Tagged Posts: Methodologies

2011: 11 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve the Management of your Projects

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2010 is in its way out and 2011 is almost here. Now it is the moment to think about how this year was and to gather all the resolutions for a new period full of new projects.

Resolutions 2011

We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new year’s resolution list to improve how projects are managed in 2011:

  1. Wait until January, 2nd, and take a well deserved rest on the 1st :lol:
  2. Take a look back and assess the good and the bad from 2010.
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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part II)

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We bring back the subject that we started a few weeks ago and we continue talking about the project management methodologies. If a few days ago, we wrote about their origin and characteristics of predictive methodologies, now it is the turn of the agile methodologies that were born to address weaknesses identified in the predictive techniques.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part I)

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For this last post in August, we want to pick up the thread of posts about the 6 key reasons for the failure in project management. In the next two posts, we are going to take a look to project management methodologies and try to answer the questions that someone may encounter when dealing with this subject.

What methProject Management Methodologiesodologies are there? What are the differences among them? Which one is the most suitable for me?

Rationale behind the project management methodologies

Let’s define a project as the set of linked activities that have a common goal which has to be achieved in a predefined time span and with a particular set of resources. There are 3 key elements in the development of these activities: people, processes and tools/technologies. And therefore, the first step to take is to organize them so that they are completely coordinated.

Project management methodologies started to be defined in a formal way by the US army during the 50s. The goal was to reduce the number of projects that became out of hand and to solve some common problems that appear in most projects:

  • The load of work that is planned is too low or too high.
  • Costs surpass the project budget.
  • The final result doesn’t have the expected quality or value.

In general, project management can be predictive or agile, and as in any other subject, there are supporters of one and the other.

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