4 Tips to Keep Your Project Costs in Check

LiquidPlanner

Which project costs did you miss? It’s been a while since you’ve gotten a progress report from the team – are there any unexpected costs that are going to sneak up on you? . If it seems like you’re always dealing with unexpected project costs, we’ve got four tips to help you forecast your project costs more accurately upfront, and keep them in check as your project moves along. . Map Costs to your Work Breakdown Structure

Guide to Effective Project Cost Management

EasyProjects

Regardless of the size or scope, starting a new project is an activity that symbolizes a new beginning in any business. Whether it’s designing a new product or improving upon an existing work process, nothing matters more than how much it will cost the company in the end.

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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.

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.

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. Initiating.

PMP interview Questions

iZenBridge

What is a baseline, how is it use while creating project management plan? What is a project charter? Is project manager involved in the creation of a project charter? What is a project, how is it different from a program, and a portfolio? How many knowledge Areas are there in Project Management. Do you use all in your projects? What are project management methodologies? Which one did you used in your projects? Project Manager Skills.

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Project Estimate Template

ProjectManager.com

The more accurate your estimates, the more likely you’ll keep to your budget and deliver a project on time. Having a tool to identify and collect costs for your labor, materials and more is the first step to running a successful project. Download the Project Estimate Template.

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MindGenius Templates for Every Project Management Need

Brad Egeland

I’ve been part of organizations that allowed project managers to use whatever tools necessary to manage their projects. While that may work for a while, the problems it can cause as a roadblock to collaboration and shared project experiences and knowledge far outweigh the bit of good it may provide in cost savings and flexibility. Need a great project start?

What Is Cost Management in Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

Every new project comes as a delight to client-centric companies, as they get a golden opportunity to uplift their business growth. However, the factor that decides whether they will thrive or fail at the end is their project management efforts. It is very important to put in all the efforts with all your heart into a project because to meet clients’ expectations regarding deliverables. Handling project cost is crucial for the overall successful delivery of the projec t.

Project Management for Your Life

nTask

After all, we are all humans, and project management makes up for a portion. One way to be productive and ahead of your game is to adopt project management techniques to project manage your life. After all, what is life but a string of projects? What is Project Management?

Project Budget Template for Excel

ProjectManager.com

A project budget contains the financial details of your project, including the estimates of all the money you need to layout to lead a successful project, from resources to materials. Monitor project expenses with this Excel budget template. How to Plan a Project Budget.

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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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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. . Imagine you get a promotion as a project manager and are now solely responsible for various management tasks. Doing so, you get most issues resolved and meet your project deliverables – but, when it came to reporting, you were clueless as to how to go about it. Common Project Management Terms.

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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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. The vast range of project management tools , terms, skills and knowledge that are within its discipline can be intimidating. What is PMBOK in Project Management? PMBOK stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge.

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

ProjectManager.com

An abundance of information is created, transferred and stored over the life cycle of a project. Without a way of organizing all information a project is doomed to fail. That’s what PMIS comes in, which is an acronym for project management information system. A project management information system (PMIS) is how information needed to run a project is organized. It collects and uses project information through one or more software applications.

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Understanding the Monte Carlo Analysis in Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

A good plan can help you in risk analysis, but it can not guarantee that your project will run smoothly. If you are associated with any stage of software project development life cycle, you most probably agree with this quote. It is important to have a smartly constructed plan in place to complete a software project on time. It can help you stick to the project timeline and meet the client’s requirements. As a result, you will complete the project in 12 months.

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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10 Essential Project Management Skills for Project Managers of 2019

nTask

With project management field reaching new heights each day, it has become imperative that one must possess a distinct set of essential project management skills to achieve project success. A project manager needs to have special abilities for successfully executing projects from initiation till closure. Leadership is one of the most important project management skills that you need to possess if you’re an aspiring project manager.

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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.

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Earned Value Management - Understanding The Main Calculations and Formulas

Techno-PM

Earned Value Management (EVM) Earned Value Management (EVM) is a strategy for project managers to use to define and quantify the performance of a project. Used to support schedule and cost controls, EVM is helpful for forecasting and planning.

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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. Professor Flyvbjerg’s evidence showed that out of 12,000 major projects studied globally, fewer than half were on budget, fewer than 8% also on schedule, and only 0.5% also achieved projected benefits.

How to Manage Cost in Project Management

Clarizen

In a perfect world, project managers could execute their wildest, most ambitious project dreams without ever having to worry about the bottom line. In reality, though, PMs are beholden to budgets – and that means they have to know how to manage costs. Ineffective cost management is often the very reason that projects fail. Read on to learn what cost management is in project management, plus how to do it well. Establish cost controls.

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The core components of IT Portfolio Management

Keyedin

IT portfolio management emphasises a strategic focus on goals such as revenue growth, cost reduction, regulatory mandate and business continuity rather than just typical operational objectives such as project cost, timescales and deliverables. With IT portfolio management , project planning is viewed as a fundamentally top-down initiative and external stakeholders are required to take part in the decision making process.

The core components of IT Portfolio Management

Keyedin

IT portfolio management emphasises a strategic focus on goals such as revenue growth, cost reduction, regulatory mandate and business continuity rather than just typical operational objectives such as project cost, timescales and deliverables. With IT portfolio management, project planning is viewed as a fundamentally top-down initiative and external stakeholders are required to take part in the decision making process.

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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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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Analogous and Parametric Estimating

MPUG

Microsoft Project, in its various releases (i.e., Unfortunately, the large majority of project managers estimate tasks with durations and update tasks by entering %-complete as reported by team members. Units” when assigned by the project manager are called “Assignment Units.” When “Units” are calculated by Microsoft Project, the result are referred to as “Peak” units. Articles Estimating Microsoft ProjectOnline desktop, 2019, 2016, etc.),

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Project Management Strategies

LiquidPlanner

” As project managers, we’re driven by dates. Customers, senior managers and stakeholders all want to know how long it will take to complete a project. And as project management professionals, we’re also measured by our ability to predict the future and be right about our predictions—despite the many unknowns. To answer the “ how long ” question, we have to plan the project, define tasks and gather estimates from the team. Use a similar project’s estimates.

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.

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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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Business Acumen for Project Managers [Free Checklist]

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s also something mentioned in the standards for professional project management bodies. Apparently, business acumen is something that project managers should have. I believe that my success at working with senior stakeholders and on difficult projects is to do with business acumen. I’ve done inductions for a number of new project managers who couldn’t tell me how their new company (i.e. Investment decisions shape what projects the company does.

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Holiday PPM Checklist

Keyedin

If you find yourself exploring Project Portfolio Management software and would rather cozy up by the fire, here is a handy checklist to simplify the process. Project Managers: When it comes to project managers, often simple is best. Manage Multi-Currency Projects and Portfolios.

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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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Taking the Element of Chance out of Project Profitability: Five Factors to Watch

Keyedin

Project profitability can be won or lost at the execution level. Here are five critical control points that project managers should have front-of-mind when looking for ways to improve project delivery in professional services and, ultimately, their companies’ fiscal health. Up-to-the minute information is vital to spotting project resource or scheduling problems before they become problems—having access to reports only daily or weekly won’t cut it.

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How to Create a Project Budget: A Must-Read Guide for Agencies

Workamajig

Mastering the art of creating a project budget is a crucial skill for any agency. Learn how to create a project budget in our new article. So much of your success as an agency depends on getting the project budget right. Underestimate it and you risk not having enough money to accomplish the project goal. Overestimate it and you risk losing the project altogether. In this guide, we’ll cover project budgets in detail. Breaking Down the Project Budget.

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. . is a process of detecting risks related to the time allowances for activities in particular or a project in general, with the width of estimates range indicating a respective level of risk.

Taking the Element of Chance out of Project Profitability: Five Factors to Watch

Keyedin

Project profitability can be won or lost at the execution level. Here are five critical control points that project managers should have front-of-mind when looking for ways to improve on project delivery and, ultimately, their companies’ fiscal health. The more details that project managers can efficiently marshall—task status, staff time allocated vs spent, line-by-line projected and actual costs—the more empowered they are to deliver to the bottom line.

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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. Software Project Risk Management Plan Example. This project team follows the principle of one tool.

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15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business

Keyedin

Learn how improved visibility and control over your projects and resources can help improve business efficiency and effectiveness. If your business delivers products or services, as your business grows your will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools.