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Use These Three Steps to Create a Resource Plan

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 5:00 AM | Leave Comment

A Resource Plan identifies the physical resources required to complete a project. It lists each of the resource types (such as labor, equipment and materials) and how many of each you need. If you would like to define a comprehensive Resource Plan for your project, take the following three steps. First, identify the different types […]



Four Ways to Manage the “Project Grapevine”

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

Back in the 60′, Motown’s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” was a huge hit, made famous by Marvin Gaye. Marvin may no longer be with us, but the grapevine he sang about is alive and well. The “grapevine” is a great metaphor for the way informal and unofficial news travels from person to person. […]



Project Mistake Number 5: Poor Quality Results

Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

The purpose of quality management is to first understand the expectations of the client in terms of quality, and then put a proactive plan and process in place to meet those expectations. Poor quality leads to poor results. Like the other common project management mistakes we have looked at, problems with quality show up in […]



Project Mistake Number 4: Poor Communication

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Many years ago, a good project manager might have gotten away with being a poor communicator. The customers typically didn’t like it, but as long as the project manager could deliver the goods, the customer may have been inclined to let them do their own thing. In today’s world, however, projects need to be undertaken […]



Project Mistake Number 3: Not Keeping Schedule Up-to-Date

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

The schedule is a vital tool to ensure that the project manager and project team know what they need to do to complete the project. If you have a poor schedule, or you don’t update your schedule, you are never quite sure how you are progressing against your estimated deadline. If possible start with a […]



Project Mistake Number 2: Poor Scope Change Management

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Let’s say you have done a good job defining and planning the project. You’re home free, right? Not exactly. It is very common that once the project starts, the sponsor ends up asking for more (or different) work than what was originally agreed to. This is the time you must invoke scope change management. If […]



Project Mistake Number 1: Inadequate Planning

Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Have you ever attended an end-of-project meeting on a project that had major problems? If you have, chances are that one of the major themes you will hear is that “we should have spent more time planning.” Let’s face it, most project managers potentially face numerous mistakes that affect projects in terms of causing delays […]



Use These Six Steps to Resolve Project Conflict

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Good people managers can work with all kinds of people, and don’t shy away from the challenge of working through difficulty. This is especially true when there is conflict on a project. You need to face the conflict and not ignore it. Ignoring it only makes the problem worse. The earlier you face it, the […]



Use a Simple Service Request Process for Small Projects

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

In a small project, there is usually not a lot of effort associated with formally defining the work. However, some definition work still needs to be done. The result of this short definition is a one-to-two page document called a Service Request. The following Service Request process can be used. It is a combination of […]



Practice These Three Key Ways to Control Project Politics

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

What happens when your project sponsor wants a different outcome for the project than your other management team and stakeholders want? The answer is that each party tries to influence the project to get what they want. This is one way you get into project politics. The result is that the team is constantly pushed […]