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Six “Validates” to Authorize Projects

Portfolio 101 – Six “Validates” to Authorize Projects When projects get approved they should be placed on a pipeline until the organization has the capacity to staff the project. It might seem that once a project makes it through the approval process there is a commitment to start immediately. This is not the case. There […]

Who Are Green Stakeholders?

Who Are Green Stakeholders? Recap of GreenPM: GreenPM® integrates environmental thinking (“GreenThink”) into all of the project management processes. The point about GreenPM is not that you make every decision in favor of the one that is most environmentally friendly. The point is that you start to take the environment into account during the decision-making process. You might […]

Remember these Ten Costs of Poor Quality

Remember these Ten Costs of Poor Quality It costs money and time to build a quality solution. You may think that it is cheaper to skip many of the quality management steps, but this is usually not the case. It is important to recognize that there is also a cost to having poor quality. These costs […]

Use Pareto Analysis to Solve the Most Important  Problems First

Use Pareto Analysis to Solve the Most Important Problems First Pareto analysis can be used when you encounter multiple related problems or a common problem with multiple causes. This technique can be used if there are enough occurrences that you can categorize and count them. In other words, this technique does not work if there is just […]

Agile 101 – Refactoring

Agile 101 – Refactoring In a traditional IT development project there is a tendency for one person to write entire programs to implement certain functionality. A developer tends to own the code that she writes.  This is not the case with an Agile project.   Agile projects build incremental solutions over time. It is very possible, and perhaps […]

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management

The Challenges of Proving the Value of Project Management (part 2 of 2) Last time, I described the challenges of trying to prove the value of project management. However, this does not mean we have to throw up our hands and give up. There are some ways to derive the value.  Estimate benefits based on industry […]

Use Milestones to Take a Checkpoint  and Validate Your Status

Use Milestones to Take a Checkpoint and Validate Your Status A milestone is a scheduling event that signifies the completion of a major deliverable or a set of related deliverables. A milestone, by definition, has duration of zero and no effort. Milestones are great for managers and the sponsor because they provide an opportunity to validate the […]

Estimate Project Costs Across Three Main Categories

Estimate Project Costs Across Three Main Categories Once you understand the work of the project you can estimate the resources that will be required to complete the work. Knowing the resources allows you to estimate the costs of the resources to the project. There are three main areas where costs come into play. Labor costs The cost […]

Four Planning Techniques to Save Time on Your Project

Four Planning Techniques to Save Time on Your Project “Planning” is a very general term. When you say you are planning a project, you are really validating scope, creating a Charter, estimating, creating a schedule, and more. Here are four techniques to use when you plan your projects. They may take a little longer in the […]