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How to Get Your Quality Control Project Back on Track

Of course you expect your quality-control project to succeed, but things rarely go as smoothly as planned. Even the best-laid plans sometimes run into problems. Be ready for trouble and use the following [more…]

Quality Control For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Without quality control, your organization can't survive for long. Successfully implementing, maintaining, and evaluating quality control standards is critical whether you're seeking ISO certification [more…]

Leading Your Team with Meetings that Work

Many employees (and leaders) have a bad feeling about meetings, but productive meetings serve many important purposes. You can lead your meetings more effectively when you follow a few guidelines: [more…]

How to Survive Office Politics by Identifying Key Players

To survive office politics, know who the key players are. After all, office politics is about the relationships and dynamics among your colleagues. At its best, those relationships allow you to get tasks [more…]

How to Manage Time by Prioritizing Daily Tasks

Prioritizing daily tasks is key to successful time management. When you prioritize, you make sure you accomplish the most important tasks first. Make time management a habit — your stress level [more…]

Project Start-Up with PRINCE2

At the start-up point in the PRINCE2 project management method, you’re simply getting together enough information to check if the project is worth planning in detail and to provide key information for [more…]

Project Planning with PRINCE2

Time spent properly planning is seldom wasted, but huge amounts of project time can be wasted from inadequate plans that aren’t thought through. Take the rights steps at the project initiation stage to [more…]

Project Stages in PRINCE2 Project Management

The products make superb milestones, and PRINCE2 projects, like any others, are about delivery, not about being busy. Make quite sure that products are to the specified quality. [more…]

Exception Plans with PRINCE2 Project Management

Exceptions in PRINCE2 projects, as in all projects need rapid but careful investigation. For example, there’s a big difference between overspending in a stage and early spending. PRINCE2 provides the method [more…]

End Stage in PRINCE2 Project Management

In PRINCE2 projects, End Stage work is done by the Project Manager towards the end of the stage, followed by the Project Board’s meeting to decide whether or not to continue. [more…]

PRINCE2 Project Management Project Closure

The work at this point in a PRINCE2 project is done by the Project Manager towards the end of the last stage to prepare for the Project Board meeting which confirms closure. [more…]

Project Management: How to Determine Project Needs

As a project manager you should have a full understanding of your project’s needs. The needs that your project addresses may not always be obvious. Suppose, for example, that your organization decides [more…]

Performing a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Whether you know it as a cost-benefit analysis or a benefit-cost analysis, performing one is critical to any project. When you perform a cost-benefit analysis, you make a comparative assessment of all [more…]

What Your Project Plan Should Cover

When you know the goal of your project and you believe it’s possible, you need a detailed project plan that describes how you and your team will make it happen. Include the following in your project-management [more…]

How to Plan Project Execution

After you’ve developed your project-management plan and set your appropriate project baselines, it’s time to get to work and start executing your project plan. This is often the phase when management gets [more…]

Assessing Your Project-Management Skills

An effective project manager has specific skills and talents. Before you begin a project, take this quick self-evaluation to determine your project-management strengths and weaknesses. By answering the [more…]

Project Management: How to State Your Project’s Objectives

Managing a project calls for clear objectives. After all, a project’s outcomes may be the products or services you develop or the results of using these products and services. The more clearly you define [more…]

How to Define Where Your Project Starts and Stops

Sometimes the project you're managing stands alone, but, more often, it’s one part of related efforts to achieve a common result. Manage the project by clearly defining the beginning and end to help you [more…]

Project Management: How to Clarify Project Goals

As a project manager, nail down goals before you start planning project-execution details. In your quest to find out what your project is supposed to accomplish and how it fits into your organization’s [more…]

Project Management: How to Define Project Constraints

Project limitations may influence how you manage your project and may even determine whether or not you (and your project’s drivers and supporters) decide to proceed with your project. Project limitations [more…]

How to Develop a Work Breakdown Structure by Brainstorming

How you develop you’re work breakdown schedule (WBS) for a project you're managing depends on how familiar you and your team are with your project, whether similar projects have been successfully performed [more…]

How to Develop a Project Audience List

As a project manager, consider your project audience list to be a living document. You need to start developing your list as soon as you begin thinking about your project. Write down any names that occur [more…]

When to Involve Your Project Audience

As a project manager you have to decide when it's appropriate to involve the audience you defined in your project list. Keeping the project audience involved is important and can contribute to your project’s [more…]

Maximizing Audience Involvement in Your Project

The project you're managing will benefit if you keep the audience (whether they're groups or individuals) involved through meetings and written communication. To maximize your audiences’ involvement and [more…]

How to Check Your Project Audience's Authority

When you involve an audience in the project you are managing, mistaking a person's level of authority can lead to frustration, as well as wasted time and money. Confirm that the people you've identified [more…]

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