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Project Management White Papers and Articles

RefineM’s white papers and articles are related to critical topics in project management and Agile. Some of the articles are written by RefineM consultants based on their experiences and some are downloaded from other project management websites.

 RefineM Project Management White Papers

A Model to Develop and Use Risk Contingency Reserve (PDF) - Learn more about how to create risk contingency reserve. Originally presented at the 2014 Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Congress.

A Tiered Approach to Implement A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (PDF) - Learn about a tiered approach to implement project management processes from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) based on project size and complexity.

Advanced Leadership Skills Overview (PDF) - Learn key advanced leadership skills to help drive success for your teams.

Advanced Risk Management Techniques (PDF) - Learn advanced risk management techniques to increase risk management capability on your projects.

Advanced Scope and Change Management Techniques (PDF) - Learn more about techniques to take scope and change management to the next level.

Advanced Techniques in Stakeholder Management (PDF) - Learn more about techniques to take stakeholder management to the next level.

Agile Contracts (PDF) - Learn more about different ways to structure a contract to support an agile project.

Do More With Less (PDF) - Learn about how to accomplish more with fewer project management processes. Originally presented at the 2014 PMI® Global Congress.

Doing Agile Versus Being Agile (PDF) - Learn how organizations can go beyond agile practices to adopt agile principles and mindset.

Emotional Intelligence and Project Leadership (PDF) - Learn what emotional intelligence consists of and how to improve it for better leadership results.

Essential Gear for Project Managers Product Sheet (PDF) - Learn more about Essential Gear For Project Managers.

Early Warning Signs of IT Project Failure: The Dominant Dozen (PDF) - White paper describing early warning signs of an IT project failure.

EPM Tool Evaluation Process (PDF) - A 10 step process to compare and evaluate PPM tools.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for PPM Tools (PDF) - Gartner's magic quadrant that compares leading PPM tools (2010).

MarketScope for Project and Portfolio Management (PDF) - Gartner's magic quadrant has a new name now (2011).

Getting Agile Teams Started With Estimation (PDF) - Learn ways to help new or struggling agile teams improve estimation skills.

Good to Great Project Managers (PDF) - Learn how to take your project management skills from good to great based on lessons from the book Good to Great.

Improving Communications Management Using the Five Journalism Questions (PDF) - Explore how to improve communications management by asking who, what, where, when, and why.

Leadership vs. Management (PDF) - What defines a manager vs. a leader? Find out in this article.

Making Better Project Decisions (PDF) - Learn more about individual and group decision-making techniques and tools to help you make better decisions.

Measuring the Performance of a Project Manager (PDF) - Learn about tools and techniques to gauge project managers' performance.

New Features in Microsoft Project 2010 (DOC) - What's new in MS Project 2010 as compared to 2007.

Performance Measurement Using Earned Value Management (DOC) - Track project performance and forecast results using Earned Value Management.

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Brain Dump (PDF) - A template for creating your own brain dump for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.

Project Management in Airport Projects (PDF) - Lessons learned from major airport projects to illustrate the value of project management.

Role of a Product Owner on Agile Projects (PDF) - Learn more about how the Product Owner role fits into an agile project.

Role of a ScrumMaster in Agile Projects (PDF) - Learn more about how the ScrumMaster role fits into an agile project.

Scaling Agile (PDF) - Learn about techniques and frameworks to scale agile, including scrum of scrums, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Large-Scale Scrum.

Ten Mistakes to Avoid To Pass Your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification Exam (PDF) - Ten mistakes to avoid if you want to earn your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

Turning Project Management Into a Competitive Advantage (PDF) - Explore how to use project management to align organizational strategy and reduce waste.

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