Does a project delay of a few days really matter? Yes! Schedule delays are often treated as no big deal, but that’s a dangerous approach. We need to view the schedule as a guideline, not as a weapon.
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Minimizing the number of times that a resource has to switch between projects and activities can help mitigate negative impacts, but it’s only a short-term solution. There also has to be a permanent solution—or the project risks failure.
Many project managers find themselves with team members spread across multiple pieces of work. How do you manage that effectively, especially for new project managers?
Too often, organizations start project work instead of developing a plan. This has to stop! Kicking off a project can be an overwhelming feeling for individuals new to project management (and for a lot of us experienced PMs, too). Keep these tips on planning and scope in mind to help ease your stress.
Risk identification doesn’t seem like the most complex part of project management, or even risk management. But it can lead PMs down a dangerous path. Why? Risk identification isn’t about identifying every risk that exists.
The question “What is a successful project?” may appear obvious. It's not. This series continues to build a foundation of PM knowledge. This installment will address defining project success, differentiating business objectives from project objectives, and introducing the concept of a project plan.
Having someone on your team that you are friends with can seem like a great benefit. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. You have to be conscious of how the relationship will be perceived—and how you need to manage it.
The goal of any project is to satisfy key stakeholders. But what is a stakeholder, and what is meant by "key stakeholder"? This series continues to help build a foundation of project management knowledge as it also looks at the triple constraint.
Your first project is about to kick off. How much knowledge and understanding should you have at this point? Not as much as you might think.
Dependencies are a critical part of project planning, but they aren’t always as clear cut as they may at first appear. A better understanding of hard and soft dependencies can help.