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Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

Project Cost Management often puts people off. 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. Determine Budget.

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

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Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Excluded costs.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Project Costs in Check

LiquidPlanner

Perhaps you’ve had those moments when you’re pulling together some budget information, and crunching some numbers from lots of Excel spreadsheets and emails, and your palms start to get a little sweaty. Which project costs did you miss?

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

Arras People

Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this. But what are the right project controls and is there a single method to the implementation madness?

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Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

Online PM Courses

There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard?

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

PM Basics

Do you want to see a project budget example? Project Budget is a tool that calculates the total funds authorized to execute the project. Projeudget Template includes planned expenses for all project activities, including wages, materials, fees, risk reserves, etc.

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Beginner’s Guide to Project Management Process

iZenBridge

For Beginners, it is important to understand essential elements of Project Management. One has to understand associated attributes like team leadership aspect, Team formation with primary emphasis on the competencies and skills required for a successful project. What is a Project?

Estimates, Forecasts, Projections

Herding Cats

Estimates. An Estimate is a value inferred for a population of values based on data collected from a sample of data from that population. The estimate can also be produced parametrically or through a simulation (Monte Carlo is common, but Method of Moments is another we use). . Estimates can be about the past, present, or future. We can estimate the number of clams in the Pleistocene era that are in the shale formations near our house. Projections/Prediction.

How to Create a Project Budget: A Must-Read Guide for Agencies

Workamajig

Mastering the art of creating a project budget is a crucial skill for any agency. Learn how to create a project budget in our new article. So much of your success as an agency depends on getting the project budget right. Breaking Down the Project Budget.

What is the Point of total assumption (PTA) ?

iZenBridge

During my interaction with Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification aspirants, often I see that they take the Point of Total Assumption as a confusing concept. It refers to the amount above which the seller bears all the losses of an additional cost overrun. Target Cost.

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How to Make a Cost Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

You know how it goes—you’re a few months out from a deadline, and your team isn’t anywhere close to finishing the project. You’re quickly running out of budget and time, and you’re starting to stress. The answer is a cost management plan. What is a Cost Management Plan?

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Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

Herding Cats

Software development is a Value Creaton activity, but Value cannot be determined unless we know the cost to produce that value and when that value will be available for use by those who of paid for that Value. Showing up late and over budget does not produce the needed Value.

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Cost Management Basics

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Cost management is the process by which one plans and manages the budget of a business or project. Cost Management Overview. The cost management process begins in the planning phase of the project, where the costs are approved by executives before being implemented.

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Project Controls: A Quick Guide

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If something bad is going to happen on a project, it’s likely related to time, cost or scope. Project managers are well aware of this and spend much of their time planning in order to avoid negative risk and its potential impact. What Are Project Controls? Cost estimates.

The 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas (PMBOK)

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What do you need to know to succeed at project management? While there’s some truth to that joke, it’s not helpful to the student or the experienced professional who is looking for a way to understand the myriad responsibilities of being a project manager. What holds a project together?

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. 40 - Estimation is a Problematic Practice of Companies Doing Dangerous Things. Analytical Hierarchical Process .

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. For cost and schedule, there are databases containing 1,000's of past projects. Using Function Points in Agile Projects.

How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

If this is true, why is it that some project managers put so little time in developing a project management plan? One of the reasons is that project managers may not know what to include. Every project is different. Project Baselines.

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Here's a collection of presentations, briefings, papers, essays, book content used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've written and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems and other domains. Management Processes (#MP).

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

The Project Plan Checklist Have you left anything out of your project plan? Check out this project plan checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. I like to keep my project plans as simple as possible.

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What Is Cost Management in Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

Every new project comes as a delight to client-centric companies, as they get a golden opportunity to uplift their business growth. However, the factor that decides whether they will thrive or fail at the end is their project management efforts. What are Project Management Costs.

10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

ProjectManager.com

One of the biggest challenges of every project manager is project constraints. They limit a project, and they can quickly endanger your project’s success. Classic Project Management Constraints. Cost: How much money is available to achieve this outcome?

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. These are classic examples from an author who is either unskilled, untrained, and inexperienced in estimating software development.

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A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

The conjecture that we can make decisions in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impacts of those decisions is without any principles that can be tested beyond personal anecdotes of I know people who spend other peoples money without providing estimates. Estimating

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. Risk Management Process Model.

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The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

The Core Problem with Project Success. Unrealistic Cost and Schedule estimates based on inadequate risk adjusted growth models. Before diving into the details of these, let me address another issue that has come up around project success and estimates.

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

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An abundance of information is created, transferred and stored over the life cycle of a project. Without a way of organizing all information a project is doomed to fail. That’s what PMIS comes in, which is an acronym for project management information system.

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Different Project Management Terms Beginners Should Know

ProProfs Project Management

Project managers , who have just begun working on a project, may find it really stressful and time-consuming to manage multiple tasks, especially if they don’t know the basics. . You winged the entire project execution process, and now the theory of it all is taking a toll on you. .

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Epistemic Uncertainty Creates Reducible Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is the result of uncertainty, which comes in two kinds for all projects, for everything actually. Aleatory uncertainty, from the naturally occurring variances in the process and Epistemic uncertainty from the probabilistic event-based processes that impact the project. Epistemic uncertainty and the risk it creates can be reduced with handling processes. Estimates lead to buffers. Why Guessing is not Estimating and Estimating is not Guessing.

Embracing Uncertainty in Software Projects

LiquidPlanner

A seemingly simple question that can become a project management nightmare to manage. If you don’t give an answer, you’re viewed as incompetent and unable to estimate. After all, you’re the project manager!) No two projects are ever the same. How long will it take?

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Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

In an increasingly competitive business environment, more organizations are turning to project portfolio management (PPM) to meet strategic goals and objectives. Project Portfolio Management and Business Strategy. There is a circular link between strategy and project portfolios.

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Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

In an increasingly competitive business environment, more organizations are turning to project portfolio management (PPM) to meet strategic goals and objectives. Project Portfolio Management and Business Strategy. There is a circular link between strategy and project portfolios.

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Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

If you’re engaged in project management or your occupation is somehow related to it, you should have an eye for project management terms. We’ve compiled a glossary of essential and the most frequently used project management terms that can be a good assistant for you in your work. .

Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

If you’re engaged in project management or your occupation is somehow related to it, you should have an eye for project management terms. We’ve compiled a glossary of essential and the most frequently used project management terms that can be a good assistant for you in your work. .

7 Critical Project Management Skills That Will Help You Thrive In 2020

Taskque

Project management is evolving with every passing day and so should project managers. We are moving in an age where project managers will have to wear multiple hats to cope up with emerging project management challenges. Want to succeed as a project manager in 2020?

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15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business

Keyedin

Learn how improved visibility and control over your projects and resources can help improve business efficiency and effectiveness. If your business delivers products or services, as your business grows your will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools.

11 Must-Have Project Management Excel Templates (Updated Sept. 2019)

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Before you can plan for your project you have to have the right tools to collect the data you need in order to formulate a strategy—and project management Excel templates are a great place to start. Are you interested in free project management Excel spreadsheets?

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What Is Project Management Triangle and How to Manage It

ProProfs Project Management

A project comprises thousands of elements, which makes tasks related to management tough. It is one of those reasons why businesses invest a big chunk of money to get a diligent project manager and executives on board. . Let’s understand the project triangle in a detailed manner: 1.

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Understanding the Monte Carlo Analysis in Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

A good plan can help you in risk analysis, but it can not guarantee that your project will run smoothly. If you are associated with any stage of software project development life cycle, you most probably agree with this quote. As a result, you will complete the project in 12 months.

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Why Is Project Management Important and Its Advantages

ProProfs Project Management

Project management doesn’t seem important when you evaluate it on paper, but it has a directly proportional relationship with business growth. . It’s no brainer that when you manage in-house or clients’ projects appropriately, you enjoy amazing brand equity and economic benefits.

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