John P. Reiling

Business Analysis:  Stakeholders Within the Organization

Business Analysis: Stakeholders Within the Organization

There are multiple stakeholders within the organization of the products and processes of Business Analysts.  The list includes Business Analysts themselves, plus the project management team, architects, designers, developers, quality assurance, and testers.  This article explores the details needed and interests of each of the stakeholder groups.  Let’s take a look at one strategy.  Using the basic equation “Thing + Information + Sharing = New Value Proposition”, …

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Business Analysis: Eliciting and Managing Requirements

What does a Business Analyst do?  Well, on a simplistic level, it’s pretty simple:  Business Analysts gather requirements and organize them.  But it does get more complicated than that.  Who does Business Analysis, and is it in combination with other jobs?  What are the left and right bounds of the Business Analysis function?  What do Business Analysts …

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Project Management Essentials for a Successful Internet of Things (IoT) Project Portfolio

Project Management Essentials for a Successful Internet of Things (IoT) Project Portfolio

To take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet of Things (IoT) presents, you need to get organized for the journey.  This will take aligning strategic and project management competencies for the challenges ahead.  This article outlines five key things to think about and put into place to get you to your goals.  The most important thing …

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A Compelling Strategy Driven By the Internet of Things (IoT)

A Compelling Strategy Driven By the Internet of Things (IoT)

Let’s take a look at one strategy.  Using the basic equation “Thing + Information + Sharing = New Value Proposition”, you can identify some things that may change going forward.  But how can you do that for an organization?  How can an organization that is structured around physical products execute on this idea to seize on the …

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Where the Internet of Things (IoT) Is a Driver of Strategic Opportunity

Where the Internet of Things (IoT) Is a Driver of Strategic Opportunity

The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered to be a “disruptive technology”.  This means that it disrupts the status quo in a competitive industry.  Consider that the value proposition of the IoT is that if you add a valuable information component to a product, and enable it to be shared, you have created value.  But it’s new value …

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What Does Internet of Things (IoT) Disruption Mean for Project Management?

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is pretty simple:  take a “thing” (i.e. a physical product), add valuable information to it and share it…and you are creating value using the IoT.  The concept is actually not new.  Consider that personal computers first arrived in the early 1980’s, they were great personal productivity devices, especially for word processing and electronic spreadsheets.  …

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Leverage Both Waterfall and Agile Techniques on Your Hybrid Project

Leverage Both Waterfall and Agile Techniques on Your Hybrid Project

The waterfall and agile methodologies provide a plethora of tools and techniques that can be leveraged on projects.  And no project is entirely waterfall or agile – but rather, most projects are a hybrid of the two.  It is your job – and that of your team – to get your collective heads around lots …

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The Spectrum from Waterfall to Agile: Three Hybrid Projects

While waterfall and agile reside at opposite ends of the spectrum, each project is, in essence, a unique combination of the two.  Thus, as ‘hybrid’ projects, the projects can be more effectively managed by leveraging tools and techniques from both waterfall and agile methodologies.  This articles explores three very different types of projects, where they …

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Hybrid Project Management – How ‘Hybrid’ Came to Be

Hybrid Project Management – How ‘Hybrid’ Came to Be

The hybrid approach to managing a project is not a strict methodology.  It combines elements of the waterfall and agile methodologies in a unique way on each project, acknowledging that both have benefits.  This article asserts this point by presenting a short review how these methodologies came to be.  Even today, both approaches bring something …

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Crowdfunded Real Estate as Passive Income for PMs

Real estate crowdfunding is an effective way for you, as a project manager, to consider generating an increasing amount of passive income to smooth your personal cash flow. In does come with risks…but there are ways to manage those, just as you do on projects, and the returns are quite attractive.