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5 Project Development Life Cycles project integration management Oct 11, 2020

In any project, there are four primary development life cycles. A fifth, hybrid, is any combination of these four.  These are for the phases of the projects which produce the product, service, or other results.

This chart breaks them down by the uses and attributes of the project activities and deliveries:

 Project Development Life Cycles Table

The critical difference is that agile projects produce deliverables over...

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Do Small Projects Need Project Managers? project integration management Oct 04, 2020

Organizations face the temptation to call everything a project. Then, they apply a project manager and a lot of overhead to manage them. So while the formal definition of a project includes "temporary" and "produces a unique result," smart managers apply some additional rules.  These may consist of complexity, the budget amount,  team size, or a combination to determine if an actual...

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The Time Frame for Total Project Completion schedule management Sep 27, 2020

I was recently asked, "What is the time frame for total project completion?" The time frame for total project completion is when all project work is done and all project resources, including the project manager, can be released.  Total project completion should include the tested product, service, or other results that meet all client needs and expectations.  This time frame is a...

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5 Tips for Effective Conflict Resolution resource management Sep 20, 2020

Conflict resolution is a skill that transcends roles. So regardless of the type of team I am managing, my response would be the same.

Tip #1: Set the rules and boundaries.  As a leader, you define the standards for conduct and enforce them. Part of your resource plan should also include time for team building.

First, it is important to establish the team as a safe space where open and...

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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate communications management Sep 13, 2020

A question I sometimes need to field is “what are the top 5 critical communication skills a Project Manager must possess to be successful?”.  There are more than 5 skills that revolve around communications, so the choice is a difficult one.

Then the proverbial light bulb went off! I decided my answer to this challenge involves looking for the “lowest common...

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You Know You are a "Knighted" Project Manager When ... project integration management Sep 06, 2020

With the widespread recognition of project management as a valuable organizational core competency, the current economic climate, and the continued challenges of doing more with less, I continue to observe more and more project managers that have been bestowed the title (either by themselves, by the work they do, or by their managers) without the proper support and training to truly fulfill the...

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7 Tips for Better Meeting Minutes project integration management Aug 30, 2020

The most productive meetings result in decisions and actions.  Recording the decisions and actions in meeting minutes creates a useful accountability tool.  Minutes can also keep those unable to attend informed of results.  Good minutes are both easy to develop and ensure an accurate record of decisions and actions.

Here are seven tips for creating better meeting minutes:

  1. Use a...
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6 Tips for Improved Virtual (Video) Meetings project integration management Aug 23, 2020

Video conferencing, especially from home, has become a new norm.  Here are six tips to improve your virtual meetings.

  1. Start on time. Unlike an office setting, people aren't walking to the meeting and collecting attendees on the way. Especially if you are the host, be sure to be on time. I usually suggest that everyone start to sign on to the meeting about 5-10 minutes ahead.  The...
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8 Time Management Tips for Project Managers project integration management schedule management Aug 16, 2020

Project management can be a demanding role.  Use these time management tips to manage time more effectively, from day-to-day and month-to-month.

  1. Know When You are Most Productive. The first step in effectively managing time is to know when you are the most productive.  This time is when you feel more energized and creative.  Are you a morning or afternoon person? This time is...
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8 Best Practices for Managing Smaller Projects project integration management Aug 09, 2020

I often get asked whether project management best practices used for large projects are applicable to smaller projects. This fundamental question is one that all project managers must face when managing small projects. Utilizing the best practices on a small project can be done without creating too much paperwork or overhead.

The best practices are the things that countless project managers...

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