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April 2, 2015

There's More to Projects than Value
The Iron Triangle is alive and well!
J. LeRoy Ward

J. LeRoy Ward For years project management publications and standards included a discussion of the triple constraints providing detailed information on how changes in one of the constraints affected the other two. Any PM course worth attending would address the triple constraints in detail to make sure the participants had a fundamental understanding of its dynamic and competing forces.

Then something happened.

The triple constraints fell out of favor.

I don't doubt for a minute that there are other constraints on a project than time, scope, or cost. But if I think hard about it, I can take any other constraint and contextualize in terms of these three. Risk, for example, has a cost associated with it. Quality, which in my thinking was always embedded in scope, has time, scope and cost associated with it. In other words, I think the concept of the triple constraints still has a lot of merit and that itÕs dangerous to think otherwise. What constraints does management impose on your projects? »

You Want Developers to Do What?
Agile Testing: Pair Testing
Alan Koch

Alan Koch Extreme Programming includes a practice called Pair Programming in which two developers work together at one computer doing one programming task. Clearly, when two people are sitting in front of one computer, they can't both be typing; so what is going on? One of them is typing while the other is watching. It is a continuous real-time peer review of sorts.

Pair Testing is a natural extension of Pair Programming. If we can do better coding by pairing, it stands to reason that pairing will result in better testing and a better delivered product. And indeed, this is what the organizations that do Pair Testing report.

But Pair Testing is different from Pair Programming in one key way: Pair Testing works best when using heterogeneous pairing (pairing of unlike people). Specifically, it's best to pair a developer with a tester. How is that a good idea? Let me count the ways! Do you know how to implement collaborative testing? »

Mini-Course (A benefit for Premium subscribers)
Estimating Costs and Creating the Project Budget

If you find your projects are always over budget, it's probably time to look at your estimates. This mini-course with ProjectConnections founder Cinda Voegtli addresses some of the more common cost estimating concerns we've seen through the years with some dependable techniques for understanding what your project will really take.

Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
8 Ways to Recover from a Mistake
Sinikka Waugh
So it turns out, most of the project managers I know are, um, human. So mistakes are going to happen from time to time, right? No one really expects perfection, do they? But how we handle the mistakes, "oopses", can make or break our influence. Project Managers, leaders, vendors, friends… the list goes on. Here are a handful of tips for recovering from mistakes. Try one of these strategies to correct a recent misstep »

Where's ProjectConnections?
Sinikka Waugh will give the keynote presentation on relationship building at the State of Iowa Vendors Conference next Tuesday, April 7. The next day she will provide a keynote on 5 things BAs should do right now for the Minneapolis-St Paul IIBA Chapter. In May she will speak at the Madison, WI PMI Professional Development Day and IIBA Iowa BA Development Day (I-BADD).

Cinda Voegtli will speak at the PMI Northeast Wisconsin Professional Development Days May 6, on "Changing Perceptions to Influence and Improve Project Management in Your Organization." On May 18, she will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for IEEE ProCon where she will lead two half-day workshops -- one on Strong Project Starts, the other on Managing without Authority. But before either of those, she'll be in St. Louis April 23-25 to attend the FIRST Robotics Competitions (that's an acronym, not a number), by special invitation. Cinda's attending to learn more about FIRST's programs to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering, and math in kids, while developing leadership, project teamwork, and communication skills. Encouraging interest in STEM careers is a special passion of Cinda's (she's an electrical engineer herself), and any program that also teaches such important life and workplace skills so early gets our vote!

Carl Pritchard will lead his highly rated and memorable PMP® Certification Exam Prep class in Rockville, Maryland on May 19-20. This two-day live class walks you through the resume process (and warns you about some of the "red flags" they look for in audits), and through each of the ten knowledge areas with tools, tips and techniques to brace yourself for the joy that is the PMP® exam. In addition to the 14 hours of live class time together, you'll be given access to one of the most powerful exam tools available on the web, and will complete your preparation by drilling on exams (complete with audio support) until you are prepared to pass one of the most challenging and important credentialing exams available. For more information email Carl at or register online.

Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero will present "Integrating People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: the Complete Project Manager" in London May 14-15, 2015, after the PMI EMEA Global Congress. They will also cover this topic in Orlando July 20-23 at PMI Mega SeminarsWorld, and October 7-10 prior to the PMI North America Global Congress. Please join them to enhance people skills in the project environment at one of these interactive, fun, and informative seminars.

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