Welcome to PMConnection

     

Menu
· Home
· The Project Management Search Engine
· Exclusive Articles

Related Sites

Related Books 1
 
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK 5th Edition 2013

 
PMP Exam Prep: Rita's Course
 
  
  
Microsoft Project 2016 for Dummies

   
  
Microsoft Project 2016



  
Ultimate Study Guide: Foundations Microsoft Project 2013


 
The Ultimate Application Administrators Guide for Project Online

PMConnection: PMConnection Articles

Search on This Topic:   
[ Go to Home | Select a New Topic ]

Project Management: What is Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
PMConnection Articles

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, is enterprise aware, and is scalable.

Disciplined Agile Delivery is one part of the overall Disciplined Agile Framework.  It provides the foundation for the rest of the framework, focusing on Agile Solution Delivery from beginning to end.  The layers of the Disciplined Agile Framework move from DAD to Disciplined DevOps to Disciplined Agile IT and finally Disciplined Agile Enterprise.

The key characteristics of DAD are:

• People oriented – People come first.  Individuals and interactions as well as the way we collaborate are the primary determinates for success.

• Goal Driven – It takes a goal driven approach that gives people choices.  It is not prescriptive.  A very lightweight approach to making better decisions

• Hybrid Agile – Takes ideas from a large range of sources

• Learning Oriented – Contains many aspects of Lean

• Full Delivery Lifecycle – All the way from idea to completion

• Solution Focused – Not just software development focused.  Includes hardware, organization structure changes, supporting documentation as well as business processes

• Risk Value Lifecycle - The focus is on enabling teams, not monitoring and controlling them

• Enterprise Aware – Appreciates larger organization and other groups

DAD is a hybrid framework that leverages proven strategies from several sources, providing a decision framework to guide your adoption and tailoring of them in a context driven manner.  Sources include; Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Extreme Programming, Unified Process, Agile Modeling, Outside in Dev., Traditional, Agile Data, SAFe, DevOps and more.  By leveraging the different sources, it allows the user to best parts of different sources and build a modular approach for developing a delivering a solution that delights the customer.

Because DAD focuses on delivery end to end and scales up through the entire organization, it has more roles that Scrum.  

Primary Roles:

• Team Lead (Scrum Master)

• Product Owner (from Scrum) – Must represent all stakeholders, not just customer

• Architecture Owner (from Agile Modeling) – guides team through important architecture decisions

• Team Member

• Stakeholder – Customers, End Users, Auditors, Financial Analyst, Support, Operations, etc.

Secondary Roles (Usually appear as DAD scales up or out through the organization):

• Independent Testers (not actually part of the development team)

• Specialist – Enterprise Architect, Program Manager, Financial Analyst

• Domain  Expert – Share knowledge or guidance in a particular area

• Technical Expert – Share expert technical knowledge or skills

• Integrator – Used during large program.  Used to focus on overall integration of various components of the solution.

DAD supports multiple lifecycles including Agile, Exploratory (Lean Startup), Lean, Continuous Delivery; Lean and Continuous Delivery: Agile.  This means that if the organization is already using one of these lifecycles, DAD can be leveraged.  Or if there are multiple groups within the organization and a few groups are using Agile and a few are using Lean, DAD can be adapted to accommodate both lifecycles and all groups.

With respect to the process domain, DAD focuses on providing choices.  They call these process choices Goals and group them into various stages that they term Timing:

• Inception

o Form Initial Team

o Develop Common Vision

o Align with Enterprise Direction

o Explore Initial Scope

o Identify Initial Technical Strategy

o Develop Initial Release Plan

o Secure Funding

o Form Work Environment

o Identify Risks

o Develop Initial Test Strategy

• Construction

o Produce a Potentially Consumable Solution

o Address Changing Stakeholder Needs

o Move Closer to a Deployable Release

o Improve Quality

o Prove Architecture Early

• Transition

o Ensure the Solution is Consumable

o Deploy the Solution

• Ongoing

o Grow Team Members

o Govern Delivery Team

o Leverage and Enhance Existing Infrastructure

o Address Risk

o Improve Team Process and Environment

o Coordinate Activities


Because DAD is not prescriptive, it allows for an organization to adapt these 23 Goals to align with how the various teams work.

DAD is Goal oriented so you can take one of the Goals and answer questions or make decisions about that goal to ensure the best decision is made for the organization.  For example; if you take the Goal of “Form the Initial Team”, then you can answer distinct questions like; Source, Evolution Strategy, Size, Structure, Member skills, Completeness, Longevity, Geographic distribution, Support the team and Availability.  One makes a decision on these items.  For instance with respect to Geographic Distribution, we could choose from Co-located, Partially dispersed, Distributed sub-teams and Fully dispersed.  We would then define the Advantages and Disadvantages of each option.  Now the best decision can be made; thus making smarter decisions and being more effective and more agile.  Every team will have their own process and own that process and over time, their process may change.  Figure 1 below demonstrates how the Goals, Decision Points and Options decompose.

Figure 1: Goals and Decision Points

DAD teams are enterprise aware.  In other words each team is doing what is best for the company as a whole.  An example would be that all teams are working towards a common business goal.  DAD teams strive to leverage and enhance the existing eco system wherever possible.  DAD teams work closely with other enterprise groups, they follow existing roadmaps where appropriate, leverage existing assets and enhance existing assets.

Governance is built into DAD.  There needs to be some governance for agile and lean teams.  Rather than a deliverables based approach, DAD leverages a Risk value lifecycle.  The focus is on enabling teams, not monitoring and controlling them.  There should be light-weight milestone reviews, standard opportunities for increased visibility and to steer the team.

The benefits of the DAD is that it scales Agile tactically.  It allows the agile approach to be more mature and robust.  This would mean working with larger teams, or working with geographically disbursed team.  This also means taking compliance, domain complexity and technical complexity into consideration.  Or finally it could simply mean distributing various aspects of DAD across the organization.

Solution delivery requires discipline.  DAD can provide that discipline, but at the same time allows the organization to make choices to best build an approach that aligns with their contextual needs.  DAD is a good middle ground that is a step above Agile development that will allow an organization to evolve or mature over time to scale agile tactically across an organization.



Note: You may find this useful:

Posted by webadmin on Sunday, September 03 @ 10:38:55 CDT (233 reads)
(Read More... | 10076 bytes more | Project Management | Score: 0)

MS Project Server: 10 Benefits of Project Online
PMConnection Articles


1.  Always Current - As an online service hosted by Microsoft you will always have the latest tools, features, and updates.

2.  Always Available - 99.9% uptime guarantee, as well as continuous data back-up, best-in-class disaster recovery, and data centers around the world.

3.  24/7 Support - Quick access to the most knowledgeable support team at any time.  Free up internal support to work on other things.

4.  Low Cost - No upfront infrastructure costs.  Flexible subscription plans.

5.  Near Instant Access - Accessed via Office 365, the system can be available for configuring within minutes as opposed to months!

6.  World-class Compliance - Complies with various industry-specific standards, including ISO 27001, EU Model Clauses, HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA), and FISMA.

7.  Part of Office 365 Platform - Offers native integration with familiar tools such as Microsoft Project, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, and Skype for Business for better collaboration and social capabilities.

8.  Scales to Maturity - Project Online can be configured* for very lightweight Project Management to a full Project and Portfolio Management solution.

9.  Improved / Integrated Reporting - Out of the box Project Online provides; Project Overview Dashboard, Project Overview and Resource Overview Reports. The Project Portfolio Dashboard web app is now available via Office 365 for other instant reporting.  Finally, there is the Project Online content pack for Power BI.

10.  Active Directory Sync - Resources can be added quickly with the enhanced Active Directory synchronization.


Source: http://www.pcubed.com/about/news_and_press/10-benefits-project-online






Note: You may find this useful:

Posted by webadmin on Wednesday, July 05 @ 21:16:45 CDT (663 reads)
(Read More... | 4008 bytes more | MS Project Server | Score: 0)

Project Management: How to Create a Kanban Board in 5 Clicks
PMConnection Articles

How to create a Kanban Board in 5 clicks

Note: This article assumes you have Office 365 and have already created a project with tasks within Planner.


1.      Login to Office 365


2.      Click on Planner


3.      Click on one of your projects


4.      Click on the dropdown for “Group by” and select Progress


5.      Ta Da:




Note: You might find this book helpful:

Posted by webadmin on Sunday, March 05 @ 00:25:03 CST (2685 reads)
(Read More... | 5375 bytes more | Project Management | Score: 5)

Project Management: What is Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe?
PMConnection Articles

What is Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe®?

Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe® is an online, freely revealed knowledge base of proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile software and systems development at enterprise scale.[1]

SAFe®, as the name indicates can be applied or scaled to various levels of an organization.  Its principles can be applied to the Team, Program, Value Stream or the Portfolio level.

 

There are Nine Principles of SAFe[2]

1.       Take an economic view

2.       Apply systems thinking

3.       Assume variability; preserve options

4.       Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles

5.       Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems

6.       Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes and manage queue lengths

7.       Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning

8.       Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers

9.       Decentralize decision-making

These principles are built off the Agile Manifesto Principles (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html )

 

Organizations who have implemented SAFe are getting outstanding business benefits[3]:

·         20 – 50% increase in productivity

·         50%+ increases in quality

·         30 – 75% faster time to market

·         Measurable increases in employee engagement and job satisfaction

Their website is really cool!  Here is a screenshot from the homepage:

But, on their site it's not just a picture.  It is very dynamic!  Each icon or image contains a hyperlink that will allow you to drill into more information about the item.  Just like the definition states; "an online, freely revealed knowledge base."  Give it a try: http://www.scaledagileframework.com

 

Regardless of the type of product you are delivering here are a few tips for implementing SAFe:[4]

·         Have the business engaged the whole way.

·         Tailor your agile process to the culture. 

·         If Agile doesn’t fit a particular type of work, don’t force it.

·         Quickly agree on the initial level of process, tools and governance required for your organization. Agree that these processes must and will change. Learn to fail fast, learn from the mistakes, and relentlessly improve.

·         Automate everything you can such as build, deployment, testing and release. The more you automate the smaller your teams and the documentation of yesterday is now in code.

For more information on Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), visit this link.

 

 

 



Note: You may find this book helpful:


Posted by webadmin on Wednesday, January 25 @ 07:42:00 CST (2702 reads)
(Read More... | 8645 bytes more | Project Management | Score: 4.5)

Program and PMO: Top 5 of 2016
PMConnection Articles

Below are the top 5 most visited items from each category within our Research Center for 2016. 

If you missed any previous newsletters, this is a great way to catch up!!


Project Management

1. Project Assumptions - Podcast 

2. 21 PM Templates for $20

3. Don't Mind Failure: An Interview with the Scientist behind the Mars Rovers

4. Skilling Up for a Project Management Career

5. Scaled Agile Framework White Paper

 

 

Microsoft Project

1. Microsoft Project 2016 Preview: Multiple Timelines

2. Mastering Formulas in Microsoft Project

3. Postponing a Microsoft Project Schedule

4. Using Budget Resources - video

5a. Using the Ribbon in Microsoft Project - Video

5b. 30 Second Report - video

 

 

Microsoft Project Templates

1. Commercial construction project plan

2. Project Management Plan

3. Engineering project Plan

4. Website Development

5. Agile Project Management

 

 

PMP

1. How to prepare for your PMP Exam. Step 7: What to Expect on Your PMP Exam Day - Video

2. The Complete Guide to PMP 35 Contact Hours of Project Management Education

3. How to prepare for your PMP Exam. Step 5: Study Tips and Techniques - video

4. Getting Recertified and Earning PDUs - video

5. What you need to know about the upcoming PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition

 

 

Program Management and PMO

1. A Five-Phase Approach to Launching a PMO

2. How to Set Up Project Management Office - Video

3. Building a PMO that Helps Vendors Work Together

4. Using Project Management Office (PMO) To Improve Project Management Abilities

5. Measuring your way to failure?

 

 

Microsoft Project Server or Project Online

1. 3 new enhancements to Project Online

2. Understanding security in Project Online and Project Server 2013 - Slides 

3. Project Portfolio Dashboard App

4. The Power of Resource Engagements – Project Online

5. Project Online: Server Settings - Missing Security Options

 

 

Portfolio Management

1. Project Portfolio Management defined

2. Project Portfolio Management (PPM) - Video

3. 2016 Project Portfolio Management Trends 

4. Top 10 Reasons for Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Failure

5. Project Evaluation Template         

               

 

Innovation Management

1. Global Dynamics of Innovation and Project Management

2. 10 Rules for Managing Global Innovation

3. How to Get Buy-in and Resources for Enterprise Innovation

4. Innovating vs. Operating

5. Seven Strengths for Innovative Leaders and Teams - Videos

 

 

Great Websites

1. Project Management PrepCast 

2. PM Study Coach

3. Certified PMO Director 

4. Online PM Courses

5. 4PMTI



Note:
You may find this helpful:


Posted by webadmin on Thursday, December 29 @ 09:13:41 CST (2715 reads)
(Read More... | 10934 bytes more | Program and PMO | Score: 0)

MS Project Server: What is Project Online?
PMConnection Articles


Project Online is the name or branding that Microsoft has created for their cloud based instance of Microsoft Project Server (hosted by Microsoft).

If you believe Microsoft Project Server is right for your organization, but are uncertain whether Project Online or Project On-Premise is the best choice; you might want to work with an expert.  

There are many pluses and minuses of either approach.  Some things to factor in; the size of your organization, your current project management maturity, how you intend to leverage the solution today as well as in the future (including custom reports), and in addition to this, one would need to understand the current capabilities of Project Online versus Project On-Premise.  At the time of this article; there are a number of features Microsoft has been able to quickly implement into their Project Online solution, but have yet to incorporate into Project On-Premise.

Additional information on Project Online from these links:


Note: You may find this helpful:

Posted by webadmin on Sunday, October 30 @ 10:31:55 CDT (3078 reads)
(Read More... | 3230 bytes more | MS Project Server | Score: 0)

Project Management: Agile Project Management
PMConnection Articles


Tons of Articles, Videos, Podcasts and Templates related to Agile Project Management can be found in our ever growing database.  They can be sorted alphabetically, by date added, by rating or by popularity.  See the full list here.



Note:

You may find this book helpful:

Agile Project Management


Posted by webadmin on Thursday, August 11 @ 11:07:13 CDT (3637 reads)
(Read More... | 2214 bytes more | Project Management | Score: 0)

Project Management: What is Microsoft Planner?
PMConnection Articles

Note: You may find this item helpful:

Posted by webadmin on Tuesday, July 05 @ 16:23:24 CDT (4659 reads)
(Read More... | 2457 bytes more | Project Management | Score: 4.5)

MS Project Server: Project Server vs Project Online vs On-Premise vs Project Lite vs PPM vs EPM
PMConnection Articles

I have been working with Microsoft Project Server since about 2001 when it was called “Project Central”.  Over the years I have watched this product continue to mature.  I could name of number of things within the current product that I feel could be improved, but that is not the purpose of the article.

In my opinion, the biggest problem that Microsoft has with Project Server is a branding problem, or maybe I should say a naming problem.  All of the following names or acronyms are somewhat related and often used interchangeably; Project Server, Project Online, On-Premise, Project Lite, PPM, and EPM.  However, these things are all different.  The one thing that they do have in common is; with all these different names, it make things very confusing to the general user or consumer.  Let’s explain things:

1.  Microsoft EPM
EPM stands for Enterprise Project Management.  In the past Microsoft branded a product as “Microsoft EPM”.  Don’t be confused, this product was actually Microsoft Project Server.  But, it is true; Project Server is an Enterprise Project Management solution.

2. Microsoft PPM
PPM stands for Project Portfolio Management.  Microsoft says they have a solution called “Microsoft PPM”.  But again, don’t be confused; this product is actually Microsoft Project Server.  And it is true Project Server is a Project Portfolio Management solution.
What we have learned so far is Microsoft EPM or Microsoft PPM are actually just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Got it!  That is simple enough.  So now let’s try to sort out Project Server, Project Online or Project On-Premise.
If you are interested in implementing Microsoft Project Server, you have two options; Project Online or Project On-Premise.  So, with that said, Project Online and Project On-Premise are just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Simple enough!!

3. Project On-Premise
In a nutshell Project On-Premise is the name or branding that applies to purchasing the Hardware as well as the software to install Microsoft Project Server on your own within your organization.

4.  Project Online
Project Online is the name or branding that applies to accessing a cloud based instance of Microsoft Project Server (hosted by Microsoft).

If you believe Microsoft Project Server is right for your organization, but are uncertain whether Project Online or Project On-Premise is the best choice; you might want to work with an expert.  There are many pluses and minuses of either approach.  Some things to factor in; the size of your organization, your current project management maturity, how you intend to leverage the solution today as well as in the future (including custom reports), and in addition to this, one would need to understand the current capabilities of Project Online versus Project On-Premise.  At the time of this article; there are a number of features Microsoft has been able to quickly implement into their Project Online solution, but have yet to incorporate into Project On-Premise.

Here is a quick recap; Microsoft EPM or Microsoft PPM are actually just another name for Microsoft Project Server.  Project Online or Project On-Premise are also just another name for Microsoft Project Server, the only difference is whether it is on your hardware or hosted by Microsoft.  So that last thing we need to address is Project Lite.

5. Project Lite
Project Lite is a monthly subscription service that is offered as an add-on for Project Online users only.  Organizations must have Project Online in order to use Project Lite. Project Lite is suitable for project team members to manage their tasks and timesheets, and collaborate on projects.

Hopefully this article brings some clarity to all these terms.  A good general statement to summarize this article is all these terms stem from one product.  When searching or referencing this product; use the term Microsoft Project Server as your starting point!

Useful links:





Note: You may find this helpful:

Posted by webadmin on Sunday, April 03 @ 09:04:26 CDT (10177 reads)
(Read More... | 5995 bytes more | MS Project Server | Score: 4.75)

Program and PMO: Top 5 of 2015
PMConnection Articles


Below are the top 5 most visited items from each category within our Research Center for 2015. 

If you missed any previous newsletters, this is a great way to catch up!!


Project Management

1              How to Get Started in Project Management

2              10 Signs You’re a Project Manager

3              $ Coaching on Project, Program or Portfolio Management

4              The Common Pains from Poor Project Management

5              Project Management Statistics for 2015

 

 

Microsoft Project

1              10 Signs You Don’t Really Know Microsoft Project - video

2              Microsoft Project - The Most Popular Project Management Software - See Statistics Here

3              Make the switch to Project 2013 – video

4              422 Microsoft Project; Fields, Terms and Definitions

5              Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365: An Overview - video

 

 

Microsoft Project Templates

1              Agile Project Management

2              Commercial Construction

3              Agile Project Plan

4              802.11 Master Development Schedule

5              $ PMP Exam Prep Plan  

 

 

PMP

1              $ PMP Application Template in Excel

2              100 Free Questions

3              How To Get The PMP Certification – Video

4              How PMP’s are making a difference around the world

5              50 Free PMP Exam Prep Questions

 

 

Program Management and PMO

1              6 Steps to a Successful Project Management Office

2              How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality

3              Talent Management: Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO

4              Must-Have Practices to Enrich Your PM Capability

5              Your Resources Are Falling Through The Cracks 

 

 

Microsoft Project Server

1              Create your own carousel on the PWA home page!!

2              Free Training on Microsoft Project, Project Online and Project Server

3              Microsoft’s Vision and Roadmap for Work, Project, and Portfolio Management – video

4              Bulk update custom fields and create project sites from a workflow

5              7 Ways to Sustain Adoption of your PPM Solution, Post-Implementation

 

 

Portfolio Management

1              99 Portfolio Management Terms

2              One Page Plan for Successful Portfolio Management

3              Project Portfolio Management Overview - Video2          

               

 

Innovation Management

1              Building innovation into project management

2              Managing Innovation from Concept to Cash

3              5 Ways to Innovate Now

4              Project Management vs Innovation: Friends or Foes? - Slides

5              Managing Your Innovation Portfolio

 

 

Other

1              $ The Goal Calculator



Note: You might find this helpful:


Posted by webadmin on Tuesday, March 01 @ 22:51:23 CST (5375 reads)
(Read More... | 12563 bytes more | Program and PMO | Score: 0)

Feature Product



Website Sponsors
"Study for your PMP exam on your phone, tablet or PC"

Survey
Do you hold any Agile certification?

a) Yes
b) No
c) I plan to someday


Answer here, then see results from your peers.

Search This Site
Use Google technology to search the entire PMConnection website here.

Buzzword


Event Calendar

PDU's via the Web here

Total Hits
We received
25840659
page views since January 2006

Looking for Books?
Try this link!!

Need a Template?
Free Project Management and Microsoft Project Schedule Templates here!

The Project Management Mall - Now Open!

Latest Exclusive Articles
1. Project Management

2. Microsoft Project

3. PMP

4. PMO and Program Management

5. Microsoft Project Server

6. Portfolio Management

All Exclusive Articles...



Copyright 2005-2017 PMConnection.com. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.pmconnection.com a
PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2005 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license.
Page Generation: 0.21 Seconds