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Here are Five Core Documents Needed for All Projects

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

We believe that project management processes and templates should be applied scalably on a project. This means that large projects need more rigor and structure, while smaller projects can be managed more lightly. Of course, if your project is only five hours long, it is possible you will not follow any specific process. However, let’s […]

Six Components of a Procurement Management Plan

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The Procurement Management Plan is a part of the overall Project Management Plan. The document describes how items will be procured during the project and the approach you will use to managing vendors on the project. Six Specific areas to describe include: Procurement process This section provides a brief overview of the process requirements necessary […]

Four Steps to Building a Business Case

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

All organizations have more project work than they have resources and capacity to execute. Therefore it is important to compare the various projects to see which ones are of highest priority. The Business Case document is used to compare projects to see which ones are best based on two factors – business value and alignment […]

Speak up! Poor Communication Can Ruin a Project

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many years ago, a good project manager might have gotten away with being a poor communicator. The sponsor typically didn’t like it, but as long as the project manager could deliver the goods, the sponsor may have been inclined to let him or her do his/her own thing. In today’s world, however, projects need to […]

Cause and Effect – Poor Quality Leads to Poor Results

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The purpose of quality management is to first understand the expectations of the client in terms of quality, and then put a proactive plan and process in place to meet those expectations. Like the other common project management mistakes we have looked at, problems with quality show up in a number of areas. For instance: […]

6 Steps to Manage Schedule For Big Projects

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

All projects need a schedule. If you have a small project perhaps the schedule is a simple checklist or Excel spreadsheet. As projects get larger they need more formal scheduling templates and tools. The processes you use to manage a schedule will also vary depending on the size of the project. Large projects need a […]

7 Tips To Create Schedule Management Plan

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The Schedule Management Plan describes the process used to develop and manage the project schedule. Not all projects need a Schedule Management Plan, but if your project has a complex schedule that requires special handling, you may find this plan helpful. The components of the Schedule Management Plan can include: Roles and responsibilities You can […]

Use These Five Components in a Post Implementation Review

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A Post Implementation Review (PIR) is the formal review of a project after it has been completed and formally closed. The purpose of a PIR is twofold – to review the overall success, and to gain lessons learned for future projects. To conduct a PIR quickly and efficiently, you need to take these five key […]

Inadequate Planning is a Major Cause of Project Problems

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Have you ever attended an end-of-project meeting on a project that had major problems? If you have, chances are that one of the major themes you will hear is that “we should have spent more time planning.” I have heard project managers say that the time they spend planning could be better spent actually “doing […]

Here are Five Practical Tips to Manage Project Scope

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

When you tell your sponsor you want to manage scope well on this project, the sponsor will often think “oh no. That means we can never change anything.” But that is not the case. You know that things change on a project and the longer your project is, the more likely you will have changes. […]