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Do we need a command and control approach to deal with this issue?

Ron Rosenhead

During the afternoon, I had asked a question: ‘What is monitoring and control like in your part of the business?’. It struck me watching this episode that there was little understanding from the group of neither the responsibility nor accountability needed when it came to monitoring of projects. How effective is monitoring & control? Shown on TV 1999- 2006).

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Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study NotesIn 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing.

2009 15

It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!


The project activities of the Core Team at Helvetas were setting up a project organisation, planning the project activities with all partners, such as training programmes, monitoring and controlling the progress and filing reports to the Government and the donors. In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget.

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How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality

Moira Alexander

How much of this is attributable to issues with monitoring and managing cost, quality and time throughout projects and what can be done address these issues? If 88 percent of C-suite executives agree that project alignment with strategy is vital to organizational success, why are only 56 percent of projects meeting strategic objectives? Furthermore, in a report titled “The High Cost of Low Performance,” the Project Management Institute (PMI) states 61 percent of firms acknowledge they often struggle to bridge the gap between strategy and day-to-day implementation.

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Managing Uncertainty, Risk, Threat, and Opportunity

Herding Cats

Monitor the environment and current operations within the orgainzaiton. Monitor and review performance . What to monitor, how of term to monitor, when to take further actions. I received a book over the Holidays - Managing Project Risk and Uncertainty: A Constructively Simple Approach to Decision Making , Chris Chapman and Stephen Ward. The introduction has this.

How to pick the best requirements management tool

Moira Alexander

Monitoring. What is requirements management (RM), anyway? During any project or significant business undertaking, RM is a complex, comprehensive and iterative business analysis process defining business-related needs that involve the following actions: Identifying. Documenting. Analyzing. Prioritizing. Tracking. Controlling change. Tracing. Versioning. Requirements management also demands effectively communicating to all agreed-to needs and changes to stakeholders. A requirements baseline is ultimately determined, against which all project activities are measured.

Harvest Alternatives and TimeCamp Assets


It is respected for its time tracking tool that not only monitors personnel time but also […]. Remember our post about Toggl alternatives? Today we are presenting another list, this time we focus on alternatives to another project management software – Harvest. Harvest is a popular, web-based application for small and bigger businesses, as well as individuals.

The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

Planning, Monitoring and Controls. Project Process Project Diagnosis PM People Development Project Tool Development Project Supervision & Monitoring. I’m intrigued. What is a project management consultant? Late last year I did a session for the PMI Virtual Talent Management Conference (it’s still available on demand until March 2016). Why not? Change Management.

What it Means to be a Digital Project Manager


Prepare & monitor project schedules & budgets. . . The world has already moved online; has your job moved with it? Gone are the days of managing work using pen and paper, whiteboards and dry erase markers, sticky notes and the walls of your cubicle. And saving Microsoft Word documents and spreadsheets in a folder on your computer has become a thing of the past. Good question!

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Why COACHING for Development


The main sources of difficulties in the projects arise from planning, stakeholder management, managing change, procurement practices, monitoring and evaluation. The 2011 McKinsey-Devex survey of 1210 people in NGO and development agencies showed that only 36% of aid projects achieved their intended impact. Things that many of us are grateful to take for granted. Told & shown.

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Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

Arras People

He has extensive experience in major change / transformation/ transition projects related to multiple technologies from initiating a project to its planning, design, execution, monitoring controlling and closure of the project using agile methodologies. Is it just a pet hate of mine or is it something that other hirers have a problem with too? which ones?>

A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

Arras People

A project manager has obligations such as delivering status reports, monitoring and amending the schedule, managing budget, risk, change. A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available. Finding Time To Think.

9 Ways PMOs Can Help Agile Projects


These are: Monitor and control project performance. Organizational learning, including the management of lessons learned, audits, and monitoring of PMO performance. Monitor and control project performance – Help teams track their velocity. It may not always be apparent but the goals of the Project Management Office (PMO) and agile teams are well aligned. C omplex.

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Resource and Time Management

Arras People

To monitor and plan the effort, we need to measure it. The goal isn’t increased monitoring but better estimation, and improved task distribution. I’ve been having so many conversations with people about resource management lately. In this guest article from Germain Paris, a consultant at Genius Project, we take a look at the bottom up – the time sheet.

You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

Monitor and Control Project Work. Monitoring and controlling process group. Monitoring and controlling process group. Are you monitoring and controlling your project work? How Bring All the Pieces Together If you were asked to describe project managers with one word, what would it be? Planner? Leader? Organizer? Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). Home Work.

How to Handle Procrastination as a Project Manager

Arras People

He should learn as soon as possible to delegate tasks, monitor progress, and communicate effectively with team members. Procrastination is the habit of postponing tasks. This includes even avoiding to accomplish important or critical issues. Most of the time the work is delayed until the deadline is reached. Procrastination reasons. This behavior is explainable. To procrastinate or not?

Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO

Jez Lister

Monitor and control project and program performance. Agree Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and make sure there are processes in place to monitor these and continuously improve them. I first came across the Project Management Office or PMO concept twenty-five years ago whilst working as a project manager for a large systems integrator. PMO Types. PMO as a Service Provider.

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Major Update to my Home Office!

Practicing IT Project Manager

Up until recently, I just spread everything around on my U-shaped desk – laptop, monitor, monitor, laptop, monitor – and tried not to knock anything over. Like me, Nancy works with multiple monitors. It sits on the tabletop and lets you raise and lower your monitors, keyboard, coffee mug, and so on with minimal exertion.

4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan


Setting a response plan and closely monitoring these concerns throughout the project could ward off a catastrophe. Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges. However, they’ll most likely reach successful outcomes with a thoughtful project management plan. What is a project management plan? Put the Project Management Plan on Paper.

3 Project Manager Headaches and How to Cure Them


It is up to the project manager to monitor all the activities of the team, update the project status, and act as the link between the team and any stakeholders, including upper management. Project management is a highly complex and complicated job. Because there are so many factors that come into play during every single project , project managers must be extremely versatile and skilled.

2017 31

When Outsourcing Makes Sense


These parts of a project can be packaged up, sent off, monitored and the results then integrated into the final project. Disclaimer : This article is based on my personal experience of software project development work over a 25 year period running a mixture of local projects, outsourced projects and hybrid models. To the uninitiated, outsourcing seems like a great idea. x 60% = 1.5

Virtual Project Management Offices – a real option for large organisations


The main tasks of PMOs are to develop standards for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios, to advise, train and coach the leadership and staff in managing projects accordingly and to monitor, control and report all project-related activities in the organisation to the top management or steering committees involved. Their engagement for the PMO is typically part time.

Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!

Kiron Bondale

Monitor the volume of change requests and the effort spent in their analysis and have the courage to escalate concerns proactively to your sponsor and other governance bodies. Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled.”

How to Come Up With a Flexible Project Management ?

A flexible project management should be monitored and controlled and this is followed by the following task required for project managers and members to fulfill. Projects are not easy to incorporate and maintain because anyone working in the project management field can tell every project is bound to fail and there will be an excessive use of budget and resources. Regardless of the size and complexity of the project, this is mostly the case. With that being said, the overall management is usually not guided properly and this results to project not being finished within schedule.

What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

There are 5 Behaviours that the project board and project manager will need to monitor across the project management team and delivery teams to ensure that agile is operating in the most effective way. I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. It is an extension to PRINCE2.

What Everybody Should Know About Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines Control Risks as “The process of implementing risk response plans, tracking identified risks, monitoring residual risks, identifying new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout the project.” Monitoring Residual Risks. Many project managers do a great job of identifying risks. ” Why?

How to Establish a PMO In Five Ways?

During the PMO process, continuous control and monitor should be done in order to keep track of the unforeseen risks and issues. It also provides the project an ability to properly track and monitor their progress. As the business industry evolves, organizations are looking for ways to keep up with the changes, creating new projects and establishing solutions and innovation to secure their foundation among existing organizations. New project mean managing more people, tools, resources, and implementing more successful processes. Why is there a need for establishing a PMO ?

25 mistakes project managers make


A good project management tool should have good resources for managing and monitoring tasks. Everybody makes mistakes. The secret to success as a project manager or any other profession is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat common mistakes project managers make; even the experienced ones. Project manager’s role is complicated. 25 Common mistakes project managers make.

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Top Ten Things Every New Project Manager Should Do

Arras People

Number 9: Monitoring. So, you need a rigorous process for monitoring what happens, and taking control of the situation. Now you have started to implement your project, it’s easy to be caught n the whirlwind of supporting staff, monitoring deliverables, chasing up risks, and tracking budgets. You haven’t got time for that. You have a project to deliver and you need to start now.

6 Practical Ways to Actually Improve Your Cost Management

Project Risk Coach

But you must monitor your expenses as compared to the budget baseline regularly. PMP Exam Series - Cost Management Think about it for a minute – what have you done in the last six months to improve your cost management? Review the projects you’ve completed in the last year. How many of those projects came in over budget? The sponsor increased the budget to $110,000. Great start!

Overcoming the Top Challenges of IT Project Management


IT projects will inevitably face challenges arising from bugs, interoperability issues, not to mention all the updates and constantly changing versions and releases of various software that you must monitor and track. Any time your company is developing software, an app, a web-based platform, or deploying a new software system, it is doing the fantastic act of IT project management.

How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

But don’t forget the essential factors of them all—controlling and monitoring. Take your project out from the rut and act upon your governance process plan by establishing a monitoring and control system to protect your project in the long run. Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. It also means successfully identified the stakeholders and risks and the project are already in the plan, ready for implementation.

Your Guide to Project Management Best Practices


A project sponsor’s job is to monitor progress, help resolve issues, and champion the project to other executives — as well as understand the big picture of how the project fits into larger business goals. Planning and overseeing a project so that it’s completed on time, within budget, and meets expectations is not an easy feat. Communicate with stakeholders early and often.

Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

” Or it could be that there is an operational context like “monitor performance of the [first user group] solving their problem, so we can fine tune the solution.” Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing.

What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?


No matter which method you choose, you can closely monitor progress with a project timeline, maintain communications with team members and stakeholders, and easily share important information and documents. When leaders organize processes for software development and other teams, the waterfall project management model and the Ag ile method are among the most common approaches.

How to choose the right project management methodology

Moira Alexander

Monitor and modify as required. In " How to pick a project management methodology (PMM) ," I covered the some of the most recognized methodologies, as well as a few high-level factors, that may impact selection decisions. These methodologies are repeatable, effective and efficient processes that help organizations streamline project activities. What to include in the assessment. Thinkstock.

12 Questions for Gaining Control of Your Risks

Project Risk Coach

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines Control Risks as “The process of implementing risk response plans, tracking identified risks, monitoring residual risks, identifying new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout the project.” Are you a project manager who focuses on gaining control of your project risks? ” When Do We Control Risks?

Five Boxes, Three Ways

Practicing IT Project Manager

Most failed, because you have to monitor while executing, or you don’t catch the errors until it’s too expensive to correct them. The second version is the way most projects have been managed for the last few decades: complete the planning stage, and then move on to execution, while monitoring the process and quality as you go. Probably less than half, most weeks.

10 Myths about Project Management Tools


Truth: Even if a project is one man or woman effort, it still needs planning and monitoring. The fact that the team has worked together before is great and helps to run the project smoother and more effectively, but it does not replace planning and monitoring of the work being done. You are promoted to manage your first project, congratulations! That is awesome! Remember email?

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The Best Free Project Management Resources


Step 4: Control and monitor. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations. It’s clear there are a right way and a wrong way to do things.