Archive for July 29th, 2011

10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation

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Online Webinar
Presented by Construx Software (REP 1424)
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 Category C PDU Free

Although Construx is an REP this opportunity may not have a course number Contact Construx Software for further information.

The average project overruns its planned budget and schedule by 50-80 percent. In practice, little work is done that could truly be called “estimation.” Many projects are scheduled using a combination of legitimate business targets and liberal doses of wishful thinking. In this one-hour webinar, noted author and software engineer Steve McConnell presents 10 of the worst ways estimates go wrong, and presents time-tested rules of thumb for dramatically improving estimation accuracy.

Presenter: Steve McConnell

Professional Biography

Steve McConnell (LinkedIn profile) is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he writes books and articles, teaches classes, and oversees Construx’s software engineering practices.

Steve is the author of Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction (1993, 2004, 2010) and Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules (1996), both winners of Software Development magazine’s Jolt award for outstanding software development books of their respective years. In 1998, he published Software Project Survival Guide (Pro — Best Practices), in 2004 he published Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers (2004), and in 2006 he published Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Best Practices (Microsoft).

PDU Category C documentation details:

Process Groups: Initiating, Planning

Knowledge Areas: 6 – Time

  • 6.3 Estimate Activity Resources
  • 6.4 Estimate Activity Duration
  • 6.5 Develop Schedule

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

Click to view/download 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation

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Live Webinar – August 9 , 2011  3:00 -4:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Journyx Inc.
Duration: 1 Hour 1  CAT B FREE

Professionals today are increasingly asked to move faster and do more. But we are also dedicated to a balanced life and time with family and friends. This creates more communication, responsibilities, and commitments than ever before. Not to mention an endless to-do list. It creates an environment where we spend all of our time being reactive, and very little time being proactive.

The result is that although we seem to be busy all day, in truth we get very little of the important stuff done.

In this presentation, you will:

  • Learn the top three productivity tips you aren’t using
  • Be given the tools you need to regain up to two hours of your time per day
  • Discover the time-saving benefits of Empowered Productivity, putting YOU back in the driver’s seat of your life and work

Presenter: Maura Thomas (LinkedIn profile) founded RegainYourTime.com in 2003, and has worked for 17 years in the productivity training industry. During that time she developed a workflow management process for getting things done called the Empowered Productivity SystemTM. Maura has a strong social media presence, publishes a widely-read blog on productivity issues, and works both nationally and internationally.
This webinar is 1 hour long and attendees are eligible for 1 PDU.

Click to register for Empowered Productivity: Winning the War Against Information Overload

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Recorded Webcast
Presenter: Brightwork
Duration: 40 Min Webcast – Up to .5 Category C PDU

Recorded: June 15th, 2010

Healthcare organizations at every level are facing greater demands for demonstrable improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. To meet these challenges, many healthcare organizations are striving to improve how they manage their enterprise project portfolio in a consistent way and in accordance with best practices. Maintaining success requires finding a platform that is easy to use and provides project and portfolio management capabilities.

Join presenters Chris Bryan (LinkedIn profile) of Group Health Cooperative and John Gootee of Aspect and Éamonn McGuinness (LinkedIn profile) of BrightWork, as they walk through a 4 stage project management implementation plan utilizing SharePoint, which when deployed will lead to exceptional performance for Healthcare organizations.

NOTE: The webcast recording misses the introduction (has an abrupt beginning) and the information starts right away.

PDU Category C documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning, Monitoring & Controlling

Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration

  • 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan
  • 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Execution

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

Click to download the presentation and webcast  Healthcare Project and Portfolio Management on SharePoint – in 4 Easy Stages in .wmv (webcast and pdf (slides) formats

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Online Course
Presented by Enterprise Management Association-International (EMA-I)
Duration: 1 Hour  -  1 Category C PDU Free

This  3 part course on Building an Optimized Project Portfolio will be featured on pduOTD.com from July 27th to July 29th 2011.

Part 1  July 27th – Why are Complex decisions so difficult and time consuming?

Part 2 July 28th – From Strategic Plan to Prioritized Objectives and Project Candidates.

Part 3 July 29th – From Prioritized Projects to Optimized Portfolio Given Constraints and Risk

With a list of prioritized projects from Session 2, we will apply organizational constraints and assessment of risk to produce an optimized portfolio subject to constraints at various funding or budget levels.

You will identify organizational constraints and apply them, ensure balance and coverage in the resulting portfolio, apply risks to anticipated benefits, examine trade-offs among different portfolio scenarios, and select the optimal portfolio for the organization subject to constraints and risk.

Some questions were asked but could not be answered due to technical  reasons. Click here to view the Questions and Answers

PDU Category C documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning, Monitoring & Controlling

Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration

  • 4.1 Develop Project Management Charter
  • 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

Click to view Part 3 of 3: From Prioritized Projects to Optimized Portfolio Given Constraints and Risk