Closing A Project with MS Project


A project, unlike an operation, is a temporary endeavor. Because of this fact, every project will have a beginning and an end. There can be multiple projects launched within a program life cycle or a product life cycle. Regardless, a project always will have a definitive end.

Project Cost Estimating: How to Nail Your Estimates


You’ve billed a client for 50 hours of work, but the project is slowly creeping towards 75 hours. The project is spiraling out of control, scope creep is closing in, and you’re losing sleep because of all the stress. Let’s first clarify what we mean by a ‘project cost estimate’.


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CM at Risk (CMAR): Pros & Cons of Construction Management at Risk Delivery Method

There are different ways to deliver a construction project. The elements of any construction project delivery include design, planning, construction and financing. But that doesn’t mean CM at risk is right for you as there are pros and cons to this innovative approach.

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. Instead, you must act with determination to understand project cost management and implement all the tools at your disposal to control costs and bring in your expenditure on budget. Controlling costs.

Risk Management Plan Example (Comprehensive Guide+Tempalte)

PM Basics

In this article, you’ll find the real-life project risk management plan example. It comes from my practical experience working on software development projects. Risk Management Plan Definition. Risk Register, WBS). Risk Management Plan Template.

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Project Estimation Techniques: A Quick Guide

A successful project starts with a successful estimate. To properly schedule the work to execute your project, you need to know the timeline, costs, scope, risk and more. All of these considerations are part of project estimation techniques.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to manage the risk encountered on software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. Let's start with a critical understanding of the purpose of managing risk on software development projects. Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Effective Risk Management 2nd Edition, Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003. Risk a Feelings,” George F. Hammonds, Risk Analysis 14.5

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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. I’ve developed this checklist to help you develop your project management plan including baselines, subsidiary plans, and ancillary plans. Every project is different. Select only the planning elements that are appropriate for the size and complexity of your projects.

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Beginner’s Guide to Project Management Process


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? A project is a temporary, one time undertaking that has a definable goal and creates a Unique Product or Service. Temporary – A Project should have an end Date. Closing.

What Is Project Accounting? Principles, Methods & More

To stick to your project budget, you have to track costs. Project accounting, as with general accounting, is a method by which project managers can manage project finances. Let’s look at what a project account is as well as its principles and methods.

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Construction Delivery Methods: A Quick Guide for Projects

They are the means by which a construction project gets from idea to completion. That’s a long and complicated journey in construction project management, which is why knowing the best construction delivery method is so important. Naturally, software costs will be part of the budget.

Project Documentation: 10 Essential Project Documents

Project managers know the importance of having project documentation. Project documents must be accurate and constantly updated to keep current with the project. What Is Project Documentation? Project Documentation By Project Phase. Project Plan.

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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. Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management Briefings and Presentations. Project Performance Management (#PPM). Agile Project Management (#APM). Risk Management (#RM). Project Performance Management.

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How to Make a Cost Management Plan

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. Well, you’re not alone at least, as this situation happens to more than 45 percent of all large-scale IT projects. The answer is a cost management plan.

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The 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas (PMBOK)

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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Project Management Process Groups: A Quick Guide

Projects are complicated. There are a thousand things that constantly impact the project and require you to reallocate resources to stay on track. To keep to your schedule and manage costs, you need to gather and process project data throughout the five PMBOK project management groups.

MindGenius Templates for Every Project Management Need

Brad Egeland

I’ve been part of organizations that allowed project managers to use whatever tools necessary to manage their projects. Need a great project start? MindGenius 20 offers project templates for nearly every thing you can imagine in project management.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

All project work has uncertainty. Uncertainty comes from the lack of precision and accuracy about the possible values of a measurement of a project attribute. If your project has no uncertainty, there is no need to estimate. Turns out in the real world there is no such project. Uncertainty is related to three aspects of the management of projects: The external world - the activities of the project itself. One starting point is the value at risk.

8 Steps to Ensure Speedy Project Closure on a High-End Deadline


Starting with a project is easy but wrapping it up effectively is tiresome and challenging. When it comes to project closure, we procrastinate or don’t do it all. Truth be told, we mostly don’t find time and energy to properly put the whole project to bed.

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Project Contingency: The Ultimate Guide

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Your new project was approved for funding. You wouldn’t believe the number of project managers I speak to on mentoring calls who struggle to get their budget approved. You can’t do much on a project without some funding behind you. What is project contingency?

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Stakeholder Mapping 101: A Quick Guide to Stakeholder Maps

Stakeholders are people or organizations that are internal or external to the project who have a vested interest in its success. That interest can have a positive or negative impact on the project execution. How do you know who needs what when communicating with them during the project?

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Project Termination Guide for Successful Failure & Minimum Blowbacks


Deciding that it is time to abort a project is never easy nor pleasant. Aborting a project at the right time can make the world of difference rather than carrying on a project that is failing till its bitter end. Types of Project Termination. How to Abort a Project?

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Time and Materials Contract: When to Use One & Best Practices

There are two ways owners can pay for work done on a project. If the team takes too long to complete their tasks or requires more materials than outlined in the contract, they eat those costs. Is a T&M contract right for your project? Plan, monitor and report on your project.

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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. .

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

Project Bliss

The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days. But project manager roles and responsibilities can be pretty vague if you’re not already familiar with them. I know this firsthand, just by watching reactions when I tell someone I’m a project manager. When I took my first job as a project manager, my mother asked what I do. The title of Project Manager was unfamiliar to my mother. What a Project Manager Really Does.

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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. Monitor project expenses with this Excel budget template. Risk Tracking Template.

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10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

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. Hence, it’s important to know all possible constraints, their influences on each other and the project management tools that address those constraints. Classic Project Management Constraints. Cost: How much money is available to achieve this outcome? Tool for Handling Risk.

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Scope of Resource Planning in Project Management for Agile Teams


Resource Planning in project management has been gaining traction for a while now. These qualifications have evolved due to the challenges that are faced by the companies in the project management paradigm – and that too on daily basis. What is Resource Planning in Project Management?

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Construction Contracts: Types, Best Practices & Mistakes

No matter the project or the team, it is important to outline expectations. This is especially true of construction projects. Create and track your construction projects with’s Gantt charts. Cost Plus Contract. The Project Manager Blog

Procurement Management - 7 Steps To Developing A Procurement Management Plan


Procurement Management Procurement involves coordinating with suppliers to acquire (or lease) goods or services for the project. Expectations for these project procurements should be identified, specifically schedules and budgets. Download Project Management Templates.

How to create a project budget

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Creating a project budget involves: being able to identify all the items that are going to cost money building a complete picture of what you need to spend getting approval for that amount. I have left items out of several project budgets and I can tell you it’s pretty embarrassing having to ask your project sponsor to approve spending from the reserves because you messed up the budget. Types of Project Cost. Direct/Indirect Costs. Direct costs.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Project management terminology can be complicated. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working towards your PMP certification or simply managing projects casually in your organization, knowing core project management terms always helps. All Project Management Terms.

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

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. A project management information system (PMIS) is how information needed to run a project is organized. It collects and uses project information through one or more software applications.

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How On-Demand Project Financials Inform Faster, Better Decisions


It’s not easy to keep track of project costs. It’s even harder to relate them to resources, time, and budgets while projects are still ongoing. Often, we find ourselves waiting to the end of the month (or even longer) to see accurate project financials.

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Project Estimation Techniques: A PM’s Handbook


But nailing your project estimates will help you save countless projects from failure, and it’s a non-negotiable if you want to keep your projects profitable. In this guide we’ll cover: What are project estimation techniques? What are project estimation techniques?

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Crisis Management: How to Lead During a Crisis

Sometimes leading a team, project or organization goes well. Jennifer noted that whether you’re leading a team , project or organization, things are either going well or poorly. There are countless types of ways things can go wrong with a team, project or organization, but Jennifer focused on the types of crises that are common and how sound crisis management can help. Another was a team member who had a close personal relative injured in a car accident.

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How to Do a Cost Benefits Analysis in Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

Consider this scenario : You just closed a deal with a client to work on a major project. At the time of the project proposal, you had done a random forecast of project duration, price of resources, etc., and had reached a tentative project cost estimate.

The core components of IT Portfolio Management


IT portfolio management emphasises a strategic focus on goals such as revenue growth, cost reduction, regulatory mandate and business continuity rather than just typical operational objectives such as project cost, timescales and deliverables. With IT portfolio management , project planning is viewed as a fundamentally top-down initiative and external stakeholders are required to take part in the decision making process.

The core components of IT Portfolio Management


IT portfolio management emphasises a strategic focus on goals such as revenue growth, cost reduction, regulatory mandate and business continuity rather than just typical operational objectives such as project cost, timescales and deliverables. With IT portfolio management, project planning is viewed as a fundamentally top-down initiative and external stakeholders are required to take part in the decision making process.

We Asked, You Answered: Your Top Project Management Visibility Issues


According to research, 70% of organizations have suffered at least one project failure in the prior 12 months. Over the years we’ve talked to many people who managed these projects to better understand their needs and what could have helped them succeed.

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