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Use These Four Steps to Complete a Feasibility Study

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A Feasibility Study is used in a couple areas of a project. It can be part of a portfolio management process to determine if you even want to approve a project. It can also be used within a project to determine in the chosen solution is feasible. The best time to complete it is when […]



How to Demonstrate the Value of PM Training Using a 4 Step Process

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many businesses struggle with demonstrating that they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? […]



Use Soft Skills to Resolve Personal Conflicts on Projects

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Good managers can work with all kinds of people, and don’t shy away from the challenge of working through conflict. Conflict can occur for all types of reasons – and conflict is not necessarily bad. Conflict occurs when different people have different ideas. There may be technical conflict, schedule conflicts, spending conflicts, etc. Whatever the […]



Use These Five Ideas to Build a High-Performing Team

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

What exactly is a high performing team? It’s 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 […]



Use These Eight Sections for a Terrific Status Report

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Why is it that most of us don’t have a problem working 60 hours a week taking care of our stakeholder’s needs, and yet we have difficulty writing a decent status report? There are two major problems. First, some people do not have great written communication skills. However, in most cases, the problems with communication […]



Eight Often Overlooked Keys to Project Success

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many techniques and processes to help you be successful on a project. Some of them like better estimating and defining requirements are pretty standard and obvious. Here are some other ways to increase the likelihood of success on your project that are not so obvious. Understand the details – even if you don’t […]



Remember These Five Key Activities to Initiate a Project

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Larger projects definitely need time up-front to define and plan the work. But there are some things to consider before you even start planning. These activities would be a part of project initiation and the work is often overlooked. When you are assigned as a project manager on a project, don’t forget the following: Gather […]



Two Quality Management Philosophies to Adopt Now

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are a lot of interesting processes and techniques associated with quality management. Here are two that approach the level of a philosophy. Don’t “Goldplate” The term goldplating refers to delivering more quality than what the customer requested. Even though it might seem that this is a good thing, it is wrong for two reasons. […]



Be Effective with The Four Communication Basics

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There’s not one ‘best’ way to communicate with your project team, but rather a number of different ways. That being said, there are some fundamental communication options that are applied on most projects. Before you get too sophisticated with your communication approach, make sure you are very effective with these fundamentals. Status meetings There’s nothing […]



Yes, You Need to Estimate the Project Size Before Gathering Detailed Requirements

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There is concern from many project managers that they are expected to estimate the effort, duration and cost of a project at the end of the planning process before the detailed requirements have been gathered. It seems like a valid question. Yet, when you talk about gathering detailed requirements, you are usually talking about the […]



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