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Incorporating a Project Management Process

By incorporating a project management process with your next business venture, its chances of success will increase. This is what stakeholders are referring to when they demand their employees to become better organized. By establishing a set plan of attack to planning and controlling your next project, the performance of the plan will be enhanced. The project management process is an all encompassing approach to developing a revenue stream with the production of a deliverable. This will even begin in the inception phase of a project’s lifecycle. To come up with an...

Creating Communications Plan

The creating of a useful communications plan is no easy task for a project manager. The plan must include all possible lines and venues of communications that will exist within your organization. The outside vendors must also be included in this if you are to have raw materials scheduled, along with your intended target audience.   The first step in the creation of your communications plan is to make use of the project management templates for this process. This document gives you the correct guide for the successful creation of this type of document. Within it, ...

Risk Management Plans

The risk management plan is the document that will help prepare you for the possible problems that might exist during the execution phase of your project’s life cycle. While being prepared for risks that might or might not be encountered seems like a waste of time, you will be eternally grateful you have one when a risk is encountered. Being prepared for these impacts can be the difference in whether a project becomes a success or failure.   The creation of the risk management plan for most parts is done with the use of the risk management template. This is a t...

Documenting the Risk Management Process

Documenting the risk management process has become less frustrating today, with the use of the risk management template. This preformatted tool was designed to help reduce the time required for this important document. Because the path to follow, along with the sections required, in this document are already set, the project manager can then concentrate on the details of the process. The biggest challenge to properly documenting the risk management process is the inclusion of all the possible risks your business venture could encounter. There are general risks that a...

Project Management Life Cycle Reinforcements

Did you know that with a Project Management Life Cycle you can… That you can backup and restore MPMM content? This feature is provided in the MPMM Professional Edition, as it allows you to backup the project management life cycle customizations that you’ve made to your product. When you use MPMM Professional to create new project management life cycle, add your own existing project management life cycle or customize the existing MPMM project management life cycle, it stores unique data in your methodology project management software. This unique data should be backe...

Four Steps to Show the Value of Training

Four Steps to Show the Value of Training Many businesses struggle with whether they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? The most common way to determine value today is to ask the trainee whether he or she thinks the class was valuable. This is very touchy-feely and doesn’t give you much information to go on, but it is probably the ...

The Power of the Aligned Organization

The Power of the Aligned Organization   When was the last time you rode in a car with wheels that were not properly aligned? Chances are it was a pretty rough ride. The car either pulled in one direction, making it hard work to keep it in your lane, or, it worked against itself as one tire pointed one way and another tire another way. The same thing can happen in our companies. The ride can be pretty bumpy, not to mention noisy, unless everyone is pointed in the same direction. That’s why it’s important to understand the five benefits of an aligned organizatio...

Five Options for Project Start Dates

Five Options for Project Start Dates One of the characteristics of a project is that it is a temporary endeavor. In other words there is a start and end-date. This seems simple enough until you start to try to define exactly what these dates mean. Is it after the Project Charter is signed? Is it when the schedule is finalized? There are no universally recommended definition for either date. It depends on each organization and whether there are any implications for choosing one alternative over another. Here are some of the options for identifying the project start-date....

Seven Components to a Risk Management Plan

Seven Components to a Risk Management Plan The Risk Management Plan describes how you will define and manage risk on the project. This document does not actually describe the risks and the responses. This document defines the process and techniques you will use to define the risks and the responses. The information in this plan includes: Roles and responsibilities. This section describes the leading and supporting roles in the risk management process. The project manager typically has overall responsibility for risk management, unless the team is large enough that t...

Five Project Management Mistakes

Five Project Management Mistakes Mistake #3: Not Keeping Schedule Up-to-Date Many project managers create an initial schedule but then don't do a good job of updating the schedule during the project. There are trouble signs that the schedule is not being updated. The project manager cannot tell exactly what work is remaining to complete the project. The project manager is unsure whether they will complete the project on-time. The project manager does not know what the critical path of activities is. Team members are not sure what they need to work on nex...
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