Project Smart ~ Exploring trends and developments in project management today

Article Archive 2010-2013

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

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Ensuring Accountability on Your Projects - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

How to serve the project and everyone working on it well, by ensuring everyone remains accountable for their responsibilities to us and to the project.

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Understanding the Perspective of Your Team

~ By Kenneth Darter

Ask five different people what is going on in a project and you'll get five different answers. Understanding where different players are coming from will help you create a cohesive team.

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What Your Project Customer Expects From You

~ By Brad Egeland

There are a few basic and specific expectations your project customer has of you; their project manager, as you embark on leading their project toward success.

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Extreme Project Management

~ By Brad Egeland

Three war room strategies to try when you need to bring life back to a dead project, or save an engagement that is on the brink of disaster.

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The Sudden Realisation: "My Project's Going Live"

~ By Duncan Haughey

What to do if your customer gets cold feet before project go-live and asks to make last-minute changes that increase the risk of problems when you launch.

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Resurrecting the Failed Project - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

What to do if your customer is gracious enough to give you a second chance on a project after experiencing a failure or complete work stoppage.

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Resurrecting the Failed Project - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

You don't get a lot of second chances in life and even less in the world of project management. This is how you resurrect a failed project.

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Don't Blame the People, Blame the Process

~ By Duncan Haughey

Are business processes holding your business back, delaying projects and preventing you from reaching your goals? Take these steps to improve your processes.

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3 Things Your Project Customer Wishes You Realised

~ By Brad Egeland

Three important facts that most project customers wish their project manager and his team realised from the outset of a project engagement.

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The 8-Step Guide to Creating a Quality Project Schedule

~ By Duncan Haughey

Successful projects start with a good, quality project schedule. After reading this article, you will have a sound approach to creating schedules.

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Managing Stakeholders: Going Beyond Conventional Wisdom

~ By Omar Muhammad and Abid Mustafa

Project surveys highlight the importance of stakeholder management as part of project success. These are some techniques you can employ when managing stakeholders.

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11 Things You Must Do to Prepare for the Project - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland's final six 'must-dos' to prepare for a project engagement. How to cultivate a solid relationship with the project sponsor and his team.

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11 Things You Must Do to Prepare for the Project - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland's 11 things you should do for every project engagement to prepare for a successful project experience, or put another way 'doing it right'.

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Project Rescue & the Heroic Project Manager

~ By Vladimir Cordier

Why do projects go wrong and how can good project management save the day? Projects usually and universally fail for three main reasons. So what can be done?

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Getting the Most Out of Your Project Resources

~ By Ian Collins

Although tempting, adding more people to a project in crisis is not necessarily going to help you get it back on track.

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Gold Plating Project Management: Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

The case for 'gold plating' as a good thing, with three more ways to show extra value in the PM role on the projects you manage.

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Gold Plating Project Management: Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Gold plating is a negative concept. It leads to undocumented work beyond the current scope of the project. So where can a project manager add extra value?

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Is Our Data Safe?

~ By Brad Egeland

Following the annual Black Hat USA Conference in Las Vegas, Brad Egeland looks at the issue of data security and why we aren't paying enough attention to it.

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Running in Chaos

~ By Hemini Mehta, PhD

Having ridiculous timelines not only leads to chaos, but also bad practice, more chance of errors and burnout of staff, so what can be done?

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Will You Take Over My Project? - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Now you've decided to offload that troublesome project, what must happen next to make the change a reality? Brad takes you through the steps.

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Will You Take Over My Project? - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Ever had one of those projects that doesn't gel well with the rest of your project workload? Not sure what to do? Brad suggests taking the following actions.

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From Outside the PM Lines - Why PM?

~ By Brad Egeland

If you are not currently a project manager, but you think project management might be for you, here's six questions to help you make up your mind.

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Planning for Success

~ By Kenneth Darter

When project schedules are created, the project team needs to make sure all the tasks, phases and milestones are accounted for so the project can be finished.

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My Budget is 10% Over, Now What?

~ By Brad Egeland

Suffering a budget overrun? Here's three key things you can do mid-stream on a project to help get the budget back in line with the original plan.

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Project Management: A Marathon Not a Sprint

~ By Duncan Haughey

Are there similarities between running a marathon and managing a project? You might be surprised how alike they are. Just remember, neither is easy.

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When is a Project Manager not a Project Manager

~ By Anthony Sherick

It seems that these days everyone claims to be a project manager. But are these 'true' project management roles? Let's find out what makes a project manager.

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Give Your Project Client the Real Picture

~ By Brad Egeland

Do you consider yourself to be a good reader of character? Are you good at reading situations and anticipating a likely outcome?

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Getting Out of The Rework Trap

~ By Kenneth Darter

At some point in a project, the project manager may find the team stuck in a rework trap. What can you do about it? Here's 4 steps to move the project forward.

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When the Project Gets Shelved

~ By Brad Egeland

A three-step approach to take if your project gets temporarily shelved, whether it's a two-week or two-month restart window.

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Crafting a Useful Charter

~ By Kenneth Darter

The project charter is the key document during the initial stages of a project. Here's how to make sure yours will be useful to the project team.

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If You Had a Do-over What Would It Be?

~ By Brad Egeland

If you could turn back time and do something different on one of your projects or handled a situation differently with a customer, what would it be?

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Get SET for Project Control

~ By Delwyn Ooi

How much control is enough on a project? Consider applying the three key controls for your next project - Stakeholders, Expectations and Team (SET).

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Top 10 Soft Skills for Project Managers - Part 3

~ By Brad Egeland

Part 3 of 3 looking at soft skills for project managers. Skills needed to be a successful PM and confident strategizer for your teams and projects.

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Top 10 Soft Skills for Project Managers - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Part 2 of a 3 part series looking at soft skills for project managers. Having all 10 soft skills I cover in this series will definitely help project success.

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Top 10 Soft Skills for Project Managers - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Part 1 of a 3 part series looking at soft skills for project managers. What are the top 10 soft skills PMs should have in order to succeed more than fail?

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Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

~ By Duncan Haughey

The Project Management Body of Knowledge is a collection of processes and knowledge areas accepted as best practice for the project management profession.

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Let's Order Pizza

~ By Brad Egeland

Let's talk about rewards and recognition. We all like it, but in what form? And how far should one go to do so? Formal rewards and recognition? Informal?

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Learning from Project Failures

~ By Kenneth Darter

Some of the most important lessons we learn come from failures. Kenneth Darter explains a simple four step process to make sure the same failures aren't repeated.

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Recognising Your Internal Expertise

~ By Duncan Haughey

Does your organisation know what it knows? When engaging consultants, don't neglect the wealth of knowledge and ideas from your experts.

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The Good Meeting Manager

~ By Brad Egeland

You can't guarantee people will look forward to your meetings, so how can you ensure meetings are productive and keep everyone's interest and participation.

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Conducting One-on-Ones With the Project Team

~ By Brad Egeland

When starting a project, there's more to it than just the formal kickoff. One-on-ones should be used to clarify priorities and to discuss schedules and plans.

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Communicating with Stakeholders

~ By Brad Egeland

Many individuals need access to status updates from our projects, but what level of detail should you provide to different stakeholder groups?

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The Case of the Non Complying Team Member

~ By Brad Egeland

How to handle a non complying team member swiftly without causing further project disruption. Decisive actions you can take to get the resource back under control.

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Are We There Yet?

~ By Brad Egeland

Three processes to help your project team see how their tasks fit into the whole project puzzle, and what it's going to take to reach a successful destination.

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How to Become an Accidental Project Manager

~ By Duncan Haughey

Many people have fallen into project management to fill a gap and found themselves a career. This article looks at how to increase your chances of becoming an 'accidental' project manager.

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But What is Best for the Customer?

~ By Brad Egeland

Ideally our project management methodology in a box process works perfectly for everyone. But clients come in all types and sizes and one size doesn't fit all.

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When In Rome…

~ By Brad Egeland

Making sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of technology, terminology, jargon, acronyms, and concepts is vitally important on a project.

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Project Management is Like a Box of Chocolates

~ By Brad Egeland

When we are faced with unknowns - as we are on nearly every project we manage - how do we deal with them? How do we effectively react and move forward?

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An Executive Perspective on Project Sponsorship

~ By Abid Mustafa

How executives can become good sponsors by providing the right environment for project teams to deliver successful projects and programmes.

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Ignore Your Project Team

~ By Brad Egeland

Lots of information flows on projects. Most is good, but we can receive bad information from time-to-time and we can't react based on everything we hear.

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What Do You Do With a Scurvy Pirate?

~ By Brad Egeland

How do we respond to the customer who says they know everything? The customer who says 'this is my problem, here's the solution, now manage this project?'

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Knowing When to Say 'Enough'

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland's story of a project with a seemingly never-ending string of software bugs and what he learned that can help PMs faced with a similar situation.

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10 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

~ By Michelle Symonds

Advancing your career in project management requires more than acquiring the right qualifications. Focus on 10 key areas to become a better project manager.

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How to Successfully Kick-off the Project Engagement

~ By Brad Egeland

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, or to successfully kick-off a project engagement. This list will help you get the project started off right.

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Knowing Your Limitations

~ By Brad Egeland

If you've reached the point where you're concerned about failure if you add more to your workload then you have to stop and take stock of where things stand.

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Selling it to the Stakeholders

~ By Kenneth Darter

What's the best way to sell information to your stakeholders? Here's three tactics to help you become a better salesperson and more effective communicator.

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10 More Quotes That Make You a Better Project Manager

~ By Duncan Haughey

These quotations are the compressed wisdom of many years experience. Keep them in mind and let them help you navigate your way to a successful project.

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How to Audit Your Construction Site

~ By Jenny Beswick

Seven of the most important areas to consider when auditing your construction site to ensure the health and safety of your workers and the public.

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Planning Lifecycle in PRINCE2

~ By Nader Khorrami Rad

Understanding the planning lifecycle in PRINCE2. There are three main parts of the PRINCE2 manual which define the planning lifecycle for the standard.

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How to Write a SMART Goal

~ By Project Smart

The acronym SMART tells us to write achievable and effective goals, but how do you write a SMART goal? This video looks at the dos and don'ts of writing SMART goals.

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Belbin and Successful Project Teams

~ By Dr. Dirk Jungnickel & Abid Mustafa

Creating successful project teams is a daunting task for project leaders. A good method for matching people to roles is the Belbin Team Inventory Method (BTIM).

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Shareholder Value at Risk is a Key Measure in Major Change Projects

~ By David Walton

Ask any programme sponsor what the biggest threats are to a major project and you'll get similar answers: a lack of leadership and not enough focus on business risk.

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Death by Interview

~ By Deborah Kerr and Curt Finch

Managers are constantly searching for the secret to hiring the right employees. This article attempt to demystify the hiring process and provide tips on making a successful hire.

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Starting Projects on the Right Foot

~ By Kenneth Darter

Preparation is a key part of project management. If a project is not started correctly, it will end up with problems such as rework and scope creep.

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How to Manage Your Boss: Five Tips for 'Managing Up'

~ By Duncan Haughey

To succeed in business and project management, you need to manage your boss. Here are five highly useful tips for managing up.

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Honing the Edge

~ By Kenneth Darter

How often do we spend time making sure our pencils are sharpened and our edges honed? Here are some ideas to help project managers keep their edges sharp.

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Planning Lifecycle in the PMBOK Guide

~ By Nader Khorrami Rad

Understanding the planning process group in the PMBOK. So, how does planning lifecycle happen according to the PMI?

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How to Avoid Project Burnout

~ By Kenneth Darter

Resources on projects can be susceptible to burning out before the project finishes. Here are a few ideas to prevent burnout in project teams.

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Top 10 Considerations When Integrating Social Media in Project Management

~ By Neil Stolovitsky

Ten questions to ask to help you evaluate your project management organisation's alignment with social media tools.

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The Role of Human Resources: Managing Your Projects

~ By Grady Winston

Understanding how to form a team of workers that can meld their talents to bring a large project to a close successfully requires experience, training and ingenuity.

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10 Essential Characteristics of an Effective Six Sigma Practitioner

~ By Sudeshna Banerjee

Looking to hire a Six Sigma practitioner? Here are the top ten characteristics you need to look out for, according to Sudeshna Banerjee.

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A Project Reality Check

~ By Kenneth Darter

Every project manager needs to ask a few important questions in the middle of a project that will give everyone a reality check on the project's status.

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How to Get the Most From Your Project Team

~ By Andy Trainer

Project management is people management. Here's our reminder of how to make sure you get the most from your project team.

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Taking Advantage of the Economic Recovery With Project Management

~ By Curt Finch

A key factor for beating the recession is the intelligent execution of projects. Take the initiative and you may find yourself at the head of the pack.

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PMOs Makeover From a Cost Centre to a Profit Centre

~ By Abid Mustafa

Tips for transforming your PMO from a cost centre into a profit centre during hard economic times.

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Creating a Work Breakdown Structure with Microsoft Project

~ By Mark Piscopo

This article discusses creating your Work Breakdown Structure using Microsoft Project, an ideal tool for the purpose.

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Work Breakdown Structure Made Easy

~ By Mohammed K Barakat

The Work Breakdown Structure is an essential tool to set the project scope. It forms the agreement between you and your client on what is included and what is not included in your end deliverable.

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Crash Course: Five Ways to Optimise Your Projects and Resources ASAP

~ By Curt Finch

Five ways to optimise your projects and resources quickly and efficiently, to stay ahead of the competition and complete important (and profitable) projects.

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Planning Projects in the IT Helpdesk Environment

~ By Anna Halstead

All helpdesk projects require proper planning and need to follow a project framework, in order to maintain customer satisfaction.

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E2E Project Managers Are the Key to Ensuring the Delivery of Strategic Projects

~ By Abid Mustafa

Executives quickly realise existing project managers from line functions, are limited in their ability and knowledge to deliver end-to-end initiatives.

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Why Throwing Resources at a Project Won't Save It

~ By Michelle Symonds

Many project managers believe extra resources make all the difference between a project success and failure. But can extra resources rescue a poorly managed project?

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Is Your Project Manager Colonising Your Mind?

~ By Abid Mustafa

The wise project manager is one who implants seeds of an idea in subordinates and instils within them confidence and freedom to develop that idea.

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The Word on Risk

~ By Dave Nielsen

An examination of the terms used to describe risks and the way they are managed to shed some light on what they refer to and what they mean.

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Management Consultants and PMO Failures

~ By Abid Mustafa

A look at three distinct areas where management consultants have played an instrumental role in creating PMOs with major structural defects.

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Too Tired to Care? Regain Your Perspective With 5 Proven Practices

~ By Kimberly Wiefling

Five common sense practices to help you regain perspective, reduce stress and optimise the results from time invested in work.

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20 Questions All Project Managers Should Ask

~ By Michelle Symonds

One of the many skills required of a project manager is the ability to ask searching questions and persevere until a clear answer is obtained.

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Who is the Project Manager?

~ By Mike Griffin

A dilemma: should you appoint someone who is an experienced project manager or someone who will champion the change?

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How Accurate is Your Actual vs. Planned Time and Costs?

~ By Peter Collins

The ability to plan effectively is crucial for professional services firms operating in billable markets such as accounting, consultancy and law.

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Understanding the Project Management Triple Constraint

~ By Duncan Haughey

All projects are carried out under certain constraints – traditionally, they are cost, time and scope. These three factors are commonly called the triple constraint.

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5 Key Components of a Project You Need to Get Right

~ By Michelle Symonds

The most important factors that contribute to a project being completed successfully can be broadly broken down into five areas.

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Executive Initiatives Require a Project President

~ By Abid Mustafa

If companies want to improve their performance in the execution of initiatives they should take a serious look at restructuring project steering committees.

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Handling Difficult Conversations

~ By Patrick Bird

How project managers can improve the way they handle difficult and challenging conversations to make themselves more effective.

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Top Tips for Effective Project Management

~ By Dr Ian Clarkson

Six top tips for project management success to help you avoid the last minute 'all hands to the pump'

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Agile: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

~ By Mark Flynn

Good implementations of agile are a result of the business and IT working together to implement a methodology that meets the needs of the organisation.

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What Are Project Health Checks?

~ By Michael L Young

The health check is a reflective learning exercise, a snapshot of project or programme status used to identify what is going well and areas for improvement.

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Key Performance Indicators for the PMO: Metrics for Success

~ By Michael O'Brochta & Curt Finch

Five important KPIs by which a PMO might measure its productivity in the context of overall company success.

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Tangoing Your Way Through the Executive/PMO Relationship

~ By Michael O'Brochta & Curt Finch

This article focuses on the co-dependent relationship between executives and PMOs, told through a case study by Michael O'Brochta a former CIA employee.

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The RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach and Project Management for Policy Change

~ By Arnaldo Pellini

Can ROMA be reconciled with a structured project management approach? This paper examines how ROMA and structured project management can work together.

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Practical Project Management & Tracking Using Microsoft Project

~ By Marvey Mills

This Microsoft Project Guide starts with what to do as soon as you have created a new project and ends with tracking progress against that plan.

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How to Determine the Number of Projects to Deliver in a Given Year

~ By Abid Mustafa

This article outlines techniques a company can use to accurately determine its capability to deliver a specific number of projects and programmes each year.

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Giving Projects a Clean Bill of Health

~ By Peter Osborne

IT-led business change programmes and projects continue to fail, yet many of the common pitfalls can easily be avoided by undertaking regular health checks.

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Trends in Product and Portfolio Management: The Latest Five Game Changers

~ By Louise K. Allen & Carrie Nauyalis

The latest five 'game changers' in product management and why each one is critical in bringing a project or product to market.

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The Secret to Dealing With Difficult People: It's About You

~ By Tony Schwartz

Each of us has a default lens through which we see the world. We call it reality. We have the power to view the world through other lenses. Here is how.

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Controlling Change Requests in Projects

~ By Michelle Symonds

Changes requested can be the result of external changes in a business or internal changes because the original aims of the project were not clearly understood.

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What is Change Control?

~ By Duncan Haughey

The change control process ensures that each change proposed during a project is properly defined, considered and approved before implementation.

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Hiring for a Competitive Advantage

~ By Deborah L. Kerr, Ph.D., & Bill Balcezak

Making hiring decisions based upon skill or personality alone can only take a business so far. By blending the two, organisations will gain a competitive advantage.

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Planning for the BIG DAY

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

Planning can be stressful and time consuming, but the payoff for your big day makes it all worth it.

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My Story: Working Smarter; Not Harder

~ By Susanne Madsen

When you realise that you have the power to change your beliefs and remove a limiting factor that has been constraining you, you have an AHA! moment.

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Project Risks and How to Identify Them

~ By Michelle Symonds

All projects are different and the best way of identifying potential risks is to call on the experience of past projects within the same field.

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How Lessons Learned Can Improve Project Processes

~ By Michelle Symonds

How to build a useful lessons learned database that can be used to continually improve project processes in just a few simple steps.

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Get Out There!

~ By Michelle LaBrosse & Kristen LaBrosse

Work on growing your Network Quotient as avidly as you would work on expanding your investment portfolio, it is that important!

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Unlocking PMO Profitability

~ By Darrel Raynor and Curt Finch

The potential benefits of a project management office (PMO) are numerous and well-documented. However, many of the benefits never materialise. Why?

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Four Early Warning Signs of a Project in Trouble

~ By Ty Kiisel

In project management, missing deadlines or exceeding budgets is evidence that a project is probably in trouble. Here are four early warning signs.

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Cheetah Your PMO!

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

Check on your PMO throughout its creation, as well as when it's done, to ensure it's the kind of PMO your organisation can effectively utilise.

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Is Project Management Certification Worth It?

~ By Michelle Symonds

Do recognised professional credentials increase your worth in the jobs market? Will the effort of studying to pass the exam improve your career prospects?

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Is Your Project Proposal READY?

~ By Duncan Haughey

The mnemonic READY is useful when creating a project proposal. It will help you produce a project proposal that's difficult to ignore.

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How To Regain Control Of Your Project

~ By Michelle Symonds

It's well known that projects with any level of complexity are likely to exceed their budget or deadline. What's the best way to get it back on track?

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Project Planning Essentials

~ By Michelle Symonds

Planning a project requires putting a series of tasks in order and determining dependencies between them. In practice it's never so straightforward.

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SWOT Analysis in Project Management

~ By Michelle Symonds

SWOT Analysis is one of a number of different techniques used by professional project managers to help with decision-making.

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10 Quotes That Make You a Better Project Manager

~ By Duncan Haughey

Over the years, management experts have come up with pearls of wisdom in the form of quotations that when given some thought, have a lot to teach us.

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What a Heart Surgeon Could Learn From a Project Manager

~ By Ty Kiisel

The surgeon could learn a few things from project managers about how to create a sound work management (surgery management) methodology.

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Don't Just Tell Them…SHOW Them!

~ By Michelle LaBrosse & Kristen LaBrosse

The ability to demonstrate your capabilities to others comes in handy in an interview, but is also an essential skill needed throughout your career.

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15 Causes of Project Failure

~ By Michelle Symonds

Even on simple, straightforward projects there are many areas that can cause failure. Here are 15 of the most common causes of project failure.

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Time Management in a Multi-Project Environment

~ By Louis Marshall

It's a major concern that some people believe there is a perfect time management software out there that will fix all their scheduling woes.

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The 4 Pillars of CAPEX Accurate Estimates

~ By Jean Michelez

Project CAPEX estimating is a difficult exercise for non-standard projects, because of the variety of situations that can influence project success.

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Time Boxing Strategies to Help You Get Things Done in Your Project

~ By Lisa Drake

Time Boxing is setting aside a fixed time period to work on a particular task or group of tasks. Basically, instead of working on a task until it's done, you commit to work on it for a specific amount of time.

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Can You Describe the Perfect PMO Meeting?

~ By Jennifer Whitt

How to run the perfect PMO meeting in just one hour a week. This case study describes the weekly meeting of a mid-sized software development company.

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Nine Keys to Successful Delegation in Project Management

~ By Fred Morgan

Successful delegation is crucial to successful project management. Many people involved as leaders in project management are, however, afraid of delegation.

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Can you Hear the Knock of Opportunity?

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

By quietly listening for the opportunities in your life, and learning to recognise them in all their forms, you can find plenty of avenues for self-improvement.

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Authority Earned, Not Given

~ By Dan Vickers and Curt Finch

For project managers, the support of their team is critical for completing projects successfully. Yet, a team's respect cannot simply be assigned like a task.

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Setting SMARTER Goals in 7 Easy Steps

~ By Duncan Haughey

The concepts of SMART and SMARTER are useful when setting project goals and objectives. Here are seven steps to help you set smarter goals.

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Have You Ever Played Chess With Your Client's Project Manager?

~ By Jennifer Whitt

Being onsite with a client has been likened to playing a chess game where you have to think many moves ahead in order to make it to the end of the game.

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The ARC of Distortion

~ By Patrick Bird

Communication is the lifeblood of an organisation. Using the ARC of Distortion will help you improve the performance of individuals, teams and organisation.

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De-stress for Success

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

Much stress in life comes from not feeling in control and maintaining a state of reactivity to deal with problems. The good news is that there's another way!

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The Project Go/No-Go Checklist

~ By James WJ Hutt

Many project managers put an implementation or cutover plan together yet fail to carryout the rigorous analysis to determine whether they should proceed.

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Six Common Mistakes that Plague IT Projects

~ By Ty Kiisel

It doesn't really matter whether you espouse the Waterfall or Agile method, if you make these mistakes, your project will likely fail.

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The Project Plan: How to Write a Successful Project Plan

~ By James WJ Hutt

The project plan is one of the most important and useful documents in your toolkit, and should be referred to and updated throughout the project lifecycle.

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Don't Be An Anti-Social Project Manager

~ By Ty Kiisel

In today's world, socialising the work management process makes sense. What are you doing to democratise project management and engage your project teams?

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How Do You Deliver Bad News About Your Project?

~ By Jennifer Whitt

Delivering bad news about your project is an inevitable part of our jobs as Project Managers. It takes discretion, skill and good judgment.

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Three Characteristics of Transformational Leaders

~ By Bruce Temkin

What are the three key characteristics the most effective leaders demonstrate when required to sustain a change agenda over a multi-year journey.

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Managing Team Conflict

~ By Gurdeep Kaur

When teams come together conflict is almost inevitable. Not all conflict is unhealthy. Conflict has the potential to bring out the best in individuals and teams.

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When in Doubt…Leave it Out

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

Make your decisions when the time is right to make that decision and not before. Tune into how and when you make your best decisions.

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Multitasking's Assault on Productivity

~ By Bill Balcezak

It's seemingly impossible to avoid multitasking in today's busy world. However, mounting evidence suggests multitasking is the enemy of productivity.

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Boost Your Bottom Line with Scalable IT Methodologies

~ By Cameron Watson

As global competition continues to drive business and technology, those organisations armed with an IT Methodology increase their operational performance.

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Avoiding Stone Age Practices in the Age of the Internet

~ By Kimberly M. Wiefling, M.S.

Why do companies continue repeating tragically avoidable mistakes, hamstringing themselves with the same ludicrous errors their competitors are also making?

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The Project Value Proposition: How Good is Yours?

~ By Duncan Haughey

In a competitive business environment, projects with the best value proposition get funded. So how can you emphasise the value proposition of your project?

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Stepping Up SMART Goals

~ By Jessika M. Ferm

Here are some strategies and six simple steps for making sure your goals will be concise, clear, and produce the results for which you are looking.

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5 Reasons to Kill a Project

~ By Trevor Roberts

We all want to deliver successful projects. But sometimes the right thing to do is to stop a project. When is this the right choice?

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The Secrets to Getting Stakeholders on Your Side

~ By Liz Cassidy

A key skill in project management is learning to win support from stakeholders. Mastering this skill ensures your projects are more likely to succeed.

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Managing Projects on a Global Scale

~ By Curt Finch

What happens when team members speak different languages? We have instant communication, but this doesn't necessarily translate into instant comprehension.

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Project Management and Its Impact on IT Project Success

~ By Claudia Vandermilt

When dealing with IT projects, using specialised project management techniques will be very beneficial to your progress leading to a higher success rate.

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Making That First Impression the Right Impression

~ By Patrick Bird

Whether it's with a client or prospect, the pressure of delivering information in the right tone and style requires careful planning.

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Cutting-Edge Project Management: What Game Theory and Poker Can Teach Us

~ By Gil Junqueira

As project management grows around the world and becomes increasingly commoditised, more specialisation will be necessary to secure the best opportunities.

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Building Sustainable Relationships in Project Teams

~ By Patrick Bird

Building sustainable and flexible working relationships to create an effective working environment starts with the project team, but does not end there.

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7 More Reasons Goals Are Not Achieved

~ By Dennis Hocker

Here are seven more of the common mistakes that most people make in their quest for improvement and achievement.

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Four Keys to Project Integration Management

~ By Jessie L Warner

Integration management is the knowledge area that includes processes needed to ensure all project components are co-ordinated to achieve project goals.

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The Top 7 Reasons Why Goals Are Not Achieved

~ By Dennis Hocker

SMART goals are those that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. SMART goals tend to give you a laser focus and keep you on track

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Waterfall v Agile: How Should I Approach My Software Development Project?

~ By Duncan Haughey

Software development projects are usually approached using one of two methods, waterfall or agile. How should I approach my software development project?

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The Meat of a Business Case

~ By Carole Embden-Peterson

Writing a business case is a crucial component in the business process. This article covers the important components in a business case.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Business Case

~ By Carole Embden-Peterson

Getting stakeholders to buy into your business case can be difficult. This article highlights what is needed to ensure you prepare an effective business case.

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Project Management on the Move

~ By Jamie Stewart

Running a project remotely is about more than just a laptop and a decent Internet connection. Jamie Stewart, UK managing director of Exact, takes a look.

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The Role of a Business Analyst

~ By James L Adams

This article examines the multifaceted role of the Business Analyst and gives a depiction of the duties and skills required to embark on such a career.

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Change Management Leadership Qualities: The Renewable Leader

~ By Stephen Warrilow

How does a leader become a renewable leader and what are the leadership qualities that make this possible? What does engagement and empowerment mean in practice?

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How to Introduce Agile Project Management to Your Organisation

~ By Rowan McCann

Introducing Agile concepts to a business environment can be a political nightmare. These five steps will ensure your migration is as smooth as possible.

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Four Steps to Project Time Management

~ By Jessie L Warner

The four steps outlined in this article will help you better define and measure the activities that make up your project timeline.

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12 Tips for Being a Good Manager

~ By PMAlliance

Keeping a project management team running smoothly can be a challenge, especially when budgets are lean and expectations are high.

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Capturing Those Lessons Learned

~ By Gina Abudi

Do you capture your lessons learned? If you do, how effectively do you capture them?

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What's the Difference Between the CAPM and PMP Examinations

~ By Dr. Joseline Edward Lucas

The PMI offers two levels of project management certification; Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Five Essential Elements for Successful Software Development

~ By Rodney J Smith

To join the ranks of the professional coder, several elements need to be in place. This article explores 5 best practices for successful software development.

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Best Practices for Scope Management

~ By Jessie L Warner

The knowledge area of Scope Management is all about making sure that the project includes only the work required to complete the project successfully.

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Waterfall Software Development: The Illusion of Risk Management

~ By Rodney J Smith

Building a computer system is akin to driving down a country lane at night; the driver can only ever see as far as her headlights allow.

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Reducing Your Cost of Quality

~ By Alan S. Koch

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

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Introduction to Scrum

~ By Chris Young

Scrum is one of the simplest agile methodologies and is proven to be highly effective for software development and more general product development.

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Three Things That Cause Scrum Backlash (and How to Fix Them)

~ By Debbie Nichols

Scrum is an agile software development methodology designed to foster iterative and incremental development. So, what is it makes teams resistant to Scrum?

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Calculating Total Cost of Ownership when Choosing a Solution

~ By Curt Finch

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a financial estimate that helps enterprise managers determine direct and indirect costs of a product or system.

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The Mythical 50% Resource

~ By Dave Nielsen

Most managers of software development projects have had an encounter with a resource who is committed to their project some percentage of the time.

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