business managerial finance, and it must be followed if we have any hope of staying in business.

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Unique Challenges for Large-Scale Solar Development Projects

Leankor

One reason large solar project s are at risk is t here are many distinct segments and phases within the ecosystem of solar power. Solar projects also have numerous phases and each stage can be as , or more, intricate and complicated as the next.

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Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

But there’s little your project sponsor, your client, or their Finance Director care about more than your budget and how closely you can stick to it. Your ‘Project Cost Management Plan’ Establishing your costs – the processes of estimating and budgeting.

Value, Cost and Business Decision Making

Herding Cats

The decision process here usually starts with some target margin compared to the industry in general and the local conditions supported by the margin. So another conjecture heard from #Noestimates advocates of Focus on Value not on Cost must be assessed from the Managerial Finance point of view, informed by the market dynamics of the offering. This is an immutable principle of business managerial finance, and it must be followed if we have any hope of staying in business.

What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

You need to understand risk and finances, and evaluate projects based on ROI. The Portfolio Manager may also establish portfolio governance standards and procedures for approvals, reporting and other needs. You’d establish processes and procedures that your team would follow. You’d also oversee budgeting and work with Finance and stakeholders to determine budget forecasts and projections for the year.

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Customer Q&A - Office Depot

Keyedin

Ruth – The key for us was to use a core governance framework, built collaboratively, to ensure adoption and drive success. Ruth – Ensuring that our core process is in place and that it allowed flexibility and fluidity with managing unplanned change through prioritized backlogs, Team collaboration and clear visibility of resource utilization within KeyedIn. We were looking to enhance this process even further by utilizing our opportunity to integrate JIRA into KeyedIn.

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Using Digital Transformation to Be More Efficient

ProjectManager.com

Digital transformation can be something as narrow as deciding to go paperless, or as wide as impacting entire segments of society, such as governance, mass communications, art, medicine and science. But it also involves process, in that it encompasses workflows, tasks , approaches and methods. The influence of having a digital transformation will define and shape your strategic direction, risk appetite and budget, technology enablement, pace of change and business agility.

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Digital Transformation & Artificial Intelligence: Is your Organization ready?

Digite

This allows the processing of large datasets quickly and cost-effectively. The more information is available for processing, the more the AI systems can learn and the more accurate their predictions and decisions will be.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?

Planio

A 3-part stakeholder management process for keeping everyone happy. Create and enforce transparent processes for communication. Project sponsor: The person or group who is financing the project. A 3-part stakeholder management process for keeping everyone happy.

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Preventing Kickbacks to Those with the Power to Purchase

Project Risk Coach

He is the author of The Little Book of Local Government Fraud Prevention and Preparation of Financial Statements & Compilation Engagements. Last week, Harry and I were running, and he told me about his procurement risk blog series. Since I am a fraud prevention guy, we began discussing the risk of vendor kickbacks to those with the power to purchase. It’s much easier to detect fraudulent payments made to the finance director, for example.

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