Organizations are recognizing that they need to go beyond the traditional metrics of scope, schedule and budget to determine project success—but those metrics still matter as indicators of how effective and efficient a company’s planning approach is.
Outages are planned shutdowns of plants for maintenance, including preventative maintenance and defects. Preventative maintenance works have pre-defined scope, a job plan and resource requirements built into a maintenance management system. The problematic area is corrective maintenance scope (i.e., defects). Defects often result in significant increase in outage scope, known as scope creep. Scope creep is a serious challenge that outage managers, outage engineers and planners face before and during an outage. In order for us to manage it, it is necessary to understand what scope creep is—and what its causes are. If the root causes are taken care of, the problem will be solved by itself! The webinar will discuss this in detail based on practical experience and will be followed by Q&A.
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A project charter amendment is useful for project managers looking to control the versioning of project charters throughout the change control process. This template can be used as an output of the governance process, in which scope changes and their impacts on budget, milestones, resources and associated risks are reviewed and approved by executive sponsors.
The Final Project Performance Report is developed in the closing process. It documents final project performance as compared to the project objectives. The objectives from the project charter are reviewed, and evidence of meeting them is documented. Use this form to document your progress.
This Excel workbook includes sheets to help you keep track of scope, schedule, risks, costs, resource allocation and your work breakdown structure during a project. Adapt it to fit your organization and 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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Measurement has always been an essential part of project management success. The discipline has recently achieved even greater prominence as a project performance domain. Use these tips to refresh your measurement skills and increase performance.
As we move away from our focus on knowledge areas, what metrics is your organization using to monitor some of the new performance domains in the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide? Here are some ways we can measure success.
Scope creep is one of the greatest challenges you’ll face in delivering a successful project. In this article, we look at what scope creep is, why it happens, how to get a project that’s experiencing scope creep back on track, and how to prevent scope creep in the first place.
Project managers spend way too much time worrying about constraints. Next time you risk missing one, recognize that it likely doesn’t matter much.
This article explains the cost pulse check process in IT project management, along with some examples and best practices a project manager can adopt to manage and represent financials realistically.
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.
Just because the project business case or charter says a project has to be delivered within certain parameters, that doesn’t mean it’s possible.
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.
This article shares the challenges a PM experienced while managing the construction of a 5-star hotel on the Caribbean island of Grenada during the pandemic—and how he navigated through change management to stay on track.
Scope creep can plague projects where timelines are established at the start, or budgets and resources are fixed. However, it should not be a problem for projects operating with agile principles. Rather than resisting change, an agile team welcomes it, and figures out how to adapt to it. Here's how.
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