With projects increasingly being initiated with incomplete scopes—and with change becoming ever more frequent—what role does estimation play today?
The Proven and Practical Project Manager Toolkit: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Register
Every project manager should have a proven, practical, and powerful toolkit – of skills, techniques, processes, procedures, tools, and templates – to help a project or program's success. The toolkit should be proven (it works), practical (efficient and adaptable), and powerful (big impact). This webinar focuses on three proven, practical, and powerful tools: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Registers.
Requirements are a key driver for any project and there is a direct relationship between the accuracy of requirements and the outcome of a project. In many cases there is a direct link between scope and requirements, hence requirement definition impacts project scope.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
There are many available techniques for estimation; however, during the RFP/proposal stage, estimation becomes a challenge due to the high level of scope and information, short durations, urgent submissions, etc. One has to rely on a work breakdown methodology and past experience to derive the schedule, effort and resource requirements. This sample template will help you log a variety of planning activities.
Use this sample monthly progress report (created for a construction/engineering project) as an outline and adapt for your own project. It contains sections for an EVA summary, progress analysis, procurements and more.
This project charter includes sections for allocating phase owners and tasks; timelines; budget/resource allocation; and cost estimation. Adapt it to fit your project.
While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).
This checklist is designed to help you ask and answer the tough questions about what defines your project and its mission. Before you start any work, take a quick look to make sure you haven't forgotten something important. (Hint: This document is excellent material for putting together your project plan!)
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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?
Having worked as a project manager delivering technology solutions to life sciences clients for close to a decade, this author has noticed common themes that help ensure project success. Here are six project management takeaways from delivering projects to regulated companies.
The key role of a project manager is to guide the evolution of a project through a structured framework. There are reliable tools available to build structure and bring certainty to managing the initial stages of project planning. One such vital tool is the scope document.
There are situations where the constraints of a project are unrealistic—where the required work just can’t be done in the allotted time with the team that you have been given. What do you do in that situation? Sponsors sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Deal with them.
Scope Decomposition of Complex Programs: Key Methods to Define and Manage the Scope of Large-Scale Change Initiativesby
For complex programs to achieve their strategic goals, it is not only important to decompose their scope into controllable constituents, but also to stitch the pieces back again into a cohesive whole. Scope decomposition techniques—systems thinking, WBS, and progressive elaboration—help to effectively manage programs so that they meet their stated objectives.
Updated for iterative, incremental or agile project life cycles, the newly released Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures — Third Edition is an essential tool to help practitioners organize, plan and track a project’s total scope. Find out how!
Colonel John Boyd discovered that the primary determinant to winning aerial dogfights was observing, orienting, planning and acting faster. How does this apply to project management?
“Where’s my package?” It’s a question we are all familiar with. Project management in the field of logistics requires broad insight into a true end-to-end process, quality documentation and far-reaching team management skills. How does one manage this process for a customer?
While we can spend our careers improving our ability to craft effective project charters, we can get to a 70% good-enough state by addressing some basic topics. This article explains those basics.
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