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Helpful Project Management Websites

Microsoft Project 2013 helps you manage projects better, but you also want to enhance your project management expertise. Visit these websites that offer templates and third-party add-ins for Microsoft [more…]

How to Control Your Project during Performance

As the project manager, you need to monitor and control your project throughout its life cycle. You start with the initial plan and continue to tweak the project until completion. This flowchart shows [more…]

What to Include in a Project Scope Statement

The Scope Statement is an essential element of any project. Project managers use the Scope Statement as a written confirmation of the results your project will produce and the constraints and assumptions [more…]

Pick a Project Title that Makes a Positive First Impression

One of the first items you can use to develop essential information-sharing and commitment-building processes is your project’s title. To accomplish a successful project, a group of focused and motivated [more…]

3 Ways to Chart Your Work Breakdown Structure

Presenting a work breakdown structure (WBS) as a chart helps project managers and their teams to visualize the hierarchy of a project. WBS charts come in several formats; three of the most common are organization [more…]

How to Issue a Contract for Work Breakdown Structure Services

You use a work breakdown structure (WBS) that you include in a contract for services to be provided to you by another person or organization differently from the way you use one to guide project work that [more…]

4 Ways to Display Your Project's Schedule

Unless all your project's activities are on a critical path, your network diagram doesn't specify your exact schedule. Rather, it provides information for you to consider when you develop your schedule [more…]

How to Control Project Scope Creep

Scope creep is the gradual expansion of project work without formal consideration and acceptance of these changes or their associated costs and effects. Scope creep can occur as a result of any of the [more…]

What's Hot (and What's Not) in Project-Process Reports

Preparing the project-progress report gives you an opportunity to step back and review all aspects of your project so you can recognize accomplishments and identify situations that may require your early [more…]

How to Use a Project Dashboard for Your Project-Progress Report

To make your written project-progress reports most effective, you can use a project dashboard to include the greatest amount of information in the least amount of space. A [more…]

How to Use Social Media to Enhance Project Management

One way to collect project-related information, as well as to keep tabs on your project and share its progress with the rest of your team is to make use of social media — you know, blogs, Facebook, Twitter [more…]

How Social Media Can Support Your Project Planning and Performance

You can support your project's planning and performance with social media. Project success depends heavily on accurate and timely information sharing, productive interpersonal relationships among the team [more…]

How to Support Your Project Communications with Social Media

To ensure that social media provides your project team responsive communications support, consider the following questions when thinking about setting up your project’s presence on social media: [more…]

10 Questions to Ask as You Plan Your Project

Answer these ten questions to make sure you’ve completely identified all the work your project will require. When you begin a project, you always feel the pressure to jump in and start working immediately [more…]

How to Prepare Your Project Plan

Even though you can’t avoid surprises or changes as your project unfolds, you can provide a logical order for your project’s planning activities. Sticking to this order as much as possible discourages [more…]

Pre-Development Checklist for Project Plans

Smart software project managers do considerable prep work before they create a project plan. Applying a pre-development checklist ensures that your project plan will have a strong foundation. [more…]

Project Managers: 7 Signs of Potential Project Failure

The ability to recognize the signs of potential failure gives project managers a big advantage in the software project management game. That awareness leads to pre-emptive action in dealing with issues [more…]

7 Questions to Consider before Delegating Tasks to Employees

When you know which aspects of a project you want to delegate, you must determine to whom you will delegate. Which person will be good for which assignment? Here are some important questions to ask before [more…]

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