Agile Project Management – Scrum (Part 1)

Scrum A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. Three Pillars of Scrum Transparency: Significant aspects of the process must be visible to those responsible for the outcome. The processes must be defined by a common standard so observers share a common […]

Project Management – Teamwork (Part 3)

Team Diversity A functional team has “inclusivity” built into it. Inclusivity means working with a team while accepting attributes of individual team members. Team members need to be conscious of the differences in age, race, gender, religion, language, etc. Each of these attributes are an inherent part of a person’s personality and identity, which makes […]

Project Management – Teamwork (Part 2)

Tuckman’s Stages of Development Dr. Bruch Tuckman created a model that discusses the different stages a team goes through as team members learn to work together more effectively. Forming: During the ‘Forming’ stage, team members begin to figure out their roles on the team. People try to seek clarity Storming During the ‘Storming’ stage, team […]

Project Management – Teamwork (Part 1)

The PMBOK Guide defines a project team as a “set “set of individuals, groups and/or organizations, including all contractors and consultants that are responsible to the project manager for undertaking project tasks.” Another definition for a team given in the book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh, is “A team is […]

Project Management – Precedence Diagramming Method & Leads and Lags

Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM) PDM is a technique used to show a logical relationship between activities. It shows the sequence in which those activities are needed to be performed. Activities are categorized into predecessor and successor, and they have four types of dependencies between them.  By definition, a predecessor activity comes before a successor activity, […]