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Review Three Techniques to Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the first step to create a schedule. The WBS helps break the project work into smaller pieces that help more easily understand the work. Here are three techniques that can help you understand the WBS for your project. Understand the difference between detail and summary activities If you look […]

Estimate Project Costs Across Three Main Categories

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Once you understand the work of the project you can estimate the resources that will be required to complete the work. Knowing the resources allows you to estimate the costs of the resources to the project. There are three main areas where costs come into play. Labor costs The cost of labor is derived by […]

Is Technology Changing the Nature of Project Management?

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

From time to time, I am asked about whether new technology is changing the nature of project management. It seems like technology is changing faster and faster all the time. But is technology changing project management to any degree? This is an interesting question. Certainly, there are a couple aspects of projects where technology comes […]

Seven Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Skills

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many companies do not see the need to spend money on training. However, it is not just the responsibility of your company to train you. You need to take personal responsibility for keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date. The high price of training classes can be a deterrent for people seeking to sharpen their skills. […]

Use These Four Great Planning Techniques Today

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

“Planning” is a very general term. When you say you are planning a project, you are really validating scope, creating a Charter, estimating, creating a schedule, and more. Here are four techniques to use when you plan your projects. Use Multiple Estimating Techniques if Possible An important part of building the schedule is being able […]

Use a Simple Service Request Process for Small Projects

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

In a small project, there is usually not a lot of effort associated with formally defining the work. However, some definition work still needs to be done. The result of this short definition is a one-to-two page document called a Service Request. The following Service Request process can be used. It is a combination of […]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Action Items

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

An action item is work that requires follow-up execution. By their nature, action items normally cannot be planned for in advance. They arise on an ad-hoc basis during meetings or as a by-product of working on something else. An action item is assigned because there is not enough knowledge, expertise or time to resolve the […]

Use a Separate “Discovery Project” to Plan a Large Project

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

There are two reasons to create a Discovery Project. For very large projects, the planning work can become very lengthy and unfocused. Planning the work for very large projects may take enough time that it should be structured as a project itself. This is one reason to define a separate Discovery Project. Second, some projects […]

Use These Eight Sections for a Terrific Status Report

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

Why is it that most of us don’t have a problem working 40-50+ hours a week taking care of our stakeholder’s needs, and yet we have difficulty writing a decent status report? Yes, some people simply do not have great written communication skills. However, in most cases, the problems with communication are not a lack […]

Use Two Criteria to Determine Your Estimating Threshold

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

When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time in sequential order. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. […]