16 Sep

Creating Project Plan in MS Project

Every time I create a new MPP, I ask this question to myself “How and where to start?”. I very well remember the first time I created a Microsoft project plan and I was struggling on strategy to put a plan in place. There was nobody to mentor me. It is very essential that we start right. Here is what I found very useful for me:

  1. Identify tasks and Create task list
  2. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  3. Group the tasks based on functional or criteria in WBS
  4. Estimate every task in the WBS
  5. Then move all this information to Microsoft Project Plan or any other project management tool or you can even do step 1-4 inside the tool. I personally love to do with paper and pencil and then move it to software.

There is a very good tutorial on creating Microsoft Project Plan with the similar approach at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/create-a-project-plan-in-5-easy-steps-HA001136153.aspx

Thanks

Rohit Prabhakar, PMP

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24 May

SCRUM Series

In last few days I have compiled some information on SCRUM in separate articles. Here is the consolidation of all the links:

  1. Scrum: An Introduction to this simple-powerful agile methodology
  2. Scrum: Characteristics and what is sprint?
  3. SCRUM: What are the different Roles?
  4. SCRUM: All the different Meetings
  5. SCRUM: Artifacts
  6. SCRUM: Scalability by SCRUM OF SCRUMS
  7. SCRUM:Some facts and resources

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20 May

SCRUM: Scalability by SCRUM OF SCRUMS

Scrum has been successfully used for projects with 500+ team members lots of time. As SCRUM can only last for 15 minutes and some other similar rules hence in order to scale the SCRUM for bigger team we can use SCRUM OF SCRUMS. Based on the type of work the scrum team is constituted for every 7 to 10 team members having a Scrum master and the Product Owner. After the first lever team SCRUMS we have SCRUM of SCRUMS and there could also be more level of SCRUM OF SCRUMS.

17 May

SCRUM:Some facts and resources

Other facts about Scrum

11 May

SCRUM: What are the different Roles?

Scrum has 3 type of roles

Product Owner

A Product Owner compiles all the changes planned for the product and prioritizes the possible functionalities. – “Scrum in five minutes” by SOFTHOUSE