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Objectives and associated costs of project management

Darryl Bachmeier Apr 21, 2019 Project-Management

Before starting with project management, it is essential to previously establish the objectives we want to achieve and analyze the costs derived from this strategy. Objectives and challenges of project management During the management of a project, it is necessary to have some objectives, and normal to find some challenges during the process. That’s why it’s important to know what they are, so you avoid making several mistakes when it’s time to organize your project. Objectives:It is important that the objectives of project management are coherent and aligned with the interests of the organization. It is also important that they are measurable, in quality, quantity, time and cost. The main objectives of the company are for optimal project management : Provide an address Realize the plans that have been organized Focus on the results Find ways to motivate staff Prioritize and organize Inform about the purpose of the project Recognize...

Project Leader Hero or villain in project management

Darryl Bachmeier Apr 20, 2019 Project-Management

Profile of the Project Leader The Project Leader is the one that molds and shapes the structure of each group. With his leadership, the leader can get to form groups of people who manage to function as a real work team. The leader based on the motto divides and reigns, governs with great success the working group but does not produce a team capable of achieving success, only groups people to perform a specific task. The good leader with his actions develops work teams, using the right mix of loyalty, motivation, and confidence that every human being needs to believe and undertake in pursuit of group objectives. The project leader has to manage all the project stakeholders; lead, direct, coordinate with your work team; plan, organize, monitor and evaluate the progress and results of the project; communicate, solve problems, motivate, direct and attend meetings, interact with clients; hiring, supervising, promoting...

The 5 phases in Project Management

Darryl Bachmeier Apr 18, 2019 Project-Management

Few things are as relevant to the productivity of a company as the management of their projects. Companies are overly concerned about finding a good, beautiful and cheap software application for project management. From my point of view, this is a wrong approach because before choosing a software tool for project management it is necessary to define and institutionalize the work process that allows optimizing the development of projects. The best software application is useless if you do not have a well-defined work procedure. However, with a common application and a sound project management methodology, great results can be achieved in the development of projects. Generally, when we raise the need to define a methodological process, companies start to tremble, because they relate it to a titanic task and of little use for their organization. However, the reality is very different, companies and their workers execute processes daily, although they...

Waterfall versus Agile methodologies

Darryl Bachmeier Mar 25, 2019 Project-Management

With waterfall, the project moves in one direction after each phase is complete it moves onto the next phase. Agile on the other hand focuses on smaller iterations and has a focus on completing a minimum viable product. The best example that I heard of is if a client needs a car you don’t just start trying to build a car the first iteration is a skateboard which is a form of transportation like the car but extremely basic. The next iteration would be to add more features and build a motorcycle. This is much closer to what the client requested in fact the client might be happy with this product as is. Because of its nature waterfall methodology produces tons of documentation including diagrams because they have to get it right on paper before moving onto the next phase. Agile requires less up front documentation and has more chances...

Why use prototypes in software development?

Darryl Bachmeier Mar 24, 2019 Project-Management

Prototypes are not just about cost savings or catching errors. They help the development team to capture the right requirements from the business areas to build the correct product. Prototypes help the users to get their hands on something so they get a feel if the product will work for them. It increases understanding across all project team. Types of Prototypes There are different types of prototypes. Prototypes can be divided into wither low or high fidelity. Low Fidelity Prototype A low fidelity prototype is pen and paper. I sometimes do this when I meet with my clients and I need to clarify what goes where. I draw out simple doodle in very high abstraction. An image might be represented by a single box with an “X” in it. If multiple pages or screens are needed in the product, I might draw tiny screens on the page with arrows connecting...

What is a business analyst?

Darryl Bachmeier Mar 24, 2019 Project-Management

A business analyst works in many industries and thrives in a changing business environment. A business analyst improves business processes, plans elicitation activities, manages requirements, negotiates with stakeholders and compares and confirms solutions. A business analyst acts a as a liaison between stakeholders. They need to understand business operations and how organizations function. A business analyst uses investigate skills to determine the problem. Analyzing different types of information. Given the problem to solve, the business analyst identifies the best course of action for the business to take. Identify the best solution that delivers the most value to the organization. They recommend solutions to allow the organization to achieve business goals. Involves identifying the correct stakeholders. Interact with many different business customers including end users, management and executives. Business analyst requires good communication skills, as they need to be able to question stakeholders and end user to ensure that they capture...

What is a Statement of Work?

Darryl Bachmeier Mar 23, 2019 Project-Management

A statement of work defines the work to be done for a project. It defines all the requirements to client. It includes what must be delivered, how and when it must be completed by. These are all the projects deliverables. A statement of work is often used between a client and supplier. It should not be a template. It should be custom to the client. It is often a few pages in length and it must be well written, clear, and concise with little ambiguity. It is the first deliverable the client receives often soon after an initial meeting with the client. It confirms the understanding of what was discussed. It tells a story by giving the background of the situation and what needs to be done to fix it. It is a simple contract. It documents the terms that have been agreed in the initial meeting. Components of the...

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