conducting a project review

8 easy to follow steps to conduct a project review

It is common for senior executives to seek assurance that a project is on track and will deliver the benefits defined in the business case.  This is even more important if a project is very important to the organisation and cannot fail. The request is usually because: Project is in trouble and organisation wants an…

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Real project role model on monitor

The real roles and responsibilities across a project or programme

A project or programme contains a number of roles.  This can be confusing, especially to someone new to project management.  This post explains a number of the key project roles and how they all interact. The diagram below illustrates a typical programme governance structure.  You will see the PMO is providing support and guidance at…

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Project Dependencies on Plan

Project management tools – dependency management

Dependency management is a very important discipline for a project manager.  It is the “D” in RAIDs management. What is a dependency? In simple terms, a dependency is where a task, milestone or activity is dependent on another task or milestone being completed before it can start or be completed. It is possible for a…

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Project risk, issue and assumption management

For any project it is important for the project manager to capture and manage all of the risk, assumptions, issues and dependencies (known as RAID management) for the project they are running. If they do not then they are not doing their job properly. At this point it is worth clarifying the difference between an…

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Project status report

5 things you need on a project status report

A good project manager knows that the project status report is a great tool to communicate to senior stakeholders.  Given the benefit, it is important that the project manager maximises the impact. You organisation may or may not have a standard format for the report.  Either way, there are 5 things that you must communicate.…

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Business people reviewing project report

Why the project status report is a powerful tool

If you ask a number of project managers on their thoughts about project status reports, while a number will be very supportive and see the value, there will be a high number who do not!  Those who do not will probably describe status reporting as: Waste of time Takes focus from valuable delivery work Form…

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Benefit of Project Template Standardisation

Benefit of project template standardisation

A brief introduction on the benefit of standardisation when it comes to project delivery. Including how project templates can be a great time saver.

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Project manager ticking check boxes

Don’t be a tick box project manager

The project manager has to perform a number of duties in their role.  One of them is making sure that all the tasks and activities within the plan are completed at the appropriate time.  This is important as, if they are not completed according to plan, the project will be delayed. However, while it is…

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New project manager beware of the $99 project trap!

The $99 project – new project managers beware!

You made your career choice – project manager <tick>.  So being the professional you are, you invested time and probably money learning the trade, studying and passing your PMP exam.  A good feeling, I have training, showed I know what is involved by passing an exam so ready to go. You walk into your managers…

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PM Majik - a new chapter....

Project Management – a new chapter

Over the past 5 years this website has strived to provide thoughtful and insightful project management articles from leading practioner’s in their field, such as Elizabeth Harrin of A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.  Now the time has come to start a new chapter still following the ethos of providing project management articles that provide…

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