Archive | October, 2015

Project Phases – Video

Managing a project is a sequence of steps that are called the project phases. This is not to say that there aren’t surprises and it certainly doesn’t mean there’s only one thing happening at a time. But there are identifiable project phases that are planned and executed. The project manager and sponsor must reach agreement […]

Project Management Tracking

Why Use Project Management Tracking? Project management tracking is the way successful project managers update executives and stakeholders on the status and what’s happening on the project. This is also where they report on how the actual results compare to the original plan. Project management tracking is not a mechanical data dump where you just […]

Project Management Profession

Let’s talk about the project management profession. What do landing people on the moon and cleaning up your department’s supply room have in common? They are both projects. Project management about  is producing deliverables like new payroll software, a bridge over I-25,  reorganizing the file room, hiring a new marketing director, producing a new personnel […]

Project Red Light Status

When I started managing projects I believed that the red light status was something to be avoided. For me having my project in red light status was like declaring surrender. It was synonymous with failure and embarrassment. Even when the status should have been red, I tried to mitigate, work long hours to put things […]

Project Trade-Offs – Scope, Time, Cost, Risk, Quality

Project managers use trade-offs during project planning and every week during the life of the project whenever they have a variance or a change request. Project Manager Skills Main Page Here is an example of  a project trade-off. The sponsor demands an earlier finish date and the project manager says, “Yes I can shorten the […]

Work Breakdown Schedule

The work breakdown schedule (WBS) is the spine of your project plan. The most important function is to communicate clear performance expectations about the project. For executives, the work breakdown schedule communicates exactly what they’re going to get from the project. That is what the business result will be. The WBS entries, from the scope down to […]

PMP® Certification Training

How to Qualify for the PMP Exam After you have 3 to 4 years of experience managing projects, you should consider adding the PMP® (Project Management Professional) to your previous certifications. It is awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is an internationally recognized credential in project management. It is a door-opener when you […]

Work Breakdown Structure Size – Video

People wonder about the best size for the project work breakdown structure (WBS). The answer depends on the capabilities of the project team and the complexity of the project. The WBS for a very inexperienced project team will lean toward relatively small assignments and, thus, a larger work breakdown structure. The other extreme is a project […]

WBS Project Management

Our 25 years of experience helping organizations improve their project performance has taught us that the work breakdown structure or WBS is the best predictor of the success of a new project. By reviewing the work breakdown structure before a project starts it is relatively easy to determine five key project success factors: Will the […]

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