Transferring a team deliverable from continent to continent carries with it additional risks in addition to those expected from co-located workforces. There are planning and facilitation tactics you can use to mitigate these risks—and even build improved collaboration in the process.
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A project goes through various levels of interaction between multitudes of people, with different skill sets competing interests and also involves planning, scheduling, and coordination of a wide range of both independent and interrelated activities. In addition, the influence of external factors requires this industry to solve complex environmental issues.
Closing Q&A webinar for March 2017 Book Club on How to Manage Complex Programs; High-Impact Techniques for Handling Project Workflow, Deliverables, and Teams by Tom Kendrick
Introduction webinar for March 2017 Book Club: How to Manage Complex Programs by Tom Kendrick
Our daughters’ wedding – a case study in Crisis Management. This case study is based on a personal “project” - our daughters’ wedding. This talk will bring home the challenges faced and describe some interesting anecdotes in people behavior, procurement and leadership. It will spell out inferences and Best Practices from this episode which can be applied in crisis situations in organizations or personal life.
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Need help keeping track of costs for items in various categories of your work breakdown structure? Use this simple Excel sheet to help produce a quick analysis.
Statistical PERT® (SPERT®) is a freely licensed, probabilistic, estimation technique. Use Statistical PERT to estimate uncertainties that have bell-shaped risk properties, like: task duration, work effort, revenue, expenses, agile story points, project portfolios, event attendance and more. Use in conjunction with the article Getting Beta with Statistical PERT.
The intention of the proposed RAID Log template (Risks, Actions, Issues, Decisions) is to consolidate all of the key reporting elements for stakeholders into one place. This may not be as powerful as some of the dashboards presented in COTS PM software; however, it helps for those who do not have access to such software. This document can be archived to the project database upon completion of the project for organization learning via knowledge management software.
This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.
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What constitutes a troubled project? The answer is truly in the eyes of the sponsor, but as project managers we need to measure objectively and then decide how to use those facts in our go-forward plans. Here the author puts everything in the context of the triple constraint.
How confident are you in your estimates? Meet Statistical PERT, a probabilistic estimation technique for use with any bell-shaped uncertainty like task duration, work effort, agile story points, cost, revenue, event attendance and more. The Statistical PERT Beta Edition uses the built-in statistical functions inside Microsoft Excel 2010 and later.
Trust and risk are closely related and go hand-in-hand. Use the project management practices built around Risks, Issues, Assumptions and Dependencies (RAID) to build both a trustworthy team and a trustful atmosphere.
Project managers excel at managing the project schedule, but many of us are not accustomed to revisiting the original premise of a project. There are four very simple and practical “perception” risk mitigation techniques that PMs and teams can implement.
In this article, we will explore how IT projects can benefit from cloud technologies, both in traditional and agile projects. Online project tools are widely available for usage (team spaces, office software, etc.), but IT projects can take this a step further and save time and costs—and reduce risks when the infrastructure goes cloud.
Conflict should not always be perceived as a problem. At times, it is a chance for growth and can be an effective means for the opening up among groups or individuals. However, when conflict begins to suppress or disrupt productivity and gives way to more conflicts, then conflict management is needed.
Our closing webinar for the November Book Club selection (Project Management Simplified: A Step-by-Step Process) had more questions after the broadcast was over. Here, the author covers the additional questions and answers that came out of that session.
In most organizations, there are many projects competing for finite resources and management attention at any given time. This article describes a proven approach to help mitigate risks around losing resources mid-project--or dropping in the organization's priorities versus other projects.
You’re about to close the deal on a megaproject with all the potential in the world and everyone involved is ready to sign on the dotted line and get started. Before you do, here are three lessons from the trenches that are straightforward, actionable and can save a great deal of time, frustration and guesswork.
The following article discuss how fast tracking can lead to project delays, showing the most common risk and pitfalls when applying the technique. It will focus on examples from some projects in Qatar.
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