Whether part of a large enterprise software program or a project to pass data between two applications, integration deliverables present a unique set of challenges. These best practicescan be applied to any integration effort, large or small, to improve your delivery results.
Are you wondering if your project plan has everything in it that it needs to have? Apply this checklist to it and see.
Simply put, scope is the size of the project. But there’s more to it than that!
Before you submit your project plan for final approval, you'd better check it over. Learn the steps for cross-checking a project plan.
Contingency covers costs that are reasonably expected to occur but are not specifically known on a given project. Keeping estimates of contingency up-to-date and relevant to the current environment and phase of the project in real time can be a challenge. Through the use of a project information database, application of a PMO reserve, and the use of iterative risk planning, the authors offer a solution to this problem.
This detailed quality control plan template provides a greater level of detail and is also used to track results of the tests that are performed. This template is completed by the testing team or similar function that is responsible for quality control, and once completed forms an important record of the tests carried out to validate the project outputs.
The concept of leadership can be very complicated, but for one PM it can be boiled down to a few core principles: care, understanding, service and protection. Keeping a close monitor of these behaviors can help you become a better leader of projects, programs and teams--and inspire many in the process.
Effectively communicating project status, understanding stakeholder views and keeping the team focused on the goal are just a few of the topics project managers must communicate well. This paper discusses a new view of communication channel complexity by addressing communication mediums. Message content is aligned with the medium used to ensure efficient and effective communications. Project managers who identify and influence appropriate use of communication mediums can greatly enhance communications.
Some projects go off the rails, and getting them back means going far beyond the job description. How do you manage that? When it comes to crisis management, do your approaches scream of desperation?
How you go about shopping for a consultant is critical. Most companies do it poorly rather than doing it well. This makes the entire process more frustrating, time consuming and expensive for all parties, consultants and customers alike. In the hope that some of this frustration can be minimized, we present an insider's guide to shopping for a consultant.
Does a project manager responsible for client-facing initiatives need a different set of skills from other PMs? And if so, what are those differences? What makes a good professional services project manager?