“Keeping it Simple” Includes Having Simple Tools.
The question pops up in a PMI blog about tools – which is the best one?
For the occasional project manager the question is even more difficult.
Read the blog by Jason Westland then pull out Word and SharePoint, because those two simple tools will help you with a lot project management activities.
When you evaluate scheduling tools, SharePoint and Microsoft Project provide the classic choice – Simple or Full Feature. As you look at all the options, be sure to ask whether it easily compares the baseline schedule to the current schedule. That is a critical piece of information for communication – on every project!!
The Standard Work Breakdown Structure is the Start of Maturity
In our Microsoft Project training, we teach students the power of having a Microsoft Project template. Templates are created so that every project uses the same Task List, also known as a Work Breakdown Structure.
As we currently create a self-paced eLearning version of our Microsoft Project training, that issue comes up repeatedly.
The Project Management Office is the most logical source for creating Microsoft Project templates to use in your Microsoft Project training.
Some projects struggle with standard work breakdown structures. Mark Mullaly has a webinar posted on www.projectmanagement.com that addresses this challenge.
Does Your PMO Promote CAPM Certification?
The Puget Sound PMI Chapter is sponsoring PMP Exam Prep Training and CAPM Exam Prep training. The chapter's classes meet the project management training requirements for both of these certifications.
The PMO Needs to Take a Stand On PMP Certification
PMP Certification is popular and requires 35 hours of project management training before you can sit for the exam.
PMP certification doesn't make sense for every person who leads a project. It is best for people who have committed to a career in project management. And even organizations that are strongly project-driven have opted not to value the PMP certification, choosing instead to promote project management training that builds skills and is aligned with their own processes.
The PMO should be an active participant in this ongoing discussion about the value and proper place the PMP certification holds in an organization. This video from www.pmi.org adds a personal perspective.
A PMO Should Promote Investment in Distance Communication Tools
When you attending project management in a live classroom, there is a lot of interaction. Hands-on project management training integrates your real-world projects and therefore you learn faster and are better able to put the learning to work.
But what if your team is actually never sitting down side-by-side, like you do when you attend project management training? That's when tools like www.GoToMeeting. and www.WebEx.com and www.Skype.com all make a huge impact.
If you wander through a www.Starbucks.com store, you are likely to see friends having a live online chat. They literally see each other and connect emotionally as though they were both sitting at the table. Of course, this type of conversation is more common among younger generations than older generations.
The PMO has a right and responsibility to think about communication technology for geographically distributed teams.
Does Your PMO Organize PMP Exam Preparation Classes?
The PMO should set the strategy for project management training. Is it skill development only? What is the value of PMP certification? This video from www.PMI.org has perspectives from certified PMPs.
Can Agile and Waterfall Development Methods Co-Exist?
During a recent project management class at Amazon, we discussed the benefits of traditional waterfall development methods vs agile. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses. The capable project manager - like the accomplished carpenter who can use a chain saw and a coping saw - knows both approaches and uses them appropriately.
The current edition of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management committed a new chapter to this discussion in hopes of providing a better understanding. Watch the following helpful video from www.pmi.org.