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. Controlling costs.

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 Management Papers. “A Who Moved My Risk???:

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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. High Level Risks.

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.

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.

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

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Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

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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. Now To Risk Management. Risk is the effect of uncertainty of objectives.

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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 . Overlooking key project risks.

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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. She had to overcome a lack of project resources.

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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. Management Processes (#MP). Risk Management .

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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. An Overview of Cost Estimation.

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.

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. When I took my first job as a project manager, my mother asked what I do.

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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.   Risks in the Backlog.

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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. A #Noestimates advocate makes the claim that having a ±10% accuracy for estimates of cost and duration is a dangerous thing.

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. Reasons for Project Failure” Statistics.

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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. For cost and schedule, there are databases containing 1,000's of past projects. Using Function Points in Agile Projects.

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.

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. Project managers can learn as much, if not more, from failed projects as they can from successful ones.

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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. But what are the right project controls and is there a single method to the implementation madness?

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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.

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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. If you're working on a software project with NO deadlines, then you're a very lucky person. million euro Agile project.”.

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. No risk management, no adult management.

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

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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. What will it cost to get the value? IT Risk Management.

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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. She knows that she cannot manage a project from behind her desk.

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. 2 Minimize Risk.

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.

4 Ways to Measure the ROI of Work Management Tools

Wrike

You’re the head of operations for a top government weapons organization. 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 ). Every team and project is different!

What Is a Project Baseline And Why Is It Important?

Teamweek

In project management, we call it operating without a baseline. Try doing that in project management and you’ll soon realize that you’re in the wrong profession. All projects are governed by hard rules like scope, deadlines, and budget. Project Management

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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

One of our clients, a retired USAF Col Program Manager at an NNSA Weapons Testing Site has a statement that is applicable here: If you lack academic basis and validated experience, your advice is simply unsubstantiated opinion without any basis in fact or principle. DCTI Cost, “James R.

A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

So when you hear about all the posts about #NoEstimates, take a look here to see if those posts provide any actionable outcomes that can be put to the test on actual projects - other than Slicing. . The Problem Using Platitudes For Management Guidance. Elements of Project Success.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. 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. . The Influence of Selection Bias on Effort Overruns in Software Development Projects,” Magne Jørgensen, Simula Research Laboratory & Institute of Informatics , University of Oslo.