Many project managers start their careers with informal projects, which are managed without using any formal structure, approach or control. Is that an appropriate first step for a potential PM?
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This Excel workbook provides eight logs and registers to help your project. It includes a Changes Log, a Lessons Learned Log, an Assumptions-Constraints Log, an Issues Log, a Risk Register (with accompanying risk guide and list), a Customer Promise Log, a Project Task Tracker, and an RFI Tracker. It's perfect for new and seasoned PMs alike.
This Excel workbook will help you form a comprehensive risk plan with templates for a Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure, Dependency Log, Rick Plan, Project Procurements Registry and Project Communications Log. It is helpful for experienced and new PMs alike.
This two-page project charter template includes sections for a stakeholder list, summary milestone schedule for various project phases (like collecting requirements, the development phase and prototype testing), and more. Adapt it to fit your specific 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).
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Information security is all about protection of information and its critical elements (confidentiality, integrity and availability), including the systems and process that use, store and transmit that information. When it comes to information security, what exactly does it mean to us as project managers? This author helps you put the right procedures in place.
Many organizations assign their smallest projects to new project managers. That has advantages...but also limitations.
The trade-off between project delivery time and quality often depends on the specific requirements and constraints of the project, but this is not always something that’s properly assessed. When push comes to shove and you have to decide, which side should you pick?
The sooner that a PM can recognize that not all delays are created equal—and figure out which ones need action taken—the greater the chance of project success. When do you need to start worrying?
New project managers are provided foundational training that they are told will help them succeed. But how many experienced PMs actually do things that way? When can we start changing our approach?
Despite agile’s rise in popularity, there are still some detractors. There are also several myths and misconceptions about the traditional way of doing project management. Guess what? We need both approaches!
As the number of projects being undertaken continues to increase, the demand for project managers remains high. But what do individuals need to do to ensure they have the skills needed to become a PM? The answer is a lot harder than the question.
Ever hear a project manager say "Everything is critical!" about a schedule's tasks? Don't make that mistake. Understanding the mechanics of critical path is a crucial hard skill that PMs need to master early in their careers.
When project teams are buried in the details of their work, it’s easy for them to forget that they are producing solutions for real people. PMs need to help them remember.
If you’re currently working in a corporate environment, chances are you’ve found yourself managing a project even if it wasn’t part of your job description. Maybe it's time to consider becoming an “official” project manager—and these steps can help with the transition.
The sooner a project manager can become comfortable with effective and appropriate delegating, the better—but it's not an easy skill to master. These six tips can help.
Finding the right projects for new PMs to lead is critical, but what constitutes that ideal first project? The perfect project for one PM might not be the perfect project for another—but there are some characteristics that we can look for.
Project management certifications can be an invaluable tool, helping you generate greater opportunities and set yourself apart from the competition. If you're a new practitioner, read this primer to start your journey.
As a C-Level executive, you are responsible for managing complex projects that require extensive coordination and careful planning to ensure success. But there is a lot more to project management than just making sure everyone is on the same page.
Too much stress not only prevents you from functioning, it can have profound long-term health impacts. And new PMs in particular don’t have the experience to fall back on to assure them that things will be alright. How can we prevent this damaging buildup?
Schedule delays are among the most common problems projects face, but how do you manage them properly? That depends on why they’re happening...which isn't always obvious.
Project managers—especially new practitioners—often struggle with the control and governance aspects of the discipline, but they are a good thing for the project and the team. Without them, PMs are operating on guesswork.