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Project Management Methodology: Repeat Successes Not Failures

It’s important for project managers to understand the Project Management Methodology in their organizations. Here are the five stages organizations go through as their project methodology evolves and reaches project management maturity: 1. Ad-hoc projects 2. Increasing density 3. Resource overload 4. Initiation control 5. Consistent success  Project Methodology Main Page Knowing how the project methodology stages evolve in an […]

Project Team Assignments – Deliverables Not "To Do's"

The best project team assignments tell each team member exactly what end result you expect and how you will measure their performance against it. Too many project managers do a poor job of making project team assignments because they don’t define clear performance expectations. As a result, the project management team members don’t work as effectively as they […]

Work Breakdown Structure Size

Starting work on your project before deciding about work breakdown structure size is a mistake. It guarantees that you will waste resources, money and have a very small chance for project success. The WBS is central to everything a project manager does. It is also a prime determinant of the project success. We build this listing […]

Parametric Estimating

Parametric estimating is one of the most accurate techniques for determining a project’s costs and duration. Luckily, parametric estimating is relatively easy to implement. You define the specifications of each deliverable and then research published information about how many hours of work are required for each unit of the deliverable as well as the cost. The units could be linear […]

Project Status Reports

The biggest problem in Project Status Reports is getting good team status reports. It sounds easier than it is in practice. Project team members and vendors often report inaccurate data due to undo often about their ability to resolve problems like technical issues or lack of stakeholder cooperation. Another obstacle to getting good data comes […]

How To Do Analogous Estimating – Video

Analogous estimating will improve the time and cost estimates for your project. First, let’s talk about why estimates are often inaccurate and useless to the project’s decision-makers. That’s because project managers frequently estimate cost and duration by “plucking numbers out of the sky.” Or they provide estimates that have no basis in reality but are what the project sponsor wants to […]

Project Management Methodology Development

How to Develop Project Methodology – What Steps Should I Follow?  As Project Management Professionals, we sometime find ourselves in an environment that has no established project management methodology. Instead, what we is inconsistent, and wasteful approaches to managing projects. Some project managers bury small projects in stacks of unnecessary paperwork.  Others manage large projects […]

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