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Nailing Down the Project Budget business cost management technical Dec 04, 2022

A completed project budget can help you determine if a project is financially viable. With it, you may spend what was expected and get the return on investment you want. But it takes many steps to get the best budget and nail it down before starting a project. Let's dive into what goes into...

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5 Best MS Project Tips schedule management technical Nov 27, 2022

As someone that has used MS Project for over 20 years, I've learned a thing or two about how to make MS Project work better. Here are five tips I hope will ensure more project success.

Establish a baseline. A baseline is a copy of your initial schedule, and you don't want to lose track of it....

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The Importance of Documenting and Tracking Project Costs cost management technical Nov 06, 2022

It's no secret that projects can be expensive. Even working with a small team, labor and materials costs can add up quickly. It's essential to budget, track expenses, and know how much money flows in and out of your project—and when. The best way to do this is by monitoring your project...

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How to Design Effective Project Meetings people project integration management resource management schedule management technical Oct 16, 2022

Various types of meetings can be essential tools for managing projects and solving problems. They allow you to bring together the right people at the right time to share ideas, build consensus, and make decisions. But if you're not careful about how your meetings are designed, they can waste...

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Managing Difficult Stakeholders people stakeholder management technical Oct 02, 2022

Nearly every workplace has its share of challenging and difficult to manage stakeholders. The trick is to know how to approach and manage these people without letting them get the best of you. When you can do that, the entire team will also be better off!

A challenging stakeholder is anyone who...

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How To Survive Your First Years As A Project Manager people project integration management resource management technical Sep 25, 2022

Project management is one of the most critical roles in any organization. It takes a special kind of person to lead successful projects and teams. At the end of the day, you can do anything but not everything. Project management might seem a bit overwhelming initially, but don't let anything...

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5 Tips for Managing Multiple Projects project integration management technical Sep 18, 2022

Managing multiple projects can be challenging and even overwhelming at times. However, with the right tools and strategies, you can organize your workflow to make it easier to handle multiple tasks. Focusing on what you can control and prioritizing the essential tasks is critical. Communicate...

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How to Analyze Project Success project integration management technical Sep 11, 2022

When evaluating project success, there's nothing like data. But before analyzing project data and determining actionable insights, first define what success means for the project. To define success and analyze the project, follow these six steps:

Define your goals. Defining project goals and...

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4 Tips to Improve Project Monitoring people project integration management technical Aug 28, 2022

A good project monitoring strategy is the key to project success. It ensures that the team stays on track and that you follow through with planned activities. To develop this strategy, here are four tips to consider:

Look at the big picture. When looking at a project, it's easy to think that the...

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What to Do When Everything is Urgent schedule management technical Jun 26, 2022

There's nothing more daunting than a long list of urgent tasks.  When everything is urgent, it's hard to know where to start.  So here are four tips for taming your to-do list when everything is or at least seems to be urgent.

Eliminate or postpone those you can.  It's easy to feel...

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PERT and FPA Estimation - Not Just for Schedules or Software Development cost management schedule management technical Jun 19, 2022

Despite many internet articles to the contrary, PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) and FPA (Function Point Analysis) can be valuable for many projects outside of software-related industries and not just for scheduling.

PERT estimation was a part of a more extensive system and was designed...

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6 Tips for Improving Virtual Team Communication communications management people technical May 08, 2022

With the move to more remote work, this is a good time to think about improving virtual team communication.  Fortunately, I've been working with remote teams since the 1970s, so have learned a few important lessons along the way.  Communication, for some, is difficult face-to-face and...

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