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Project Management Planning & Organizing

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Managing a Project with a Project-Management Information System

Savvy project managers use a project-management information system (PMIS) to keep their projects organized. A PMIS is a set of procedures, equipment, and other resources for collecting, analyzing, storing [more…]

How to Monitor Work Effort

When you're managing a project, comparing work effort expended with work effort planned can highlight when people are incorrectly expanding or reducing the scope of an activity; are more or less qualified [more…]

How to Monitor Project Expenditures

Project managers monitor project expenditures to verify that they’re in accordance with the project plan and, if they’re not, to address any deviations. You may think that you can determine project funds [more…]

How to Formalize Your Project Control Process

Every project manager has his or her own way of setting up project control processes. To guide your project throughout its performance, you must establish procedures to collect and submit required progress [more…]

How to Identify and Correct Causes of Project Delays

An effective project manager tracks every aspect of a project as it progresses in order to identify and correct causes of delays. After you confirm that a problem exists, you have to understand what caused [more…]

How to Manage Project Change Requests

How project managers handle project change requests depends on individual management styles. On large projects, formal change-control systems govern how you can receive, assess, and act on requests for [more…]

Earned Value Management Terms and Formulas for Project Managers

The basic premise of earned value management (EVM) is that the value of a piece of work is equal to the amount of funds budgeted to complete it. As part of EVM, you use the following information to assess [more…]

How to Determine a Task’s Earned Value

The key to a meaningful EVM (earned value management) analysis lies in the accuracy of your estimates of earned value (EV). To determine EV, you must estimate how much of a task you’ve completed to date [more…]

How to Plan for Your Project’s Completion

New project managers may not realize this, but planning for the completion of a project should be part of the initial project plan. If you wait until the end of your project to start thinking in detail [more…]

What to Do When You Complete a Project

So you're about to complete your (successful) project. Filing the final report, however, isn't the project manager's last task. You need to help your team members transition off the project, acknowledge [more…]

How Project Managers Write Useful Reports

Writing useful reports is part of a project manager's repertoire of good communications skills. Written reports enable a project manager to present factual data efficiently; to choose words carefully to [more…]

How to Write an Interesting Progress Report for Projects

As a project manager, you write progress reports to let people know how the project is going. When you write your project-progress report, make sure it’s interesting and tells the appropriate people what [more…]

Supporting Virtual Project Teams with Communication Technology

A virtual project team is a group of people who work together across geographic, time, and organizational boundaries to accomplish a common set of goals and objectives. Although the needs of a virtual [more…]

Applying Earned Value Management to Your Project

If your project is fairly complex, you may consider using earned-value management (EVM) to help control performance. By providing cost and schedule performance assessments of both the total project and [more…]

Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager

Successful project management depends not only on what you do, but also on how you do it. A project manager's attitudes and behaviors toward people affect how they respond to that person. The ten tips [more…]

How to Prepare for the Post-Project Evaluation

Successful project managers lay the groundwork for repeating on future projects what worked on past ones (and avoiding what didn’t) by conducting a post-project evaluation. A post-project evaluation [more…]

How to Run a Post-Project Evaluation Meeting

As a project manager you will want to run a post-project evaluation meeting. A post-project evaluation is only as good as the results, expenditures, and performance information it’s based on. Before you [more…]

How to Choose Project-Management Software

No matter how superb a project manager's organizational skills may be, project-management software is a boon. When your project is sufficiently complex, you can use software for a wide variety of tasks [more…]

How to Use E-Mail Effectively during Your Project

E-mail is a fast, convenient means of conducting one-way, written communication during a project. For example, you can use e-mail to confirm oral discussions and agreements with project team members. In [more…]

Product Development Lingo

Get to know the following product development language so you’re on top of your game and your head isn’t spinning from all the jargon used during new product development meetings and conventions: [more…]

The New Product Development Cycle

So you can turn your great ideas into money, take a look at how the cycle of new product development evolves from inception to successfully marketing and selling your product: [more…]

Producing a Basic Business Case

One of the key documents needed in project management is the Business Case. You can adjust the contents of the Business Case to suit the project and also any organisational standard or methodology you’re [more…]

Knowing Who You Need to Involve in Planning Your Project

Knowing early on who you need to involve in managing your project allows you to include the right people in your initial objective setting. It also allows you to plan for their participation at the appropriate [more…]

Avoiding Project Management Pitfalls

The key objective in project management is to complete your project successfully. That often means steering clear of the potholes in the road. This handy list of ten common pitfalls helps you avoid some [more…]

Understanding the Four Project Stages

Every project, whether large or small, passes through four stages of project management. It’s important that you get a handle on these four key areas. [more…]

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