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March 2011 Blog Posts (28)

Metrics in Project Management: More than Just Number

by Crystal Lee, PMP

Metrics may not be the sexiest subject in project management, but the success of the project management office (PMO) you work in, indeed, perhaps your job as a project manager, may be dependent on whether you have a metrics program in place. In tough economic times, there are even more amazing opportunities for a PMO to prove its real worth to the organization. The information in this article can help you to create your metrics program or assess if your existing…


Added by cPrime Inc. on March 30, 2011 at 5:40pm — 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…


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

Introduction to Scrum: Benefits and Practices

by Kevin Thompson, Ph.D, PMP, CSP

Scrum is a lightweight agile process framework used primarily for managing software development. Scrum is

  • lightweight because it has few prescribed elements
    • Three roles: Team, Scrum Master (often a Project Manager), Product Owner (often a Product Manager)
    • Three meetings: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Retrospective
    • Three artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog,…

Added by cPrime Inc. on March 30, 2011 at 5:38pm — 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,…


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…


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

PMP Exam Tip: What to Write in Your PMP Exam Application

We often receive a question similar to the following from PMP Exam Applicants who are in the process of filling in their application form:

Question: Do you have an example of project write ups on PMI application -- best in class examples of how to summarize your projects -- I have drafted mine and would like to evaluate my application against best in class for structure, etc.

Answer: The answer is "No, we don't have any examples". This is because we don't collect them, but… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 30, 2011 at 5:25am — No Comments

Another Conversation with Thokk…this time it’s about PM Value Share

Barb:  Interesting insights about PM value so far Thokk.  And you’re right, just because you’re able to meet the numbers, doesn’t mean you are totally out of the woods.  Performance metrics and quality management practices should provide enough evidence to validate PM value but that’s truly not the case as some PM survey results show.

Thokk:  When you get right down to it, the not-so-good things about projects are usually linked to other things besides metrics and measures.  That’s…


Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on March 29, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Project Management Principles - Free ebook Preview!

Announcement. Project Management was developed to optimize the design and production of submarines in USA. This e-book has been reviewed by hundreds of people. But why?. Let us explain you:

Project Management was developed to optimize the design and production of submarines in USA.But, the concepts are universal to any kind of project.

Project means, simply explained, that goals and actions are different either changing any time at all. Then, PM will discover you…


Added by Jorge Palma on March 27, 2011 at 8:58am — No Comments





This is a topic where everyone has something to contribute, from a school kid to fully grown up.

What is a need & what is greed???

Can the end justify the means?? 

Can the means justify the end???

What is selfless??

Who are others??

What is tyaag???

What is viragya???

Read my article,disagree with me and express yourself



Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on March 26, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Simulator launched

New educational tool for PMP candidates launches today, providing unparalleled exam simulation.

SILVERADO, March 25, 2011 – OSP International LLC has today launched PMP Exam Simulator™, a tool to help candidates for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) exam to prepare effectively.

The PMP Exam Simulator™
offers unlimited online access to over 1,800 exceptionally realistic PMP® exam practice questions. … Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 25, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments

Astute Strategy Formulation for sustenance in Balance Score Card Implementation

I have the proud privilege of being a member of the Executive Premier Community (XPC) of Balance Score Card Community. XPC is an elite community Palladium group consisting of only 300 members worldwide.The community is founded by the Harvard Professors Dr. Kaplan & Dr.Norton. This article is based on the resources from the above community.

The Balance Score card was defined clearly in terms of process and methodology in the early nineties by Dr. Robert Kaplan and Dr. David… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on March 23, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: What are Activity Attributes?

Specific components of a particular activity are known as activity attributes. In the beginning, these are typically descriptive factors related to the specific activity, but they can also describe activities that will become more relevant later in the project timeline. 

Most activity attributes can be organized, sorted and summarized. This happens based on a few specific categories. A few of the categories for activity attributes are activity codes, the specific people involved in…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 23, 2011 at 5:52am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Double-booking

I had just finished a call with our resource manager.  My resource on the Laramie project was double-booked.  I needed to deliver the news to our client.

“Hello John, this is Dan over at PM Pro.”

“Hi Dan, what’s up?”

“John, we may have to delay your Go Live date.”

“Why is that?”

“We are having some resource challenges.”

“How is your challenge my issue?”

“Well, our resource on this project accidentally got double-booked.”

“I repeat, how…


Added by Dan Vickers on March 21, 2011 at 9:52pm — 10 Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from - The answer is at the bottom:


On Friday March 25, 2011 we will be launching a new PMP Exam Simulator at You can receive 20% discount if you sign up to our launch…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 19, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Dangers of Confusing Online Task Management with Online Project Management

Many people confuse online task management with online project management. They tend to think of these two disciplines interchangeably, and that can be dangerous to the long-term success of your organization, especially when it comes to tool selection and risk management. It’s important to differentiate between the two, so that expectations can be set properly…


Added by Liz Pearce on March 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Do you have a favorite 3rd party Library?

Lets contribute by sharing your favorite but lesser known 3rd party libraries that no project should be without.

This is my feedback -

Some least heard but important such libraries which we have used in past are:

Unit Testing: DBUnit, Mockito, Hamcrest Matchers

Apache Common: Commons Configurations, Commons DbUtils, Commons IO, Commons Lang

Other: SLF4J, Google Collections, c3p0, Joda Time



Added by ken on March 18, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments

Too many projects … not enough resources

Over the past couple of months I have had several discussions with companies and groups about their list of ongoing projects.  Some of the questions I asked them are:
  1. Do you…

Added by Ryan Endres on March 16, 2011 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

PMP Exam Tip: What is the difference between Workaround and Contingency Plan?

Although many people use the terms “contingency plan” interchangeably with “workaround”, they are not the same. The difference between the two terms is related to whether the problems being handled were identified ahead of time or not. Contingency plans are made based on potential risks that are identified that could derail a project. Workarounds are responses to problems that develop while the project is being worked that were never identified.

When a project plan is first put…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 16, 2011 at 8:58am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from - The answer is at the very bottom:


On Friday March 25, 2011 we will be launching a new PMP Exam Simulator at You can receive 20% discount if you sign up to our launch newsletter.…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 12, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Risky Business – Taking control of threats and opportunities

In my last article on risk, I discussed qualitative and quantitative analysis which allows a team to assess probability, impact, and monetary value of the risks identified.  This allows a project team to develop priorities for those risks that require further planning and threat mitigation or opportunity realization strategies.  In this article we’ll discuss how to develop risk response strategies for those risks that make the cut.


Defining Thresholds: First off,…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on March 11, 2011 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

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