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Free Communications Management Plan Template

Free Communications Management Plan Template

I participated in a Communication Working Group session for the PMO today. Imagine a dozen people sitting around a table laughing for 10 minutes, when they realized I had shaved off my goatee. After the excitement subsided, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. It was really quite refreshing to see how excited…

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Contribute for the better good

Contribute for the better good

I just posted an update to the Agile Scrum definition on Wikipedia. It has been a while since I’ve made updates to this definition and others on the free online encyclopedia.  It’s actually quite cathartic to contribute to something like Wikipedia, for no other reason then to help others.  I’ve been asked a lot of…

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Understanding Agile Scrum and common terms

Understanding Agile Scrum and common terms

I’ve been in a few meetings this last week where people were mentioning Scrum terms but didn’t know what they were. It’s not their fault. The person introducing the terms into the project vocabulary should have provided an explanation before referencing them. For those of you new to Agile Scrum, here are a few basics:…

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Using Agile does not mean a lack of defined process

Using Agile does not mean a lack of defined process

Sometimes I’m not surprised to hear one of our current contractor say they are now using Agile.  This is their explanation for ad-hoc builds, lack of documentation, and lack of predictable process.  It can be frustrating to hear of development groups using it as a scapegoat.  Waterfall has been the decided process for our main…

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Scope Management

Scope Management

Scope Management means: Not letting others randomly expand the scope of the project without a structured change control system Constantly verifying the completion of all authorized work Ensure all changes are within the project charter Defining and controlling what is and is not included in the project Not allowing extra work or gold plating You…

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Functional Management

Functional Management

Functional management is the most common type of organizational management. The organization is grouped by areas of specialty within different functional areas (e.g., finance, marketing, and engineering). Some refer to a functional area as a “silo.” Communications generally occurs within a single department. If information or project work is needed from another department, a request…

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