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Understand the Characteristics of Quality for Your Product

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It is hard to define product or service quality at a high-level because the term “quality” is vague and means different things to different people. You must take the time to define the lower-level characteristics of quality for each specific service or deliverable. Your customer is not always going to explicitly state what quality means […]

4 Steps To Develop Your Project Financial Plan

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

As a Project Manager, if you want to deliver projects on time and under budget and who doesn’t, then you need a Project Financial Plan (PFP) to help you do it. Once you develop the plan, you can sign it off by the head of the department. Better yet, you can even try to convince […]

Five Ways to Accelerate Your Project Schedule

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When a project starts you create a schedule that represents your best thinking on how the project should progress. But it seems on many projects that one day after your baseline schedule is created, you are already behind. Here are five techniques to help stay on track. Accelerate early You know you are going to […]

Be Proactive to Ensure Project Staff is Available as Needed

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

Managing and allocating staff can be a challenge. In large organizations, or on large projects, you may have the luxury of full-time resources for your entire team. However, in many (or most) situations, the project manager must utilize shared and part-time resources to complete the work. In a matrix organization, people are assigned full time […]

Three First Steps to Deploy Project Management Practices

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Project management methodology is a framework that allows project managers to successfully manage projects of varying sizes. Many organizations do not follow a formal, consistent methodology of any kind. How do you start with an initiative to introduce project management practices within an organization? From a project management perspective you would probably start the project […]

Six Ways to Turn Around a Dysfunctional Team

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many teams have some personality conflicts among team members. This is a typical human resource problem. However, on some teams the personal animosity is so great that the team has a hard time functioning together. The project manager should try to resolve these conflicts. If the project manager cannot resolve the conflicts (or if the […]

Six Tips to Learn More About Project Management

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The basic definition of Project management is that it is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. But project management doesn’t always mean working more, it means working smarter. There are many great ways to learn more about project […]

Scale Down Your Processes to Manage Small Projects

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Project management processes should be applied scalably based on the size of the project. Large projects need more rigor and structure. Small projects don’t need very much. Small projects cover many types of modest work efforts. In most companies, these small projects are not actually viewed as “projects” at all. Your company may call these […]

Agile 101. Are Two Programmers Better than One?

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

One of the most interesting aspects of Agile methodologies is the technique of pair programming. This is specifically described in the Extreme Programming (XP) model. When I mention pair programming for the first time I am usually met something like “Dude you can’t be serious.”. On the surface, this seems counter intuitive. After all, isn’t […]

Deploying Project Management in Waves

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are a number of ways to deploy common project management practices within an organization. One approach is to think of everything that needs to be improved and try to deploy everything at once. Instead, our approach is to deploy items more gradually to provide time to absorb initial changes before others are rolled out. […]