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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 ...
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    Potential Project Killers – Part 2 – the Vague Budget

    In Part 1 of this five part series on potential project killers, I covered the concept of starting the project too fast. Starting the real work on the project before you’re ready can truly be a project killer. The project must be fully planned and prepared for – which I guess might make ‘the planning’ the real work on the project. In this Part 2, I’d like to discuss another potential project killer – the project with no real budget or at best a ‘vague’ budget. You might think, “No budget…nothing to manage against!” Well, that’s not exactly the ...
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    3 Ways to Focus under Pressure

    Ever feel pressure as a project manager? Some of the time? All of the time? I hope you’re not actually feeling stressed and under pressure 100% of the time – I for one actually do find project management enjoyable much of the time. But it certainly does have its many stressful moments. Issues are a way of life. But when several critical issues hit at once or we have one of those show-stopping moments on one of our projects – those are the times when we feel the most pressure…when it’s really tempting to hit the panic button or proclaim ...