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Three Simple Steps to Communication Success

Communication and miscommunication affect projects and so much more. There are simple steps anyone can take to improve all communications Introduction Most people have witnessed situations where two project team members start out talking calmly, then quickly escalate to a heated debate. Once the conversation starts, over time, the volume level increases, the participants start waving their arms wildly, and

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Requirements for Agile Projects

There is no difference between requirements for agile projects and those for traditional projects. Therefore, the preferred phrase should be “requirements for agile projects” Agile development approaches are used currently in most software organizations at least some of the time. With the rise in popularity of agile methods, business analysts and product owners often use the term “agile requirements” to

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Waterfall versus Agile Project Management

Waterfall and agile project management styles have strengths and weaknesses. Both are suitable in specific situations. Know the strengths and weaknesses, and when to use one style over another for successful project management. Introduction Many project management professionals inquire about “agile project management”. Since Agile is a bit difficult to describe by itself, it is better to outline the more

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Integrating Enterprise Information Management with Project Management

Integrating the components of enterprise information management into a project centric organization can be challenging, but it is essential for successfully using data as an asset. Introduction One the challenges with implementing Enterprise Information Management (EIM) is integrating and gaining traction in a project centric organization.  For companies with a more formalized Project Management organization, the organization views corporate work

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The Third Dimension in Project Management

Project management requires the use of a solid framework and an experienced project manager to ensure the success of any project, any size, in any industry Introduction I was hooked on watching the Iron Chef – what got me interested in this show was the project manager in me. Watching these highly skilled chefs be provided with the exact same

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Common People Project Management Challenges

Many project management challenges are centered on the people involved in a project; part of the “people, process, technology” triangle as the basis of all organizations Introduction There are still some common project management challenges, despite the huge efforts from the project management consortiums, project management Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and many companies that are embracing project management as a

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 4

Project Management Office (PMO) implementations need project portfolio management and project management tools to sustain the PMO function Introduction Part 1 covered requirements of creating a PMO and the steps needed for a successful PMO. This part also addressed a breakdown of the elements and processes which constitute the many components of a PMO. Part 2 addressed the challenges that

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 3

Project Management Office (PMO) implementations require four elements to ensure successful planning, execution and measurement of the PMO function Introduction There are four elements that help organizations and individuals working in a Project Management Office (PMO) to establish assessment criteria, prepare for execution, develop an action plan, and measure the benefits of a global project management office. Mature organizations lead

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 2

Challenges to Project Management Office (PMO) implementation can be addressed by following best practices and proven techniques Introduction Creating and designing (planning) a Project Management  Office (PMO) is half of the work – seeing it through (executing) is the work itself and it is a very important component for any newly established PMO. Furthermore, understanding the challenges that surround a

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Project Risk Assessment in Uncertain Organizational Climates

Project risk assessment and management are important project management activities. All project managers should assess risk for every project and manage it appropriately. Introduction Risk assessment is often one of the most neglected yet most important areas of project management . This is largely because many project managers have not taken the time at the onset of the project to

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