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How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

And now more than ever, projects that are over budget, behind schedule or are not delivering the value originally promised are in jeopardy of being cancelled. companies and government agencies an estimated $145 billion per year!

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2018 Budget Adds New IR35 Twist

Arras People

The biggest news for many project management practitioners in the 2018 Budget delivered by Philip Hammond, was his decision to delay any implementation of the new IR35 regime in the Private Sector until April 2020. The post 2018 Budget Adds New IR35 Twist appeared first on arraspeople.

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Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Arras People

If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. They addressed many challenges to create an NPD process that enabled innovation and growth. Growth is a good thing. Right?

Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Arras People

If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. They addressed many challenges to create an NPD process that enabled innovation and growth. Growth is a good thing. Right?

2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

This year I’m looking forward into 2017 to highlight some of the project management trends I think it is worth watching out for. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in the UK next year may well have a significant impact on training budgets even in mid-sized firms.

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Your Basic Guide to IT Project Governance Framework

The process won’t even work unless there is manpower involved, as well as methodologies and standards implemented for projects to be delivered successfully. IT project governance framework has since been the answer to this equation, but people seemed not to fully grasp its function. This article tackles the importance and significance of IT Project Governance Framework and its impact on the projects in the organization. This is one of the purposes of project governance.

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills

Function Point

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills. Having strong project budget management skills is crucial to the success of any agency. Getting to know your project stakeholders’ needs and goals is the foundation for strong budget management.

The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

And the answer to all of these is in the guise of project portfolio management process steps. The project portfolio management process steps mentioned below cater to all types of organizations that execute portfolio management to reach their business objectives and their strategic goals. Remember that these project portfolio management process steps don’t fix your woes within a day or week; treat it as the start of your path towards an efficient portfolio. .

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills

Function Point

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills. Having strong project budget management skills is crucial to the success of any agency. Getting to know your project stakeholders’ needs and goals is the foundation for strong budget management.

Project managers, just say no!

Ron Rosenhead

There is a huge demand from senior managers and stakeholder and clients to deliver quicker, with the same level of quality and of course, on budget! Effective change control – project management processes have clear change control processes.

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The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017


So where did many of the business and technology executives and professionals frequent to find the top content of 2017? Project management: 7 steps to on-time, on-budget, goal-based delivery (CIO). Top 11 project management certifications for 2017 (CIO).

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How are projects approved in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

Companies need a mechanism for ensuring that all projects go through a formal approval process, a process that will avoid some (and more) of the above issues. So what should this approval process be?

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What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

The Portfolio Manager may also establish portfolio governance standards and procedures for approvals, reporting and other needs. You’d establish processes and procedures that your team would follow.

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The Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Let’s look at how to start the risk management process. Standard categories include schedule, scope, quality, and budget. You may find a risk breakdown structure (RBS) in the organizational process assets that provide a longer list of categories and sub-categories.

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Taxing Times for Project Management Practitioners in the Public Sector

Arras People

The recent introduction of the updated Off-Payroll Workers (IR35) legislation for the Public sector which became law on the 6 th April 2017 has caused much consternation for many project management practitioners involved in the supply of day rate labour.

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Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

To find out more detail about the requirements process, you can read my post on Software Project Requirements 101: What You Need to Know To Get You Started. Creating the budget. This post provides instructions and a template for creating a project budget.

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What is the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act?

Moira Alexander

PMI's Pulse of the Profession report shows "only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent -- and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs.". How does this bill impact PM practices within the federal government? The PMIAA bill impacts all areas of the government with the exception of the Department of Defense (DOD). How does this impact government agencies?

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How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

The second component is leveraging a rigorous portfolio and project management governance process. The first step provides strategic focus ensuring business alignment across multiple stakeholders and minimizing the business process risk," says Srinivasan.

The #1 Challenge in Project Management (According to the Experts)


The first step was to join forces with Aberdeen to release the recent report, “ 2017 Project Management Software Trends. Projects need to be selected based on resource availability and budgets. Managing expectations about budgets and schedule.

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

If I'm risking two weeks of work for the Scrum team of 5 people it's a much different need from the risk of a $10B manned spaceflight program being supported to congress for budget authorization. . What is an estimate?

Your Ultimate Guide To Portfolio Management Tools

Large projects call for complex processes and the need for more management procedures. Projects need to be taken care of in order to prevent budget overshooting, resource shortage, and disorganized schedule. Portfolio management tools help refine the existing projects and processes within portfolios that exist in the organization to prevent excess project churn. It also means managing project inventory, human resource, technologies, and budget. Financial Governance.

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Understanding the Roles of the Project Portfolio Manager

It is at the very top of the governance hierarchy; each process involved in a project consists of management. You have your project managers who oversee the projects and team, a program manager who governs the existing projects and receives progress reports from the project manager, and the project portfolio manager who compiles accurate data and organizes projects into a single portfolio. Overseeing governance processes and meetings.

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What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Greater speed through smarter production processes. While manufacturing is seen by some as a mobile device poor industry because of budget and security concerns. Productivity is on the rise in manufacturing, and employment is down.

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4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

This is a recurring theme of #NoEstimates it's a waste to me the developer, I'd rather be coding , I'm not good at estimating , I see no value in my making estimating when you're just going to use them against me when I'm late and over budget.

Fallacy of the Day

Herding Cats

Project Controls are Management Actions, either preplanned to achieve the desired result, or taken as a corrective measure prompted by the monitoring process. In the Project Controls paradigm, Value is a measurable attribute of the project controls process - a Closed Loop Control measure.

The 10 Project Portfolio Management KPI To Adopt

The projects rate of success of failure is measured in varied factors such as time, budget, and fulfilling requirements through proper result delivery. Budget Variance. The following process is computed or estimated via budgeted task cost, actual task cost, and earned value. Portfolio Governance Management. Metrics are convenient and easy to use.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

No matter the engineering processes used to produce the outcomes from the project. Show up over budget for the ERP, the ROI we told the Board of Director is now wrong. So when you hear - well that process you're talking about is applicable in your domain but not mine.

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. For risks that are beyond the vision of the project team a properly implemented risk management process can also rapidly quantify the risks impact and provide sound plans for mitigating its effect.

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

You're late and over budget before you start, and have lowered the probability of technical success. Risk Management has 6 processes, see SEI Continuous Risk Management. Maintain the Baseline with Repeatable Processes. The GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide has 12 steps.

How to Achieve Results Through Implementing PMO?

Various government agencies have been the successful producing result for the past years, thanks, to adhering to mandatory policies. However, the survey shows that not all government agencies are living up to their expectations being set on them; some are behind on schedule when it comes to projects and has a hard time to even achieve their objectives because of that. The plan includes the following resources to use, budget, and staffing.

10 Project Portfolio Management Benefits You Need To Know

Risks in project portfolio management come in various forms : governance, resource management, and financial. Once that you execute it, portfolio management will help you determine which projects should be let go due to resource constraints or insufficient budgets. Valued projects are not only measured on how long it takes to complete but the strategy and processes that come with it. This means having a standard process that should exist in every project.

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#Noestimates Has Come to This

Herding Cats

To this Manifest style statement that is restating in different words to principles used in all estimating processes in any domain as well as the estimating principles stated in the references found in Chapter 5 of the Bibliography for Agile at Scale. Who's Budget is it Anyway?

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Best project management software


In this article I lay down the processes that you need to follow for selecting the right project management software for your business. What is our budget for PM software? project budgeting. Finance / budget management software (Quicken, Mint etc.). Projects in government.

How To Secure Your PMO Profitability?

Pending deliverables should have their respective enhancement processes. The following processes should consist of coaching and training valuable individuals with management-related capabilities and the skills of problem identification and solving. Provide assistance with other organization divisions with their hurdles and build a counterattack process to move further to the next task. If it’s not, then you might have overshoot your budget altogether.

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Concept of Operations

Herding Cats

Office of Management and Budget, December 5, 1994, Operational Concept Description (OCD) , Data Item Description DI-IPSC-81430. Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, 4th Edition, INCOSE.

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All Ideas Must Be Critically Examined

Herding Cats

The creation of solutions that solve actual problems depends on a critical assessment of those solutions in the context of Principles, Processes, and Practices.When critics do their job properly, the exchange of ideas can take place in a meaningful manner. . All non-de minimus projects are guided by policies, processes, practices, and systems applied by the people developing the outcome of the project. This is a System 2 thinking process. Herding Cats: Process is King Part 2.

Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

When you hear I have data that shows the uncertainty doesn't reduce , then that project is out of control and will be late, over budget, and likely not perform to the needed effectiveness and performance parameters. The processes is an engineering discipline.

Why You Need to Project Portfolio Management Software Right Now ?

They also make tasks easier and enable users to save budget and schedule, all the while delivering the product or service within the deadline. Instead of one person deciding the fate of the processes, everyone in the team is invited to jump into the ship. Portfolio Governance Management. Software tools and metrics play a big role in improving a project.

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Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

If the parameter of interest is not being reduced as needed, go find out why and fix it, or you'll be late, over budget, and the technical outcome unacceptable. This Closed Loop Program Control Process provides the decision makers with actionable information.

Your Crash Course on PPM Software

What’s more, it makes project processes easier; you are assured that you will conserve both time and resource once you embed a particular PPM software in your work system. Portfolio coordination and budgeting. Keeping track of the existing cost in order to prevent budget overshooting. Budget analysis and management is smoother. Portfolio Governance Management.

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