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Were Your Stakeholders Happy? Ask Them in a Survey

Sunday, August 13, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

At the end of a project, many project managers want to collect data that points out how successful the project was. Some of this information, like schedule and budget information, should not be so hard to gather. Many project teams also want to gather stakeholder feedback on how the project team performed. You could ask […]



Here are Three Reasons to Plan for Reserve Resources

Sunday, August 6, 2017, AM | 1 Comment

When a project is first defined, you rarely know exactly all the resources you will need. As the project initially progresses, however, you start to define the scope, assumptions, deliverables, approach, etc. This gives you enough information to put together an initial estimate of the resources required for the project. So far, this is nothing […]



A Few Words on the Value of a Project Manager

Sunday, July 30, 2017, AM | 1 Comment

Not everyone believes in project managers. Some people say project managers are simply bureaucrats that push paper and don’t provide value to the project. Others think project managers know about academic but not about the real work of the project. It is true that not every project manager is competent, and even the capable ones […]



Use These Seven Steps for a Project Audit

Sunday, July 23, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

In some cases, such as a government project, periodic audits may be called for as a part of the overall contract. The audit could also be described in the Quality Management Plan. An audit is conducted by a third-party. This third party could be any qualified person outside of the project manager and project team. […]



Four Techniques to Master Your Schedule

Sunday, July 16, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

You will never be a successful project manager if you do not know how to build and manage a schedule. The schedule may be the most fundamental tool for managing projects. Something Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, once said: “Never let anyone own your schedule.” It’s simple and obvious, yet genius. Planning and following […]



Use These Five Steps to Delegate Project Work

Sunday, July 9, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

As a project manager, you cannot do all the project work yourself. You can’t create all the deliverables, respond to all the risks, solve every issue, perform all communication, etc. You have to be able to delegate. Some of the delegation is natural – such as assigning schedule work to team members. The schedule includes […]



Use a Risk Management Plan to Proactively Manage Risks on Your Project

Sunday, July 2, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Your Risk Management Plan describes how you will define and manage risk on the project. This document does not actually describe the risks and the responses. This document defines the process and techniques you will use to define the risks and the responses. The information in this plan includes: Purpose Include a general description of […]



Have You Used These Five Non-Standard Project Management Techniques?

Sunday, June 25, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

There are multiple ways to manage and monitor your projects. Many are “standard” models you read in most columns. However, sometimes there are reasons to implement a non-standard model. Here are five examples. Hands-off – Remote Control This means that you get a sense of what is occurring on your project by reviewing the schedule, […]



Check Off These Eight Items Before Starting Project Execution

Sunday, June 18, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Once a project moves into the Execution Phase, the project team and the necessary resources to carry out the project should be in place and ready to perform project activities. You have just been assigned as project manager. Should you start running around 100 miles-an-hour building things? No, before you start executing, make sure these […]



Use Three Communication Types in Your Communication Plan

Sunday, June 11, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

There are three types of communication that can be included in a Communication Plan. We find these three categories to be helpful when creating a well rounded Communication Plan. The three types are mandatory, informational and marketing. Mandatory This includes any communication that is required by your organization. There is no reason to worry about […]



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