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Project Documentation: Are You Set to Get it Right?

Project Documentation: Are You Set to Get it Right?

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.

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That’s why, in this article, we look at everything you need to think about.

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Project Quality Management: All You Need to Know

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.

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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.

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Effective Teamwork: Do You Know How to Create it?

Effective Teamwork

Projects are collaborative efforts. So, if you want your Project to be a success, you need to be able to create effective teamwork.

This is at the heart of your role as a Project Leader. You need to bring people together, facilitate great communication, encourage the right attitudes, and harness the best that effective teamwork can deliver.

So, in this guide, we’ll look at all of that with a practical eye, and ask:

What can you do, as a Project Manager, to create effective teamwork?

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Scope Management Plan: Everything You Need to Know

Scope Management Plan - Everything you Need to Know

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.

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Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Project Cost Management

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.

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Why Projects Fail – Five more reasons

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.

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Success in Disruptive Times: PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession

Success in Disruptive Times

The PMI has titled its 2018 Pulse of the Profession report: Success in Disruptive Times.

As with previous reports, Success in Disruptive Times is filled with fascinating data and valuable insights. And, as we have done with the 2016 and 2017 Pulse of the Profession reports, we will take a selective look at the aspects that catch our attention, and encourage you to read the full report for yourself.

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You can download your copy of Success in Disruptive Times from the PMI’s website.

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What is Benefits Management? | Video

What is Benefits Management?

We do projects, so we can gain benefits.

So, what is Benefits Management?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Good Customer Service: How to Keep Your Client and Stakeholders Happy

Good Customer Service - How to Keep you Client and Stakeholders Happy

Project Managers can learn from all sorts of places. And, since your job is partly to serve your clients and stakeholders, one valuable source of ideas for you is customer service.

In this article we will look at how you can keep your client and stakeholders happy by applying some of the principles of good customer service. Very little of this will surprise you, because you have been a customer plenty of times. You’ve seen the best and the worst of customer service in you work and you daily life.

But, what I hope this article will do, is give you some food for thought. It will offer a load of ideas for how you can apply what you already know about good customer service, to pleasing your customers: the client for whom you’re delivering your projects, and the stakeholders who are affected by that project.

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And this is particularly relevant if you are a PMI member. ‘Customer Relationship and Satisfaction’ is explicitly a part of the Strategic and Business Management Competency of the PMI’s Talent Triangle. Yes, PMI uses the language of ‘customers’!

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What is a Critical Chain? | Video

What is a Critical Chain?

The Critical Path Method is well known.

But, what is a Critical Chain?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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