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IT Pro Show 156: 11.04.2013

November 6, 201331 min
Executive Summary: Do you conduct project health checks regularly in your organization? How are you measuring success? How are you guarding against scope creep? We'll talk through some of the pitfalls that can impact any project and explain what you can do to avoid these traps. Since it's the top of the month, we've got some conferences to tell you about and a free ebook for your IT Pro book shelf.   Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:12   IT Pro News:   A great guest editorial from Rob B. as posted in the WserverNews.com newsletter.   The Project Health Check (PHC) can be used as a valuable tool for providing feedback and insight into the use and effectiveness of project delivery, quality, planning, and activities throughout an organization. PHC is a snapshot of the status of a project at a point in time against stated objectives, budget, and timeline. PHC can also be used as the baseline for the successful projects and subsequent continuous improvements during the lifetime of a project. The IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) defines the top 10 factors for project success that should be used for a PHC as follows:   1. User Involvement 2. Executive Support 3. Clear Business Objectives 4. Agile Optimization 5. Emotional Maturity (avoiding ambition, arrogance, ignorance, abstinence, and fraudulence) 6. Project Management Expertise 7. Financial Management 8. Skilled Resources 9. Formal Methodology 10. Tools and Infrastructure   What criteria should you use for conducting a PHC?   The PMI (Project Management Institute) PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge), ISO 21500:2012 Guidance on project management, PRINCE2 (PRojects In Controlled Environments, version 2; UK) or ISACA COBIT can be used to provide assurance that project management processes and controls are aligned with leading project management practices. For example, the following PMI criteria might be assessed during a PHC:   Governance Structure Scope Management Time Management / Project Plan Cost Management / Financial / Budget Quality Management Resource Management Communication Management Escalation Management Risk Management     Conference Calendar: We cover upcoming IT Conferences during the 1st show of each month. Is there a conference you think we should be mentioning in this segment? Let us know! Project Conference on February 2-5, 2014 in Anaheim, California Lync Conference 2014 on February 18-20, 2014 at The Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada SharePoint Conference 2014 on March 3-6, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15, 2013. Learn to code. IT Pro Bookshelf: Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything by Jeffrey Needham (free eBook)      

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