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Use Two Criteria to Determine Your Estimating Threshold

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time in sequential order. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. […]



Does Your Project Need a Quality Process or Quality Activities?

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Quality management requires an investment of time and resources with the belief that your project and your deliverables will be of higher quality in the future. This higher quality, in turn, will lead to less rework and a more satisfied client. The basic value proposition for quality management is that you will save more cost […]



Five Tips to Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the first step to create a project schedule. The WBS is used to uncover all the work. Understanding the project work, and the project management work, gives you a total picture of the project. Use the following five techniques to create a solid WBS for your project. Do Not […]



Four Techniques to Manage Risk on Your Project

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

All projects have risks and the risks have the potential for negatively impacting the project. (I am not referring to opportunity (positive) risk.) You use risk management to determine the risks that are important enough to manage. The following four techniques will help. Include Budget and Schedule for Unknown Risks Some organizations allow project managers […]



Were Your Stakeholders Happy? Ask Them in a Survey

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

At the end of a project, many project managers want to collect data that points out how successful the project was. Some of this information, like schedule and budget information, should not be so hard to gather. Many project teams also want to gather stakeholder feedback on how the project team performed. You could ask […]



Here are Three Reasons to Plan for Reserve Resources

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

When a project is first defined, you rarely know exactly all the resources you will need. As the project initially progresses, however, you start to define the scope, assumptions, deliverables, approach, etc. This gives you enough information to put together an initial estimate of the resources required for the project. So far, this is nothing […]



A Few Words on the Value of a Project Manager

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

Not everyone believes in project managers. Some people say project managers are simply bureaucrats that push paper and don’t provide value to the project. Others think project managers know about academic but not about the real work of the project. It is true that not every project manager is competent, and even the capable ones […]



Use These Seven Steps for a Project Audit

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

In some cases, such as a government project, periodic audits may be called for as a part of the overall contract. The audit could also be described in the Quality Management Plan. An audit is conducted by a third-party. This third party could be any qualified person outside of the project manager and project team. […]



Four Techniques to Master Your Schedule

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

You will never be a successful project manager if you do not know how to build and manage a schedule. The schedule may be the most fundamental tool for managing projects. Something Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, once said: “Never let anyone own your schedule.” It’s simple and obvious, yet genius. Planning and following […]



Use These Five Steps to Delegate Project Work

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

As a project manager, you cannot do all the project work yourself. You can’t create all the deliverables, respond to all the risks, solve every issue, perform all communication, etc. You have to be able to delegate. Some of the delegation is natural – such as assigning schedule work to team members. The schedule includes […]



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