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If Agile is Better, Why is Adoption So Low? By Alan Zucker   Agile software projects have significantly better outcomes than Waterfall methodologies.  Statistics from the 2015 Standish Group’s Chaos Report show that, on average, Agile projects are three times more likely to be successful than Waterfall projects.  This gap is even more pronounced for… Read more »

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PME is presently writing new curriculum for the recently released Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition). This is quite a challenge given the 6th edition is considerably different from the 5th edition.  PMI has done a great job of defining the roles that project managers play and identifying… Read more »

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Agile is an iterative software development approach where an integrated team from across the stakeholder community work together to evolve the development of the project’s software product. This is considerably different from the traditional waterfall or predictive development effort where requirements are collected, the product designed, developed and tested in that order.  Put simply, Agile… Read more »

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If you find people who are fun, friendly, caring and love helping others, you are onto a winner…”  You might be surprised to learn that quote was from Sir Richard Branson, the English billionaire, business magnate, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  Nowhere does Sir Richard say he looks for the best technical minds available.  I’m sure that… Read more »

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The long awaited PMBOK® 6th edition has finally arrived and it has considerable updates from the 5th edition.  Although the PMP exam won’t change until Q1 2018, we are beginning to prepare our curriculum for release in January 2018. These changes are so immense that PME is offering a 3 hour overview starting in October…. Read more »

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When should risk assessment begin?  The short answer is: at the beginning.  When I teach my standard PMP® Exam Prep course, risk assessment is taught on Day 4 of a 5 day class.   From a PMBOK® perspective, there are ten (10) knowledge areas in which risk management is the eighth. This leads many people to… Read more »

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by Chuck Crafton, Principal of Vendor Explorer and Adjunct Instructor for Project Management Experts As organizations continue to rely on their strategic software & services vendors, senior management and project managers in the organization should review who these strategic vendors are, evaluate the return on the investment, and ensure that value is being realized.  This… Read more »

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If you’re managing a Project Management Office (PMO) or just responsible for improving the project management culture, you may be faced with the question about just how much project management to implement.  The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition) is filled with best practices but trying to implement even half of… Read more »

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As one of his last official acts, President Barack Obama signed the The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act! This bi-partisan legislature states that the Deputy Director for Management or designee shall: – adopt government-wide standards, policies, and guidelines for program and project management for executive agencies and oversee standards, policies, and guidelines; – chair… Read more »