Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:06:40 GMT The Money Files A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts. Cost Management Processes [Video] Mon, 16 Nov 2015 04:59:59 GMT In this video I talk about the cost management processes.   9 Cost Management Terms Defined Mon, 09 Nov 2015 04:59:59 GMT I was contacted by a student recently who was having trouble understanding some of the outputs from the cost management processes, specifically around the terminology about what goes into a cost management plan. The trouble is, some of the training material makes things unnecessarily complex. The... Got Any Excel Questions? Fri, 06 Nov 2015 04:59:50 GMT I’m delighted that Carl Nixon, The Excel Expert, has offered to answer your questions on spreadsheets, and in particular, Excel. In my experience project budgets are often done in Excel – it’s certainly the product I turn to. I use it for everything from doing the odd sum instea... What Type of Contract is Best for Urgent Projects? Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:48:37 GMT It’s easy (kind of) to plan the project financial provision and contracts when you’ve got lots of time and plenty of opportunity to research the market. But what about when you are up against it? That’s when you might rush into a decision and only find out afterwards that it’... Project Communications Questions Answered Fri, 23 Oct 2015 04:00:10 GMT In this video I share the answers to a couple of questions raised during PMXPO: What tools do I use to link my project communications calendar to my daily diary? Is it the project manager's job to be responsible for project communications? I didn't get a chance to answer these d... Estimating 101 with Cesar Abeid Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:00:03 GMT Cesar Abeid has a new book out, called Project Management for You, and it’s a step by step guide to everything you need to get started with managing a project. You may feel that you have enough experience to not need a beginners guide to project management, and you may be right. Still, it does... How Much Do Meetings Cost You? Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:00:03 GMT Today I wanted to share this infographic on the cost of unproductive meetings. I work virtually a lot of the time, but that doesn't generate half as many meetings as when I am physically in the office with my colleagues. Perhaps it's because when they see me they are keen to chat, or perhaps... How to Construct Your Project Budget Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:07:43 GMT Olivier Lazar gave a presentation at the PMI Global Congress EMEA earlier this year and he talked briefly about how to construct your project budget. I wanted to share some of his ideas and some of my own here. So, let’s look at the three components of a project budget. 1. The Budget... 4 Estimating Terms You Need To Know [Videos] Fri, 25 Sep 2015 03:59:56 GMT This article summarises four of the key terms that you'll come across when you start working with project estimates. Bottom up estimating This estimating term describes how you break down your project and estimate (as the name suggests) based on the smallest components. Watch the vi... Questions from PMXPO 2015 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:16:59 GMT   In this video I discuss some of the questions raised during my presentation at PMXPO this year. For more on managing project budgets on the cheap, see this article on communicating on a budget.