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Practice These Nine Ways to Manage Your Projects (Part 1 of 2)

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

After you’ve started up and planned your projects, you’ll move into the Execution (or “delivery”) phase in the project life cycle. This is the longest phase in the project, since it is in this phase that the deliverables are built for the customer. As a project manager you need to manage the work and monitor […]

Portfolio 101 – Six “Validates” to Authorize Projects

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When projects get approved they should be placed on a pipeline until the organization has the capacity to staff the project. It might seem that once a project makes it through the approval process there is a commitment to start immediately. This is not the case. There is one more step that has to happen […]

Remember these Ten Costs of Poor Quality

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It costs money and time to build a quality solution. You may think that it is cheaper to skip many of the quality management steps, but this is usually not the case. It is important to recognize that there is also a cost to having poor quality. These costs may not be apparent when the […]

5 Things a PMO Should Be Doing Now – Delivering Greater Value as a PMO

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Project Management Offices (PMO) are defined by their ability to deliver value to their organizations or clients. As PMO organizations mature it becomes harder for them to demonstrate their business value to the organization. Below, we have identified 5 things that PMOs should be focused on to get themselves to the ‘next level’ of maturity […]

Implement These Six Value-Add Services in Your PMO

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

All Project Management Offices (PMOs) try to build and support better practices for managing projects. However, PMOs can do much more. Here are six items that would provide additional value to the project managers and the entire organization. Establish and support a document repository One of the value propositions to deploying common project management processes […]

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management-2

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Last Sunday, I described the challenges of trying to prove the value of project management. However, this does not mean we have to throw up our hands and give up. There are some ways to derive the value. Estimate benefits based on industry analysts This is usually the place to start. Although you may have […]

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are a number of factors that make it difficult to quantify the value of project management to an organization. You can’t precisely compare projects before and after One of the characteristics of projects is that they are all unique. Therefore, you cannot make a direct apples-to-apples comparison of what projects looked like before the […]

Four More Techniques to Manage Documents on Your Project

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Document management software will go a long way to helping you organize and manage the documents of your project. But you still have to make sure the documents get to the right place. These same techniques apply if you are not using document management software. It is just that you do them manually. Store all […]

Address Performance Problems with an Early First Meeting

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It can be difficult for a project manager to deal with team members with performance problems. You should first determine whether the behavior is impacting the project in terms of its deliverables or its deadlines. If so, the situation needs to be addressed for sure. The next question is whether the behavior may cause problems […]

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 […]