The process of selecting the projects

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is the process of selecting the projects to add in the portfolio of projects. The project selection is based on the assumptions about the value of candidate projects. To select the right set of projects it is important to balance opportunities against potential risks and predict …

The main part of a speech

The body is the main part of a speech and consists of the facts or ideas the speaker wants to present.  The amount of information to include in the body will be limited by the amount of time available and how much the audience can remember.  Most listeners will remember …

Constantly monitor program complexity

To successfully manage program of projects it is important to manage complexity from the early stages. When a big program starts it is important to plan how to manage the program complexity. Generally speaking, decomposition is one the techniques to manage system complexity effectively. Breaking things up in smaller pieces …

A constant team reduces complexity

In traditional project management, when a new project starts the Project Manager creates plans based on predicted work. Then, he/she monitors and controls these plans till the end of the project. This is also true for the staffing plan: the Project Manager creates the plan and then monitors the utilization …

Stay focused on customer satisfaction

To remain competitive today, companies need to stay focused on customer satisfaction. To constantly deliver products and services of high value, they have to run projects that have high rates of change, complexity, and risk. It can be difficult to manage these types of projects by using traditional predictive approaches. …

Being on time and within budget is not enough

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) helps companies to reach business success. In the past, the focus of project management was on completing projects and satisfying project stakeholders. Project Managers paid significant attention to the triple constraints: time, cost, scope (and quality). But over the years, companies have noticed that project success …

The speech structure

An effective speech consists of three major parts: opening, body and conclusion. The opening should immediately catch the audience’s attention. The audience wants to know what the speaker is going to talk about, so the beginning of the speech should satisfy this need. A good opening could be: – A …

The pre-mortem analysis to avoid problems

Program risk management is critical for program success. When a program of projects starts it is useful to conduct a pre-mortem analysis in order to avoid problems and improve the chances of program success. It starts by challenging people to envision failure scenarios. Then the program manager lists all reasons …

The Scrum framework

Scrum is not a process or methodology, it is a framework that allows the delivery of products of the highest possible value. It has a structure that enables a simple but effective way of working together towards a focused goal. A team within an industry sector can choose to use …

Project status and performance check

Projects that have been selected to be in the pipeline of projects are continually checked. This is because projects and business environment are dynamic. Once projects are in the pipeline, it is important to periodically measure project status and performance. On the business side, it is crucial to periodically validate …

How to write a specific speech purpose

To make a presentation more beneficial for your audience it is important to define a specific purpose. The specific purpose is a one-sentence statement about what you hope to accomplish in your speech.  The specific purpose should be realistic and possible to achieve. Keep the specific purpose clear and concise.  …

Several sources of risk

Managing program risks means also taking into account risks at program level.  To manage programs, program managers have to consider several sources of risk: staffing, funding, duration and so on. Program-level risks can be caught by identifying workflow interfaces between projects. At the same time it is important to deeply …

Empiricism in Scrum

In Scrum the team respects the fact that the future cannot be predicted. Empiricism helps people to face uncertain and complex problems. It is also important to obtain clarity and refine the product. In fact, each iteration is an opportunity to solve a problem and gain more clarity. Keep in …

Project stakeholders involvement

As a project manager, you should daily monitor the level of involvement of project stakeholders. Enhancing the effectiveness of stakeholders engagement, as the project evolves, is key to its success. Involving project stakeholders early can help understanding their views and interests which could lead to more efficient decision-making.  Also, efficient …

A charter to start a project

Project Portfolio Management  (PPM) requires a well defined process towards project initiation. In fact, this is critical to managing a portfolio of projects successfully. Everything should start with a formal project authorization. This can be done by creating a project charter for each project. The project charter contains project objectives, …

Managing program risks

When a program begins, the program is perceived as an obvious success. A program to be successful needs to manage risks properly. As programs are collections of projects, managing program risks means also managing some risks that arise from within projects. At the same time, programs have risks that are …

The importance of the general purpose

When you prepare a speech it is important to choose the general purpose which is the broad intent of your speech. Here are four different types of general purpose: To inform: you can use it when you want your audience to learn about a new subject, develop a new skill, …

The business role in Scrum

In product development, it is very common to have product features batched together and delivered to production in one or two big limited releases. By acting this way companies treat all product features as having the same value with no consideration for time. Scrum has a business role that is …

Programs seek to solve problems

Programs are undertaken for many reasons. Some programs seek to solve a problem some others address a specific organizational need. Generally speaking, program benefits are difficult to evaluate, especially for those programs that are opportunity oriented. The suggestion is to begin the benefit  evaluation by considering the stakeholders who are …

Project Portfolio is an investment portfolio

To define Project Portfolio Management process it is crucial to prioritise each project. The act of prioritizing all projects that a company could potentially start requires a structured process. This structured process can help to eliminate the tendency to select projects by power plays and emotions. There is a similarity …

Some ideas to assemble a speech

After selecting a speech topic it is important to logically assemble ideas into a sequence that will help achieve the speech objective.  Here are some ways to assemble a speech: – Chronological: the topic is arranged by time.  – Spatial: this type of speech follows a direction. – Causal: this …

No Project Manager in Scrum

Scrum does not have a team leader role like the Project Manager. At the same time, project management activities are distributed among different Scrum roles. One of these roles is the Scrum Master. The Scrum Master manages the implementation of Scrum in the organization. In detail, the Scrum Master helps …

Project may need multiple contracts

A complex project may involve managing multiple contracts. Each contract life cycle may begin and end during any phase of the project life cycle. According to the application field, the seller can be a contractor or a supplier. Whereas, the buyer may be the owner of the final product. Buyers …

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