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Project Management Techniques

Oracle Primavera Enterprise PPM Virtual Summit

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Guest post by Travis Anderson Earn PDUs while learning how Oracle Primavera is adamant about riding the world of project failure. Get started by visiting the registration screen at Oracle Primavera Enterprise PPM Virtual Summit. http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/primavera2010/#home Once you get your login information, go to the Auditorium and watch Joel Koppelman, Sr. VP & GM of […]

6 Books To Make You a Better Project Manager

Filed under Books, Estimation | Posted by PMStudent

As 2010 draws to a close, the need for predictions about what will happen in 2011 about.? I have even offered my own guesses and plans here, here, and here. For this year-end post however, I offer some tools of skepticism to you, dear reader.? When it comes to predicting the future, we are all […]

Project Charter: How Important Is It?

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Note: This article is by Randy Tangco, PMP, CSM. The steering committee made a decision. They need to create a project because there is a business need to be resolved. Assign the project manager, assign the resources, and start working. Hmmm? Does this sound familiar to you? What is the first document you need to […]

Work Breakdown Structure Training From Dick Billows

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In line with my previous post about supporting other project management trainers who do good work, I bring you Dick Billows. This video on the Work Breakdown Structure shows that his approach is in line with my philosophy.? It is in line with the training I provide through WBS Coach and pmStudent e-Learning.? I haven’t […]

Project Estimation: Mapping Size and Complexity

Filed under Agile, Estimation, Kanban | Posted by PMStudent

Complexity in project estimation is important, and yet many if not most project managers seem to ignore it from what I’ve seen. I have been thinking and reading up quite a bit on relative methods for eliciting estimates for projects. I’ve enjoyed Planning Poker mostly as a means to get a team working more as […]

Change Control and Managing Expectations

Filed under Change Management, Communication | Posted by PMStudent

Finishing projects on time is very important; but holding yourself accountable to a baseline is only as valid as the change management process you have in place. The definition of “on time” changes based on context and how expectations are managed. Change happens on projects, and in my experience most of that change is not […]

Project Management in Everyday Life

Filed under Kanban, Scope | Posted by PMStudent

I use techniques I learned as a project manager in my everyday life all the time. ?Do you? If you are learning to become a project manager, have you started experimenting with these tools and techniques on your own, so that when you do start managing your own projects you will already be familiar with […]

How Expectations Mess Up Project Estimates

Filed under Estimation | Posted by PMStudent

Glen Alleman recently pointed me to a paper by Jorge Aranda among other material on software estimation. I sat down and read Anchoring and Adjustment in Software Estimation and it was well worth my time. To cut to the chase, the subjects were tasked to give estimates for software tasks in a controlled manner, in […]