Entries by tenstepadmin

Practice These Three Key Ways to Control Project Politics

Practice These Three Key Ways to Control Project Politics What happens when your project sponsor wants a different outcome for the project than other management stakeholders? The answer is that each party tries to influence the project team to get what they want. This is one way you get into project politics. The result is […]

Two Quality Management Philosophies to Adopt Now

Two Quality Management Philosophies to Adopt Now There are a lot of interesting processes and techniques associated with quality management. Here are two that approach the level of a philosophy. Don’t “Goldplate” The term goldplating refers to delivering more quality than what the customer requested. Even though it might seem that this is a good […]

Gathering Detailed Requirements

Yes, You Need to Estimate the Project Size Before Gathering Detailed Requirements There is concern from many project managers that they are expected to estimate the effort, duration and cost of a project at the end of the planning process before the detailed requirements have been gathered. It seems like a valid question. Yet, when you talk […]

Be Effective with The Four Communication Basics

Be Effective with The Four Communication Basics There’s not one ‘best’ way to communicate with your project team, but rather a number of different ways. That being said, there are some fundamental communication options that are applied to most projects. Before you get too sophisticated with your communication approach, make sure you are very effective with these […]

Agile 101 – Estimating Work with Story Points

Agile 101 – Estimating Work with Story Points In each iteration, Agile project teams  implement a set of user stories pulled from the product Backlog in priority order. These stories make up the iteration backlog. The number of stories implemented in each iteration depends on the amount of effort it takes to fully implement each story, as […]

Two Essential Techniques to Manage Schedule

Two Essential Techniques to Manage Schedule Managing the schedule  is one of the most important activities of a project manager. These are many great techniques to help manage the schedule. Here are three important ones. Don’t manage activities by percent complete. Manage by due date. When an activity starts it is zero percent complete. When the […]

Here are Six Ways to Communicate Project Status

Here are Six Ways to Communicate Project Status Most of us still create some variation of a paper status report (free template here) to communicate progress on our project. I remember when these reports were printed on paper. An old manager of mine once asked me to review a large binder of paper status reports […]

Use These Two Great Techniques to Help You  Plan Your Projects

Use These Two Great Techniques to Help You Plan Your Projects Project Planning – Work on the Project Charter, Schedule and Budget Simultaneously There is not a sequential order between chartering a project, building the schedule and estimating the total cost. That is, you do not have to completely charter the work first and then […]