Learn how to create a project management plan: Step by step

The Develop Project Management Plan Process is the second project management process in the Project Integration Management knowledge section. It follows the Develop Project Charter process. The process of developing a project management plan is complex and there are many steps before that. It will be useful to summarize the steps that lead to developing project management plan with explanations. […]


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Design Coordination: How to Wrap Up ITIL Service Design

The final step in the ITIL service design phase of the ITIL ITIL lifecycle is the design coordination process. A service can be successfully handed over to the ITIL transition stage with efficient and effective design coordination. This is covered in detail in ITIL online courses. This process aims to coordinate all service design activities, resources, and processes. This post […]

How to define scope: What is the Final Step in the Project Scope?

The 3rd step in the Scope Management knowledge domain is the Define Scope Process. It follows Collect Requirements Process and Plan Scope Management Process. The PMP Scope Management, as described in PMI certification training describes, defines the work required and ensures that only this work is completed. The scope of a project defines what will be delivered during the project. […]

Defects per Unit (DPU), The Crux Of Six Sigma

Six Sigma uses many terminologies. Six Sigma is often referred to as normal distribution, DMAIC and FMEA. Six Sigma is about optimizing or improving processes to minimize defects. Defects per Unit (DPU) is a key term in Six Sigma. Green Belt Certification requires knowledge of terms such as DPU. There are free online Six Sigma courses as well as free […]

Request an Online Project Management Tool

On Tuesday, I was asked via Twitter to recommend a good online tool for project management. I tend to avoid certain tools and haven’t looked at many of the options. I am outsourcing this request to you. Please take a look here at Rebecka’s email and leave a comment with your recommendation. Let’s exchange ideas, and if you have any […]

One small change can make a big difference

June wondered, incredulous at the outrage caused by changing a few words in a single sentence. She had only updated a sentence in one of the high level requirements. It was a last-minute addition that she made just before she sent off the document for approval. She made the change to improve the document. She was not the project manager […]

Flashback to 1987: Once Bitten, Twice Shy Great White – Is he wearing an robe? This is not a post about Great White, the 80’s hairband. (Thank goodness!) This is about project communication, estimation. Mark had done his best. He was new to project teams and tried to estimate his tasks back when Jack (the project manager asked). It was now several months into the project and it was becoming obvious that Mark was not following his schedule. Jack called Mark to discuss the project’s status after a particularly painful review. “Mark, I expect that you perform at the level that you promised to. This is unacceptable. You are making our entire team look bad. You are now the critical path, even though your tasks were not near the critical path. That’s some project communication. Jack left Jack’s office as Mark was feeling dejected. After struggling through the project (Jack went to get an extra person for Mark’s tasks which resulted into another lecture and increased the original budget), it was time to start a new one. After all the whining he did last time, Mark was clear on what he wanted to do this time. He was able to recall all the things that were in his way last year, and he was able to estimate them this time. He arrived at an estimate for each task. He then doubled the estimate. Sue was the one running the project Mark was working on at that time. Jack stopped Sue as they passed each other in the hall. “Say Sue. Mark is working on your new project. “Yep.? Why?” “Why?” His estimates were too low. I was in hell for my last project. “Wow.? Jack, thanks for the tip! Although this is a simplified illustration, it illustrates key issues that often occur in projects to a greater degree than others. As? This scenario is a good one to be aware of if you are a new project manager.

Group estimates could have been used for clarity on scope and assumptions, and to bring in more experience. Jack should have sought to find the root cause of Mark’s problems and taken responsibility for it, rather than ignoring him. Sue will hopefully use the information Jack provided to help her find the root cause of Mark’s problem and ensure that […]

Hiring a project management consultant

Cully Perlman posted today about hiring project management consultants. Some of the benefits mentioned include: 1. It is a great way to clarify what you think is clear. It will be easier to pay someone to improve process. The ability to bring in someone who isn’t being assigned to other projects will allow the person to focus and be more […]

Ode to a Jedi Master: Who is your mentor?

PMP Training Course $99 dollars Orange Belt – Microsoft Project $850 dollars Advanced Project Management in Primavera P6 $1.200.00 Advanced Earned Value Management Techniques $1800.00 A mentor is a good idea. PRICELESS Project management mentor – fuzzcat via Flickr Carl was my mentor for two years and I learned more than I did in four years of college. A major […]