At Castellan Systems we have collected a lot of information about Project Management. This includes tips, hints, techniques and tools. In this page we present it for other Project Management professionals to browse and use if appropriate.
As Project Managers ourselves, we know that you never stop learning and someone out there may actually have a better way of doing things than our way.
The trick is to be open to these ideas. Having also come from an IT development background, we also have the tendancy to develop our own tools and
templates every time we need to do something new; we guess we're still a frustrated code-cutters at heart. But we're not always the first to
think of these things, so we have taught ourselves to embrace the knowledge out there.
Project Management Knowledge Base
At Castellan Systems we have collected a lot of information about Project Management. This includes tips, hints, techniques and tools.
In this page we present it for other Project Management professionals to browse and use if appropriate.
Waterfall Model Guide
The term "Waterfall" refers to a traditional software development methodology where the project is defined sequentially and through clear project phases.
This is a common approach to large-scale projects where little change is expected to the overall project plan. This is a distinct approach from Agile project
planning, which is designed to accommodate rapid changes to the schedule.
Agile Model Guide
Agile is sweeping the world. Well, it is if you’re involved in product development. It’s not new, Agile has been around for over 20 years, but it’s
seems to have gained traction with each passing year and is trending, as they say in social media circles. But is Agile really the miracle cure for
all project woes as it’s often prescribed?
Hybrid Model Guide
The term hybrid methodology isn’t as opaque as some new ideas that have sprouted up recently in the field of product development. The simple definition
is that it’s a combination of two different methodologies or systems to create a new and better model.
Barbarians at the Gate - In defense of Project Managers
The proponents of Agile talk about it being an alternative to traditional “Waterfall Project Management”; this a fallacy. Waterfall is not
Project Management; it’s a Product Development approach, technique or methodology but it’s not Project Management. So, if Agile is an alternative to Waterfall, then
Agile is not Project Management either and its use should not lead to the exclusion of proper Project Management processes.
Scrum Framework Guide
Scrum is a framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products. This Guide contains the definition of Scrum. This definition
consists of Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together.
Scrum Master Guide
There are not two other words that when put together sound as unseemly as… Scrum Master. If you’re new to Agile, you might wonder who in their right
mind would want that title? Agile devotees, however, have a reverence for the role; only those worthy to walk in the footsteps of Jedi Knights
ahead of them… or something.
Product Based Planning Guide
There are many different ways of creating a plan. One of them is a product-based planning technique. With Product Based Planning, your focus is first and
foremost on the products that need to be delivered as opposed to the activities the project needs to undertake. It means that you plan the project from the
client’s and user’s perspective, because you put the focus on tangible deliverables and outcomes.
Product Based Planning with Microsoft Project Guide
You may have limited project management technology available to you, but you’re determined to make every aspect of your project as data-driven as possible.
You can use Microsoft Project as the primary database for your project and you can now do the same for your project’s product-based planning data.
Earned Value Management Guide
Earned Value Management (EVM) is a project management technique that objectively tracks physical accomplishment of work. cost overruns.
EVM has emerged as a financial analysis specialty in United States Government programs in the 1960s, but it has since become a significant branch of project
Programme Management Guide
The ultimate goal of a Programme is to realise outcomes and benefits of strategic relevance. To achieve this a programme is designed as a temporary
flexible organisation structure created to coordinate, direct and oversee the implementation of a set of related projects and activities in order to deliver
outcomes and benefits related to the organisation's strategic objectives.
Delivering Successful Programmes Guide
The rapid pace of innovation and the increasing level of management, stakeholder and customer expectations demand that organisations re-assess how
they do business. Programme management, which PMI® defines as “a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control
not available from managing them individually,” is key to executing major strategic initiatives. Unfortunately, many organisations are ill-equipped to
manage larger-scale programmes. This paper describes 10 vital steps of programme management that must be done right in order for organisations to
successfully deliver the benefits of change initiatives. The steps, which may be performed by a programme manager or by others within the organisation,
together address the three overarching responsibilities of the programme manager: effective governance, stakeholder management and benefits management.