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Project Management Techniques

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 […]

Project Estimation Methods

Filed under Estimation | Posted by PMStudent

Project estimation can be a headache for new project managers. ?There are lots of opinions out there and not much that weighs various methods…rather you find people who feel strongly about one way or another. ?To give a quick overview of some ideas and then call for your input, I recorded this video. ?Please leave […]

Does your PM job include business analysis work?

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It?s no secret that business analysis and project management roles tend to blend together in their work on IT and business change efforts. We also find that business analysts naturally take on project management responsibilities and project managers naturally take on business analyst responsibilities, especially in cases where one of these roles is absent or […]