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The Project Management Professional: Prep for PMP course is a quality training program from Udemy for project professionals who need to pass the PMI’s Project Management Professional certification exam. According to the PMI Today magazine, as of November 2014, there are about 639,000 PMPs. However, in the Institute’s 2013 Talent Gap Report, the global economy needs between 13 to 15 million new project management roles by 2020. This course provides full coverage of the exam objectives as defined in the PMBOK Fifth Edition.
This is a detailed, hands-on course where students learn from a project management expert through video lectures, end-of-module quizzes, worksheets and 400-questionnaire practice exams. They also get PDF documents, concise explanations and other tips that have been proven valuable by previous students who passed the exams on their first attempt. Read the Complete Article
There is an increasing demand for project managers in the current world as more and more companies opt for undertaking their projects from others thus requiring project managers with the relevant background, education and experience. Job openings are expected to increase in the IT industry to 17% in the decade starting from 2008.
A software project manager defines the requirements of the project, builds the project team, lays out a blue print for the whole project including the project scope and parameters, clearly communicates the goals of the project to the team; the targets to be achieved, allots budget to the various tasks to be completed, and ensures that the expectations of the Board of Directors and Stakeholders are met through timely completion of the project. This article discusses the roles and responsibilities of a project manager in a software company. Read the Complete Article
FOSS platform offers a variety of project management software. Here are reviews of the top-ranked, popular free project management tools to give you an overview of free project software -their product features and low costs (in terms of long term maintenance of project software). The software that are reviewed are OpenProject, DotProject, Open WorkBench, Gantt Project and JxProject.
OpenProj is a Java-based open source project management tool developed at Projity by -Howard Katz, Marc O’Brien and Laurent Chretienneau in 2007. Currently owned by Serene Software and Project Libre, it is excellent for desktop
Closely following proprietary software Microsoft in features, OpenProj offers a similar User Interface (UI) plus the same project development plan. Version 1.4 is the last stable release and includes features and tasks that are the open source version of commercial PM -MS Project. Read the Complete Article
Traditional methods of project management have not always delivered the right outcome, at the right cost, according to the right timescale. As such, many businesses are turning to agile project development as a means of delivering change. With agile development, project teams concentrate on short, intensive phases of work (called iterations), which focus on key tasks (known as user stories). Unlike more traditional methods of development, project teams put less effort into the design up-front, and spend more time developing the needs that the user has identified. Learn more about the benefits of this customer-centric approach, and understand how agile development could dramatically change your business.
Reduces project development time and costs
One of the main problems with traditional projects is that there is a huge amount of work and investment up front. Read the Complete Article
Charts are often used to illustrate the progress of a project or a business activity. Such a chart was first developed in the 19th century by Karol Adamiecki, a Polish engineer, naming it harmonogram. Yet, Gantt chart is named after Henry Gantt, an American engineer and consultant. Gantt’s chart became widely used in many countries. The Gantt chart is the most famous chart used in project management.
Gantt charts are mostly used to follow project schedules. Additional information about the various tasks or phases of the project is shown on the charts. One can observe how they relate to each other, the progress of the task, resources being used and all the data that needs to be followed.
At first, Gantt charts were drawn by hand. Therefore, they had to be redone every time a change was to be made. Read the Complete Article
The switch to Agile project management can be exciting at first. There seems to be a lot of collaboration going on since team members are all learning new terminology and practices together. However, things can start getting rocky a few weeks or months into the transition. Here are some of the most common reasons Agile fails.
The Team Doesn’t Understand the Basics
Agile serves as a foundation for many different methods or frameworks of software development. If the team has no understanding of Agile principles, they can easily become confused when they are asked to switch to Scrum, Behavior-Driven Development, or Extreme Programming at the same time.
Tip: When a transition occurs too quickly, team members may feel overwhelmed and begin to resist change. Start with Agile project management and create an implementation plan to phase in other best practices over time. Read the Complete Article
Recently since all companies are more tech savvy, new ways of collaboration have been invented in order to facilitate the execution of projects. Apart from that, since a lot of people work far away from their company’s headquarters, web collaboration tools began to explode. Below some of the best collaboration tools are going to be presented so that you can choose easier which one suits your needs best. The collaboration tools that are reviewed are ActiveCollab, Basecamp, Jira, Lighthouse, and TeamLab.
ActiveCollab is a web-based project management and open-source collaboration tool that allows users to customize their projects to their own preference. As a hosted solution, it can be installed or a local network or server. It provides a dashboard-like interface that provides snapshots of the projects.
- Collaboration Features – Allows users to organize and manage all projects with a centralized system.
Choosing the right project management software may require some level of technical knowledge and a foundation that most people won’t have. While you may not want to go to the extent of taking on a major study of computer software you will need to have at least a basic understanding of the type of programs you need in order to make the best decision for your company.
Consider the advice of Jennifer Lonoff Schiff of CIO,“The best project management software in the world will not help your organization complete projects faster or more efficiently if employees don’t or won’t use it.”
So, you’ll want to be very careful in developing a decision making strategy so that the software you choose will not only meet your expectations but the needs of all those who will have to use it. Read the Complete Article
After defining your IT project’s scope and deliverables it is very important to break down the project’s work into smaller work elements so that everything is more manageable. The breakdown of the work into smaller chunks is called Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the result should look like hierarchical chart or a tree.
The WBS is usually divided into levels with the 1st level being the project itself, the 2nd level the project’s major deliverables and the 3rd level the project’s supporting deliverables. You can think each WBS box as a ‘deliverable’ big or small one, with the biggest deliverable being the project itself.
By clearly designing the project’s WBS you can visualize the relationship of the project items and facilitate the evaluation of the cost and time needed. At the lowest level of the WBS you can have the project’s work packages which are the project’s shortest duration tasks. Read the Complete Article
We have been using Asana for about three months for our startup project. It has helped us a lot in keeping our tasks in order and being more productive and we thought that it would be a nice idea to write a quick review about it.
Asana was created by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein to facilitate task management among teams. Latest it is more and more used by the startup community to enable better communication among team members and getting things done easier.
The Asana User interface
While Asana is easy to use, it might be difficult to start with it in the beginning. Some stuff are being done easier than we are used to and you might be looking for several buttons and choices while there aren’t that much because they are not needed. Read the Complete Article