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Project Management: Top 5 of 2020
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Below are the top 5 most visited items from each category within our Research Center for 2020. 

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


Project Management 

  1. The Project Manager Is Not A Scrum Master
  2. 6 Leadership Skills Required for Project Management
  3. Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects eBook
  4. 7 Ways to Identify Risks
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Project Management: 110 Agile Terms and Definitions
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Within this database you will find all 110 terms and definitions located in the Agile Practice Guide (2017). If you are studying for the PMP® exam or the PMI-ACP,® exam, you can use this site like flashcards to help you memorize the definitions. Agile Practice Guide Terms and Definitions here

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Project Management: Agile Practice Guide Terms and Definitions
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Within this database you will find all 110 terms and definitions located in the Agile Practice Guide (2017).

If you are studying for the PMP® exam or the PMI-ACP,® exam, you can use this site like flashcards to help you memorize the definitions.

Agile Practice Guide Terms and Definitions here


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Project Management: Completing a Planner Task via the Planner App
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This is "Module 10 – Completing a Planner Task via the Planner App", which is part of a series on "How to Integrate Microsoft Project and Microsoft Planner".


57. The Microsoft Planner App can be downloaded and installed on your smart phone. Find it in your favorite app store.

58. Open the Planner App on your phone and log in

59. By default the tasks are grouped by Bucket

60. Change Group by to Assigned To

61. Swipe left to see the next person and their assigned tasks

62. To mark a task as complete, click on the task name ("Decide Color" above)

63. Click on Set start and Due dates and choose Due date

64. Input the date in which the task actually finished within the Due date field and click on OK

65. Change the status to Completed



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Project Management: Completing a Planner Task via the Web
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This is "Module 8 – Completing a Planner Task via the Web", which is part of a series on "How to Integrate Microsoft Project and Microsoft Planner".


53. Once a Planner task is complete, click on the task name, input the actual finish date as the Due date, then change the Progress value to Complete. Click on the x in the upper right to close

54. The task now appears within the Completed bucket



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Project Management: Create Microsoft Planner Plan
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This is "Module 2 – Create Microsoft Planner Plan", which is part of a series on "How to Integrate Microsoft Project and Microsoft Planner".



5. From Microsoft Planner, click on New Plan, input the name of your project. I will name this one My Project. Choose the Public option, click on Create plan.

6. Your plan now exists



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Project Management: 470 Project Management Terms
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Project Management: What is Scrum
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Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building products that meet business needs.  It is also one of the most rigid Agile appraoch in terms of recommended practices and procedures.  Scrum is an implementation of Agile. The process involves performing just enough planning to get started, creating the minimal feature set.  Then we build what was planned, then it is tested and reviewed.  Once this cycle is complete, we end up with a Potentially Shippable Product.  This process usually occurs over a time period of one to three weeks.  This process of Plan, Build, Test and Review is known as a Sprint.  Depending upon what is being built, it may take multiple Sprints before a Shippable Product is complete.

In Scrum, there are three key roles needed in order for the framework to work well.  The Product Owner is responsible for defining the Features that are needed in the product.  The Scrum Master is a servant leader to the team.  Their responsibility is to protect the team and the process, running the meetings and keeping things progressing forward.  The Team is the third role.  It can be made up of Developers, Testers, and anyone else who helps in building the product.  Team members often play multiple roles.  For instance, sometimes Developers may end up doing some testing or Testers may perform some form of development.  Either way the team works collaboratively to get the product done.

There are three artifacts or documents used for Scrum.  First is the Product Backlog.  This is where the Product Owner keeps a list of all the User Stories and then works to prioritize that list.  This list evolves and priorities may change at every sprint.  User Stories are a way of describing a feature set.  A User Story follows the format of "As a _______, I need _______, So that ______." format.  By phrasing the User Story in this way, this allows the Product Owner to specify the right amount of detail for the team to estimate the size of the task.  The highest priority User Stories go into the Sprint Backlog. These are estimated for size and are committed to for the next sprint.  Burn down charts show the progress during a sprint of the completion of tasks in the sprint backlog.  This chart should approach zero points as the work is being completed.

There are three ceremonies that make up Scrum.  Think of these as meetings or discussions.  Sprint Planning is where the Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team meet to discuss the User Stories and estimate their relative sizes.  The Daily Scrum is a brief stand-up meeting where the team discusses what they completed since the previous meeting, what they are working on and anything that might be blocked or need help.  The Sprint Review and retrospective occurs at the end of the Sprint.  This is where the team demonstrates the completed work to the Product Owner.  The team also discusses what they can do to improve the process going forward.

The Scrum workflow looks like Backlog to Sprint Planning to Sprint Backlog and then into the Sprint.  The Sprint is a one to three week time-box where the User Stores committed to during the Sprint Backlog are worked through to completion.  During the Sprint, the Daily Stand-up occurs.  The outcome of the Sprint is a potentially shippable product.  The Product Owner makes the decision if it can ship or if more features are needed.  Finally, at the end of the Sprint, the Sprint Review and Retrospective occurs.  This workflow is repeated for each Sprint until all features for the product are complete.


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Project Management: What is Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe 4.5?
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Scaled Agile Framework (or SAFe) is an agile software development framework consisting of a knowledge-base of integrated patterns intended for enterprise-scale Lean-Agile development.  SAFe is scalable and modular, allowing an organization to apply it in a way that suits its need.

SAFe is a framework meant to cover the entire organization.  The current version is SAFe 4.5.  It has 4 levels; Portfolio, Large Solution, Program and Team.  The Team level works very much like standard scrum.  At this level, there is an Agile team which is cross functional and works together to deliver working systems every two weeks which are called iterations.  The content of the iteration is determined by the Product Owner who is in charge of the team backlog.  The iteration starts with a team planning meeting in which the team decides what user stories they can deliver by the end of the iteration.  Each day the team meets in a daily standup meeting to discuss the progress and at the end of the iteration they demo their results to the Product Owner to make sure they have delivered the desired results.  The team then conducts a retrospective to determine what they can improve for the next iteration before starting the cycle again with a new planning meeting.  All of this is guided by a Scrum Master who makes sure the team works smoothly within the process and that it keeps improving.

The Program level is very similar to the Team level.  The Program is comprised of multiple Teams working to deliver a larger system together.  The Program ranges from 50 to 125 people.  This team of teams is called an Agile Release Train or ART.  It will also time-box it’s effort into Program Increments or PI’s which are 5 iterations by default.  The content for each PI is determined by a Product Manager in the Program Backlog in the form of Features.  This will provide most of the content for the Team Backlogs.  The ART is governed by the RTE or Release Train Engineer.  This role acts as the trains Scrum Master ensuring that it runs smoothly and stays on track.  He is somewhat of the Program Manager at the Program Level.  Each PI begins with a planning meeting in which all members of the teams get together to hear the Vision and Roadmap of the train and the features for the upcoming PI.  Each team then plans what objectives they can achieve in this PI.  They also identify dependencies with other teams on the train as well as risks.  The teams commit to these PI objectives as a group providing visibility to Business Owners and Customers of what they can expect to be delivered in this PI.
  
To make sure the train will meet its objectives, we have both a bi-weekly meeting of the Scrum Masters and the Release Train Engineer to ensure all are on the same page and everything is on track.  At the end of the iteration, a system demo is delivered.  This is a demonstration of the integrated system.  This ensures that we don’t have one team running ahead but that the whole train is iterating together.  Adequate architecture and infrastructure is needed to ensure the trains are running as fast as possible.  Each PI serves as a time to lay down the track for what we think we will need in order to achieve our goals in the following PI.  This is called the Architecture Runway and it is facilitated to by the trains System Architect.  
Each PI is 5 iterations long, but only 4 iterations are planned.  The fifth iteration is called the IP iteration or Innovation Planning iteration.  The iteration part is for the team engage in creative ideas like hackathons.  Within the Planning part, three things occur; a) demo our accomplishments, b) maintenance for the train by retrospective on how to improve collaboration, c) plan next PI together.  The IP also serves as an estimating guard-band to make sure the teams deliver on their commitment.

The Large Solution level provides the means to coordinate ARTS who are building even larger solutions in which a single ART can’t deliver by itself.  At this level Solution Management is the content authority.  The Value Stream Engineer is the coach and guide and a Solution Architect to help ensure good architecture is used.  The Value Streams run the same PI cadence as the ARTS and has Planning, Solution Demo, and Inspect and Adapt for cross-ART capabilities.

The Portfolio Level is somewhat different than the other levels.  Portfolio Management helps dictate direction for all underlying Value Streams by deriving Strategic Themes from the Enterprise Strategy and then allocates budgets to Value Streams to support these Themes.  They also manage cross Value Stream initiatives which impact several solutions in the form of Epics.

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