A PMO Should Promote Investment in Distance Communication Tools
When you attending project management traning 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.
The Standard Work Breakdown Structure is the Start of Maturity
In Versatile’s 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.
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.