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Use These Four Techniques for Managing Issues

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Issues are problems that will impede the progress of your project, and are not within the control of the project team to resolve. They need outside help. Issues management is all about facilitating communication leadership in organizations. In the life cycle of any project, there will almost always be unexpected problems and questions that crop […]

Five Key Benefits of Project Management

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Every once in a while it is worth reminding ourselves of the value of project management. For us that are in the project management field, there should be no question that project management provides value to an organization. However, when you meet skeptics, are you able to articulate the benefits? Here are five key benefits. […]

Should You Factor Positive Risk into Project Planning?

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Risks represent potential future events or circumstances that could have an impact on your project. Generally we think of risk having a negative impact. However, what if the impact on your project was positive? In that case you would have an opportunity risk. You have heard the saying that you should “push the envelop”, “be […]

Use These Nine Elements to Complete a Statement of Work

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Partnering with high performing suppliers can be critical to delivering successful projects. Whether you’re hiring a supplier to deliver equipment, provide consultancy or simply make the coffee—the key is to document your requirements for their delivery upfront within a “Statement of Work” (SOW). Without a detailed SOW it will be difficult to manage your suppliers […]

Use Status Reports to Manage Expectations

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Let’s face it – Status Reports are usually not as effective as they should be. This is true for team members that submit Status Reports to the project manager, as well as project managers that are submitting Status Reports to their major stakeholders. One of the major reasons is that the people completing the reports […]

Six Tips for Managing the Project Budget

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 6:00 AM | 2 Comments

Many projects will benefit from a Financial Management Plan. This plan provides guidance on how you will estimate, budget and manage costs. If you want to successfully manage your budget you have to be sure to capture all of the expenditures paid to date, including all expenses related to labor, equipment, supplies, material, etc. Then […]

Use References to Evaluate New Product Purchases

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

If you are considering purchasing a significant product, you are going to perform some sort of evaluation. One of the activities that should be on your evaluation checklist is talking to companies that currently use the product. These companies are called “references”. The purpose of checking references is to get past the marketing and sales […]

Use These Five Techniques for Managing Schedule

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

In project management, a schedule is a listing of a project’s milestones, activities, and deliverables, usually with intended start and finish dates. Those items are often estimated by other information included in the project schedule of resource allocation, budget, task duration, and linkages of dependencies and scheduled events. There are dozens of good techniques to […]

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, […]