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Is Governance Helping You or Slowing You Down?

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

We’ve worked with many organizations that have put in place some fairly mature project management processes and implemented what they call ‘Governance’. While we 100% support the practice of providing a defined process around project, program and portfolio management we have detected a trend in organizations experiencing some unintended consequences of governance. Specifically, adopting a […]

Are You a Nervous Presenter? Use These Six Tips to Feel Confident

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It is said that all people fear two things – death and public speaking. Having to present in front of others can be nerve-racking – even for experienced speakers. You are not going to find the answers in your project Communications Plan. Here are some tips to help you feel more confident. Prepare Nothing gives […]

Poor Scope Change Management Can Sink Your Project

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Managing scope is one of the most critical aspects of managing a project. However, if you have not done a good job of defining scope, managing scope will be almost impossible. Defining scope means that you have articulated the project boundaries and deliverables, and the product requirements. These should all be approved by your sponsor. […]

Eight Focus Areas that Lead to Project Success

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many project management processes and techniques that can help you be successful. Here are eight areas to really focus. If you are successful in these eight areas there is a high probability that entire project will be successful. Requirements. Make sure that your customer defines their requirements in depth. You need to know […]

Apply These Three Techniques for Managing Scope

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Identifying and managing project scope is one of the most important elements for project success. Saying this another way, a lack of understanding and managing of project scope is one of the major reasons for project challenges. Here are three techniques that will help you be more successful managing scope. Freeze Scope Change Requests Late […]

Manage Project Risks Proactively with a Risk Register

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Risk refers to future conditions or circumstances that will have an adverse impact on the project if they occur. Whereas an issue is a current problem that must be dealt with today, a risk is a potential future problem that has not yet occurred. A reactive project manager addresses issues when they occur. A proactive […]

Agile101 – Use the Product Backlog to Hold Work

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

In an Agile project you don’t create large documents to hold user requirements. In fact you don’t need a traditional document at all. The Agile technique is to create a product backlog. The backlog is simply the prioritized collection of work that is remaining on a project. This could be a spreadsheet or table. It […]

What is Project Portfolio Management?

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

The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines project portfolio management — or simply portfolio management — as the “centralized management of one or more portfolios that enable executive management to meet organizational goals and objectives through efficient decision making on portfolios, projects, programs and operations.” Note that this is an interrelated organizational processes by which an […]

Quality Management Starts With Understanding the Customer’s Expectations

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

There are two main aspects of managing quality on a project. It all starts with understanding the customer’s expectations for quality. You then need to put a plan in place to meet the customer’s expectations. You cannot formally manage quality on a project if you don’t know the customer’s expectations. The easiest way to understand […]

Who Are Green Stakeholders?

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

ReCap GreenPM® integrates environmental thinking (“GreenThink”) into all of the project management processes. The point about GreenPM is not that you make every decision in favor of the one that is most environmentally friendly. The point is that you start to take the environment into account during the decision-making process. You might make most decisions […]