Infosys is India’s second largest outsourcing supplier, employing more than 60,000 employees. ComputerWorld described some of the systems and processes the company uses to manage large projects successfully. From the article: “It is like managing an assembly line spread across many locations, and to do that effectively, processes are critical,” said B.G. Srinivas, senior vice president and head of the company’s European business. ——————— The company insists that every stage in project implementation is documented, to ensure there is no gap in communication among teams working in multiple locations. In an industry where staff turnover is a fact of life, outsourcing companies like Infosys need to plan for attrition. Infosys has developed a knowledge-management system and tools to retain knowledge of the customer’s requirements and business if employees leave, Srinivas said. Project staff work as a team, and … [Read more...] about Operational Project Management at Infosys
Stages in project management
Managing any project can become a slippery slope when your organization doesn’t have a solid grasp of all the moving pieces. Project management can be a complex discipline to understand and navigate. After all, there are enough key phases, knowledge areas, and project management-specific terms to fill a glossary. To simplify the key components of successful project management, CIO has put together this guide to understanding project management — the phases, knowledge areas, tools and more. First, it is important to identify why the formal application of project management skills and knowledge should be a necessity for organizations: because far too many projects fail. Why projects fail According to 9th global project management survey from the Project Management Institute (PMI), “Pulse of the Profession,” underperforming organizations typically have less than a 60 percent chance of completing projects on time and on budget, or in meeting intended goals and … [Read more...] about What is project management? Tips, strategies, best practices
iPads are all the rage. Apple's on track to sell record numbers of the popular table device in 2012. Technology professionals seeking a way to squeeze even more productivity out of their iPads can leverage i2e Consulting's Gantt Lite or Gantt Pro apps.The company's Gantt Lite app is priced right. It's free. But the free version possesses limitations.I2e Consulting's Gantt Lite app enables iPad users to copy Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, and 2010 files to their iPads. Once Project plans are transferred to the iPad using email, Dropbox, iTunes or a Project server using the gAppServer plugin, project managers can review the Project plan information using several different views. In addition to the Gantt "swimlane" view, iPad users can select Calendar, Table, and Critical Path views, too, using a simple drop-down menu.Navigation is straightforward. Clicking on tasks takes you to specific steps or stages within a project. A slider bar and "bird's eye view" that are also available within the … [Read more...] about Gantt Pro taps iPad project management power
that don'tcreate any clear benefit for the business.I italicized that last phrasebecause, ultimately, business value is the final litmus test on whether a scopechange is creep or just crazy-smart Agile management. Growing a project canactually make sense, so long as there is a payoff. Evaluating the business impactof features and projects is the first, the best, and often the only guardagainst scope creep, "gold plating," and other ways to waste thecompany's money.That's why you need to make surethe business analyst is among your closest allies on the project team.In my last post, I suggested thatthe PM office require anyone who requests a scope change to include a quick business rationale, including mapping to established business goals, on thechange management form before you log it and begin the formal approvalprocess. That is going to create, or at least shift up, work for the businessanalyst. But as a PM, you need to get evenmore greedy. You need to ensure that you have … [Read more...] about The business analyst: The project manager’s best ally
Project management is complex, and its challenges are often amplified when navigating within the confines of remote project team environments. To greatly reduce the stress of these limitations, there are some steps that can be taken that increase the odds of goal attainment. You should directly assess and link project needs to anticipated candidate skill sets; this makes it easier to zoom in on critical job requirements rather than trying to find individuals prior to knowing precisely what knowledge and skill sets may or may not work for a particular project. This is usually a good practice with any project, but it's much more important when working within a virtual team setting. Take the time to accurately identify what it will take to accomplish the identified goals and enable you to closely match high-level skills, individual attributes, working styles, and professional traits to the intended position. Now that the required high-level skills for the position have been identified, … [Read more...] about 9 steps to building a first-rate remote project management team
When seeking an experienced project manager, the natural tendency for employers is to only consider candidates with industry or product experience that directly relates to the project, but how important is that requirement? It depends.The key is evaluating risk factors and the overall impact on not just the project and the business, but ultimately the client and their needs. Various risk factors and implications play into a project's success or failure, including at the very least: the truly unique nature and/or complexity of the company, its products, or its services, especially in relation to its competitors; specific quality aspects and specifications; the impact to customers; safety; the experience and skill level of other project team members and leadership; how prepared and experienced an organization is as a whole to undertake the project; and regulatory compliance, tax issues, legal and other legislation type issues. SEE: Trouble hiring a project manager? Five possible … [Read more...] about When hiring a project manager, how important is direct industry or product experience?
This resource guide is intended to be useful for project managers, business leaders, developers, project and product teams, consultants, stakeholders, and students. We'll update this primer when new information is available about Agile PM. SEE: Check out all of TechRepublic's smart person's guides What it is: Agile PM was developed for projects that require significant flexibility and speed. Agile PM is comprised of sprints, which are short delivery cycles. Why it matters: Agile PM is a highly iterative process that allows for rapid adjustments throughout a project, better performance, and agility by project teams. It is best suited for projects requiring minimal control and real-time communication within self-motivated teams. Who it affects: Agile PM affects project managers, their teams that work with this methodology, business leaders, developers, stakeholders in any capacity, end users, the business as a whole, and ultimately … [Read more...] about Agile project management: The smart person’s guide
If your company is struggling to attract skilled project managers (PMs), you should research and isolate the precise reasons why and devise strategies to address them to remove any future barriers to finding the best talent. These are possible factors that might be hampering your candidate search. With overloaded schedules, conflicting deadlines, and changes in company-wide goals, this normally intuitive aspect of hiring can easily become lost in the rush to post vacancies. Additionally, the nature and purpose of projects can change frequently and without sufficient notice, making it difficult to keep pace and to adjust job descriptions accordingly.PM candidates assume that the employer or recruiter has been meticulous in detailing the position, and will apply based on that information. SEE: Job description: IT project manager (Tech Pro Research) When looking for a PM with specific skill sets, focus efforts in relevant places that are more likely to yield the results you … [Read more...] about Trouble hiring a project manager? Five possible reasons why
IT'ers first learned the methodology of system and project life cycles, i.e., define, design, develop, test,deploy. Then, agile project methodology ended that, inviting collaboration where many of the original project lifecycle steps were performed concurrently. Now, we have Internet of Things (IoT) projects that once again demand that we revisit how we structure and manage projects.Last year, Gartner revealed from research that 43.5% of companies are using or planning to implement IoT, a number that is certain to rise in 2017. You or someone you know might be one of the managers tapped to run an IoT project, but when you take the assignment, it should be with the understanding that you will have to run the project differently than you did when you were simply managing IT projects. SEE: Harnessing IoT in the Enterprise (ZDNet)Here are some of the changes in IoT project management methodologies that we are likely to see: The project team Despite the more collaborative … [Read more...] about 6 ways IoT will change project management
Project management is the process of planning and organizing tasks to accomplish a successful project. Projects are one-time temporary efforts designed to produce a specific result, such as installing a new computer system or planning an event. They can last for a week or years, but a project has an end date. This is different from ongoing operations, which don't have end dates. Examples of these include payroll and human resources. Project management is a big growth industry. The Project Management Institute (PMI) estimates that between 2010 and 2020, there will be 6.2 million project management jobs in the United States alone. Project managers are tasked with keeping projects on the right track. They ensure that projects finish on time and within budget, while also meeting the needs of the customer. Project managers do the scheduling, tracking and managing of the resources that go into a project. Project management begins with the project initiation stage, where the manager develops … [Read more...] about What is Project Management?