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Gain More Performance Feedback with a 360-Degree Review

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Performance reviews can be a stressful time for staff and managers. It takes a great deal of thought and care to give honest and thorough performance feedback. If you have to deal with negative performance, the anxiety level can be off the scale. Because performance feedback is difficult, many, if not most, performance reviews are […]



Use Milestones to Take a Checkpoint and Validate Your Status

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A milestone is a scheduling event that signifies the completion of a major deliverable or a set of related deliverables. A milestone, by definition, has duration of zero and no effort. Milestones are great for managers and the sponsor because they provide an opportunity to validate the current state of the project and what the […]



Project Management Life Cycle: Change Management

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Change Management is the process of monitoring and controlling changes within a project management life cycle. By managing the implementation of change, you can: Reduce the impact of changes to the project Identify new issues and risks as a result of changes raised Ensure that changes do not affect the project’s ability to achieve its […]



Back up Your Estimates with a Full Estimating Packet

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

After you have prepared your project estimates for effort, cost and duration, you need to defend it if the sponsor thinks that the numbers are too high. It is important that these estimates be accepted since they form the basis of your schedule and budget. You should be able to defend the estimate by providing […]



5 Ideas For Building High Performance Teams

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

High-performing team is a team that exceeds the goals you set by working hard and smart as a group, not individuals. It’s a team that enjoys working together. Most teams do not reach the high-performing stage. That is why they are so special when you finally achieve this feat. You can help a team reach […]



Review Three Techniques to Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the first step to create a schedule. The WBS helps break the project work into smaller pieces that help more easily understand the work. Here are three techniques that can help you understand the WBS for your project. Understand the difference between detail and summary activities If you look […]



Estimate Project Costs Across Three Main Categories

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Once you understand the work of the project you can estimate the resources that will be required to complete the work. Knowing the resources allows you to estimate the costs of the resources to the project. There are three main areas where costs come into play. Labor costs The cost of labor is derived by […]



Is Technology Changing the Nature of Project Management?

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

From time to time, I am asked about whether new technology is changing the nature of project management. It seems like technology is changing faster and faster all the time. But is technology changing project management to any degree? This is an interesting question. Certainly, there are a couple aspects of projects where technology comes […]



Seven Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Skills

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many companies do not see the need to spend money on training. However, it is not just the responsibility of your company to train you. You need to take personal responsibility for keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date. The high price of training classes can be a deterrent for people seeking to sharpen their skills. […]



Use These Four Great Planning Techniques Today

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

“Planning” is a very general term. When you say you are planning a project, you are really validating scope, creating a Charter, estimating, creating a schedule, and more. Here are four techniques to use when you plan your projects. Use Multiple Estimating Techniques if Possible An important part of building the schedule is being able […]



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