Project Smart ~ Exploring trends and developments in project management today

Article Archive 2000-2007

Our extensive archive of articles provides valuable insights into the discipline of project management.

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Managing Project Scope

~ Gina Lijoi

As a project manager your most critical responsibility to the organisation you work for is scope management, so here are some solid tactics you can employ.

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Real World Project Management: Procurement Management

~ Joseph Phillips

All organisations have their approach to procurement. As project manager, you need to understand your organisation's approach and then follow the rules to get the stuff you need.

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A Project Management Primer: Basic Principles - Scope Triangle

~ Nick Jenkins

The scope triangle illustrates the relationship between three primary forces in a project - time, cost and quality.

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5 Essentials To Project Team Success

~ Andrew Cox

Implementing the five essentials for successful teams isn't expensive, doesn't require large amounts of capital or expense money, and doesn't require new bricks and mortar.

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Project Overspend? Don't Worry About It

~ Harley Lovegrove

Any project manager will tell you that the triple constraint (scope, time and budget) is the most important part of managing a project, so why do so many large companies take their eye off the budget?

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Your Risk Management Process: A Practical and Effective Approach

~ Vicki Wrona

A risk management process does not have to be complicated, following a simple seven step approach at the beginning of each project, the project team can prepare for whatever may occur.

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Five Steps to a Winning Project Team

~ Alison B. Flynn & Timothy J. Mangione

Five simple steps to creating strategic groups for increase efficiency and decrease costs in healthcare.

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Mind, Meditation and the Project Manager

~ Umesh Dwivedi

There are many ways to reduce stress and a few minutes of meditation seems to be the most effective if practiced along with other stress management techniques.

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PRINCE2 for a Successful Project

~ Robert Norton

PRINCE2 is used to manage projects throughout the business world; but what is a project and what constitutes a successful project?

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12 Tips for Accurate Project Estimating

~ Adele Sommers

Using a set of proactive estimating techniques to scope, plan and constrain your project conditions can dramatically improve your estimating practices.

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Top 10 Benefits to Earning a Certification

~ John Reiling

Is it worth putting in all of the work? Consider these benefits of earning a certification, and if you see the benefits for your situation, go for it!

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Integrating Project Management Into a Six Sigma System

~ Tony Jacowski

To ensure maximum benefits are realised from projects, businesses need to integrate Project Management with Six Sigma using the standard DMAIC process.

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Good Project Managers are Hard to Find!

~ Harley Lovegrove

If a person has at least eight of the ten attributes required for a project manager then they should seriously consider re-training in project management.

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Making Change Happen

~ Kevin Dwyer

Managing change requires a leadership team with project management, communication and analytical skills with a high degree of results orientation.

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Five Ways to Turn Small Projects into Professional Success

~ Kevin Eikenberry

There have always been projects, but never before has it been so important for every person to be able to lead, manage or participate in projects.

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PRINCE2 Project Management Explained!

~ Andrew Cheah

PRINCE2 project management methodology is a process-driven project management method, which contrasts with other more reactive/adaptive methods.

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Project Recovery Efforts: The Struggling Project

~ Jason Becker

Project recovery is the effort and activities related to addressing troubled projects, either to stop it or drive it to completion.

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Use Case Diagrams: A PM's View

~ Thomas Cutting

A project manager's view on managing requirements with Use Cases and the benefits of adopting the Unified Modeling Language in reducing future surprises and rework.

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Nine Ways to Contribute to Project Team Success

~ Kevin Eikenberry

Nine ways you can contribute more effectively to make the projects you work on more successful, regardless of your specific role.

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Legitimising the Project Manager Role

~ Jason Becker

Asking a key technical person to take on project management responsibilities is NOT a good idea unless that person is properly trained in project management disciplines.

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Technology Project Planning: Too Much of a Good Thing

~ Timothy Nuckles

When it comes to any technology project, you cannot plan enough, or so we have been led to believe.

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Push-Me Pull-You Projects

~ James Barlow

Are you trying to simultaneously push and pull an organisation? Don't waste your energy and the goodwill of your customers on Push-Me Pull-You Projects.

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Reducing Cycle Time for Six Sigma Projects

~ Tony Jacowski

Six Sigma has certainly helped organisations to improve efficiency and quality, but just like any other quality-improvement concept, it is not completely free from limiting factors.

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Building Your Project Team

~ Arthur Cooper

How should you set about choosing people for your project and forming them into a well functioning project team?

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Project Management Requires a Road Map

~ Tim Bryce

Having a project management system without a methodology is like attaching a speedometer to an orange crate; it measures nothing.

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An 8 Point Plan for Passing the PMP or CAPM Exam

~ John Reiling

If you are preparing for the PMP or CAPM exam, use or adapt this 8 point plan to ensure you pass first time.

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Controlling Project Costs Through Interactive Planning

~ Mark A. Borodynko

If time is money, keeping a project on budget requires utilising the project's estimate, schedule, cost forecasting and earned value systems interactively.

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Interest In Project Management Is On The Rise

~ Kevin Archbold

A ten-fold increase in membership of the Project Management Institute is a significant indication of an increased interest in project management.

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DMAIC And Project Planning

~ Tony Jacowski

The DMAIC framework is an essential guide to process improvement projects used by Six Sigma Black Belts and has found favour with many management experts.

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Implementing PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology

~ Kevin Adler

Implementing PRINCE2 in the workplace is more than providing staff with training, it's about establishing project management best practice in the working culture.

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Managing Multiple Projects: Avoiding Project Overload

~ Duncan Haughey

What is the maximum number of projects a project manager can run concurrently before they are overloaded?

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Successful Innovation Means Managing the Losers

~ Carl Cullotta

The most successful innovators understand the importance of managing the process. These companies understand that the metrics must address the process.

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The Role of Project Managers

~ Tony Jacowski

A project manager is one who looks into the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to describe, organise, oversee and control the various project processes.

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Project Managers, Trackers and Hybrids

~ Robert McIlree

If a project manager is going to be held accountable and responsible for project outcomes, they must have the authority to lead and make decisions, otherwise they're just a project tracker.

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Understanding MSP Programme Management

~ Robert Norton

MSP programme management gives added value to any organisation that needs to manage and control a number of projects by providing a framework for practitioners.

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Step-by-Step Beginners Guide to Project Management

~ Lee Iwan

This article outlines a simple beginners guide to project management that will help in organising projects and their participants.

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The 3 Different Types of Project Management Offices

~ John Reiling

There are three basic types of Project Management Office (PMO) organisations, varying in the degree of control and influence they have on projects within an organisation.

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Why Over 90 Percent of All Projects Finish Late

~ Samuel Okoro

In spite of the existence of a detailed body of knowledge on how to manage projects, almost no projects are delivered on time. This article tells you why.

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7 Steps to Project Success

~ Peter Draper

A seven step procedure to manage projects from inception to success. It guarantees the best chance of achieving maximum project benefits.

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The Difference Between Really Effective Project Managers and Those Who Muddle Through

~ Project Smart

What does it take to be a great project manager as opposed to one who muddles through and delivers late and over budget?

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How to Initiate a Six Sigma Project

~ Tony Jacowski

Although one cannot have a project-specific vision right from the very beginning of a Six Sigma initiative, you can develop a comprehensive viewpoint.

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How To Get Your Project Approved

~ Norm Howe

What do you do when you have a great idea? You know how to save your company a ton of money or you've thought of a way to really improve a product.

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Rescuing a Small Project

~ Jeri Merrell

Recently, I was asked to jump in and rescue a small infrastructure project that was headed for disaster. What did I do?

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How to Keep a Design Project Moving

~ Brad Squires

Seven tips to keep your design project moving by goal setting, involving the decision makers, engaging your team and estimating accurately.

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Project Risk Management: It's Either Contingency Planning Now or Emergency Relief Later

~ Chris Wright

Proper project risk management entails more than simply identification and analysis at the beginning of a project.

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The Risky Business of Project Management

~ MA&A Group, Inc.

It is important at the beginning of any project to go through the risk identification process. Not all project risks are obvious, so here's how.

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Where is Project Management Going?

~ Karl Fischer

This article considers where project management is going in the 21st century and what the role of the new project manager will be.

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PRINCE2 Training Courses for Structured Project Management

~ Robert Norton

PRINCE2 training explains the series of processes that cover all the activities needed for a project from beginning to end.

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Forecasting Support Costs

~ Luc Richard

When forecasting the cost of maintaining a product use Boehm's Model, widely accepted as a valid model for predicting maintenance costs.

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Establishing Your Project Management Authority

~ Harry Mingail

It's been a tough climb to your project management position. How do you establish your authority and inspire respect?

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PRINCE2 Training Myths & Misconceptions

~ Steve Twine

This article looks at five aspects of PRINCE2 to give you the clear, concise information you need if you're considering investing in PRINCE2 training.

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Project Management Revolution or Evolution

~ Demian Entrekin

As project portfolio management (PPM) continues to gain momentum in all sectors of the economy, does it represent a significant departure from traditional management techniques?

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Stop Scope Creep Running Away With Your Project

~ Duncan Haughey

Scope creep causes many project failures. By taking these few simple measures; you can make sure it doesn't affect your projects.

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Defining Six Sigma Projects

~ Tony Jacowski

All Six Sigma projects need to be clearly defined. Here's how to use a charter to make defining your Six Sigma project quick and painless.

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Tips for Project Management Success

~ Andrew Winthorp

Four tips for achieving project management success that have stood the test of time. If you contemplate these suggestions you may discover new insights that lead to greater project success.

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How to Really Fix a Failing Project

~ Thomas Cutting

Projects fail all the time, if yours is in trouble what steps should you take to fix it and get back on track.

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Careers in Project Management: Learn to Get the Job Done

~ Tony Jacowski

Are you an organised leader? Then consider a career in project management. No longer boring, the field offers a chance for you to be a leader in whatever organisation you work for.

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A Million Wrong Answers

~ James Barlow

Success in project management is built on flexibility and pragmatism. Plans are invariably wrong, but proceeding with a less-optimal plan is a better approach than an exhaustive search for the right answer.

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Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

~ Tony Jacowski

If the Six Sigma project you are implementing is huge how can you get it done in a reasonable timeframe? A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) can help and here's how.

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Get it Right From the Start: A Roadmap for Project Success

~ Anthony Lewis

Studies estimate that 66% of large scale projects fail to achieve their stated business objectives, are delivered late, or are substantially over budget.

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Persuasion and Perception

~ James Barlow

In the absence of personal control of events, everybody hates change. A failure to remember this fundamental insight is the root cause of a great many failed projects.

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Managing Scope Creep: Don't Gold Plate My Project!

~ Project Smart

Managing scope creep is built into successful project management. What does it take to keep a project on track and deliver to the original specification?

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Reasons Why Projects Fail

~ Tom Carlos

There are many reasons why projects both simple and complex fail. This article highlights some of the most common reasons for failure.

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Growing your Small Business with Project Management

~ Michelle LaBrosse

If you think project management is only for the big guys, think again. Project management is a powerful business tool for businesses of any size.

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The Waterfalls And Rapids Of IT Projects - Can Project Managers Survive Them?

~ Vernon Riley

There are a number of problems with both the traditional and RAD methods of controlling custom and complex IT projects.

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Right-Brain Project Management

~ Mike Griffiths

Many people are frustrated by the mismatch between project management theory and its application on real life projects. A stretch project is a project that causes traditional project management challenges.

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Keep Your Project From Creeping Away

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

Delays and changes are a part of every project we do. Setting deadlines and scheduling are great ways to keep your project on track.

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Why Are My Projects Struggling? Six Basics You Must Never Forget

~ Suresh Malladi

An overview of the six project management basics that you should focus on whenever you find your projects going off track.

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A Word (Or Two) On Quality

~ Gina Lijoi

Project teams are often focused on completion of the build, forgetting that actual completion is achieved at the end of successful testing and bug resolution, not at the end of the build.

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Choosing the Best Team for Your Project

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

Using human resources during a project requires getting the most effective use of the people involved with the project.

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How to Succeed When Projects are Failing

~ Project Smart

There are common threads that run through failing projects, so how do you avoid taking on projects that are doomed to fail?

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Flexible Project Management

~ Alex Tylee-Birdsall

Most technical design projects could theoretically be completed in half the time if they were managed perfectly and there was no rework required.

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Effective Management of E-Commerce Projects

~ Venkatesh KV

You may be tempted to manage the e-commerce project yourself and to use the consulting firm's developers as extensions of your own staff, try to resist the urge.

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The Art of Project Scheduling

~ Marios Alexandrou

The art of project scheduling is based on experience and the more experience you have, the more accurate your schedule will be.

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Essential Documents to Manage Your Projects

~ Sam Elbeik PhD

This article gives you the number one shortcut to successfully manage your projects - it's all in your documentation.

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Purpose, Process and Pitfalls

~ Micah Mathis

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) requires a substantial amount of energy, time and people, but in the end is not rocket science.

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Six Ways to Give Proper Project Leadership

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

Many things influence project management today. Here are six ways to give proper leadership as you are setting up a project team.

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Project Management As it Ought to Be

~ Brian Krichbaum

Project management can't be accomplished by following a formula or using the right system. The systems and the software only make the job easier; they aren't the elements of success.

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7 Habits of Brilliant Project Managers

~ Duncan Brodie

Project management is a complex and demanding role. Starting to work on these seven habits can take you to the next level.

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Getting Your Project In Sight

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

Have you ever had a project that took longer than was expected, cost more, or ended up totally different than the original plan? You're not alone.

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Minimise Your Project Management Documentation

~ David Carr

Project management is a necessary service to be provided for all but the smallest project. What is the service that is being provided though? Is it a customer services role or an exercise in paper production?

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Five Goals of Every Project

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

Project goals keep the focus on what is most important. However, on some teams these primary goals are lost in their meeting's activities.

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Project Management Training

~ Jakob Jelling

Project management is a very specialised and often complex task and requires more training than the average programmer or executive might expect.

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Project Leader or Project Manager, Which One Are You?

~ Jacqueline Geddes

Management is distinctly different from leadership - project leader or project manager, which one are you?

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6 Key Tips For Running Effective Project Meetings

~ Duncan Brodie

Project meetings are one of the most common ways of measuring progress and addressing issues, so how can you ensure your project meetings are effective?

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How to Plan and Schedule More Complex Projects

~ Liz Cassidy

Gantt charts are useful tools for analysing, planning and controlling projects. When a complex or multi-task project is under way, Gantt charts assist in monitoring whether the project is on schedule.

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The Top Five Software Project Risks

~ Mike Griffiths

A look at the top five software project risks identified in 'Waltzing with Bears' and how they have solutions rooted in Agile methods.

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People, Process, and Predicting Project Success

~ Johanna Rothman

By predicting project success, great people can overcome bad process to deliver a good product.

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Avoiding the "Dark Twisty Turn-filled Tunnel Syndrome"

~ Bob McGannon

Diligent planning, mindful scope management and an eye toward the big picture, in addition to good change management procedures can keep your customers happy.

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Virtual Teaming Soft Skills Relevant to all Projects

~ Brian Irwin

Virtual teams are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception, we will all be required to use these skills at some point in our project leadership careers.

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Improve Project Success with Better Scope Management

~ Avneet Mathur

Project scope management is defined as the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully.

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5 Tips for Successful Projects

~ Matthew Sheaff

Best practice project management reminds us that if we successfully initiate, plan, execute and close out our projects our metrics will illustrate greater results.

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Ten New Rules for Project Managers

~ Hal Macomber

These ten ideas will help improve your projects. Are these ten rules the top ten? You decide.

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Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model

~ Andy Murray

The Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3) is a reference guide for structured best practice.

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Managing Virtual Project Teams

~ Tim Bryce

Our electronic communications may be very slick, but if neither party knows what the other is talking about, you are going nowhere fast.

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Pareto Analysis Step by Step

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Project Management Confidence

~ Kay Wais

Obsessing over our personal and organisational shortcomings traps us, when what we really need is project management confidence.

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Do You Want to Discover the Truth About Your Projects?

~ Vernon Riley

Before carrying out a project review it is important to decide what the overall purpose is and who should gain what from the output.

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Empowered Outsourcing

~ Ann Drinkwater

With a carefully selected vendor and realistic expectations, outsourcing can result in a tremendous increase in efficiency and effectiveness.

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Project Management Process Groups Explained

~ Duncan Haughey

Project management processes consist of five process groups and a control system used to apply knowledge and skills to a project. This article provides a breakdown of what's involved.

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Project Methodologies: Not a Silver Bullet

~ Vernon Riley

Project managers should be wary of assuming that the adoption of a particular methodology will be a miracle cure for all projects.

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Developing a High Performance Project Team

~ Dick Grimes

Everyone wants to be part of a high performance work team, but how would a project manager actually develop one?

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Chartering Projects

~ Todd Fuller

A good charter could be the single most important thing ever done on your project. Here's how to get one.

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Communication: The Lifeblood of a Project

~ Ann Drinkwater

As blood flows, it pumps oxygen through the body to sustain life. Likewise, communication is the lifeblood of projects and organisations.

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How to Implement Earned Value

~ Kay Wais

Earned value is one of the most sophisticated and accurate methods for measuring and controlling project schedules and budgets.

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The Difference Between Typical Project Management and Six Sigma Project Management

~ Peter Peterka

Six Sigma is not just another project management initiative or process improvement programme, it is a robust continuous improvement strategy and process.

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Demand a Strong Project Plan

~ Michael Strange

What to look for to advance your consulting projects from contract to execution.

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Project Management: Tips For Helping You Adopt A Process

~ Randy McGowan

Follow these steps in any process you adopt or any project you manage and you should find it really will improve your chances at success.

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Project Management Excellence

~ Harry Mingail

Project management excellence goes beyond producing project charters, detailed schedules and colourful status reports.

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Developing the Project Plan

~ Talibah Adenouga

It is completely possible to run a project without a project plan or timeline; it's just not very smart.

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Project Management: Risk Management

~ C J Williams

Risk management is the art of assessing and managing risk, while working on projects in the workplace.

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How to Choose Project Management Training Courses for IT Professionals

~ Natalie Aranda

How to choose project management training courses for IT professionals when a simple computer course is not going to be enough.

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Reducing Risk and Increasing the Probability of Project Success

~ Cliff Murphy

IT systems are at the heart of modern business and the development of new software applications and maintenance of existing systems are critical to productivity and profitability.

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Project Management Courses For Project Team Members

~ C J Williams

For project team members there are many ways in which they can learn about how projects operate and how they can contribute as team members.

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The History of PRINCE2

~ Duncan Haughey

PROMPTII, PRINCE and PRINCE2, were all introduced to provide a better set of tools to deliver projects on time, within budget and with the right quality.

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Project Management: Lessons From The Perfect Science - Hindsight

~ Jed Simms

One of the greatest challenges in a major systems implementation is to get senior management to focus on it.

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Rescuing Projects in Crisis - Project Turnaround Pointers

~ Manjeet Singh

Rescuing a project is sometimes like starting a new one, you have to assess the extent of the damage and review all aspects of the project.

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Project Management System Evaluation Checklist

~ Tim Bryce

Project management system evaluation checklist for evaluating a project management package it its pristine form.

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Introduction to Outsourcing for the Project Management Professional

~ John Reynolds

Find out how outsourcing can effect your project management success. Learn when outsourcing is a necessity and when it should be avoided.

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Why Does Project Management Fail?

~ Tim Bryce

It must be remembered that project management is first and foremost a philosophy of management, not an elaborate set of tools and techniques, nor is it an administrative function.

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Project Planning: The First Line of Defence for Preventing Failed Projects

~ Matthew Sheaff

How can project managers efficiently execute a project plan while at the same time meeting the deadlines and expectations of senior management?

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Introduction to Project Management

~ Dr. Angela Lewis

While most people are not formally skilled in project methodology, taking a role in a project team can be an excellent learning opportunity.

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Just for a Laugh: The Lighter Side of Project Management

~ Duncan Haughey

The top 10 signs you are a project manager; top 10 things a project manager should never say to a customer and top 10 things you'll never hear from a project manager.

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Tips on Offshore Software Project Management

~ Rod Morris

Follow these simple tips and give your offshore software project the best chance of success.

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What is PRINCE2?

~ Duncan Haughey

PRINCE2 is one of the most widely used project management methodologies available. If you're looking to run successful projects, then PRINCE2 is an excellent choice.

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Project Management an Undervalued Skill

~ Kevin Dwyer

Skills of a good project manager, if practised, will improve an individual's capability in almost all disciplines and are every bit as valuable as those of a good CEO.

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The Evolution of Project Management

~ Sandro Azzopardi

Project Management is an important topic because all organisations, be they large or small, at one time or other are involved in implementing new undertakings.

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Managing IT Projects: Theory or Practice?

~ Barry De Boer

What is the best approach for successfully managing IT projects, knowing the theory or applying your experience?

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Eight Easy Steps to Managing Your Website Development

~ Simon Buehring

Managing your website development need not cause you sleepless nights, providing you learn the secrets of successful project management.

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Be a Smart Project Manager

~ Barry De Boer

The key to being a smart project manager is to remember how you are going to manage your project, to know what to do if it does not work and to win and keep the support of all of the project stakeholders.

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Using a PMO to Achieve Results in Your Agency

~ Matthew Sheaff

Project Management Offices are an untapped tool that government agencies need, to improve quality and produce better and more efficient results.

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How to Recruit an IT Project Manager

~ Duncan Haughey

A step-by-step guide to recruiting an IT Project Manager with 70 example interview questions.

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Manage Your Project On Time Every Time

~ Simon Buehring

An introduction to some of the most important best practices which will enable you to plan and manage your projects on time and within budget.

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Change Management in Practice: Why Does Change Fail?

~ Jonathan Palmer

Resistance is a key element in why change fails, yet resistance can be principled and creative as well as from vested interest.

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Six Rules for Great IT Project Success

~ John Avellanet

Now called the 80/20 Rule or the Pareto Principle, its application in the IT world is essential to project success.

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IT Project Governance and PRINCE2 Project Management

~ Alan Calder

PRINCE2 project management has emerged as the world's leading methodology for ensuring that IT projects stay on track and deliver real value.

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Project Planning a Step by Step Guide

~ Duncan Haughey

This project planning article provides a step-by-step approach to creating a simple project plan at the beginning of a project.

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Managing Small Projects

~ Simon Buehring

Project management best practices can easily be applied on small projects to enable you to plan and manage your project successfully.

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Project Management Success with the Top 7 Best Practices

~ Simon Buehring

This article summarises seven key project management best practices to help you achieve project success.

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It's All in the Technique

~ Cheryl L. Strait

This article introduces project management methodology and what it offers records and information management professionals.

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Why Software Projects Fail and How to Make Them Succeed

~ Duncan Haughey

Failure has become the IT industry norm, so it's time to start addressing some of the key reasons software projects fail.

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Planning a Project Using a Work Breakdown Structure & Logic Network

~ Duncan Haughey

How to create a well thought out, detailed project plan using a Work Breakdown Structure and Logic Network while building a committed high performing team.

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How to Choose the Best Course to Improve Your Leadership Skills

~ Jacky Sherman

How can you make sure you invest your training money, time and effort wisely and get the long term results you want?

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Stealth Team Building

~ Robert McGannon

The effective project manager takes advantage of every opportunity the team gets together to develop team synergy.

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The Importance of Project Management

~ Dr Malcolm Wheatley

Project management as a management discipline underpins much economic activity. In industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, software and aerospace, projects drive business.

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Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good and Great Project Managers

~ Robert McGannon

Intelligent disobedience requires taking risks. Take a risk and consider executing intelligent disobedience as you approach difficult project situations.

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Managing IT Projects Offshore

~ Duncan Haughey

Six key areas to consider and where most of the issues lie when offshore outsourcing projects to countries such as India, China and Russia.

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The Four Levels of Project Success

~ Duncan Haughey

How to improve the maturity of your project management function using an evolutionary path from disorganised processes to a mature, disciplined approach.

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Avoiding the Duplicate Application Trap

~ Duncan Haughey

Experience and research suggest spending on unnecessary duplication consumes a large proportion of IT budgets. So, how can we avoid this waste?

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Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager

~ Timothy R. Barry

What qualities are most important for a project leader to be effective? Over the past few years, the people at ESI International have looked in to what makes an effective project leader.

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Reaping the Benefits of Good User Requirements

~ Duncan Haughey

A critical part of any software development project is the requirements gathering. If you are unclear about what you are delivering, how will you know when you have achieved it?

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Avoid Failed Projects

~ Duncan Haughey

The biggest problems that projects face are inadequate definition, scope and planning. How many projects have you been involved in that ran perfectly?

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Don't Try This at Home: Seven Rules to Guarantee Project Failure

~ Geoff Choo

Looking for a new way to get really famous, or infamous, at the office? Try these seven money-back guaranteed ways to really mess up your next project.

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Helping Project Teams Succeed

~ Duncan Haughey

Project teams will be successful when the right environmental conditions exist; sadly this is not always the case.

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Successful Projects: It's Not Rocket Science

~ Duncan Haughey

Avoiding the common pitfalls of IT project management is not rocket science; it is simply a case of taking some sensible measures.

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Better Behaviour For More Effective IT Development Projects

~ Duncan Haughey

How well-equipped do you feel to carry out an IT development project? Do you get the best from your team and engage your stakeholders to reach a satisfactory conclusion?

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PRINCE2 Goes from Strength to Strength

~ Duncan Haughey

Since being re-launched in 1996, PRINCE2 has gone from strength to strength becoming the UK de-facto standard for project management.

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Tips and Reminders for Project Managers

~ Duncan Haughey

Here are my essential tips and reminders for those new to project management or for those hoping to enter the profession.

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What is Project Portfolio Management?

~ Duncan Haughey

Project portfolio management organises a series of projects into a single portfolio of reports that capture project objectives and other critical factors.

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What is Benefits Realisation?

~ Duncan Haughey

It is a central tenet of the Benefits Realisation Approach that benefits come only with change and, equally, change must be sustained by benefits.

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What is Earned Value?

~ Duncan Haughey

Earned Value is a technique where the project plan, actual work and work completed value is monitored to see if a project is on track.

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Introduction to Project Management

~ Duncan Haughey

Whether you're engaged in a project for the first time or a seasoned pro, here's a useful overview of all that project management encompasses.

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What is Stakeholder Management?

~ Duncan Haughey

Running a successful project requires a high degree of stakeholder management. So who are your stakeholders?

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Unified Modeling Language (UML)

~ Duncan Haughey

An essential element of any project is understanding the customer requirements, and this is where the Unified Modeling Language (UML) can help you.

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Project Risk Management

~ Duncan Haughey

Nobody likes to think about what may go wrong in a project, but to ignore risk management means that you increase the likelihood of an unnecessary failure.

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PMP Exam Day Tips

~ PMConnection

Tips for passing the PMP Exam that should help calm your nerves and ensure success.

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PMP Exam Application

~ Duncan Haughey

To be eligible for the PMP certification, you must meet certain levels of educational and professional experience requirements. This article looks at what you need.

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8 Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals

~ Merlyn Sanchez

Setting goals is easy, but achieving them isn't. Making your goals SMART is the first step in making them a reality.

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An Introduction to PRINCE2

~ Duncan Haughey

PRINCE2 is the UK de-facto standard for project management developed by the Government and used by both the public and private sectors.

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An Introduction to Microsoft Project

~ Duncan Haughey

Microsoft Project (MSP) is the world's most popular project management software.

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The Role of the Project Manager

~ Duncan Haughey

A project manager is a person who has the overall responsibility for the successful planning and execution of a project.

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Six Sigma Terminology

~ Rizalito Garcia

A comprehensive glossary of Six Sigma terms and acronyms used in managing Six Sigma projects.

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Estimating Project Costs

~ Duncan Haughey

Tips and advice for estimating project costs, including three point estimating and Monte Carlo Simulation in MS Excel.

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