Agile Scrum or Waterfall for Product Development

In this post – Agile Scrum versus Waterfall, I compare managing a software development project with the traditional waterfall approach and to managing the same software development using the agile/scrum framework.

Waterfall Project Management

In a traditional waterfall project the project phases cascade, like a waterfall, the phases are done in series, maybe with a little overlap if the project manager feels the risk is acceptable Continue reading “Agile Scrum or Waterfall for Product Development”

Earned Value Management the Easy Way

Earned Value Management

Earned Value is based on the idea that the value of the product of the project increases as tasks are completed.
And therefore the Earned Value is a measure of the real progress of the project.

Earned Value provides a standard means of objectively measuring work accomplished by integrating cost, schedule and technical performance into one set of metrics so that meaningful comparisons can be made. Continue reading “Earned Value Management the Easy Way”

The Perfect Resume

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is an outline of a person’s educational and professional history.

But it’s more than that. It’s an advertisement. A skillful presentation created to arouse the interest of a prospective employer. Designed to highlight your strengths and capabilities.

Laid out for easy reading, extraction of important data and to show that you are the right person for that job.

Most resumes are boring. A monotonous, matter of fact style of writing is used, listing down dull routine activities, sometimes even starting from primary school!

A well written resume is a living thing, changing with the circumstances, your resume must be written in various formats. Tailored to enhance experience, highlight qualifications, show off your capabilities; depending on your assessment of the employer, the company, the job. Continue reading “The Perfect Resume”

Project Management Templates the Critical Five

There are too many project management templates and other documents, checklists, spreadsheets that can be included in the project information management system.

And many informal documents will be created by project team members to record information or to make it easier for them keep track of progress or to explain the situation.

But remember the project management fundamentals and the KISS principle: “Keep it Sublimely Simple” and keep the formal project document set to the minimum. Continue reading “Project Management Templates the Critical Five”

Project Closing – Do It Right First Time

How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager: Project Closing is designed for aspiring project managers, project team members and technical team members wanting to get more involved in managing the closing phase of a project.

Project Closing

This project closing training course is a follow-on course from How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager: Part 1 and part 2, and is structured around the premise that all projects have a beginning, a middle and an end, and that all successful projects follow a standardised project management methodology. Continue reading “Project Closing – Do It Right First Time”

Project Execution – Right First Time

How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager Part 2 the Project Execution Phase is designed for aspiring project managers, project team members and technical team members wanting to get more involved in managing the implementation phase of a project.

Project Execution

This project management training course is a follow-on course from  How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager: Part 1, and is structured around the premise that all projects have a beginning, a middle and an end, and that all successful projects follow a standardised project management methodology. Continue reading “Project Execution – Right First Time”

Project Planning Right First Time

How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager: Project Planning, is designed for aspiring project managers and project team members wanting to get more involved in managing projects.

Project Planning

This project management training course is structured around the premise that all projects have a beginning, a middle and an end and that all successful projects follow a standardised project management methodology. Continue reading “Project Planning Right First Time”

Scope Statement Well Written

Proper scope management is critical to the success of any project, especially in terms of time and money. And one of the first tasks of any practical project manager is to develop a written scope statement.

A scope Statement

  • Forms the basis for agreement between customer and supplier
  • Will be the basis for all project related decisions
  • Will be used to determine whether the project has been completed
  • The written scope statement identifies both the project deliverables and project objectives.
  • It provides a basis for confirming or developing common understanding of project scope among the stakeholders

Continue reading “Scope Statement Well Written”