Who says What: What to tell to whom!!!

September 29, 2009
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Who says What: What to tell to whom!!!

Communication management plan is a necessary part of the project management part. You may actually include in the project plan or keep it as separate but subsidiary document. Depending on the complexity of the project and the number and classes of stakeholders involved the need for communicating the essential communication needs of the stakeholders...

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Validate

August 28, 2009
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Validate

Validating your assumptions is always a good practice. In project management too you should be validating your assumptions about everything. Most of the things about how much work has been done, how much more work needs to be done etc. are not something you can attach a precise numerical value. We do attach a...

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Sequencing

August 27, 2009
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Sequencing

Key to successful time schedule management of a project is proper breakdown of tasks that are necessary to complete the project. Assuming you do a very efficient job in breaking down a project into logical tasks and sub-tasks, the project can still run-away unless these tasks and subtasks are done in the right, logical...

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Organize It

August 27, 2009
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Organize It

Organizing the activities in a project works well for executing a project. It works well for monitoring it too. When you have been able to organize the tasks and sub-tasks in a well defined structure, it can give you a good feel of what parts need to be ready for progressing to another phase...

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Resource Allocation

August 25, 2009
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Resource Allocation

While you may have planned your project meticulously, derived a perfect WBS, sequenced the activities wisely and organized the whole plan every effectively, you need to allocate resources that can make the plan a reality. Had these resources been machines you would have estimated their skills, productivity etc very accurately and you would not...

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Gantt Chart

August 24, 2009
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Gantt Chart

A picture is worth a thousand words. That is equally true in case of planning and monitoring the time schedule of a project. Depiction of tasks, interdependence of tasks, the sequence and the organization can actually be shown by a drawing. The picture produced by a few simple drawing artefacts is able to depict...

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Estimation

August 22, 2009
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Estimation

Time estimates are a crucial part of project planning. We start with the WBS to be able to plan the activities well. To get any optimization done with these activities such as the sequencing and organizing the activities we have to have time data. The time data to start with are the estimates of...

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Communicate

August 21, 2009
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Communicate

It’s not only your project team members and you the project manager that are the only stakeholders in a project. There are always a lot of other stakeholders in the organization that are interested in successful completion of the project you are handling. They would want to be informed of the progress. The frequency...

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What’s NOT on Your Plate

August 20, 2009
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What’s NOT on Your Plate

If it is important to know what’s on your plate, it is equally vital to know what’s not on it. It is the complementary part of the requirements definitions. If we define a set as well as another set that is distinctly exclusive from this set then the set gets uniquely defined. Therefore, if...

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Critical Path

August 19, 2009
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Critical Path

You have done your WBS. You have been able to sequence the activities for the most effective outcome of the project. You have organized so that structure of the project plan is clearly visible. What remains now is to represent the activities in a network diagram. This clearly shows you the interrelationships of activities....

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Voice of the Customer

August 19, 2009
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Voice of the Customer

One of the reasons we need to define the scope of a project very clearly is to be able to communicate to our customer that we did understand their needs. Understanding and the ability to define the scope needs to be communicated to customer in as unambiguous a term as possible. Therefore there’s these...

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The Details

August 16, 2009
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The Details

Time schedule management is about managing the scheduling of tasks. The question is how large or small these tasks should be to make a project manageable. One deterministic approach say that if we could define things to such a level that what’s to be done every hour or less can be specified then a...

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Talk to Them

August 14, 2009
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Talk to Them

Communicate, communicate, communicate! The mantra for a project manager. Communication issues probably constitute the majority of the problems in any business. More so in projects where you need clear scope, outcome, success criteria definitions. You need clear agreement with your customer on the requirements. Once the project start this communication burden continues in assessing...

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RAID: Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies

August 13, 2009
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RAID: Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies

RAID is a abbreviated name for very important aspects of project time schedule. These stand for Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Dependencies. Everything that fall under these categories must remain top of the mind items for you during the life cycle of the project. One of the surest ways of keeping them on the top...

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Project Lifecycle

August 11, 2009
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Project Lifecycle

A project goes through stages and distinct phases in development cycle. How these phases relate and interact to make the project successful is driven entirely by the needs of the customer. We are going to discuss the models for software development projects here. At one extreme is where one has a clear set of...

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Involve Them

August 9, 2009
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Involve Them

As a project manager you need whole hearted participation from all your team members. The kind of project work often done today involves mental work. There is no way a project manager or a team leader can look into somebody’s head and make sure he is doing the required mental calisthenics to get the...

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What’s on Your Plate

August 5, 2009
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What’s on Your Plate

Scope of the project or exactly what is to be achieved at the end of the project is a crucial requirement in defining a project. Typically, feature list is used to describe the scope of a product development project and for service delivery; the scope of services must be understood clearly, unambiguously., In addition...

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