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Eight Less Obvious Ways to Find Project Success

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 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 big picture and the details If […]

Use These Six Techniques To Provide Meaningful Performance Feedback

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

The job description of the project manager normally does not include providing formal performance reviews to team members. This is usually a responsibility of each employee’s functional manager. However, there is no question that a project manager does need to provide performance feedback to team members to let them know how they are doing and […]

Use These Two Techniques for Managing Schedule

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

There are many great techniques that help you manage the schedule on your project. It’s not just dates that you as project manager assign to project activities. The schedule also includes matching the resources of equipment, materials and labor with project work tasks over time. Good and workable scheduling can eliminate problems due to production […]

Use These Two Smart Estimating Techniques

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

A project typically involves many dynamic aspects, yet they’re often constrained by finite conditions some of which are quite rigid and static. These opposing and contradictory forces make it extremely difficult to determine with pinpoint accuracy the time and effort and financial resources required. By using the following two proactive estimating techniques to scope, plan, […]

Remember These Five Items When Closing Your Project

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

Just as it is important to formally kick off a project, it is also important to successfully close the project. The value of having a planned project termination is in leveraging all of the information and experience gathered throughout the project. This is true whether the project was a success or not. When the project […]

Use These Two Techniques to Help You Plan Your Projects

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

One aspect of defining the project is to define the organization structure and the roles and responsibilities of all the major participants. The typical roles and responsibilities can be defined ahead of time for your organization and then reused as appropriate from project to project. Work on the Project Charter, Schedule and Budget Simultaneously There […]

Five Steps To Follow When Starting a Project

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Every time you’re given a new project, you first start with a process of initiating and planning. There are additional things to consider to ensure you start the project off right. Many teams struggle understanding how best to initiate and plan a project. Templates help identify project objectives, scope, risks, assumptions, constraints, milestones and more. […]

10 Reasons Why Projects Fail The Worst

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Various studies show that many projects either fail outright or fail to meet most of their objectives. Projects are frequently built using a strategy that almost guarantees failure. There are a variety of reasons why projects fail. The good news is that they are often within your control. So read on, to learn the top […]

Use a Staffing Strategy to Guide Staffing Decisions

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

Projects acquire resources within the context of a company’s staffing approach. But have you ever thought about how an organization makes staffing decisions? Some companies tend to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. These companies make staffing decisions based on what makes sense for their particular situation or for a particular team. If everyone makes […]

Are You a Micro Manager, Macro Manager or Situational Manager?

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:00 AM | Leave Comment

One of the common responsibilities of all managers is the management of people and the management of work (if you don’t do either, you are not really a manager). All managers need to have timely, relevant and accurate information so that they can manage their people and work effectively. The trick is to know how […]