Can Microsoft® Project Be Used for Agile Projects?

By Keith Wilson, B.Comm., PMP, MCT, MCTS  |  Senior Trainer and Consultant, IIL  Can Microsoft Project be used for Agile projects? Yes! Customizable fields and custom groups can be used effectively to create an Agile template. Custom fields allow you to add project-specific information, which can be used to filter or group tasks to provide different

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Implementing Project Management Metrics: Hope for the Best but Plan for the Worst

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL With the growth in project management metrics, KPIs and dashboard reporting systems, companies are improving their success to failure ratios on projects and strategic initiatives. But even though the path looks bright, all that glitters is not always gold, at least seen by those people

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Ways That a PMO Can Fail

  Catch Dr. Kerzner’s keynote session, “How Changes in PM Support Agile & Scrum” at the 2017 IPM Day online conference ON DEMAND. By Deborah A. Dell, PMP – Director, IBM Project Management Center of Excellence and Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. – Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL  Deciding to implement a Project Management Office (PMO) is easy.

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How to Understand Soft Skill Metrics in the Next Generation of Project Management

Many years ago (i.e., before the Internet existed), I worked with a well-known colleague who was quite proficient at writing books. When I asked him where all of his ideas came from, he pointed to a small pad of paper and a pen in his shirt pocket. He stated that whenever any of his students

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Does the PMP® have value? You bet, and in more ways than you might think!

By J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM  The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the world’s most popular and desirable project management certification. The numbers alone tell the story: as of December 31, 2014 there were 639,237 active PMP credential holders. No other project management credential (of which there are many competitors)

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Lessons Learned From My Most Important Project Management Best Practice

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D, Senior Executive Director of Project Management, IIL  Last year, I wrote a blog entitled My Most Important Best Practice. In the past several months, people have been asking me what I learned from this best practice. This is good news because it means that people are reading my blog. I have modified

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The Growth in Project Management Trust

Catch Dr. Kerzner’s keynote session, “Innovation Project Management” at the 2018 IPM Day online conference On Demand. By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director of Project Management, IIL  There were numerous reasons why I decided to write a book entitled Project Management 2.0. While some people focus heavily on the skills, tools and techniques used by

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What are Their Expectations?

By Keith Wilson, B.Comm., PMP, MCT, MCTS, Senior Trainer and Consultant, IIL  Good project planning requires asking and answering several questions in order to begin the process. Very often, there is a limited time to perform a needs analysis.  Therefore, it is essential that you have a framework for structuring your questions and collecting information.  The following

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