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Was Your Project Successful – Within Tolerances?

Sunday, May 14, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Estimating the time and cost is an important part of project planning. If you estimate a project to cost $230,000, is your project a failure if the actual cost is $230,500? You missed your budget, right? Yes, but this gets into the concept of tolerances. If you delivered within $500 on a $230,000 budget, you […]



Implement These Six Value-Add Services in Your PMO

Sunday, May 7, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

All Project Management Offices (PMOs) try to build and support better processes for managing projects. However, PMOs can do much more. Companies seeking more efficiency and tighter monitoring of IT projects are opening project management offices (PMO) in growing numbers. Here are six items that would provide additional value to the project managers and the […]



Use These Five Techniques to Get a Project Back on Budget

Sunday, April 30, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Project managers need to manage costs on their project. Once your original cost estimate is approved, the sponsor has agreed to pay a certain amount of money for a certain solution. The project manager then strives to meet that financial expectation. If the project ends up costing more than anticipated, the solution may not make […]



Use These Four Techniques for Managing Issues

Sunday, April 23, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Issues are problems that will impede the progress of your project, and are not within the control of the project team to resolve. They need outside help. Issues management is all about facilitating communication leadership in organizations. In the life cycle of any project, there will almost always be unexpected problems and questions that crop […]



Five Key Benefits of Project Management

Sunday, April 16, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Every once in a while it is worth reminding ourselves of the value of project management. For us that are in the project management field, there should be no question that project management provides value to an organization. However, when you meet skeptics, are you able to articulate the benefits? Here are five key benefits. […]



Should You Factor Positive Risk into Project Planning?

Sunday, April 9, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Risks represent potential future events or circumstances that could have an impact on your project. Generally we think of risk having a negative impact. However, what if the impact on your project was positive? In that case you would have an opportunity risk. You have heard the saying that you should “push the envelop”, “be […]



Use These Nine Elements to Complete a Statement of Work

Sunday, April 2, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Partnering with high performing suppliers can be critical to delivering successful projects. Whether you’re hiring a supplier to deliver equipment, provide consultancy or simply make the coffee—the key is to document your requirements for their delivery upfront within a “Statement of Work” (SOW). Without a detailed SOW it will be difficult to manage your suppliers […]



Use Status Reports to Manage Expectations

Sunday, March 26, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Let’s face it – Status Reports are usually not as effective as they should be. This is true for team members that submit Status Reports to the project manager, as well as project managers that are submitting Status Reports to their major stakeholders. One of the major reasons is that the people completing the reports […]



Six Tips for Managing the Project Budget

Sunday, March 19, 2017, AM | 2 Comments

Many projects will benefit from a Financial Management Plan. This plan provides guidance on how you will estimate, budget and manage costs. If you want to successfully manage your budget you have to be sure to capture all of the expenditures paid to date, including all expenses related to labor, equipment, supplies, material, etc. Then […]



Use References to Evaluate New Product Purchases

Sunday, March 12, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

If you are considering purchasing a significant product, you are going to perform some sort of evaluation. One of the activities that should be on your evaluation checklist is talking to companies that currently use the product. These companies are called “references”. The purpose of checking references is to get past the marketing and sales […]



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