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Three Techniques to Get You Out of a Schedule Jam

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 6:00 AM | 4 Comments

There are maybe a dozen major techniques that can be use to try to get a project back on schedule. The exact techniques to use are based on the cause of the schedule drift. Three techniques are described below to help you get out of a schedule jam. Fast Tracking Fast tracking means that you […]

Seven Key Areas to Create a Bullet-Proof Project Status Report

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

Status reporting is the minimum communication element for a project manager. The primary purpose is to manage stakeholder expectations. The project Status Report summarizes the progress of the project to date, and provides a list of the critical changes, risks and issues which require their attention. If you want to create a bullet-proof status report, […]

You May be in Trouble if You See These Four Warning Signs

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

Obviously your project is in trouble if you are missing deadlines and consistently exceeding the estimated effort and cost to get work done. However, your schedule may actually appears to be on schedule, yet you are concerned about potential problems down the road. There are things that you can look for that will give some […]

Seven Steps to Manage Stakeholder Expectations

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

You performed an initial stakeholder analysis when you defined and chartered the project. The stakeholder analysis should also be updated periodically to ensure that stakeholders are being engaged successfully. If the stakeholders are not being engaged as you wished, you should update or change your activities. It is possible that you will also discover new […]

Here Are Three Techniques for Managing Small Scope Changes

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 6:00 AM | 1 Comment

Everyone can recognize and appreciate that a scope change request must be invoked for large changes to the project. However, you may encounter resistance to formal scope change management for small change requests. The sponsor and other project team members may consider this to be unnecessary overhead for such small decisions. They might be right. […]

Project Managers Need Process and People Skills

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

What does it take for the project to be a success? Probably the most important aspect is having a good project manager. To be successful, a project manager should have great skills for managing the project management processes, and for managing the people on the project. The project management processes include: Planning, estimating and structuring […]

Four Steps to Get Better from Poor Performers

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

Many organizations have a difficult time dealing with poor performers. This could be for a variety of reasons. The management staff may not like the conflict. The poor performers might also be well liked by the staff. In many cases the managers might prefer to try to work with a poor performer that deal with […]

Build Project Management Skills through a Training Plan

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

Successful project management requires two main elements.   First your organization must have aligned processes to help projects to be successful. This includes project management, portfolio management, financial processes, HR processes, etc. Second, project managers need the skills to proactively manage projects. If your organization has good processes and the staff has good skills, you […]

Seven Habits of Highly Destructive Project Managers

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

You have all heard about the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Here is a similar list of seven habits – only these are for highly destructive project managers. (In other words, you don’t want to do these things.) Motivate by intimidation Since project team members rarely report functionally to the project manager, some […]

Is Your Project Even Feasible? Here is How to Find Out

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Most people are aware of a Business Case. The Business Case allows you to define a project at a high-level, yet with sufficient enough detail to know whether the organization wants to provide funding. However, sometimes the sponsor is not certain of the costs and benefits, or even if the project is feasible. This is […]