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.

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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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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