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Six Tips for Managing the Project Budget

Sunday, March 19, 2017, AM | 1 Comment

Many projects will benefit from a Financial Management Plan. This plan provides guidance on how you will estimate, budget and manage costs. If you want to successfully manage your budget you have to be sure to capture all of the expenditures paid to date, including all expenses related to labor, equipment, supplies, material, etc. Then […]



Use References to Evaluate New Product Purchases

Sunday, March 12, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

If you are considering purchasing a significant product, you are going to perform some sort of evaluation. One of the activities that should be on your evaluation checklist is talking to companies that currently use the product. These companies are called “references”. The purpose of checking references is to get past the marketing and sales […]



Use These Five Techniques for Managing Schedule

Sunday, March 5, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

In project management, a schedule is a listing of a project’s milestones, activities, and deliverables, usually with intended start and finish dates. Those items are often estimated by other information included in the project schedule of resource allocation, budget, task duration, and linkages of dependencies and scheduled events. There are dozens of good techniques to […]



Three Techniques to Get You Out of a Schedule Jam

Sunday, February 26, 2017, AM | 1 Comment

There are maybe a dozen major techniques that can be use to try to get a project back on schedule. The exact techniques to use are based on the cause of the schedule drift. Three techniques are described below to help you get out of a schedule jam. Fast Tracking Fast tracking means that you […]



Seven Key Areas to Create a Bullet-Proof Project Status Report

Sunday, February 19, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Status reporting is the minimum communication element for a project manager. The primary purpose is to manage stakeholder expectations. The project Status Report summarizes the progress of the project to date, and provides a list of the critical changes, risks and issues which require their attention. If you want to create a bullet-proof status report, […]



You May be in Trouble if You See These Four Warning Signs

Sunday, February 12, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Obviously your project is in trouble if you are missing deadlines and consistently exceeding the estimated effort and cost to get work done. However, your schedule may actually appears to be on schedule, yet you are concerned about potential problems down the road. There are things that you can look for that will give some […]



Seven Steps to Manage Stakeholder Expectations

Sunday, February 5, 2017, AM | 1 Comment

You performed an initial stakeholder analysis when you defined and chartered the project. The stakeholder analysis should also be updated periodically to ensure that stakeholders are being engaged successfully. If the stakeholders are not being engaged as you wished, you should update or change your activities. It is possible that you will also discover new […]



Here Are Three Techniques for Managing Small Scope Changes

Sunday, January 29, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Everyone can recognize and appreciate that a scope change request must be invoked for large changes to the project. However, you may encounter resistance to formal scope change management for small change requests. The sponsor and other project team members may consider this to be unnecessary overhead for such small decisions. They might be right. […]



Project Managers Need Process and People Skills

Sunday, January 22, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

What does it take for the project to be a success? Probably the most important aspect is having a good project manager. To be successful, a project manager should have great skills for managing the project management processes, and for managing the people on the project. The project management processes include: Planning, estimating and structuring […]



Four Steps to Get Better from Poor Performers

Sunday, January 15, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Many organizations have a difficult time dealing with poor performers. This could be for a variety of reasons. The management staff may not like the conflict. The poor performers might also be well liked by the staff. In many cases the managers might prefer to try to work with a poor performer that deal with […]



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