Month: February 2011

Intro to Value Stream Mapping

Intro to Value Stream Mapping

I’m in the process of doing a Current State Value Stream Mapping (VSM) for the PMO. The big questions are, based on the current state, are there areas we can improve? Can we eliminate any waste (or increase efficiencies) from our current processes? The answer to both questions is YES.  Everyone should be reviewing there processes on…

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What is in a Name

What is in a Name

This weekend, I took the first step of rebranding myself. Some know me as Derek Huether the “PMP”; some as Derek Huether the “CSM”; some even refer to me as The Critical Path blogger or Zombie PM. With the real risk of the Federal Government shutting down this next week, I’d be an idiot if…

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PMI Agile Project Professional Survey

PMI Agile Project Professional Survey

The Project Management Institute (PMI) finally made the public announcement that they intend to have an Agile Project Professional “APP” certification. Surprisingly, I have heard very little negative feedback. My questions? Do you think this new certification will be good or bad for either the Agile Community or the Traditional Project Management Community? I created…

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End Of The World As We Know It

End Of The World As We Know It

After the public announcement last night, that PMI intends to create an agile project management certification,  I heard REM playing in the back of my head.  “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine“.  Though I will admit I was a bit nervous when I learned PMI was going…

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Meetings: Get To The Point

Meetings: Get To The Point

Upon a brief review of my site analytics, I noticed something striking. For the month of February, almost nine percent (9%) of my page views are for one thing:  Free Meeting Minutes Template Back in March 2009, I wrote a post about helpful tips for running a meeting.  With it was a free copy of my meeting minutes…

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Team-Based or Value-Based

Team-Based or Value-Based

I’m currently reading a book about Systems Analysis and Design.  In a chapter discussing Agile Methods, one of the statements really rubbed me the wrong way. The Agile Manifesto is a set of team-based principles… For the last 6 or so years, I’ve assumed the Manifesto was a set of “value-based” principles.  That is, at…

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