project management

Progressive elaboration and Rolling Wave Planning in waterfall Project Management methodology

In the image we have a Work Breakdown Structure organized by phases, in which the activities in phase 1 are more detailed, ie they have a greater granularity, than the activities in the subsequent phases The progressive elaboration, or Rolling Wave Planning, consists in planning at a very detailed level the activities that are closest to us in time, and planning in a less detailed way the activities that are later in time. It is an extremely logical and resource…

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The Project Charter

What is the project charter? The project charter is a document that contains in a concise way the answers to the fundamental questions of the project: what are the objectives of the project, the high-level requirements, the assumptions and the known risks from the beginning. Project charter meaning Project charter means 'guiding document' or project definition document. The project charter of the PIM methodology is comparable to the Project Initiation Document of the Prince 2 methodology Project Charter in Italian The project charter is a document that describes what it consists of ...

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3 reasons why Agile is NOT the solution to your project management problems

Companies that fail to implement a project management methodology in the company adopt agile. Have you tried to introduce a project management methodology in the company, but the result was catastrophic? Have you heard that with the agile methodology it is possible to have a shorter time to market for your software project and do you believe it? Your projects that you have tried to manage with a traditional PM methodology such as PMP or Prince2 are all overdue and ...

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Progressive processing and Rolling Wave Planning in traditional Project Management methodologies

For the Italian version click here In the image we have a Work Breakdown Structure organized by phases, in which the activities in phase 1 are more detailed, that is, they have a greater granularity, than the activities in the subsequent phases The progressive processing, or Rolling Wave Planning, it consists in planning at a very detailed level the activities that are closer to us in time, and planning in a less detailed way the activities that are later in time. It is an extremely logical and efficient concept in use ...

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3 ways to effectively track a project

Now that you've created your beautiful thousand-line Gantt, it's time to implement the project. How to track the progress of the activities? At what level of detail should the project manager go down? How to correctly estimate the time left to complete a task? In this article we answer these 3 questions. Method 1 Define the % of completion of an activity according to the following scheme: 0%: activity not started 10%: activity started 50%: activity in progress and online ...

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Agile doesn't necessarily mean faster or cheaper

The agile approach to project management does not necessarily mean savings in terms of time or costs. The very idea that the requirements can be continually redefined contains within itself the possibility of infinite processing cycles and possible reworking with the consequent unpredictability of the completion times of a project. Agile is in fashion. It's a fascinating concept that projects can be managed without the need to apply cascading project management principles and techniques. ...

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5 rules to make plans that work

The best plans of mice and men fail. So stop working on the best plan possible and start working on a plan that will work! Rule number 1) Work on a simple plan rather than a complicated, over detailed and too long-term one. The plans that work should be logical, easy to understand by the people who have to implement them and they should be convenient to track for the project managers. REMEMBER: the project plan should only as detailed as you are prepared to follow…

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In the end, only one will remain ... of Project Manager

Some considerations on the decision of some companies to put an IT project manager and a Business manager with shared responsibilities on a single project. It has happened to me several times in the past to find myself working in projects that were assigned to two project managers, one for the IT part and the other for the Business part. At the time, I wasn't able to pinpoint exactly what was wrong with this type of approach, but after studying different methodologies and obtaining Prince2 certification ...

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Stakeholders: who they are, how to manage them and why!

The project stakeholders are all those who, impacted by the project for one reason or another, believe they have the right to have their say on some aspect of the project. The mapping of stakeholders is a fundamental sub-process in project management and consists in listing the names of the project interlocutors on the basis of the function they belong to. Noting next to each one what must be communicated to him and when during the project. Stakeholder management is a process ...

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Project management certifications

In my project management experience I have taken 2 project management certifications: Prince2 level 1 and the PMP certification. I also studied some agile methodologies for a while but without finding the motivation to take the certification. In my experience I have found a decidedly higher completeness in the PMI and Prince2 cascade methodologies compared to the agile methodologies and although neither of them alone can be considered sufficient, the study of both can be considered a wealth of technical knowledge ...

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