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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 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 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 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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