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Building High Performance Teams to Drive Innovation

High-performance teams are not desirable in achieving innovation and speed – they are essential. However, most companies underestimate or overlook the benefit and opportunity that come from high-performance teams. In our work with world-class technology companies, high-performance teams are, quite frankly, part of their DNA and contribute to their competitive advantage. There are many examples of dysfunctional teams that have heroically pushed products over the finish line, but what many do…

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Added by Jeanne Bradford on June 4, 2013 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Business Value Toolkit & Balanced Scorecard

Understanding the total cost of IT is all about understanding the cost and business impact of new and existing IT investments.  Business leaders want to see how IT investments link to business strategy and want to know which investments lower costs and have a higher impact.  Strategic alignment, value measurements and prioritization helps company’s make good investment decisions.  Don’t waste your money on expensive software!   This toolkit gives you everything you need…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on January 22, 2012 at 4:34am — No Comments

Scrum as Project Management

by Kevin Thompson, PhD

Experienced project managers, trained in the formal practice of project management, can be forgiven for feeling that they have entered the Twilight Zone on first encountering Scrum. While Scrum is a “process framework,” optimized for managing software projects, almost nothing about it seems familiar to someone with a PMP certification. And yet, if Scrum is about project management, its concepts should make sense to “classic” project managers. How can we…

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Added by cPrime Inc. on March 30, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments

The Agile Development Story: Scrum Meets PMP

by Crystal Lee, PMP, CSM

Do you know what a Scrum is? Wondering if you should try Scrum on your next project?

If so, you’re not alone. It seems like everyone in the software development community is buzzing about Scrum. In this article, we will present basic principles and remove some of the mystery around Scrum, compare Scrum with current Project Management practices, and go over some tips if you are thinking of using Scrum for the first time.

Despite the recent buzz,…

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Added by cPrime Inc. on March 30, 2011 at 5:37pm — No Comments

How Uncertainty Works

by Kevin Thompson, Ph.D, PMP, CSP

How Uncertainty Works

All estimates are subject to uncertainty, and project schedules are no exception. A schedule consists of a set of tasks, which are executed at times dictated by dependencies and resources. The simplest schedule, consists of a set of tasks that are executed one after the other, and we’ll look more at this case below.

The schedule for a project contains uncertainty because the estimated effort or duration…

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Added by cPrime Inc. on March 30, 2011 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Getting the Most Out of Your New Product Development Projects

From R&D to post-sales customer service, every group in an organization is critical to a new product’s success. Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) systems can unite all these elements that drive new product development – if used wisely.

 

But too many organizations run their new product development projects in silos, typically within the confines of marketing and engineering. PPM is used more as a tactical tool to monitor progress, overcome bottlenecks and keep on…

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Added by Neil Stolovitsky on January 14, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Can I claim PDUs for attending a company internal PM conference?

In every issue of The PDU Insider podcast I answer a question from our subscribers about earning PDUs. This question here is from Syam Prasad, from Bangalore, India:



I attended a two-day Project Management conference held by my company. Can I claim PDUs for this? And if yes... how many can I claim and under which category?



My answer: Yes you can! PDUs can be earned… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

PM consultants can make a lot of $$$ marketing themselves to agencies.

Fellow PMPs and PMs,

PM consultants can make a lot of $$$ marketing themselves to agencies who work on projects of all sizes across multiple industries for private and public sector clients. These agencies are beginning to realize the importance of controlling triple project constraints. Their clients are demanding they do!

With respect to the public sector, the Obama administration is trying to cut out inefficiencies and save…

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Added by Outward Marketing on June 22, 2010 at 11:11am — No Comments

Applying Agile Principles to Embedded Systems Projects

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Added by Elmer Dela Cruz on May 31, 2010 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Waterfall, RUP and Agile: Which is Right for You?

Despite signs of life in the economy, the realities of software development persist. Most companies and customers need their software yesterday with the most advanced features at the lowest possible cost. To accomplish these seemingly contradictory goals, developers seek to streamline production with fast, effective processes that can give the customer what he/she wants in the shortest time possible.



These realities and past development failures have led to a shift in software… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on January 21, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Improving Project Team Accountability

Communicating about tasks, roles and responsibilities takes up a great deal of time for most project managers. After communicating, a project manager documents and tracks task assignments in a project plan. So everybody has something to do, and the plan forward is clear to all. But how do you translate those task assignments into a real sense of ownership by individual team members? How do you make sure that each member of the project team feels accountable for the project’s success, not just… Continue

Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on December 3, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

11 Critical Considerations for Managing Outsourcing Projects

Both private and public service sector organizations face an ongoing challenge to determine whether functions should be performed internally or externally. While much is written about how to make this decision from an organizational strategic perspective, there are few guidelines for the project manager to use during the initiation and planning phases. Outsourcing is not always as… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on October 28, 2009 at 6:54am — No Comments

You Are Who You...

... spend the most time with. Do you buy that?



project management keynote about relationships In my keynote entitled The Dirty Little Secret of Business, we talk about the importance of relationships. During the keynote I ask people in the audience: "How much does it matter who you spend time with? Why?"



Overwhelmingly the responses are that we are significantly impacted by the people we are surrounded by. Speaker and author Allan Holender says it this way: "You are the mean of the… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on August 20, 2009 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

7 Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

Whether you are a project manager planning for a smooth implementation of a plan or a project sponsor on whose decisions a project depends, you cannot escape from the fact that project estimation is essential to its success. In the first place, there are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on August 13, 2009 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Managing Large Projects with Ease: 9 Pressure Reducers That Work

Managing large software projects can be quite difficult under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, individuals with limited or no experience often rely on survival tips from more experienced co-workers and other individuals in-the-know.



This article focuses on nine helpful tips that will undoubtedly improve your software project management experiences. The tips themselves originate from Washington DC-based Robert E. Bone, an expert who has an impressive twenty-eight years of IT… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on June 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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