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Should You Ignore Turning Virtual Just To ‘Play It Safe’?

Should You Ignore Turning Virtual Just To ‘Play It Safe’?

There is comfort in the familiar that’s why it’s not unusual for people to cling to what they’re used to. As such, change is given Read More

Focus on Business Results Not Resources

Focus on Business Results Not Resources

Early in my prior business, I learned a valuable lesson about why it’s important to focus on business results. This lesson cost my team the Read More

Projects: Project Closeout and Organizational Structures

Projects: Project Closeout and Organizational Structures

Project Closeout Checklists

1.  Submit Final Deliverables to the Customer:

  • Check your scope, statement of work, and project plan one last time.
  • Deliver reports, other
  • Read More

Project Controls, Part 4- Changes of Scope, Controlling External Providers, Troubled Projects

Project Controls, Part 4- Changes of Scope, Controlling External Providers, Troubled Projects

Changes of Scope

A request for a change of scope (or contract modification) can be initiated by either the customer or the provider.  For internal Read More

Strategic Plan Hoax: 3 Phases of Effective Strategy Development

Strategic Plan Hoax: 3 Phases of Effective Strategy Development

Business executives are often first introduced to the concept of strategic planning in B-school. There, techniques such as SWOT or the 5 forces model are Read More

Project Controls, Part 3-  Procurement, Earned Value, and a Project Control Quiz

Project Controls, Part 3- Procurement, Earned Value, and a Project Control Quiz

Procurement

You might be thinking that your company’s legal and accounting departments are responsible for procurement, but related to your projects, you should take the Read More

Project Controls, Part 2- Controlling Schedules and Budgets

Project Controls, Part 2- Controlling Schedules and Budgets

This article presents ideas for monitoring and controlling project schedules and budgets.

Project Controls: Schedule

  • Decide to track by table, chart, status report, or project
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Project Controls, Part 1 – Monitoring and Controlling Scope and Quality

Project Controls, Part 1 – Monitoring and Controlling Scope and Quality

This article presents ideas for monitoring and controlling project scope and quality.

Scope

Enforcing your project communications plan will go a long way to helping Read More

Project Execution, Part 3 – Attributes of an Effective Project Manager

Project Execution, Part 3 – Attributes of an Effective Project Manager

This article discusses leadership techniques that motivate, remembering to stand back and view the big picture, and what to avoid doing as a project manager. Read More

Project Execution: Working With Your Team, Communications, and Meetings

Project Execution: Working With Your Team, Communications, and Meetings

Project managers should not be introverts.  Be proactive as the team leader.  Facilitate communications and time-efficient meetings.

Working With Your Team

Leading a team is Read More

Project Execution: Project Startup Checklist

Project Execution: Project Startup Checklist

This article presents a list of items that should be accomplished as you begin work on a new project.

Introductory Note

Depending on the skill Read More

The Benefits of SalesForce for Small Business Owners

The Benefits of SalesForce for Small Business Owners

Remaining flawlessly organized is essential to achieving an efficient, practical and effective operation. This should be a small business owner’s highest priority.

SalesForce is a Read More

How to Minimize Subcontractor Insurance Risk

How to Minimize Subcontractor Insurance Risk

When using independent contractors/subcontractors (this includes both individuals who are not on your payroll and companies that are legally established business entities), minimize your subcontractor Read More

6 Ways to Motivate Your Team

6 Ways to Motivate Your Team

You may be the best project manager in the world. You might know all about, why optimal performance is better than maximal performance. But Read More

5 Free Tools to Help You Manage Your Projects

5 Free Tools to Help You Manage Your Projects

I still use post-it notes to help manage tasks throughout my day, but that doesn’t always cut it when your team members are spread all Read More

Are You Ready to be a Project Manager?

Are You Ready to be a Project Manager?

Are you ready to be a project manager? Below is a quiz that builds on the previous project planning articles in this series. Let’s see Read More

Project Planning, Part 5 – Cost and Life Cycle Resource Planning

Project Planning, Part 5 – Cost and Life Cycle Resource Planning

Prepare a cost estimate using your previously developed work breakdown structure (WBS).  You’ll need to consider in-house and outsourced labor, as well as equipment, materials, Read More

4 Lessons Learned From Agile Project Management

4 Lessons Learned From Agile Project Management

Project management is like being in school. Why? It’s because you get to learn new things everyday when it comes to managing, organizing, and socializing Read More

Project Planning, Part 4 – How to Schedule Your Project

Project Planning, Part 4 – How to Schedule Your Project

Prepare a project schedule using your previously developed work breakdown structure (WBS).  You’ll need to consider how many labor hours each task will take (by Read More

Project Planning, Part 3 – A Work Breakdown Structure

Project Planning, Part 3 – A Work Breakdown Structure

The work breakdown structure (WBS) is part of the project management plan.  It is a detailed outline of the tasks and subtasks you will later Read More

Project Planning, Part 2 – The Communications Plan

Project Planning, Part 2 – The Communications Plan

The communications plan is contained within the project management plan.  It establishes who will be talking, reporting, e-mailing, meeting; how often; and with whom.  This Read More

Project Planning, Part 1 – Use a Formal Framework to Plan Your Projects

Project Planning, Part 1 – Use a Formal Framework to Plan Your Projects

The planning process produces the detailed project management plan.  In some cases, especially where the customer is internal, initiation and planning may overlap.  If the Read More

Project Initiation, Part 6 – Final Initiating Activities

Project Initiation, Part 6 – Final Initiating Activities

After the proposals or bids are received, the customer (internal or external) must evaluate and formally decide to begin the project.  The result is a Read More

A Project Initiation Quiz

A Project Initiation Quiz

This quiz builds on the previous project initiation articles in this series.

The Situation 

Your company’s main office has 75 employees.  An adjoining suite Read More

Project Initiation, Part 5 – Develop Winning Proposals

Project Initiation, Part 5 – Develop Winning Proposals

After the statement of work is approved, the project team (internal or external) must evaluate and respond.  The result is a combined technical and cost Read More