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Our library of articles provides valuable insights into the discipline of project management across thirty-two categories.
Agile project management takes the ideas from agile software development and applies them to project management.
A best practice is an accepted method or technique that is regarded as the standard way of doing things.
The business case records the justification for starting a project. It describes the benefits, costs and impact, plus a calculation of the financial case.
These case studies show the use of project management in practice. Studying real-life situations will help you see how others have been successful.
Change management is the practice of tracking changes during a product or service development and is a vital part of project management.
A communication plan is a necessary part of a project. It's been said that communication is the lifeblood of projects.
Cost management is one of the fundamental and yet most challenging tasks for a project manager.
Earned Value is the most comprehensive trend analysis technique available to project managers.
Before the 1950s, projects were managed on an ad-hoc basis, mainly using informal techniques and tools.
IT project management is a sub-discipline of project management in which we plan, monitor, and control information technology projects.
The purpose of lessons learned is to bring together any insights gained during a project that project managers can apply to future projects.
A project management methodology provides a framework through which the project manager delivers projects.
The value of the Pareto Principle for a project manager is that it reminds you to focus on the 20% of things that matter on a project.
Project documentation defines and records the way we manage projects and the governance surrounding them.
The PMO is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards and processes related to project management within an organisation.
Project planning is a discipline for stating how the project team will accomplish a project within a specific timeframe, scope and budget.
Project portfolio management is the coordinated and controlled management of a portfolio of projects to achieve a set of business objectives.
Project sponsorship is an active senior management role responsible for identifying the business need, problem or opportunity.
The cost of quality is a substantial cost on any project, so prudent managers look for ways to keep these costs in check.
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A critical part of any project is requirements management. If you are unsure about what will be delivered, how will you know when you get there?
Rescuing a project that's failing is no easy task for a project manager, so here are some ideas to point you in the right direction.
Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and mitigating threats to a project.
The project manager's role, in a nutshell, is the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project.
Project scheduling is the art of planning dates for starting and completing activities and milestones.
The scope is the most important element to understand about any project. All planning and allocation of resources are anchored to this understanding.
Setting goals is easy but achieving them isn't, so make sure they're SMART, and you'll have a better chance of success.
Stakeholder management is the process of managing the expectation of anyone that has an interest in a project or will be affected by its deliverables.
Team building is a project focused process that builds and develops shared goals, interdependence, trust and accountability among team members.
Time management is planning and exercising conscious control of our work activities to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity.
The first step in selecting a good training course for project managers is to understand the role of the project manager as it is today.
A work breakdown structure is a valuable and well-used project management tool. It sets the foundation for the rest of the project planning.
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Below are a collection of essential project management skills, methods, tools and competencies needed for project success.
The BOSCARD is a strategic planning tool used to give the terms of reference for new projects. It originated with consulting company Cap Gemini in the 1980s.
The Delphi Technique is a method used to estimate the likelihood and outcome of future events. For projects, it can predict future risks and opportunities.
What is the best method for creating a prioritised list of project requirements? The MoSCoW method can help. MoSCoW stands for must, should, could and would.
Pareto Analysis or the 80/20 rule enables you to see what 20 per cent of cases are causing 80 per cent of the problems on a project.
PEST is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the political, economic, social, and technological factors impacting a project.
A Gantt chart, Logic Network, PERT chart, Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure are standard tools used in project planning.
Delegation is an essential part of a project manager's role, so identifying roles and responsibilities is an important skill. Applying the RACI model can help.
A RAID log is one of the easiest and most effective tools you can create for your project. RAID stands for risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies.
SWOT is a strategic planning tool that involves specifying the objective of a project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable to achieving that objective.
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Here are some project management videos from our YouTube channel, plus some of our favourite videos from other publishers.
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What Does a Project Manager Do?
What exactly does a project manager do? Many of us will have worked alongside project managers, but how much notice did you actually take? This video looks at the role of a project manager and the skills needed for a career in project management.
Fully Featured Excel Gantt Chart
In this video, learn how to create a more complete Gantt chart that not only shows percentage completed for each task and conditionally formats the progress bars but also allows you to compare actual project plan to planned project plan.
Project Management for Beginners: A Simple Guide
Are you new to project management and looking for a beginner's guide? Then this is the video for you! I'll talk you through what it means to be a project manager and cover all of the important topics.
12 Terms You Should Know | Project Management Fundamentals
A project management tutorial video on 12 key terms we think everyone should know (from beginners to experts).
4 Habits of Highly Productive People
If you want to know how to make the most of your available time and achieve your goals, start with these four essential habits.
How to Build a High-Performance Project Team
What makes a winning project team? Why do some teams achieve greatness while others struggle? Anna looks at the factors present in winning project teams.
Approaches to Risk Management
In this video, Brad Egeland talks about risk management's importance and discusses tools and common risk management mistakes.
How to Report Status on a Project
In this video, Brad Egeland explains how to prepare for the project status reporting process, carry it out, and talks about why it is valuable.
Intro to Scrum in Under 10 Minutes
What is Agile Scrum? Learn Scrum in under 10 minutes in this video introduction to the Scrum software development methodology.
SCRUM: Twice the Work, Half the Time
This video details why Scrum is so much better than traditional project management methods and how you can use it on your next project.
How to Write a Smart Goal
The acronym SMART tells us to write achievable and effective goals, but how do you write a SMART goal? This video tutorial looks at the dos and don'ts of writing SMART goals.
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