Project Management

Information and discussion on best practices, communications, and keeping your wits about you

Gold Plating: When Less is More

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Do people gold plate anymore or do they just expand the scope to include new features and functions? You know what “gold plate” is don’t you? It’s a general term that usually means adding more to the system than specified in the requirements. I’m always amused when I hear, “It didn’t take much time.” “It works better this way,” or “I needed to do this to make the other requirement work.” It can seem like some folks are just adding… continue…

Top Tips For Managing IT Projects That Combine Offshore-U.S. Workers

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Managing projects across geographic lines and cultures is becoming more complex as companies expand their workforce options. Project teams can span multiple countries as companies choose offshore resource pools. Each country and organization has their own set of rules and assumptions for they way they work, and it’s up to the PM to help the team understand that and provide those guidelines back to the team. Here are some tips for managing IT projects that combine offshore and U.S. workers:… continue…

How to Piggyback Projects Without Getting Slaughtered

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If you work in a large enough IT organization, you’ll eventually need to manage your project alongside other projects of similar scope.  As you start working through the initial planning stages, reach out to management and other PMs to understand what other projects are running and start identifying commonalities. Here are some quick guidelines to help manage your efforts. 1) Assess Project Overlaps Work with other PMs and BAs in the organization to find out if there are any overlaps… continue…

What You Need to Know About Project Management [DiceTV]

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When it comes to getting products out the door, the project manager’s the one everyone looks at. They decide how to build it, what to build it with, how much time to give it — all while staying on-budget, of course. But no pressure. Here’s how they get it all done.

PM Priorities for Working at Home Effectively

How many project managers actually work from home? I’m always curious. Most of my time is spent managing teams or dealing with customers, so it would seem difficult to actually work from home. But some do it. I recently spoke to a few work-at-home PMs and got the lowdown on how to ensure organization, effectiveness and overall trust with the team they manage. Here are a few tips to ensure you get off to the right start and stay focused… continue…

How to Chart Your Critical Path for Project Management

Do you know how to deliver business value to your project management customers in the shortest amount of time?  No? Then, you need to start with a critical path. A project’s critical path includes all the items that must be delivered, as well as the projected effort needed to complete these items. As a project manager, I think it is very important to understand the scope of the project you are managing, and it’s equally important to understand what it… continue…

How to Hold an Effective Project Postmortem

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The end of every project calls for a postmortem session where the team can review the project itself. Among other things, these can be called “Lessons Learned,” or “Retrospectives” in the Agile world. Whatever you call them, the objectives are similar: Pull the core team together, talk about what worked, what didn’t and how to improve things next time. To make a retrospective succeed, it’s essential to assemble both team members who were involved with the project, as well as… continue…

Project Managers: Multi-Taskers or Single Project Players?

Project managers are often put to the test in juggling large projects, or a multitude of small ones. I frequently get asked this question; Is it easier to manage one large project that takes up all of your time, or to run multiple projects at once? I’ve actually been able to do both and found it depends upon individual preference and the type of projects you’re working on. If you’re managing a larger project, depending on the timeline and team, you… continue…

How Project Managers Can Improve an Effort’s Requirements

As a project manager, I am always looking for ways to improve how I get things done. Obviously, my goal is to make sure things run smoothly, but there are always things that can get better or be done differently to improve the overall effort or even processes that currently rule over the space in which I work. One specific area where this applies is in the development of requirements. Many companies have resources devoted understanding the company’s overall strategies,… continue…

Seven Of Our Favorite Stories on Contracting

The way the economy’s going I, for one, believe that more of us are going to consider becoming a contractor at some point. Either we’ll decide the trade-offs in lifestyle, flexibility and pay will be worth the hassle of paperwork and insurance — or because businesses in general increasingly like the idea of having a flexible work force. If you’re thinking about contracting, or are just curious about some of the dynamics at play, here are seven stores to take… continue…