I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it). And a fabulous week if you don’t. Traditionally, Christmas has 12 Days. And that led to the traditions of 12 days of Christmas gifts and the Twelfth Night celebration.
And that got me wondering… What 12 gifts would a Project Manager want?
If you prefer video, here it is in a 6 minute video:
Control is what we are all about as Project Managers. So, we want as many Project Controls as we can get. Here are my top 12!
Sometimes Project Management feels like an exercise in juggling balls and spinning plates. But, if you’re going to do it… Spin as many as you can!
Of course, we don’t want points of failure. But we do want to understand as many points of failure as possible, so we can avoid them.
The best way to learn more about this is with our short course, How to Avoid Project Failure will clue you in on:
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Reference to Kindle eBook: How to Avoid Project Failure
If you don’t know what ‘Crashing a Timeline’ means, take a look at this short video…
So,how can you crash your timeline? Here are 9 ways:
My book, How to Manage a Great Project is structured around an 8 step Project Management process.
I describe those steps in this 4 minute video…
PRINCE2 is one of the best developed and most important approaches to Project management. We have:
PRINCE2 is structured around 7 Principles, 7 Themes, and 7 Processes, as illustrated below:
For a quick answer to the question ‘What is PRNCE2?’ check out this video…
Our article on Risk Response Strategies won first prize in the MVP Awards, under the risk management category. So I’m very proud of it.
In it, I list what I believe to be the six project risk response strategies. But I also compare them to other frameworks, so you get – as you’d expect – an absolutely complete picture.
The six I list are:
For a full guide to all of our risk management content (there’s a lot), check out our ‘Ultimate Guide to Project Risk Management’.
There are a lot of different charts we draw in Project Management. But, in my view, there are none more basic than these:
As Project Managers, we divide our projects up into stages, to make them more manageable. Different models, organizations, methodologies, and different PMs all have different numbers of stages and names for them. But, the most fundamental approach that has all of the key detail is a four-stage process. The labels we use at OnlinePMCourses are:
Every project needs clear objectives and the Triple Constraint, Triangle of Balance, or Time-Cost-Quality Triangle gives you the three primary objectives of:
Triple Constraint, Triangle of Balance, and Time-Cost-Quality Triangle are three names for the same thing. But if you are working in an American organization or were trained via the PMI’s PMBOK Guide, you probably speak of the Iron Triangle of Time, Cost, and Scope. Either way works. So, Scope offers us a bonus fourth Objective!
We’re expecting a new edition of the PMI‘s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK Guide) in 2021. That’ll be the 7th Edition. It will match the edition number of the APM‘s Body of Knowledge (the APM BoK).
It all starts from your goal. Without a clear, well-defined goal, you’re adrift without a rudder.
Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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