Projects fail at the beginning. Two of the main reasons for project failures are inaccurate estimates and scope creep / deficit. Of these two major causes, Scope creep is easy to manage, as most of the clients are willing to pay for extra scope than planned, where as scope deficit results in not meeting the customer’s must have feature list, and will result in customer dissatisfaction.
The best remedy is to;
- Spend enough time on requirements collection
- Proper scope definition
- Scope decomposition into a work breakdown structure
- 8-80 rule for work package sizing
- Estimating the effort of the work packages using;
- Expert judgment
- Delphi technique
- Three point estimates
- Analogous estimation
- Parametric estimation
- Following the change management procedure for scope updation
The following video of mine explains most of the concepts discussed so far in this blog post.
Here is a great opportunity to master agile project management while preparing for your PMP credential. We have been using agile project management to manage our classroom training for more than three years successfully, and now we are delivering our online training programs also using the agile tools, especially sprint planning, sprinting, sprint reviews and retrospectives.
- Your PMP preparation is managed as a project, hence have definite start and end dates.
- The scope covers till your writing the PMP examination, hence better probability of success.
- The course is divided into iterations (sprints). The duration of the iterations are decided by the instructor and the participant based on the number of hours the participant can spend for this course per week.
- At the beginning of every sprint, the instructor explains the scope of work for the sprint, explains the key concepts to the participant.
- During the sprint, participants are required to complete assignments in the form of reading and open book learning tests.
- Upon completion of every sprint, the instructor and the participants review the progress made during the sprint.
- Performs the sprint planning for the subsequent sprint.
For a person who can commit 10 hours of study time per week ( 1 hour per working day (Monday to Friday, and 5 hours during the weekends), the course can be completed in four weeks time.
Upon completion of the course, the participants will receive two certificates from the Project Management Research Institute;
- ‘Introduction to agile project management using scrum’ certificate
- Pmdistilled PMP preparatory course certificate with 35 contact hours
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I have come across many project managers (with PMP credential) and scrum masters (with CSM) with absolutely no passion for their work, hence ending up like glorified secretaries who ends up doing just what other stakeholders ask them to do. All they have is the basic knowledge of
the jargons and practice tests. Most probably, they have not taken any initiative to further their knowledge post certification. Like many, they also thought that certification is the end goal. In the process they suffer, their project suffers, project team suffers and the customer suffers, because the project manager, scrum master roles are leadership roles.
The general characteristics of this category of project managers are;
- Their main focus is on firefighting than proactive problem prevention.
- They are in the business of pleasing their bosses alone.
- They always put the blame on to others.
- They are not passionate about the area of their certification, hence not confident.
- They negotiate only with those report to them, they are scared to negotiate with other stakeholders.
- They always follow , never lead.
- They do not evangelize professionalism.
- They consider most of the good practices as theory and not practical.
- They use the words ‘but’ and ‘they’ frequently.
- They actively seek empathy from others.
One can improve to some extent and at the same time it is very difficult to achieve excellence without a career path correction , if you are in the wrong career.
I must also appreciate the fact that a good percentage of the project managers and scrum masters are passionate and knowledgeable about their work irrespective of the certifications they hold or do not hold. That is just passion about their work. That is the hope.
This post partially answers the question ‘After certification what is next?’