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Agile Methodology vs. Traditional Forms of Project Management for Software Developers

Written on February 21, 2020 by

Something of a revolution has occurred in the software development arena over the last few decades. Many companies, large and small, have converted to Agile project management methodology instead of the classic Waterfall type approaches that had dominated the development landscape some years ago. In my view, the reason for this is simple. The software…

Project Management, Jungle-Style

Written on February 18, 2020 by

It was Rudyard Kipling who popularized the idiom “law of the jungle” back in 1894, and ever since I was a kid falling asleep to passages of Jungle Book, I’ve been fascinated by everything jungle. Another popular expression, “It’s a jungle out there,” is also how I would describe my career as a PM, where…

July 1, 2020’s PMP® Exam Changes

Written on February 17, 2020 by

The Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam has changed several times in the past twenty-five years, and it is making another – far more dramatic – change soon. Anyone who has been thinking of taking the exam might want to act now, while the target is clear and exam prep resources are abundant. The new exam,…

How to Build Positive Relationships with Stakeholders

Written on February 14, 2020 by

There are likely a wide variety of stakeholders that you interact with when managing your projects. They include employees, customers, vendors, investors, and leadership. Do you find that these stakeholders often have to take a place on the sidelines as you concentrate on the daily maintenance of your various projects and work challenges? Building strong…

Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?

Written on February 13, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Satya Narayan Dash’s PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New? webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review…

Is MS Project’s Leveling Optimal?

Written on February 11, 2020 by

The objective of resource leveling is to minimize schedule length while honoring precedence relationships and resource constraints. If we know what a schedule’s optimal leveled length is, we can compare that to leveling results that Project provides. In a prior article, we assessed the optimality of Project’s leveling relative to one particular schedule. The next…

How to Correctly Setup Actual Dates in MS Project

Written on February 10, 2020 by

How do you expect MS Project (MSP) to behave when you enter an Actual Start date for a task? You would likely expect it to store the date in the ‘Actual Start’ field and stop there, but MSP does something more than that. MSP also changes the ‘Start’ date field if the Actual Start is…

The 20-Percent Startup Solution

Written on February 4, 2020 by

How to stop playing games with your project schedule Most baselined project plans are inaccurate because they have unrealistic start dates, finish dates, work hours, costs, and/or durations. The following are examples of this age old problem and how the 20% startup solution can be applied to build more accuracy and creditability into your project…

What Are the Most Important Options Settings in Microsoft Project?

Written on February 3, 2020 by

Introduction Microsoft Project offers three types of options in the Project Options dialog. These option types include: Application Options – These options control how the software looks and works, and they impact every project you open. You only need to set these options once, as they are not project-specific. Project-Specific Options – You can set…

Webinar Recap: Winning Presentation Skills

Written on January 31, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Carl Pritchard’s Mastering Winning Presentation Skills webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be…

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