Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:46:52 GMT The Money Files https://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. 5 Tips for Better Project Estimates [Infographic] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43891/5-Tips-for-Better-Project-Estimates--Infographic- Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:59:57 GMT When estimating feels like nothing more than a best (even educated) guess, how can you improve your project results? Great – or at least effective – estimating is something that can vastly improve your stakeholders’ confidence levels, help your team plan their work better and give ... What's New in Project Resource Management (pt 3: Acquire Resources) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43890/What-s-New-in-Project-Resource-Management--pt-3--Acquire-Resources- Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:59:58 GMT Hello again, and welcome to another column in what has now become established as a regular-ish feature on The Money Files blog: What’s New In the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition. Last month I took my second look at Project Resource Management (read Part 1 here and Part 2, on Estimate Activity... 3 Ways to Track Schedule Performance [Video] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43888/3-Ways-to-Track-Schedule-Performance--Video-- Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:40:08 GMT In this quick video I share three different ways to track schedule performance. Do you use these methods already? Let me know in the comments below. If you’d like to read more about this, or you just can’t watch the videos where you are, then you can read more about schedule tracking ... 5 Essential Skills for Contract Managers https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43270/5-Essential-Skills-for-Contract-Managers Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:14:58 GMT You might be lucky enough to be working with contract managers on your project. This is normally the case if you have a massive procurement to do, or there are lots of high-value contracts relating to what you are building. Think civil engineering projects, construction, oil and gas – that kin... 5 Tips for Better Decision Making [Infographic] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43266/5-Tips-for-Better-Decision-Making--Infographic- Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:59:57 GMT When decision making falls on your shoulders, you need to be able to step up and make the decision quickly! Here are 5 tips for making better decisions. You can read more about some of the ideas on this infographic in this article. What's New in Project Resource Management (pt 2) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43265/What-s-New-in-Project-Resource-Management--pt-2- Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:00:01 GMT Hello again, and welcome to another column in what has now become a regular-ish feature: What’s New In the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition. Last month I took my first look at Project Resource Management (read Part 1 here). Now it’s the turn of the second process in this knowledge area: ... 3 Alternatives to Prototyping [Video] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43263/3-Alternatives-to-Prototyping--Video- Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:02:15 GMT In this quick video I introduce three alternatives to prototyping. Prototypes on projects can be almost a mini-project by themselves. They are time consuming and can be expensive. There are alternatives if you are prepared to consider them. If you’d like more information on the options in t... What's New in Project Resource Management (pt 1) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/42381/What-s-New-in-Project-Resource-Management--pt-1- Tue, 29 May 2018 12:59:55 GMT It’s time for another instalment of What’s New In the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition. Following on from my look at the Procurement Management knowledge area (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I’m now taking a look Project Resource Management. I got so many comments and messages saying ... How to Create a Benefits Dependency Map https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/42380/How-to-Create-a-Benefits-Dependency-Map Wed, 23 May 2018 12:59:57 GMT A benefits dependency map is a fancy way of saying that you have a diagram that links what your project is delivering to the benefits that the business receives as a result. It has been probably my most useful communication tool with board members. They love it, because they can see exactly why t... 3 Things I Wish I Had Known About Project Budgeting [Video] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/42046/3-Things-I-Wish-I-Had-Known-About-Project-Budgeting--Video- Fri, 18 May 2018 03:59:55 GMT I’ve been managing projects for a long time, and I’ve had budget responsibility (at least for the tracking, if not the actual spending) since virtually the beginning. In this short video I summarise 3 things I wish I had known about project budgeting. These are the hard-won tips that I&r...