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    It’s the Customer’s Project.. But

    “I’m the customer…do what I say.” “That’s my money – I want you to do this!” “The customer is always right!” Have you heard this before? Is the customer always right? My answer is no. In fact, you may be saying – from your own project experiences – is the customer ever right? Now, for all you customers out there – past, present and future – I mean no harm or disrespect. It’s just that there are a few of you out there who prefer to micro manage the delivery project manager and team too much and you forget why ...
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    The Flexible Schedule. Potential Project Killers. Part 5

    As we close out this five part series on some of my favorite project killers, let’s consider what we’ve covered so far in Parts 1 through 4: • Part 1 - starting too fast – don’t start before everyone is really ready and the project is well-defined • Part 2 – a vague budget – managing a project with no real budget is dangerous – sounds easy but it’s not and it can become very hard, if not impossible, to ever define financial success • Part 3 – an indecisive customer – the indecisive project customer provides ...
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    The Changing Resource Roster. Potential Project Killers Part 4

    In this five part series we’ve been examining what I consider to be key project issues that can turn into real project killers if not properly managed or avoided. In the first three parts so far we’ve covered: Part 1 - starting too fast – don’t start before everyone is really ready and the project is well-defined Part 2 – a vague budget – managing a project with no real budget is dangerous – sounds easy but it’s not and it can become very hard, if not impossible, to ever define financial success Part 3 – an indecisive customer – ...
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    Potential Project Killers Part 3. The Indecisive Customer

    So far in this five part series on potential project killers, we've covered two topics: - Starting too fast – getting the project going before it’s really ready to start and before it had been well defined by the customer and well planned out by the project manager and team. - The vague project budget– moving forward on the project with no definite budget in place or a very vague one. Without the financial target in place at the beginning of the project, the scope may change and the financial affects will be hard to pinpoint or justify, and ...
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    Why It’s Critical to Use Reporting for Your Projects

    Projects are complicated beasts – there is no question about that. Tracking everything from issues, to outstanding tasks, to change orders, to risks, to financials, and everything in between…it’s enough to drive any project manager up the wall if he’s trying to do it all in his head, on paper or in a spreadsheet. It just isn’t possible, nor does it have to be. In the landscape where there were really only a couple of offerings 15-20 years ago, there are now literally hundreds of desktop and web-based project management tools designed to help the project manager organize just about ...