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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
Regardless of company size or market sector, businesses today invest in projects to sustain or advance competitive advantage. Many of the information technology projects are attempting to use Agile Project Management to reduce the risk of IT projects, and to deliver value to the business early. Even when using Agile project management practices, the reasons for project failures are usually predictable. There are five key causes contributing to projects collapsing before realizing their true potential. Break the cycle of challenged projects by focusing on these key areas.

The five deadly sins of Agile Project Management:

1. Failure to conduct pre-project business analysis and ongoing project evaluation
2. Failure to conduct a formal project kick-off
3. Failure to maintain the core team
4. Failure to manage the project value throughout the project life cycle
5. Failure to manage the project benefits

1. Failure to Conduct Pre-Project Business Analysis and Ongoing Project Evaluation
Portfolio management, managing the demand for IT projects, provides management with a view of projects across the enterprise, which facilitates project investment decisions. To ensure that strategic goals are achieved, strategies are translated into tangible programs and supporting projects through the portfolio management process. By aligning investments with projects that deliver outcomes to achieve strategic goals, portfolio management leads directly to improvements to the bottom line.

Studies show how pervasive this new management process has become. In a 2005 study of 54 senior-level decision makers by the Center for Business Practices in Havertown, Penn., 57.4 percent of the respondents reported that portfolio management helped their organization improve focus and work on the right projects. In addition, 70.4 percent said it improved their project alignment with their organizations’ overall strategy......

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
ealing with emails can be a nightmare, especially when you have hundreds of unread emails which keep growing by the hour, and dozens of flagged messages which need following-up on. Here are a few simple actions you can take to clear that inbox.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
Tip 1

Engineering development procedures have different needs from production procedures; never confuse the two.

Practically nothing can be done effectively in a large company unless a defined formal process for achieving the goal is in place. You might not like this fact, but it's true. As an engineer, you're working with a head full of specialized knowledge while you design your widget, but at the other end of the equation there's more than likely a factory employee or even a subcontractor following "put flap A in slot B" instructions. The huge, bureaucratic, and often exasperating machine that turns your schematic into a finished product consists largely of formal processes that turn engineering documents into flap A, slot B manufacturing and quality control documents.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
There are many reasons why good employees quit, most are preventable. From my years of experience as a consultant, I’ve identified a “Top Ten” list of reasons why people leave jobs:

1. Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people, resulting in longer days and weekend work.

2. Management cuts back on administrative help, forcing professional workers to use their time copying, stapling, collating, filing and other clerical duties.

3. Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can easily find a job earning 20-30 percent more somewhere else.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: yiorgos
"SEOmoz has recently been interviewing applicants for a web developer position. Prior to conducting the interview, I wrote up a list of technical questions I wanted to ask. After interviewing, I decided to build upon this list and put together a larger one that everyone could use - both for interviewers and interviewees."

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
Everyone wants to build a quality solution. You may not get the entire budget that you expect, but even then, you typically try to build the best solution you can with the available funding.

Yet, many projects miss the mark for meeting client expectations for quality. I think the biggest reason for this is that the project manager doesn't think ahead about how he or she is going to manage quality on the project. This is the purpose of the Quality Plan.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
Quality control and quality assurance are important concepts, yet most project managers have only a vague understanding of the meanings and the differences between these terms. Here's what they mean.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
You've all read the stories about the large number of projects that fail. Some reports say that half or more of all projects fail -- perhaps as many as 80%! However, as you look at the projects in your company, would you really say that 80% of them are failures? Would even 50% be considered failures?

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
If you have ever been on a troubled project, you know that there can end up being many inter-related problems. One of the first things you need to do is assess the troubled project to determine what is going on. This includes talking to many (or all) of the relevant stakeholders involved, including the current project manager, sponsor, key team members, etc.

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Category: Project Management
Posted by: aozman
It's true that every project is unique. However, it's also true that all project failures can be assessed using the same generalities. It helps to understand these because you can then be proactive in avoiding the problems to begin with.

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