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by dhaughey
Fri 21 Jan 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Is Prince2 Practitioner the way forward or PMP?
Replies: 2
Views: 6240

Re: Is Prince2 Practitioner the way forward or PMP?

Hi Jay, Both qualifications are valuable and it's difficult to say one is better than the other. Having said that, PMP is more difficult to obtain than PRINCE2 Practitioner, because of the depth of knowledge and hours of project management experience needed. In those terms I value it more highly. Yo...
by dhaughey
Fri 14 Jan 2011 9:23 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Made Redundant and NO HOPE - Well there is!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 4892

Re: Made Redundant and NO HOPE - Well there is!!!

Great initiative Stephan. I have several colleagues and friends who were recently made redundant, many in their late 40s and early 50s. Their biggest worry was finding another job. Would anyone want to employ them at their time of life? Interestingly, most decided gaining a project management qualif...
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: 45045

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: 5970

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: 7760

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: 4803

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: 45045

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: 4880

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: 20335

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: 20335

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...