As project managers, we often reinforce the importance of proper PM in our professional projects. However, when it comes to our personal projects, do you apply the project management mindset and tools? One writer has found project management useful for a few significant personal projects.
If you’ve developed any training material for your projects, then you’ve familiar with process flow charts and supporting tasks. In IT projects, there is usually an operational process or workflow that the end users follows to put the IT solution into action. Even though workflow is associated with recurring operational tasks, they can be applied to professional and personal projects. Here, one writer looks at a free offering that might make your personal PM run a lot smoother.
As project managers, we are biologically programmed to groan whenever the thought of planning a new project comes up. Which begs the question: Is it possible to make planning a pleasurable experience? (Baby steps, dear readers...baby steps!)
It's important to clarify the purpose and status reporting expectations early in the project. Here, we share a sample integration management cadence for a large project or program that effectively balances the time with the administrative overhead.
The reality is there are no shortcuts to personal fitness--or PMP exam preparation. In this article, the seven processes in the Project Time Management knowledge area will be explored—using a different approach that might save you a few minutes!
Project or program managers should ask themselves workload assignment and prioritization (WAP) questions, consciously or unconsciously, every day, and sometimes every hour. This article explains how to create a WAP spreadsheet that will enable you to capture the processes, issues, and projects (PIPs) and provides a sample WAP spreadsheet and Workload Assignment Form (WAF).
Faced with overwhelming workloads, we are often advised to “prioritize,” as if that is some sort of magical spell. We need to look beyond prioritization. Here are some useful tools and techniques that can be applied by individuals as well as teams to increase productivity.
The use of program and production scheduling integrates project information and obtains the commitment of the organization while providing a way to track and update status. Through an organization-wide iterative approach to scheduling and a commitment to schedule deadlines, unity in project effort can be achieved.
"Nearly every great advance in science arises from a crisis in the old theory, through an endeavor to find a way out of the difficulties created. We must examine old ideas, old theories, although they belong to the past, for this is the only way to understand the importance of the new ones and the extent of their validity."