What About Remote Team Members?
How do remote teams change the equation? If you have attended Versatile's project management training online, then you've experienced some best practices already.
- Set ground rules for participation. This covers everything from starting and stopping times to when to communicate.
- Invest in collaboration technology such as www.GoToMeeting.com or www.WebEx.com.
This conversation on LinkedIn has some great suggestions for specific habits of remote Agile teams.
Attending a PMP Exam Preparation Class
Project management training often includes preparing for the PMP Exam. While most of our course participants are more interested in developing skills than passing the PMP Exam, for those who wish to earn the PMP certification, they need a solid method for preparing for the exam.
Attending a PMP Exam Preparation Class is certainly one of the most popular strategies for passing this exam. Self-study is also a good option. In either approach, an essential element of preparation is to take practice exams.
Versatile's PMP Exam Prep class prepares you to study for the exam by showing you what to expect and providing enough exam questions to give you a sense of confidence.
Confusion About Agile and Scrum Continues. Project Management Training Answers!
One of the most common questions in our project management training is where agile and scrum fit into the picture.
Here is the simplified answer:
Agile is a software development approach that emphasizes incremental delivery.
Scrum is a team management method that applies the agile, incremental approach.
Project management techniques as they have been traditionally understood, seem at odds with an incremental approach. However, the primary difference is that a critical path schedule is not very useful for managing agile projects.
This video attempts to explain it. Thanks www.ProjectManager.com! 8.18
A Realistic Schedule is Based on a Realistic Resource Plan
Every project schedule is a collection of tasks with some type of resource assigned. Whether those project resources are people, equipment, or materials, we have expectations about how much of the resource is required to get the task accomplished.
Erik van Hurck has some excellent suggestions for using Microsoft Project to visualize the people and other resources assigned to your projects. Read it on the Microsoft Project Users Group.
Versatile's Project Management training in Seattle, online, and at your location teaches a step-by-step planning process that tests whether the schedule you've created is actually supported by your resource plan. Of course, our Microsoft Project training details the features you can use to 'avoid the burning man.'
Who is Managing Requirements? Who Is Delivering On the Promise?
Unclear or incorrect requirements are often a source of project failure. But is that a project management problem? In Versatile's project management training in Seattle, online, and onsite, we teach you how to deliver on the promised scope. But we don't teach you how to determine the scope.
This is particularly important when the project delivers a product that is sold to many customers. Who, for example, decides which features should be in the iPhone?
The role of product manager vs project manager is critical for producing great mass-market products. That's according to www.ProjectManager.com.