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These articles and videos cover what project managers do on smaller projects. The tools and techniques employed are appropriate for the beginning project manager managing a small project with a limited team and stakeholders who were usually within his or her home department.

Project Management Success

Project Management Success is not easy. There are several project manager skill sets or techniques that make a project manager successful. Successful project managers have both “hard” and “soft” skills in their project tool belt. They are able to select the appropriate tools and techniques to use on every project they manage. The ability to select the right […]

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Project Variances Solve Just the Important Problems

Project variance is what gives executives nightmares about project failure. They are the calculated difference between the approved project plan’s costs and duration and the actual project results. We can have project variance vs.  schedule where we identified that a task should have been finished by July 1 and it was actually finished by July […]

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Project Launch – Sell the Project & Build Political Support

The project launch meeting is an opportunity for you, the project manager, and the sponsor to build enthusiasm for the project among the project team and the project stakeholders. The team members are the people who will be doing the project work. The stakeholders are the people affected by the project. Other attendees are managers affected by the […]

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Project Team Ground Rules

Project team ground rules are a necessity. Almost all project teams have frequent meetings and even more frequent communication in various forms. If the project manager doesn’t set ground rules for these meetings and communications, a significant amount of time is lost. Together, the project manager and team identify and formulate the ground rules that members of […]

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Leading Teams: Six Techniques For Success

Highly motivated, problem-solving teams are a key reason for project success. These teams are committed to the goal and to completing their assignments on time and within estimates. Teams like that are rare, however. That’s because the correct steps for successfully leading teams are challenging and often missed. The proven techniques you’ll learn here include selecting the […]

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Status Meetings: Info-free, Macho or Micro-detail

Your Status Meetings quickly earn a reputation, and it’s usually bad. First we’ll discuss three types of bad status meetings. Then we’ll explore ways to make your status meetings short and effective. Status Meeting Types Some status meetings are info-free, meaning no one knows much about anything. The project manager doesn’t know where the project should […]

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Project Sponsor Types: Political Operator – Video

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 project sponsor types […]

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Project Management Skills

Project Management Skills For a Successful Project Manager  What project management skills do consistently successful project managers have in common?  There are personality traits, interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate, and knowledge of the right techniques to use in various project situations. Let’s start by examining the project management skills commonly used to define the consistently successful project manager. […]

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Project Management Profession

Let’s talk about the project management profession. What do landing people on the moon and cleaning up your department’s supply room have in common? They are both projects. Project management about  is producing deliverables like new payroll software, a bridge over I-25,  reorganizing the file room, hiring a new marketing director, producing a new personnel […]

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3 Point Project Estimating: Padding, Accuracy, Commitment

Estimating is tricky for project managers with many conflicting pressures: The customer or user wants the project done quickly and cheaply. You, as PM, want to finish on time and within budget. For commitment, the team needs to participate in a process their perceive as fair The estimating technique should yield accurate numbers and some […]

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What is Project Leadership? – Video

What is project leadership? It’s the techniques that project managers use to set standards of behavior and performance on the project team, motivate the team members to high performance and rally the team members when the project has problems to overcome. All of those tasks are particularly challenging because most project managers are technically oriented […]

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A 4-Step Stakeholder Management Process

For a long time stakeholder management has focused on the need to identify your stakeholders so you can surface their requirements for the project. The rationale behind this was that requirements that spring up late in a project cost many times what they would cost early in the planning process. But the new focus adds to that […]

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Collecting Requirements

One of the key phases on every project is correctly collecting requirements from the user. In the past 10 years I have never seen a project of relevant size that didn’t have changes requested, either during build/execution phase or during testing. Requirements Main Page Waterfall Approach A rigorous waterfall project approach that firstly requires collecting […]

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What is Project Management

What is Project management? It’s about producing something called a deliverable. A deliverable can be a conference table, a highway, a building, computer software, a book, a full-length movie, and many other things. There are special techniques to manage projects and they start with creating a plan. The project plan is a document that details […]

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What is a Project Manager?

A project manager is a person trained in the specific skills of planning, scheduling, tracking progress, managing teams and other skills needed to successfully manage projects. It’s a special set of skills that is very different from managing a department or a business. Several things make a project manager’s job different. First, the project team […]

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Project Requirements Prototyping

A study by project management consulting company, PM Solutions, in 2011 examined 163 companies to identify top causes of IT projects failure, and requirements ranked right at the top. Requirements Main Page The issue with Project Requirements Prototyping is a communication issue. We humans express our thoughts and needs using a biased, misunderstand able medium, […]

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What Is a Project

Wondering about what is a project and what is not? Here is an example of a project. The manager of the department you work in tells you the people are wasting time getting supplies from the supply room. He wants you to do a project to fix the problem. Most projects are small like this […]

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