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Two Quality Management Philosophies to Adopt Now

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are a lot of interesting processes and techniques associated with quality management. Here are two that approach the level of a philosophy. Don’t “Goldplate” The term goldplating refers to delivering more quality than what the customer requested. Even though it might seem that this is a good thing, it is wrong for two reasons. […]



Be Effective with The Four Communication Basics

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There’s not one ‘best’ way to communicate with your project team, but rather a number of different ways. That being said, there are some fundamental communication options that are applied on most projects. Before you get too sophisticated with your communication approach, make sure you are very effective with these fundamentals. Status meetings There’s nothing […]



Yes, You Need to Estimate the Project Size Before Gathering Detailed Requirements

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There is concern from many project managers that they are expected to estimate the effort, duration and cost of a project at the end of the planning process before the detailed requirements have been gathered. It seems like a valid question. Yet, when you talk about gathering detailed requirements, you are usually talking about the […]



Managing Project Schedules

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Project schedules are such an integral part of project management that many people often mistakenly refer to a project schedule — such as the Microsoft .MPP project file — as the Project Plan. Most project managers know that the project schedule is but a component of an overall project plan, however, it is probably the […]



Work Management Software…and Which One Is Right For You

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

What is Work Management? If you’ve been following the exploding industry of collaborative software platforms you’ve been hearing a lot about “Collaborative Work Management”. For those with a project management background it may seem like many of these collaboration platforms are simple, stripped down offerings that fall way short of a true enterprise project management […]



How to Demonstrate the Value of PM Training Using a 4 Step Process

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many businesses struggle with demonstrating that they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? […]



Two Essential Techniques to Manage Schedule

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Managing the schedule is one of the most important activities of a project manager. These are many great techniques to help manage the schedule. Here are two important ones. Don’t manage activities by percent complete. Manage by due date When an activity starts it is zero percent complete. When the activity is finished it is […]



Here are Six Ways to Communicate Project Status

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Most of us still create some variation of a paper status report to communicate progress on our project. I remember when these reports were printed on paper. An old manager of mine once asked me to review a large binder of paper status reports and tell him if there was anything interesting that he should […]



Use These Two Great Techniques to Help You Plan Your Projects

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Small projects often don’t require much knowledge of project management or much project management discipline. But as a project gets larger, formal processes and techniques become essential. The bigger and more complex a project gets, the more you need formal processes and techniques to effectively manage the work. It is important to clearly articulate your […]



Learning the Art of Team Building Through Fun and Exciting Games

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Team Building has always been in focus for organizations. No HR professional can afford to lose sight of team building that contributes to the success of any organization no matter how big or small it might be. Whether it is a small business of 10-15 people or a huge Corporation of thousands of workers, any […]