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PMOs Should Assess Projects to Validate Use of Common Processes

PMOs Should Assess Projects to Validate Use of Common Processes Many Project Management Offices (PMOs) spend quite a bit of time deploying common project management practices in their organization and building project management skills in their staff. But is it working? The PMO can validate whether their work is sticking through project assessments. Project assessments […]

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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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Add Green Thinking to Your Procurement Process

Add Green Thinking to Your Procurement Process The TenStep model for sustainable project management (GreenPM®) integrates green thinking (“greenthink”) into every project management process. The point about green project management is not that you make every decision in favor of the one that is most environmentally friendly. The point is that you start to take […]

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Use Five Steps in a Comprehensive Training Approach

Use Five Steps in a Comprehensive Training Approach Training is usually provided as the project solution is about to be deployed. However, on many projects the team does not start thinking about training until the end of the project. This is much too late. The key to an effective training approach is to start the […]

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Five Important Things to Know About Critical Path

Five Important Things to Know About Critical Path Some people think the critical path is where the critical work is performed. Similarly, it was just a few weeks ago that a project management stated that she needed to pick the "right" critical path for her project. Both of these definitions are incorrect.  Critical path refers […]

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Use These Seven Steps to Calculate Duration

Use These Seven Steps to Calculate Duration When you build a schedule you need to understand how to estimate duration. If everyone worked eight hours per day, and was 100% productive for all eight hours, you could easily calculate duration by taking the number of effort hours, divided by the number of resources. For instance, […]

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Apply These Three Techniques for Managing Scope

Apply These Three Techniques for Managing Scope Identifying and  managing project scope is one of the most important elements for project success. Saying this another way, a lack of understanding and managing of project scope is one of the major reasons for project challenges. Here are three techniques that will help you be more successful […]

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Use These Five Communication Techniques on Your Projects

Use These Five Communication Techniques on Your Projects Many people think "managing communication" is the most important of the project management processes. If you think about it, over half of the time you spend managing projects involves some element of communication. Here are five techniques to help you be more effective. Use appendices for status […]

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Use These Seven Steps for a Project Audit

Use These Seven Steps for a Project Audit In some cases, such as a government project, periodic audits may be called for as a part of the overall contract. The audit could also be described in the Quality Management Plan. An audit is conducted by a third-party. This third party could be any qualified person […]

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Here are Five Strategies for the Responding to Risks

Here are Five Strategies for the Responding to Risks Risks are future events or conditions that have a probability of occurrence and an impact to the project if they occur. Identifying risks is only the start of the risk management process. After you identify risks, you need to analyze them to see which ones are […]

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