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The Practical PM Journal contains a wealth of information gained by project managers during the various phases of real projects. A community of project managers reveal the successes, failures and mitigation steps experienced in the practice of professional project management.

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The Practical PM Journal contains a wealth of information gained by project managers during the various phases of real projects. A community of project managers reveal the successes, failures and mitigation steps experienced in the practice of professional project management. Topics cover all aspects of project management including: - The five process groups: Initiation, Planning,…

As someone who lives, breathes, and sells software, I encounter many people on a daily basis who wouldn’t touch the cloud with a ten-foot pole. I can understand an aversion to something new. Each new wave of technology has brought a new wave of concerns. Below are six reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned about Contract Management in the cloud. [click to continue…]

As someone who lives, breathes, and sells software, I encounter many people on a daily basis who wouldn’t touch the cloud with a ten-foot pole. I can understand an aversion to something new. Each new wave of technology has brought a new wave of concerns. Below are six reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned about Contract Management in the cloud.

Case Study at two different German service firms

By Frank Keusch, MBA, M.Sc., PMP
Abstract
Project work is very common in today’s organizations. In projects the staffing process occurs more regularly than in the standard line organization. To investigate the subject of on-boarding in projects interviews at two different service firms are conducted. These interviews with project managers and project team members are analyzed to develop practical guidance. Based on the analysis of the overall responses, the following can be summarized: Successful project managers do carefully analyze the project context to structure the on-boarding process accordingly. The curiosity and openness of team members is emphasized on and is often increased by an active communication of the project goals, the development of the project and the specific role and expected contribution of the newcomers. Project managers should be highly available for the new team members as they are appreciated as the number one source of information during the project on-boarding.

Introduction [click to continue…]

Project work is very common in today’s organizations. In projects the staffing process occurs more regularly than in the standard line organization. To investigate the subject of on-boarding in projects interviews at two different service firms are conducted. These interviews with project managers and project team members are analyzed to develop practical guidance. Based on the analysis of the overall responses, the following can be summarized: Successful project managers do carefully analyze the project context to structure the on-boarding process accordingly. The curiosity and openness of team members is emphasized on and is often increased by an active communication of the project goals, the development of the project and the specific role and expected contribution of the newcomers. Project managers should be highly available for the new team members as they are appreciated as the number one source of information during the project on-boarding.

Ask any project manager, they always say that they are busy, and no time to take care about team. Along with the project success they need to take care about implementation of defined standards or processes, team motivation, training, team assessment, working with peers in acquiring more business, etc. If we observer, most of the responsibilities are related to each other.

A motivated team makes a project succeed; it helps in implementing defined standards and processes. A successful project leads to obtaining more business, etc.

This paper focuses on the importance of team motivation and how to build a good and responsible team. [click to continue…]

Ask any project manager, they always say that they are busy, and no time to take care about team. Along with the project success they need to take care about implementation of defined standards or processes, team motivation, training, team assessment, working with peers in acquiring more business, etc. If we observer, most of the responsibilities are related to each other.

When we are talking about project management techniques and concepts, you can find a lot of references and expertise to guide you through and add to your knowledge as a project manager increasing your ability to manage complex projects.

But what you will not find that easy when you are planning to establish project management department and leading the change in your organization, how to start and what you should consider in your plan.

At this stage you will need to focus in the project management itself along with other issues like calibers, process, organization structure and mind set of your colleagues in other departments. [click to continue…]

When we are talking about project management techniques and concepts, you can find a lot of references and expertise to guide you through and add to your knowledge as a project manager increasing your ability to manage complex projects.

Being a database manager for a State Agency and having to manage different databases, web servers, application servers etc including the team resources is no easy task. We have about 10 to 15 critical applications that are operated 24/7 and cannot sustain a down time. Managing System Administrators and making sure the servers are patched cloned and operated at its potential is another daunting task.

When we started growing in terms of on-boarding new applications, databases etc to the existing pool it was a little overwhelming to manage them all. That time, I brought in the Agile methodology to my team so we work with smaller projects or applications and also making team members the stake holders in the project. The team members were responsible for the applications they will step up to own and understand the functionalities etc. [click to continue…]

Being a database manager for a State Agency and having to manage different databases, web servers, application servers etc including the team resources is no easy task. We have about 10 to 15 critical applications that are operated 24/7 and cannot sustain a down time. Managing System Administrators and making sure the servers are patched…

The surveying of buildings has been commonplace for a few hundred years now, however, it has not been known as a profession until the later 20th century, and it is now one of the broadest areas of surveying in practice, with domestic projects to major retail development. A building surveyor’s job is designed to offer advice on different aspects of design, construction, maintenance, repair, restoration and refurbishment of a particular building. They provide a quality report stating clearly any defects with the property, the different ways of improving it, and any structural facts or recommended solutions. What’s more, they can advise how likely it is that you’ll be able to get planning permission, how much any work will roughly cost to conduct, and how suitable the building is for the particular use you have in mind. [click to continue…]

The surveying of buildings has been commonplace for a few hundred years now, however, it has not been known as a profession until the later 20th century, and it is now one of the broadest areas of surveying in practice, with domestic projects to major retail development. A building surveyor’s job is designed to offer…

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