Question: Due to major cutbacks at my organization, I have been asked to work on getting new software that we need to update. In the past, we had a procurement department to do this. Since they were all let go, finances are at a low level for us. How can I quickly get myself up to speed so that I lower the company risk when we sign a new software contract?
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Question: Due to the pandemic, my original project estimates aren't accurate. It’s not enough that we are over budget and behind schedule, I now need a way to show management how I predict this work will change financially and in terms of time. I learned some alphabet formulas to pass the PMP® exam, but that was years ago. Is there a simple way to calculate this stuff?
With the PMBOK® Guide as the foundation, organizations can build their project methodologies to meet their specific business needs. The focus in this article is on the fundamentals of project execution. All of these elements are interdependent and take time and effort to build. Principled execution is the goal for our customers and ourselves.
Why inject complexity into your projects when elementary math will suffice? Cut through the quantification using these three simple formulas when engaging with stakeholders.
Sharing only single-outcome estimates of the future fails to convey project risk, uncertainty and the project team’s nascent project knowledge. A far better approach is to use visual signals to help project sponsors sense the uncertainties that they and their project teams face.
The benefits of project management for traditional energy projects, such as building a power plant, are well known. But there are also benefits for energy sector reform, particularly government initiatives. Project management techniques can help by clarifying objectives, engaging stakeholders, improving the speed of legislation, and managing scope and schedule.
How long should we spend on planning as a proportion of the project lifecycle? That's a very good question, and one this practitioner often gets asked. So, is there an answer?
This article describes construction project cost control techniques without the use of special tools or software…and with the help of organizational process assets (OPAs).