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.

14 Common Project Risks (+ more)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Risks matter. Stuff happens on projects, and if the worst happens, it’s better to know about it in advance. That’s the point of risk management: thinking about what might go wrong before it does, so you can put a plan together to deal with it if it does. Internal risks.

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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.

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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Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Information about key project cost, (technical) performance, and schedule attributes is often uncertain or unknown until late in the program. Risk issues that can be identified early in the program, which will potentially impact the program later, termed Known Unknowns and can be alleviated with good risk management. Risk Management is Project Management for Adults - Tim Lister.

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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. These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. Risk management structure.

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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.

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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.

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.

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

If we look at the discipline of software engineering, we see that the microeconomics branch of economics deals more with the types of decisions we need to make as software engineers or managers. 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. Now To Risk Management. All risk comes from Uncertainty.

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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. It bad management ?

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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. Management Processes (#MP). Project Performance Management (#PPM). Agile Project Management (#APM).

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Review Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition

Henny Portman

Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition, written by J. E.g., resource management is broken down into the key components resource management planning, resource estimation, resource acquisition, team development and team management.

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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?

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Crisis Management: How to Lead During a Crisis

ProjectManager.com

Sometimes leading a team, project or organization goes well. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you crisis management techniques to help you successfully lead during a disaster. In Review – Crisis Management: How to Lead During a Crisis. Jennifer noted that whether you’re leading a team , project or organization, things are either going well or poorly. That took the team member away from the project to deal with a family emergency. Project Crisis Examples.

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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.

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. Project cost estimation applies to everything from building a bridge to developing that new killer app. An Overview of Cost Estimation.

100+ Project Management Statistics & Facts To Remember in 2019

ProProfs Project Management

Project management is an essential part of every organization. Whether you are overseeing a team or leading major projects and their execution process, it is essential to keep everything in line to ensure project success. In the long run, it is the project management techniques adopted by managers that either make or break the organization. . How will you know what is the best way to manage your teams ? 70% of projects are prone to failure.

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Project Management Fundamentals- Evolving Organizations in a Competitive Business Environment

Techno-PM

And to gain a competitive edge over others, one needs to have effective project planning and management directives in place. Download Project Management Templates! What is Project Management? What are the fundamentals of Project Planning and Management?

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.

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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. IT Risk Management.

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.

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34 Top Project Management Software Tools For Every Need (2020)

Teamweek

With so many options, choosing the right project management software can be overwhleming. That’s why we’ve compiled this (updated) list of top tools that help you plan, track, and execute projects. Toggl Plan is a beautifully simple project management software.

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What’s in your backlog?

Leading Answers

Risk avoidance and risk reduction activities – Sure, maybe. All the things they need to complete before the product or project is done. This product owner manages the backlog, keeping things up to date with the latest product decisions. Here’s a typical backlog showing a combination of features, change requests, bug fixes and a couple of risk reduction activities. My project manager saw it one day and two interesting things happened.

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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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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.

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How to recruit an outstanding project manager (Part I)

Susanne Madsen

Although it isn’t possible to provide one single definition of what a good project manager looks like, certain traits, skills and attributes seem to be advantageous for a person who is to lead a project. Essentially, the job of a project manager is to take on a customer’s big picture vision and to turn that vision into reality within certain time, budget and quality constraints. She knows that she cannot manage a project from behind her desk.

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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. Inadequate accessment of risk and unmitigated exposure to these risks with proper handling plans. Before diving into the details of these, let me address another issue that has come up around project success and estimates. All that line says is this was the baseline estimate at Completion for the project work.

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Black Swans

Herding Cats

Here's a book review from 2008, about Black Swans and Fooled By Randomness in the context of managing software development in the presence of uncertainty. 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 critical success factor of managing projects in the presence of uncertainty is to determine which models are useful.

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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 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.

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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? IT Risk Management.

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Project Budgeting: An Interview with Sol Benady

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Sol Benady is a management consultant, Fintech entrepreneur, and program manager working in the banking sector. I talked to him in the Project Management Club on Clubhouse about project financial management and handling budgets. Define the project scope.

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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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Black Swans

Herding Cats

Here's a book review from 2008, about Black Swans and Fooled By Randomness in the context of managing software development in the presence of uncertainty. 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 critical success factor of managing projects in the presence of uncertainty is to determine which models are useful.

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5 Major Benefits of Adopting an Effective Project Portfolio Management and PMO Initiative

Keyedin

In this post we explore the five major types of benefits to be gained by adopting an effective Project Portfolio Management/PMO strategy. Minimizing the risks to individual projects in terms of business impact. Making sure that success not only happens today, but is more likely with future project initiatives. When you have a good handle on past project metrics, it makes it much easier to predict future factors like resource utilization. 2 Minimize Risk.

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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5 Major Benefits of Adopting an Effective Project Portfolio Management and PMO Initiative

Keyedin

In this post we explore the five major types of benefits to be gained by adopting an effective Project Portfolio Management/PMO strategy. Minimizing the risks to individual projects in terms of business impact. Making sure that success not only happens today, but is more likely with future project initiatives. When you have a good handle on past project metrics, it makes it much easier to predict future factors like resource utilization. 2 Minimize Risk.

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.

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4 Ways to Measure the ROI of Work Management Tools

Wrike

You’re the head of operations for a top government weapons organization. But there are problems around every corner: insufficient project requirements, failure from leadership to recognize risk, managers setting poor collaboration processes, aggressive competition targeting you, and so much more. In the end, your project blows up. That’s quite an expensive project failure. Companies lose $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects ( PMI, 2017 ).