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Project Management TechniquesLibrary

The articles in this project management techniques library are a sample of the full collection of videos, articles and templates that are available to our project management students. These articles are about real-world projects with difficult project sponsors and challenging project teams to manage.  The articles are about the real world of project management not academic theories and vague concepts. The  articles are written by our project management faculty and by our Board of Experts  all of whom were practicing project managers.

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project management techniques

These project and program managers are all former student of  4PM.com and they share the  techniques the use in practice. They also share with you the lessons they have learned during their project management careers. They explain the situations they faced and the  mistakes they made on these real-world projects.   Then they tell you the techniques that were successful for them in managing their projects to consistently good results.  These experts work for organizations like NASA, Deutche Bank, Cisco and many smaller companies on all seven continents. Enjoy the  information.

Work Package

Key success factors for project managers include making crystal-clear assignments to their project team members so those team members understand what’s expected before they start work. A related success factor is having team members make realistic estimates so that the overall project estimates are accurate. It’s important for team members to be committed to those […]

Project Requirements Management

What If I Don’t Do Project Requirements Management? All too often, projects fail because their project managers and sponsors have ignored the advantages of project requirements management. Before you delete this article because it sounds like an invitation to endless paperwork and pointless meetings, recognize that project requirements management can let you finish the project on […]

Project Scheduling

Every project manager does project scheduling. Some do it on a yellow note pad, others use an Excel spreadsheet and still others use software specifically designed for project management. Some project managers have little or no data with which to manage their project, deal with change orders or respond to variances. They may not even […]

Project Management Office Types

Many organizations get themselves into an expensive mess with their projects. The problems start to build as the number of projects launched in the organization increases due to company growth or external pressures. Many people remember when they first started doing projects. That was a pleasant time when people wanted to be on a project because […]

Project estimation process

Project managers need a four estimating techniques for various stages in the project lifecycle.  Staring during initiation, the Project estimation process must provide duration and cost data to executives who are deciding if the project should proceed. During high-level and detailed planning, decision makers want more detailed and precise estimates. So they can determine project […]

Lessons Learned Project Management

How many times have you said to your team, “Oh, this project is too small to do any of that fancy lessons learned stuff. Let’s save some time and just start the next project.”  What you are “saving” is possibly 60 minutes. And what you are losing is the ability to NOT have to “reinvent the […]

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Project Planning Techniques

When you start in project management, your projects are small and project planning is relatively straightforward. Often the project sponsor is your immediate departmental supervisor and communication about the business result and the deliverables is relatively clear. Because of this, the success rate on small projects is often quite high. But when your success on those […]

Agile Project Management

What is Agile Project Management? There is confusion surrounding an emerging approach to project management called “Agile Project Management”.  Understandably, some may confuse this with managing an AGILE software development effort as part of an organization’s  SDLC (Systems Development LifeCycle). All caps will be used to identify the software development methodology).  Recently,  PMI (Project Management […]

Project Contractors

Assigning Human Resources Project Contractors and Consultants and Tracking Their Work Often times on projects, the project manager must work with project contractors and consultants. These are outside professionals, consultants and other vendors required to finalize some of the project tasks. This enables the project manager to secure high level professional resources. The key to success […]

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