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Refactor Your PMP – Part 7: Human Resource Management

Back so soon? I told you guys it was time to get this knocked out! Last post we talked about Quality Management, this post we are going to hit Human Resource Management. According to PMI, Human Resource Management includes the … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 6: Quality Management

Okay… it has been a while since my last installment in this series. Aside from my general inability to stay focused on a single topic (what was I thinking committing to a nine part series) I got really swamped preparing … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 5: Communications Management

As promised… next up we’re talking about Communications Management. According to PMI, Project Communications Management employs the processes required to ensure timely and appropriate generation, collection, distribution, storage, retrieval, and ultimate disposition of project information. This knowledge area provides the … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 4: Scope Management

Okay… let’s get back to our discussion on how to look at the PMI knowledge areas from a more Agile point of view. Last time we tackled Cost Management, this post let’s look at Scope Management According to the third … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 3: Cost Management

Next up is cost management. According to PMI, cost management includes the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget. This knowledge area only includes three process, but … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 2: Time Management

The first knowledge area we are going to tackle is Time Management. According to PMI, time management involves those processes that contribute to the on-time completion of the project. This knowledge area includes six project management processes designed to accomplish … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 1: Introduction

In software engineering, refactoring a module of code means that you change its internal workings while leaving its external interfaces intact. A developer might do this to make the internal workings of their software simpler, more efficient, or easier to … Continue reading

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Lean or Kanban or Agile

Before the week gets going I want to sort through some of my thoughts on this whole Lean/Kanban thing. A bit of history… Mary Poppendieck was one of the first few authors I ever read when I got formally introduced … Continue reading

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The Agile Project Manager

Agile and Scrum methodologies are helping software organizations stay competitive by delivering products more frequently and with significantly higher quality. Making the switch to agile development also challenges traditional notions of project management, introducing new ways of managing time, cost … Continue reading

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First Order Agile Scaling

When we talk about scaling agile project management… we are really talking about how to coordinate the activities of many small teams to do the business of the enterprise. The interesting thing is that we don’t have to go from … Continue reading

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