Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:21:42 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. Project Management for SME's [Book Review] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/24149/Project-Management-for-SME-s--Book-Review- Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:59:56 GMT I often hear that it’s too expensive, bothersome or simply pointless to introduce project management into small companies. Owning a small company myself, I know that is categorically not true. When you have limited time, limited resources and above all limited funding, you absolutely need t... The Questions Your Sponsor Should Be Asking About Earned Value https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/23728/The-Questions-Your-Sponsor-Should-Be-Asking-About-Earned-Value Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:59:59 GMT In his book, Business Leadership for IT Projects, Gary Lloyd goes into Earned Value in some depth – enough for business leaders to understand what it is and how it can be used to provide a reality check on project performance. He warns against ‘earned value complacency’, which i... How Do Companies Measure Project Manager's Success? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/23727/How-Do-Companies-Measure-Project-Manager-s-Success- Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:59:59 GMT According to recruitment company Robert Half, interim project managers are in high demand. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, interim is a bit like contract but generally longer term and more invested (contractors, feel free to call me out on that if you don’t agree!). ... Recruitment Tips for Project Managers https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/23431/Recruitment-Tips-for-Project-Managers Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:59:58 GMT In this video I talk about what to look out for when you are hiring someone. It can be expensive to bring people on to the team, so it's definitely worth getting it right first time! Here are some tips for making sure that your recruitment efforts don't go to waste. 3 Ways To Reduce Complexity https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/23726/3-Ways-To-Reduce-Complexity Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:46:49 GMT Experienced project managers will agree that complex projects are a headache for lots of reasons. Complexity adds all kinds of challenges and cost. But if you can reduce that complexity then you can take some of the stress out of your project. “If you can understand it, you can move on to... The Cost of Hiring a New Team Member https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/23429/The-Cost-of-Hiring-a-New-Team-Member Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:08:21 GMT In this video I talk about the costs of hiring a new employee. There are a lot of elements involved in hiring and they are all an investment!   The Danger of Fictional Benefits https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22956/The-Danger-of-Fictional-Benefits Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:59:59 GMT Steve Jenner gave a presentation at the PMI Power Talks recently – a set of TED-style short presentations hosted in the centre of London by the PMI UK Chapter. He spoke about portfolio management and benefits. Benefits, he explained, are not just one dimension of project portfolio managemen... 5 Steps For A Configuration Management Process https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22937/5-Steps-For-A-Configuration-Management-Process Mon, 10 Oct 2016 03:59:59 GMT Ah, configuration management! I confess that this wasn’t the most exciting of topics to study when I was preparing for my APMP exam recently but it is important if you want to keep your project organised. Here’s a refresher on how to do it. First, Plan Configuration management ... 5 Considerations for Your Project Procurement Strategy https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog//blog-post/22936/5-Considerations-for-Your-Project-Procurement-Strategy Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:20:00 GMT A project procurement strategy is drawn up at the very beginning of a project at a high level because it’s useful for the business case. Then you’ll put together a more detailed level procurement plan during Definition, when you are specifying exactly what is going to happen on the pr... What Does Quality Cost? https://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...