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Implement These Six Value-Add Services in Your PMO

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

All Project Management Offices (PMOs) try to build and support better practices for managing projects. However, PMOs can do much more. Here are six items that would provide additional value to the project managers and the entire organization. Establish and support a document repository One of the value propositions to deploying common project management processes […]

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management-2

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Last Sunday, I described the challenges of trying to prove the value of project management. However, this does not mean we have to throw up our hands and give up. There are some ways to derive the value. Estimate benefits based on industry analysts This is usually the place to start. Although you may have […]

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are a number of factors that make it difficult to quantify the value of project management to an organization. You can’t precisely compare projects before and after One of the characteristics of projects is that they are all unique. Therefore, you cannot make a direct apples-to-apples comparison of what projects looked like before the […]

Four More Techniques to Manage Documents on Your Project

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Document management software will go a long way to helping you organize and manage the documents of your project. But you still have to make sure the documents get to the right place. These same techniques apply if you are not using document management software. It is just that you do them manually. Store all […]

Address Performance Problems with an Early First Meeting

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It can be difficult for a project manager to deal with team members with performance problems. You should first determine whether the behavior is impacting the project in terms of its deliverables or its deadlines. If so, the situation needs to be addressed for sure. The next question is whether the behavior may cause problems […]

Gain More Performance Feedback with a 360-Degree Review

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Performance reviews can be a stressful time for staff and managers. It takes a great deal of thought and care to give honest and thorough performance feedback. If you have to deal with negative performance, the anxiety level can be off the scale. Because performance feedback is difficult, many, if not most, performance reviews are […]

Use Milestones to Take a Checkpoint and Validate Your Status

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A milestone is a scheduling event that signifies the completion of a major deliverable or a set of related deliverables. A milestone, by definition, has duration of zero and no effort. Milestones are great for managers and the sponsor because they provide an opportunity to validate the current state of the project and what the […]

Project Management Life Cycle: Change Management

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Change Management is the process of monitoring and controlling changes within a project management life cycle. By managing the implementation of change, you can: Reduce the impact of changes to the project Identify new issues and risks as a result of changes raised Ensure that changes do not affect the project’s ability to achieve its […]

Back up Your Estimates with a Full Estimating Packet

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

After you have prepared your project estimates for effort, cost and duration, you need to defend it if the sponsor thinks that the numbers are too high. It is important that these estimates be accepted since they form the basis of your schedule and budget. You should be able to defend the estimate by providing […]

5 Ideas For Building High Performance Teams

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

High-performing team is a team that exceeds the goals you set by working hard and smart as a group, not individuals. It’s a team that enjoys working together. Most teams do not reach the high-performing stage. That is why they are so special when you finally achieve this feat. You can help a team reach […]