Quick Guide Project Management

New Resource: Quick Guide to Project Management

I am pleased to announce that as the ongoing commitment to adding value, a new resource has been added to the PM Majik Member’s area – Quick Guide to Project Management.  The resource is available to all member’s at no additional cost. What is Quick Guide to Project Management? The resource consists of: 6 Training…

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5 steps for running a dependency workshop

The last post covered 5 activities that are needed for a dependency management process.  This included the important step of validating dependencies as, without confirming between the “giver” and the “receiver”, there is a high chance the dependency will not be honoured. There are different ways of validating dependencies.  This post will focus on the…

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5 activities you need to manage project dependencies

In a perfect world, every project would exist a bubble where there were no constraints. All required resources (people, budget, facilities, technology, etc) would be available to suit the timelines defined by the project. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the benefit of this type of “bubble”. Therefore, the outcome of the project is…

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What is the difference between project and PMO templates?

If you search the Internet you will see a number of websites that feature project templates, PMO templates or both.  You may find that a page is titled PMO Templates, however upon visiting the page it then contains project templates.  Other descriptions seen maybe PMO Project Templates.  This can be very confusing, especially to someone…

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Project risk management

he post How to identify project risks, covered a number of techniques to identify risks.  Like with most things in project management, management of project risks is not a “one-off” event that you complete, tick the box and then file.  In order to effectively manage risk, you must have active project risk management. In order…

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Process for identifying project risks

How to identify project risks

PMO Risk Identification If you was to ask project managers or PMO practitioners what are the common causes for project failures you would probably get responses such as “scope creep”, “incorrect estimates”, “late delivery of functionality” and many more.  What these and the other causes will have in common is that they are all issues…

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PMO project monitoring and project tracking

Project monitoring and project tracking is a very important aspect of the responsibilities of a PMO.  In fact, regardless if a PMO is in place or not, project tracking must be done. Why you need project tracking and project reporting The reason for this is in order to ensure that a project is making progress…

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The 5 dimensions needed for a project metric

The last couple of posts have covered the importance of project metrics to measure outcomes and how to define a process to capture and manage.  This is all very important.  However, in order for the metrics to have value, it is important to be able to define the data points that will be used.  If…

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How to define a process for project metrics and outcomes

The last post covered why it was important to define, track and report project outcomes NOT just the performance of the project i.e. progress against milestones, budget, etc.  This post covers the steps to defining a process to track project metrics. What are you tracking? This may be a strange question as the answer is…

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How to evaluate what projects should be stopped

In the last post, Reasons to stop projects before completion, it covered reasons why projects were allowed to complete when they should be stopped and 3 checks that could be performed.  One of the main reasons for many projects being left to continue is based on emotional decisions as opposed to balanced business decisions based…

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