Project Smart ~ Exploring trends and developments in project management today

Article Archive 2007-2009

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

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Agile Through the Waterfall

~ By Sonal Shah

Many organisations have adopted Agile practices into their development methodologies and they have proved to be successful for the organisation as a whole.

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The Corporate Advantages of a Project Management Process

~ By William Thom

This article explores the concept of the Project Management Process and why it is beneficial to have one in place in your organisation.

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The "Real" Project Plan

~ By Jorge Dominguez

A project plan is not a one time deliverable that remains static throughout the project. Updates arising from approved changes may impact parts of the plan.

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What is User Requirements Capture?

~ By Damian Rees

Find out how you can ensure your project meets the needs of your users, and balance internal business requirements with user requirements.

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Key Steps to Implement a Project Management Office

~ By Michael L Young

Launching a PMO is just like any other organisational change project and should be approached as such, using the 5 key steps outlined in this article.

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Building Relationships in Project Management

~ By Michael L Young

Building relationships is as important within the project team as it is outside. Good relationships can be the difference between success and failure.

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Project Management in these Economic Times

~ By Brad Egeland

What does the economic downturn mean for project managers? Will customers try and do without them on their projects?

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lean Six Sigma

~ By Chris Rees

Despite Lean Six Sigma being around for over twenty years, it is remarkable that a significant number of companies and individuals still don't know what it is.

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CMMI and Agile: Opposites Attract

~ By ExecutiveBrief

The myths surrounding the compatibility of CMMI and Agile have recently been debunked by SEI. Learn how these seemingly opposing strategies can be paired.

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Tips for Turning Lessons Learned into Best Practices

~ By Adele Sommers

By incrementally capturing lessons learned and turning that hindsight into best practices you will achieve far greater long-term project success.

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5 Reasons to Kill IT Projects

~ By Michael Krigsman

A survey of IT experts revealed 43% of their organisations had recently killed an IT project. Here are the top five reasons for terminating projects prior to completion.

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Project Plans: 10 Essential Elements

~ By Trevor Roberts

A project plan is more than just a Gantt chart, but do you know what you must have in your plan? This article takes you through the ten essential elements.

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The Needle in the Haystack: Tips for Choosing the Right Project Management Tool

~ By ExecutiveBrief

With a myriad of options to choose from, it's no wonder choosing a project management tool has become a daunting task. Learn how to find the right solution for your business here.

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The Successful Project Management Office

~ By Brad Egeland

The varieties of Project Management Office (PMO) models seem endless and there is no guarantee of success with any of them. So what makes a PMO successful?

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The Ideal Project Manager Specification

~ By Richard Morreale

The ideal project manager specification, including general requirements along with the attitudes and behaviours that we should look for in our project managers.

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The Seven Deadly Myths of Earned Value Methods in Project Management

~ By Keith Custer

Busted! Seven of the most common myths about Earned Value Management, which continues to be one of the best ways to manage almost any project.

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Avoiding Project Management Pitfalls

~ By Claudine Sirgant

Common pitfalls that projects experience and some tips to help make a project more successful and avoid the potential for chaos.

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Project Status Reports Everyone Can Understand

~ By Louis Marshall

Letting people know how a project is progressing is a key responsibility of any project manager, but how do you determine which pieces of information are useful?

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The Importance of Communication in Project Management

~ By Simon Buehring

Since I didn't hear otherwise, I ASSUMED all was going well. This remark is characteristic of Project Managers who are not in frequent communication with their staff.

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Building the High-Performance Global Workforce

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Companies that can work cheaper, faster and better are well positioned to develop and market products and services that give higher value to their customers.

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What Agile Methods Mean to Your Process, People and Products

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Studies show that most successful projects are those that follow Agile principles, proving that model driven methods are not always best when it comes to managing change.

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Project Managers: The Value of Understanding Technology

~ By Sonal Shah

What would happen if project managers took the time to truly understand how all of the technical pieces fit together on their IT projects?

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Break Your PMP Studies Into Small Pieces

~ By Cornelius Fichtner

Taking the PMP exam is one of the biggest steps you'll take in your career as a Project Manager. With careful planning you can pass with a minimum of stress.

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5 Ways to Finesse Budget Discussions for New Client Projects

~ By Adele Sommers, Ph.D

Do you have difficulty engaging in budget discussions for new projects? This article explores five ways to help you gracefully avoid backing yourself into a corner.

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Ten Tips for Running Successful Projects

~ By Leslie Allan

Successful projects don't just happen. They require structured planning, insightful management and good interpersonal skills. Use these ten tips to help make your next project a winner.

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Balancing Project Management Process With Project Delivery

~ By Juanita M Woods

How much project management process do you really need to deliver a project. Is it possible to be both a lazy and successful project manager?

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How to Do RACI Charting and Analysis: A Practical Guide

~ By Royston Morgan

RACI is a useful analytical tool that can be used to examine many problems in an organisation around clarifying who is doing what.

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Managers, Programmers, and Designers

~ By Louis Marshall

Depending on the structure of your organisation, the project manager is most likely the person who interacts with the broadest range of stakeholders.

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10 Steps to Finding a Project Manager

~ By Luca Di Nicola

Hiring a good project manager means you can sit back and relax knowing that the project tasks are being taken care of in a professional, productive and profitable manner.

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Make or Break: Why Accurate Cost Estimation Is Key

~ By ExecutiveBrief

The accuracy of your cost estimation process can make or break project success. Learn the strategies that will help you gain control of this key area and ensure future project profitability!

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Top Tips for Project Implementation

~ By Neil Davidson

In an increasingly fast paced world, clients want project implementation to be quicker and less intrusive. It's a tough thing to achieve because implementing a business solution is not a straightforward process.

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Project Portfolio Management: Managing the Project Pipeline

~ By Barry Muir

For most organisations the demand for new projects will occasionally outweigh the capacity to do them. So how do you decide when faced with too many projects, which stay and which go?

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Considerations Before Soliciting Input for Your Content Management Project

~ By Angela Baca

When you manage a new project to streamline an organisation's website or to develop a new website, you must gather input from many people inside the organisation.

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Discovering Future Performers in Your Team

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Browse up on your organisation's competency requirements and set more informed business directions concerning your people.

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So You Want to Be a Project Manager - Part 2: Getting the Skills You Need

~ By Diane Ellis

In this article, I look at how you can acquire, learn or improve six key skills, in order to become a more successful project manager.

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So You Want to Be a Project Manager

~ By Diane Ellis

Not sure what skills it takes to become a Project Manager? This article lists the six key skills required to be a successful project manager.

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A Tale of Two Projects

~ By Robert Howard

A business tale of what it takes to turn around troubled projects. How did PintCo recover their Customer Master File project when everything was going in the wrong direction.

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How Gantt Charts Can Help Avoid Disaster

~ By Linda Russell

A short case study about the importance of using appropriate tools, such as Gantt charts, when managing time sensitive projects.

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Writing an Unbeatable Business Case

~ By Simon Buehring

A project brief describes what needs to be done. The project plan explains how you are going to do it. The business case gives the reasons why.

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Which Life Cycle Is Best for Your Project?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

When choosing a development life cycle, don't just trust your feelings. Decide based on factors that really matter.

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Project Communications: How to Keep Your Team Engaged and Informed

~ By Dave Nielsen

Good communication is vital to the success of your project. This article explores the methods used by successful project managers to tailor their communications to suit their audiences.

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Build Versus Buy: Making the Right Decision

~ By Sanjay Murthi

Many project teams have faced the time when they need to make a major decision. Should one custom build a solution, or buy an off-the-shelf product and customise it?

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Motivating Your Outsourced Offshore Team

~ By ExecutiveBrief

How do you sustain the interest of your new outsource team? Here are ways to keep the team passionate about providing you with top-quality service.

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Factors that Influence Project Management in Package Implementation Projects and Bespoke Projects

~ By Ramkumar Krishnamurthy

What are the differences that affect project management between a product or package implementation project and a bespoke or custom development project?

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How Pie Charts, Mr. Spock and the Big Picture Can Optimise Your Projects

~ By ExecutiveBrief

What's the best way to allocate resources across projects? How can you ensure you stay on budget and meet established deadlines? Read up on the latest tools designed to make your job easier!

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Making a Project Plan to Pass the PMP Exam

~ By John Reiling

This article discusses some keys for building an effective project plan to pass the PMP exam. Writing down the goal, which presumably is to pass the PMP exam, is a great first step.

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The Beginning of the End: Defining Project Closure

~ By ExecutiveBrief

How do you know when your part of the development race is over? Learn how to establish a clear finish line for your project!

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Dialogue

~ By Tammy Lenski

Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people have become classic pieces of leadership and management wisdom. The habits are applicable to having successful conflict conversations.

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Effective Project Communications

~ By Gina Lijoi

Communication is something to think about every day. Are your messages clear? Have you provided enough context? Are your expectations for any outcome apparent?

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Exploiting Feedback to Improve Bottom-Line Performance

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Feedback is a management tool that should be considered in every aspect of any business, regardless of industry, employees or customer base.

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Use Your Whole Brain: Leveraging Right-Brained Thinking in a Left-Brained World

~ By Debra Jennings

For organisations, flexing the right side of the brain can dramatically improve decision making, team building, innovation and organisational performance.

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SMART Goals Reduce Ambiguity and Increase Commitment

~ By Andrew Cox

SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time framed. The establishment of goals based on these criteria reduces ambiguity and creates a climate for commitment.

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Project Management of a Global Team

~ By Andrew Cheah

Becoming adept at using cyberspace as the primary location of your project team's interaction can literally create a team of highly specialised talent that can be located anywhere in the world.

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Is Software Development Risk Costing You Money?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Poor software project management often means missed deadlines, cost overruns or even outright failure of the project. How can your company avoid this industry-wide problem?

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Useful Techniques to Fine-Tune Your Project Schedule

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Do you have staff sitting idly in the midst of other busy ones? This situation tells you that your project schedule might need fine-tuning.

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Project Management Training for the PMP: Satisfying the 35 Hours Requirement

~ By John Reiling

There are many ways to satisfy the PMI requirement of 35 hours of project management training. Here is a survey of the ways PMP aspirants can satisfy that requirement.

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Execute…Or Be Executed: Avoiding the Project Management Guillotine

~ By Lonnie Pacelli

Any project manager who's been around the block a few times has experienced a visit to the project management guillotine. Avoid a trip by keeping these simple tips in mind.

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PMP and ITIL: Framework Methodologies with Valuable Synergy

~ By Paul Rice

ITIL and PMP can have a strongly positive impact on how IT departments support the business, organisationally speaking and otherwise.

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CMMI: Does Your Supplier Make the Grade?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Looking for a sure-fire way to find a highly-qualified outsourcing partner? Learn how CMMI ratings can help you pinpoint the best candidate for the job!

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Ranking Risks: Rare to Certain, Negligible to Catastrophic

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Risks your project or business is exposed to may be worth reviewing now more than ever to see which ones need more attention than others.

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3 Main Benefits of Project Baselining

~ By Linda Russell

When you have finished planning your project, and you have all the scheduled dates, hours and costs agreed, why is it a good idea to store these values?

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Get in the Driver's Seat with Microsoft Project

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Transform disorganised projects into effectively managed and understood programmes using the gold standard in project management software.

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The Phased Approach to Project Management Implementation

~ By Thomas P. Stevens

If you are thinking about using a project management consulting company to assist your organisation with implementing a Project Management Office (PMO), there are a couple of important factors that you should consider when choosing the right firm.

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12 Competencies: Which Ones Should Your People Have?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Employees who have the right attitude that translates to the best behaviour are said to be the more competent. Find out why.

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Gantt Charts, PERT Charts: What Use Are They?

~ By Linda Russell

Gantt charts and PERT charts are useful tools for visualising and communicating information about projects, but they do have a number of limitations.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Leadership

~ By Lonnie Pacelli

The seven deadly sins of leadership, a sure fire ways to alienate and demotivate your team on your project journey.

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10 Rules of Highly Successful Project Management

~ By Lisa Ahn

A successful project manager is one who can envision the entire project from start to finish, and has the prowess to realise this vision. These ten rules will help improve your projects.

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Dealing with "Scope Creep" in Software Development Projects

~ By Linda Russell

Scope creep is a significant risk in software development projects. We discuss why this is so, and how to avoid or at least mitigate the risk.

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Is Offshore Outsourcing Working for You?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Is your company looking, or already into outsourcing? Here are five indicators that your company is on its way to outsourcing success.

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9 Steps to a Hassle Free and Effective Software Development Project

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Following these nine steps may be the ultimate secret weapon to winning business and successfully delivering new easy-to-use software that meets and exceeds expectations.

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How Fit is Your Programme?

~ By Rod Sowden

Across the UK there are hundreds of programmes being run, but how well are they being run and how does the sponsor know that his/her programme is in a healthy shape?

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Strategies for Managing Change: The Project Manager

~ By Tom O'Dea

Change management strategies that fail often do so because of poor project management. Don't let that happen to you.

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10 Golden Rules of Project Risk Management

~ By Bart Jutte

The benefits of risk management in projects are huge. You can gain a lot of money if you deal with uncertain project events in a proactive manner.

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Distinguishing Portfolio Management, Programme Management and Project Management

~ By John Reiling

This article is intended to clarify the main differences and to distinguish the unique aspects of project portfolios, programmes, and projects.

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In Defence of the Project Management "Perfect World"

~ By Carl Pritchard

One of the most common challenge questions I get when teaching PMP Exam Preparation courses is, 'why doesn't PMI make the test more real-world?'

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Leadership for Programme and Project Managers

~ By Melanie Franklin

When starting up projects, it's important for leaders to establish their presence and their credibility. To do this, it's vital to create the impression that we are competent to lead others.

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Reduce Project Risk in the Requirements Process

~ By John Reiling

Gathering and managing requirements are important challenges in project management. Projects succeed or fail due to poor requirements at any time throughout the project lifecycle.

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Use SMART Objectives to Focus Goals, Plans and Performance

~ By Susan Berry & Randy Thomas, Ph.D.

What's so smart about SMART? Why has this acronym become part of the vocabulary of project planning and performance management?

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PMI's PDU Secrets

~ By Cornelius Fichtner

Tips for gaining all the PDUs you need for PMP recertification in just a few months.

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Getting Work Done: The Human Side of Project Management

~ By Dhanu Kothari

Project management is defined as the art and science of getting work done with the active co-operation of individuals and organisations who are directly, or indirectly involved with the project.

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The Problem with IT Project Management

~ By Ronald Schmelzer

At the highest level of simplicity, all businesses need to manage only four resources in order to maintain success: money, people, technology and supplies.

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Understanding Change in a Quality Culture

~ By John W. Wright III

In any improvement process, managing the influence of change and the anti-change culture will be one of the most difficult tasks.

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The Hardest Word in the Project Management Vocabulary

~ By Carl Pritchard

For project managers no is often the toughest word in the English language to deploy. We often prefer the classic PM strategy of Yes, but...as the softer, kinder, gentler alternative.

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Can We Combine Agile and Waterfall Development Strategies?

~ By Gina Lijoi

There are two well known production cycle methodologies that are the topic of much discussion in project management circles, Agile and Waterfall methodologies.

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The 3 Ps of PPProject Management

~ By Laurence West

This article is about presentation, planning and processing; the three cornerstones of project management and important elements of a successful project.

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NASA Project Management Challenge 2008

~ By NASA

NASA focuses on project management to deliver major aerospace projects. In this video NASA employees talk about the importance of project management at the space agency.

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The PM Paradox: Why Projects Fail Despite Best Practices and Skilled PMs

~ By Emory Miller

The practice of programme management worldwide has consistently resulted in highly successful programmes and results. Unfortunately, we are also aware of many failed programmes.

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Successful Projects Are Led Not Managed

~ By Great Project Management

Project managers must become leaders instead of managers by taking control and the responsibility to do what needs to be done to ensure their projects get delivered.

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Why Businesses Should Use MSP Programme Management

~ By Susan Woolon

MSP is a best-practice guide from the OGC and has been developed using the collective expertise and practical experience of some of the leading practitioners in the field.

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Why Project Managers Should Coach

~ By Darren Cockburn

Coaching is a highly effective management tool and yet, only a small number of project managers adopt a coaching style when supporting their staff.

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The Blending of Traditional and Agile Project Management

~ By Kathleen Hass

If in today's business environment traditional project management is somewhat ineffective, it's time to examine other methods of designing and delivering projects, such as Agile project management.

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Top 10 Qualities of an Excellent Manager

~ By Jan Gordon

What are the most important qualities of an excellent manager that allows them to tap into talents and resources in order to support and bring out the best in others.

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Building the Project Firing Squad

~ By Patrick Gray

The bread and butter of most IT organisations is the successful execution of projects; however, choosing the right projects to deliver remains a challenge for many companies.

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How to Deliver Project Status

~ By Rob Redmond

This article recommendations how to deliver project status to management and the project team that you will hopefully find to be very effective.

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How to Report Status on a Project

~ By Rob Redmond

Very few people know how to report status on a project, even when they are expert project managers. The problem? Most don't understand the perspective of a manager who is being reported to.

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Why PMOs Fail?

~ By Allen Eskelin

Most organisations of size have a Project Management Office (PMO). Where should they focus their efforts for the best project results?

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Why Outsourcing Fails, Even with Good Project Management

~ By Steve Mezak

The main reason for failure of outsourced software development is not bad project management, it's not having a clear definition of success.

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21 Project Management Success Tips

~ By Karl Wiegers, Ph.D

These 21 project management tips won't guarantee success, but they will help you get a solid handle on your project and ensure that you're doing all you can to make it succeed in an unpredictable world.

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A Procedural Worksheet on PRINCE2 Project Management

~ By Shaun Watling

Successful application of PRINCE2 methodology imparts a structured approach to any project that will help ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

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Project Management Starts with a Capital "C"

~ By Jayne Gnadt

In project management today, it has become increasingly important to focus on more effective means of communication, especially since many of us work with virtual teams around the globe.

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Keys to Rescuing Ailing Projects

~ By Sharon Anderson & Adele Sommers, Ph.D.

Four vital success measures help reveal why a troubled project has gone off track and how to reframe its success.

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The Simplified Project Management Process

~ By Kevin Archbold

A five-minute step by step explanation of what project management involves for people who are unfamiliar with the approach.

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Six Time Management Tips for Project Managers

~ By Duncan Haughey

Time management is an essential skill for project managers. The best project managers ensure they are productive for most of their time and avoid time-wasters.

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Project Management Models, Certifications and the Pyramids

~ By Joseph Phillips

Project management is project management. Does it matter what approach you take to complete your projects, as long as you complete your projects.

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Why and How to Add More Value to Six Sigma Project Charters

~ By Tony Jacowski

Six Sigma project charters are basically blueprints of the targeted Six Sigma quality improvement initiative and through them, management communicate the exact Six Sigma implementation roadmap.

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The Top Five Project Management Traits to Master "the How"

~ By Joli Mosier

It's the approach, or the how, that separates great projects from the merely good, and lets great project managers rise above the rest.

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Project Scheduling And Resource Levelling

~ By Jorge Dominguez

This article describes the must do steps, in the correct order, for scheduling projects and levelling finite resources.

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Let's Make Those Project Meetings More Effective

~ By Ron Rosenhead

Meetings are important, but are they always productive? Help make sure your meetings are productive with these nine golden rules for effective meetings.

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Critical Path Mapping

~ By Steven Bonacorsi

The activity network diagram is a method of displaying the timelines of all the various sub-tasks that are involved in any project. So how do you create one?

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What is the Secret to Project Management?

~ By Peter Marci

What do you feel is the secret to project management, in other words, what separates good project managers from great project managers?

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Resourcing Project Managers

~ By Gina Lijoi

Ironically, although resourcing production team members is a significant part of a Project Manager's role, very little focus is placed on resourcing the Project Managers themselves.

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Get Maximum Benefits of Merging Top-down and Bottom-up Project Management

~ By Andrew Filev

Nowadays, the bottom-up approach to project management is becoming more and more popular. More and more, organisations are abandoning the top-down project management style.

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Having a Robust Governance Process

~ By Ron Rosenhead

Project management needs robust monitoring and control processes. We should actively monitor and control our projects from business case through to closure.

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SMART Goals and Business Coaching

~ By Kris Koonar

A business coach can help you develop and achieve your SMART goals. Take the next step and contact a qualified business coach, in fact, make that a goal.

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Project Management: Stakeholder Risk Management

~ By Tris Brown

What's the secret to risk management? Do it. Proactive, systematic risk management means finding the problems before they find you.

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PRINCE2 and the Project Management Board

~ By Heidi Blackburn

The PRINCE2 project management method focuses on organisation, management and control, and teaches users how to form a Project Management Board.

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Senior Managers Need to Play Their Project Role(s) More Effectively

~ By Ron Rosenhead

All projects need a sponsor, someone who gives executive support to the project manager. However, a survey of 1000 project managers into roles and responsibilities makes poor reading.

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Technology Vendor Contracting: Breaking the Mould

~ By Timothy Nuckles

Better technology vendor negotiations produce better contracts for technology projects, and better contracts produce better project outcomes.

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Successful Innovation: How to Manage Product Misses to Maximise Hits

~ By Carl Cullotta

A world-class innovation process requires disciplined management by using the stage-gate process. Development projects are managed through a series of stages.

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The Secrets to Earned Value Management Success

~ By Ruth Mullany

Earned Value (EV) is a management tool for tracking and communicating a project's status. Earned Value Management (EVM) will let you know the actual state of the project.

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If The Lord of the Rings Was a Project

~ By Diane Ellis

Let's assume for a moment that the great quest in The Lord of the Rings was a project. Then just who was the project manager?

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How to Avoid Project Failure Through Project Planning and Effective Project Recovery

~ By Bruce Beer

Project failure is preventable with good project planning based on a well-constructed deliverables-based Work Breakdown Structure and proper controls.

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The Purpose of Project Management and Setting Objectives

~ By Brian Miller

Effective objectives in project management are specific. A specific objective increases the chances of leading to a specific and successful outcome.

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Collective Intelligence Builds New Approach to Project Management

~ By Andrew Filev

A new generation of Web-based tools is unleashing the power of collective intelligence and changing the pattern of project management. It allows associates to collaborate on project plans.

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The Project Management Problem

~ By David Allen

No two projects need the same amount of planning or detailing of steps to get them under control. It ranges from three bullet points on the back of an envelope to days of intensive planning.

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Why Is Six Sigma So Effective?

~ By Tony Jacowski

The scientific tools and techniques contribute a lot towards the success of Six Sigma improvement projects, but they cannot be taken as the sole factors responsible for Six Sigma's effectiveness.

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Project Management: Time Estimates and Planning

~ By Liz Cassidy

Accurate time estimation is a skill essential for good project management. This article covers the basics to think of when planning projects.

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Are Project Management Practices Generic?

~ By Kailash Awati

Are project management practices generic? A recent paper entitled Project Management Practice, Generic or Contextual: A Reality Check, addresses this question.

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Avoid the Same Old Mistakes by Focussing on Lessons Learned

~ By Duncan Haughey

If we don't take time to learn the lessons of past projects, and moreover act upon them, we will continue to commit the same project management sins again and again.

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Project Leader, Manager, or Monitor?

~ By Kendall Miller

This article looks and the differences between project leaders, project managers and project monitors. What type of project manager do you need to have for the best outcome on a software development project?

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How to Get Out of Project Overwhelm

~ By Adele Sommers

This article explains how to get out of project overwhelm and restore sanity to your endeavour. It may be time to regroup and swiftly chart a new course.

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Ten Sure Fire Ways to Fail as a Manager

~ By Terry Paulson

In an effort to be less than constructive as a manager, here are ten sure fire ways to alienate and demotivate your team on your change journey.

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Minimising Risk in Outsourced Projects

~ By Mansi Aggarwal

Outsourcing is the process of contracting a third party to do work on the behalf of a client that has neither the skills or resources to perform in-house.

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The Next Generation Project Manager

~ By Dennis Sommer

Are you tired being an average project manager, working on average projects, being passed over for promotion and getting an average performance review?

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Real World Project Management: Communications

~ By Joseph Phillips

Communication is more than just talking. Communication is also listening. When it comes to project management, communication takes up 90% of a project manager's time.

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Project Management: Why Projects Fail

~ By Zern Liew

Have you ever wondered why some projects go smoothly and others seem plagued with problems? Here are five reasons why projects fail.

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Optimising Six Sigma Project Selections

~ By Tony Jacowski

To bring about a successful process, your Six Sigma project should be disciplined and defined. Here are three steps that can be incorporated for a profitable process.

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When Do I Turn on Project Management?

~ By Pierre Monacelli

The problem with project management and IT is that all too often, project management is an afterthought on a project.

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3 Decision-Making Techniques to Suit Any Purpose, Project, or Need

~ By Adele Sommers

Is there a secret to making stellar decisions? This article explains three ways to get superior results from your decision-making processes.

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Project Cost Management

~ By Joseph Phillips

How do we know what a project will cost? We really don't until the project is complete because we can't accurately predict the future. What we can do is create an estimate.

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Managing An SEO Project

~ By Joseph Phillips

How to manage a search engine optimisation (SEO) project in order to increase revenue through one of your most prevalent channels, your website.

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The Elements of a Good Feasibility Study

~ By Tim Bryce

This article discusses the fundamental components of a Feasibility Study from project scope to final review.

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Project Management Basics

~ By Michele Webb

Understanding how projects should be managed or by the book methodology is a good reference guide and tool for everyone.

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Risk Management Options

~ By Paul Bower

Risk management is an ongoing process to identify potential problems that could arise when new projects occur within a business.

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The Importance of Working Together With Your Team

~ By Jonathan Farrington

The principle of working together with your team should underpin how you operate. Managing people doesn't just mean acting as overseer to see that they get their work done satisfactorily.

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Project Management: What Type of Organisation is Best?

~ By John Reynolds

An analysis of the pros and cons of a team (projectised) organisation verses a matrix organisation.

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17 "Must Ask" Questions for Planning Successful Projects

~ By Adele Sommers

Why do some projects proceed without a hitch, yet others flounder? One reason may be the type and quality of the questions people ask at the very start.

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Managing Change Successfully: Six Layers of Resistance

~ By Samuel Okoro

Why is there resistance to change? Are people just naturally perverse, or are there concerns which if understood and correctly dealt with will create the buy-in required.

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10 Ways to Inspire Your Team

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

As a project manager you are in a prime position to inspire your team. Here are ten ways to get you started.

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Setting Measurable Project Objectives

~ By Dr. Keith Mathis

When forming project objectives DISCO can be spelled out to point us in the proper direction for creating meaningful objectives and tracking their progress.

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The Einstein Factor in Leading Science Based Projects

~ By Victoria Tucker

When asked if the people, practices and techniques required to lead science research projects are different from those in the general population, the answer is not just yes, but a resounding duh!

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How Often Should You Review the Project Portfolio?

~ By Johanna Rothman

You've got a ton of projects. You can't do them all at once because you don't have the people. One tactic is to organise the projects into a portfolio and rank them by priority.

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Estimating by Percentages

~ By Tim Bryce

You've got a ton of projects. You can't do them all at once because you don't have the people. One tactic is to organise the projects into a portfolio and rank them by priority.

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Let Project Management Boost the Bottom-Line

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

The top five ways that you as a project manager can help to boost that bottom-line and become a valuable player in financial discussion.

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Managing The Project Time

~ By Joseph Phillips

Project managers should know the iron triangle of project management, sometimes called the triple constraints of project management, because all projects are constrained by these elements.

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Most IT Projects Fail. Will Yours?

~ By Kelly Waters

Studies on project failure make depressing reading. They suggest that 75% of all US IT projects are considered to be failures by those responsible for initiating them.

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Quality Projects Take Time and Money

~ By Joseph Phillips

In project management, as with most things in life, quality is planned in, not inspected in. Quality, and the expectations for acceptance, must be defined up front.

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Developing a New Project Scorecard

~ By Sam Miller

How to develop a project scorecard to measure the success of your projects in terms of implementing organisational strategy.

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The Evolution of Project Management - Part 2

~ By Sandro Azzopardi

As a discipline modern project management developed from different fields of application including construction, engineering and defence.

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How Project Management Developed

~ By Carol Meyer

It is possible to say that the concept of project management has been around since the beginning of history. It has enabled leaders to plan bold and massive projects.

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Pareto Charts

~ By Steven Bonacorsi

Pareto charts can be used to identify problems to work on. They can help you produce greater efficiency, conserve materials, reduce costs or increase safety.

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Obstacles to Project Communication

~ By Kailash Awati

Communication is so important to project success that it has been referred to as the lifeblood of a project by more than one practitioner.

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Managing Project Management

~ By Joseph Phillips

Everyone talks about project management but what is it? Isn't it really just a series of events to create some thing, by some point, way off in some hazy future?

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Three Big Benefits Of Construction Project Management Software

~ By Sheldon Needle

How can your company benefit from investing in construction project management software? We review the three main benefits.

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Cause and Effect Diagrams

~ By Steven Bonacorsi

Quality problems are typically not simple to solve. A cause-and-effect diagram will help you define and display the major causes, sub-causes and root causes.

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How to Become a Project Manager

~ By David Litten

If you're new to project management don't be bamboozled by all the jargon. This article sets out the skills needed to become a competent project manager.

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Project Requirement Needs For Success: Important Considerations

~ By Samantha Lorry

A company with poor requirements practices is just asking for over-budget costs and regular failure, according to a report by IAG Consulting.

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Project Management: The 3 Major Project Types

~ By John Reynolds

A discussion of the three main types of projects, their inherent difficulties and the best approach for tackling each type.

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Project Management Institute's PMP Qualification

~ By Michélle Booysen

The process of becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP) involves a number of steps and eligibility criteria in one of two categories.

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Earned Value Management Explained

~ Umesh Dwivedi

Earned Value Management is a systematic project management process used to find variances in projects based on comparison of worked performed and work planned.

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Top Seven Questions for Starting Projects More Effectively

~ Kevin Eikenberry

Here are seven questions you should ask (and answer) when initiating a project, regardless of its size and complexity.

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Project Management Goes Live With Virtual Team Collaboration

~ Rachel Lane

Web collaboration technologies enable project management teams to meet virtually with full audio-visual interaction, irrespective of their locations.

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Must Project Managers Be Technically Savvy?

~ Luc Richard

To be an effective Project Manager, you must be capable of designing and developing the project solution or product yourself.

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6 Steps to Successful Schedules

~ Ron Holohan

Creating a comprehensive schedule is one of the more difficult activities that project managers face. Schedule creation is often considered more art than science.

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Lessons Learned: Why Don't we Learn From Them?

~ Derry Simmel, MBA, FLMI

Lessons learned are useful; time spent in doing the work better is time well spent. Getting it right the first time is cheaper and easier than doing it now and fixing it later.

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The IT Worker Shortage: Practical Considerations for Tech Buyers

~ Tim Nuckles

The shortage of skilled IT workers is not like global warming. We are certain the worker shortage is real and we are definitely feeling its effects now.

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