The story behind PMD Pro Starter

Board Members, Development Sector, Project DPro, Tools

Whenever I finish a PMD Pro level one training, I can pretty much guarantee what the first two questions are going to be. “When can I do level two”? and “Is there something I can use for my partners”? Let’s leave level two to be the subject of another blog but until now there has not really been a satisfactory answer to the second question. How can people use PMD Pro for their partners? What tools can help?

Clearly, people can encourage partners to do the free e-learning modules, download the guide etc. Alternatively, they can organise some training for their partners – or even run the training themselves. It does, however, feel like an “all or nothing” approach. What if the local partners do not speak one of the languages that PMD Pro has been translated into? What if they don’t need to do the exam? What if their level of capacity is quite low and PMD Pro as it stands, is overkill?

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#NoEstimates – De-Mystified

Board Members, Project Management

INTRODUCTION

For some time now within the software development community on Twitter, and by extension, some in the project management community, there has been an ongoing discussion surrounding a concept called No Estimates. Actually, the discussion (sometimes heated) has been around the hashtag #NoEstimates.

These discussions started out, as most discussions do, as an interaction between supposed professionals over a central concept, with both proponents and opponents, supporters and detractors. And like most conversations on the internet, it soon devolved into name calling, accusations of trolling, questioning of professionalism or qualifications, blocking of accounts, etc.

– I’m thinking of Godwins’ Law here – “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.”

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Are You Creating a WBS?

Board Members, Project DPro, Project Management

We’ve all heard it the old joke “how do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.”

One of the more common questions we see from newer Project Managers is “where do I start? I have a project, I know the scope, but I’m not sure what the next step is.”

The next step is to develop a WBS, a Work Breakdown Structure.

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The High Cost of Losing Focus

Board Members, Leadership, Project Management

Leadership is all about being focused. That’s the leaders single biggest priority. To determine where to lead to, and then to focus on that and move forward.

But what happens when the leader loses focus? Disaster.

See, the leader’s job is to lead others, not just themselves. So when the leader loses focus, everyone he’s leading suffers, not just the leader. We see this in the news every day, and we see this in our own personal lives.

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