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How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

~ By Duncan Haughey

What makes a winning project team? Why do some teams achieve greatness while others struggle? Let's look at the factors present on winning project teams.

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Building Teamwork

~ By Kenneth Darter

Teamwork isn't something that just happens. The project leader needs to put in the time and effort to build the team and help everyone get along. Here's how.

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Perception Is Not Always Equal

~ By Brad Egeland

Just when we think everyone is on the same page, they may not be. How do we ensure that this doesn't cause our project to go off the rails at a critical point?

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Moving From Project to Programme

~ By Kenneth Darter

How to move from project to programme when projects grow, and you need to combine several projects into an effective programme.

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Soft Power for Success

~ By Mike Griffin

Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them.

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Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

~ By Brad Egeland

When you have a new project, what should you do to make sure you start with both feet firmly on the ground?

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Looking for Blue Skies

~ By Kenneth Darter

There will always be problems with any project you work on. Looking for blue skies is learning to see the silver lining on the clouds that darken your day.

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Looking Forward to Spring

~ By Kenneth Darter

Life on projects sometimes feels like winter. The never-ending meetings. The schedule overruns. The unexpected problems. But, spring is just around the corner.

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Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

~ By Brad Egeland

Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. Read Brad's five common issues and solutions for better estimates.

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It's Easy to Give the Good News

~ By Brad Egeland

How do you deliver bad news on a project? Let's consider what we can do to best prepare for, and then effectively deliver, the bad news.

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Getting In Over Your Head

~ By Kenneth Darter

Everybody gets in over their head at some point in their project management career. The question is, what can you do about it other than fake a panic attack?

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3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

~ By Brad Egeland

Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman.

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How to Make Changes on a Project

~ By Kenneth Darter

It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. These tips will help ensure all bases are covered.

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A Brief History of Project Management

~ By Duncan Haughey

In this history of project management, I chart all the major developments and events in the discipline as far back as there are records.

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The Project Manager's New Year Wish List

~ By Duncan Haughey

As we close the door on another year, I thought it would be a good time to look at five items project managers should have on their wish list for 2015.

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My Wish List for Project Management in 2015

~ By Brad Egeland

What's on your wish list for project management in 2015? As you read, please consider the changes, additions or deletions you'd like to see happen.

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A Brief History of SMART Goals

~ By Duncan Haughey

In this history of SMART goals, I look at where the acronym came from, who developed it, what the critics say and why it has become popular.

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Get Your Projects on Track: Remember the Baseline!

~ By Kenneth Darter

The baseline is the project's measurement stick. It helps you meet the objectives of the customer. In short, the baseline helps you get the project completed.

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Portland, Maine…I Don't Know Where That Is

~ By Brad Egeland

You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? What do you do?

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The Four Stages of Recovering a Project

~ By Kenneth Darter

If a project is in trouble, the project manager needs to work to recover it and get back on track. Four steps will help the PM facilitate the recovery.

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How to Avoid 12 Common Mistakes in Project Management

~ By Duncan Haughey

A back-to-basics look at why so many organisations run projects poorly, with 12 common mistakes in project management and how you can avoid them.

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What Do Best Practices Mean to You?

~ By Brad Egeland

There are likely almost as many best practices as there are project managers in the world. These are a few of the 'core' project management practices.

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4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

There are nearly limitless reasons project deadlines are missed. It's how we handle these bumps that define us as good leaders and successful project managers.

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4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Four scenarios that often cause missed project deadlines and possible ways to work around those issues and keep or get the project back on track.

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Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

If team participation is so effective, why don't more people do it? Learn two factors that breed commitment and contribute to project success.

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Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Team members who understand the project are more committed to making the project successful. To understand is to make sense of what is required of you.

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Dealing with Problems on the Project

~ By Kenneth Darter

Problems come in all shapes and sizes on projects. So, what as a project manager must you do to deal with problems on your projects? Let's discuss.

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The Six Project Management Trends You Need to Know

~ By Duncan Haughey

Six important trends shaping the project management profession today and likely to continue shaping it in the foreseeable future.

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6 Steps to Turning Around a Financially Failing Project – Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Projects fail for many reasons, but I believe that the hardest one to handle and to dig out from is the one that is heading for financial ruin.

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6 Steps to Turning Around a Financially Failing Project – Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Six actions you can take to gain control over a project budget that isn't too far gone or to make strides on gaining some degree of control.

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Spreading the PM Knowledge

~ By Brad Egeland

Mentoring new project managers as they learn is rewarding. No amount of classroom training can take the place of working alongside an experienced project manager.

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Forget the Cookie Cutter Approach to Project Management

~ By Duncan Haughey

Why the cookie cutter approach doesn't work as a guarantee of project management success and how you can avoid becoming a slave to a methodology.

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Being Prepared for the Unexpected

~ By Kenneth Darter

Project managers cannot create policies and procedures for every eventuality that might occur during a project, but they can prepare for unexpected problems.

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Avoiding Project Failure: It's Not Rocket Science

~ By Duncan Haughey

Don't become the casualty of a failed project. Always put measures in place that address these five common problem areas to help secure your project success.

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Giving Proper PM Oversight on the Project - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland continues his look at being all we can be as project managers to help ensure customer satisfaction and enhance our career prospects.

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Giving Proper PM Oversight on the Project - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Customer satisfaction is critical. It is the basis of your livelihood. It is the difference between a referenceable customer and a dissatisfied customer.

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5 Best Practices for Effective Project Management - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Are you just going through the motions on your projects? To keep your customers coming back for more, you will need to be creative and dedicated.

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5 Best Practices for Effective Project Management - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

This article considers a few best practice litmus tests to perform (if only in your head) to make sure you are delivering well on every project.

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Three Steps to Better Customer Relations

~ By Brad Egeland

It is impossible to make everyone happy all the time, but you can certainly do everything within your power to give customers your best performance.

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10 Qualities of Successful Business Partners

~ By Duncan Haughey

Business partnering is not about jumping when the business shouts, but working together collaboratively to achieve the best possible results.

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Documenting Lessons Learned: What Have You Learned?

~ By Kenneth Darter

Lessons learned can make all the difference on future projects and help them to succeed, but first, they must be documented correctly.

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The Paralysis of Getting the Project Started

~ By Brad Egeland

This article is about the paralysis one feels when trying to get the project schedule in order and everything properly in place to get started.

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Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

What should your status report contain, and how long should it be, to avoid overloading everyone with information and doing more harm than good.

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Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

If your company does not need a project status report from you, it might be wise to suggest such a policy and produce one anyway.

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Creating a Project Budget: What You Need to Know

~ By Duncan Haughey

The ability to create an accurate budget is an essential skill for a project manager. Here's what you need to create an accurate budget for your next project.

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Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 3

~ By Brad Egeland

What do you find to be your key project issues or common problems that can get in the way of overall success? Check these 10 project issues to avoid.

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Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Avoiding the icebergs of project management is not easy, but avoid them we must, before they sink our projects. Keep these areas in mind during your next project.

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Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

No matter how well prepared we are, there are icebergs out there waiting to sink our projects. Review these 10 recognisable issues and be ready to manage them.

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Teaching Your Team to Deal With Deadlines

~ By Kenneth Darter

Deadlines are ever present in project management, which does not mean that the team working on the project can deal with those deadlines very easily.

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Managing the Risk Factor - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Outside factors may introduce risk to our project engagements. How we handle those factors could be the key to the success or failure of our projects.

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Managing the Risk Factor - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

No project in the history of projects has entered into existence without the presence of a few risks. Here's how to manage risks and protect your project.

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Better Coaching Using the GROW Model

~ By Duncan Haughey

How to improve your coaching skills using the GROW model, including 40 example questions for aspiring coaches.

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What it Takes to Lead - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

In Part 2 of this series, Brad Egeland looks at three more ways that project leadership is set apart from normal project management participation.

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What it Takes to Lead - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

What does it mean to lead? If you've led a large project, you know that project leaders do a lot more than plan, organise, control, coordinate and budget.

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Facilitating a Summit

~ By Kenneth Darter

If you want to have a successful summit meeting, then it is time to practise your people skills and learn to play well with others.

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Cutting Through the Chaos

~ By Duncan Haughey

Where should we focus our effort to improve the performance of IT projects? The Standish Group has identified ten areas in their Chaos Manifesto 2013.

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Why Project Managers Should Coach

~ By Duncan Haughey

Can you be a good project manager without being a coach? How to unlock your team's potential and maximise their performance with coaching.

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When Project Management is a Four Letter Word

~ By Brad Egeland

As project managers, we can add considerable value to any project engagement, but what do you do if your customer is not project manager friendly?

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How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland's final four key concepts for highly productive project meetings. How we manage our meetings says a lot about us professionally.

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How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Seven rules for planning and conducting meaningful project meetings, the ones that will help you manage your projects and provide attendees with value.

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Praise Loud, Blame Soft

~ By Brad Egeland

We all need more praise than correction. A happy, positive team with a basic plan will outperform a miserable team with a brilliant plan every time.

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Coming to Terms With the Finish Date

~ By Kenneth Darter

Every project has a finish date. This article looks at how the finish date for a project is derived and how a project team comes to terms with that date.

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PMP vs. PRINCE2 Certificates

~ By Nader Khorrami Rad

What's the difference between the PMP and PRINCE2 certifications? Which one should I choose? Which one's better for my career?

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How is the Project Going? - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

For projects lasting six months or more, it's a good idea to pause at least twice as a team to discuss the project's health from the team's perspective.

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How is the Project Going? - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

It's critical to stop periodically and take the pulse of your project. If you neglect your customer, you may find yourself out of a job or without a project.

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Shaking Things Up on the Project

~ By Brad Egeland

IHow do you stop your projects from getting mundane? This article considers how we can change things around and add some excitement to our projects.

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Three Paths to Approaching Stakeholders

~ By Kenneth Darter

When it comes to approaching stakeholders, there are many different paths you can take to get your message to the right person. Here are some ideas on formulating your path.

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Work Breakdown Structure 101

~ By Duncan Haughey

Work Breakdown Structure is a tool project managers use to break projects down into manageable pieces. Here's why you need one and how to create your own.

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Change Orders are a Four Letter Word

~ By Brad Egeland

Change orders are hard to bring before a customer. Here's how to leave no question in your customer's mind that you and your team know what you're doing.

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Delivering the Tough News - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

Brad's final two steps in his personal four-step process of preparing for and delivering bad news to a project client.

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Delivering the Tough News - Part 1

~ By Brad Egeland

Have you ever had to deliver tough news to a customer on a project? Here's four steps to help you prepare and deliver the bad news.

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Tracking a Risk

~ By Kenneth Darter

Risk management is a vital part of project management. Learn four key steps to help you evaluate and mitigate any risks on your project.

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The Proactive Project Manager

~ By Brad Egeland

How to remain in control of projects, rather than always being in reactive mode to the issues that arise and threaten to knock us off course.

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Building a Business Case for Your Project

~ By Kenneth Darter

To get stakeholders or management to approve your project, you will need to build a solid business case. Here are the basic steps for creating a business case.

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Ensuring Accountability on Your Projects - Part 2

~ By Brad Egeland

You can't guarantee accountability from everyone on your projects, but the key to keeping them involved is to let them know exactly what is expected of them.

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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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A 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 own 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 effective 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 important 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 hard 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, various management gurus 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 mnemonics SMART and SMARTER are useful when setting project goals and objectives. Here are seven steps to help you set smarter goals for your projects.

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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

Many projects have a poor value proposition. Here are five simple ways you can improve your projects' value proposition.

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Stepping Up SMART Goals

~ By Jessika M. Ferm

The SMART acronym is a great tool for making sure our goals and instructions are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timed.

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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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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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The Social Media Standard for Project Management

~ By Gil Junqueira

With the rise of social media in projects and organisations, there is a need for some kind of guidance. Here are 10 simple rules to guide the discussion.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Risk Management

~ By Kareem Shaker

Risk management is the heart and soul of project management. Failing to practice it right can have fatal consequences on projects and programmes.

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The Six Principles of Project Management

~ By Theo Gilbert-Jamison

The six principles of project management transitions easily to any type of project or initiative you are trying to effectively implement.

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Resolving Project Team Conflicts

~ By Gina Abudi

Conflicts on project teams are a fact of life! Only on rare occasions do conflicts not arise. As project manager you must manage these conflicts.

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Six Clichés That Make You a Better Project Manager

~ By Duncan Haughey

Just because something is a cliché doesn't mean it can, or should be, ignored. Here are six clichés we can use to help us become better project managers.

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Why You Need to Plan the Project Before Delegating Tasks

~ By Paul Naybour

A small effort in planning can make a huge difference to the ultimate success of a project. Follow our simple five step plan to success.

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Why PRINCE2's Approach to Quality is Flawed

~ By David Hinde

PRINCE2 has many excellent ideas for project management, but its approach to quality is at best weak and at worst entirely inappropriate.

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Requirements Hurried…Project Buried

~ By G Chandrashekar

Innumerable studies have shown that Requirements Gathering is the single most important step in the Software Development Life Cycle.

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Top Five Communication Skills for Project Managers

~ By Jo Ann Sweeney

Communication is a critical skill for project success, both for keeping team members up-to-date and for winning the support of key stakeholders.

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Understanding the Software Development Process

~ By Mark Spenser

The software development process has undergone drastic changes over the years. Avoid the common obstacles and plan for a successful project.

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Leading Meetings with Multicultural Audiences

~ By Dana Brownlee

Multicultural meetings are becoming more common. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when leading a session with a multicultural audience.

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Facilitating a Requirements Validation Meeting with Ease!

~ By Dana Brownlee

Ensuring that a requirements document is accurate, complete and fully supported by key stakeholders can be critically important.

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How Do You Project Confidence Leading Meetings When You're Really Not?

~ By Dana Brownlee

Often we're thrust into situations where we're expected to lead a meeting, and we may lack confidence. Don't fret; here are a few simple tips.

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How Do You Help the Group Reach Consensus When They Simply Don't Agree?

~ By Dana Brownlee

Do you ever feel that you're herding a group of feisty cats instead of leading a meeting because your team members simply can't agree?

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How Do You Get Team Members to Come Prepared to the Meeting?

~ By Dana Brownlee

Often meeting attendees don't complete the assignment requested, which drags down the entire group. Before you lead your next meeting, consider these tips.

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7 Properties of Highly Successful Projects from Crystal Clear

~ By Alistair Cockburn

Crystal Clear focuses on three properties Frequent Delivery, Close Communication and Reflective Improvement because they should be found on all projects.

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Agile Metrics: A Seminal Approach for Calculating Metrics in Agile Projects

~ By Prashant Ram

Traditional project metrics don't fit agile projects. This article talks about the comprehensive agile metrics that can be used by organisations.

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Project Management Checklists

~ By Howard Vaughan

Checklists are underused in the planning and managing of projects. Here is a high level twelve-point checklist for use during project planning.

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How to Build a Project Schedule in 5 Easy Steps

~ By Andrew Makar

You've been given your first project and your boss wants to see a project schedule at next week's status meeting. Follow these five steps to achieve your task.

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Outsourcing Key Projects: Bringing Companies One Step Closer to Business Virtualization

~ By Bill Balcezak

Outsourcing key projects can help you to provide a higher level of customer service while lowering costs at the same time.

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14 Ways to Be the World's Worst Web Project Manager

~ By Chris Roane

There are a great number of ways to manage website projects, but regardless of your management style, there are behaviours you should learn to avoid.

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10 Golden Rules for New Project Managers

~ By Duncan Haughey

Today dozens of new project managers will start their first project, a daunting prospect. Here are my tips for surviving life as a project manager.

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Top 10 Steps to Successful Goals

~ By Jeff Herring

Help avoid the great 'Rinse and Repeat Trap' by following these 10 steps to setting successful goals. You may have to work for it, however!

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Making Change Stick

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

Are you tired of hearing people say the only constant is change? We need to keep saying it to remind ourselves we have to always be ready to keep changing.

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Trust Me, You Are in Good Hands

~ By Ann Drinkwater

Savvy project managers have radar and can sense and predict events and circumstances. Their brains are gigantic magnifying glasses. They see what others don't.

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10 Things Every Manager Should Know

~ By Gina Abudi

What's important for managers to ensure they are successful? Here are 10 things every manager should know to be successful in their management role.

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How Agile Practices Reduce Requirements Risks

~ By Ellen Gottesdiener

Every software project carries some risk, but many of these risks can be mitigated. That's true of problems related to product requirements.

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Deming's 14 Points and Quality Project Leadership

~ By J. Alex Sherrer

Edward Deming's fourteen key principles of management for transforming business effectiveness as it applies to project managers today.

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Process Driven PPM

~ By Neil Stolovitsky

From R&D to Customer Service, effectively serving the Value Chain is an integral part of an organisation's success when bringing new products to market.

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The Benefits of Documentation

~ By Ann Drinkwater

How are you using, or not using, documentation within your projects? Documentation is a form of communication so make good decisions about what to document.

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Don't Just Manage the Plan, Engage Your Team Members!

~ By Jennifer Russell

As project managers, it's tempting to focus entirely on our project plan. But successful execution of your project plan is dependent on your project team.

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A Project Manager's Guide to Systems Thinking: Part II

~ By J. Alex Sherrer

If we want to solve a problem or influence outcomes, we need to understand why the system is behaving as it is. This article looks at the basic behaviours of systems.

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A Project Manager's Guide to Systems Thinking: Part I

~ By J. Alex Sherrer

What's needed for complex problem-solving is a technique that looks holistically at the whole and this is what systems thinking can help us do.

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Project Management the Agile Way

~ By Larry Port

Agile project management has a lot to offer legal case management. Imagine you could continually wring out the inefficiencies in your law practice.

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Helpful Suggestions For Managing Difficult Clients

~ By Gina Abudi

Every consultant has had to deal with a difficult client. The nice thing about being a consultant you just need to get through the project and move on.

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Scrum vs. Waterfall Round 2: The Fight Continues

~ By Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, CSM

The fight continues between Agile methods and the Waterfall approach. This time Waterfall is compared to Scrum in a variety of different ways.

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A Heavyweight Fight: Scrum vs. Waterfall

~ By Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, CSM

In the world of business analysis the current fight seems to pit Agile methods against the Waterfall approach. Which method will win?

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Writing A Project Proposal

~ By Jonathan Wold

Ten tried and tested tips for writing excellent project proposals guaranteed to improve your acceptance rate.

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Project Management as Sunscreen: How to Avoid Getting Burned

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

If you're working on a team where the temperature is rising, make sure you use your Project Management skills to protect yourself and keep your project on track.

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5 Things Project Management is Not

~ By Joelle Godfrey

Five things that Project Management is not, to help answer that age old question; 'What is it, exactly, that you do?'

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Project Management Tips: Master the Restart

~ By PMAlliance

Projects delayed by the sour economy will bubble back to the surface. The landscape may have changed, so a reassessment of the projects parameters is in order.

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Every Beginning is Difficult

~ By Uwe Kaufmann

This case study looks at the challenges faced by Schenker Singapore, a transport and logistics company, when they embarked on a Lean Six Sigma programme.

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The "V" Model as Applicable Today in IT as it Has Always Been

~ By Cameron Watson

One of the initial concepts created and applied by early IT practitioners was the V Model. This article gives a definition and describes 7 steps of the V model.

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Change Management: The Horror of it All

~ By Stephen Warrilow

The failure rate of significant change projects is about 70%. Here's a brief summary from a cross section of sources that reveal the horror of it all.

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5 Goals Every Project Manager Should Aspire to Achieve

~ By Jason Westland

If you can meet these five goals for each project, you will achieve project and professional success.

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The Five Stages of Team Development: A Case Study

~ By Gina Abudi

Every team progresses through five stages of team development. An understanding of these five stages enables a manager to reach a high performing team quickly.

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The Change Control Myth

~ By Kevin Aguanno

There is no such thing as change control. Yes, you read that correctly. The idea that we can control change is a myth.

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Project Managers: The Enemy Within?

~ By Harvey Kandola

Who would be a Project Manager? There are times when it is akin to being a referee at a particularly fractious soccer match.

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Post Project Resource Evaluation: a Forgotten Contributor to Project Success

~ By Kiron D. Bondale

Without balanced resource performance evaluations across operational and project performance those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!

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Why is 'Reflection' so Important to Project Lessons Learned?

~ By Mel Bost

Reflection is something we don't allow ourselves to experience because we are too busy getting to the next task, yet reflection is the very essence of success.

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Are You a Micro Project Manager?

~ By Gil Junqueira

The systems theory viewpoint. How system theory can help project managers be more effective in their job.

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Top Three Causes of Project Failure

~ By Lisa Anderson

The top three causes of project failure, which if addressed will greatly increase the chances of project success.

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Project Management Approach for Business Process Improvement

~ By Gina Abudi

As organisations grow, they need to continuously analyse and refine their processes to ensure they are doing business as effectively as possible.

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Nothing Stays the Same: Leadership Techniques to Empower People During Change Initiatives

~ By Jonathan Gilbert

Using the Change Management Life Cycle methodology's three phases, provides organisations with a framework for creating an environment for lasting change.

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Establishing Project Management Best Practice: Where Do You Start?

~ By Gina Abudi

A step-by-step guide to establishing project management best practice in your organisation, starting with a discussion of what best practice is.

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The Best Project Managers are Emotion-driven Leaders

~ By Claude Emond

Charles J. Pellerin's personal ill-fated story, as project director for the launch of the Hubble telescope, on his journey to the discovery of true leadership.

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10 Principles of Good Project Management

~ By Jason Freih

This article details ten solid principles of project management that are crucial to achieving your goals.

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Successful Project Management: Eight Simple Steps to Follow

~ By John J Lawlor

As projects become more complex and critical to business performance, improve your chances of success by following these eight simple steps.

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Traditional Project Management vs Scrum: Adapting Square Pegs to Round Holes

~ By Frank Rios

With the Agile methodology proving a major force when it comes to software application development, the role of ScrumMaster is becoming more and more valuable.

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The Top 5 Wrong Reasons For Not Hiring Testers

~ By Luc Richard

Considering whether or not your software company should hire a dedicated team of testers? Here are the Top 5 Wrong Reasons why you shouldn't.

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Using a Time-Sequenced Network Diagram

~ By Dave Paradi

How to create a time-sequenced network diagram that tracks what needs to be done each day and how those tasks affect others in the project.

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A Simple Plan for Improved Project Results and Increased Maturity

~ By Bryan Peterson & April Boland

How to establish common project processes that can be adopted throughout your organisation, providing better performance and tangible results.

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How Can I Have Responsibility Without Authority?

~ By Mark Reed

How can I get my project team to actually accomplish their tasks on time or even at all, if I have responsibility without authority?

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10 Steps to Setting SMART Objectives

~ By George Ambler

Setting SMART objectives to guide your team is important for a leader to get right. Badly formulated objectives will steer a team in the wrong direction.

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How Should the Project Manager Deal with Scope Creep?

~ By Kuntal Thakore

Scoping is the separation between what is included in and what is excluded from project. Scope creep occurs when the line is moved, usually outwards.

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Project Managers Need Leadership Skills

~ By Gina Abudi

Many project managers have strong technical skills, but are sometimes lacking in the critical soft skills necessary to be truly effective.

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Managing the Project Document

~ By Neil Stolovitsky

Effective document management for projects has a practical impact on improving the visibility of a project's status to help you better respond to the reality of change in your day-to-day work.

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Seven Key Principles of Project Management

~ By Simon Buehring

If you're looking for guidance to help you manage your project with added confidence, then this article will help you.

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Meet Your New Best Friend: The Project Charter

~ By Cameron Watson

The project charter has been around for as long as the concept of work. Anyone can grasp the concept using six simple words: what are we trying to do?

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Common Project Management Mistakes: Badly Handled Changes

~ By Dave Nielsen

No matter how well a project is planned and how well the requirements are defined, there will always be requests to change something about the project.

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Using ROI to Evaluate Project Management Training

~ By Gina Abudi

Case Study: How XYZ law firm used Phillips ROI Methodology to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of their project management training programmes.

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Turning Projects Round Using Communications

~ By Jo Ann Sweeney

There is a right time to begin communicating and that is at the beginning of a project. But it is not the only time.

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Are you a Project Management Gantt Chart Slave?

~ By Phil Marks

This article looks at the potential pitfalls of using Gantt charts and provides some tips and strategies for ensuring successful project management.

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What Makes a Successful Project Manager?

~ By Ty Kiisel

Like any good leader, great project managers understand that successfully leading people is half the battle to successfully managing a project.

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The Hidden Costs and Dangers of the Shortcut

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

We live in a world where we are often pressured to take shortcuts to save time and cut costs as much as possible. Here's an anecdote to think about.

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Why Scheduling Mustn't be Allowed to Become an Extinct Science

~ By Dan Patterson

Savvy project schedulers are at risk of becoming a dying breed. As project management specialists, we need to do everything we can to reverse this trend.

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Project Risk: Is It All Bad?

~ By Paul Slater

Risk Management is an essential part of any programme or project and can vastly contribute to successful delivery.

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Is an Agile PMO Possible?

~ By Curt Finch

The agile PMO can bridge the gap between PMBOK process flows and CMM best practices and help organisations to carry out projects more successfully.

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Three Myths About Organisational Change

~ By Heather Stagl

If you feel like your change initiative is getting stuck, review these three myths and you might find the reason you're stuck in a rut.

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The Value and Costs of not Doing a Project are not Necessarily Zero

~ By George F. Huhn

If you don't know the values and costs of not executing your projects then you're probably not maximising the value of your project portfolio.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Project Management

~ By Dave Nielsen

Corporations are more sensitive to social issues than ever before. So how do you rationalise the organisations' demands for CSR with project objectives?

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Managing the "Meeting from Hell!"

~ By Dana Brownlee

Have you just finished the meeting from hell and need help? This article explores three common dysfunctional personalities and how to manage them effectively.

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Defining Project Goals and Objectives

~ By Rhonda Goetz

The very first step in all projects: business, home, or education, is to define goals and objectives.

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Better Risk Management With PRINCE2

~ By David Hinde

PRINCE2 has always had a solid, but simple way of dealing with risk. With the latest version a number of excellent ideas and concepts have been introduced.

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The Project Manager's Guide to Dealing With Difficult Sponsors

~ By Dana Brownlee

What do you do when your sponsor is your problem team member? Sounds horrible, but it's not too uncommon unfortunately. Here's what to do.

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Get Agile: Applying the Lessons From Software Development to Business Process Design

~ By Kevin M Smith

When 60% of all process redesign projects fail, how can you improve your odds while simultaneously accelerating results?

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Managing Hidden Project Costs for Better ROI

~ By ExecutiveBrief

The most common argument for outsourcing is cost-savings. In the face of the current economic climate, cost figures largely in the decision for outsourcing IT projects.

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Root Cause Analysis

~ By Dave Nielsen

The Root Cause Analysis method, when used properly, gives the project manager the ability to diagnose a problem that negatively impacted the project and remove it when it is first noticed.

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72 Project Management Tips

~ By Alec Satin

Here are 72 project management tips designed to help you lead your projects with skill, authority and grace.

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Controlling Project Scope

~ By Dave Nielsen

Controlling the changes to a project is only half the battle in the war to deliver projects that meet the needs of the client and are on time and on budget.

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The Most Common Sourcing RFP Mistakes

~ By John Meyerson

Five of the most common mistakes in internally developed RFPs and how companies can better manage these issues by improving their RFP processes.

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IT Methodology: A Long and Winding Road

~ By Cameron Watson

As simple as the term IT Methodology may appear, it is intriguing to see how it can be applied in such a variety of contexts, by such a wide array of experts.

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How to be Ready for the Recovery

~ By Curt Finch

CNN recently published an article about the aftermath of the recession, claiming that the economy is back in gear. What does this mean for your business?

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Planning More Effective Milestones in Web Design Projects

~ By Chris LeCompte

Most successful web design projects are organised into a system of milestones with each one representing a critical piece of the project.

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Change Management: 3 Key Reasons for the Catastrophic 70% Failure Rate

~ By Stephen Warrilow

Any organisational initiative that creates change, or has a major change element to it, has a 70% chance of not achieving what was originally envisaged.

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The Project Liberation Checklist: Finishing Unfinished Projects

~ By Michelle LaBrosse

The longer a project goes unfinished, there is an exponential increase in the time to finish the project. Sound familiar?

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Project Management Maturity Model

~ By Stephen Warrilow

The concept of a project management maturity model has evolved considerably from the software industry. Where does your organisation sit on the maturity model?

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Project Scope is King

~ By Cindy Vandersleen

Project managers should seek out opportunities to communicate scope as often as possible. Here are some venues, audiences and aids for scope communications.

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Identifying Performance Issues With Your Project Team

~ By Dave Nielsen

Tips to help you identify and deal with performance issues in your project team. Poor performance can be missed deadlines, over budget or poor quality.

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Stake Your Project Claim

~ By Laura Bamberg

Many projects begin with the stakeholders' expectations making you feel frustrated and overwhelmed. How can you ensure they're all completed?

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Are Your Project Managers Working too Hard to be Successful?

~ By Peter Taylor

The latest Standish Group report shows more projects failing and fewer successful projects. So what is going wrong out there?

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Great Sponsor + Great PM = Great Success: Ten Truths of an Effective Sponsor/PM Partnership

~ By Lonnie Pacelli

A sad tale of a how a sponsor/PM relationship killed a project. Here are ten truths of an effective sponsor/PM partnership.

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Why is People Capability Maturity Model Necessary?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

In a competitive global business, recruiting people with technical skills is not enough. On top of their technical skills workers must have the necessary business skills.

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Controlling Change Requests

~ By Dave Nielsen

Project managers can accept all projects need to change during their life cycle, but sometimes changes can get out of hand and end up derailing the project.

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Has Your Project Team Considered all the Key Dimensions of the Problem?

~ By Rune Aresvik

A Blue Team is a structured meeting held once or twice during a project, where the project team gives a short presentation on what it considers the key issues.

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3 Key Components of an Effective Business Case Study

~ By Rachel Agheyisi

The purpose of a case study is to tell a success story, which explains its appeal as a marketing tool. The persuasiveness of a business case study depends on its credibility.

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Writing the Project Statement of Work

~ By Dave Nielsen

The Statement of Work, or SOW, is the bible for the work your project must produce. So how do you go about writing one for your project?

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The Project Scorecard

~ By Dave Nielsen

Want to have the communications to your project sponsor and project stakeholders read every time? Try using the scorecard approach.

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Using Change Management and Change Control Within a Project

~ By Dave Litten

Setting up a systematic and common approach to change is vital. This article outlines the approach and steps needed for change management and ultimate project success.

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Sponsoring a Project

~ By Dave Nielsen

There's a lot of information and advice available in print and on the Internet about project management, but relatively little about project sponsorship.

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Successful Software Development: It's Not Rocket Science

~ By Duncan Haughey

People generally have a misconception that managing software development projects is hard, but it's not rocket science.

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There's a Reason IT PMOs Fail

~ By Ken Hanley

Only a third of IT PMOs will ever work and the rest of them won't. So what does it take to set-up a successful IT PMO?

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Building a Business Case as the Foundation for Project Success

~ By John Moore

Detailed steps for establishing a solid Business Case to ensure project success and maximise the results from investments made in money and resources.

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Avoiding the Accidental Project Sponsor

~ By Ken Hanley

Getting the right project sponsor isn't easy; many times we get unqualified sponsors and all too often an accidental project sponsor.

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The Real Costs of Failed Projects

~ By Ilya Bogorad

Ever since the CHAOS report of 1994, we have been hearing increasingly more alarming stories of failed projects and their costs to the world economy.

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Project Ranking: The Heart of Project Portfolio Management

~ By George F. Huhn

A good project portfolio ranking system should not only make the job much easier and faster, but also yield a superior result over doing it manually.

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Taming MS Project

~ By Dave Nielsen

Microsoft Project can become a huge overhead, even for seasoned project managers. This article contains some tips and tricks that will help you tame the tool.

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Agile Project Management: AFP

~ By Jorge Dominguez

Adaptive Project Framework is an iterative and adaptive approach to delivering maximum value to clients within the limits of their time and cost constraints.

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Five Really Useful Tools For Project Management in Social Care

~ By Carolyn Barber

There are a wide range of well established planning tools which can be used to aid the project management process. Here I outline five of the most useful.

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How Does Your Quality Management Assessment Method Stack Up?

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Not all testing methodologies are created equal. TMMi was developed to complement the CMMi framework and features maturity levels for quality assessments.

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What Mismanaging Small Projects Will Cost You

~ By Curt Finch

Are you winging small projects using status emails and Excel spreadsheets to manage them? If so, you could be making a great mistake.

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How to Deal with the People Factor of Change Management

~ By ExecutiveBrief

A 2008 survey by McKinsey of 3,199 executives around the world found that only one in three organisational transformation or change projects succeeded.

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Critical Chain Project Management Reduces Project Lead Time

~ By Mark Woeppel

In spite of the fact project task durations are often conservatively estimated to begin with, the presence of certain behaviours can cause them to increase.

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The Seven Essentials of Highly Successful Project Initiations

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Project Initiation is that critical stage of a project where information about how the project will be delivered must be laid down.

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Putting People Management Back into Project Management

~ By Lisa Walker

This article focuses on the communication issues within the project team, in particular, the people management aspect.

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SMART Goals Aren't Good Enough

~ By Stacey Barr

SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Sounds great, but that's actually not enough.

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Project Sponsorship: Get the Sponsor You Deserve

~ By Michael L Young

A good project sponsor will be clear about the project's objectives, have power over resource expenditure and be able to influence key decision makers to support or resource the project.

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The Point and Pitfalls in Portfolio Management

~ By Jonathan Ward, Michal Karshen and Erik Eisenman

Does the use of portfolio management drive maturity in project execution, or is mature project execution necessary before adopting portfolio management?

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Green Projects

~ By Dave Nielsen

Green projects place new demands on the project manager. This article describes one such project and some of these new demands.

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Top 5 Ways to Incorporate CMMI with Agile Methods

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Five ways to institutionalise Agile Methods with CMMI through the adoption of generic practices associated with Maturity Levels 2 and 3.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Project estimations do not need to be too complicated. There are tools, methodologies and best practices that can help project management teams.

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The Principles of Risk Management

~ By Simon Buehring

Every project manager and business leader needs to be aware of the practices and principles of effective risk management.

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Turn Your Customer's Needs into Successful IT Projects

~ By Jim Cochran

Every IT project is driven by a business requirement; the hard part is translating that requirement into an end product that meets that business need.

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Five Steps to a Winning Business Case

~ By John Goodpasture

Building a winning business case. It's just about the best first step you can take to a successful project. Learn how with this five step methodology.

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The Curious Case of the CHAOS Report 2009

~ By Jorge Dominguez

The CHAOS report shows that software projects now have a 32% success rate compared to 35% from the previous study in 2006 and 16% in 1994.

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The Top 6 Things to Consider When Choosing a PPM Solution

~ By Curt Finch

Choosing the right Project Portfolio Management solution can be challenging, these are 6 key criteria that buyers should focus on during the selection process.

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Being a Project Sponsor Means Championing a Cause

~ By Tim Millett

A project team needs a champion, or someone who keeps the team spirit alive while steering the project to ultimate success.

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How to Apply PRINCE2: Engaging Senior Management in Your Projects

~ By David Hinde

The Project Board is a group of people who make the key decisions such as; should the project start, should it go on to its next stage and is it ready to end?

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Managing Large Projects with Ease: 9 Pressure Reducers That Work!

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Gain invaluable insight into how to manage the challenges inherent with large software development projects. An industry expert reveals proven strategies.

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Does a Project Charter or Project Initiation Document Lead to a More Manageable Project Delivery?

~ By Susan de Sousa

Initiating a project usually involves writing one of two documents; a Project Charter or a Project Initiation Document, but which is better?

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Recipe for Great Virtual Teamwork: The Right Communications Tools at the Right Time

~ By Nancy Settle-Murphy

This article offers some simple guidelines to keep in mind as you assemble a communications plan to make it easy for virtual team members to communicate.

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How Agile Offshore Practices Can Avoid the "Real" Costs of Offshore Outsourcing

~ By Jason Lin

In this article, you will learn practical tips on using agile methodologies and open offshore models to mitigate major offshore outsourcing risks.

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Rolling Wave Planning

~ By John Goodpasture

What is rolling wave planning and how does it affect the critical chain? This article by John Goodpasture provides a detailed explanation.

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Project Planning in a Nutshell

~ By Thomas Pyzdek

This article provides an overview of why it is important to prepare a project plan. It also shows what elements a good project plan will include.

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Project Management Kick Off Meetings: What is the Point?

~ By Ron Rosenhead

Why slow down a project when it needs quick delivery? What is the real benefit of having a kick off meeting and what is a kick off meeting anyway?

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Predicting the ROI of Change

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Implementing process change is a risky business, fraught with uncertainty and unknown cost. Discover how Process Simulation Modelling (PSIM) can help you zero-in on the changes that will deliver a positive ROI.

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An Effective Design Walkthrough: A Step Towards Delivering the Best Design

~ By Taruna Goel

Design walkthroughs, if done effectively, are one of the most powerful quality tools that designers can leverage to detect defects early.

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Applying Earned Value Management to Software Intensive Programmes

~ By Bob Hunt

Many IT projects have been declared too costly, too late and often don't work right. Applying appropriate management techniques can improve the situation.

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PRINCE2 2009: What's Changed?

~ By Simon Buehring

PRINCE2 the UK's most widely used project management framework is being refreshed. The name remains the same, but there are some fundamental enhancements.

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Improving Project Success Rates with Better Leadership

~ By Dr. Karen McGraw

Factual and anecdotal evidence confirms that IT investments are inherently risky. On average, about 70% of all IT related projects fail to meet their on-time, on-budget objectives.

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Estimating: Part 3

~ By William R. Duncan

Estimating topics including the key outcome of estimating, converting effort estimates into budgets, dealing with poorly defined work and more.

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Estimating: Part 2

~ By William R. Duncan

It may seem obvious, but the first requirement for developing an estimate is to know what you are estimating.

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Effort Estimating: A Primer

~ By William R. Duncan

Good estimating is a skill like any other, it can be developed with practice to the point where it may seem like magic to the uninformed.

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Undertaking a Successful Project Audit

~ By Michael Stanleigh

A project audit provides an opportunity to uncover issues, concerns and challenges encountered during the project lifecycle.

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Stakeholder Commitment: Why Is It Important?

~ By Wilf Voge

If that carrot-at-the-end-of-the-stick tactic seems useless to get commitment from your stakeholders, try these how-to's shared by experts.

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Four Keys To Successful Project Management

~ By Raven Young

Four skills a project manager should establish as a solid foundation and continue to enhance with work experience, continuous learning and personal development.

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Effective Project Management: Five Laws that Determine Success

~ By Howard Vaughan

Every year countless projects hit trouble for the same reasons. Why? Because the fundamental principles that determine project success are not being respected.

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How to Sell Function, Feature and Benefit to Stakeholders

~ By John Reiling

Most projects have numerous stakeholders. One of the first tasks for a project manager is to identify the stakeholders and establish a rapport with them.

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Are You Using Your Resources Ideally?

~ By Neil Davidson

Everyone talks about the economic crisis as though it will pass if we take the proper financial medicine. But that is a naive assumption.

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Building a Project Management Office

~ By Mark Piscopo

An effective solution, created to establish a more centralised management structure for large groups of projects, is the Project Management Office (PMO).

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Creative Problem Solving Leads to Organisational Innovation

~ By Tim Millett

Creative problem solving is a method of finding innovative approaches for problem resolution. The problem may be any of a number of situations or needs.

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A Practical Approach to Project Management

~ By Duncan Haughey

Keep it simple! A successful project comes with great leadership, not large unwieldy project management processes.

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The Three Ps of Project Management

~ By William Thom

This article discusses the 3 Ps of project management. They are broken down and reviewed to provide an understanding of what needs to be addressed for project success.

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Picking a Project Management Methodology

~ By Mark Phillips

Both agile and waterfall can be powerful approaches to software development. How do you find the right fit for your project?

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What Is the Mission of Your Project?

~ By Jurgen Appelo

The stakeholders in a project can have lots of different goals, but a software project is more than just the sum of its parts.

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Your Project Does Have A Goal

~ By Trevor Roberts

Projects don't (or at the very least, really shouldn't) start because there are some developers sitting around twiddling their thumbs, with nothing to do.

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Your Software Project Has No Goal

~ By Jurgen Appelo

What is the goal of a software project? On Twitter I asked people what their thoughts were about the goal of software projects.

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The ABC's of Project Management for Project Managers

~ By William Thom

The seven ABC's of project management. Derived from the competencies of project managers, this article reviews areas that make project managers successful.

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Metrics that Matter in Agile Projects

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Metrics measure the health of a project, however, Agile methods need only the most important metrics, the ones that tell the whole story about the project.

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The New Face of Strategic Planning: Bridging it with Project Management is the Key to Success

~ By Bruce A. McGraw

With the economy in crisis, businesses are scrambling to stay afloat. Many are abandoning their strategic, long-term objectives for quick fixes and short-sighted survival tactics.

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How to Avoid Being Seen as 'Project Management Overhead'

~ By Curt Finch

PMOs today have a choice, they either justify their existence by highlighting their achievements and true value, or fall by the wayside when cuts are made.

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Communication is Key: Getting Everyone in the Loop

~ By ExecutiveBrief

Communication is key. Is inefficient communication plaguing your organisation? Learn how to get everyone on the same page with Microsoft SharePoint.

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Do You Know Where Your Project Is?

~ By Curt Finch & Bruce McGraw

Projects are ultimately about making an organisation stronger and better, and that means it's important to make sure you're choosing the right projects.

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Tips For Avoiding Project Failure

~ By Don Wood

Studies have shown that many IT projects are considered failures. A recent study by KPMG found about half of the respondents reported at least one failed project in the past year.

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6 Success Factors for Managing Project Quality

~ By Michael L Young

Commentators have differing views on what constitutes a quality project. On time and within budget, plus these six key factors will improve project quality.

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A Corporate Project Selection Process

~ By William Thom

How does your organisation determine what projects gain approval and receive the funding to proceed and are they really worth the expense?

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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 those 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. This article gives you the ten golden rules to apply risk management successfully on your project.

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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 is involved in project management 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 a basic 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 9 golden rules for project management meetings and meetings in general.

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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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Managing Project Scope

~ Gina Lijoi

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

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Real World Project Management: Procurement Management

~ Joseph Phillips

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

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A Project Management Primer: Basic Principles - Scope Triangle

~ Nick Jenkins

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

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5 Essentials To Project Team Success

~ Andrew Cox

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

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Project Overspend? Don't Worry About It

~ Harley Lovegrove

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

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Your Risk Management Process: A Practical and Effective Approach

~ Vicki Wrona

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

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Five Steps to a Winning Project Team

~ Alison B. Flynn & Timothy J. Mangione

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

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Mind, Meditation and the Project Manager

~ Umesh Dwivedi

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

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PRINCE2 for a Successful Project

~ Robert Norton

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

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12 Tips for Accurate Project Estimating

~ Adele Sommers

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

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Top 10 Benefits to Earning a Certification

~ John Reiling

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

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Integrating Project Management Into a Six Sigma System

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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Good Project Managers are Hard to Find!

~ Harley Lovegrove

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

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Making Change Happen

~ Kevin Dwyer

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

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Five Ways to Turn Small Projects into Professional Success

~ Kevin Eikenberry

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

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PRINCE2 Project Management Explained!

~ Andrew Cheah

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

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Project Recovery Efforts: The Struggling Project

~ Jason Becker

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

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Use Case Diagrams: A PM's View

~ Thomas Cutting

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

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Nine Ways to Contribute to Project Team Success

~ Kevin Eikenberry

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

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Legitimising the Project Manager Role

~ Jason Becker

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

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Technology Project Planning: Too Much of a Good Thing

~ Timothy Nuckles

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

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Push-Me Pull-You Projects

~ James Barlow

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

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Reducing Cycle Time for Six Sigma Projects

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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Building Your Project Team

~ Arthur Cooper

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

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Project Management Requires a Road Map

~ Tim Bryce

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

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An 8 Point Plan for Passing the PMP or CAPM Exam

~ John Reiling

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

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Controlling Project Costs Through Interactive Planning

~ Mark A. Borodynko

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

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Interest In Project Management Is On The Rise

~ Kevin Archbold

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

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DMAIC And Project Planning

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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Implementing PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology

~ Kevin Adler

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

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Managing Multiple Projects: Avoiding Project Overload

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Successful Innovation Means Managing the Losers

~ Carl Cullotta

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

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The Role of Project Managers

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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Project Managers, Trackers and Hybrids

~ Robert McIlree

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

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Understanding MSP Programme Management

~ Robert Norton

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

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Step-by-Step Beginners Guide to Project Management

~ Lee Iwan

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

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The 3 Different Types of Project Management Offices

~ John Reiling

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

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Why Over 90 Percent of All Projects Finish Late

~ Samuel Okoro

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

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7 Steps to Project Success

~ Peter Draper

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

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

~ Project Smart

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

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How to Initiate a Six Sigma Project

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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How To Get Your Project Approved

~ Norm Howe

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

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Rescuing a Small Project

~ Jeri Merrell

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

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How to Keep a Design Project Moving

~ Brad Squires

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

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

~ Chris Wright

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

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The Risky Business of Project Management

~ MA&A Group, Inc.

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

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Where is Project Management Going?

~ Karl Fischer

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

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PRINCE2 Training Courses for Structured Project Management

~ Robert Norton

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

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Forecasting Support Costs

~ Luc Richard

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

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Establishing Your Project Management Authority

~ Harry Mingail

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

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PRINCE2 Training Myths & Misconceptions

~ Steve Twine

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

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Project Management Revolution or Evolution

~ Demian Entrekin

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

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Stop Scope Creep Running Away With Your Project

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Defining Six Sigma Projects

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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Tips for Project Management Success

~ Andrew Winthorp

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

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How to Really Fix a Failing Project

~ Thomas Cutting

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

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Careers in Project Management: Learn to Get the Job Done

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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A Million Wrong Answers

~ James Barlow

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

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Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

~ Tony Jacowski

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

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

~ Anthony Lewis

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

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Persuasion and Perception

~ James Barlow

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

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

~ Project Smart

Techniques a project manager needs to employ to avoid project scope creep. What does it take to keep a project on track and deliver to the original specification?

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Reasons Why Projects Fail

~ Tom Carlos

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

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Growing your Small Business with Project Management

~ Michelle LaBrosse

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

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

~ Vernon Riley

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

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Right-Brain Project Management

~ Mike Griffiths

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

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Keep Your Project From Creeping Away

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

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

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

~ Suresh Malladi

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

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A Word (Or Two) On Quality

~ Gina Lijoi

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

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Choosing the Best Team for Your Project

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

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

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How to Succeed When Projects are Failing

~ Project Smart

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

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Flexible Project Management

~ Alex Tylee-Birdsall

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

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Effective Management of E-Commerce Projects

~ Venkatesh KV

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

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The Art of Project Scheduling

~ Marios Alexandrou

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

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Essential Documents to Manage Your Projects

~ Sam Elbeik PhD

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

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Purpose, Process and Pitfalls

~ Micah Mathis

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

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Six Ways to Give Proper Project Leadership

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

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

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Project Management As it Ought to Be

~ Brian Krichbaum

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

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7 Habits of Brilliant Project Managers

~ Duncan Brodie

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

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Getting Your Project In Sight

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

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

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Minimise Your Project Management Documentation

~ David Carr

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

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Five Goals of Every Project

~ Dr. Keith Mathis

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

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Project Management Training

~ Jakob Jelling

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

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Project Leader or Project Manager, Which One Are You?

~ Jacqueline Geddes

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

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6 Key Tips For Running Effective Project Meetings

~ Duncan Brodie

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

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How to Plan and Schedule More Complex Projects

~ Liz Cassidy

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

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The Top Five Software Project Risks

~ Mike Griffiths

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

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People, Process, and Predicting Project Success

~ Johanna Rothman

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

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Avoiding the "Dark Twisty Turn-filled Tunnel Syndrome"

~ Bob McGannon

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

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Virtual Teaming Soft Skills Relevant to all Projects

~ Brian Irwin

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

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Improve Project Success with Better Scope Management

~ Avneet Mathur

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

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5 Tips for Successful Projects

~ Matthew Sheaff

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

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Ten New Rules for Project Managers

~ Hal Macomber

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

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Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model

~ Andy Murray

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

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Managing Virtual Project Teams

~ Tim Bryce

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

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Pareto Analysis Step by Step

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Project Management Confidence

~ Kay Wais

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

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Do You Want to Discover the Truth About Your Projects?

~ Vernon Riley

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

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Empowered Outsourcing

~ Ann Drinkwater

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

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Project Management Methodology Explained

~ Duncan Haughey

Project management consists of four to five process groups, and a control system. Regardless of the methodology used, it uses the same basic processes.

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Project Methodologies: Not a Silver Bullet

~ Vernon Riley

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

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Developing a High Performance Project Team

~ Dick Grimes

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

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Chartering Projects

~ Todd Fuller

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

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Communication: The Lifeblood of a Project

~ Ann Drinkwater

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

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How to Implement Earned Value

~ Kay Wais

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

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The Difference Between Typical Project Management and Six Sigma Project Management

~ Peter Peterka

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

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Demand a Strong Project Plan

~ Michael Strange

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

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Project Management: Tips For Helping You Adopt A Process

~ Randy McGowan

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

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Project Management Excellence

~ Harry Mingail

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

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Developing the Project Plan

~ Talibah Adenouga

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

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Project Management: Risk Management

~ C J Williams

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

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How to Choose Project Management Training Courses for IT Professionals

~ Natalie Aranda

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

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Reducing Risk and Increasing the Probability of Project Success

~ Cliff Murphy

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

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Project Management Courses For Project Team Members

~ C J Williams

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

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The History of PRINCE2

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Project Management: Lessons From The Perfect Science - Hindsight

~ Jed Simms

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

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Rescuing Projects in Crisis - Project Turnaround Pointers

~ Manjeet Singh

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

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Project Management System Evaluation Checklist

~ Tim Bryce

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

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Introduction to Outsourcing for the Project Management Professional

~ John Reynolds

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

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Why Does Project Management Fail?

~ Tim Bryce

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

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

~ Matthew Sheaff

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

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Introduction to Project Management

~ Dr. Angela Lewis

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

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Just for a Laugh: The Lighter Side of Project Management

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Tips on Offshore Software Project Management

~ Rod Morris

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

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What is PRINCE2?

~ Duncan Haughey

PRINCE2 is a best practice framework that helps managers deliver projects on time and within budget. Learn more about the PRINCE2 project management methodology.

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Project Management an Undervalued Skill

~ Kevin Dwyer

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

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The Evolution of Project Management

~ Sandro Azzopardi

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

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Managing IT Projects: Theory or Practice?

~ Barry De Boer

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

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Eight Easy Steps to Managing Your Website Development

~ Simon Buehring

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

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Be a Smart Project Manager

~ Barry De Boer

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

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Using a PMO to Achieve Results in Your Agency

~ Matthew Sheaff

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

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How to Recruit an IT Project Manager

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Manage Your Project On Time Every Time

~ Simon Buehring

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

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Change Management in Practice: Why Does Change Fail?

~ Jonathan Palmer

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

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Six Rules for Great IT Project Success

~ John Avellanet

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

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IT Project Governance and PRINCE2 Project Management

~ Alan Calder

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

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Project Planning a Step by Step Guide

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Managing Small Projects

~ Simon Buehring

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

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Project Management Success with the Top 7 Best Practices

~ Simon Buehring

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

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It's All in the Technique

~ Cheryl L. Strait

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

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Why Software Projects Fail and How to Make Them Succeed

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Planning a Project Using a Work Breakdown Structure & Logic Network

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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How to Choose the Best Course to Improve Your Leadership Skills

~ Jacky Sherman

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

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Stealth Team Building

~ Robert McGannon

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

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The Importance of Project Management

~ Dr Malcolm Wheatley

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

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Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good and Great Project Managers

~ Robert McGannon

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

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Managing IT Projects Offshore

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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The Four Levels of Project Success

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Avoiding the Duplicate Application Trap

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager

~ Timothy R. Barry

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

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Reaping the Benefits of Good User Requirements

~ Duncan Haughey

A critical part of any software development project is the requirements gathering. If you are unclear about what is going to be delivered, how will you know when you get there?

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Avoid Failed Projects

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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

~ Geoff Choo

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

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Helping Project Teams Succeed

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Successful Projects: It's Not Rocket Science

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Better Behaviour For More Effective IT Development Projects

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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PRINCE2 Goes from Strength to Strength

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Tips and Reminders for Project Managers

~ Duncan Haughey

Here are some essential tips and reminders I have compiled for those new to project management or in case you need to refresh your memory.

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What is Project Portfolio Management?

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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What is Benefits Realisation?

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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What is Earned Value?

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Introduction to Project Management

~ Duncan Haughey

This introduction to project management is a good starting point for anyone new to project management or considering a career as a project manager.

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What is Stakeholder Management?

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Unified Modeling Language (UML)

~ Duncan Haughey

A key element of any project is understanding the customer requirements this is where the Unified Modeling Language (UML) can help.

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Project Risk Management

~ Duncan Haughey

Nobody likes to think about what may go wrong in a project, but to overlook risk management means that you chance an unnecessary project failure.

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PMP Exam Day Tips

~ PMConnection

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

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PMP Exam Application

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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8 Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals

~ Merlyn Sanchez

Setting goals is easy but achieving them is not. SMART goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely is the first step in making your goal a reality.

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An Introduction to PRINCE2

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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An Introduction to Microsoft Project

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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The Role of the Project Manager

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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Six Sigma Terminology

~ Rizalito Garcia

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

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Estimating Project Costs

~ Duncan Haughey

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

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