Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can Help

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Investment activity in infrastructure and other major capital projects has regained its upward trend following the 2008 crash. The quantity and scale of mega capital projects is encouraging for the engineering and construction industries.

Best Project Management and Tracking Tools

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With project management tools, you’ll have a software to start tracking your favorite ideas and prioritize the ones you love. When your company is working on multiple projects at the same time, it’s difficult to focus on the details. Microsoft Project.

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Process Development Guidelines – Implementing a Project Portfolio Management Process

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Project Portfolio Management process development guidelines. Implementing a Project Portfolio Management process. Implementing an effective Project Portfolio Management process doesnt have to be arduos. Creating a common financial model for all projects. Project.

#1,530 – The Sketchbook Project

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

For here resides a place where artists’ sketchbooks gather from all over the world as a means of documenting the human experience and providing inspiration to all who are lucky enough to gaze upon its collection. Is the Sketchbook Project the Greatest Idea Ever?

How to Run a Virtual Design Thinking Project with Remote Teams

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In this guest post, learn how to effectively implement a virtually-led design thinking project. Staying on track: Throughout a design thinking project, teams need to repeatedly shift gears from diverging to converging, and apply different tools and mindsets at each stage of the process.

Planning a Taxonomy Project

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Planning a taxonomy covers the same questions as planning any UX project. This article will go through the questions you should consider when planning a kitchen, er, um…, a taxonomy project. Resources: What are the project resources and constraints?

Using Wikis to Document UI Specifications

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This documentation is commonly known as a UI specification or UI spec. However, designers should be aware of a wiki’s benefits and drawbacks for documentation, since UI specs uniquely reflect a project and its context.

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The Case for Ambiguity – How to Set Your IT Project Up For Success

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However, that is exactly what happens to an overwhelming number of leaders on a regular basis with their technology projects. A McKinsey-Oxford study found that large IT projects go over-budget 45% of the time, over-schedule 7% of the time, and under-deliver 56% of the time¹.

Keep Project Delay From Turning Into Project Failure

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When a big project goes off the rails, it can turn into an acrimonious fight, with lots of finger-pointing and accusations lobbed from all directions. And if the project is big enough, the press may even shine a spotlight on that trouble. Analytics Product Management Project Managemen

How to Guarantee an Innovation Project Team Will Fail

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If teams working on innovation projects are conscious of their speed and rewarded for their throughput, they will find their way from the good ideas to a great one. Focus on creating an environment for innovation project teams to thrive.

#1,639 – Wolfram’s Physics Project and the Elusive Theory of Everything

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

So today marks the debut of the Wolfram Physics Project. Basically, the project involves creating graph-like models of many possible universes, as defined by rules that determine how the model evolves. Stephen Wolfram isn’t a house hold name yet but he should be.

Agile Mindset: How to Use Sprints to Streamline Projects

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Agile Philosophy came from the Agile Manifesto, when a small group of people got together in 2001 to discuss their feelings about the traditional approach to project management for software development. Software that works with broader range of documentations. Quick responses, changes throughout the project following a plan. In recent times, they have also been employed to transform corporate departmental functions and project management practices.

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Tips for Project Managers: Overcoming Obstacles and Completing Projects on Time

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percent of companies complete 100 percent of their projects, Gallup reports. This is a somewhat alarming statistic that begs the question, “Why is it so difficult to complete projects?”. 1: Overcome the Vagueness of Project Goals by Asking the Right Questions. Only 2.5

Bridging Your Skills Gaps With Project Management Software

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The people within your project can make or break your success. The best team players can still ruin a project, however, if they lack the right skills to get the job done. These tools can also help evaluate gaps mid-project and prevent future problems. Before You Begin a Project.

Tips to Effectively Train and Mentor a New Project Manager

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In order for mentors to be effective, they need to have a strategic plan for growth with their mentees and commitment to help newer project managers. Your mentor-mentee relationship should have concrete goals, distinctive milestones and metrics for improvement to track, as with any project.

Improve Your Project Management Systems With the Five Levels of Maturity

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The success of project management strategies within an organization can be measured in five stages of maturity. Even companies that seem to hit their deadlines and complete projects on budget can lack maturity without the right management systems. Better Project Estimates.

How Reliable is Intuition in Mature Project Management?

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As any seasoned project manager can attest, reality can sometimes evolve rapidly and in unpredictable ways, which is something no decision-making framework can fully anticipate. Fortunately, intuition is something project managers can actively develop over time.

13 Change Management Experts Share Their Tips

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Here is mine: If your change effort or project begins in a Microsoft Word document, you’re already in … Continue reading → Change ACMP Association of Change Management Professionals change leadership change management Leadership PMI PMP project management Strategy tips

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The 5 Questions You Need to Ask When Starting a New Project

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What is the difference between a successful project and a failed one? This question has as many answers as a project has moving parts, but sometimes the deciding factor is deceptively simple: Curiosity. Does the project have a clear mission? Project Management Project Planning

Scope Creep Fail Safes: Using PPM to Keep Your Projects On Time

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Together, these minor changes can add up to a more stressful project and a weaker product. As projects become increasingly connected within companies and vendors, there are more opportunities for scope creep. Here’s how you can prevent this phenomenon and guard your projects against it.

Are Design Patterns an Anti-pattern?

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Should they spend time on documentation or collaborate on projects? Should junior people learn from the documents or, as is typical in the crafts, apprentice with an experienced designer? Should they spend time on documentation or collaborate on projects?

Forms: The Complete Guide

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If you’re following along and actually typing this stuff in, you need to set up a new Foundation project, open up its index.html file, and delete all the sample content (see this post to find out how). Deliverables and Documentation Methods

How to Breathe Life Into Personas

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Personas are essential when you are working on a project and don’t know the target audience very well. I went through many versions until I found one I was happy with, and response from project teams seems to be positive. Deliverables Deliverables and Documentation Methods

Three Ways to Improve Your Design Research with Wordle

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Moreover, how can we provide semantic analysis to project stakeholders? In the Balsamiq cloud, conversation revolves more simply around assets, text, and projects. Deliverables and Documentation Design Principles Discovery, Research, and Testing Software and Tools Uncategorized

A Stakeholder Interview Checklist

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. What is your role in this project? What worries you about this project? What should this project accomplish for the business? How will you, personally, define success for this project? How would you like to be involved in the rest of the project, and what’s the best way to reach you? How large is the development team assigned to the project, and what are their skills?

Integrating UX into the Product Backlog

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Early agile pioneers were working on in-house IT projects (custom software) or enterprise software [ 1 , 2 ]. The User Experience Integration Matrix (UXI Matrix) addresses these problems by tying UX to the project backlog.

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The Shallow Dive

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The aim of this phase is to identify key elements and decisions that will influence the detailed design of the project. To start, the BA and I do a first-wave analysis of all of the screens and workflows that might be affected by the project.

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths

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Cores and Paths provides a clear direction to follow for the whole project team. Deliverables & Documentation - Process & MethodsImagine you’re on one side of a grass lawn and you want to reach the bus stop on the opposite side.

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Forms: The Complete Guide

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In the index.html file of a new Foundation project (see this post to find out how to set that up), add this: It’s OK, but the result looks a bit busy ( view larger ): There’s just a bit too much to process here. All the code we’ll be writing will go inside jQuery’s $(document).ready()

Forms: The Complete Guide—Part 4

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After you’ve set up a new Foundation project ( this post explains how), add this HTML just after the opening <body> tag. (We’re All the code is inside the jQuery $(document).ready() Within $(document).ready() The jQuery documentation is pretty good.

Alignment Diagrams

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” The phrase “alignment diagrams&# describes a class of documents that reveal the touchpoints between a customer and a business. Often designers aren’t called in until after a project is already set up. Sketch draft diagrams for your current project.

Persona Grata

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Alan Cooper interviewed several people who were in the intended audience of a project he was working on and got to know them so well that he pretended to be them as a way of brainstorming and evaluating ideas from their perspective (Cooper, “ The Origin of Personas “). The fundamental understanding of users is important, not the document itself. For projects with more than one user type, a list of personas helps prioritize which users are more important than others.

Crowdsourcing and APIs: Everything You Need to Know

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Lately, companies creating documentation for APIs have turned to crowdsourcing. Instead of companies hiring an entire documentation team, all that’s needed is one person to edit contributions. The documentation will need to be replaced as the API changes.

The Engineering Stakeholder Interview

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. The following questions are helpful on most projects, though most projects call for additional, unique questions, too: What technology decisions have already been made, and what’s driving them?

The General Stakeholder Interview

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. One of the key things to look for in the response is any hint of functionality no one has mentioned before, since this is important not only in helping the product team achieve consensus, but also in keeping the project timeline within bounds. What worries you about this project? What should this project accomplish for the business? How will you, personally, define success for this project?

Running Out of Time: How Workflow Planning Can Reduce Missed Deadlines

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When a project is falling behind, managers have two choices: allocate more time to the work (making the timelines for other projects tighter), or ask employees to put in extra hours to hit the deadline. The Psychology Behind Late Projects. Project Management Project Planning

Why Technology Is Important For Organizational Change

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A few of the key goals of continuous improvement are to increase productivity, improve quality, maximize value, lower costs and decrease delivery times of projects. Such software automatically adjusts the project baseline per the approved change, and then automatically adjusts workflows.

The Sales Stakeholder Interview

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Deliverables Deliverables and Documentation Process and MethodsThis is an excerpt from from Kim Goodwin’s excellent Designing for the Digital Age. It is quite long, so we’ve broken it into several sections. Many thanks to Ms. Goodwin and Wiley for allowing us to share this with our readers. Understanding the Business. The General Stakeholder Interview.

The Marketing Stakeholder Interview

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Note that if you’re a consultant planning the research before the project kickoff, the project lead should have asked this question at that time.). Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Deliverables Deliverables and Documentation Process and MethodsThis is an excerpt from from Kim Goodwin’s excellent Designing for the Digital Age. It is quite long, so we’ve broken it into several sections.

Interviewing Executives and SME Stakeholders

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Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Project Management for Stakeholder Interviews. Deliverables Deliverables and Documentation Methods Process and MethodsThis is an excerpt from from Kim Goodwin’s excellent Designing for the Digital Age. It is quite long, so we’ve broken it into several sections. Many thanks to Ms. Goodwin and Wiley for allowing us to share this with our readers. Understanding the Business. The General Stakeholder Interview.

If You’re Comfortable With Your Strategy, It Probably Sucks

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Your company has spent months coming up with a detailed action plan for the coming years, complete with financial projections illustrating exactly how you will grow share of market and thus revenue, along with a budget. All of that serious documentation gives you great comfort. Does this sound familiar?

The Agile Program Manager’s Role in 2018 — And Beyond

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Program management is no longer just a process-focused role in an organization responsible for on-time, on-budget and on-scope delivery of projects. So, once a change is made to the baseline, all future documents are pulled from that same database, and they all have the change incorporated.

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How Program Managers Can Facilitate Change Management

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So, whether from organizational shifts, internal process adjustments or external influences, all programs and projects are impacted by some sort of change as an organization evolves. Keep Your Project Data Clean. Bad data can have a devastating effect on any project. Change.