So, what’s the best way to ensure all stakeholders understand and engage with program objectives? For large programs of work involving a multitude of stakeholders, having a high-level description of what the future organisation looks like after the program has been delivered will ensure stakeholders are engaged and encourage them to participate.Read More
Business Analysts do not work in vacuums; they work on projects.
This blog is for those wearing (or planning to wear) the Project Manager Hat.
A lot of benefits can be had from using the right framework when running a project. You prevent scope creep, complete projects at a faster pace and may even reduce costs, amongst a host of other benefits. This article touches on a number of these frameworks and their characteristics.Read More
Are you on the hunt for free project management courses? These courses can help you develop your project management skills, earn professional development units to retain your project management certification and also get you up to speed with trends in the project management profession.Read More
When it comes to project failure, it's rarely ever attributable to a single reason. When a project is going nowhere quickly enough, you can often see the signs. Often, there are too many unpleasant signs. Regardless of the reason behind the failure, a decision will need to be made quickly on when to pull the plug.
Here are some signs you should be aware of:Read More
At the heart of every project are key questions every project manager should be able to answer, no matter how small or large the project is. Answers to these questions can help set direction for the project and lay the foundation for a successful project once it commences.Read More
There are so many project management apps out there in the market that it might seem tedious figuring out which is best for your company’s needs. This article highlights three popular project management apps you can explore. Guest Post By Frank HamiltonRead More
I finally passed my PMP exam today with an “Above Target” rating in all 5 process groups. Attaining the PMP certification is a journey I was on for quite a while, I must say. I set the goal a couple of years back but was too busy to do much about it. It feels fulfilling now that it’s done and dusted. I’ll outline in this post, what helped and what didn’t, especially for those on the path to getting certified. I hope this helps.Read More
As a project manager, you will be expected to come up with project plans. While plans certainly have their downfalls—they are hypothetical, constrain future ideas, and are perpetually out-of-date—they certainly have their uses. In fact, your company or client will need to review the project plan in order to determine when tasks will be completed, how much the project may cost and validate the project deliverables/scope. Guest Post By Ben Aston.Read More
Understanding exactly what your business needs to work more efficiently as you’re navigating projects is key to choosing tools that will support (and not hinder) your goals. Adding a software solution just to have more tools, without understanding exactly what you truly need may, in fact, cause increased or unnecessary costs and frustration to your small team. Guest Post By Jeni RogersRead More
Lengthy or complex projects can sometimes be necessary to support growth initiatives within a company and the skills and tools you use as a project manager will ensure that you successfully oversee your projects to completion. Guest post by Jeni RogersRead More
Completing a project is never easy. Even a project you are working on by yourself can prove difficult to complete. How many times have you started a project and given up halfway through? Well, imagine how difficult it is for businesses with so many different people and departments working on projects—the high failure rates are hardly surprising. This infographic from Trainwest takes you through why projects fail and what project managers can do to keep project teams motivated.Read More
Fast tracking and crashing are 2 schedule compression techniques for managing time on projects. If your project is running late or you would like to shorten its duration, these 2 techniques can come in handy:Read More
This method of planning is used on evolving projects where complete information is not available. When requirements are vague or the key activities that need to be executed are not clear upfront, the rolling wave planning technique can come in handy.Read More
We all live in an imperfect world. We can never expect to have complete information. Colin Powel, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, uses the 40/70 rule. He explains that he never takes any action unless he feels he has at least 40 percent of the necessary information. He never expects to have more than 70 percent. To wait and try for more causes too many missed opportunities.Read More