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.

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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Work Breakdown Structure

The Foundation for Successful Projects The size of a work breakdown structure (WBS) is not an indication of how tight the PM’s control will be. But many PMs and executives mistakenly think micro-detail gives them tight control. It actually gives them less control and a schedule that is too detailed to track and keep current. […]

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Project Team Assignments

There are two options for managing project team assignments. The easiest choice is to manage with activities; like a “to do” list. The harder way is to manage with measured achievements. The second way is always better because it’s the key to consistent project success. Work packages support excellent team performance because they give team […]

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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 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 it was exciting […]

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Lean Project Management

Summary: Projects start off lean & sleek but then they expand.  Soon they are devouring resources and eating up time with unnecessary features, fixtures and functionalities.  How do you keep the unnecessary stuff out of your projects? A Lean Project Management approach will help you do that. All Projects Put on Unnecessary Fat: That’s Not Lean […]

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Improving Team Performance

Improving team performance starts with a review of  the project manager’s behavior.  Project managers are often unaware of how their own performance and behavior affect the team’s performance and attitudes. We’ll look at ways project managers try to improve team performance that do NOT work. And we’ll analyze why they negatively impact the team. Then […]

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Project Estimation Process

Project managers need to use four different estimating techniques for various stages in the project lifecycle. Starting during initiation, the project estimation process must give duration and cost data to the executives who are deciding if the project should go ahead. During high-level and detailed planning, these decision-makers want more detailed and precise estimates so […]

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Make Clear Assignments & Estimates With A Work Package

A key success factor for project managers is making crystal-clear assignments to their project team members. This ensures  the team members understand what’s expected before they start work. A related success factor is having team members make realistic estimates for their tasks. This ensures the overall project estimates are accurate. It’s important for team members […]

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