8 Tips on Reducing Project Costs

Epicflow Blog

Reduction of project costs and at least avoiding significant cost overrun is one of the high priority tasks for a project manager. In addition, managing any project is accompanied by uncertainty that can add to cost overrun. Causes for Cost Overrun.

7 Tips on Reducing Project Costs

Epicflow Blog

Reduction of project costs and at least avoiding significant cost overrun is one of the high priority tasks for a project manager. In addition, managing any project is accompanied by uncertainty that can add to cost overrun. Causes for Cost Overrun.

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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.

14 Common Project Risks (+ more)

Girl'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. What’s a risk again?

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.

3 Ways to Improve Cost Estimates with Your Teams

Project Risk Coach

Do you ever feel like the Lone Ranger when working on cost estimates? Let's explore how to engage your team members and subject matter experts to improve your cost estimates. Jane asked the five participants to come prepared to brainstorm the project expenses.

What is the Management Reserve for Project Budgets?

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever run out of money for a project? Unforeseen risks knock at your door. You look at your budget, but you don't have the funds to respond to these risks. Let's explore management reserves for projects, who controls them, and how to estimate the reserves.

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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. Risk Management Plan Definition. Risk Register, WBS). Risk Management Plan Template.

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Let Me Show You How to Determine Project Budget Reserves

Project Risk Coach

After publishing my article entitled Evaluating Risks Using Qualitative Risk Analysis , I received questions on how to determine project budget reserves. Project Budget Reserves: Questions and Answers. Question #1 After evaluating risks qualitatively, do you set aside some dollars for a contingency reserve ? Contingency reserves are for “known risks” identified in risk management. Imagine a project budget with no reserves.

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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.

PM Formulas: Understanding the Math of Project Management

Online PM Courses

Project Management is a structured discipline. The post PM Formulas: Understanding the Math of Project Management appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. The basics are rigorous and logical. So, in this article, I round-up of all the PM formulas you need to know.

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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. Effective Risk Management 2 nd Edition , Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003.

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How to Keep Your Projects Financially Fit

Project Risk Coach

Keep Your Projects Financially Fit. How do projects fall below budget?” Let’s look for ways to monitor and control our cost more intentionally. 4 Ways to Control Cost and Keep Your Projects Financially Fit. According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), the Control Cost process “is the process of monitoring the status of the project to update the project costs and managing changes to the cost baseline.”

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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?

Epistemic Uncertainty Creates Reducible Risk

Herding Cats

Yesterday's Post What Is Risk? Risk is not there to be mitigated, it's there to be eliminated. Risk is the result of uncertainty, which comes in two kinds for all projects, for everything actually. Aleatory uncertainty, from the naturally occurring variances in the process and Epistemic uncertainty from the probabilistic event-based processes that impact the project. Epistemic uncertainty and the risk it creates can be reduced with handling processes.

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. Hammonds, Risk Analysis 14.5

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Using Project & Risk Management to Build Your Startup

Brad Egeland

The healthcare industry is laden with risks. While businesses regularly announce forecasts and projections, managers understand that the ability to manage existing and potential risks can mean the difference between success or failure. To survive in today’s volatile economy, your medical-based startup should have a risk management plan. Moreover, while pursuing new projects to grow your business, you should have a proper project management plan in place.

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Aspirant’s Definitive Guide to PMP® Exam Changes 2021

iZenBridge

It is an effort to equip project managers with today’s modern project environment. So, now the question is what modern project management is? Based on research by PMI, the following are some highlights to see how project management profession has progressed: 1.

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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. The emerging risks that can be identified early in the project that impact the project later are often termed “known unknowns.”

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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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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. High Level Risks.

7 Tips For Better Cost Control & Expense Control

ProjectManager.com

In order to understand cost control, you must first understand why it is used: monitoring expenses and identifying risks in order to increase profits. Not to be confused with cost management, cost control has its own set of objectives that can save businesses money.

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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PMP® Aspirant’s Definitive Guide to PMP Exam Changes 2019

iZenBridge

It is an effort to equip project managers with today’s modern project environment. So, now the question is what modern project management is? Based on research by PMI®, the following are some highlights to see how project management profession has progressed: 1. Project Manager as a Coach. Project Practitioner keeps observing the importance of empathy and care. A coach makes the team capable enough to deliver a successful project.

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Securing contingency reserves is the responsible thing to do!

Kiron Bondale

If you have ever taken a course in project management, you may have learned the differences between contingency and management reserves. A challenging task faced by many project managers is defending contingency reserve amounts their teams have estimated are required for their projects.

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Project Risk Management Tools (Ultimate Guide to Project Risk, Part 2)

Wrike

This is the second in a two-part series for our Ultimate Guide to Project Risk. Read Part 1 first: Assessing Risk then return here to continue. Once you’ve completed your risk assessment, you’re ready to create your risk management response plan (using appropriate risk management tools). Note that risk management isn’t something you check off your project to-do list; it’s an ongoing process. Step 2: Decide Which Risks to Manage.

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Management Plan?

Project Risk Coach

Have you left anything out of your project management plan? Check out this checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. As I define a project management plan, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity.

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What Is a Cost Baseline in Project Management? A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Most projects have stakeholders that expect a return on their investment. For that to happen, the project must meet its deadline and stay within budget. To create a project budget, you first need to create a cost baseline so you can compare planned spend to actual spend.

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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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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. Here’s a typical backlog showing a combination of features, change requests, bug fixes and a couple of risk reduction activities. Working as a developer at Data Sciences Ltd in the UK I wrote a program to manage our work tasks on a government project. My project manager saw it one day and two interesting things happened.

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6 Plan Templates to Get Your Project Started Right

ProjectManager.com

Planning a project involves a lot of coordination of time, tasks and costs. It can feel like an insurmountable job, but just remember that plenty of projects are planned and executed every single day. Project Timeline Template. Project Budget Template.

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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. 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.

Project Contingency: The Ultimate Guide

Girl'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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Cost Reimbursement Contract: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

For example, a fixed-price contract is only viable for the contractor when they are able to very accurately forecast how much the project will cost. If there are too many variables and unknowns, then setting an arbitrary cost for the work can be too high or too low.

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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). Risk Management (#RM). Project Performance Management.

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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.

Consistency: A better way to approach your project business in the ‘new normal’

The Lazy Project Manager

The Lazy Project Manager. I n the 2020’s can there be any remaining justification for using worksheets to build and store project cost calculations? And let’s not just think ‘internal’ projects here. Peter Taylor.

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How to Make a Cost Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

You know how it goes—you’re a few months out from a deadline, and your team isn’t anywhere close to finishing the project. Well, you’re not alone at least, as this situation happens to more than 45 percent of all large-scale IT projects. The answer is a cost management plan.

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We Asked, You Answered: Your Top Project Management Visibility Issues

LiquidPlanner

According to research, 70% of organizations have suffered at least one project failure in the prior 12 months. Over the years we’ve talked to many people who managed these projects to better understand their needs and what could have helped them succeed.

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Project Controls: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

If something bad is going to happen on a project, it’s likely related to time, cost or scope. Project managers are well aware of this and spend much of their time planning in order to avoid negative risk and its potential impact. What Are Project Controls?