Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:44:12 GMT The Money Files http://www.ProjectManagement.com//blogs/256120/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. What Does Quality Cost? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22370/What-Does-Quality-Cost- Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Recently there has been a discussion about which areas of the PMBOK® Guide are hardest to learn. Quality came up a few times: in my view that’s because the quality management techniques are not often put into practice. On a training course I did recently, one of the delegates from a con... 5 Factors That Affect Estimates http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22369/5-Factors-That-Affect-Estimates Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT When you are trying to put estimates together, whether it’s for time or cost, it’s important to be as accurate as possible because the estimates form the basis of your plan. They also set the expectations of your stakeholders, so getting them right – or as close to ‘right&rsq... Timetracking Questions! [Video] http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21902/Timetracking-Questions---Video- Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT In this video I talk about some of the commonly asked Q&A around timetracking, especially about people feel about filling them in. For example, what about those experts who only want to take part in your project when they can cross-charge you for their time? Payback Period: A Beginner's Guide http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22371/Payback-Period--A-Beginner-s-Guide Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:49:38 GMT Payback period is an investment analysis technique and it’s personally one of my favourite tools to use for investment appraisal because in my view it’s the easiest to understand of the tools at my disposal. Today I’m going to work through an example to show you what it looks li... 7 Things That Should Be In Your Project Business Case http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22184/7-Things-That-Should-Be-In-Your-Project-Business-Case Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:28:43 GMT Always a fan of a snazzy graphic, I put this one together to summarise the things that you should be including in your project business cases. Do you (or your management team) include all of these in your business case template? What else do you think should be in there that I haven't covered... Ask The Expert: Eileen O'Loughlin on Collaboration Tools http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21904/Ask-The-Expert--Eileen-O-Loughlin-on-Collaboration-Tools Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT My irregular Ask The Expert feature is back! In today’s interview I talk to Eileen O’Loughlin, market research associate at Software Advice, about trends in collaboration tech, building a business case for investment and more. We started by talking about the nature of the teams that use ... 3 Types of Project Complexity [Video] http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21901/3-Types-of-Project-Complexity--Video- Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:02 GMT In this video I talk about the different types of complexity that you might face on your projects, as inspired and defined by Cranfield University. 5 Ways To Make Outsourcing Work http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21144/5-Ways-To-Make-Outsourcing-Work Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:00:02 GMT I hear a lot of negative stuff about outsourcing. How it’s hard work, and not cost-effective, especially if you are in the charity sector or another sector with tax breaks. That’s because of tax rules (at least, over here) that say while you can’t charge VAT on services such as hea... Cloud Storage: Cheap and Easy or Just Another PM Headache? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21874/Cloud-Storage--Cheap-and-Easy-or-Just-Another-PM-Headache- Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Do you manage your projects ‘in the cloud’? It’s the buzzword that has stopped being ‘buzz’ and is now a critical part of being able to operate successfully as a project manager – even if you don’t manage software projects. Growing up in cold and rainy Ha... 5 Issues With Outsourcing (And What You Can Do About Them) http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/21146/5-Issues-With-Outsourcing--And-What-You-Can-Do-About-Them- Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:00:03 GMT Outsourcing on projects isn’t without issues, whether you’re outsourcing part of the project delivery or managing a project to put in place a process to outsource something for the company such as a shared service centre. Here are 5 issues that you might face when outsourcing and what...