Project Success: Is On Budget or On Time Enough Anymore?

Arras People

It used to be that project success was based on one or more of three key project success determiners: on budget delivery, on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction (and sometimes quality, but that also factors into customer satisfaction). On budget delivery does still matter.

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Project management: 5 tips for managing your project budget

Moira Alexander

Budget overruns are a litmus test for project success or failure. Few companies have an unlimited budget, so the first thing project stakeholders look to in determining whether their project was a great success or a colossal failure is the bottom line. As such, effective budget management is a primary area of focus for project managers who value their careers. This crucial step should be completed before budgets are set.

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Bringing Together Your New Project Team – Strategies For Success

Arras People

If, however, they don’t work well together then completing a project on time and on a budget can be unnecessarily difficult. The post Bringing Together Your New Project Team – Strategies For Success appeared first on arraspeople.

Risk Response Strategies: Full Roundup

Online PM Courses

Risk response strategies are the basic ways you can handle project risks. In this article we’ll examine the risk response strategies you have available to you, what they mean, and when you should use them. How many Risk Response Strategies are there?

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How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

Think of the strategy and PM connection in construction terms, where the step of pouring footings and foundations needs to adequately support all other work that follows and ultimately the final structure -- in this analogy the final structure are the end goals. Suresh Srinivasan, CTO at NYU Langone Medical Center , tells CIO, within the NYU IT department there are two key components that link the business strategy and project management.

Successfully Deliver Strategy… Fast

Planview

So far in this blog series, we have defined strategy, covered the basis of strategic planning, and discussed who to include in your strategic planning team. Part 2: Begin to Deliver Strategy… Fast. Step 1: Start with strategy.

4 Strategies for Dealing With Difficult Stakeholders

Wrike

This means you must arm yourself with strategies to deal with them amicably and continue working on the project despite possible roadblocks. 4 Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders. Are they worried about going over the budget? “This isn’t what we wanted!”

Can Agencies Positively Impact Client Strategy?

Function Point

How can your agency positively impact your client’s business strategy? From an organizational structure to go-to-market strategies, there are a number of ways that creative agencies can assist their client in achieving their goals. Principal / Director of Strategy.

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Project Management Strategies

LiquidPlanner

The top-down approach to “how long” is usually done by managers for budget planning, portfolio planning or for conducting feasibility studies. At this stage, I don’t know the full detailed scope, but I know I need people and a budget to complete the project.

How to Manage Stakeholder Engagement: 15 Practical Strategies

PM Basics

Here are a few things that will help you make correct decisions: 15 Strategies to Control Stakeholder Engagement. It may seem like a project gets finished in time and within budget while you are sitting doing nothing. Peter is a valuable project stakeholder.

Using Too Many Tools Is Eating Your Budget

ActiveCollab

While too many tools can help you keep your project under control, they can also cause budget overruns. Without the right strategy and people who strive towards the same goal, the project is destined to fail. The bad thing is that they eat up much of your budget.

Connecting Project Benefits to Business Strategy for Success

Herding Cats

The answer is they come from the Strategy of the IT function. Where is the strategy defined? What are the measures of the outcomes connected to each other and connected to the top level strategy to the strategic needs of the firm. NoEstimates Balanced Scorecard Strategy

How to Analyze Business Strategy to Improve Your Projects

Brightwork

Connecting projects to organizational strategy can improve projects in several areas including preparation of business cases, request management, planning and resource allocation, risk management, budget control, and collaboration. What is a Business Strategy? Before starting the analysis, I want to define what exactly Strategy is. Johnson & Scholes (2005) define strategy as “the direction and scope of an organization over the long term”.

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Risk, Their Sources, and Handling Strategies

Herding Cats

The margin is defined as the allowance in the budget, programmed schedule … to account for uncertainties and risks. Programs are over budget and behind schedule, to some extent because uncertainties are not accounted for in schedule estimates. This is done with a Task in the IMS that has no budget (BCWS).

How to Build a Powerful Deliverables Strategy from Scratch

Workzone

Examples of industry-specific deliverables include: Advertising/Marketing: Brand Strategy Report, Collateral (physical or digital), Website/Social Media Copy, Campaign Definition/Metrics, Sales Literature. Crafting your deliverable strategy. What is a deliverable?

10 Strategies for Managing Multiple Projects at Once

LiquidPlanner

Some of them are actually quite big in terms of budget and duration, but not so much in terms of drain on my time each week. The post 10 Strategies for Managing Multiple Projects at Once appeared first on LiquidPlanner. Hands up if you are managing multiple projects? Yes, I thought so!

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

If the vendor’s development budget were 20% of revenue, they would be able to spend $40 – $60 (per anticipated car sold) to fund the dramatic improvement in capability. We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.”

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Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Think “ blue ocean strategy ” here. I was doing an exercise with a team, reviewing their current roadmap as part of the budgeting cycle. When you’re reviewing a roadmap in light of a strategy, there are several different ways you need to look at your plan.

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Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

As an aside – the team won’t actually build all of the stuff in the PRD , nor will they build what they build when the PRD says it will happen, and it will be over-budget. Agile Prioritization Product Management Product Strategy Requirements Software development

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10 Performance Metrics Examples Project Managers Can't Afford to Miss

MavenLink

Also referred to as: Budgeted Cost of Work Scheduled (BCWS). Earned Value (EV): This is the approved budget for all the performed project costs and activities completed by a specific date. Also referred to as: >Budgeted Cost of Work Performance. Project Management Strategy

Strategy That Will Find You the Right Project Workflow Software

Function Point

One of the main reasons a company eliminates a vendor is due to the cost being outside of the budget. If a software is $2,000 outside of your budget, but can potentially save you $10,000, the investment is almost a no-brainer! If the project workflow software can identify potential issues and save you from going $500 over budget, you just gained $5,000 in revenue assuming a 10% margin!

Strategy That Will Find You the Right Project Workflow Software

Function Point

One of the main reasons a company eliminates a vendor is due to the cost being outside of the budget. If a software is $2,000 outside of your budget, but can potentially save you $10,000, the investment is almost a no-brainer! If the project workflow software can identify potential issues and save you from going $500 over budget, you just gained $5,000 in revenue assuming a 10% margin!

Optimizing the Budget for Your Project the Smart Way

Ganttic

If you have tried planning a project, you have probably discovered that managing a budget for one is not an easy task. The unfortunate truth that every person who works with projects discovers in the middle of it all is that they do have the tendency to run over the planned budget. Why does the project run over the budget? A single breaking of a budget does not only jeopardize a project, but can also harm the entire business.

What Is Project Management? A Comprehensive Guide

Hive

Each member is responsible for delivering their assignment on time, on budget, and within quality requirements while informing the project manager if issues arise. It’s usually a one-page document that summarizes key objectives, rough timeline estimate, budget, and other relevant details.

Project Design in Project Management: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Project managers rely on a good design to avoid pitfalls and provide parameters to maintain crucial aspects of the project, like the schedule and the budget. Project planning software can help with organizing both the high level strategy and the specific details of a project design.

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The 5 Most Critical Moments During Project Collaboration

MavenLink

Risks are a natural part of every project lifecycle, which means that every project should have a strong risk management strategy in place from the start. Communicating scope changes with these parties will keep the project moving forward and prevent misconceptions and budgeting issues.

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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?

Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

Maintaining a healthy portfolio requires organizations to align the portfolio with strategy and to select suitable metrics to track progress. Project Portfolio Management and Business Strategy. There is a circular link between strategy and project portfolios. Budget?:

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Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

Maintaining a healthy portfolio requires organizations to align the portfolio with strategy and to select suitable metrics to track progress. Project Portfolio Management and Business Strategy. There is a circular link between strategy and project portfolios. Budget?:

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7 Signs Your Project is Bound to Fail

Redbooth

In the project-planning phase, divide budget by task lists and deliverables so you can see how accurate your budget predictions are and whether you’re allocating resources correctly. If project success rates were a movie, they’d be a horror film.

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It’s Easy to Miss Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

Let's look at strategies to identify risks and save time when identifying project risks. You can choose and scale these strategies as needed. Ideally, the risks are listed by categories such as schedule, budget, quality, and scope. It's easy to miss project risks.

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Getting Started with Project Management

Redbooth

Even the best intentions need the support of strategy and planning, and a manager who knows how to meet the needs of team members. Project management may involve overseeing a budget as well. Different teams have different goals for projects and different execution strategies.

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Pre-mortems and Post-mortems: The 2 Most Important Parts of Any Project

Redbooth

Resources : Have we measured and allocated team members, budget, and tools accurately? To keep productivity on track, you need to have strategies in place to react to these issues. Project failure is painful.

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Can Persuasive Sales Representative Become the Future Leads in Project Management

Taskque

Budget-conscious, time-crazed and shrewd than normal, the stereotypical project manager somehow significantly relates to a far-fetched cousin of outspoken, enthusiastic and cunning sales representative. Budget, Budget & Budget!

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Program Manager Job Description – Plus! Cut & Paste Example

ProjectManager.com

The project manager is the one who is tasked with delivering a successful project, on time and within budget. Strategy: Program managers work closely with the organization’s senior management on strategic goals and direction for the projects which they manage.

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What is a Programme in Project Management? 3 Types of Programme

Girl's Guide to PM

As long as you know where you want to get to overall, you can broadly make sure that you achieve that with the resources and budget that you have. What is a programme in project management terms? Here’s a definition.

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

Project Bliss

You’d have a more strategic role to ensure that the program aligns with the business strategy of the organization. You’d have more interaction with executives to discuss overall direction to understand the corporate strategy.

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Who should attend project management training?

Ron Rosenhead

If and when this training has been completed and there is a budget then let’s take into account people’s personal development needs. They put the course onto their timetable and have been inundated with requests; too many for the budget.

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10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

ProjectManager.com

A project is often defined as successful if the project’s objectives are achieved by the deadline and stay within the budget. The sustainability of a project can play a major role in the long-term strategy of a company, and can often affect a project’s success.

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Availability is Not a Skill Set! 5 Tips for Resource Allocation

Girl's Guide to PM

The person best placed to do the work may be far too expensive for your project budget, so you may have to compromise. The work could help others learn something completely new, like budget management. “Who is free to work on this task?”.

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Are your project management success rates improving?

Ron Rosenhead

For the first time in the last five years of this research, we see that more projects are meeting original goals and being completed within budget.”. Risk management strategies. The best executive sponsors have detailed knowledge of a project and how it connects to business strategy.

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Collective belief and its possible impact on projects.

Ron Rosenhead

The budget looks a little strained, which will soon be sorted once approval for development is given and then the cash will start to flow. Additional budget -the Company Board approved the extra expenditure. The project is going well.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

The Plan is a Strategy for project success. Strategies require tests to confirm they are the right strategy. Plan, schedule, and budget the work needed to produce the deliverables. Project failure starts when we can’t tell what “done” looks like in any meaningful way.

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