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Characteristics of Agile Iterations

Agile 101. The Characteristics of Agile Iterations Most people understand that the days of the huge monolithic project are over – and have been for some time. The better approach is to break large projects into a set of smaller, easier to manage projects. Short projects are easier to manage than large projects. There are […]

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Five Things to Know About Critical Path

Critical path refers to the sequence of activities that must be completed on time for the entire project to be completed on time. It is an important aspect of your project schedule. Here are five things to know about critical path. 1. Float refers to schedule flexibility On every project, no matter how complicated, there […]

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Nine Ways to Lead Your Team on Late Change Requests

They say the only sure things in life are death and taxes. However, there may be a third – project scope change. Project changes usually result from two causes. First, the stakeholders do not understand all of the details and nuances of what they need at the time you ask them. The second reason for […]

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Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM) (Part 2 of 2)

Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM) (Part 2 of 2) There are many ways to build and manage a schedule. Here we are discussing Earned Value Management. Let's recap where we ended last week.  Today's Date is March 31 Completed Activity A B C D Remaining Work Target Date March 10 March 15 March 31 […]

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Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM) (Part 1 of 2)

Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM) (Part 1 of 2) Have you ever been asked how far along you were on a project? Of course you have. If you do not have a valid schedule, or if you are not keeping the schedule up-to-date, you know that your answer is pretty much a guess. If […]

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Should You Factor Positive Risk into Project Planning?

Risks represent potential future events or circumstances that could have an impact on your project. Generally we think of risk having a negative impact. However, what if the impact on your project was positive? In that case you would have an opportunity risk. You have heard the saying that you should “push the envelop”, “be a risk-taker”, […]

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Try using a RACI Chart with your next project

RACI Charts, for anyone not already familiar, are terrific for quickly defining individual roles within a process, team, or even project. Defining clear responsibility and accountability will help to ensure everyone on your team knows his or her role, and the roles of other team members. A RACI Chart is a simple matrix of task […]

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Keep consistent project resources

We had a project recently that went a little off the rails. It was scoped and priced properly, schedule and expectations were okay, and the client was reasonable. The problem was in the resource planning. This was a custom software, development project. The initial team met with the client and did a good job documenting […]

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How Do You Handle Projects With Predetermined End-dates (Timeboxing)

How Do You Handle Projects With Predetermined End-dates (Timeboxing)? In a perfect world, your project schedule and completion dates would be derived based on the amount of work to be done and the number of resources available. As you know, that is not always the case. Sometimes when the project is assigned, it already has […]

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You Have Heard of Monte Carlo Scheduling. Here is What is Means

You Have Heard of Monte Carlo Scheduling. Here is What is Means Schedules are the way you estimate the work, resources and durations for your project. One way to manage schedule risk for large projects is through the Monte Carlo modeling. Here is an example to demonstrate Monte Carlo. The example is simple, but it […]

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