Benefit Management Guide by PMI

Any solution becomes a “PRODUCT” when it deliver benefits.

PMI (Project management institute) issued the “Benefit Realization management” Guide. It contains guides and practices for benefit management at different levels: in project, program and portfolio management.

The Guide is available free of charge for a limited time period at the PMI website.

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The Red Tape vs Agile battle: How to integrate DEVOPS and ITIL 4

Read the excellent article by Henk Kok, one of the IAMCP EMEA founders. The article deals with the comparison and analysis of ITIL and DevOps.

In the comments you can also find the link to the online course “Better IT service management with DevOps inside ITSM” by another IAMCP EMEA lead Dr. Danil Dintsis.

 

Product owner certification

The DevOps Agile skills association renewed the certification roadmap, and the 3rd tier (Leadership level) certifications are available now. I have passed the Product Owner certification one of the first, and want to share a brief experience about this prestigious certification.

The Product Owner role is a leading role to ensure the Product vision, roadmap and backlog, and finally the product value to a customer.

The DASA association actively drives training and certification activities in this area.

The PO certification exam includes 40 questions (in fact, not very complicated, especially if a candidate is good with Scrum and Agile). Each question is followed by 4 answer options, one of those is correct. 26 correct answers (65%) lead to success.

I passed the exam at the first attempt. It seems to me that the certification marks that junior PO is ready for his/her journey.

As any other certification it helps to structure candidate’s skills and practical experience.

 

Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit

Microsoft introduces a special toolkit for freelance workers, based on office 365.

The gig based economy involves different types of workers, virtual teams, frequent networking and close collaboration across teams.

The toolkit includes collaboration and communication tools, media, flexible storage, workflow automation.

Learn more here.

Microsoft Teams brief overview

Microsoft Teams becomes very popular as a part of the Office 365 and main Slack competitor. The Teams is the powerful tool to organize different types of teams:

  • workgroups,
  • project/product teams,
  • games and sports teams,
  • student classes,
  • hobby or other type communities.

Teams contains the following options:

  • create and manage teams or study groups
  • chats, including file exchange, audio and video calls directly from the chat
  • create and manage meetings
  • record audio and video both in p2p meetings and conference calls
  • share and record selected applications and screens
  • recordings are stored in the Stream service and can be shared or downloaded later
  • close integration with Sharepoint and onedrive services