Free Resources for Project Managers - Velopi Articles, Part 2
In our last article, we provided directions to articles relevant to career development in project management. But we have also posted many more articles that provide useful tips on the nuts and bolts of project management. While many of these are tutorials to explain topics that are relevant to students preparing for project management certification exams, quite a few are of interest to the practicing project manager.
For instance, agile project management has become a hot topic in recent years. Unfortunately, it has been greeted with a degree of cynicism, which might explain the title of our first article on agile: “What’s all this Fuss about Agile?” Here we explore the basis for agile methods and explain the Agile Manifesto. Then we show how agile is a legitimate project management approach in “Want to try Agile Project Management?” Then we go a stage further and introduce “What are the 7 Lean Principles”. Taken together with agile, these open up interesting possibilities for project managers.
No project management site would be complete without some words on the infamous triple constraint. Practicing project managers will relate to the title of our article: “Wrestling with the Project Management Triple Constraint”. We also cover those items that seem to partake in all the project management processes – “Enterprise Environmental Factors” and “Organizational Process Assets”.
We look at vision statements in “The Vision Thing” and recommend this sort of strategic thinking at the project level. Since projects are carried out in “Organizations”, we look at different ways of modelling them. Below organizations, you find groups and teams, which means we have to consider how decisions are made in groups – “Group Decisions in Projects”.
Seeing as Velopi is very much a Project Management Institute Approved Training Partner, we have posted many tutorials on topics that are relevant to the PMP® and CAPM® exams. Fortunately, these topics are of general interest to project managers on the ground.
For instance, what project manager has not had to solve problems – “Problem Definition for Project Managers” – or has not, at some time, had to conduct a feasibility study? However, some project managers can have a very happy existence without worrying about budgets. But even these people can gain from financial management techniques – “In Software Project Management, Time is Money”. Even if you do not want to consider time as a cost, we cover the other scheduling techniques – “Gantt Charts”, the “Critical Chain Method” and we have two articles on the Critical Path “The Forward Pass” and "The Backward Pass" . We also warn against the temptation to throw resources at a late project in “The Dangers of Crashing”.
If you do manage a budget, then “Introduction to Project Budget Management” and “What is Project Cost Management” are for you. We also outline the basics of Earned Value Management in “What is Earned Value Management?” and we look at using the technique for forecasting in “Forecasting the Earned Value Way”.
Quality is a major concern in most industries, so project managers will enjoy “How to manage Project Scope”. They will also appreciate “Finding the Causes” of problems. Some "Quality Management Tools for your Projects" are described in this article. We even expand one of these tools by explaining “Creating a SIPOC Model”.
Dealing with people is often the most difficult part of a project manager’s role, so the three part article “Dealing with Problem People” is a useful reference, as is the two part article “Conflict Resolution for Project Managers”. In today’s multi-national, globalized world, “Project Management: Coping with Culture” offers helpful advice, as do the pieces on “Acquiring a Team”, “What is a RACI Chart in Project Management?” and “Leading a Team in Project Management”.
Speaking of people, stakeholders are a vital group to manage and we offer two articles on this – “Project Stakeholder Management” and “Project Stakeholder Engagement”. We do have a piece on “Communication Channels”, but this is likely to be of interest to PMP® exam students only.
All project managers are tasked with identifying risks, but how do you set about doing this? Try “How to use a Risk Breakdown Structure”. If you need to decide between various courses of action, based on risk, you can consider Expected Monetary Value analysis as described in “Make decisions with Expected Monetary Value Analysis”. Some of you will have a background in Six Sigma, so you will welcome “Risk Prioritization with Failure Mode and Effect Analysis”.
We hope project managers will find these articles useful. We also hope that they may inspire interest in our project management certification courses. To find out more, please visit our training page or contact us directly.