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Project Management Best Practices & Weekly Tips

6 Tips to Improve Project Decision Making

Decision making is a skill we need to apply to weigh the pros and cons of alternatives and choose the best path forward.  Bad decisions contribute to project risks and can put a team into firefighting mode, correcting wrong decisions after...

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5 Tips for Improving Delivery of Bad News

Project managers need to be able to calmly and professionally deliver bad news, when it happens, ranging from missed budgets and deadlines to team layoffs. Here are five tips for improving the delivery of bad news.

  1. Don't surprise, delay, or hide...
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5 Essential Tools for Project Schedule Control

These can assist you to keep a project on schedule:

  1. Ask for "as soon as possible," rather than set a deadline.
  2. Never say, "I don't have time." According to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, it is the same as saying, "I don't want to." Better: "I can...
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Understanding 3 Important Project Roles

Project managers, coordinators, and administrators are three distinct roles that often get blurred within an organization. It is important to understand the distinctions:

1. Project Manager (PM): Ultimately responsible and accountable for all...

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6 Essential Tools for Project Financial Control

cost management Mar 29, 2020

Use these six important tools to keep your project on budget:

  1. Contracts: Contracts, whether formal or informal (e.g., MOU), can reveal what aspects of the project are most important. Incentive clauses in contracts can keep everyone on the same...
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5 Superior Stakeholder Questions for Project Leaders to Ask

Whether you are a project manager or a business analyst, these five open-ended questions posed to the project sponsor and other senior executives can get you vital information you need for project success in a short amount of time:

  1. What does...
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50 Top Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management

risk management Mar 16, 2020

Honored to be named #8 of 50 Top Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management (March 2020) by Thinkers360. See more here:

Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management

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Project Leaders Tailor Agile

Agile is popular, but good project leaders know that there is not a “one size fits all” method.  If you are going to use Agile, consider how it may need tailoring to meet project goals better.

  • List the 12 Agile principles and...
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5 Tips to Improve Your Agile Project Management

As Agile and iterative methods grow in popularity, it is easy for those with a solid project management background to work in a new environment.  These 5 tips will help:

  1. Question traditional PM practices: everything you know still applies,...
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Leaders: 5 Times You Should Cancel a Project

For over 10 years, stakeholders tried to make the Denver International Airport Automated Baggage Handling project work before giving up. The cost of continuing was around $120M, on top of an already over-budget project that was too complex to fix....

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