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How to Choose Your Project Management Methodology (Use Cases & Challenges)

Project managers should know how to strategize projects depending on the budget, client’s requirements, deadlines and specifications. Especially, in the software development projects managing the process with the right methodology and tools is significant in meeting your process goals.When it comes to choosing between adaptive and predictive project delivery, there has been a push towards adaptive (agile) methodologies over the more traditional predictive (waterfall) methodologies in the recent years. But the most common mistake is irrespective of the project requirements the project managers follow single project management strategy.In this e-book, we present an analysis by  Dan S. Roman, an outcome-driven Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master. A champion of combining best practices to achieve results, Dan shares insights from over four decades of project management experience.  The e-book is a report analysis on how the delivery approach, predictive or adaptive, can address some of the failure causes identified in the Chaos reports for enterprises to evaluate the best approach to choose between adaptive and predictive delivery for projects.  Dan explains what the projects challenges are and how the right delivery approach can help. He quotes use cases on the approach and says what went well and what could have been different.In conclusion, to undertake these tasks Project managers must be aware of existing and emergent practices and gather deeper knowledge for the best suitable practices.
How to Choose Your Project Management Methodology (Use Cases & Challenges)
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Dan S. Roman is an outcome-driven Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master with over five decades of Agile and project management experience. A champion of combining best practices to achieve results, Dan is a pioneer of Agile delivery, using light documentation, incremental and iterative development since 1990 and formal Agile Frameworks (XP, Scrum) since early 2000.  

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How to Choose Your Project Management Methodology (Use Cases & Challenges)

Project managers should know how to strategize projects depending on the budget, client’s requirements, deadlines and specifications. Especially, in the software development projects managing the process with the right methodology and tools is significant in meeting your process goals.When it comes to choosing between adaptive and predictive project delivery, there has been a push towards adaptive (agile) methodologies over the more traditional predictive (waterfall) methodologies in the recent years. But the most common mistake is irrespective of the project requirements the project managers follow single project management strategy.In this e-book, we present an analysis by  Dan S. Roman, an outcome-driven Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master. A champion of combining best practices to achieve results, Dan shares insights from over four decades of project management experience.  The e-book is a report analysis on how the delivery approach, predictive or adaptive, can address some of the failure causes identified in the Chaos reports for enterprises to evaluate the best approach to choose between adaptive and predictive delivery for projects.  Dan explains what the projects challenges are and how the right delivery approach can help. He quotes use cases on the approach and says what went well and what could have been different.In conclusion, to undertake these tasks Project managers must be aware of existing and emergent practices and gather deeper knowledge for the best suitable practices.
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One Size Does Not Fit All: How to Choose Betweeen Adaptive and Predictive Project Methodologies

Since the publication of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, adaptive approaches to project delivery gained momentum challenging the traditional predictive approaches, especially for software development projects. Over the past decade, agile project management has gained popularity as a means of effectively dealing with today's project uncertainty. Quite successful for small software development teams, Agile frameworks caught the attention of Project Managers as a way to improve the likelihood of a successful delivery and Agile project management is often touted as the de facto standard for executing projects. However, using Agile practices to manage projects, especially for large and complex non-technical projects in conservative environments like government and highly regulated business domains remains a challenge.  The nature and characteristics of the project must dictate the type of project management approach to be taken. In this ebook, we present an analysis by  Dan S. Roman, an outcome-driven Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master. A champion of combining best practices to achieve results, Dan shares insights from over four decades of project management experience.  The ebook is a guide for enterprises to evaluate the best approach to choose between adaptive and predictive delivery for projects. Looking at the history of project management, it is obvious that neither predictive nor adaptive delivery approaches are silver bullets. They are not generic delivery frameworks even in a specific domain, like software development.  To choose the optimal delivery approach, companies must pay heed to the company culture, project characteristics and the team’s maturity, says Dan. Every framework was developed for a certain project, environment, and team. Just because it worked for them, does not mean that it will work for you, he emphasizes. In conclusion, when an organisation must choose between adaptive and predictive delivery, the focus should be on practices rather than frameworks. 
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Lessons in Project Management from the COVID-19 Disruption

COVID-19 has been one of the most disruptive events mankind has faced in generations. Not once in the last 100 years have governments had to seal borders or ask companies to shut down non-essential services. For project management practitioners, “safety first” has taken a new direction, a big change from delivery “on time and on budget”.Many projects are being put on hold, not because they were not needed or because there was no funding available, but because of uncertainty and market volatility. Worldwide, governments are collaborating at an unprecedented scale and for a while political differences and old rivalry are forgotten.At a smaller scale, organisations, teams, and individuals are adapting to the crisis and the savvy ones are learning from the impacts of actions taken at a larger scale.As industries adapt to the new normal, what should organisations be asking themselves to ensure that they can embrace a new and more effective way of delivering projects over the long term? How can project management professionals adapt to the post COVID world and maintain or even increase their employability?In this ebook, we present an analysis by Dan S. Roman, an outcome-driven Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master with over four decades of project management experience. Dan is a pioneer of Agile delivery, using light documentation, incremental and iterative development since 1990 and formal Agile Frameworks (XP, Scrum) since early 2000.A champion of combining best practices to achieve results, Dan reflects on possible changes that the project management profession may see in the future due to the disruption brought about by COVID-19.Dan makes his projections on four key aspects in the delivery of projects and programs in response to the COVID-19 crisis are examined, namely: project delivery disciplines, the role of project leadership, management of project phases and the need for increased focus on upskilling.
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