Choosing the Right Limited Company Accountant

You’ve decided that contracting in project management appeals to you for your next career move; you will be joining the ever-growing workforce of over 1.4million independent professionals. In doing so you need to consider how you plan to run your business and make it a success, both professionally and financially. One way to minimise your …

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Just Released – Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success

Announcing the release of  Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success , a new book by Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA. Only 39% of project today are successful.  Nearly half of the projects that fail, fail because of “poor requirements management” (PMI 2014). Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success explores the role of the business analyst in setting a project up for success. It informs and educates project managers, sponsors, and organization leaders on what is necessary for project success. It goes beyond requirements management in exploring the how the business analyst can contribute to increased profitability through project selection, scope definition, and post-implementation evaluation.  The reader will learn about the history of business analysis, professional organizations and resources to support the profession, and what to expect from the business analyst at each phase of the project lifecycle as presented in a case study throughout the text. Project leaders will better be able to support the business analysis needs of the project by understanding the skills, expertise, tasks, resources, and time needed to do business analysis right and maximize the return on investment for each project.

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API Testing with Telerik Fiddler

Fiddler has long been the tool of choice for developers and testers who are building and verifying APIs exposed over HTTP(S). In this post, we’ll explore the existing features Fiddler offers for API Testing and announce new capabilities we’ve released in Fiddler 2.6/4.6. Composing API Calls The Composer tab enables the authoring of arbitrary HTTP(S) requests using any HTTP method, url, headers and body, and the many Inspectors permit examination of responses of any type, including XML, JSON, BSON and myriad other formats. Over the last few years, the power of the Composer has grown, and it now offers many conveniences, including a Request History pane: … to allow simple reuse of existing requests. The powerful Scratchpad tab allows you to easily display a list of requests and execute those requests as needed—a great feature for live demonstrations of your API for tech talks and the like: As you can see in the screenshot above, the Scratchpad even supports executing requests expressed curl syntax , so you can easily exercise APIs that are documented in terms of the parameters passed to that popular tool.   Capturing API Calls Of course, Fiddler is best known as a proxy debugger, and its ability to capture traffic from nearly any source means the fastest way to generate API tests is to simply capture the API traffic from an existing client and modify and augment those tests as desired. You can start with a baseline of the calls your clients presently send, and add new tests to probe for performance, security, error handling and other problems.

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What Would You Do With £10K Career Investment?

It’s always interesting to see what other project management practitioners think about their own career development. We can take insights from others to help form our own ideas about what career development actually is and what form it takes. Yet a lot of our career development thoughts are hindered about what we can afford to …

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What Would You Teach in Project Management?

Project management degrees, further education diplomas, a whole host of training courses and seminars. There’s a lot of options available. We wanted to find out from project practitioners today what they would teach if they could. We asked them the question: If you were asked to guest lecture on something Project Management related at a …

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