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Earn Your Value - Part I cost management schedule management scope management May 05, 2019
As I was thinking about what to write this week, I noticed my only mention of Earned Value Management was both brief and some time ago. It's an important topic, so I'm going to devote my next three entries to it. This week, we're going to look at the basics. Next week, we'll look at how to report...
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5 Tips to be Remembered as an Outstanding Project Manager project integration management scope management Apr 28, 2019

Project managers are often most remembered for their ultimate delivery of the project, rather than any events or activities leading up to it. Here are five tips for outstanding delivery:

  1. Start early - plan for all project turnover and termination activities in advance. Be sure they are included...
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Happy Passover and Happy Easter - 5 Tips for Spring project integration management Apr 21, 2019

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to family, friends, and colleagues around the world who are celebrating. Easter, in addition to being a religious holiday, is also a marker of the start of Spring (celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of Spring). Here are 5...

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5 More Tips for Better Plans with MS Project schedule management Apr 14, 2019

Here are some additional tips for getting better plans with MS Project:

  1. Manually scheduled tasks have shortcomings. Set up Project such that new tasks are automatically scheduled (Options>Schedule>Scheduling options for this project); use manual sparingly.
  2. As plans expand, section them out...
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5 Tips for Better Plans with MS Project schedule management Apr 07, 2019

Microsoft Project does not encourage best practices and may result in plans with unintended consequences. Here are 5 functions to use as you create your plan. These tips are good for virtually every version of Project:

  1. Add project critical success factors as milestones at the top of plans as a...
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5 Tips for Controlling Project Schedules schedule management Mar 31, 2019

I've heard from several industry experts that many new project managers do not know how to effectively create and manage schedules. Here are 5 tips for better control of schedules:

  1. It is essential to start with a well-constructed schedule.
  2. Track all time on a daily basis. On Friday, most people...
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5 Tips for Creating Better Project Schedules schedule management Mar 24, 2019

Having a good schedule is critical for project success.  Time is money because every day worked means resources are paid.  Here are five tips to improve your project schedules:

  1. Include project critical success factors and other key messages at the top of the schedule (and all project...
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5 Tips to Control Your Project Budget cost management Mar 17, 2019

Once project execution begins, you will need to track your budget regularly. Here are five tips to help you control your budget:

  1. Review progress weekly: Update schedule and budget actuals, check for trends, and take corrective actions as required to get back on track. Record the changes so you...
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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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