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Project Estimation Techniques

Project estimation techniques are critical survival tools for predicting when a project will finish and how much it will cost. Estimating duration and cost accurately can make the difference between consistent success and frequent failure.  Project managers need to use different techniques during the project phases to provide good information to the decision-makers. Let’s look at some estimating situations and […]

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Leading Teams: Six Techniques For Success

Highly motivated, problem-solving teams are a key reason for project success. These teams are committed to the goal and to completing their assignments on time and within estimates. Teams like that are rare, however. That’s because the correct steps for successfully leading teams are challenging and often missed. The proven techniques you’ll learn here include selecting the […]

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Small Project Planning Techniques

Small Project Planning Techniques are often difficult to do well. That’s because new project managers often make the mistake of trying to apply every technique in their project management textbook. They wind up burying small projects under too many meetings and too much paperwork. There are just a few Small Project Planning Techniques that you need to use for success […]

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Large Project Planning Techniques

When your success as a project manager leads to larger assignments, you should learn and be ready to use these Large Project Planning Techniques.  Planning larger projects requires different techniques than those that are successful fro small projects . When you started your career in project management, the projects were small and planning was relatively easy. […]

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Team Building Techniques

Let’s talk about Team Building Techniques that determine the team’s level of performance. These techniques are used for three Moments of Truth (MOT). If team leaders handle them properly, these Moments of Truth (MOT) produce team members who actually try to do the following: finish assignments early take responsibility for solving problems and try to find better, faster […]

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Project Management Techniques

Project Management Techniques The articles in this collection of project management techniques are a sample of the full collection of videos, articles and templates that are available to people enrolled in our online project management courses. These articles are about real-world projects with difficult project sponsors and challenging project teams to manage.  The articles are […]

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Program Manager

Program managers are responsible for the performance of several projects, their project managers and the human and financial resources the program consumes. They are also accountable for the benefits, the business value, the projects produce. Program management is focused on allocating resources to the various projects in the program to maximize the overall business value.  As well, […]

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Project Management Methodology: Repeat Successes Not Failures

It’s important for project managers to understand the Project Management Methodology in their organizations. Here are the five stages organizations go through as their project methodology evolves and reaches project management maturity: 1. Ad-hoc projects 2. Increasing density 3. Resource overload 4. Initiation control 5. Consistent success  Project Methodology Main Page Knowing how the project methodology stages evolve in an […]

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Project Management Basics – #101

Individual Online Instructor-led Course $1,995 Learn the Basic Techniques of Project Management with Online Instruction & Live Practice This course is for people in business, finance, government and the arts who want to add project management skills to their “tool box.”  Project Management Basics – Individual Online Coaching Master the basic skills by managing a project as you work […]

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Healthcare Project Management Basics-#131

Individual Online Instructor-led Course $1,995 Learn Healthcare Project Management Basic Techniques with Online Instruction & Live Practice This course is for healthcare professionals and managers who want to add project management skills to their “tool box.” Healthcare Project Management Basics – Individual Teaching Project Management Basics – Individual Online Coaching Master the basic skills by managing a project as you work privately with your […]

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Consulting Project Management Basics – #141

Individual Online Instructor-led Course  $1,995 Learn Consulting Project Management Basic Techniques with Online Instruction & Live Practice This course is for consultants and consulting managers who want to add project management skills to their “tool box.” It includes selling the engagement to the client, defining the scope (goal), scheduling, budgeting and status reporting. You’ll also learn how to make […]

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Construction Project Management Basics – #121

Individual Online Instructor-led Course $1995 Learn Construction Project Management Basic Techniques with Online Instruction & Live Practice This course is for people in the construction industry who want to add project management skills to their “tool box.”  Construction Project Management Basics – Individual Online Coaching Master the basic skills by managing a construction project as you work privately with your instructor, an […]

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IT Project Management Basics – #111

Individual Online Instructor-led Course $1995 Learn IT Project Management Basic Techniques with Online Instruction & Live Practice This course is for IT/IS professionals who want to add project management skills to their “tool box.” IT Project Management Basics – Individual Online Coaching Master the basic skills by managing an IT project as you work privately with your instructor, an expert IT project manager. Learn […]

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Parametric Estimating

Parametric estimating is one of the most accurate techniques for determining a project’s costs and duration. Luckily, parametric estimating is relatively easy to implement. You define the specifications of each deliverable and then research published information about how many hours of work are required for each unit of the deliverable as well as the cost. The units could be linear […]

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Project Status Reports

The biggest problem in Project Status Reports is getting good team status reports. It sounds easier than it is in practice. Project team members and vendors often report inaccurate data due to undo often about their ability to resolve problems like technical issues or lack of stakeholder cooperation. Another obstacle to getting good data comes […]

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How To Do Analogous Estimating – Video

Analogous estimating will improve the time and cost estimates for your project. First, let’s talk about why estimates are often inaccurate and useless to the project’s decision-makers. That’s because project managers frequently estimate cost and duration by “plucking numbers out of the sky.” Or they provide estimates that have no basis in reality but are what the project sponsor wants to […]

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Project Management Success

Project Management Success is not easy. There are several project manager skill sets or techniques that make a project manager successful. Successful project managers have both “hard” and “soft” skills in their project tool belt. They are able to select the appropriate tools and techniques to use on every project they manage. The ability to select the right […]

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Project Variances Solve Just the Important Problems

Project variance is what gives executives nightmares about project failure. They are the calculated difference between the approved project plan’s costs and duration and the actual project results. We can have project variance vs.  schedule where we identified that a task should have been finished by July 1 and it was actually finished by July […]

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Project Plan Template

On every new project, you need to decide what Project Plan Template elements to include, what to exclude and how to develop them on each particular project. You can use this project plan template to define the project scope and identify major deliverables. You can also use it to manage the risks and constraints as […]

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Earned Value Management

Earned Value Management  is an integrated set of tools for managing project progress and spotting variances from the plan.  These tools help you identify variances between actual performance in the project’s schedule and variances between actual costs and the project’s budget. Earned value management can also provide forecasts of the likely completion date and final cost […]

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Project Management Basics – Individual Instructor-led

Learn Planning, Scheduling & Running Meetings Online With Your Instructor Project management basics teaches you a practical way to successfully manage projects so they finish on time.  There are no vague academic theories or concepts. You quickly learn proven techniques from reading & lectures and apply them to a realistic case study. Your instructor is an experienced […]

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Team Building

When many project managers, team leaders and team members see the term “team building,” they immediately think of a facilitator or consultant coming to work with their group. These facilitators run games and exercises as a way of improving team member performance. That kind of team building has its place and can be effective.  However, team building […]

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Project Management Methodology – 3 Tiers to Fit Project Size & Scope

A project management methodology is the glue that binds all the organization’s project management processes and techniques. It is a process that helps everyone understand their role and obligations. Without a methodology you can’t exercise control over the portfolio of projects to ensure all of them produce business value and don’t waste financial and human resources. The project management methodology […]

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAREERS

Individual Online Training Tailored to  Your CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT Career Beginning – Getting started with construction project management basics Intermediate – Add to your basic skills and get a PMP® Certification Advanced – Manage multiple projects and get a Program Manager Certification Video – How Individual Online Training Works Courses for Your CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT Career Getting […]

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IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAREERS

Individual IT Project Management – Online Training Tailored to Your Needs Individual Online Training Tailored to the Stages of Your Career Beginning – Getting started with project management basics Intermediate – Add to your basic skills and get a PMP® Certification Advanced – Manage multiple projects and get a Program Manager Certification Video – How Individual Online Training Works IT […]

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAREER

Individual Online Training for the Stages of Your PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAREER Beginning – Getting started with project management basics Intermediate – Add to your basic skills and get a PMP® Certification Advanced – Manage multiple projects and get a Program Manager Certification Video – How Individual Online Training Works   Project Management Courses for Your Career Stages Getting […]

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Scheduling Software

Using the right Scheduling Software is key to consistently finishing your projects on time and within budget. Project Scheduling Software lets you do the critical steps more efficiently than using ineffective options like scheduling in Excel or on a yellow notepad. Those waste too much of your time and don’t help you complete these critical steps: Spotting […]

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Status Report Template

In this article about the Status Report Template, we’ll discuss the sponsor’s expectations and the raw materials you’ll need to make and deliver a professional status report each week that will build your credibility with the project stakeholders and sponsors. Project sponsors expect project managers to know what’s going on in the projects they’re managing. While some sponsors […]

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Project Reports – Project Presentations, Reports, Meetings that Build Credibility

Project managers spend at least 80% of their time communicating with their team members and stakeholders. You communicate when giving project reports, running meetings, giving presentations and updating the project status. No one will appreciate your knowledge and skills on the technical aspects of managing a project if you can’t clearly and concisely communicate your ideas in project reports. […]

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PMP Exam – Are You Ready for Certification?

The PMP®, Project Management Professional, certification is a valuable credential for people who are job hunting or who want to gain credibility (and increased salary) with their current employer. The PMP® is an internationally recognized credential from PMI®, the Project Management Institute. On the job hunting front, the PMP® is often used as a résumé screening tool. Human Resources people often discard […]

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Senior Construction Project Manager #104 & #123

Earn Credibility in Your Organization and Internationally with a Double Certification $4,290 This Senior Construction Project Manager Certification is a two-course online program for experienced construction project managers who want to add two certifications to their credentials. It includes the PMP® Exam Preparation course, #104, and the advanced Construction Project Management Tools course, #123. These are customized online courses where you work individually with your instructor. You […]

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Senior IT Project Manager Certification – #104 & #113

Earn Credibility in Your Organization and Internationally with a Double Certification $4,290 This Senior IT Project Manager Certification is a two-course online program for experienced IT/IS project managers who want to add two certifications to their credentials. It includes the PMP® Exam Preparation course, #104, and the advanced IT Project Management Tools course, #113. These are online courses where you work individually […]

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Healthcare Project Management Cert – #131 & #133

Enhance your Credibility with a Healthcare Project Management Certification $3,690 This Healthcare Project Management Certification is a two-course online program for people who manage healthcare projects and want to get a certification to add to their credentials. It includes a fundamental skills course, #131 – Healthcare Project Management Basics, followed by an advanced techniques course, #133 – Healthcare Project Management Tools. You work individually […]

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Consulting Project Management Cert – #141 & #143

Enhance your Credibility with a Consulting Project Management Certification  This Consulting Project Management Certification is a two-course (#141 & #143) online program for people who manage projects for clients and want to add a certification to advance their career. It includes a fundamental skills course, #141 – Consulting Project Management Basics, followed by an advanced techniques course, #143 – Consulting Project […]

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IT Project Management Certification – #111 & #113

Enhance your Credibility with an IT Project Management Certification $3,690 The IT Project Management Certification is a two-course online program for people who manage IT or IS projects and want to add a certification to their credentials. It includes a fundamental skills course, #111 – IT Project Management Basics, followed by an advanced techniques course, #113 – IT Project Management Tools. These […]

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Senior Project Manager Certification – #103 & #104

Earn Credibility in Your Organization and Internationally with a Senior Project Manager Certification $4,290 This Senior Project Manager Certification is a two-course online program for experienced project managers who want to add two certifications to their credentials. It includes the advanced Project Management Tools course, #103, where you work on a project case study and get “hands on” practice using tools and techniques for managing larger […]

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Project Scope

The Project Scope for larger, complex projects must include the “reach” of the project. “Reach” states how far the project reaches out in defining its overall deliverable. Let’s look at an example of what I mean by Project Scope “Reach.”  Let’s say your boss calls you into their office and talks about a project to fix the […]

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