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July 2010 Blog Posts (13)

How do you dress your business requirements?

In previous articles we’ve discussed requirements from several viewpoints. We’ve examined the characteristics and attributes of good requirements and differentiated them from business rules. We’ve discussed the merits of developing requirements in a cascading fashion from business goals through related objectives to enable prioritization. We’ve also looked at techniques and templates to aid in…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on July 28, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Why Trainings Fail?

We look at the gaps in handling IT Training in many IT organizations, and why it so often falls short of the…
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Added by Atrijit Dasgupta on July 26, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Troubled Project Primer: What’s Going Right in the Gulf?

Since we are on the topic of troubled projects, I started thinking about what has now been branded the Deepwater Horizon Response Project. This situation has similarities to many project calamities one might encounter in the course of dealing with internal or external customer organizations. A customer organization messes up, BIG TIME, and you have to step in and turn it around.

In this case, the project manager is retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm.…

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Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on July 25, 2010 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Talking Up Troubled Projects

In last week’s article, Susan discussed the emotions involved when a project is terminated, “back burnered” to death, or mercifully euthanized. But what about those projects that don’t or can’t get cancelled when they should? Whether due to mandatory regulatory requirements, or being beyond the point of no return some projects simply leave us no choice – they must be finished. Managing a…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on July 15, 2010 at 9:05pm — No Comments

The CIO's Role in Project Failure

A couple months ago I asked the question, "Who should the CIO report to?" on the LinkedIn's CIO Magazine Forum. Surprisingly, over 100 people responded, so many that the group's moderator moved the discussion to the jobs section. Maybe they were tired of the attention this old, beat-up subject was getting. I surely did not think responses would be quite as passionate as they were. However, my interest lay in another area, not in the answers to the direct question, rather the reasoning behind…

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Added by Todd C. Williams on July 12, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments

RIP: IT Project

It’s the end of the 2nd Quarter and the first half of the year, and for many organizations, it’s a time when projects and programs are reviewed and analyzed. Some will ultimately be nurtured: more money, resources, attention, whatever the scare resource is. Other projects and programs will not fare so well and will be terminated outright or “back-burnered”…

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Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on July 9, 2010 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Top 3 Words That Can Make Your Project Successful!

Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!

Communicate with the client.

Communicate with executive staff.

Communicate with the team.…

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Added by Kimba Green on July 9, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing Project Management Software

Recently, the LiquidPlanner team took some time and conducted in-depth interviews with nearly 40 of our most active customers. We asked a lot of questions and heard some great success stories. One thing quickly became clear: the method you use to roll out a new tool can make or break its adoption on a team.



So what made these teams successful? They each avoided most (or all) of the pitfalls below when introducing project management… Continue

Added by Liz Pearce on July 8, 2010 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Bridging the Gap

Measuring the Gap…
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Added by Atrijit Dasgupta on July 8, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

Loving project divergence!

There is a clear trend towards projects becoming more and more flexible, and more difficult to predict and plan. Clear and measurable goals, which should be set at the start-up of a project, are non-existent. The goal setting therefore more often becomes a process of trying to come to a result during the course of the project. The planning becomes a support in order to parry and speculate.



In the book “On the verge of failure” Mats Tyrstrup reports his research study on everyday…

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Added by Daniel Nilsson on July 5, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments

Bridging the Gap

What's the Gap?


In my several years of professional experience in IT & ITES industry, I have always noticed that training and therefore, improving one’s skill-set for a better evolved technical resource or a manager has been…
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Added by Atrijit Dasgupta on July 5, 2010 at 3:13am — No Comments

APMP for PRINCE2; the Yin and Yang of Project Management

What is the APMP for PRINCE2?

The APMP for PRINCE2 practitioners is a new qualification from the association for project management. It recognised the value of the prior learning in the PRINCE2 covers many of the gaps in the PRINCE2 method to develop a more complete and pragmatic project manager. Key areas…

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Added by paul naybour on July 1, 2010 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

The anatomy of a good business requirement

In our previous 2 articles, we’ve discussed how business requirements should originate in a cascading manner from goals and objectives, to assist in assigning their relative priorities. We also reviewed tools that can be leveraged to help us remember the different areas or categories of requirements to capture. But now let’s step back and consider, just what is a requirement anyway, and…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on July 1, 2010 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

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