Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates


How do you deal with a team that refuses to estimate how long tasks will take? Estimating can be done in several solid ways, and frankly, it sounds as if your colleagues don’t know how to estimate properly or are scared to give you the timescales that pop into their heads.

Project Management Tool Is Not an Employee Monitoring Software


Explain to your employees that none of the features are made with the aim to monitor them. They don’t feel comfortable knowing that someone is monitoring their performance every step of the way.

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time I need to get to my favorite parking spot at DIA. The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. Here's some materials that provide the tools and processes needed to learn how to estimate.

Your Guide to Accurately Estimating Projects


Estimation is an invaluable tool for anticipating and managing project uncertainties. Accurate project estimates help identify cost and schedule requirements with relative precision, and reduce the risk of running out of time, resources, and budget during a project. Phased Estimating.

Your Guide to Accurate Project Estimate Projects


Estimation is an invaluable tool for anticipating and managing project uncertainties. Accurate project estimates help identify cost and schedule requirements with relative precision, and reduce the risk of running out of time, resources, and budget during a project. Phased Estimating.

How to Create an Accurate Time Estimation for Your Next Project


How many times have you given a client a timeline estimate , only to have the actual delivery date surpass it by days or even weeks? It’s embarrassing and makes you wonder whether accurate time estimates are little more than an oxymoron. Create Your Time Estimation.

Managing Uncertainty, Risk, Threat, and Opportunity

Herding Cats

Monitor the environment and current operations within the orgainzaiton. Monitor and review performance . What to monitor, how of term to monitor, when to take further actions. Withoitn these estimates thetre is no Risk Management.

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How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Without a baseline, how will you monitor and control your projects? Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary – provide the detailed information about the deliverables, activities, cost estimates, and scheduling information for each item in the WBS.

What’s the Real Value of Project Management?

When it’s a verb, value is to estimate the monetary worth of something. The verb form can be especially helpful for the actual practice of project management, like when a project manager is estimating the value of a process or pain point, but we’ll explore that topic later.

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You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

After completing the WBS, she facilitated an exercise to identify significant risks and estimated contingency reserves for her “Known Unknown” risks. Monitor and Control Project Work. Monitoring and controlling process group. Monitoring and controlling process group.

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Outcomes are categorized as favorable or unfavorable, and risk management is the art and science of planning, assessing, handling, and monitoring future events to ensure favorable outcomes. The answers to each of these questions require making estimates in the presence of uncertainty.

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Project Management Processes & Phases

Throughout these project phases there is a need to constantly monitor and report, which is where project management tools come in. Cost: Estimate the costs involved across the project and formulate a budget. Monitor and Control. Scope: Monitor scope and control changes.

Economics of Software Development

Herding Cats

This is the foundation for estimates. Estimates with accuracy and precision values needed to make credible decisions. These estimates are critical to both developers and customers. These estimates are used for generating requests for proposals, contract negotiations, scheduling, monitoring, and control. Since risk management is how adults manage projects , † making estimates in the presecnce of uncertanty is adult management. No Estimates?

Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

Your ‘Project Cost Management Plan’ Establishing your costs – the processes of estimating and budgeting. Monitoring and controlling project expenditure. Monitoring and controlling project expenditure to adhere to your budget. Monitoring and Controlling.

Strategic Project Portfolio Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Estimating For Success. Maybe best of all, Moore talks about range-based estimates – a topic I’m very interested in. Moore explains that estimates are biased towards the initial values because people don’t adjust their estimates again after making that initial decision.

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Project Design in Project Management: A Quick Guide

The project design also estimates the budget and outlines how to monitor and evaluate progress. An evaluation plan will help you monitor the project, and maybe even alert you when it starts to veer off track. Project design is a major first step towards a successful project.

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Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?


Knowing how to plan, manage and monitor progress is important and can make the difference between meeting your goals for the year and not. To learn more about how to master the Art of Estimation, download our eBook, “ 6 Best Practices for Accurate Project Estimates.”

Resource and Time Management

Arras People

To monitor and plan the effort, we need to measure it. The project manager estimates the needs for a project. He or she uses past projects and current tasks to make the estimation. The goal isn’t increased monitoring but better estimation, and improved task distribution.

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10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

When you estimate probability, a risk will have a certain impact on your project. However, with Agile, it’s harder to estimate the needed time upfront, which will increase the risk of missing your deadline. Fast, cheap or good — choose two. Are you tired of hearing that?

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How to Create a Project Assumptions List: Examples and Template Included

Project Bliss

Budget – estimated cost of the project. Budget – estimated cost of the project. Monitor throughout the project. Monitor them throughout so that you can adjust as needed. As you monitor your project assumptions list, you may find that some assumptions change.

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We the jury, find the Project Sponsor guilty…………….

Ron Rosenhead

This resulted in an estimated 15 staff weeks being tied up with highly complex issues which should never have arisen. No monitoring and control – and that’s your job. Thank you members of the jury for your time and consideration. It only remains for me to pass sentence.

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

Arras People

Well-developed controls, monitored through each step of the process, also ensure that timing and budget demands are met and that every participant knows their role in context of the project. companies and government agencies an estimated $145 billion per year!

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Advice for Aspiring Project Management Consultants

Get current with software tools that can help you do things like monitor and measure the progress of your initiatives. There’s a chance your estimation of the market rate is wrong. What does it mean to be a project management consultant?

Using Earned Value Management to Measure Project Performance

Dealing with problems is part of the job, but there’s no job if the project fails because you can’t monitor it correctly to keep it on track. Estimated At Completion (EAC): With this calculation, you divide the total project budget by the CPI value you figured out above.

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A Very Practical Guide to Start Managing Your Projects – Part II

Paymo App

I also showed you how you can create a to-do list and make time and cost estimates. This allows you to create accurate estimates of the costs and time you’ll need to deliver the project. Cost risks usually happen when you’ve set a lower cost estimate before the start of the project.

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Identify activities, dependencies, sequencing, and time estimates. Monitor and control the project plan. Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait.


Introducing nTask 2.0 (Beta) – Our most awaited update yet

nTask Blog

That way, the new dashboard simplifies project monitoring for you. As much as Gantt charts are crucial for monitoring the project performance, the limited functionality of them in nTask was keeping us awake at nights too! Cost/Budget Estimations .

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Handling Project Manager Responsibilities and Roles through Project Management Software

Paymo App

Coordinate and monitor different projects throughout their different phases*. Motivate, mentor, and monitor team members. Create valid estimates for revenue and resource requirements*. Monitoring. Project and team monitoring is an ongoing process.

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What Do Project Managers Do?


That’s because project managers are responsible for the overall initiation, planning, design, monitoring and execution of any specific activity. Monitoring and planning resources. Estimating time and costs. Monitoring and reporting. If you work in construction, IT, manufacturing, architecture, chemicals or any other major industry, you’ve almost certainly come across people with the job title ‘project manager’.

[GUEST AUTHOR] 6 Project Management KPIs To Keep In Mind


The Planned Value of the Project In essence, the planned value of your project is the estimated cost of the scheduled activities. This is why monitoring a series of quality KPIs is essential.

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5 Common Scheduling Mistakes (And What To Do Instead)

Girl's Guide to PM

Milestones are predominantly a tool for schedule control and monitoring. But it can help for lessons learned sessions and general monitoring and control purposes. I’m glad to be partnering with Resource Guru to bring you this article.

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

Project Bliss

Identifying activities, dependencies, sequencing, and time estimates. Monitoring and Controlling the project plan. Monitor project progress by frequently communicating with the team and those doing the work.

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What is Project Portfolio Management : The Basics

The purpose of establishing data that contains accurate information, as well as reliable content that includes forecasted or estimated cost, project name, timeframe, and expected returned value. Monitored costs and benefits. They help estimate, monitor, and analyze performance, tasks, and even schedules for the purpose of convenience, cost estimation, and time conservation. What is Portfolio Management?

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Improving Your Resource Management

The IIL Blog

Take adequate time to make reasonable and realistic estimates: Perfection is nearly impossible to achieve in resource management, but you should still aim for it. Once project priorities have been clarified, take adequate time to estimate schedules and budget.

How Automatic Time Tracking Can Help with Project Management

Paymo App

Some employees dislike using such tools as they don’t want to have every second of their day at work monitored. You might want to consider it since it’s one of the most accurate ways to monitor work times. 3) Improved project estimations. Last updated: February 2018.

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Personal Time Management for Project Managers

Online PM Courses

Step 3: Estimate the time and resource requirements for each activity. Monitoring and control your work as you go. Now, make a time estimate for each of your Activities. And of course, make sure you put enough contingency into your estimate. Estimating is a big subject.

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20 Things For Your Project Management Plan [With 3 Free Templates]

Girl's Guide to PM

Monitor and Control Methods. Estimating Assumptions and Methods. Record how you are going to create your estimates for the project (time and money) and note any assumptions. If you have company-approved estimating techniques, note which ones you are going to use.

How a Time Tracker Can Solve Most of Your Work Problems

Paymo App

You might have asked yourself the following questions before: Am I monitoring my time accurately? On the other hand, automatic time trackers monitor what you’re doing on your computer without you having to click on the play button every time.

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The Project Manager’s Guide to Simple Risk Analysis

Online PM Courses

Monitor and Control. This is the ‘Monitor and Control Loop’ for risk management and it is the secret of success. The problem with estimating likelihoods is – to be blunt – people are rubbish at it. Risk analysis is both easy and hard at the same time.

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Task Management for Those Who Take it Seriously – How to Organize and Prioritize Tasks Using Task Management Software

Paymo App

This method as a whole refers to: Task creation : Set your project goals, turn them into actionable tasks, and add relevant details such as task duration, time estimates, dependencies, status, etc. Notice the degree of detail (task dates, priorities, estimated costs, etc.)

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