Project Outcome

August 2, 2009
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Project Outcome

Two important parts of the activities related to time schedule planning for a project, are creating the work breakdown structure and the time interrelationships of start and finish of these tasks. Later, when using the same time schedule to monitor the progress of the project, we look at how these times might have changed...

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Begin with the End

July 31, 2009
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Begin with the End

The time schedule plan was compared with a map in the introduction. A destination needs to be defined, defined very clearly and completely. Only then you can chart a course from here to there. While you can define a destination in a driving map very accurately, quite often it is difficult to define a...

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Project Schedule Management

July 28, 2009
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Project Schedule Management

When a project is undertaken, it is taken up for a particular outcome, most of the times either to resolve a problem, or a product for the markets. The organizational leadership sets the organizational direction and mandates. These mandates drive the need for completing projects within constraints. The organizational priorities are driven by stakeholders...

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PMP Certification – A lot of Free Stuff to Help You Pass

April 21, 2009
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By Dionte Terry The PMP does have trick questions. They are designed specifically to catch people who are coming in with little formal process experience, those who have thumbed through the PMBOK a few times and are now going to rake me exam. These people try to rely on their work experience, which often...

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Project Management Consulting

March 30, 2009
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By Thomas Morva Projects management consulting has amassed such popularity because of all the benefits it provides to those who seek the successful implementation of projects. This is despite the lack of the proper knowledge and skills in coming up with an effective and realistic project management plan. Basically, deciding to hire project management...

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PMBOK® 4th Edition..Changes from PMBOK® 3rd Edition

March 19, 2009
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In a global, widespread and widely used project management standard like PMI’s PMBOK®, its only natural that all the impacted stakeholders would look towards it in anticipation. Therefore I just thought of documenting the changes, from PMBOK® 3rd edition and PMBOK® 4th edition.  Before getting into details: Lets remember that, PMI’s PMBOK® has been...

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Distinguishing Between Long and Short Term Goals

March 14, 2009
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Author: John Reiling Cost cutting measures, funding issues, and other management concerns are ever-present during challenging times, such as the one we are experiencing at present. Thus, it is vital that both short and long term company goals mesh well with each other, with the short goals slightly more aggressive than the long ones....

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Certification Crazy?! Check the 'other Side of the Coin'

March 11, 2009
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Author: John Reiling I recently encountered a woman who was repatriating back to the US, having spent much of the past 15 years in Europe. She had extensive project management experience and had her own consulting company in Europe. She said that, as part of her ‘re-integration’ to the US market, she needed a...

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Effectively Selling Feature, Function And Benefit To Project Stakeholders

March 10, 2009
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Author: John Reiling Being in the project management realm often means inheriting projects once a property of stakeholders. For instance, within an organization, a sales team first handles a project that later goes to a manager. Most projects in institutions are sold to key shareholders and top executives. This simply entails that selling does...

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QA Reporting

March 10, 2009
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We are living in ‘an economic recession’ and we still have to wait for some more time before we are able to say that we have lived through ‘an economic recession’.   Recessions means projects are shut down, initiatives are cut down and several employees are gone. With reducing budgets and struggling CIOs to...

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Six Sigma Projects and Project Portfolio Management

March 9, 2009
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Author: John Reiling Six Sigma projects are strategy-driven, in the same way that the portfolio is driven by organizational strategy. So, how do the business drivers that are at work result in some projects being Six Sigma projects, and others not? Business Drivers and Project Selection Business drivers are the starting point for any...

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Writing an Unbeatable Business Case

March 8, 2009
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Author: projectmanuk A Project Brief describes what needs to be done. The Project Plan explains how you are going to do it. The Business Case gives the reasons why.  In PRINCE2(TM) terminology, the Business Case is the driver of the project. Senior Project Management review the Business Case before authorising the initiation, and each subsequent...

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How to Deal With Project Failure

March 7, 2009
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Author: projectmanuk It is a fact of life that not every project succeeds. Sometimes the market changes and the product is no longer viable. Sometimes the budget or time constraints are untenable. Sometimes it is simply a case that somebody has made a mistake. How do you deal with the failure of your project?...

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Passing the Prince2 Practitioner Exam

March 6, 2009
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Author: projectmanuk The PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam tests understanding of the PRINCE2 terminology and principles, as well as the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate the PRINCE2 method within given project situations. It is aimed at those who aspire to, or already have, responsibility for project management. The Exam Structure - 9 topics, each focusing...

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PMBOK – PMP Project Management

March 5, 2009
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Author: Cary Franklin Quality Management Facts The cost of quality is the money spent investing in training; in meeting requirements for safety and other laws and regulations; and in taking steps to ensure quality acceptance. The cost of nonconformance is the cost associated with rework, downtime, lost sales, and waste of materials. Some common...

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Are You Disciplined For Success?

March 4, 2009
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Author: Carla McNeil Are you achieving all the success you want in your life; if not, do not expect success to fit into your current habits. You are going to have to adopt and develop new habits. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear...

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15 Critical Leadership Skills Needed Today !

March 3, 2009
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Author: Dennis Sommer In our current crazy business climate, managers and executives are becoming obsolete and are being replaced by leaders. The new manager/executive must be an expeditor and leader rather than an order giver and manager of people. In this article, I have documented what I have found to be the leadership skills...

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