Did you know that Rosetta Stone has an internal Project Management Community of Practice? All Rosetta Stone employees interested in the discipline of project management and how it is applied within Rosetta Stone to achieve business value are welcome to attend. For more information, contact me! For those of you who work in other organizations, sharing information about project management or any other discipline can be easy and fun. We just picked the 5 most relevant topics, picked speakers to present them, picked dates to conduct each session, and then published the list of sessions. So far, we have had 2 of the 5 sessions planned for 2013. If you’re a PM and want an idea of what a community of practice could look like, here is our list of topics and the dates we’re conducting these sessions: Portfolio Management and Corporate Strategy Thursday, February 7 th , 12:10-1:00 pm EST An introduction to portfolio management, highlighting the current project intake and prioritization process. Measuring value and success through post-implementation reviews to guide in the selection of future projects.Read More
Does your project team know how the project aligns to organizational strategy? Does it really matter?
There’s an old story that goes like this. A man was walking through a stone yard where three men were hammering and breaking large stones into certain shapes. When he asked the first stone cutter what he was doing he replied “I’m busting rocks.” When he asked the second, he said “I’m creating a stone block.” And, when he asked the third, the man said “I’m building a cathedral.” (By the way, if you were to ask members of your project team, or other key stakeholders, what the purpose of the project was, what would be their reply? I bet you’d receive a range along the lines of the three stone cutters above.) Here, we have three different perspectives of the same job. Is the third man better off? Is the organization better off because he sees the “bigger picture”?Read More
Duct tape–good in a pinch! I just read one of the many surveys conducted on the state of Agile development. In this particular study, the respondents were asked about the specific agile tools they used. The number one tool used by the more than 4,000 respondents was, you guessed it, Microsoft Excel . 69% of the participants reported it was their tool of choice followed by Microsoft Project which came in at 48%. Way behind these two Microsoft products were some of the newer suite of tools developed specifically for the Agile development environment. Seems like old habits die hard. Excel has been around a long time.Read More
Joe Czarnecki, PMP, MSP In preparation for the change from PMI’s PMBOK® 4 th to 5 th editions, we at ESI , have released a video that describes all the changes to the PMBOK®, Knowledge Area by Knowledge Area, including a discussion of how the changes will impact practitioners AND those who are studying for the exam. Joe Czarnecki, my colleague, and long time ESI PMBOK guru and project management specialist, breaks down what has changed and explains the impact of the changes. The video is about 25 minutes long, and can be found here: http://youtu.be/dPGLtbr4oao Additionally, we have broken the full video into a series of 12 videos that outline the specific differences between the 4 th and 5 th editions – with one video for each Knowledge Area. All of the videos have been added to our YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ESIIntl . We hope you find these videos useful. Please pass the links along to anyone who “needs to know.” If you have any specific questions, comment on the post and I’ll forward to Joe. You won’t get better insight!Read More