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Use These Eight Sections for a Terrific Status Report

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Why is it that most of us don’t have a problem working 60 hours a week taking care of our stakeholder’s needs, and yet we have difficulty writing a decent status report? There are two major problems. First, some people do not have great written communication skills. However, in most cases, the problems with communication […]

Eight Often Overlooked Keys to Project Success

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many techniques and processes to help you be successful on a project. Some of them like better estimating and defining requirements are pretty standard and obvious. Here are some other ways to increase the likelihood of success on your project that are not so obvious. Understand the details – even if you don’t […]

Remember These Five Key Activities to Initiate a Project

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Larger projects definitely need time up-front to define and plan the work. But there are some things to consider before you even start planning. These activities would be a part of project initiation and the work is often overlooked. When you are assigned as a project manager on a project, don’t forget the following: Gather […]

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 […]