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Our library of articles provides valuable insights into the discipline of project management across thirty-two categories.

Agile Project Management

Agile project management takes the ideas from agile software development and applies them to project management.

Best Practice

A best practice is an accepted method or technique that is regarded as the standard way of doing things.

Business Case

The business case records the justification for starting a project. It describes the benefits, costs and impact, plus a calculation of the financial case.

Case Studies

These case studies show the use of project management in practice. Studying real-life situations will help you see how others have been successful.

Change Management

Change management is the practice of tracking changes during a product or service development and is a vital part of project management.

Communications Management

A communication plan is a necessary part of a project. It's been said that communication is the lifeblood of projects.

Cost Management

Cost management is one of the fundamental and yet most challenging tasks for a project manager.

Earned Value Management

Earned Value is the most comprehensive trend analysis technique available to project managers.

History of Project Management

Before the 1950s, projects were managed on an ad-hoc basis, mainly using informal techniques and tools.

IT Project Management

IT project management is a sub-discipline of project management in which we plan, monitor, and control information technology projects.

Lessons Learned

The purpose of lessons learned is to bring together any insights gained during a project that project managers can apply to future projects.

Lifecycle & Methodology

A project management methodology provides a framework through which the project manager delivers projects.

Pareto Principle

The value of the Pareto Principle for a project manager is that it reminds you to focus on the 20% of things that matter on a project.

Project Documentation

Project documentation defines and records the way we manage projects and the governance surrounding them.

Project Management Office

The PMO is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards and processes related to project management within an organisation.

Project Planning

Project planning is a discipline for stating how the project team will accomplish a project within a specific timeframe, scope and budget.

Project Portfolio Management

Project portfolio management is the coordinated and controlled management of a portfolio of projects to achieve a set of business objectives.

Project Sponsorship

Project sponsorship is an active senior management role responsible for identifying the business need, problem or opportunity.

Quality Management

The cost of quality is a substantial cost on any project, so prudent managers look for ways to keep these costs in check.

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Requirements Management

A critical part of any project is requirements management. If you are unsure about what will be delivered, how will you know when you get there?

Rescue & Recovery

Rescuing a project that's failing is no easy task for a project manager, so here are some ideas to point you in the right direction.

Risk Management

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and mitigating threats to a project.

Role of the Project Manager

The project manager's role, in a nutshell, is the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project.

Scheduling

Project scheduling is the art of planning dates for starting and completing activities and milestones.

Scope Management

The scope is the most important element to understand about any project. All planning and allocation of resources are anchored to this understanding.

SMART Goals

Setting goals is easy but achieving them isn't, so make sure they're SMART, and you'll have a better chance of success.

Stakeholder Management

Stakeholder management is the process of managing the expectation of anyone that has an interest in a project or will be affected by its deliverables.

Team Building

Team building is a project focused process that builds and develops shared goals, interdependence, trust and accountability among team members.

Time Management

Time management is planning and exercising conscious control of our work activities to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity.

Training

The first step in selecting a good training course for project managers is to understand the role of the project manager as it is today.

Work Breakdown Structure

A work breakdown structure is a valuable and well-used project management tool. It sets the foundation for the rest of the project planning.

Tools

Check our Tools

Below are a collection of essential project management skills, methods, tools and competencies needed for project success.

BOSCARD (Terms of Reference)

The BOSCARD is a strategic planning tool used to give the terms of reference for new projects. It originated with consulting company Cap Gemini in the 1980s.

Delphi Technique a Step-by-Step Guide

The Delphi Technique is a method used to estimate the likelihood and outcome of future events. For projects, it can predict future risks and opportunities.

MoSCoW Method

What is the best method for creating a prioritised list of project requirements? The MoSCoW method can help. MoSCoW stands for must, should, could and would.

Pareto Analysis Step by Step

Pareto Analysis or the 80/20 rule enables you to see what 20 per cent of cases are causing 80 per cent of the problems on a project.

PEST Analysis

PEST is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the political, economic, social, and technological factors impacting a project.

Project Management Tools

A Gantt chart, Logic Network, PERT chart, Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure are standard tools used in project planning.

RACI Matrix

Delegation is an essential part of a project manager's role, so identifying roles and responsibilities is an important skill. Applying the RACI model can help.

RAID Log

A RAID log is one of the easiest and most effective tools you can create for your project. RAID stands for risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT is a strategic planning tool that involves specifying the objective of a project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable to achieving that objective.

Videos

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Here are some project management videos from our YouTube channel, plus some of our favourite videos from other publishers.

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What Does a Project Manager Do?

A project manager must have a combination of skills, including asking penetrating questions, detecting unstated assumptions, resolving conflicts, and possessing good general management skills. This video looks at the role of a project manager and the skills needed for a career in project management.

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Fully Featured Excel Gantt Chart

In this video, learn how to create a more complete Gantt chart that not only shows percentage completed for each task and conditionally formats the progress bars but also allows you to compare actual project plan to planned project plan.

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Project Management for Beginners: A Simple Guide

Are you new to project management and looking for a beginner's guide? Then this is the video for you! I'll talk you through what it means to be a project manager and cover all of the important topics.

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12 Terms You Should Know | Project Management Fundamentals

A project management tutorial video on 12 key terms we think everyone should know (from beginners to experts).

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How to Start Your Career in Project Management

Are you embarking on your career or considering a career change? Where do you want to be both personally and professionally? If the Project Smart forum is any indication, many people want to pursue a project management career.

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How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

What makes a winning project team? Why do some teams achieve greatness while others struggle? Anna looks at the factors present in winning project teams.

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Approaches to Risk Management

In this video, Brad Egeland talks about risk management's importance and discusses tools and common risk management mistakes.

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How to Report Status on a Project

In this video, Brad Egeland explains how to prepare for the project status reporting process, carry it out, and talks about why it is valuable.

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Intro to Scrum in Under 10 Minutes

What is Agile Scrum? Learn Scrum in under 10 minutes in this video introduction to the Scrum software development methodology. By the end of this fast-paced video, you'll practically be a scrum master. You'll know about burn down charts, team roles, product backlogs, sprints, daily scrums and more.

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SCRUM: Twice the Work, Half the Time

This video details why Scrum is so much better than traditional project management methods and how you can use it on your next project.

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What Makes Projects Successful

In this episode of '60 Second PM', Dave talks about what makes a project successful.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Leaves the Audience Speechless

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Mr Universe, Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, and Governor of California, delivers one of the best motivational speeches you will hear.

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