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Learn How To Allocate Project Resources to Start the Year

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Portfolio management is a process that ensures the scarce resources of the organization are allocated to the most important work. There are two major components required to carry this out. First the executive team prioritizes projects based on which are most important. Second, the staffing managers ensure that the right resources are applied to execute […]



Use These Five Ways to Track Your Projects

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It’s a tough challenge – juggling people, equipment, time, money and materials to complete your project on time. To do it successfully, you need to keep an eye on five key areas. Time Put an hour aside every week to determine if you are likely to complete the project on time. To do this, identify […]



5 Essential Skills for Project Managers

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Managing a project is challenging. But if you can master these five skills you’re well on your way to project success. Planning Every project manager has to become a great planner. You need to plan your project, the tasks entailed, resources, equipment and materials needed. Create a bullet-proof Project Plan and schedule at the start […]



10 Tips for a Full Risk Management Process

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 6:00 AM | 3 Comments

Risk Management is a subject most project managers don’t enjoy dealing with and paying for but it needs to be elevated to mandatory status. Decide today to make risk mitigation a part of your project’s healthy habits. Make sure you, as project manager, take the role of risk management and that these issues are closely […]



4 Tips to Build a Business Case

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

All projects are done to respond to a business need. Even non-profit organizations need to justify the reason a project is being taken and how resources will be expended against the project. The following four steps will equip you with the information you need to create such a business case. Determine the Source and Motivation […]



3 Aspects of Quality Management to Help Your Project

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many specific quality techniques that can help you be more successful on your project. There are also a number of higher-level concepts that describe your overall approach to quality. These help establish the right environment where the entire team thinks about quality on an ongoing basis. Here are three concepts to take to […]



Agile 101. The Characteristics of Agile Iterations

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Most people understand that the days of the huge monolithic project are over – and have been for some time. The better approach is to break large projects into a set of smaller, easier to manage projects. Short projects are easier to manage than large projects. There are fewer things that can go wrong, fewer […]



4 Ways to be a Great Project Leader

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Being a fantastic leader is all about the way you motivate and inspire your team. It is hard being a great leader on a short project. But if you are managing a team for a substantial amount of time you can exhibit leadership qualities. Take these four tips to boost your leadership skills. Set Clear […]



7 Tips for Managing Your Project Budget

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Managing costs using a financial plan is an area of vital importance for many project managers. For those that are responsible for managing project costs we have the following seven tips to make the job clearer to you. Estimate costs well to start The best cost management activities won’t save you if you have an […]



Use These 5 Easy Steps to Create a Communication Plan

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Effective communication is all about distributing “the right information to the right people at the right time.” The Communications Plan describes the information that must be distributed to all project stakeholders, and the details for how and when this takes place. You can create a Communications Plan by following these five simple steps: Identify the […]