Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

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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.

Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Rich has more than 35 years of experience in the project management field.

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Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Rich has more than 35 years of experience in the project management field.

Net Operating Value - A New Way to Look at Project Costs

PM That Works

Let’s take a step back and look at the historically most common path of projects. During the budgeting process usually the year before an idea for a project is suggested. Then this idea goes through some cycles and an estimated budget gets placed on the project list for the coming year. When the project is kicked off, the budget is set to the estimated budget. Most projects run into delays, issues, and missed assumptions that inevitably puts a strain on the budget.

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How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Project-Management.pm

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. It also means successfully identified the stakeholders and risks and the project are already in the plan, ready for implementation. To stay within deadline means having a governance process that everyone will adhere to. est apparu en premier sur Project-Management.PM.

2017 69

Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Look up governance in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and you’ll find this definition “ The way that a city, company, etc., is controlled by the people who run it “ This is certainly an appropriate meaning of the phrase when applied to corporate governance, but is not the most empowering vision for how projects need to be governed. Most staff would view governance as a necessary evil. So what should right-sized governance look like?

Beginner’s Guide to Project Management Process

iZenBridge

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. Project Team.

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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Cost and Value Management for Software Development

Herding Cats

we focus on Value and don't need to worry about Cost. Here are the moving parts of any project that intends to make money from the cost invested to produce a product or service. Software Project Cost Estimation . There are numerous horror stories about software development cost and schedule overruns. But no matter the source there are two primary root causes of project cost problems: Erroneous cost estimates.

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Estimates, Forecasts, Projections

Herding Cats

We can estimate the total cost, total duration, and the probability that all the Features will be delivered on the program we are working for the US Government. Or ANY software project for that matter. The estimated completion cost for this program is $357,000,000 with an accuracy of $200,000 and a precision of $300,000. Another way to speak about the estimated cost is This program will cost $357,000,000 or less with 80% confidence.

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.

2019 309

Most Common Project Management Roadblocks to Avoid for Better Outcomes

Project Bliss

Project managers do a lot of firefighting. Every day, project managers are putting out fires, both internally within the team and externally with clients. When it comes to project management roadblocks, there are a few that come up time and again. Project Bidding Issues.

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Londoners, dig deep in your pockets for yet another troubled project

Ron Rosenhead

Today, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered an enquiry into the escalating costs of the former Olympic stadium site. However the escalating costs have raised more than a few eye brows. In 2015, former mayor Boris Johnson said the change from an Olympics arena to a football stadium would cost £272m, a figure which has now risen to £323m. additional costs for the seating problem. extra running costs – see Taxpayers to meet Olympic Stadium running costs.

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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. We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . This means defined the Most Likely value for the range of duration or cost for the item.

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Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

Herding Cats

Software development is a Value Creaton activity, but Value cannot be determined unless we know the cost to produce that value and when that value will be available for use by those who of paid for that Value. It's not clear why those advocating the first approach don't understand this, but the principles of MicroEconomics of software development demand we know both cost and value produced. What will it cost to get the value?

2018 39

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. Certain information about key project cost, performance, and schedule attributes are often unknown until the project is underway. The emerging risks that can be identified early in the project that impact the project later are often termed “known unknowns.”

2017 37

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

ProjectManager.com

Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Projects bring risks, and risks bring unexpected costs. Cost estimation is the process that takes those factors into account, and calculates a budget that meets the financial commitment necessary for a successful project.

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. We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . For cost and schedule, there are databases containing 1,000's of past projects.

2019 34

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.

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. We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . If you're working on a software project with NO deadlines, then you're a very lucky person.

2018 33

Black Swans

Herding Cats

All is good so far until he mentions these concepts are applicable to the management of projects. What struck me was how disconnected Taleb is from the profession of project management. The concepts of Taleb and its application to project management is shared by some in the project management community (and now in the No Estimates community). The critical success factor of managing projects in the presence of uncertainty is to determine which models are useful.

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The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

The Core Problem with Project Success. Unrealistic Cost and Schedule estimates based on inadequate risk adjusted growth models. Before diving into the details of these, let me address another issue that has come up around project success and estimates. There is a common chart used to show poor performance of projects that compares Ideal project performance with the Actual project performance. Don't know these, you've doomed the project on day one.

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What Is a Capital Improvement Plan & How to Create One

ProjectManager.com

A capital improvement plan can guide an organization when it’s trying to figure out which large projects or purchases in which they should invest. Can project management software facilitate this work? This is usually a multi-year project, often four to six years.

2022 281

Black Swans

Herding Cats

All is good so far until he mentions these concepts are applicable to the management of projects. What struck me was how disconnected Taleb is from the profession of project management. The concepts of Taleb and its application to project management is shared by some in the project management community (and now in the No Estimates community). The critical success factor of managing projects in the presence of uncertainty is to determine which models are useful.

2002 28

Project Budgeting: An Interview with Sol Benady

Rebel’s Guide to PM

He started his career as an auditor in London, trained with E&Y where he qualified as an accountant, and then moved into consulting for retail and investment banking for a wide range of projects and clients. 5 Tips for Managing a Project Budget. Define the project scope.

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Review Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition

Henny Portman

Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition, written by J. In PMMM special attention is given to three special components project office, management oversight and professional development. To order Project management maturity model: managementboek.nl , bol.com.

2021 82

10 Free Manufacturing Excel Templates

ProjectManager.com

Gantt charts have been essential project management tools for over a century. Project managers across all industries have flocked to them to organize tasks and resources. They are best for traditional projects, such as manufacturing, which follow a more waterfall type of methodology.

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

Arras People

Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this. From internal initiatives to major customer endeavors, there’s a universal truth: all projects are susceptible to cost overruns and schedule slippage. But what are the right project controls and is there a single method to the implementation madness? What Are Project Controls?

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Hard Costs vs Soft Costs in Construction: Definitions & Examples

ProjectManager.com

There are many variables to consider, from market to labor costs and always-fluctuating prices. But creating a detailed budget is key to successful construction project management. To create a realistic budget, you need to know the difference between these two costs.

8 Essential Project Management Documents You Need to Know About

Epicflow Blog

Project management involves creating lots of documentation. If you look into project management standards, you will find at least a dozen of various plans, multiple types of reports, and numerous other documents. A Business Case: Presenting the Idea of a Project .

2022 52

14 Common Project Risks (+ more)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Stuff happens on projects, and if the worst happens, it’s better to know about it in advance. However, at the beginning of your project when your risk log is empty, it can be a bit of a challenge to think of all the stuff that might need to go on there. Project team risk.

Scheduling and Cost Control in a Complex Environment

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The recent UK Government’s enquiry into the management of major projects was cut short by world events, but the interim report and oral evidence make for interesting reading. [1] Unsurprisingly the variables under discussion were cost, schedule and benefits.

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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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Your Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis in Project Management

nTask

Project management involves making a lot of decisions and these decisions cannot always be easy. This is especially true when those decisions could potentially be critical to the success of your project overall. Enter cost benefit analysis. What is Cost Benefit Analysis?

2021 116

Crisis Management: How to Lead During a Crisis

ProjectManager.com

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. That took the team member away from the project to deal with a family emergency.

2019 256

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.

2017 196

Starting a PMO

MPUG

PMI describes the Project Management Office (PMO) as a strategic driver for organizational excellence. The PMO seeks to enhance the practices of execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change leadership. What new project proposals are coming down the pipeline?

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Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth

MPUG

Having been a project manager for all of my working life and now a teacher of project management skills for more than a decade, I always tell my students to follow sound project management principles and to manage risks proactively. Proactive project risk management is integral part of project management. In fact, I think good risk management is half of project management. What is Proactive Project Risk Management? Project Risk Management Scenario.

5 Notorious Failed Projects & What We Can Learn from Them

ProjectManager.com

Failure is an unavoidable part of any project process: it’s the degree of failure that makes the difference. But a systemic collapse will derail the whole project. Sometimes a project reaches too far beyond its means and fails, which is unfortunate, but can also serve as a teaching moment. If project managers don’t learn from their mistakes, then they’re not growing professionally and will revisit the same problem in future projects. Stretch Project.

2018 266

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

Project Bliss

Though it’s often true, that saying doesn’t apply to your project. When you plan your project, you’re operating on a set of assumptions. But maybe the idea of dealing with assumptions in project management is a bit confusing. What are project assumptions, anyway? And in this post I’ll go over the following items: The benefit of identifying and creating a list of project assumptions. How to identify and manage project assumptions.

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