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by dhaughey
Sun 19 Dec 2010 11:06 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: How to start a career in project management?
Replies: 11
Views: 41266

Re: How to start a career in project management?

Anyone looking to start a project management career in 2011 should read this article. How to Become a Project Manager - The Eight Skills Needed on the Path to Project Management by David Litten. Project managers need general management skills, along with a knack for problem solving. Project managers...
by dhaughey
Sat 04 Dec 2010 11:15 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: How Projects Really Work
Replies: 1
Views: 4998

How Projects Really Work

An old chestnut, but still very funny and not always far from the truth. https://cdn.projectsmart.co.uk/img/how-projects-work.jpg ⋅ How the customer explained it. ⋅ How the project manager understood it. ⋅ How the analyst designed it. ⋅ How the programmer wrot...
by dhaughey
Fri 26 Nov 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: PRINCE2 Application to Charity
Replies: 3
Views: 6778

Re: PRINCE2 Application to Charity

Hi James, It seems to me the delivery of the service is your project. A project starts with an idea and ends when a service, product or other desired outcome has been delivered. As you have been chosen to provide the service, I presume your customer has a business case for it. You don't need your ow...
by dhaughey
Fri 29 Oct 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Do You Help Your Team Grow?
Replies: 2
Views: 4045

Do You Help Your Team Grow?

Do you help your team grow? That's the question posed by Shim Marom in a post on quantmleap . Clearly, from a survey of his colleagues the answer is a resounding no! This is his question; In your professional experience, were you ever a member of a team whose manager took it upon her/his self to men...
by dhaughey
Thu 21 Oct 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: How to start a career in project management?
Replies: 11
Views: 41266

Re: How to start a career in project management?

Many of us have been there. From experience, I would recommend signing up with a recruitment agency, specialising in an industry sector that interests you. Enquire along the lines of working as a project team member to gain experience from the project managers you work with. If you demonstrate drive...
by dhaughey
Wed 20 Oct 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: PMP Certification Exam Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 3897

Re: PMP Certification Exam Questions

Three tips I would give for passing the PMP exam are: ⋅ Learn the Earned Value formulas and how to calculate cost variance, schedule variance etc. Easy marks are available for knowing simple maths. [link_open=http://bit.ly/4qOQGd:3aq9bu9b]http://bit.ly/4qOQGd[/link_open:3aq9bu9b] ⋅&n...
by dhaughey
Fri 08 Oct 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Three-Point Estimating - Useful or Not?
Replies: 10
Views: 17267

Re: Three-Point Estimating - Useful or Not?

With most developers I find I get three types of estimate: Padded: Where they give themselves extra time by increasing the estimated duration to ensure they can complete the task on time. Accurate: Where they give an honest opinion of how long they think the task will take. Squeezed: Where they are ...
by dhaughey
Mon 04 Oct 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Three-Point Estimating - Useful or Not?
Replies: 10
Views: 17267

Three-Point Estimating - Useful or Not?

To date, I've relied on task decomposition and brainstorming for my project estimates. This has proved fairly reliable when done in a team meeting. Recently, a colleague suggested I use three-point estimating and gave me this formula: Best Estimate + 4 x Most Likely Estimate + Worst Case Estimate di...
by dhaughey
Fri 01 Oct 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Are There Too Many Aliens in Your Project Portfolio?
Replies: 1
Views: 4197

Are There Too Many Aliens in Your Project Portfolio?

Balancing a project portfolio is a tricky business, and getting it wrong can lead to running a high-risk strategy. Here's a simple technique to help grade your projects and ensure a properly balanced portfolio. Classify projects based on the frequency with which your organisation carries out differe...
by dhaughey
Fri 01 Oct 2010 8:41 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Software Development
Replies: 0
Views: 3531

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Software Development

In his book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey identifies seven key principles that will lead to effective behaviour, whether at work or at home. In the context of software development projects these habits mean: ⋅  Be Proactive: Identify and reduce risk...