Team Development Lessons Learned

If the team can apply the lessons learned in the forming and storming phase, the team progress faster to the norming and performing phase. In this second article, I’ll highlight a few useful lessons learned across the Norming and Performing phases.

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Request for Proposal Tips

Request for Proposal

Credit: Guillaume Brialon The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a purchasing process used to elicit service provider proposals for a specific product, service or solution.  In Information Technology, this often translates into the purchasing of IT services, software or the combination of both.   If you have ever been through an RFP purchasing cycle, then…

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Earned Value Management Implementation Guide Checklist

earned value implementation guide

credit: Daniel Kulinski Over the past 12 years, I’ve been studying earned value management implementation guides and its application to IT projects. According to PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, EVM is an “objective method to measure project performance in terms of scope, time and cost.” If you’re unfamiliar with EVM, read my overview before…

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Stop Facilitating Lessons Learned Workshop Sessions

Lessons Learned Workshop

Lessons Learned Workshops—marksdk (Flickr.com) Project teams should simply stop conducting post-mortems and stop wasting time facilitating lessons learned workshops. When I first heard these words I thought it would’ve been considered blasphemy to the PMBOK editorial staff. Undoubtedly the Project Management Institute would revoke PMP certifications on the spot if they found the speaker (ahem…culprit)…

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Project Transition to Operations

project transition to operations

Transition—h koppdelaney (Flickr.com) Have you ever struggled with supporting a newly deployed application while managing subsequent releases? Have you ever had problems with project transition to operations? Enterprise projects and programs often have multiple releases to various countries and business units. Project teams run the risk of becoming lost in transition when the initial release…

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PMO Career Path – 5 Concerns Joining a PMO

pmo career path concerns

Warning Sign—roberthunt1987 (Flickr.com) Are you considering joining the PMO Career path? All project management offices are not created equal, and the perception of a PMO’s value within an organization will greatly influence a project manager’s decision to pursue a position in it. Here are five concerns that could discourage a project manager from seeking a…

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PMO Career Path – 6 Reasons to Join a PMO

PMO Career Path

Climbing your Career Path (Flickr.com) Adding a PMO assignment to a project management career path can offer project managers experience in program-level risk and change management, expand their awareness of business issues and develop leadership skills. It can also offer the opportunity to become part of the solution to project management processes in need of…

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Earned Value Management Tutorial

earned value management tutorial

Earned value management EVM—Nguyen Vu Hung vuhung (Flickr.com) We’ve all heard the term somewhere in a project management class or a PMP exam preparation book: EVA, Earned Value Analysis. According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, earned value analysis is “an objective method to measure project performance in terms of scope, time and cost.”…

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