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5 Simple, Yet Important Tips for Managing Project Teams

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

On a regular basis we are constantly reminded that an overwhelming majority of projects are completed over budget, past the desired deadline and outside the original scope. You can have great project management processes on your project, but how are your people management skills? Getting buy-in from your team and keeping everyone on the same […]



7 Steps to Turn Around Troubled Projects

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When taking over a failed or troubled project, it presents an opportunity to make changes that might otherwise not be allowed. If you can turn it around and get it on the right track to completion, then you should get an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit. […]



Five Obvious, But Sometimes Ignored, Tips for Project Managers

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

You would not be reading this email unless you knew something about project management. The following five tips are not new. Yet, we don’t always follow them. Define the work Before we start executing the work, let’s make sure we know what we are getting into. This includes understanding project scope, assumptions, constraints, risks, stakeholders, […]



Five Ways to Accelerate Your Project Schedule

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 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 […]



Project Management in Three Broad Strokes

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There is so much to learn to become a great project manager. (This free ebook will help.) You have to juggle time, money, people, equipment and materials. To do it all, some people feel like they have to be a miracle worker! But it’s not the case. Just take these essential steps. Plan carefully Plan […]



Project Portfolio Management Demystified

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Your financial portfolio contains the investments that you think will provide the most financial value given your financial goals. Likewise, business portfolio management is a process that helps your organization allocate its scarce resources on the work that is of the most value. The adoption of portfolio management requires you to apply the mindset of […]



Five Tips to Learn More About Project Management

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many great ways to learn more about project management. Start by downloading free e-books. The five project management functions and the respective activities and tasks included in this document are the basic set needed for managing a project. Descriptions of the 5 functions and activities included in this post are ‘Get serious about […]



Five Cool Things to Know About Action Items

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

An action item is an ad-hoc work activity that requires follow-up execution. By their nature, action items normally cannot be planned for in advance. They arise on an as needed basis during meetings or as a by-product of working on something else. There is no Knowledge Area in the PMBOK Guide for managing action items, […]



Use These Six Tips to Improve Project Meetings

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It seems everyone dislikes meeting – except when it is your turn to call one. Your job is to keep the meeting focused and make it as valuable as possible to the attendees. I think we all know we waste a lot of time in meetings that fail to meet its desired goal. As a […]



Follow These Basic Steps to Formally Close Your Project

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When you start your project you need to make sure you include the activities, time and budget to formally close the project. This is true regardless of whether the project is successful or not. In fact, even if your project is cancelled, you should still go through a formal close process. Here are the things […]