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As many of you know, the PMBOK has a new edition, numero Four!
For test takers and those that like to further their PM knowledge I will breifly lay out the changes to this new edition.
For those of you that have been studying the PMBOK 3rd Edition in order to take the test, I have bad news for you. You took to long and it’s time to order up the 4th edition, study it instead, because you can no longer take the 3rd Edition based test. For those I will briefly go over all of the changes (but you still need to read the new edition, I’m sorry).
I will start with the changes that I think further PM knowledge for those who are only interested in seeing what PMI as added. I will layout the two or three of the greatest areas of impact for your reading pleasure. Also it’s a smaller list than the other.
So let’s begin.
5.1 Plan Scope is now 5.1 Collect Requirements
Plan Scope has been eliminated, deleted, or Terminated, if you will. I never liked PMI’s definition of Plan Scope anyways which says,
“Creating a project scope management plan that documents how the project scope will be defined, verified, controlled, and how the WBS will be created and defined.”
To me this says you already know many of the end details of a project. Hello, we barely have the high level statements at this point!
PMI seems to realize this and takes a step back by eliminating the Plan Scope process and replaces it with the new and improved, Collect Requirements.
5.1 Collect Requirements – The process of defining and documenting stakeholders’ needs to meet the project objectives.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
This also introduces the Stakeholder Register for the first time. This is really important aspect on the 3rd Edition exam which, ironically, was not directly mentioned in the 3rd edition PMBOK. So the inconsistency between the text and the exam is now eliminated.
Now you have what I think are the two most important foundational aspects of ensuring that a project management plan is complete, now directly contained within the PMP methodology.
Notice I didn’t say the two most important aspects that make a project is successful.
Tune in next time as I cover the new process 10.1 – Identify Stakeholders.
PMBOK 4th Edition pg 105 and pg 246
This question was posted on LinkedIn today.
What is the best PM Methodology? Will all these large number of new methodologies stand the chance next to the good old Waterfall?
As a recent convert to the PMI world I have noticed that Agile and Scrum are tactical tools and PMP is a strategic tool.
PMI is 30+ years worth of real world experience and I really hate it when someone disregards PMI lingo as buzz words. To me it shows that they do not full understand the PMP methodology. This is part PMI’s fault by having such a high barrier to entry through cost, the years of experience prior to, continuing ed, etc… But whether or not you want to get the PMP behind your name and pay the money to be in the club, one should still study its methodology because you are studying 30 years worth of collected, real world knowledge and experience. I feel it’s the first place one should go to increase their PM knowledge (and certainly not the last).
Agile and Scrum could be considered open source and thus have no barrier to entry, they flexible by design, and have appeal with workers who like details and could care less about the over all strategy. Using Agile as an employee management tool increases employee motivation and buy-in which increases the chances of a projects success.
Agile works best where the project and its requirements are ambiguous. You deliver a working product earlier and make it better with each iteration, which helps keep morale up and the instant gratification high. Agile also brings a new set of employee best practices to software development methodology but can’t solve the whole problem of project management by itself (critical path, cost estimation, cost monitoring and controlling, scope creep!, etc.) The dirty secret is you have to have a pretty self-sufficient team to run it in true Agile fashion.
Also, every Agile project can be said to be delivered on time and thus a success because you always deliver the date regardless of the requirements. Agile isn’t constrained by the Triple Constraints.
I’m not really bashing Agile, I will run a software development project like an Agile project, but I’m still going to do the 44 processes that the PMP requires.
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I’ve been talking with a possible client to do some consulting work on their social media website. Initially they would like to draft a RFP (Request For Proposal) to get the core technology in place.
A RFP is where you outline the work you need a third party to perform and ask them to detail how they will preform the work and why they are the best at fulfilling your needs. In the procurement process you also identify how you will rank and qualify the bid responses from the RFP.
As I searched my templates, looked online, and contact peers, I soon realized that there is no perfect RFP. Why? Because the people drafting the RFP know only their high level needs, usually as an outsider to the technology in question.
Which got me thinking Outside-the-Box, who would be the best person to draft an RFP?
Well, the service provider! The service provider receives RFP’s almost on a daily basis. Responding to RFP’s is very time and resource expensive. So what if the service provider could answer less RFPs and get twice the business? How could they do this?
They could achieve this increase in bids offered by reviewing the RFPs they have already received and combine those into a best practices webinar for businesses who are looking to employ the services that the service provider offers.
A free webinar would be a very valuable resource for those needing to form one. By eliminating this road-block and decreasing a company’s time to complete an RFP, you increase the ramp-up time which means more business for the service provider.
The drafter of this webinar will automatically be considered for the Proposal because of the inherent value created, if not end up being the default, go-to service provider for entrepreneurs.
So, web providers, get busy with the RFP webinar. My business and money awaits you.
Hamid Shojaee is the founder of Axosoft. They build software development and project management tools (such as bug tracking, wiki, scrum, etc.) for software development teams.