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What a Die Hard Waterfall Enthusiasts’ Manifesto might Look like

(c) Vince Alcalde (11.28.2017):
“(Part Parody. Part Not. What a Die Hard Waterfall Enthusiasts’ Manifesto might Look like)

We have uncovered the better way of developing software by having done it and continuing to do it over many decades.

Through this work we have come to value:

Estimating over No Estimating
Scheduling over No Scheduling
Requirements over No Requirements
Big designs over No Designs
That is, because there is probably no value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

Waterfall Principles
Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through delivery of valuable software on budget, on schedule, on spec.

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. A change control process lets you weigh the cost of the change versus the benefits, so only cost-beneficial changes get through , saving you from yourself.

Deliver a working production software once at the end. There is no point in delivering half-baked bread – it won’t taste the same as the final product.

Business people and developers must work together throughout the project. (The Agile Manifesto did not invent this)

Run projects utilising motivated and expert individuals and teams. Give them the environment,schedule, budget, information, and support they need, and trust (and track) them to get the job done.

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team depends on the context.

Achievement of milestones and Earned Value are the primary measures of progress.

Waterfall processes promote sustainable development. The teams doing the actual work only work in one or two phases of the project, never all, so they don’t burn out.

Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances non-turbulent flow of work.

Documentation – the art of recording information so it’s permanently available in the future – is essential.

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from the best architects, analysts, and designers.

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. (The Agile Manifesto did not invent this).”

Free podcasts: Projectify your business

The Project management institute (PMI) starts a series of free podcasts “Projectified with PMI”. Listen to experts about their experience in driving projects.

12 PM trends in PM in 2018

The Project Management magazine published 12 main PM trends in the new year.

They are in brief:

  1. Artificial Intelligence in PM
  2. Wearable/mobile technologies
  3. Hybrid (Waterfall/Agile/Iterative) technologies in PM
  4. EQ
  5. PMO as a PM driver in an organization
  6. Kanban boards for lean PM
  7. Analytics including AI implementing
  8. Cybersecurity projects
  9. Women in PM
  10. Autonomous Vehicles
  11. Remote teams
  12. More worl for project management roles: up to 15+mln. by year 2020, and up to 88mln. in ten years by 2027!

Join our trainings and Project consulting telegram channel to improve your PM skills.

Business Analysis Guide is available

PMI(r) Business analysis Guide is updated according to new versions od foundation standards (PMBOK Sixth, Program & Portfolio management standarts in their fourth edition).

The Guide is available for download.

Online Project Management Software Market Research

The market of online project management is estimated $6bln by 2025.

The leaders are: Microsoft, Trello, Taskworld, Asana , Wrike, and – what is strange to me – Citrix!

Proof link:

Sprints and Kanban Boards in Microsoft Project

Microsft(r) Project(r) Online new version contains Sprint tools, and Kanban boards for Agile teams. We suppose it’s a very valuable improvement for Agile oriented developers, virtual teams, and also for a large-scale projects. In a large project top-down planning is implemented in a waterfall manner, while packages are implemented by small agile teams.

The option is not available in a standard Microsoft Project in the Office package yet.

 

Reference letter after project completion

A few tips by (c) Agifall (direct link: http://agifall.com/ask-reference-letter/):

Tips

Number 1: Make sure you hand pick your reference. In many situations, he or she may have to speak with someone from HR, write a letter, or possibly fill out a questionnaire, so it is important that this person is solid and knows you well. Imagine, if you choose a reference and the person doesn’t know you, the recruiter may see right through this. You don’t want this happening.

Make sure to pick someone who knows of your achievements and can speak well about you.

Number 2: Give your reference the option of referring you or not. Make sure he or she doesn’t feel forced to do so. Imagine the person feels pressured and writes your reference letter. Do you think he or she will try their best? Doubt it! You don’t want it to be sloppy or lack the necessary impact or attention desired.

Number 3: Advise your reference. If you have used your reference for a particular position, make sure to let him or her know. Don’t let him be caught off guard. And, make sure you have his permission too.

Number 4: Be courteous. Managers, co-workers, and other people at the company don’t have to be your reference. But if you want them to, be courteous about it. You can explain why you think they would be a great reference and maybe you can even identify some specific points to really convince them.

 

Is Your Reference Short on Time?

Number 5: We can ask for a reference in writing, by email, or verbally. If you do it verbally, make sure you follow up with your talk in an email. Now, don’t let your reference just free write the letter, give him some info. Tell him about the company, position even the job description. Send him your updated background and an up-to-date CV. You may even go as far as writing why you think you are a great fit for the position. You reference can then use that.

Number 6: Some people may not agree with this one, but you could provide your reference with a suggested template of what to write along with bullet points. Let’s face it, your reference may not have many hours or days to ponder the reference letter, and you can’t afford to have a mediocre one, so do both of yourselves a favor, create a template and add some bullet points to it. You could even go as far as writing it and then asking him to make adjustments as he sees fit.

Now, for our last step, let’s just take a look at a brief reference request.

 

Example Reference Letter Request

Dear (reference’s name),

I am in the process of looking for a new position as a Product Manager and am hoping that you could be one of my references.

Having worked with you for five years at (company), I am certain that you can provide the recruiters with accurate information about my skillsets and experiences, thus increasing my chances of getting the job.

I have attached my resume, a copy of the job description, and a short doc with bullet points of why I feel like I am an excellent candidate for the position.  Please let me know if you need any more information.

Thank you once again for your consideration.

Kind regards,

(Name)

(Phone number)

(other contact info if necessary)

Skype interview for PM position

View a helpful tips for skype interview for PM position: Http://agifall.com/skype-interview-tips

Fuzzy models for virtual learning prediction

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Our instant author – Dr. Danil Dintsis – published a chapter in the “Modern Fuzzy Control Systems and its Applications” book at a very prestigious InTech Publishers. The chapter deals with the new fuzzy approaches to business modelling systems. Dr. Dintsis showed the implementation of fuzzy modelling to predicting and development of new methods of virtual learning, including the special one which involves people with hearing impairs into lifelong virtual learning process.

 

PMBoK 6th is available

The new PMBOK sixth edition is available now.

It contains a Project management Standard and Practice Tools and Techniques.

Different project models such as waterfall, phased, iterative, and adaptive are described. The Agile practices are separated into an additional Practical Guide.

The new knowledge area – Knowledge management – expanded the Execution process group.

Time management is Schedule management now, and

Human Resource management became simply Resource management, and it covers management of all types of resources.