4 Unavoidable States for all Successful Products and Services

Successful products and services start out as a basic project deliverable.

Deliverable go through 4 main states, According to the PMBOK 6, these are:

  1. The Deliverable

  2. The Verified Deliverable

  3. The Accepted Deliverable

  4. The Final Product, Service, or Transition

When do these states happen?

Manage and Direct Project Work:

The third process under the Integration Management Knowledge Area is the process where the deliverable is first created. It is very important to remember this. The deliverable, that first version of the product/service is created in Manage and Direct Project Work. This means that after we finish the Manage and Direct Project Work, we can boast of:

▪The completed building

▪The completed car

▪The completed iPhone X

▪The completed film footage

▪The completed manuscript for the novel

Manage and Direct Project Work gives us a first completed version of the product of the project. It is called the Deliverable.

Control Quality

The third process of the Quality Control Knowledge Area is where

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Another Tricky Question from the PMP Exams (And Why 99% of People Fail It)

Today's question would perhaps be all the more shocking, but pay attention, because hidden behind these tricky questions and answers are the fundamental and unshakable principles of project management.

Let's deal with the second question:

Question: 
You are managing a software development project, and one of the developers tells you that he added a new feature that he heard the sponsor talking about in a hallway conversation. The developer did the work after hours and it does add a lot of value to the solution. How should you manage this?

Options:

A) Thank the developer for his hard work and communicate this as a ‘win’ in your next status report.

B) Document this as a Change Request and follow the Change Control process to ensure it is documented and approved.

C) As there were no costs incurred from the work and no schedule impact, you do not need to do anything.

D) Tell the developer to immediately back the change out as it was not approved and explain that any scope changes must be reviewed and approved before implementation.

What's your answer?

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Is Project Management the Most Practical Profession Ever?

I make it a “point of duty” to point out to my students and clients on project assignments how much project management is practical rather than conceptual.

Practical according to the online Oxford Dictionary is defined as: “of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas”.

Quite a chunk of career and professional development is steeped in ideas and concepts – management disciplines, business analysis, and several others are known to be concerned with the building of conceptual models.

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The PMP Exam Question NOBODY Gets Right (You'll Be Surprised Why)

The Question

John is managing a project. He conducted a risk assessment workshop with project stakeholders and  identified several risks. He is concerned about the amount of time it will take for quantitative and  qualitative risk analysis and to develop a risk response plan. What should John do?

A) As the risks were identified by project stakeholders, John needs to ensure that each risk follows the risk management processes.

B) John should use his expert judgement to decide which  risks warrant more complete risk analysis and response.

C) John should create a Probability and Impact matrix that determines risk thresholds for quantitative and qualitative risk assessments. He should apply this to his Risk Register and use that to determine which  risks need analysis and risk responses.

D) John should refer this decision to the project stakeholders who  can determine which risks merit response.

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8 Essential Business Analysis Questions for a Successful Elicitation Session

“Guiding” elicitation means to think of the right questions to ask to obtain the desired outcomes from elicitation.

To achieve this clarity and focus, the business analyst needs to keep 8 important questions in mind while conducting his elicitation sessions. Think of these as the “eight essential business analysis questions.”

They are:

1.       What are my elicitation activity goals and agenda?

2.      What is the scope of the change?

3.      What type of output will each activity produce?

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How Do I Gain Experience as a Business Analysis (BA) Experience?

How Do I Gain Experience as a Business Analysis (BA) Experience?

This article is written to clarify questions I receive concerning how experience can be accumulated or built up for examination and work purposes.

In my years of experience, I’ve noticed that the best way to build experience as a business analyst would be to work as a Business Analyst. There is no other way. You learn best by doing the task you intend to build experience in.

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Top 5 Ways PMP Training and Certification Improved my Personal Life

Top 5 Ways PMP Training and Certification Improved my Personal Life

When people speak about the benefits of being PMP certified, it’s easy to say things like 20% more pay, job security, professional recognition and so forth – all of which are facts, but also career related.

It’s rarely ever discussed that professional training and certification programs may have benefits that go beyond the office. But this is often true, considering that the skills we learn at the workplace are often times carried over into our personal lives to make for a more effective...

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What are the Differentiating Benefits of Getting Professionally Certified?

What are the Differentiating Benefits of Getting Professionally Certified?

There are very noticeable differences between a certified and non-certified individuals that provide them marked advantages over their peers in the course of their careers. These major differences are highlighted by processes by which organizations decide what candidates to pick or reject during competitive selection procedures – e.g. recruitment, promotions, selection for overseas trips, or decision to fire during recessionary downtrends.

Some of these major differences are:

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What is the Difference between a Data Scientist and a Business Analyst? Which would be a Better Career Choice for Me?

What is the Difference between a Data Scientist and a Business Analyst? Which would be a Better Career Choice for Me?

I often get this question often from people making inquiries. I’ll try to answer in the simplest style possible.

The Data Scientist and the Business Analyst are two friends who would usually catch up in official meetings. The reason is because their roles are mutually complementary. The Business Analyst knows what to do - he knows the specific pain areas of the business and the opportunities the business is trying to take advantage of. He knows the requirements from the various categories. The Data Scientist knows the latest solutions to the problems.

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Can a “pain letter” alleviate your pain in searching for a job?

Can a “pain letter” alleviate your pain in searching for a job?

So there’s been this relatively recent term that’s used in the HR and job-searching circles. You might have come across it, or perhaps not yet. But if you haven’t, I’m here to introduce you to it. It’s called a “Pain Letter.”


A Pain Letter is like a cover letter, but it is much more powerful than a cover letter. A Pain Letter doesn’t talk about you, the way a traditional cover letter does. It talks about the letter’s recipient instead – your hiring manager.

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The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The facilities manager may be responsible for a wide range of management functions within his or her day to day role. These may vary depending on the organisation the FM works in and the sector within which the organisation sits, however we will look at some of the key management functions which may apply to all Facilities Managers.

People Management: Usually, although not always, the Facilities Manager will have a team of people whose responsibility it is to support the FM in carrying out the many tasks that come under the umbrella of the FM department. The Facilities Manager, therefore, requires not only good People Management skills but also leadership skills.

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These simple career hacks will take you places

These simple career hacks will take you places

Everyone wants to advance at the workplace. Better jobs, better remuneration, more opportunities are just a few of the benefits of success in the work environment. And while it's easy to describe what the "goodies" look like, it sometimes can be a challenge determining how to rise to the heights that deliver those benefits.

I decided to create this blog post to make simpler the process of advancing on to greater things at your place of work. There you have it: simple career hacks that will help you go far in your career.

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