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.

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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.

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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Project Requirements Management

What If I Don’t Do Project Requirements Management? Projects often fail because their project managers and sponsors have ignored the advantages of project requirements management. Don’t stop reading this article because it sounds like an invitation to endless paperwork and pointless meetings. Continue reading because it has useful information about how project requirements management helps you […]

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Project Planning Techniques

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

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Project Risk Management

It’s difficult to “sell”executives on the value of project risk management. They often see project risk management as a waste of time and money. Project managers need to make the case that even a small amount of time, like a lunch with the right people, can repay the investment many times over. You can make […]

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Project Estimating Techniques

The Tricky, Sweaty Reality of Project Estimating Project estimating is difficult for every project manager and doing it well is often the difference between consistent success and frequent failure.  Let’s look at some of the estimating fantasies and then discuss how to do it right. In the real world, project estimating for duration and cost […]

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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 […]

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