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What is MOSCOW Analysis? | Video

What is MOSCOW Analysis?

Scoping is the hardest part of Project Management. Luckily we have a great tool to use called MOSCOW Analysis.

So what is MOSCOW Analysis?

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

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How Project Risk Management will Make You a Better PM

Project Risk Management

Risk is inherent in the nature of a project. So, that makes project risk management a central part of the project management toolset.

Don’t think of it as an add-on. Nor even as a discipline in its own right. Instead, it’s best to regard risk management as a thread that runs through the heart of project management.

I tend to agree with Tim Lister’s often re-quoted statement that:

‘Risk Management is Project Management for Grown-Ups’

What I take from this is that, when you understand how projects work, and can manage a basic project effectively, you will increasingly use project risk management as your primary framework for controlling your project.

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What is Capabilities Based Planning – CBP? | Video

What is Capabilities Based Planning?

Capabilities Based Planning – CBP – is an important way of starting your project planning process.

So what is Capabilities Based Planning – CBP?

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

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Make Your Project Estimation More Reliable, Using the PERT Method

Project Managers have many responsibilities. And one of the most difficult is Project Estimation: to predict what will happen in the future. Because projects are fraught with uncertainty.

And Project Sponsors dislike uncertainty. So they expect Project Managers to reduce it. So, they want you to manage project risks and estimate uncertain, future outcomes like:

  • How much will this project cost?
  • When will this project finish?

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What is a Linear Responsibility Chart? | Video

What is a Linear Responsibility Chart

Knowing who is slated to do what is a crucial part of project management. Following our earlier video on RACI Charts, this video looks at RACI’s cousin the Linear Responsibility Chart.

So what is a Linear Responsibility Chart?

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

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Why You Can No Longer Ignore Agile Methodologies

Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Agile Methodologies

You may be at the start of your Project Management career, or a seasoned veteran. You may work on software engineering projects or in business change. But, whatever your project role, one thing is clear. Project Managers can no longer afford to ignore Agile methodologies.

We spoke with Agile Project Management trainer and founder of AgileSumo.com, Chris O’Halloran. The first thing he said was this:

‘I am the first to admit that when I first heard about Agile in 2003, I mentally wrote it off…

Surely, no serious project manager would follow principles of Agile. I mean, how could a lack of planning actually work?’

He goes on to also admit that he didn’t understand Agile.

But now he believes he was wrong. It wasn’t until many years later that he began to understand Agile, the value it brings and, crucially, why it works.

Now, Chris is a huge advocate for Agile. He teaches Agile principles and coaches teams on moving to Agile ways of working.

In this article, Chris explains why you can no longer afford to ignore Agile methodologies, if you don’t want to be left behind.

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What is a Project Checklist? | Video

What is a Project Checklist?

A Project checklist can save you time, reduce errors, improve consistency, diminish stress, and even save lives.

So what is a Project Checklist?

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

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What is a RACI Chart? | Video

What is a RACI Chart?

The RACI Chart is rightly one of a Project Manager’s favourite tools.

So what is a RACI Chart,
and how does it relate to a Linear Responsibility Chart (LRC)?

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

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Your Introduction to Capabilities Based Planning (CBP)

Intro to Capabilities Based Planning - CBP

The familiar way to start defining your project is with a set of functional requirements. But increasingly, this approach is not meeting the needs of the business or organization; especially with IT projects. A  new approach has emerged that is far more rooted into the strategic context. It’s called Capabilities Based Planning (CBP). And one of the leading practitioners is Glen Alleman.

Glen is a heavyweight project manager. He has served on some of the largest, most complex projects. He is also a serious thinker about how we can practice our profession rigorously. It is a privilege to have Glen contribute this introductory article.

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Great Big Guide to the Project Business Case

Project Business Case

A Project Business Case sets out why you should start your project. It gives an

‘analysis of the benefits and costs of making a change to the way things are done’.

Decode the Jargon of Project Management

Your Project Business Case is therefore a tool for senior people to make an informed decision. It is a vital part of your project governance.

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