Project Controls: A Quick Guide

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There are many tools that can mitigate risk in a project, but it also takes skill in something called project controls. Like the name implies, project controls are about controlling the project and keeping it from exceeding budgets and deadlines. Project controls can vary according to industry and organizations, but they always provide a way to complete a successful project and deliver benefits to cost, time and performance. What Are Project Controls?

What Is Change Control in Project Management?

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Change control is the process used to manage all these variables. If change happens (which it always does) then it’s crucial that you have a mechanism in place to control that process. But what is change control in project management, and what are the steps necessary to implement it?

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Let’s look at six tools and techniques recommended in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) for controlling risks. Risk Control Tools and Techniques. The team also examines the processes to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks. As with many control processes, we now look for variances between the schedule and cost baselines and the actual results. And they regularly perform the control activities to keep the project healthy.

Project Controls Simplified: How To Manage And Control Your Projects

The Digital Project Manager

What are project controls, and how can they help in risk management? Learn how to control projects by leveraging your existing project management reports. The post Project Controls Simplified: How To Manage And Control Your Projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling PM Skills & Best Practices Risk Management

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

With this approach, you turn features off and on through visibility controls, conditional logic, and your application’s security model. to control these elements through both browser- based display (show/no show) and server-based. model to directly control access to analytics features.

Get the ‘Right’ Project Controls & Enterprise Programme Management You Want

Arras People

Project management consultancy Dada Enterprises has released a copy of the webinar it presented on designing the ‘right’ Project Controls Solutions for an organisation. How to get the benefits of effective Cost Management of accurate job costing, integrated real-time cost & performance reporting, top-down Planning were covered in a Project Controls webinar held by DADA Enterprises and can be downloaded now. Pain Points from Poor Cost Control.

Get the Right Project Controls

Arras People

As part of our coming series of webinars we shall provide a 45 minute interactive webinar on designing the ‘right’ Project Controls Solutions for your organisation. Register here to get the Project Controls solution you really want ?. Learn the benefits from integrating your enterprise systems together: The components of a Project Controls Solution. The post Get the Right Project Controls appeared first on arraspeople

What Everybody Should Know About Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

However, project managers get busy as their projects progress and fail to control risks, resulting abandoned or wrecked projects. So, what does it mean to control risks? Here’s the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition: control: to direct the behavior: to cause to do what you want. Do Project Managers Really Control Risks? Some people argue that we should not use the phrase “control risks.” No one has absolute control over projects.

12 Questions for Gaining Control of Your Risks

Project Risk Coach

Are you a project manager who focuses on gaining control of your project risks? Consequently, they know how to gain and maintain control of their project. In my last article, we looked at What Everybody Should Know About Controlling Risks. Remember the definition for controlling risks? ” When Do We Control Risks? Controlling risks is an ongoing activity, not a one-time event. 12 Questions for Gaining Control.

Integrated Change Control

MPUG

Outlining the Purpose of Project Change Requests and Change Control Boards. Integrated change control (ICC) is the process of reviewing all change requests, approving changes, and managing changes to deliverables with documentation. ICC consists of many overlapping areas, such as change management, project management, configuration management (CM), and the change control board (CCB). Integrated Change Control. Change Control Board Overview.

11 Best Tools for Managers to Control Office Work

nTask

Sharing controls. Access Control. Access control. Version control. There you have it, some of the best applications to help you with controlling your office work. The post 11 Best Tools for Managers to Control Office Work appeared first on nTask.

Project Management Q&A – What’s the Difference between a Project Controller and Project Coordinator?

Arras People

I’ve encountered job postings for Project Controllers and Project Coordinators. The Project Controller role you tend to see more in industries like construction, engineering and manufacturing. This role can also get involved in the same areas as a Controller; however, the Coordinator does tend to get more involved in team support and can also be coordinating a smaller project of their own. PM Careers Advice Project Management Career project coordinator project controller

Plans without resource control

Musings on Project Management

I've been involved in a frustrating project for a while now: My sponsor only understands fixed scope, price, and schedule All my resources work for 3rd parties The 3rd parties' interests only partially align with my sponsor's interests My sponsor can make no commitments of resources since the sponsor "owns" no resources My sponsor keeps asking for a project plan -- mostly, a project schedule Project Management

Real PM 101: Project Scheduling and Controls

Brad Egeland

And a big part of that planning is making sure you kick off the project with a good – and reasonable – project schedule and that you have the proper project controls in place. Do You Have the Proper Project Controls in Place? There are many definitions of Project Controls used across industries and across companies within industries. Project Controls is a professional function not widely recognized as a set of specialized skills.

How To Do Document Version Control

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Do Document Version Control , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. A reader got in touch recently and asked for more info on document version control. Version control is used for lots of different project management assets. The chapter is only a few pages long; even I can’t spin out version control for more than that!). Learn from my mistakes and keep tabs on how your files are evolving with version control.

Control partners should have skin in the game!

Kiron Bondale

But as the size of the organization increases and stakes get higher, control partners emerge to influence not only what but how production occurs. Where things get difficult is when these control partners do not experience first-hand the downside of their decisions. Delivery staff may complain to control partners about how onerous or non-value add specific practices are, but there is little direct impact to them.

The Project Control Paradox | Video

Online PM Courses

Project Control is an important part of our discipline as Project Managers. The post The Project Control Paradox | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. But it carries within it a paradox. Lessons Learned Project Delivery Project Management Tips video

Beyond The Prototype (with Douglas Ferguson from Voltage Control)

The Digital Project Manager

The post Beyond The Prototype (with Douglas Ferguson from Voltage Control) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

Scheduling and Cost Control in a Complex Environment

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Schedule and Cost Control Starts with Good Estimates. Having Controls Doesn’t Mean That You’re in Control. Of course, no project team allows multiple issues to escalate on purpose, however just because there are project controls in place does not mean that the project is in control. Traditional controls such as simple cost, work and schedule measures will not give an accurate picture in complex projects.

Change Control is Key to Project Success

Brad Egeland

Change control is one of those tasks the project manager must do but usually hates to perform. Without proper change control and scope management in place, we run the risk of delivering the wrong solution. Good change control means you can bring potential changes up to the project client as they become obvious. It's never easy. It can require an iron fist mentality and the willingness to take a hard line with the very customer you are trying to satisfy. Sort of a Catch 22.

Do we need a command and control approach to deal with this issue?

Ron Rosenhead

The episode, called ‘Lord John Marbury’,introduced a British diplomat who talked about one of the countries not having a ‘clear command and control structure.’ During the afternoon, I had asked a question: ‘What is monitoring and control like in your part of the business?’. How effective is monitoring & control? In the next one day session I was able to link monitoring and control to the benefits of command and control.

Integrated Change Control – Sequence of Change Request

iZenBridge

Integrated Change Control and Sequence of Change Request. A formal integrated change control starts with a change request. And, then we process it with the Perform Integrated Change Control. External Events: All environment related reasons which are outside control of the project team, also trigger changes. Knowledge Area specific Monitor and Control process: During tracking and reviewing a knowledge area specific status and progress, we feel need of a change request.

Remote Control: Supporting the New Reality of Working from Home

Brad Egeland

Controlling Privacy FunctionFox guards confidential customer information carefully. They have also built into their technology both User Groups and Access Rights – features that put you in control of which people have access to what information. The unprecedented global health crisis is changing the way we work at truly astounding speeds. Suddenly, whether by choice or necessity, many of us find ourselves negotiating the new reality of remote work.

Work Bifurcation and Change Control w/ Ross Buermann

Leading Agile

Ross and Dave also discuss an approach to storing the documentation which allows for an easier approach to change control and maintenance. Listen to the SoundNotes Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to SoundNotes on: Apple Podcasts. Google Play. Spotify. Soundcloud. HAPPY NEW YEAR! In this episode, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Ross Buermann shares an approach that involves bifurcating the work of creating the documentation so that we can create and deliver in smaller increments.

Control Stress – or it will control you | Video

Online PM Courses

If you don't control stress, it will control you. The post Control Stress – or it will control you | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. Stress is a key topic for Project Managers. My biggest Project Management failure revolved around stress.

Business as UNusual: How PMOs Can Thrive When Everything Seems Out of Control

Keyedin

The recent pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown are affecting just about every business to some degree. People in tech or financial services are working from home, those in manufacturing and retail are operating at maximum capacity to keep up with surging demand as the public stocks up on essentials, and restaurant and tourism is all but shutdown as they shift to takeout only or no-contact delivery.

What Is & How To Create A Risk Management Plan

The Digital Project Manager

How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling Risk Management TopicsThe post What Is & How To Create A Risk Management Plan appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Maintaining control

Musings on Project Management

At "herding cats" there a good list of control elements in a posting I read, interesting enough that I offer the short version here: Short term feedback - what's happening right in front of me? What do I need to do NOW to maintain stability, to survive for the next 10 feet on the trail Long term feedback - I see things coming.[project project managers are paid the big bucks to see around corners! Project Management

5 steps to regaining control over your project

Hydra

5 steps to regaining control over your project. But what happens if your project is not progressing to plan and starting to go off-course, how do you go about regaining control over your project? Optimising your client-facing, billable projects is key to your Business’ success. Project Management

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Some project managers wait until things are out of control before they exercise risk management. 2=Planning 4=Control Leadership Productivity Project Risk ManagementMike was a functional project manager in an organization where I managed a PMO. He was winsome and a hard worker.

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10 Signs You're a Project Controls Engineer

Herding Cats

These 10 signs came from a colleague at an NNSA site . Becoming tired of having a social life beyond work. Spending hours planning and re-planning Friday night out. Thinking Rommel would have been more effective if he'd used a Gantt chart to plan his battles. Using so much jargon, customers think you're speaking a foreign language. Organizing your life into milestones. Setting time-based tasks for the family weekends. Buying a personal copy of P6 or MSFT Project for use on home projects.

Why Control, Insight & Visibility are key to avoiding the Service Delivery Execution Gap

Keyedin

So if we think back to our “Execution Gap” What KeyedIn Projects does is it enables Professional services organisations to wrestle back control. Through cloud based connectors KeyedIn Projects also connects easily with existing systems, and gives you the control and insight to make sure resources are used strategically, risks are addressed, and costs managed tightly throughout. On paper, managing Resources, Projects and Billing all sounds relatively simple.

Why Control, Insight & Visibility are key to avoiding the Service Delivery Execution Gap

Keyedin

So if we think back to our “Execution Gap” What KeyedIn Projects does is it enables Professional services organisations to wrestle back control. Through cloud based connectors KeyedIn Projects also connects easily with existing systems, and gives you the control and insight to make sure resources are used strategically, risks are addressed, and costs managed tightly throughout. On paper, managing Resources, Projects and Billing all sounds relatively simple.

Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

For any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. Stochastic process control is the field of study. Closed Loop Control.

5 ways project management software can enhance project control and optimize resource usage

Keyedin

During a recent consultation session we had the opportunity to ask one of our customers how KeyedIn’s project management software had helped their business gain more control over their projects and how it has helped optimize their resource usage. Ability to manage supply and demand pipeline and workflow control – This eliminates redundancies and errors occurring with manual, multi-platform project reporting processes.

How To Exploit and Enhance Project Opportunities

Project Risk Coach

2=Planning 4=Control PMI-RMP Exam Prep Project Risk ManagementImagine a project manager that focuses primarily on identifying and managing project threats and very little on opportunities. This one-sided mindset can be costly.

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5 ways project management software can enhance project control and optimize resource usage

Keyedin

During a recent consultation session we had the opportunity to ask one of our customers how KeyedIn’s project management software had helped their business gain more control over their projects and how it has helped optimize their resource usage. Ability to manage supply and demand pipeline and workflow control – This eliminates redundancies and errors occurring with manual, multi-platform project reporting processes.

DPM Podcast: Controlling (Scope) Creeps (With Suze Haworth)

The Digital Project Manager

The post DPM Podcast: Controlling (Scope) Creeps (With Suze Haworth) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

Project Financial Management – 5 Tips for Good Cost Control | Video

Online PM Courses

How do you manage project finances and cost control? The post Project Financial Management – 5 Tips for Good Cost Control | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. Project Budget Management Project Cost Management Project Management Tips Cost Control cost management financial management videoProject Financial Management may not seem appealing. But it's a vital discipline.

3 Steps to Minimize Workplace Distraction And Take Back Control of your Focus

Planio

But as psychologist David Neal writes , we lose our self-control when we repeat the same actions in the same environment: “People, when they perform a behavior a lot—especially in the same environment, same sort of physical setting—outsource the control of the behavior to the environment.”. Instead of giving your apps and tools total control over your time, go through and audit each one to see how important they truly are.