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Opinions, research, analysis and surveys.


A wide range of perspectives from practitioners and peers.
Provocative thinking from the field.

Don’t Shoehorn Your Projects

- by Ken Rock

The best process for your project should be determined by careful consideration of key factors, including overall complexity, the level of risk involved, and time-to-market requirements. Often, a flexible hybrid approach fits best, but it must agreed upon by management and the team before the project starts.

Programmers, Testers, Users

- by Ireti Oke-Pollard, MBA, PMP

Programming and testing are two completely different skills. When it comes to validating that requirements have been met and new issues haven’t been created, programmers need to step away from their own work; testers need to think like users and treat the system like a mystery.

Exploring the latest trends impacting the PM community...

The State of the PMO 2014

- by ProjectsatWork.com

A benchmark study shows project management offices continue to expand their influence as strategic resources for their organizations. In addition, high-performing PMOs improved the alignment of projects with strategy by 53 percent. Top priorities this year include implementing various processes to improve strategic capability.

Set the Stage for Success

- by Don Beckett

Management decisions made before a software project is underway are a significant factor in determining whether it succeeds or fails. Here are seven principles, based on comprehensive studies, that leaders must support and uphold to help create an environment in which projects can succeed. Ignoring them practically guarantees failure.

The latest findings and figures.

2014 Pulse of Profession

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Project Management Institute’s annual global outlook finds that the high cost of low performance remains a threat to organizational strategic initiatives. The keys to success are: developing people through training; improving project, program and portfolio management capabilities; and establishing benchmarks and metrics for project outcomes.

PPM Systems Not Ready for BYOD

- by ProjectsatWork.com

A survey of senior executives finds lack of preparedness for the Bring Your Own Device movement within organizations, as well as a continued reliance on spreadsheets to manage large projects.

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Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
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