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A collection of twenty essential project management skills, methods, tools and competencies needed for success.

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Work Breakdown Structure 101

The 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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A Guide to Creating a Quality Project Schedule

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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BOSCARD (Terms of Reference)

The BOSCARD is a strategic planning tool used to gain approval for new projects. It is thought to have originated with consulting company Cap Gemini.

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Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

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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Estimating Project Costs

Many techniques, books and software packages exist to help with estimating project costs. A few simple rules will also help ensure you create an accurate and realistic estimate.

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Funding Proposal

If you are already familiar with the ubiquitous Project Brief and would like to try something new, here's an idea. Why not try writing a Funding Proposal.

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How to Create a Gantt Chart Using Microsoft Excel

A Gantt chart is a popular project management bar chart. This video presentation is a simple guide to creating a Gantt chart using Microsoft Excel.

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Project Management Tools

A Gantt chart, Logic Network, PERT chart, Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure are common tools used when planning a project.

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Project Planning a Step by Step Guide

The key to a successful project is in the planning. 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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Progress Reporting

Progress reporting is a key activity of project management. The project manager issues regular reports of progress against budget, schedule and scope.

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RAID Log

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.

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Requirements Gathering 101

Requirements gathering is an essential part of any project and a key project management skill. Read 10 rules for successful requirements gathering.

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Delphi Technique a Step-by-Step Guide

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.

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MoSCoW Method

What is the best method for creating a prioritised list of customer requirements? The MoSCoW method can help. MoSCoW stands for must, should, could and would.

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Pareto Analysis Step by Step

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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PEST Analysis

PEST is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the impact political, economic, social, and technological factors might have on a project. It involves an organisation considering the external environment before starting a project.

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RACI Matrix

Delegation is an essential part of a project manager's role, so identifying roles and responsibilities is important. Applying the RACI model can help.

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SMART Goals

When you run a project are your goals SMART goals? The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition for goal setting.

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SWOT Analysis

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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Using Feedback as a Tool

Using feedback as a tool can help to motivate people, help with a persons development, uncover risks and issues and solve problems.

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