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Featured Blog Posts – January 2009 Archive (17)

The Risk Management Plan by

The Risk Management Plan by Brad Egeland

In many of my other posts I’ve referred to the need for identifying issues and risks and managing them on an ongoing. This is done through adhoc informal communication and also formally as part of the weekly status reports and weekly status meetings.

As with the Project Communications Plan, whether or not your project or your customer requires the Risk Management Plan to be an actual deliverable, you should still create the plan and… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 30, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

Successful Change Is All Down To People

Hi to everyone in the community. I've just joined this morning and as a first instance wanted to share some of my experience with the community to support fellow professionals.

Briefly, my background has been in Project Management and then following studies in behavioural psychology, in change management. I have worked as a consultant for blue-chip consultants in change management and now in my role as Founding Director of The Colour Works, work with leadership teams throughout the… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on January 30, 2009 at 5:55am — 1 Comment

Agile and User Interface Mockups

Some people will argue that user interface mockups smell of big planning and have no place in agile, I disagree. Let’s face it; it’s hard for a product owner to communicate to the software development team how a software product should look and work without pictures.

A product owner that has screen mockups to work with has a powerful tool to elaborate user stories. Pictures enhance collaboration and understanding by giving the software development team an alternate method of… Continue

Added by Patrick S Merg on January 29, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

How to keep Project Managers

As I noted in my post on the 14Mar2008 there is a new breed of project manager out there that is mainly made up of Gen Y and Gen X individuals who are looking for more in a company. Long gone are the days of an employee being dedicated to one employer for their entire career. So what can we do to try to keep them for as… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on January 27, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Project Inside Out

Probably you are reading this title and asking yourself: what does this guy want to talk about? Don’t worry; keep calm, my intention is not to prove anything about the actual project management models: positive and negative aspects, improvement needs or project manager’s responsibilities. The main objective of this simple text is to promote some reflection on the real project world.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to watch the movie “The curious case of Benjamin Button”. Well, if you… Continue

Added by Guilherme Hildebrand on January 27, 2009 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

RISK ANALYSIS & RISK MANAGEMENT AT PROJECT, PROGRAM, AND PORTFOLIO LEVELS - Dr. Richard Bayney, President, Project & Portfolio Value Creation.

The risk of an event happening can be measured and expressed categorically in the form of its likelihood of occurrence (e.g. high, medium, low) or numerically in the form of a probability of success (0-100%). Some authors insist that the impact of the event, if it occurs, should also be described alongside the probability estimate and this impact can be referred to as the outcome or consequence of the event.

At the Project level, risk is relatively easy to quantify if one assumes that… Continue

Added by Richard Bayney on January 25, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Project Status Reporting by

Project Status Reporting by Brad Egeland

I consider the Project Status Report a sacred piece of PM material. You do a lot of things on a weekly basis as a Project Manager, though many of those tasks that you perform are not very quantifiable. Your team members may accomplish a lot of documentable tasks, possibly even producing deliverables that are billable. But as the PM, you orchestrate but rarely deliver a product that you… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 24, 2009 at 1:56pm — No Comments

My Quest

Well I have started my quest of obtaining my PMP certification. This will be a journey, lots of studying. Need to make a decision if I am going to use the third edition or forth edition. Testing after June will be using the forth so that means I need to set my goal to take the exam by the end of June 09. I have ordered several study books, cue card, and signed up for the PM PreCast by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP. You can find more information about the PM PreCast at… Continue

Added by Michael Camire on January 22, 2009 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

The Remote Project Manager by

The Remote Project Manager by

by Brad Egeland

I have personally been running projects in a primarily remote capacity for the past three years. I’m not necessarily a road warrior nor do I particularly aspire to be one, so I’ve enjoyed the challenges of managing projects and teams remotely. The primary thing I’ve learned about remote project management is that the most critical aspect is frequent,… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 20, 2009 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

Why Social Networking Matters

You're reading this as a member of PPMNG, so you've at least been introduced to the concept of social networking. Yet when you hear the term "Social Networking" what's the first thing that comes to mind?

"For kids!"

"Time drain."

"For personal, not professional use."

I would have replied similarly earlier in my career. But experience in recent years has significantly changed the way I look at the topic.

I challenge you to make this the… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on January 19, 2009 at 12:03pm — 6 Comments

Why I Love Project Management

Yesterday I posted about why I am still feeling pretty optimistic about the prospects for project managers, even given the current state of the economy. That's got me thinking a bit wider, about why I enjoy being a project manager so much.

Now, I am sure there are as many reasons for this as there are project managers. I came across one post,… Continue

Added by Trevor Roberts on January 16, 2009 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

How to Say "No" (Without Saying "No")

We have all been there before. Your boss (or customer) demands that you deliver their project in significantly less time than you think it will take.

Fred Brooks said it well: “It is very difficult to make a vigorous, plausible, and job-risking defense of an estimate that is derived by no quantitative method, supported by little data, and certified chiefly by the hunches of the managers.

Do you speak up and seemingly risk your job by being the “No”… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on January 9, 2009 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

Project Phase 2 - Exploration by

In my previous post I discussed The Project Kickoff. I should have referred to it as Project Phase 1 – Project Kickoff in order to be consistent with my followup posts on the general phases of a project in the hybrid PM methodology I try to follow.

I refer to Phase 2 as the Exploration phase. Ideally, the customer has performed some process analysis and requirements analysis on their own prior to the kickoff of this phase of the… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 8, 2009 at 2:18am — No Comments

The Problem with Getting it "Right"

"If management would only let us do it the right way."

"We could do it if we had the right tools."

"The prosecution isn't presenting their case right."


We work with organizations around the world who are struggling with how to deliver project and lead teams. Whether from executives, project managers, or stakeholders, I inevitably hear right phrases over-used. And it concerns me.

It's not an issue of whether I… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on January 7, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

User Story Prioritization - Part 1

Prioritizing the product backlog is an important step to make sure the agile software development team is focused on the correct set of user stories. The initial product backlog can consist from a few user stories to several hundred. Trying to prioritize several hundred user stories is a huge task that can be simplified by using MoSCoW ratings.

MoSCoW ratings defined;

M - MUST have this feature – the product will fail to meet needs without this

S - SHOULD have this feature… Continue

Added by Patrick S Merg on January 7, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

What is Web 2.0? by

We’ve all heard of the term Web 2.0, but what exactly is it? and how do benefit from its use?

According to Wikipedia

“The termWeb 2.0 describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web culture communities… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 6, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

The Project Kickoff

Whether your customer is around the corner or around the world you need an official Kickoff session, strategy session, planning session…whatever you want to call it. With a planned and productive Kickoff session, the project gets off on the right foot and you, as the project manager, will have done your best to start everyone off with the same expectations. Of course, there are no guarantees on that, but at least you are likely to close some major expectation gaps and possibly identify some… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 2, 2009 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

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