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Portfolio Management

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

While project managers are focused on “getting the project done right” Portfolio Managers must focus on “getting the right projects done”. This places the role of the Portfolio Manager in a very key position that helps drive strategy in an organization. So how does the Portfolio Manager accomplish this? Develop a process for prioritizing all […]

You Need to Collect Metrics. Here are Two Approaches

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

There are two approaches for organizations looking to start collecting metrics. One is a formal, structured approach and one is an unstructured “let’s just do it” approach. The Structured Approach One way to get a metrics program started is to get a set of key stakeholders together and go through a planning exercise. This takes […]

Worried about Chaotic, Disorderly and Mismanaged Projects? Time to Implement Project Controls

Monday, April 9, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Saving money and time while planning and executing a project is essential for growth and survival. Project controls consist of information gathering, management and methodical processes that are used to predict, comprehend and influence cost and time outcomes of a program or project constructively. This is accomplished by communicating information in ways that assist effective […]

Here is Why the Initiating Phase is so Important

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

It might seem that once a project makes it through the approval process it is ready to start. This is not the case. There is one more step that has to happen before a project can actually start. In portfolio management this is the “authorization” process. In project management it is “initiation“. On the surface […]

Five Things You Need to Know About Action Items

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

An action item is an ad-hoc work activity that requires follow-up execution. By their nature, action items normally cannot be planned for in advance. They arise on an as-needed basis during meetings or as a by-product of working on something else. There is no Knowledge Area in the PMBOK® Guide for managing action items, but […]

Use These Eight Elements Within Your Procurement Plan

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

There are many documents used in the procurement process. The Procurement Plan is a part of the overall Project Management Plan. The document describes how items will be procured during the project and the approach you will use to manage vendors on the project. Specific areas of the Plan include: Purpose Briefly describe the purpose […]

8 Team Management Hacks you need to know

Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

As the manager of a team, you have a lot on your plate. You will be juggling several different tasks; a good manager never stops learning and developing their skills. Your job is to ensure that your team is making your vision a reality through their work, and there are some key ways to help […]

Are You a Micro Manager, Macro Manager or Situational Manager?

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

Mangers have two major responsibilities – the management of people and the management of work (if you don’t do either, you are not really a manager). All managers need to have timely, relevant and accurate information so that they can manage their people and work effectively. But how do you need, and how frequently do […]

Developing Effective Work Breakdown Structures

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

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is an often misunderstood and underappreciated tool of project management. I would argue that it is a critical piece of the foundation of any project management methodology. Many misconceptions exist about what a WBS is, how it is used and why it is such an important part of the project […]

Six Reasons Companies Struggle Implementing Project Management

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

There are many companies that do not have common project management processes, templates, approach and skills. One initial observation is that companies that don’t manage projects well are usually run by senior managers who never learned formal project management themselves. It is hard for them to lead culture change around project management when they don’t […]