Waterfall vs. Agile Project Management

Depending on the project, accurate and consistent management styles do matter, especially when it comes to finishing a project successfully. Two project management styles that are used regularly are Waterfall and Agile. These two project management styles are quite distinct. Deciding which style to use can be difficult. What are the main differences between these … Continue reading Waterfall vs. Agile Project Management

Why does a simple triangle fully define a Project? The Triple Constraint

Draw a triangle. Put scope, time, and cost around the three sides. Now put Resources in the center. You have just fully captured the parameters of a Project! Customer satisfaction, quality, and risk are all about real or perceived variability in one or more of these.  This beautiful, simple model, called the Triple Constraint, drives … Continue reading Why does a simple triangle fully define a Project? The Triple Constraint

Project Management: Not just for bridge-builders and software coding.

  Construction and software development are two areas that have employed Project Managers for decades. However, many other areas employ them as well. NASA and Space-X both employ many PMs, but so do organizations as diverse as the Secret Service, IBM, and Halliburton. Since Project Management is, at its core, Start/Finish/Goal, a strong Project Management … Continue reading Project Management: Not just for bridge-builders and software coding.

Project Management: Not just for bridge builders and software coding

Construction and software development are two areas that have employed Project Managers for decades. However, many other areas employ them as well. NASA and Space-X both employ many PMs, but so do organizations as diverse as the Secret Service, IBM, and Halliburton. Since Project Management is, at its core, Start/Finish/Goal, a strong Project Management background … Continue reading Project Management: Not just for bridge builders and software coding

Are Project Management skills too Specific?

Project Managers do use some specialized tools such as Gantt Charts and Risk Breakdown Structures, but anything that has a start, a finish, and a goal is a Project. Getting a college degree is a Project, as is getting married, or moving across the country. The “Toolbox” of the Project Manager is applicable to all … Continue reading Are Project Management skills too Specific?

What does it take to get PMP certified?

4500 hours of Project Management experience in the last 8 years if you have a 4-year college degree, and 7500 hours if you don’t. Determining what is and is not Project Management can be confusing, so don’t assume anything either way. This experience must span at least 3 years. 35 hours of education, which is … Continue reading What does it take to get PMP certified?

Why the Project Charter is Essential to Your Success as Project Manager

You wouldn’t move across the country to take a job offer that wasn’t in writing. Why run a Project without a written agreement? The Project Charter does this job by spelling out responsibilities of both parties, authorities, expectations, and limitations. For small Projects, the Project Manager may choose to confirm an oral Charter with a … Continue reading Why the Project Charter is Essential to Your Success as Project Manager

Why is Risk Management the Key to Successful Project Planning?

Good Risk Management minimizes the likelihood of bad things happening, and enhances the chances of good things happening. It can also minimize the Impact of the bad things, and maximize the Impact of the good things. Taken together, these factors reduce the variability in the likely outcome of the Project. In other words, your Project … Continue reading Why is Risk Management the Key to Successful Project Planning?

Four Questions that should be asked before Project Launch

1. What do we know and what do we need to know? This is Data Gathering. 2. What could go wrong and what could go right? This is Risk Management. 3. What has already gone right or wrong? This is Problem-Solving and Seizing Opportunities. 4. What decisions need to be made now? When these four questions are answered, in order, it … Continue reading Four Questions that should be asked before Project Launch

PMP or CAPM Certifications

Which Project Management Certification is Right for Me? by Christopher J. Bart, PMP Instructor for Intro to Project Management, and PMP Certification Exam Prep. Private Project Management Training & Consulting The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute is the gold standard for Project Managers world-wide. Although it will not guarantee you … Continue reading PMP or CAPM Certifications