Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:36:56 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, estimating and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts. Written by Elizabeth Harrin from GirlsGuideToPM.com. 5 Spreadsheet Tips to Improve Your Workflow https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52931/5-Spreadsheet-Tips-to-Improve-Your-Workflow Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:00:01 GMT What spreadsheet package do you use? Personally I use Microsoft Excel, although I do have Numbers on my iPad I case I need to look at a spreadsheet while I’m out and about. I sometimes use Google Sheets for personal projects as well, but I’m not massively comfortable with it. Regardle... The Difference Between Regulations and Standards https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52929/The-Difference-Between-Regulations-and-Standards Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:00:01 GMT When you’re planning how to deliver quality results, and what needs to go into your project schedule, it’s worth looking at what regulations and standards you need to adhere to. In this article we’ll look at the difference between regulations and standards and what that means to... Deep Dive: Project Schedule Management: Develop Schedule https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52928/Deep-Dive--Project-Schedule-Management--Develop-Schedule Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:24:25 GMT I’m working my way through the Knowledge Areas and process of the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition, and at the moment we’re in Project Schedule Management. Last time I looked at the Estimate Activity Durations process. That means today is the turn of Develop Schedule. Develop Schedule... Your First Project Budget: What You Should Know https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52038/Your-First-Project-Budget--What-You-Should-Know Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:00:01 GMT So you’ve been given a project with a budget? Or you’ve been asked to create a project budget for the first time? Here’s what you should know. The expected total Even if you’ve been told to create a budget from scratch, the person who asked (your project sponsor) alread... 7 Cost Management Terms You Should Know https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52037/7-Cost-Management-Terms-You-Should-Know Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:00:01 GMT There’s a lot of jargon in project cost management, and your cost management plan is full of terminology you might not have come across before. There’s nothing difficult about the vocab, and it’s not trying to catch you out. However, if you are finding there are sections of your... Deep Dive: Project Schedule Management: Estimate Activity Durations https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52036/Deep-Dive--Project-Schedule-Management--Estimate-Activity-Durations Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:00:01 GMT Last time in the deep dive into the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition I looked at Project Schedule Management and the Sequence Activities process. You’d expect today’s instalment to be covering Estimate Activity Resources, which is what came next in the PMBOK Guide® -- Fifth Edition.... 3 Ways to Talk About the Accuracy of Estimates [Video] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52035/3-Ways-to-Talk-About-the-Accuracy-of-Estimates--Video-- Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:00:01 GMT Project estimating is something we have to do a lot. And being good at estimating generally means being accurate in the estimate. That doesn’t mean you have to get your budget figures defined to the nearest penny. But you do have to work out your numbers robustly and present them in a way that... How To Facilitate an Estimating Session https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51400/How-To-Facilitate-an-Estimating-Session Sat, 02 Mar 2019 18:44:52 GMT So you need to estimate some work for your project? Great. Project managers need estimates to help with planning, scheduling and budgeting. Estimates are useful things. But how do you get there? Estimates come from talking to people. Even if you use scenario-based software or modelling tools, you... Deep Dive: Project Schedule Management: Sequence Activities https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51399/Deep-Dive--Project-Schedule-Management--Sequence-Activities Sat, 02 Mar 2019 18:43:56 GMT Today’s deep dive into the PMBOK Guide®-- Sixth Edition is into the third part of Project Schedule Management: the Sequence Activities process. I’m going to call out the differences between this process and what we used to have in the PMBOK Guide® -- Fifth Edition. We’ve... 3 Ways Processes Add Risk to Projects [Video] https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51398/3-Ways-Processes-Add-Risk-to-Projects--Video-- Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:00:01 GMT The processes you have for project management – or lack of them – can add significant risk to your project. But you don’t often find them called out on the risk log. Poor processes can add time delays, extra steps and confusion. They contribute to poor communication and overspen...