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Two Techniques for Qualitative Risk Analysis

Two Techniques for Qualitative Risk Analysis After you identify project risks, you need to analyze them to see which ones are important enough to manage. The most common form of analysis is called qualitative risk analysis. This is referred to as “qualitative” since it is a quick approximation of the risk severity and does not […]

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Projects, Programs, and Portfolios Explained

Projects, Programs, and Portfolios Explained Many people hear the terms projects, programs and portfolio, but are not sure what they all mean and how they fit together. All three are structures that allow us to organize certain types of work. These three concepts need to be understood by project managers. Projects Projects, by their definition, […]

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The TenStep View of Processes and Templates

The TenStep View of Processes and Templates I am not sure if it is obvious, but at TenStep we are "process people". We think that organizations that have good processes have a much better chance to be successful than the organization with weak processes. Of course, you have to have good processes and you also […]

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Frustration Culture When Actions and Principles Don’t Align

Frustration Culture When Actions and Principles Don't Align Believe it or not, there are many fine companies in the world that have great products and treat their employees well. There are also many companies that are just plain rotten. Of course, most companies fall somewhere in the middle. One of the reasons that employees don’t […]

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Use Cost Accounts to Manage Budgets with More Precision

Use Cost Accounts to Manage Budgets with More Precision Many projects have one overall budget that includes all of the project labor costs, equipment costs, materials costs, etc. This is fine for smaller and medium-sized projects. However, as a project gets larger it helps to have the overall budget broken down into smaller portions. This […]

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Practice Five Parts of Configuration Management

Practice Five Parts of Configuration Management Configuration management is one of the many aspects of project management. It is applicable to certain projects that need to track components.  There are two major types of configuration management. Identification, tracking and managing of all the assets of a project. This definition would be especially relevant on software […]

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Your Organization Culture Influences Project Success

Your Organization Culture Influences Project Success It should come as no shock to learn that some organizations are better than others at managing projects. There are probably no organizations that have a 100% success rate, and hopefully none have a 0% success rate. However, some organizations definitely perform at a higher level than others. There […]

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Five Advanced Document Management for Large Projects

Five Advanced Document Management for Large Projects Document management is a process for managing how you plan, store and retrieve documents on a project. Managing documentation is usually a part of the broader communication management process. Most projects don't need to worry about formal document management processes. However, if your project produces a lot of […]

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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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