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6 Tips for Improved Agile Scheduling schedule management Jan 24, 2021

The definition of a project includes having a start and an end date, making a project a temporary endeavor.  Even though more flexibility is required for agile projects, senior management may still have an expectation of some form of high level schedule so other projects in the organization...

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5 Tips for Effective Sprint Planning cost management schedule management scope management Nov 29, 2020

Effective sprint planning is essential for the success of any agile project.  The agile project manager should ensure every iteration delivers the highest possible value to customers to stay true to agile values.  Without effective planning, the team will not start the sprint with a...

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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 the time when all project work is done, and all project resources, including the project manager, can be released.  Total project completion should include 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...
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5 Tips to Avoid Common Scheduling Issues schedule management Jul 26, 2020

One of the most challenging tasks for project managers is creating a schedule. Any number of dependencies need consideration – logical progressions of work, resource availability, client or sponsor delivery demands, team preferences, and more.  Here are five tips for getting the best...

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5 Essential Tools for Project Schedule Control risk management schedule management Apr 12, 2020

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 fit it in next week, would that work?"
  3. If falling...
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Managing Risks of Fixed Schedules risk management schedule management Sep 15, 2019
As Project Managers, we often have to perform with a fixed schedule. This type of situation can occur for almost any project or industry, but it is a special issue in the software industry when we want to meet monthly, quarterly, or other periodic release schedules. Here are my top 5 tips for...
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5 Tips for Handling Difficult to Estimate Tasks cost management schedule management Aug 04, 2019

Getting good estimates is often challenging for projects.  Here are 5 tips for getting better estimates for difficult-to-estimate tasks:

  1. Decompose the work further to understand it more fully. Document all assumptions and constraints.
  2. Look for similar estimates provided for past...
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6 Tips to Improve Your Projects schedule management scope management Jul 14, 2019

These tips are from Pursuing Project Excellence: Six Ideas to Improve Your Projects by Bob Jewell, PMP (with permission).

  1. Define the word "scope" carefully. It is "the ... work to accomplish the ... deliverables (product, service, or other results) to the agreed-upon requirements."
  2. Get clear...
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Keeping Your Projects on Track with Earned Value cost management schedule management scope management Jun 02, 2019

A lot of folks in San Diego wonder how the construction of Petco Park, a managed project, could have possibly spent all the funding before it was half completed without anyone knowing. While I certainly don't have proof as to the actual cause, there is a very good way a project can get into this...

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Earn Your Value - Part III cost management schedule management scope management May 19, 2019

To recap parts one and two of this post, we saw:

- how earned value is useful for monitoring both costs and schedule
- the basic formulas used to see if our projects are off track (and by how much)
- the recommendation that earned value be looked at weekly
- the ideal values for cost and schedule...

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Earn Your Value - Part II cost management schedule management scope management May 12, 2019

Last week we looked at the basic principles and formulas surrounding Earned Value Management. While the full practice of EVM may be very complex, it also provides a simple way to update clients on the status of smaller projects. But before we look at the "how", let's take a look at the "how...

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