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Use These Five Ideas to Build a High-Performing Team

Sunday, October 23, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

What exactly is a high performing team? It’s 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 […]

Six Ways to Develop Your Project Team

Sunday, October 16, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Regardless of how a project team gets assigned, the project manager needs to make sure that the team members have the right skills to complete their assigned tasks. In fact, if the team members do not have all the right skills and the project manager cannot help them acquire the skills, the project would appear […]

Six Steps to Resolving Project Problems

Sunday, October 9, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Having a structured approach to solving problems will help you resolve them more quickly and directly. Guessing the cause of the problem rarely works. You want to not only resolve this particular problem, but you also want to understand the problem well enough so that you can identify the root cause and ensure that this […]

Eight Pieces of Information to Provide When Assigning Work

Sunday, October 2, 2016, AM | 1 Comment

One of the basic responsibilities of the project manager is to assign work to team members. However, some project managers are not always clear on the work to be done and the person that is responsible. This causes uncertainty in the team and can result in some activities running late. In fact, if you have […]

Understand These Three Estimating Concepts

Sunday, September 25, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

One of the most difficult aspects of planning projects is the estimating process. It can be hard to know exactly what work will be needed in the future, and the cost of this work. Here are three concepts that will help you better understand the estimating process. Estimate in Phases It can be difficult to […]

Eight Steps to Create a Communications Plan

Sunday, September 18, 2016, AM | 4 Comments

Communications Plans are important for projects with many stakeholders. The Communication Plan is especially important if your project has an element of organizational change management. Think about the following eight steps as you create the plan. Communications Objectives List the top three objectives that you want to achieve from your project communications. For instance, you […]

Scope Change Request? Let the Sponsor Decide

Sunday, September 11, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

When a project begins, you must gain agreement with your sponsor on project scope. The scope is defined at a high-level in the Project Charter or Project Scope Statement. At a low-level, the scope is detailed through the approval of the business requirements. Once these two documents are approved, you have enough information to understand […]

Here’s the Way to Manage Outsourced Projects

Sunday, September 4, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Outsourcing of project work is more common today than ever. However, even though you outsource the work, you cannot outsource your obligation to make sure the project is progressing smoothly. If all goes well with the outsourcer, you do not have much work to do. Unfortunately, in many instances, the outsourcing vendor does not perform […]

Five Options to Re-Baseline a Project that is Off the Tracks

Sunday, August 28, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Is your project off the tracks and in a “red” status? Let’s assume you have tried all your project management tricks and you can no longer meet your initial expectations for scope, schedule or budget. If that is the case, you need to re-baseline. This will require taking one or more of the following steps. […]

Ten Sure Signs Your Project is in Trouble

Sunday, August 21, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Many projects struggle. Sometimes the causes are subtle and complicated. Other times the causes are pretty straightforward. Here are ten reasons why projects struggle. If your project has one or more of these characteristics you can expect to struggle – maybe even fail. Insufficient resources The project manager builds a schedule assuming a certain level […]