Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:48:49 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. How much do you cost your project? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:41:44 GMT Have you ever sat in a meeting that has started late and wondered how much money it has cost the company to have all those subject matter experts sitting around doing nothing? If you haven’t, maybe you should. It would certainly encourage you to be more efficient in meetings! Whether you d... Easy illustrations for your project meetings Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:21:06 GMT You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, at this month we are really testing that theory with the features on visual project management. And not wanting to miss out, I thought I would share some drawing tips with you. Drawing? If you are thinking now... 7 Reasons to crash your schedule Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:43:36 GMT Crashing your schedule is hard work and not something that is advisable in many cases. So why would you do it? Here are 7 reasons why schedule crashing might be the right thing to do. 1. To get the greatest schedule compression The main reason for crashing your schedule is to get the project... 10 Expert Tips for Project Budgets Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:27:59 GMT 5 Steps for Make or Buy Analysis (video) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:06:09 GMT 8 Tips for better benefits management Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:08:34 GMT You’ve got a great project with a ton of benefits coming your way. Everyone’s really happy. And then someone says: “Exactly how much are we going to get from this project?” Suddenly it’s no longer enough just to list benefits – you have to quantify them as well, a... 5 Ways to make better decisions Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:47:45 GMT Projects need lots of decisions and often it can take a long time to get a decision made, especially if there are numerous levels of bureaucracy to get through. Time is money on many projects, and while I don’t often come across project teams sitting around waiting for a decision before they c... Creating a stellar delivery organisation Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:14:13 GMT At the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit last month Donna Fitzgerald gave a presentation about the factors that go to support a stellar delivery organisation. That’s a fancy way of saying getting your project management maturity levels up so you have a better chance of project success eve... Alternatives to prototyping Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:41:54 GMT One of my videos for this blog was about the 3 steps for prototyping. But what if you can’t prototype, or choose not to? Today I want to consider what alternatives you have. Pretotyping I came across this in the essay by Melanie Rose in the book Business Analysis & Leadership. She ... Make or Buy? Advantages & Disadvantages (video) Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:36:50 GMT