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Use a Risk Management Plan to Proactively Manage Risks on Your Project

Sunday, July 2, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Your Risk Management Plan describes how you will define and manage risk on the project. This document does not actually describe the risks and the responses. This document defines the process and techniques you will use to define the risks and the responses. The information in this plan includes: Purpose Include a general description of […]

Have You Used These Five Non-Standard Project Management Techniques?

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are multiple ways to manage and monitor your projects. Many are “standard” models you read in most columns. However, sometimes there are reasons to implement a non-standard model. Here are five examples. Hands-off – Remote Control This means that you get a sense of what is occurring on your project by reviewing the schedule, […]

Check Off These Eight Items Before Starting Project Execution

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Once a project moves into the Execution Phase, the project team and the necessary resources to carry out the project should be in place and ready to perform project activities. You have just been assigned as project manager. Should you start running around 100 miles-an-hour building things? No, before you start executing, make sure these […]

Use Three Communication Types in Your Communication Plan

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are three types of communication that can be included in a Communication Plan. We find these three categories to be helpful when creating a well rounded Communication Plan. The three types are mandatory, informational and marketing. Mandatory This includes any communication that is required by your organization. There is no reason to worry about […]

Use These Four Techniques for Managing Issues

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 6:00 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. Use these four issues management techniques on your projects. Understand the Difference Between Issues Vs Action Items In many cases, project managers are not using the Issues Log […]

Use Special Techniques to Manage Virtual Teams

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many years ago, a project team almost always resided in one location. The reason is obvious: it was not easy to communicate and collaborate with people that were not in the same physical location. Today, it is becoming more and more common to have team members physically located in many different places. This may be […]

Use These Seven Aspects of Basic Document Management

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The larger the project, the more rigor and structure is needed to manage documents. You can end up with a big mess trying to save and find documents if you do not think through a good document management plan ahead of time. The following areas should be considered part of an overall document management plan. […]

Was Your Project Successful – Within Tolerances?

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 6:00 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, 6:00 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, 6:00 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 […]