Here’s a topic to get every Project Manager’s heart racing: project documentation. We know we need it, but it’s hardly a favorite!
The danger, of course, is that your project documentation fails to get the attention it deserves. Because getting essential documents right is vital. So, you need to make it one of your top priorities.
That’s why, in this article, we look at everything you need to think about.
One of the joys of Project Management is the constant need for problem-solving.
The novelty and uncertainty of a project environment constantly throw up surprises. So, a Project Manager needs to be adept at solving problems.
In this article, we look at problem-solving and offer you a structured, systematic approach.
The ITIL framework is the most widely-used framework of best practices for IT Service Management (ITSM).
Many project managers deliver IT components to our projects. And the service régime that starts when we hand them over will often dictate the value of the products we’ve created. Because of that, Project Managers need to be mindful of this in designing our products, delivery, and handover.
And, whether you are an IT Project Manager or not, you may find yourself delivering IT in the form of hardware, infrastructure, software, or service processes as a part of your projects. So, that means you need a basic understanding of ITSM and, in particular, of ITIL.
Therefore, in this feature article, we’ll explore what ITSM and ITIL are. We will see how ITL is structured, to give you a basic understanding of its principles. We’ll find out how and why it is relevant to you. And, finally, we’ll speak to one of ITIL’s founders, Ivor McFarlane.
Project Quality Management can often feel like an unloved part of project management. Too many basic books and guides to project management either mention is only in passing, or not at all.
On the smallest projects, with few products, we can probably take quality for granted. By this I mean that we can assume that a project manager will be reviewing the quality of everything you deliver, and making sure it’s right.
But, as projects get bigger, you cannot avoid active quality management.
So, in this guide to Project Quality Management, we’ll break it down into three parts. We’ll talk you through what each part is, why it matters, and – most important – what you need to do.
If you want to build a reputation for delivering high quality products, as well as meeting your budget and deadlines, you need to master Project Quality Management.
I’ve often said that scoping is the hardest part of Project Management. So for a formal project, you’ll need a good Scope Management Plan. It will help you navigate the scoping process, and take full advantage of all of your hard work.
But a Scope Management Plan is a tiny part of project management. One of two outputs of one of six processes of one of 10 Knowledge Areas. So why, you ask, did I choose this topic for one of our giant guides?
Therein lies a story.
You want to embrace Agile as part (or maybe all) of your Project Management practice. And you know that a good qualification will help you get the jobs you want, to put it to use. But there is such a wide range of choice. Which Agile Certification program should you follow?
First, let me say that I am not going to tell you which one is best. What I hope to do is give you the information to start researching which is best for you.Continue reading…
Project Cost Management often puts people off. It feels complicated and has the mystical air of mathematical magic and wizardry. But there’s little your project sponsor, your client, or their Finance Director care about more than your budget and how closely you can stick to it.
Project cost over-runs are common. But this is not a cause for a defeatist attitude.
No. Instead, you must act with determination to understand project cost management and implement all the tools at your disposal to control costs and bring in your expenditure on budget.
In last week’s article, we started to look at the reasons why projects fail. We set out the first five of ten Points of Project Failure.
In this week’s article, we’ll look at the second set of causes. Five more reasons why projects fail.
No one wants their project to fail. Despite this, project failure is all too common.
It certainly is, and all you need to do is follow all the principles of good Project Management, including foreseeing and acting on all threats.
‘Easier said than done’ you say.
There’s one Project technique that has the capacity to transform your skillset and raise your Project Management to the next level: the Lessons Learned review.
So, in this article, we will take a look at everything you need to know about how to make your next lessons learned meeting a great success.