What is the Project Life Cycle and How to Use It Better?

Workamajig

The project life cycle describes the stages a project goes through as it progresses from start to finish. A well-defined life cycle brings order and structure to the project. That projects should be broken down into separate stages is accepted wisdom.

Everything You Need To Know About the 4 Phases of a Project Life Cycle

Teamweek

When a project begins, the amount of planning, preparation, and work required to complete it can be overwhelming. A break in the chain can compromise the entire project. What is a Project Life Cycle? The cycle concludes with the project completion.

Four Steps to Breathe Life Back into a Dying Project

Clarizen

While it is obviously a last resort, there are times when it’s necessary to gracefully kill a project vs. allow it to continue its terrifying one way journey towards oblivion. Once project managers know what they’re up against, the next to step is to analyze the data and identify root causes.

25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

Arras People

“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. Personally my take on this is, PRINCE2 has been considered the defacto standard accreditation in project management for a while now.

Project Communication Plan Template [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s a project communication plan template, but it focuses on the summary milestones to hit during the project life cycle. It’s not pages and pages of your approach to a project communications strategy. Project newsletters.

Introducing the PRINCE2 Principles

Project Health Check

PRINCE2 is a popular UK Project Management methodology, that continues to gain traction in other locations around the world. As such, is provides as alternative to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) A Guide to a Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and it's Project Management Professional Qualification (PMP). Then there is the PRINCE2 "Processes", equivalent to the PMBOK "Process Groups" - essentially the flow of phases throughout the Project Life cycle.

The Causes of Conflict On Project Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Projects can be a hotbed of conflict. From the difficult stakeholder who wants to undermine the project’s success to a disagreement about a feature of a deliverable, project work lends itself to workplace conflict situations. The sponsor and the project manager.

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7 Best Productivity Apps For Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

Here are 7 of the best productivity apps for project managers. The students aren’t project managers but they do have to manage projects, and later in their careers they’ll be handling big budget projects so the need tools that will grow with them and yet be simple to use.

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is one of the biggest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms available and offers many project management (PM) courses. Introductory project management courses. Introduction to Project Management - a self-paced course that teaches practical ways to use project management skills, whether your project is large or small. Intermediate project management courses.

Software Development Life Cycle and Project Management

PM Basics

Software Development Life Cycle is on every job description for a Project Manager. But there is a real problem here: With so many different frameworks and project management approaches, life cycles are so confusing. Why Do You Need a Project Life Cycle?

Project Management Life Cycle

ActiveCollab

No matter what methodology you use, it should include all the stages of an average project life cycle. The project life cycle defines the beginning and the end of a project, including the work that should be done in each phase and the people who should be involved in it.

What is Project Management?

The IIL Blog

Both were the outcomes of projects. In short, the design and construction of the Panama Canal, and the design and manufacture of the Boeing 787 were projects. That’s called Project Management. “ Projects have been around for thousands of years. That’s a project.

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Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Agile Project Management is common for Software Development and Telecommunication industries. There is no standardized agile project management approach. However, I would like to share my framework that described a possible application of Agile Project Management. MS Project.

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What Project Managers say About Significance of Kanban Boards?

Taskque

What is its significance in life of a project management professional? In this article, you will get all the answers in the light of project management professionals’ experiences and recommendations. Kanban is actually one of the project management methodologies. Kanban !

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Step 3: Project Management Best Practices

The Tao of Project Management

Deploying Project Management Best Practices Having established where the organisation currently is on the capability maturity model and planned how to get to the next level in steps 1 and 2 we can now start to roll out the best practices. Before starting any of this I believe it is absolutely essential to involve all the organization’s project managers in the process (after all they are all key stakeholders).

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Project’s Hierarchy of Needs

Binfire

Project’s hierarchy of needs defines what is needed to happen for teams to achieve success in their projects. . Project’s theory of needs is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. It is common knowledge that most projects finish late or fail altogether.

Step 4: Program Management Best Practices

The Tao of Project Management

Last week we looked at deploying project management best practices, this week we look at a very similar process for deploying program management best practices: Deploying Program Management Best Practices Once again it is essential to fully involve all the organization’s project and program managers in the process. Once again the process starts with defining, documenting, agreeing and implementing a standard program life cycle.

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Step 2: Improving Your Capability Maturity

The Tao of Project Management

For example if you decide you are currently at project management level 2: repeatable (you will have documented project management methodologies and a standard project life cycle in place; and you will be involving your project managers in the definition and agreement of these standards). Obtain management support and authorisation to enforce compliance with the standards and monitor this through the project office.

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Waterfall project management- A tutorial

Binfire

Waterfall project management method was published by Winston W. Waterfall is sometimes also referred to as traditional project management method, but in this paper we will use Waterfall exclusively. Waterfall was first employed in the software and IT projects.

Difference in Software Development Project Management and Project Management

PM Basics

I firmly believe that project management approach should be universal. It should fit in with software development project. Read this article to ensure you address the most significant problems of software development project management. Pin it to your project management board.

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Your Basic Guide to IT Project Governance Framework

Project-Management.pm

Projects have since been a lifeline of an organization; everything is a project these days and these help companies keep up with the ever-growing changes happening around the market. However, a project just doesn’t function on its own. The process won’t even work unless there is manpower involved, as well as methodologies and standards implemented for projects to be delivered successfully. This is one of the purposes of project governance.

25 mistakes project managers make

Binfire

The secret to success as a project manager or any other profession is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat common mistakes project managers make; even the experienced ones. Project manager’s role is complicated. 25 Common mistakes project managers make.

The Road to Effective Project Management Governance

Project-Management.pm

What really is project management governance? With countless articles and books in the business spectrum conveying such practice, project management governance is in the sense, subjective. There’s no correct description of it and it’s safe to say that individuals or groups who employ and encounter project management governance have developed their own understanding of it. To be more precise, project management governance. Project Management Governance.

What We Can Do About It (4)

The Tao of Project Management

Step one was to consider the skills of the project manager, s tep two was to consider the needs of the organisation, and step three wa s to consider the projects and make sure they are business critical. But we can't just stop there, for even if a project is business critical it can still go wrong or cease to be business critical. Ideally this would be at the end of each project stage. Red is critical and urgent: the problem must be addressed or the project will fail.

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Communications Management: PMP Study Guide (PMBOK 6th Edition)

ExamsPM

Project Communications Management is the process of planning, collecting, storing, and updating project information. The Communications Management knowledge area that a project manager spends the most time on. Review project plans. Have a project war room.

Gantt Chart is the right tool for tracking all projects even Agile

Binfire

There are many project management methodologies in use today. All have different ways of managing projects and each fit certain projects based on size or complexity. They use different tools and methods to plan a project and track it during project life cycle.

Project Review

The Tao of Project Management

So step one was to consider if the project manager has the necessary skills to manage projects. Step three was to make sure that only projects that are critical to the business take place and that the projects that do take place are measured on the actual benefits they deliver to the business at the end of the project. This way projects that are going wrong or getting into difficulties get fixed or stopped before they can have a serious impact on the business.

Agile project management- A tutorial

Binfire

The Agile project management methodology has been used by software engineers and IT professionals for the past sixteen years. But the tide is turning and Agile project management is gaining wide acceptance as a valid process for most projects. History of Agile project management.

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Agile project management- A tutorial

Binfire

The Agile project management methodology has been used in the software development and IT industry for the past sixteen years, but recently it has gained wide acceptance by many number of industries and organizations. History of Agile project management. Project Planning.

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The NextGen (Agile) “Tester”

Sudipta Lahiri

Let us understand these: Early Involvement : testing was generally considered to be a late in the SDLC cycle activity. With Agile thinking focus on continuous delivery, testers need to get involved early in the project life cycle, understand the business and be an integral part of the team.

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What Does Enterprise Project Management Mean?

Leankor

Enterprise project management is a field of organizational development dedicated to just that. Using the available resources, businesses organize their projects according to an established system of information. All projects should be able to be managed at once through the same system. A streamlined business will operate more efficiently and finish projects more quickly. The History of Enterprise Project Management. The Benefits of Enterprise Project Management.

Risk Management: PMP Study Guide (PMBOK 6th Edition)

ExamsPM

Project Risk Management includes all the processes involved in risk identification, regulation, and mitigation on a project. Expected time (when) in the project life cycle. Project manager’s role –. Keep stakeholders informed of project progress.

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Project Management Certification – A guide

Binfire

This article is a guide on how to obtain a project management certification and resources you need to do so. If you are planning to get a project management certification, this article is for you. Before you start planning to take your certification exam, you need to consider the following three points: 1- You need a few years of practical experience in project management before you can take the certification test, usually 2-3 years of relevant experience.

5 Governance Steps for Distributed Project Team Management

LiquidPlanner

Managing a distributed project team takes real skill and a definite commitment to putting a governance structure in place that enables success. The take-away I learned with a distributed project team: a virtual presence is an absolute absence. Why is the project being executed?

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. Risk management is an important skill that can be applied to all projects.

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What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

LiquidPlanner

Project teams who can harness these technologies now will find themselves leading their industries in this coming digital transformation. The project teams that win in the new world are already positioning themselves to sail through the potential disruptions that these changes will produce.

Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

Projects are often executed by dynamic teams. They start with a small core team and as the project gains momentum, add resources over time. This is commonly seen in IT service organizations that do fixed price projects. Further, as the project is executed, Scope Creep happens.

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How to Solve the 5 Top Challenges of Manufacturing Projects

LiquidPlanner

When you work on a manufacturing project , you face some unique challenges, often with a lot at stake. It’s always tricky to manage a disparate set of demands, visions and expectations on any project; but it’s even trickier in manufacturing.

How To Minimize Resource Planning/Scheduling Related Expenses Using Ganttic

Ganttic

I stumbled upon a research paper by Zohar Laslo titled Project portfolio management: An integrated method for resource planning and scheduling to minimize planning/scheduling-dependent expenses. How couldn’t you if it’s a paper on PPM and resource planning and it’s about keeping your projects in the budget. I mean you should log in to your resource planning software, and open up a time period that your new project is going to be in. Not for you or your project team.