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Describe Project Value Using a Business Case

Describe Project Value Using a Business Case It can be hard to compare and prioritize the projects in your portfolio because there are many different types of projects. Some projects might increase revenue, some might decrease costs and some might help build internal capability. All of them have some benefit but it may not be […]

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Uncertainty on Long Projects

Four Tips to Deal with Uncertainty on Long Projects Long projects generally start off with a lot of uncertainty. You may be uncertain of the resource requirements, the final deliverables, the cost, schedule, etc. There will be many risks. The good news is that project managers deal with the uncertainty associated with large projects all […]

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Agile 101 – Agile Teams Use Simple Tools (Except for Testing)

Agile 101 – Agile Teams Use Simple Tools (Except for Testing) Generally speaking, Agile teams are not big on software tools. Most of the time Agile teams utilize the simplest tool that will perform the job. For example, Agile teams typically do not create formal status reports, but that does not mean they don't communicate. […]

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Ten Tips for Effective Status Meetings

Ten Tips for Effective Status Meetings Reporting status is the minimum expectation for communicating on a project. Team status meetings are a good way to maintain effective communication with the team. There are some simple rules and etiquettes that will make them more production and valuable to the attendees. All individual meetings should have an […]

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Are You a Strong Project Manager?

Are you a Strong Project Manager? Take a Quick Quiz to Find Out   Every couple years we re-issue a survey to help you decide if you are a strong project manager. The following questions have been worded in a way that will allow you to answer “yes” or “no,” even though there are shades […]

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When to Implement a Change Request Freeze

  When to Implement a Change Request Freeze Business is always changing and the project solutions must reflect these changes as well. That is why projects accommodate scope changes. To account for changing business needs, it may seem like you need to accommodate requested changes throughout the project. However, you need to finish the project […]

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Two Schedule Management Techniques You Can Use Today

Two Schedule Management Techniques You Can Use Today There are two schedule management techniques that you can use today to better to understand how you are tracking to your project schedule.  Investigate When ‘Completed’ Activities Are Not Really Completed Sometimes a team member says that an activity is complete when in reality it is not […]

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Ten Not-So-Obvious Time Management Tips

Ten Not-So-Obvious Time Management Tips Organizations can be more efficient and effective if work is properly planned and delegated. Personal working habits should also be efficient. There are lots of things happening during the day that impact your work. You are trying to work on many things that need help from others. Other people are […]

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Communicate Pro-activity Based on Your Project Size

Communicate Proactively Based on Your Project Size   You all know the drill. You are doing a heroic job managing a project, solving problems, providing leadership to the team, and trying to get all the work done on time and within budget. However, when your manager or your client asks how the project is going, […]

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Should You Implement Time Reporting  for Internal Projects?

Should You Implement Time Reporting  for Internal Projects? Every company that has a consulting or professional services organization is familiar with time reporting. It only makes sense that if you provide services to customers on a time and materials basis, you need to accurately allocate your time to them. Some organizations also require time reporting […]

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