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Get to Know Agile

Get to Know Agile

Clients love when a team can create the best version of their idea in an efficient time frame. To do this, more and more companies are adopting the Agile method. Agile Methodology is a tool used to promote better project management, but what makes it such a benefit to businesses? Who can use it and how can you get properly trained? All these questions and other helpful facts can be found in the information below.

Ten Minutes on Business Analysis

Ten Minutes on Business Analysis

Guest Author: Pete O'Donnell, Technical Instructor

I was asked to sit down and write out a short article on the great subject of Business Analysis; what it is, how it can be used and other benefits. Being an instructor who is teaching these classes all the time, I only had about 10 minutes to do it. Even so, I wrote down the role of a Business Analyst, how it is similar to Project Management and how to get certified. 

Top 8 Must-Read Scrum Blog Posts

Top 8 Must-Read Scrum Blog Posts

There are literally thousands of blog posts out there surrounding Scrum. In fact, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. To save you some time sifting and searching through all of the available information on Scrum, we have compiled a list of the top eight must read blog posts, which were recently published by SCRUMstudy, the global accreditation body for Scrum and Agile certifications.

Mismanaged Meetings or Conference Calls Disrupt Productivity

Mismanaged Meetings or Conference Calls Disrupt Productivity

Sometimes conference calls are vital and often truly productive; however, poorly managed or unnecessary meetings can absolutely disrupt the natural rhythm of a workday and could lead to hours of productivity loss.

Why Choose Agile over Traditional Waterfall?

Why Choose Agile over Traditional Waterfall?

Guest Author: Pete O'Donnell, Technical Instructor

Project management is a task that every industry can utilize. In order for projects to get done on time and efficiently, a proper set of tasks needs to be in place to make sure the team stays on target. To complete the goal, teams can utilize the traditional waterfall approach or the lesser known Agile approach. But what is Agile's connection to project management, and how does it stand up and innovate the traditional processes? Let's take a closer look.

Agile Project Management Explained

Agile Project Management Explained

Agile Project Management is the terminology used for project management using Agile methodologies. The style of project management which aides agile activities, such as daily standups, dynamic scope, collaboration among the stakeholders, continuous integration, etc. can be called Agile project management.

Agile uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Agile was first discussed in depth in the 1970s by William Royce who published a paper on the development of large software systems.

Earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) from New Horizons

Earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) from New Horizons

As part of PMI®’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CRR) program, a PMP® holder needs to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. Luckily, New Horizons is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), offering both official PMI courses, as well as other qualifying courses.

9 Secrets to Project Management Success

9 Secrets to Project Management Success

Project management seems so straightforward. You set a deadline. You set a budget. You select the right people. The project gets done. In reality, project management is rarely straightforward. The wrong people are assigned to the project. People don’t know what is expected of them or get conflicting information. The scope changes. Deadlines aren’t met. Put more succinctly: Stuff happens.

6 Technologies that Greatly Impact Project Management

Six Technologies that Greatly Impact Project Management

From the cloud to mobile devices, technology puts project management at your fingertips. But with so many tech trends to choose from, how do you pick the right tools for your team? The Project Management Institute recently asked project managers: Which technologies have had the most impact on your project team and the industry?

3 Ways to Improve Communication Between IT and Other Departments

3 Ways to Improve Communication Between IT and Other Departments

It’s no secret that the communication between the IT department and other areas within an organization isn’t the greatest. In fact, it’s fair to say, in some cases, that such communication is practically non-existent. That which does occur is often stilted, misunderstood, or otherwise ineffective.