15 points for effective daily stand up meetings (scrum)

Start the meeting on time and finish it on time. Some teams do it at the beginning of the day. Some do it by 11 a.m. Some do it towards the end of the day. This can be a challenge when you have teams working from two different geographies with time zone differences. Choose the …

Monitoring Project Risks: Risky Business

You said it well. If we manage all the risks well, then the project will be successfull and at the same time risk management is risky business. Click the link below to read this very useful article on project risk management. https://wp.me/p5JWg4-P2

An Engineer’s Bill of Rights (and Responsibilities)

Whether in the office or at home, I do not like others to dictate work to me. I may do it but not with full commitment. While being so, I cannot expect absolute freedom while working in projects. Joint work decisions / understanding matching the project milestones based on self respect and mutual respect is …

Time Management for Bloggers

Our blog can be one of the best differentiator for us, yet sustainability of the blog is the challenge. While a well maintained blog is an advantage, a bad blog can boomerang. This blog post by Christian Mihai is very relevant for bloggers, especially for those who starts blogs with great goals and later abandon …

The project management certification guide – 2019

It is cut throat competition out there in the certification arena. Every certification body wants to get a pie of the project management certification market. There are the established certification bodies which faces stiff competition from the new comers.   It is a red-ocean out there. The leaders of predictive project management want a share …

Total Cost Management Framework (TCM) by AACE and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) by PMI, a comparison #1

Past one month I was busy researching the Total Cost Management (TCM) framework by AACE. What differentiates TCM from PMBOK are the depth of the recommended practices (RPs) of TCM. These are the real project management practitioner's voice.  The recommended practices addresses the real life project management challenges from a practitioner's perspective, helping them to …

Japanese agency stops funding for Bullet train project

While teaching project management it is very interesting for me to teach stakeholder management where as it is not that interesting when it is about  'enterprise environmental factors'. One of today's main news item is about the stoppage funding of the bullet train project by Modi, because the project team did not address the farmers …

Lessons from a crowdfunding social service project

We started a crowdfunding project to construct a home for a family whose house got washed away during the Kerala floods 2018. This was our first experience in a crowdfunding project. Here are the lessons we learnt out of this project.  Credibility of the idea and the promoters are the key success factors for every …

A risk register for PMP Prep project

Choosing the trainer  Choose the best trainers who can explain the concepts from a practitioner's perspective with real life examples. This will make the training (understanding 756 pages of PMBOK version 6) interesting and easy to recollect. Good trainers can make the preparation easier and interesting. The structure of the training is very important. If …

Estimation of cost using Work breakdown structure (WBS), Delphi and 3 point

Project estimation are of two types. Cost / Effort estimation and project duration estimation. As discussed earlier, work breakdown structures provides us with the breakup of work and at the same time do not provide us with the sequence in which the work has to be performed. Hence work breakdown structures are good enough to …