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Work Breakdown Structure WBS

WBS: Deliverables or a “To Do” List? The work breakdown structure WBS  provides the foundation on which a project manager works.  The PM uses the Work Breakdown Structure WBS to control the project and the team. The WBS also provides the checkpoints against which the PM and the organization measure progress (What is the WBS).  In the […]

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Create WBS with Team Members

The WBS or work breakdown structure is a listing of every deliverable that the team must produce. Creating WBS with team members  is a great opportunity to improve people’s commitment to the project and give them a sense of ownership. Usually, the project team sees their tasks after the project manager lists everything they have […]

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Top Down Project Planning

In many organizations, managers and senior management see project planning as a waste of time. To them, the project plan is needless. They want to “start work immediately without wasting time in useless planning meetings and creating mounds of paperwork.” As a result, project managers have difficulty engaging management in the project-planning task. Why do […]

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Five Small Project Planning Techniques

Small project planning techniques are often difficult to do well. That’s because new project managers frequently make the mistake of applying all the techniques in their project management textbook. They wind up burying small projects under too many meetings and too much paperwork. There are just a few critical pieces required for success on small projects. […]

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How To Healthcare Project Plan – video

A key part of a good healthcare project plan is the work breakdown structure (WBS). The WBS flows from the scope statement and leads to crystal-clear assignments for the administrative and caregiver team members on your project. It also allows you to make accurate status reports because a good WBS has unambiguous checkpoints against which […]

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How To: Post-Project Review

The post-project review processes are ineffective in most organizations. Consequently, they suffer from the same mistakes on one project after another. Even worse, the bigger the project failure, the less likely the organization is to learn from it. The same issues that cause a project to fail also prevent the people involved from learning from that failure. Organizations need […]

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How To Project Plan – Video

A critical part of your project plan is the work breakdown structure (WBS). The WBS is a decomposition of the project scope. You start by breaking down the scope into 4 to 7 major deliverables. Then you break down each of those major deliverables into smaller deliverables. You continue the process all the way down to tasks you will assign […]

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How To IT Project Plan – Video

The heart of a good IT project plan is the work breakdown structure (WBS). The WBS tells everyone what’s expected of them. It includes assignments for the development staff and the users. Both groups will complete tasks to deliver the project scope. The work breakdown structure begins with the project scope – what the project must deliver […]

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How To Construction Project Plan – Video

A key part of a good construction project plan is the work breakdown structure (WBS). It specifies the work assignment for every crew member, subcontractor and outside consulting engineers and architects who are working on the project. It defines exactly what a good job is for each of them. The work breakdown structure and the scope statement […]

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How To Do Bottom-up Estimating

Bottom-up estimating is a project management technique in which the people who are going to do the work participate in the estimating process. That’s typically the project team members and they work with you, the project manager, to develop estimating data at the lowest level in the work breakdown structure (WBS). When the estimates of work, […]

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How To Project Plan Template

On every new project, you need to decide what project plan template elements to include, which 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 project risks, constraints and […]

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Senior IT Project Manager Certification Online – #113 & #104

Expert Individual Coaching Customized for Your Schedule & Skills Advanced IT Project Techniques in Planning, Estimating, Stakeholder Management, Risk Management and Status Reporting Realistic PMP® Practice Exams so You Can Pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Live Instructor Video Conferences to Review Your IT Project Assignments and PMP® Practice Exams  The Senior IT Project Manager […]

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MS Project® Basics Online – #205

Expert Individual Coaching Customized for Your Schedule & Skills Personal Coaching as You Master Microsoft Project® Basics for Planning, Scheduling and Tracking Smaller Projects Prepare Your Project Plan and Schedule, Then Present Them in a Private Meeting with Your Instructor to Gain Confidence Private Video Conferences with Your Instructor to Ask Questions and Review Assignments […]

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MS Project® Software Training

Expert Individual Coaching Customized for Your Schedule & Skills MS Project® software training gives project managers the tools they need to save time, improve accuracy and efficiency. We teach you how to use Microsoft Project® software tools and techniques step-by-step. Our MS Project® Basics course teaches you the fundamentals of planning, scheduling and tracking for small projects. Then you […]

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Project Risk Management

There’s a lot of talk in project management about all-star project managers being great at “putting out fires.” But actually, the all-star project managers are the ones who do risk management and avoid the fire entirely. These PMs don’t need “all-hands” emergency meetings when something unexpected happens. They don’t need to bring all project work […]

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Status Report Template

Project sponsors expect project managers to know what’s going on in the projects they are managing. While some sponsors expect you to know the project status on a daily basis, most are satisfied with a weekly assessment of what’s happening. In the status report template, we’ll talk about the sponsor’s expectations, the raw materials you’ll […]

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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 closet have in common? They are both projects. Project management about  is producing deliverables like: a new payroll software, a bridge over I-25, a well-organized file room, hiring a new marketing director, producing a new […]

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Work Breakdown – How Many Tasks

Starting work on your project before creating a work breakdown guarantees that you will waste resources, money and have a very small chance for project success. Work breakdown is central to everything a project manager does.  It is also a prime determinant of the project success. We build this listing of tasks by decomposing the project […]

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Work Breakdown Structure Size

People wonder about the best size for the work breakdown structure. 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 team […]

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Work Breakdown Structure Review

Over our 25 years of experience helping organizations improve their project performance, has taught us that the WBS or work breakdown structure 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 a five key success factors: Will […]

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Clear Performance Expectations in Work Breakdown Structure

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

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Project Lessons Learned

In most organizations, project lessons learned processes are ineffective. The organization suffers from the same mistakes on one project after another.  What is even worse is that the bigger the project failure, the less likely they are to learn from it.  The same issues that cause a project to fail also prevent the people involved […]

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Project Management Training

Project management training must prepare you for all of the following challenges. They start when the boss calls you into his office and says something like, “We’ve got a big problem with the supply room. Our people are wasting dozens of hours every day because they can’t find the office supplies they need to do […]

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Project Forms Templates

Project Forms Templates vs. Re-inventing the wheel Project Managers are creative people, and that’s a good thing. Without creativity, we would not be able to react quickly to unforeseen challenges, and we would certainly not be able to structure a project. However, it is also human nature to try to customize and alter things until they […]

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Project Webinars

Customized 2-hour Webinar for Your Organization Let us create a customized project webinar for your people who manage projects. You can set the timing and duration of each of the in-person webinars where your people meet live with one of our expert project managers. Lessons Learned Review of a Completed project Plan Review for An Up […]

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Crisis Management

It doesn’t matter if you are the most experienced PM out there or if you just started your career in this field. There will be times when things don’t go your way. As a matter of fact, if things wouldn’t go wrong from time to time, we would not have an opportunity to learn from […]

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