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by dhaughey
Fri 08 Oct 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Three-Point Estimating - Useful or Not?
Replies: 10
Views: 25060

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: 25060

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: 6007

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: 5594

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 risks. Actively i...
by dhaughey
Thu 23 Sep 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: 23 Questions to Ask When Recruiting a Project Manager
Replies: 5
Views: 16812

8 Questions That Examine Leadership Potential

Rather than the exam style questions, you could explore Leadership Potential with some questions like these: How do you handle non-productive team members? How do you motivate team members who are burned out, or bored? How do you handle team members who come to you with their personal problems? What...
by dhaughey
Fri 10 Sep 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Project Management Success Ratios
Replies: 2
Views: 6322

Re: Project Management Success Ratios

The particular exam you are talking about can be seen as the first rung on the ladder. You cannot pass the exam after 5 days of study and declare yourself a fully fledged project manager. It’s a good first step and will give you a framework in which to work. From there you must gain experience and w...
by dhaughey
Sun 05 Sep 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Running effective meetings, easy right? Maybe not!
Replies: 1
Views: 4977

Running effective meetings, easy right? Maybe not!

Here's a collection of articles packed with useful tips and advice for running effective meetings: Leading Meetings with Multicultural Audiences With the increase in virtual teams that span the globe, multicultural audiences are becoming more common. When the meeting includes participants from diffe...
by dhaughey
Mon 30 Aug 2010 9:14 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: The Five Stages of Innovation
Replies: 2
Views: 7321

Re: The Five Stages of Innovation Expanded

Denial You deny that the new innovation is worthwhile. You say things like ‘That will never scale’ or ‘That was done back in the 90s and no one used it.’ Whenever anyone mentions the new innovation, you present a laundry list of reasons why it won’t work. Anger You actively unsubscribe from blogs w...
by dhaughey
Fri 27 Aug 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Where are you on the ladder of success?
Replies: 2
Views: 5800

Where are you on the ladder of success?

Here are some favourite 'ladder' quotes: Some people are at the top of the ladder, some are in the middle, still more are at the bottom, and a whole lot more don't even know there is a ladder. Robert H. Schuller. The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at t...
by dhaughey
Tue 24 Aug 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Project Scheduling in Excel Workbook (Gantt Chart in Excel)
Replies: 3
Views: 8619

Re: Project Scheduling in Excel Workbook (Gantt Chart in Excel)

Here is a step-by-step video guide to creating a Gantt chart using Microsoft Excel 2007.

How to Create a Gantt Chart Using Microsoft Excel

Comment: Really easy to do with clear steps.

Duncan