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What is Kanban? | Video

What is Kanban?

Kanban originated in the manufacturing sector. But, recently, it has become a popular approach to managing projects. This is especially as it has been developed into an Agile Project Management methodology. So, what is Kanban?

So, what is Kanban?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Why the Stage Gate Process will Make You a Better Project Manager

Stage Gate Process

The Stage Gate Process gets too little love from Project Managers. Yet it has the potential to transform your project management, deliver more successful projects, and make you a better project manager.

A Stage Gate is also known by many other names:

  • Phase Gate (PMBOK 6th Edition)
  • Gateway (PRINCE2)
  • Boundary Gate (most pleasing expression of the metaphor)
  • Gate, or Toll-gate
  • Go / No-go Review (literal name)
  • Kill Point (severely deprecated by OnlinePMCourses)

In a Stage Gate process, you break your project into stages, or phases. Each stage ends with a gate. And the metaphor is simple: you don’t complete the stage and cross to the next one, until you pass through the gate. So, at each stage gate, the project’s decision-makers review your project against a set of criteria.

Using the information you make available, they decide whether to:

  • Continue the project to its next stage
  • Repeat work (stay in the stage), for resubmission for Stage Gate Review
  • Stop the project
  • Require changes before it proceeds
  • Place the project on hold (very rarely)

In this article, we look at why a stage gate process will enhance your project management, and how to make it work.

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What are the Best Project Management Books?

Yes, we’ve had a huge revolution in how we can learn and teach ourselves. And you may be ready for a project management course. But, for a new project manager, project management books are still a great way to learn. And for those of us with experience under our belts, the right project management books can offer new insights and ideas.

So, what project management books would I recommend to a new project manager?

That’s the question I have set out to answer in this article. Any selection of the best project management books must be subjective and this is no different. But in this revised version of an old article, I have tried to make it as useful as possible, by dividing it into four sections:

  1. Easy to read introductory project management books
  2. Next step project management books for PMs with a little experience under your belt
  3. Next step books on specific project management disciplines
  4. More demanding reads, with a higher technical content

So with this explanation, but with no apology for the subjective selections, here are my recommendations. Please add your own to the comments section below. Continue reading…

What is PRINCE2? | Video

What is PRINCE2?

If you are involved in Project Management in the UK, or work in the public sector, you’ll have heard of PRINCE2. And if you are a PM anywhere else, you perhaps should have.

So, What is PRINCE2?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.

Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Scrum? | Video

What is Scrum?

Scrum is perhaps the most widely used of the Agile Project Management methodologies.

So, what is Scrum?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Project Management Qualification: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Of all the questions I get asked in live project management training, one is the most frequent. ‘Should I get a Project Management qualification?’

Unfortunately, this simple question to ask is far from easy to answer. Because there are many different scenarios – each with their own answer.

In this article, I want to break down the question into those scenarios, to help you decide whether you should get a Project Management Qualification?

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What is New in the PMBOK 6th Edition?

What is New in the PMBOK 6th Edition?

Last month, the PMI released the sixth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, the PMBOK®. So we’ll take a look at the major changes you’ll find in the PMBOK 6th Edition.

If you’re not familiar with the PMI, or the PMBOK:

The PMI, or the Project Management Institute, is the largest membership body for Project Managers in the world. It is US-based, but operates everywhere, and it’s qualifications – principally PMP, or Project Management Professional – are recognized and valued worldwide.

The PMBOK 6th Edition is the PMI’s primary standard document. It is is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and must be updated every four to five years. This update is a significant one. PMI bases it’s PMP and CAPM exams on the content of PMBOK.

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What is Agile Project Management? | Video

What is Agile Project Management?

Everyone is talking about it. And lots of project managers are doing it. So, Agile is clearly important.

So what is Agile Project Management?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Agile and Why is it Important to Project Managers?

What is Agile?

The PMI® is introducing Agile into the 6th Edition of its Project Management Body of Knowledge, the PMBoK®. But there are still a lot of people who are uncertain about ‘What is Agile?’ and why it is important to project managers.

This is made worse because the word Agile has many different connotations. And many project managers still think it is something that only applies to software development. So, it doesn’t apply to them.

They are wrong.

So we invited Agile expert Chuck Cobb to take you through the basics. Chuck has authored three serious guides to Agile. These include the best-selling: ‘The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile‘ (US|UK). He also runs the Agile Project Management Academy, with a comprehensive range of online training.

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PMP versus CAPM: All You need to Know

PMP versus CAPM: All You Need to Know

PMP® and CAPM® are two qualifications issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). If you have started or are considering a career in Project Management, one of these may be right for you. But which one? In this article, we compare PMP versus CAPM, and give you the facts to base your decision on.

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