Project Management Techniques Library

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.

project management techniques

project management techniques

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.

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.

Project Schedule Software

Project Schedule Software Picking the correct project schedule software to build your schedule is a key to consistently finish projects on time and within budget. Project schedule software lets you do the critical steps project managers must do more efficiently. It is far better than using silly options like scheduling on a yellow pad or […]

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Project Team Motivation

Project Team Motivation: Moments of Truth Throughout every project, there are project team motivation moments of truth that are an opportunity to produce high performance project teams. If you handle these opportunities properly, your project team motivation will be high. Your team members will find better, faster ways of completing their assignments so they finish early. […]

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Project Management Plan

Project Management Plans – One Size Does Not Fit All You should not apply the same project management plan techniques and processes to every project. That buries small projects with paperwork, meetings and processes that don’t contribute to the odds of success. You should select the techniques and processes that will improve the project’s results. […]

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Leading Project Teams

How To Successfully Lead Project Teams Everyone agrees the having a highly motivated, problem-solving project team is a key component for consistent project success. But not everyone knows the right techniques for successfully leading project teams through the lifecycle of a project. The proven techniques you’ll learn here include selecting team members, crafting the right […]

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Project Work Breakdown Structure

How To Develop a Work Breakdown Structure You can start developing the project work breakdown structure after the project sponsor has defined the project’s scope and major deliverables. You can’t start work on the project work breakdown structure (WBS) until you have that data because that is the starting point for the WBS. You also […]

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Company Project Management-60% Failure Rates?

Why Do So Many of Our Projects Fail? In too many organizations, company project management is a significant competitive weakness. The organization can’t deliver projects for their products or services on time or within budget.  The project managers, executives, sponsors and team members don’t know how to play their roles in the company project management […]

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Project Sponsor Types: Political Operator

There are many project sponsor types. Some are focused only on delivering business value to their organization and have excellent strategic vision. They know how to support the project manager and the team so they can be highly effective. Unfortunately, not all project sponsor types operate like this. There are a number of types whose behavior […]

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Project Approval

 Project Approval Process: Disasters to Avoid The project approval process varies from organization to organization. In some, it is a rational process of strategic and tactical planning. In others, it is a highly charged political game where project managers keep their backs to the wall to avoid a dagger from behind. Whatever the environment, there […]

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Chartering a Project

Why is it so important to have a project charter? Chartering a project lets you discover problems and conflicts early so they can be resolved before the project work starts. You also have to cope with the executive’s expectations about the project and how you will manage it. When problems arise at mid-project, the impact […]

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How to Pass PMP® Exam on First Try

As the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam continues to evolve, the way you study for it has to change as well. The days of passing The Management Institute (PMI)®’s PMP® exam by memorizing formulas and a handful of definitions are long gone. The study techniques based on flashcards or memorizing questions and answers also don’t work. […]

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