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Project Failure – Why it Happens

Giant Guide to Project Failure

No one wants their project to fail. Despite this, project failure is all too common. So is it Possible to Prevent Project Failure? 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. Indeed. […]

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What is the Primary Project Hierarchy? | Video

What is Primary Project Hierarchy

One thing ties together many important project management concepts… so, what is the Primary Project Hierarchy? So, what is the Primary Project Hierarchy? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Milestone Planning? | Video

What is Milestone Planning?

Planning is fundamental to all Project Management, and one of the most basic and robust approaches to planning is Milestone Planning. So what is Milestone Planning? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is a Deadline? | Video

What is a Deadline?

Deadline. It sounds scary. Deadlines are scary. So what is a Project Deadline… and how does it differ from a Milestone? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is a Project Checklist? | Video

What is a Project Checklist?

A Project checklist can save you time, reduce errors, improve consistency, diminish stress, and even save lives. So what is a Project Checklist? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Boost Your Project Team Performance with these Hacks

Boost Your Team Performance

Sometimes you really need to boost your team performance and get more from your team. Maybe things have gone wrong. Or maybe you’re just part-way through your project and everyone is feeling exhausted. So what can you do to re-energize a team that has been stretched and strained and wants a rest – yet still has work […]

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Good News from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

The PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 annual review is called ‘Success Rates Rise’. From the title, we already know it contains good news. This year, the focus of the PMI’s analysis is on strategic initiatives. But project managers at all levels need to be aware of the major trends and the conclusions the PMI […]

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Capabilities Based Planning: A Primer

Intro to Capabilities Based Planning - CBP

The familiar way to start defining your project is with a set of functional requirements. But increasingly, this approach is not meeting the needs of the business or organization; especially with IT projects. A  new approach has emerged that is far more rooted into the strategic context. It’s called Capabilities Based Planning (CBP). And one […]

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How to Make a Good Project into a Brilliant Project

How to make a Good Project into a Brilliant Project

Projects make change happen. And they create things and add value to our organizations. In a very real sense, the outcome of your project dictates the future of your organization. So maybe running a good project is not enough. I want to focus on some of the things that will make a merely good project into a brilliant project experience.

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Indispensable Guide to the Sources of Project Risk

If you are taking on Project Management, you will need to come to terms with its necessary consequence: project risk. It’s a topic I’ll be covering a lot, over time, because it is so central to project management. I have already written, at length, about why projects go wrong. In this article, we’ll look at […]

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