People Issues in Project Management

December 9, 2008
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- Herry Hendarto PMP Project managers are often assigned as proposal managers and asked to plan and put an estimate to arrive at an acceptable proposal during the project proposal stage; and upon winning the project to manage the projects with little or no authority, dictated time frames and deliverables, and essentially told to just...

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Passing the Prince2 Practitioner Exam

December 7, 2008
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The PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam tests understanding of the PRINCE2 terminology and principles, as well as the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate the PRINCE2 method within given project situations. It is aimed at those who aspire to, or already have, responsibility for project management. The Exam Structure 9 topics, each focusing on one of...

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The Prince2 Foundation Exam

December 3, 2008
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The PRINCE2 Foundation Exam recognises knowledge of the PRINCE2 methodology. It provides an important boost to the C.V. of anybody seeking a career in project management, and is a prerequisite for PRINCE2 Practitioner status. According to the APM Group’s statistics, 95% of test-takers pass the Foundation Exam. With a little preparation, there is no...

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Project Management – the Career for You?

December 1, 2008
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Project Management is an increasingly popular career choice for young graduates. According to statistics produced by the Middlesex University National Centre for Project Management, 1.5 – 2 million people earn their living as Project Managers in the UK alone. Requiring strong organisational and leadership abilities rather than specialist industry knowledge, Project Management provides a...

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Project Failures and Project Success

November 27, 2008
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Some organizations and project managers tend to resort to simplistic view when it comes time to judge if the projects they are assigned to manage is a success. The tendency is more due to the most popular success criteria to measure the success from just the triple constraints of CTR or cost, time, and...

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Application of Project Management Knowledge

November 25, 2008
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Project management is the most critical business skill and competency of today that forms the basic building block of knowledge based company for businesses and professions in oil and gas, petroleum, petrochemicals, chemicals, metal and mining, infrastructures, buildings, IT, Healthcare, Finance, Telecoms, Manufacturing, and many more services and banking industries. Fortune Magazine calls project...

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SQA: Coach

October 23, 2008
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With audits, reviews and issue handling being the predominant responsibilities, an SQA responsibilities move towards mundane daily tasks. With time, role of the SQA is understood well and with understanding comes the predictability in the work. Organizations, SQA functions and the SQAs should seize this opportunity and raise the level of services rendered to...

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SQA: People Person

October 17, 2008
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Let us have a look at the primary duties of an SQA. The audits, the review meetings and the escalations to resolve any quality issues in a timely manner. In brief, an SQA has to get things done, in time, from people with whom he does not have a reporting relationship. He has to...

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SQA : Organizational Culture

October 10, 2008
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Interface – A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions, bodies, substances, or phases SQA is an interface between the organization and its people, the human capital. The organization sets goals for process improvement, chooses a model to adhere to and then organization wide processes are rolled out. SQA must be careful in...

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SQA : Personal Integrity

October 7, 2008
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Most of the times, the job of SQA is to monitor the process which is planned to be followed in the project and report any violations in this process. The SQA report is shared with the Senior Management along with the project manager. It is this and its consequences which can be challenging and...

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Becoming an SQA

October 1, 2008
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I was six years into it and was loosing my passion! Looking back, I think, it was the sheer volatility of technology, which I had witnessed, had made me to loose interest in it. I had seen technology advancing with such a speed, that before I could be satisfied with my own understanding of...

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Back from Holiday

October 16, 2006
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To be on a Holiday is bliss. Specially for an Indian working in Indian IT service sector. My decision to take a sabbatical of few weeks, to be with my daughter and then join the industry back has met with raised eyebrows and astonished faces. It was nice to be on a holiday, to...

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Lesson in Leadership

September 12, 2006
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Having just completed the Indian epic, Mahabharata, I am pondering over a statement which a insignificant character in the story makes to the another. He says, “The citizens of a country, whose king is weak, should not marry and beget children. A worhty family life, with culture and domestic happiness, is possible only under...

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Software Projects Failure

September 9, 2006
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Let me share an insightful article by Mr. Capers Jones on why software projects fail. In beginning of the article he mentions the following three reasons for the project failrure Executives often reject accurate and conservative estimates. Executives apply harmful schedule pressure that damages quality. Executives add major new requirements in mid-development. In majority...

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Job change: A Paradigm Shift???

July 11, 2006
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Recently I changed my job! Not that I was fed up in the old organization, but there were many factors behind this decision Most importantly, I had decided to build my career in CMM and related frameworks Professional headhunters and recruiters in the companies had started to ask me why in the same organization...

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Divine Vision – III

July 5, 2006
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Earlier parts Divine Vision I Divine Vision II Eventually, world was a safer place to live!!! Sounds like a plot from Hollywood? Yeah it is a plot, but not from Hollywood. In the most simplistic terms, it is one of the interpretations of “The Mahabharata“, a sacred Hindu scripture. Some believe its a mythological...

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Divine Vision – II

July 1, 2006
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And he thought he created the future of his own choice… The powerful thoughts have parallels and nature has her own ways. When the King was preparing to strike back and his sons were getting ‘manufactured to do so’, somewhere, in distant part of the planet, some sages and saints, who were dedicated to...

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