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by NickC
Fri 13 Jun 2014 10:31 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Tools to Communicate Progress With Clients
Replies: 2
Views: 3986

Re: Tools to Communicate Progress With Clients

I use Excel to create Highlight Reports that we update and issue periodically every 2 weeks, whenever something notifiable (risks / issues) needs to be communicated, or whenever I am asked for an update. I can format it easy and quickly just how I / the readers want it. Conditional formatting (red /...
by NickC
Thu 22 May 2014 7:52 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Controlling a High Number of Tasks to be Peformed
Replies: 3
Views: 4670

Re: Controlling a High Number of Tasks to be Peformed

Hi Tom After trying different ideas we came back to using an Excel based task monitor. We can configure it exactly how we want to and making changes to the format is very quick. Conditional formatting and the sort features are very useful i.e. orange when a task is 1 week from it's deadline, red whe...
by NickC
Thu 17 Apr 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Which project success factor do you find most difficult to manage?
Replies: 5
Views: 7420

Re: Which project success factor do you find most difficult to manage?

Hi Brad, Strangely enough, one of the problems I come across is getting the client to define what success is. If they cannot define success themselves, success is never going to be established. Does anyone have any tips for establishing success factors with customers? As we know, success factors ne...
by NickC
Fri 07 Mar 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Getting things done vs theory
Replies: 3
Views: 5807

Getting things done vs theory

Hi All A while back I studied PRINCE2 and left the course feeling highly motivated with lots of ideas and enthusiasm. Lately, I feel that my role as PM is more about getting things done by hook or by crook and very little of the training is used. Senior management aren't really interested in the the...
by NickC
Fri 28 Feb 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: What Excel functions do project managers/analysts use most?
Replies: 4
Views: 10862

Re: What Excel functions do project managers/analysts use most?

Just to expand on the question a little. How important is it that the PM has a high skill level regarding computer literacy such as the use of Excel, MS Project and other software? I have recently worked with a PM who is struggling to adapt to MS project and other packages including MS Excel. Proble...
by NickC
Mon 24 Feb 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: What Excel functions do project managers/analysts use most?
Replies: 4
Views: 10862

Re: What Excel functions do project managers/analysts use most?

When you say functions do you mean features of excel i.e. conditional formatting, filters etc, or formula based functions such as these?

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/excel ... 77524.aspx

Nick
by NickC
Mon 10 Feb 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: One Project Manager for Multiple Projects
Replies: 0
Views: 5511

One Project Manager for Multiple Projects

Hi All It is possible that my organisation will soon allocate a single project manager to co-ordinate all projects. Currently we have several PM's who all have other technical roles. The intention here is to ensure that each project is managed in a similar fashion. Currently the senior managers have...
by NickC
Mon 10 Feb 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Relationship between WBS and Gantt chart
Replies: 15
Views: 75202

Re: Relationship between WBS and Gantt chart

dhaughey wrote:I've just published a new article that takes a detailed look at the WBS.

Work Breakdown Structure 101

Hope you find it useful.

Thanks,
Duncan
Thanks!

A very, very useful article as it actually explains from a 'how to' perspective.
by NickC
Wed 05 Feb 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Please, please help - Management and organisation
Replies: 2
Views: 3825

Re: Please, please help - Management and organisation

Hi What is the main intended function of what you are trying to create? It sounds like you want an overview summary of each projects status? If so it may be worth searching for project dashboard templates. If you're looking to capture more detailed information relating to tasks, issues, risks etc, t...
by NickC
Fri 31 Jan 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Business Organisation Structure & Projects
Replies: 0
Views: 6536

Business Organisation Structure & Projects

Hi All, I was wondering how your organisations have set themselves up in order to accommodate effective project management. Do you have a project management office, and if so who does it report to, and what authority does it have over team managers / team members? What levels of authority is given t...