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Project Estimate Template

The more accurate your estimates, the more likely you’ll keep to your budget and deliver a project on time. Using a project estimate template is the perfect way to get your project planning on the right track. Download the Project Estimate Template. Estimate Details.

Advice for Aspiring Project Management Consultants

What does it mean to be a project management consultant? In Review – So, You Want to Be a Project Management Consultant? What is a consultant? Jennifer addressed this question first, explaining that a consultant is simply someone who is experienced in a field and provides their expert advice in a professional context. She continued to define the two types of consultants. What Knowledge and Skills Do Consultants Need? How to Be a Consultant.


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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. The reason for this resource page is the lack of understanding of how to estimate, the urban myths about software estimating, and the fallacies that estimating is not needed, when developing software, in the presence of uncertainty, when spending other peoples money. Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A.

Top 7 Leadership Articles: Winter Edition

Epicflow Blog

If the sales rate decreases, think over all the parties participating in this process. To understand the figures, there’s nothing better than talking to the heroes involved in the process of data production. The best way to estimate it is to have a face-to-face conversation.

How to Estimate Any Software Problem

Herding Cats

ways to make decisions with No Estimates. can we make a decision in the presence of Uncertainty without making an estimate of the impact or outcome of that decision? Let's put aside for the moment the missing principles of managerial finance, probabilistic decision making, microeconomics of decision making, Real Options, Bayesian decision networks, and other decision making processes used in modern business when spending other people's money. An estimate is.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate. It lists the usual suspects for why those spending the money think they don't have to estimate how much they plan to spend when they'll be done producing the value they've been assigned to produce for that expenditure. And like many posts and tweets about estimating, it's made from this point of view, not the business point view, not from the point of view of those paying the developer. Related articles.

Ten Ways to Solve Dysfunctional Communication Processes


Communication is the life force of each and every project and business so it needs to be fully effective to enrich the process. A dysfunctional communication process will undermine what you are trying to achieve. This is a guest post by Michelle Gillam.

The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

Herding Cats

When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. A conference, a book, a consulting gig. Related articles. Estimating and Making Decisions in Presence of Uncertainty. Are Estimates Really The Smell of Dysfunction? The Dilbert Manager, the bad apple on the team, and another example of starting with the symptom and skipping to the solution, bypassing the root cause.

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Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. Scroll to the bottom to download this article as a handy PDF so you can keep it for reference as you create your proposal. First, you need to explain your project and process well in the narrative of your proposal.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

And because if you are in a consultancy or service business and customers keep asking for work that you agree to without being paid for it, you’ll go out of business. You will not revise and standardize your processes. Build a Career This article contains affiliate links

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

I wrote this article about the choices of approach we have and ways for new PMs to navigate them.). Consultants will say,  “Oh, it depends…”  and start a lengthy (aka expensive) conversation. Likewise, there are defined, repeatable IT projects that can (and have been) successfully managed using meticulous planning, detailed estimation, and formal change control procedures. Consider the process of designing a new car or home.

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Waterfall Should Have Never Existed: Part 1


In the following two-part article, I will argue that: ‘ Agile ’ is not agile. opposite approaches to scheduling in one project in Part 2 of this article. In the process of this development, Agilists hijacked a few techniques and presented them as their own.

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Project Requirements Management – Part 2: Gathering and Writing Requirements Transcription


Our lesson objectives are we are going to define the requirements gathering process and write well defined and properly structured requirements. And which of the following is included in the needs assessment process? This is taken from their Mastering the Requirements Process book.

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PMO Best Practices: 7 Steps for Better Schedule Management


A few years ago, I was hired as a Project Management Office (PMO) consultant for a software products company. There was an initial resistance in implementing new processes, but my client was very supportive. Step II – Create Processes and Guidelines.

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The Complete Guide to Vendor Management


A digital marketing agency, for example, may work with consultants, freelancers, and other creative service providers to satisfy clients. . This article will explain what vendor management is and why it’s important for your organization. Estimating turnaround times.

Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 1: Overview of SIPOC and Systems


Jeff is currently the lead course developer for Edward’s Performance Solution and oversees the production and maintenance of courses on project management, systems engineering, software development, business process improvement, and cybersecurity. And then here’s the process.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

The result was a safety stand down for everyone on the site (5,000 Steel Works), including all us office workers, to get the message about health, safety, and safeguards of the materials and processes on site. . I'm reminded of that when I hear suggested processes - in less threatening environments - like those here listed from latest to earliest, mostly from #NoEstimates advocates, but there are others. 40 - Estimation is a Problematic Practice of Companies Doing Dangerous Things.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

The result was a safety stand down for everyone on the site (5,000 Steel Works), including all us office workers, to get the message about health, safety, and safeguards of the materials and processes on site. . I'm reminded of that when I hear suggested processes - in less threatening environments - like those here listed from latest to earliest, mostly from #NoEstimates advocates, but there are others. Subscribe to one of several reference class estimating sites.

Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 3: Workshop Facilitation and Questions


Suppliers Inputs Processes Outputs and Customers. Jeff: And like I was explaining last time when I was seeing these process focused and on the job, what do you mean by that category? ” A job aid or process procedure description, step-by-step screenshots and all sorts of stuff.

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AI in Project Management: An Interview with Lloyd Skinner

Girl's Guide to PM

AI has turned up in the project management trends articles over the past few years and it’s now most definitely here to stay. When you start thinking of it as a quality data challenge, it instantly relates the people and processes, maturity and capability. Lloyd Skinner.

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4 Reasons to Have a Professional Services Management Template


A recent GoSkills article spotlighted a critical gap professional services businesses need to be aware of if they want to achieve hypergrowth. In their article, they reference the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2016 Pulse of the Profession report, which states that out of every $1 billion invested in projects, $122 million is wasted due to poor execution. Your team needs processes that empower members to be project management experts effortlessly.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

The result was a safety stand down for everyone on the site (5,000 Steel Works), including all us office workers, to get the message about health, safety, and safeguards of the materials and processes on site. . I'm reminded of that when I hear suggested processes - in less threatening environments - like those here listed from latest to earliest, mostly from #NoEstimates advocates, but there are others. And, my customer is equally as clueless about the need to estimate as I am.

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There is Little New Under the Sun

Herding Cats

It is popular to claim we've never done this before, so how can we possibly estimate the cost and schedule. In that world, we still made estimates of the cost to design, build, and operate the experiment. As well we made estimates of what information will be produced after spending the customers (in most cases the government is the customer) money. Estimates are at the heart of all inventing new physics activities. David Consulting Group (DCG).

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Cost Benefit Analysis for Projects – A Step-by-Step Guide

The answer: consult hard data collected with reporting tools , charts and spreadsheets. You can then use that data to evaluate your decisions with a process called cost benefit analysis (CBA). It begins with a list, as so many processes do. The Process of Cost Benefit Analysis.

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Webinar Recap: Introduction to the Power BI Suite


Kyle: Ben now runs his own consultancy called Applepark, providing project Project Online and Power BI implementation and training services. A lot of my consultancy is on Power BI. I run a lot of training courses as well and do a lot of consultancies.

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Gantt Charts vs PERT Charts: Why Project Managers are Crazy about Them?


In this article, we will talk about what a PERT chart is and why the project managers of the organizational paradigm use it so often. Well, that’s how the famous American engineer and management consultant, Harold Kerzner puts it in his book.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

By Karim Radwan, Founder of Impactus Consulting | IIL Consultant and Trainer. This article ambitions to provide you with essential principles to allot your time in a way that maximizes your productivity and benefits your career.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management


He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator supporting the project management community for over 25 years. I’ve got some articles, in fact, I just wrote one last week for MPUG, if you haven’t seen it, talks about how agile is being used at Microsoft to eliminate bureaucracy. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Lean, we’ll talk about just in time or we think about continuous process improvement.

Project Budget Template for Excel

A project budget contains the financial details of your project, including the estimates of all the money you need to layout to lead a successful project, from resources to materials. That process isn’t free. Consultant fees.

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How to Manage Project Scope Without Scope Creep (with examples)

Girl's Guide to PM

One of the reasons for that is scope creep – and that’s what this article is all about. Change control or change management is the process of managing unplanned but desired influences on the project. Managing scope starts and ends with a robust change management process.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 3 – Best Practices & Real World Use of Agile with MS Project / Project PPM


He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator, supporting the project management community for over 25 years. ” So want to continue to do that, and again, for those of you that are on the MPUG membership, there are other articles, videos and things that we’ve been doing over the last few years. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be doing wireframes, so it doesn’t mean you won’t be doing process maps. What’s deeper estimates?”

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM


He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator supporting the project management community for over 25 years. A lot of times I like to have fun, certainly in doing estimating. There’s always a process. Well, it’s important to have a good process. Tim Runcie: So let’s think through a little bit of kind of that whole process of we’ve talked about high level with some of the tools here.

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The true value of change

The Lazy Project Manager

But again, it is a rough estimate that is needed for this exercise. And then select or identify the Cost/Impact ratio and the growth Value Add ratio – these really should be part of your business case approval process by the way. And finally, estimates of disruption ratio percentage (use the 20% provided if you don’t have a true idea of your own organisations percentage) and failure factor ratio percentage but only for the growth projects.

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Resource and Time Management

Arras People

In this guest article from Germain Paris, a consultant at Genius Project, we take a look at the bottom up – the time sheet. The project manager estimates the needs for a project. He or she uses past projects and current tasks to make the estimation. Service companies can also create more realistic estimates and better anticipate the actual project needs. Process automation involves time tracking. The process should be clear and known to all, ie.

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Webinar Recap: Microsoft Teams – The Hub for Information in Office 365


I did work full-time for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario until I retired in 2016, and then started up my own consulting company, basically Office 365 and SharePoint Online. The Microsoft Teams developer platform enables integrations to existing business processes. Human resources, on the other hand, wants to drive alignment on job descriptions, and streamline the interview process. There’s some great articles here. Articles

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What You Learn About Teams By Parking Cars

Leading Agile

Question : How do you enable 100+ teams to execute relative estimation rapidly and set up newly-placed Agile coaches for success? Yusuf and I first started working on this problem of teaching relative estimation. Discovery: Teams had 3 Distinct Methods for Estimating the Work.

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Project Initiation Checklist: The Perfect Way To Start Your Projects


As you start your project, you need to take the initiative on the preparatory work, from preparing the scope, estimating the costs, assigning resources, and creating a project timeline, to getting sign-off on the key performance indicators.

10 Best Workflow Management Software Solutions Compared (2021)


Besides product and brand, successful businesses compete by continuously improving their processes. Improved processes result in cost savings, better productivity, and efficient operations. A workflow can be of three types — project workflow, process workflow, or case workflow.

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Project Budget Example: How to Create an Accurate Project Budget for Junior Project Managers

PM Basics

I need accurate estimates. If you don’t understand it yet consider reading suggest articles. You can guess and make the high-level estimation that has a bullet-proof buffer. But here’s the truth: If you want accurate numbers, you need to do the bottom-up estimate.

Project Failure – Why it Happens

Online PM Courses

These have been among our most popular and heavily-read articles, so I hope you’ll enjoy them. We have written a lot of articles (and we’ll continue to do so) on how to make your projects succeed. These articles include: How to get Better Project Management Results. So in this bumper article, I want to focus on what goes wrong. Because there is a lot to say about each, I have had to split this article into two. Articles you might like.

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