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. Project Cost Management.

Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimate and How to Calculate It (with example)

Girl's Guide to PM

What is a ROM estimate used for? A rough order of magnitude estimate is used to give you a very high level view of potential project costs. But in reality, we rarely have the time or luxury of being able to provide that level of estimate at the earliest stage of project.

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Analogous and Parametric Estimating

MPUG

Microsoft Project, in its various releases (i.e., can become an accurate estimating tool for top-down (Analogous) and bottom-up (Parametric) estimating. Units” when assigned by the project manager are called “Assignment Units.” Using a Schedule Template for Estimating.

What is the Management Reserve for Project Budgets?

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever run out of money for a project? Let's explore management reserves for projects, who controls them, and how to estimate the reserves. The project manager adds the contingency reserve to the project budget, resulting in the cost baseline.

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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. So, in this article, we’ll take a careful look at project estimation, to help you learn how to master the art and craft of doing it well. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge.

Project Estimation Techniques Everyone Needs To Know

Wrike

Project estimation techniques help project managers accurately estimate essential elements, such as cost and scope , within their projects. What are project estimation techniques? An estimate is a rough calculation of something.

Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. The reason for this resource page is the lack of understanding of how to estimate, the urban myths about software estimating, and the fallacies that estimating is not needed, when developing software, in the presence of uncertainty, when spending other peoples money. Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A.

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. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. .

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.

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Cost Management Basics

ProjectManager.com

Cost management is the process by which one plans and manages the budget of a business or project. In the case of a project, it helps the project manager estimate what the project will cost and set in place controls by which they can reduce the chance of the project going over budget.

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7 Steps for a Successful Project Budget

ProjectManager.com

If you don’t have the funds, you’re not going to complete the project successfully. That’s why planning out your project budget is so important: it’s the lifeblood of the project. Follow these steps to secure the funds necessary to support the project through every phase.

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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. This knowledge starts with Reference Class Forecasting which is a method of predicting the future (cost, schedule, technical performance) by looking at similar past situations and their outcomes. Where do you find these Reference Classes ? . Your domain may have NO reference classes. By simply NOT Estimating?

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. A #Noestimates advocate makes the claim that having a ±10% accuracy for estimates of cost and duration is a dangerous thing. Define Reference Classes for those Capabilities and the Features that implement them. References.

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 Resource Management: The Ultimate Guide on How to Master It

Girl's Guide to PM

Resources are the largest contributor to successful project delivery , and project managers spend significant time planning and managing their activities. Both resource and project managers work in tandem to develop resourcing strategies for projects.

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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. At the #NoProjects #NoEstimates workshop it was mentioned that focus on "on-time, on-budget naturallt leads project to meet those goals and forget the value/benefits side of the equation. 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. Here's some reading to help understand why its bunk and how to learn to estimate in the presence of uncertainty in order to make better decisions. Software Estimating Taxonomy. Estimating Accuracy.

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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). Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management (#CSTPM).

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Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

The primary economic driver of the life-cycle structure is the significantly increasing cost of making a software change or fixing a software problem, as a function of the phase in which the change or fix is made. By the way, the pure conjecture that agile enables late changing requirements to not have a significant impact on the cost and schedule of the development project is completely lacking any testable evidence outside of personal anecdotes of agile advocates.

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The 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas (PMBOK)

ProjectManager.com

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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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms

Workamajig

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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Project Termination Guide for Successful Failure & Minimum Blowbacks

nTask

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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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. Providing organizations with a system to implement the right projects at the right time, effective PPM improves decision-making, optimizes resource management, and delivers better business value. 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. Providing organizations with a system to implement the right projects at the right time, effective PPM improves decision-making, optimizes resource management, and delivers better business value. Project Portfolio Management and Business Strategy. There is a circular link between strategy and project portfolios.

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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. 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? The Project Manager Blog

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

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Project management is riddled with complications. It is imperative to keep track of performance metrics throughout the entirety of a project's lifecycle. Keeping track of key performance indicators allows a more accurate understanding of project status, success, and profitability. Check out these 10 examples of key performance metrics that every project manager can't afford to miss. PV = (the hours left scheduled on the project) x (project worker’s hourly rate).

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Procurement Management - 7 Steps To Developing A Procurement Management Plan

Techno-PM

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.

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. . Activity Duration Estimates Review . is the description of all activities planned for completing a project. Actual Cost . Analogous Estimating . Acquire Project Team

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. . Activity Duration Estimates Review . is the description of all activities planned for completing a project. Actual Cost . Analogous Estimating . Acquire Project Team

4 Solutions to Common Professional Services PM Pain Points

EasyProjects

This example, and other pain points reviewed in this article, are typical for professional services organizations that don’t have a centralized project management platform. In this article, we review how Easy Projects helps our clients to resolve these common pain points.

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4 Solutions to Common Professional Services PM Pain Points

EasyProjects

This example, and other pain points reviewed in this article, are typical for professional services organizations that don’t have a centralized project management platform. In this article, we review how Easy Projects helps our clients to resolve these common pain points.

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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. It includes reference to all other risk management documents and tools (e.g., Project Documentation Review.

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4 Solutions to Common Professional Services PM Pain Points

EasyProjects

This example, and other pain points reviewed in this article, are typical for professional services organizations that don’t have a centralized project management platform. In this article, we review how Easy Projects helps our clients to resolve these common pain points.

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2020 Challenges and Trends in Construction

Epicflow Blog

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Construction: Customers’ Satisfaction, Workers’ Safety, and Better Project Management Augmented and virtual reality are widely used in many industries, and lately have become quite popular with construction companies. .

51+ Best Project Management Software & Tools [Updated Oct 2019]

ProProfs Project Management

Project management software helps in not only managing multiple projects, but also streamline workflow and improve your teams performance exponentially. A CHAOS survey revealed that project success rates are increasing steadily as indicated by data points: 39% of all projects successfully implemented, i.e. delivered on time and on budget. 43% of all projects were challenged, i.e. over-budget or delayed, 18% of projects failed. ProProfs Project.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Using Project Planning Software

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When was the last time you got lost in your project work because you didn’t plan ahead? Here’s where project planning comes in. The project management practice depicts a step-by-step process that helps you establish everything you need to do on a project. It is done either on paper or using a project planning software for more complex projects (commonly part of a project management software ), being usually led by a project manager.

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Understanding the Project Management Triangle

Wrike

While the concept of the triple constraint triangle, or iron triangle of project management, is not a new one, it is one of the most important theories in the field. Introducing the project management triangle. Project Triangle . Cost constraint.

Lean Project Management For Remote Teams: A Simple Guide To Eliminate Waste & Improve Productivity

Teamweek

Lean Project Management can fix this. In this article, we’re going to explore: What is Lean Project Management? What is Lean Project Management? Benefits of Lean Project Management. The Lean Project Management Methodology. Causing a delay in the project schedule.

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20 Best Resource Management Tools for Your Business

Scoro

And in the scope of project management, it refers to the planning, tracking, and optimizing the utilization of resources for successful project completion. Project progress reports. Float helps teams plan projects, schedule resources, and oversee their capacity.

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60 Important Business Metrics Your Company Must Know

nTask

The sales department will cater to their respective metrics like sales volume, sales call, etc, while the marketing team will look after their respective metrics such as engagement, campaign costs, website traffic, etc. How to Manage a Project like a Pro in today’s Work Environment? Sales Value (Average): This measure will let you know about the average deal size of your sales made to the customers and how much effort will be required to break even or meet the costs.

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