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Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (6)

PMBOK -v- Methodology

One of the more common discussions on the web and in other places is focused on arguing the merits of, or comparing, the PRINCE2 Methodology with the PMBOK Methodology.

The problem with the proposition is basic premise is completely wrong! The PMBOK® Guide is not and never has been a methodology.

Methodologies define the processes, responsibilities and workflows needed to achieve an objective. PRINCE2 is a good project methodology for managing projects with a large internal…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 26, 2012 at 5:47am — 7 Comments

That was a Decision, Really?

Tom was not surprised when Jacob and Marilyn asked for a private meeting with him. He had a hunch that some of the team was displeased with him. He thought of Jacob and Marilyn as ‘unofficial’ team leaders. They seemed to be the two people who his team members looked to for professional guidance. Tom had mixed feeling about his upcoming meeting with the two of them. On the one hand it would be a relief to find out what was wrong and on the other hand, well he was going to find out what was…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on April 23, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Featured Review: Mind Mapping with MindMaple for Project Management

Mind mapping is an ideal tool for project managers to organize and effectively manage all the facets of their projects.  In addition, mind mapping allows project managers to tackle projects in a nonlinear process further increasing creativity and productivity.…

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Added by Admin on April 17, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

A thought on PMOs and Project Controls

The quality guru W. Edwards Deming said ‘In God we trust, all other bring data’. However, developments in the Victorian Government health system a couple of years ago offer a salient reminder to any PMO manager on the need to validate data and being careful in the selection of the KPIs measured – pick the wrong KPI and you get behavior changes that are worse then before the KPI was introduced.

Victorian hospitals are rewarded for good performance and fined for poor…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Please, Make a Decision

Over lunch, Jacob and Marilyn discussed some of the frustrations they were experiencing on one of their current projects. Jacob was a business analyst on the project and Marilyn was the subject matter expert. Jacob turned to Marilyn and said to her, “If you could say just one thing to Tom our project manager, what would it be?” Without hesitation Marilyn replied, “Please, make a decision.”

Unfortunately Jacob and Marilyn both viewed Tom as wishy-washy. He seemed to be either unwilling…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Agile is NOT a Project Management Methodology!

A range of IT commentators are confusing a product development methodology with project management. Agile is not an IT project management methodology any more than choosing to use pre-cast concrete in preference to brickwork is a construction management methodology.

Agile is certainly a useful product development methodology for many IT applications and is extremely useful in other situations such as developing training materials and many business change projects where most of the…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 2, 2012 at 3:47am — 13 Comments

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