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5 Tips to Create a Good Project Budget cost management Mar 10, 2019

Starting a project with a proper budget is one of the best ways to be able to manage the budget. Here are five tips for creating a solid budget:

  1. Develop a deep understanding of project requirements: Know what the stakeholders really need and want so your budget is stronger. Don't forget to do a...
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5 Tips for Maintaining Focus on Risks During Projects risk management Mar 03, 2019

Risk management is not a one-time event. During the course of a project, good project managers continue to help the team focus on monitoring risks and repeating the processes of identification and analysis as the project changes. Here are five tips for helping team members maintain their focus:

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5 Tips to Better Manage and Reduce Project Risk risk management Feb 24, 2019

Risks are both threats and opportunities which can hinder or help project success. Proper risk management can save you from later firefights to bring things back under control. Here are five tips to improve risk management and/or reduce project risks:

  1. Don't skip or skimp on risk management....
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5 Tips for Highly Effective Agile Sprint Planning project integration management schedule management Feb 17, 2019

Most Agile projects consist of one or more sprints. The Agile project manager can play an important role in aiding sprint planning. Here are 5 tips to be sure each sprint is as effective as possible.

  1. Begin with the end in mind: work with the business or product owner to set a theme or goal for...
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The Importance of Confidence and Estimates cost management schedule management Feb 13, 2019

As a project leader, it's critically important to be earnest - have an intense conviction and confidence in the plan. Staying calm and confident is reassuring to the team, sponsor,  and stakeholders alike.  The team will take their cues from you, follow your lead, and rise to meet any...

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"PLAN" is not a Four Letter Word (Part II) cost management project integration management Jan 20, 2019

Moving forward ten years, I found myself as a program manager responsible for several projects related to a $10M+ Unix rollout. A colleague was responsible for the procurement and hardware side of the operations while I was tasked with getting a workstation into the hands of 400 developers in 16...

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"PLAN" is not a Four Letter Word (Part I) project integration management quality management schedule management Jan 13, 2019

Back in the early 80s, when corporations like IBM and Univac were mainframe giants, it took the typical systems team 3-5 years to produce a new compiler. It was during that time I took on a project to finish where some R&D left off. The goal: produce a compiler, assembler, and linkage editor...

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Creating Project Templates project integration management Jan 01, 2017

This week someone emailed me and asked me how I create templates for my pre-written software (PeopleSoft, Clarify, Siebel, INFORM, etc.) engagements, so I thought I would share the thinking and one of its products this week. First, let’s look at why I create them.

Effective consultants have...

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Project Management and Joint Accountability Sep 13, 2013

The Oz Principle was initially released around 1994, but the authors (Craig Hickman, Tom Smith, and Roger Connors) felt an update was required in 2004 and also have a few sequel works that are much newer (Journey to the Emerald City, How Did That Happen?).  These books build on their...

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Transition and Succession Planning for Project Managers resource management Jun 30, 2013

You arrive at work on Monday morning and find that your key software engineer did not show up.  You subsequently learn that he was arrested over the weekend for tax evasion for the past eight years.  The week is tense, and you hope you will get your key engineer back – after all,...

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