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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 […]



Read and Understand Some Basics of Procurement

Sunday, August 14, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Procurement refers to obtaining goods and services from outside companies. This specifically refers to vendors and suppliers. It does not refer to other internal organizations within your own company. (For the purposes of this discussion, “purchasing” and “procurement” are equivalent terms.) This is an area that project managers definitely need to understand at some level, […]



Use These Six Steps for Scope Changes on Small Projects

Sunday, August 7, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Since small projects are much easier to define and complete quickly, they typically do not have many scope change requests. If scope changes occur, they are typically also small in nature. Even though the changes are small, they still need to be documented and managed. The following simple process should be used able to be […]



Back up Your Estimates with a Full Estimating Packet

Sunday, July 31, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

After you have completed planning, you should have completed your estimates for effort, cost and duration, you need to defend it if the sponsor thinks that the numbers are too high. It is important that these estimates be accepted since they form the basis of your schedule and budget. You should be able to defend […]



Include OCM Techniques When Implementing Project Management Practices

Sunday, July 24, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Most organizations do not follow a consistent project management methodology of any kind. So, how do you proceed with an initiative to introduce project management within an organization? The key to a project like this is to recognize that a project management initiative requires project managers to do things differently. It requires them to manage […]



Ten Steps to Manage Issues on Large Projects

Sunday, July 17, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Issues are more than just common problems. They are problems that meet specific criteria. An issue is a formally-defined problem that will impede the progress of the project and cannot be totally resolved by the project team without outside help. The processes used to manage issues can be simple or more rigorous depending on the […]



Use These Four Techniques to Manage Your Budget

Sunday, July 10, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

A project by definition will always have a limited timeframe and a budget. The project cost estimate is the amount of money you expect to spend on the project. The “budget” is how you track the money in your company financials. For instance, your total estimated cost may be $100,000 USD. However, the budget may […]



Use Training to Enhance Your Knowledge and Experience

Sunday, July 3, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

The nature of work changes frequently. The challenges associated with it are very real and should be dealt with accordingly. Rapid change requires a skilled, knowledgeable workforce with employees who are adaptive, flexible, and focused on the future. As a project manager, one of your key responsibilities is to develop yourself and your staff on […]



Don’t Wimp Out on Quality – Follow This Process

Sunday, June 26, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Many people find quality management to be one of the more difficult project management processes to implement. This is because quality is hard to define, and formal quality management requires you to collect metrics to validate the state of quality. The following process will help create a framework for the quality management process. Create a […]





 

 

 

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