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Upcoming Webinars

No Requirements, No Problem!

Jun 29, 2017 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Kevin Richardson will walk through some common examples of two types of projects and how to wrestle them to the ground.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Project Plan/WBS Sample Template

by Jirí Skrivánek

This MS Excel template is an example of a small or middle-range project including a WBS, a simplified schedule and a summary of progress, which uses earned value management (EVM). The supporting article (Stop Being Scared of Spreadsheets!) encourages mainly junior PMs to play with the template and practice their knowledge on small projects. The article is not a step-by-step tutorial. Instead of detailed instructions, it discusses a few things that are crucial to start both managing projects and advanced work with spreadsheets.

Brief Project Charter

by Elok Robert Tee

This brief, one-page project charter provides a quick snapshot of vital project information, including areas for sponsor, proposed end date, client, cost and more--including a brief goals/objectives section.

Project Status Update (Presentation)

PREMIUM presentation
by Daniel Grzybek

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.

Project Definition Checklist


This checklist is designed to help you ask and answer the tough questions about what defines your project and its mission. Before you start any work, take a quick look to make sure you haven't forgotten something important. (Hint: This document is excellent material for putting together your project plan!)

Learn From Others

Business Requirement Techniques for Delivering Value While Controlling Scope (Japanese Translation)

by Joy Beatty

組織は、新しく改良されたソリューションが利害関係者にとって価値のあるメリットをもたらし、適切な投資収益率をもたらすという前提でプロジェクトを立ち上げます。 ビジネス要件を理解することで、チームが実際にこれらのメリットを確実に実現できるようになります。

Managing a Presales Project: How Different Is It?

by Paul Visser

We generally talk about managing projects that were sold to our customers. But how about the management of a presales project? Is that just like managing any other project? Do we have the same constraints? Is it less stressful?

Department of Defense PM: Forget About the Baselines!

by Greg Lewis

Some baseline calculations become much more intricate when dealing with large projects, especially when fielding new technologies. But at the end of the day, the premise is the same. Is our project within scope, on schedule and within budgeted costs?

Smart Budget Allocation for Project-Oriented Organizations

by Jakub Marciniak

Spending decisions in a PMO can foster or impede the organization. The process is volatile by the nature of its political implications. To allocate budget and resources in a smart way—and to achieve organizational goals—a measurable approach needs to take the following dimensions into consideration…

The Power of Planning

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

Do project managers really need to plan for project activities? Is it really worth the effort? What do we lose if we simply execute the project? When a PM practices agile and DevOps, do they still need to plan, or do these discourage it? Here, the author reinforces the power of planning.

The Complexity Infrastructure

by Andy Jordan

Complex projects are, well, complex. That requires a different organizational support model, but what should that look like?

Establishing Scope

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Establishing the scope for a project is the first step. Unfortunately, many first steps are wrong and the project pays the price after a thousand steps have been taken. Take the time and effort to establish the scope correctly in the first place by following some important guidelines.

Cybersecurity Impacts Upon United States Navy Undersea Tracking Ranges

by Adamson E. Streit, MBA, PMP, Bradley T. Dame, CISSP

Government agencies have recently found themselves asking questions about cybersecurity threats that they had not previously anticipated. In response, program managers must carry out a mandate of ensuring cybersecurity compliance while remaining on-budget. This paper seeks to provide answers and strategies while examining impact to schedule and budget.

Stop Consulting Around the Problem

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Consultants can help address many issues…but problems arise when consultants consult around the problem instead of directly overcoming and impacting the issue that needs to be addressed.

Stop Being Scared of Spreadsheets!

by Jirí Skrivánek

Scared of spreadsheets? Don't be! They are a necessary and valuable tool in the project manager's arsenal. This article and its accompanying template are not a step-by-step tutorial. Instead of detailed instructions, it discusses a few things that are crucial to start both managing projects and completing advanced work with spreadsheets.

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What are different type of estimation techniques, How can we define in simpler way with examples ?  Navdeep Singh Sethi  Jun 23, 2017 9:11 AM 
Difference between Scope Management Plan and Requirements Management Plan  Michael Effanga  Jun 14, 2017 4:45 AM 
How to calculate discount rate in NPV analysis ?  Aamir Yousuf  Jun 12, 2017 2:18 PM 
Stakeholder Management - How do you handle clients, who communicate requirements randomly over the call  SHARATH BHAT  Jun 2, 2017 4:17 AM  10 
Investment analysis for Project Managers - your experience  Tim Podesta  May 26, 2017 11:33 AM 
Was the discovery of Viagra an example of scope creep, scope change or opportunity?  Eduard Hernandez  May 20, 2017 3:05 AM 
Survey to enhance your Product Development Practices  Christopher Breder  May 2, 2017 5:48 PM 
What is the best way to propose correct ball-park estimation in pre-sales analysis activity to the clients?  Prashant Sonwane  Apr 27, 2017 5:44 AM 
How to manage a project/sprint in a situation when client/management put pressure to accept stories even when a sprint is about to finish?  Sonali Malu  Apr 26, 2017 9:16 AM 
Can project manager negotiate scope of complex requirement during QA phase of the project  SHARATH BHAT  Apr 15, 2017 2:03 PM  12 
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Looking for a free scheduling tool!  Vincent Guerard  Apr 9, 2017 8:39 PM  10 
Expensive phrases  Anton Oosthuizen  Apr 5, 2017 3:00 AM 
Implementaion of Earned Value Management  Abhishek Pandey  Mar 29, 2017 9:33 PM 
Is the Iron Triangle still the only success criteria?  John Rice  Mar 28, 2017 11:35 PM  25 
MUST HAVE INFORMATION in a Project Charter  Eduard Hernandez  Mar 28, 2017 1:29 PM  14 
would you use a WIKI to gather project information?  Alberto Tummillo  Mar 25, 2017 2:44 PM 
changes in Project Charter  SANJEET KUMAR PATRA  Mar 24, 2017 10:25 AM  12 
Activity attributes versus WBS dictionnary  Alexandra Cossard  Mar 22, 2017 7:50 AM  10 
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