What is the Project Life Cycle and How to Use It Better?

Workamajig

The project life cycle describes the stages a project goes through as it progresses from start to finish. A well-defined life cycle brings order and structure to the project. That projects should be broken down into separate stages is accepted wisdom.

Everything You Need To Know About the 4 Phases of a Project Life Cycle

Teamweek

When a project begins, the amount of planning, preparation, and work required to complete it can be overwhelming. A break in the chain can compromise the entire project. What is a Project Life Cycle? The cycle concludes with the project completion.

Four Steps to Breathe Life Back into a Dying Project

Clarizen

While it is obviously a last resort, there are times when it’s necessary to gracefully kill a project vs. allow it to continue its terrifying one way journey towards oblivion. Once project managers know what they’re up against, the next to step is to analyze the data and identify root causes.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Improving Your Resource Management

The IIL Blog

Project Managers and their teams carry out planned projects on a daily basis, such as the development of new applications. Project Resource Management is a process designed to use human and tangible assets, materials, and equipment efficiently and effectively.

25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

Arras People

“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. Personally my take on this is, PRINCE2 has been considered the defacto standard accreditation in project management for a while now.

Project Communication Plan Template [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s a project communication plan template, but it focuses on the summary milestones to hit during the project life cycle. It’s not pages and pages of your approach to a project communications strategy. Project newsletters.

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Project Integration Management – A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Managing a project can be complicated, especially when different departments have to work together. As each department works on a project, each one likely uses a methodology that they’re most comfortable with to provide them with the results they want. Project Charter.

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

The Project Plan Checklist Have you left anything out of your project plan? Check out this project plan checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. I like to keep my project plans as simple as possible.

12 Key Project Management Principles & How to Use Them

ProjectManager.com

The phrase “project management” is a simple description of a complex activity. Before you can even plan the project, you must get it approved by stakeholders and sponsors. We haven’t even mentioned the tools you’ll use to manage all the project variables.

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Project Initiation: How to Start Your Project Off Right

ProjectManager.com

Great projects often start with great hopes and expectations. But if a project isn’t initiated correctly, then those hopes and expectations aren’t anchored in a solid foundation, and your project can drift off course and head for disaster. What Is Project Initiation?

How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

If this is true, why is it that some project managers put so little time in developing a project management plan? One of the reasons is that project managers may not know what to include. Every project is different. Project Baselines.

Introducing the PRINCE2 Principles

Project Health Check

PRINCE2 is a popular UK Project Management methodology, that continues to gain traction in other locations around the world. As such, is provides as alternative to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) A Guide to a Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and it's Project Management Professional Qualification (PMP). Then there is the PRINCE2 "Processes", equivalent to the PMBOK "Process Groups" - essentially the flow of phases throughout the Project Life cycle.

Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation

ProjectManager.com

Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you practical steps you can take to innovate by using co-creation and project management techniques. In Review – Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation. Best Practices for Project Management.

8 Aspects That Will Make You the Best Entry-level Project Manager

PM Basics

You look at the requirements of an entry-level Project Manager , and it is frustrating! Is it that difficult to become a Project Manager? They don’t know how to state what an entry-level Project Manager should know. Can You Grasp Project Management?

Business Leadership for IT Projects [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Before I’d got far reading Gary Lloyd’s Business Leadership for IT Projects I realised he was offering a critical assessment on the Standish report on project failure – thankfully. So: business team managers, project and product owners and sponsors.

The Causes of Conflict On Project Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Projects can be a hotbed of conflict. From the difficult stakeholder who wants to undermine the project’s success to a disagreement about a feature of a deliverable, project work lends itself to workplace conflict situations. The sponsor and the project manager.

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is one of the biggest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms available and offers many project management (PM) courses. Introductory project management courses. Introduction to Project Management - a self-paced course that teaches practical ways to use project management skills, whether your project is large or small. Intermediate project management courses.

Software Development Life Cycle and Project Management

PM Basics

Software Development Life Cycle is on every job description for a Project Manager. But there is a real problem here: With so many different frameworks and project management approaches, life cycles are so confusing. Why Do You Need a Project Life Cycle?

How to Exploit Junior Project Manager Interview Questions

PM Basics

Junior Project Manager interview questions are tricky in many senses. From one side, you need to show an understanding of Project Management. I interviewed junior project managers more than any other PMs. Today, I want to share what an interviewing project manager wants to hear.

7 Best Productivity Apps For Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

Here are 7 of the best productivity apps for project managers. The students aren’t project managers but they do have to manage projects, and later in their careers they’ll be handling big budget projects so the need tools that will grow with them and yet be simple to use.

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Project Management Life Cycle

ActiveCollab

No matter what methodology you use, it should include all the stages of an average project life cycle. The project life cycle defines the beginning and the end of a project, including the work that should be done in each phase and the people who should be involved in it.

How to Collect Stakeholder Requirements (Real-life Example)

PM Basics

It’s always interesting to compare how other PMs manage projects , isn’t it? So, let’s see how we collected stakeholder requirements on a real project. It’s a software project. Rather big for a fast-paced project life cycles that we have. It’s a big project.

12 Innovative Examples of Project Management Software

MavenLink

Project management software (PMS) helps companies more effectively manage both day-to-day and long-term projects by providing crucial insights into the lifecycle of tasks and availability of resources. Finding the Right Project Management Software for You.

Step 3: Project Management Best Practices

The Tao of Project Management

Deploying Project Management Best Practices Having established where the organisation currently is on the capability maturity model and planned how to get to the next level in steps 1 and 2 we can now start to roll out the best practices. Before starting any of this I believe it is absolutely essential to involve all the organization’s project managers in the process (after all they are all key stakeholders).

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Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Agile Project Management is common for Software Development and Telecommunication industries. There is no standardized agile project management approach. However, I would like to share my framework that described a possible application of Agile Project Management. MS Project.

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What Project Managers say About Significance of Kanban Boards?

Taskque

What is its significance in life of a project management professional? In this article, you will get all the answers in the light of project management professionals’ experiences and recommendations. Kanban is actually one of the project management methodologies. Kanban !

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Project Management Basics That Will Make You a Better PM

PM Basics

Understanding project management basics is crucial for project success. These basics provide the framework for the correct approach to project management. So, what makes management of projects different from other types of management? Many organizations do projects.

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What is Project Management?

The IIL Blog

Both were the outcomes of projects. In short, the design and construction of the Panama Canal, and the design and manufacture of the Boeing 787 were projects. That’s called Project Management. “ Projects have been around for thousands of years. That’s a project.

Step 4: Program Management Best Practices

The Tao of Project Management

Last week we looked at deploying project management best practices, this week we look at a very similar process for deploying program management best practices: Deploying Program Management Best Practices Once again it is essential to fully involve all the organization’s project and program managers in the process. Once again the process starts with defining, documenting, agreeing and implementing a standard program life cycle.

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Step 2: Improving Your Capability Maturity

The Tao of Project Management

For example if you decide you are currently at project management level 2: repeatable (you will have documented project management methodologies and a standard project life cycle in place; and you will be involving your project managers in the definition and agreement of these standards). Obtain management support and authorisation to enforce compliance with the standards and monitor this through the project office.

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Waterfall project management- A tutorial

Binfire

Waterfall project management method was published by Winston W. Waterfall is sometimes also referred to as traditional project management method, but in this paper we will use Waterfall exclusively. Waterfall was first employed in the software and IT projects.

What are Deliverables in a Project? | Project Deliverables Template

Techno-PM

Project Management Deliverables Deliverables is a very common term used in project management. A project may have multiple deliverables to be accomplished during the course of the project life-cycle. Project Management Templates

Difference in Software Development Project Management and Project Management

PM Basics

I firmly believe that project management approach should be universal. It should fit in with software development project. Read this article to ensure you address the most significant problems of software development project management. Pin it to your project management board.

Your Basic Guide to IT Project Governance Framework

Project-Management.pm

Projects have since been a lifeline of an organization; everything is a project these days and these help companies keep up with the ever-growing changes happening around the market. However, a project just doesn’t function on its own. The process won’t even work unless there is manpower involved, as well as methodologies and standards implemented for projects to be delivered successfully. This is one of the purposes of project governance.

Project’s Hierarchy of Needs

Binfire

Project’s hierarchy of needs defines what is needed to happen for teams to achieve success in their projects. . Project’s theory of needs is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. It is common knowledge that most projects finish late or fail altogether.

25 mistakes project managers make

Binfire

The secret to success as a project manager or any other profession is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat common mistakes project managers make; even the experienced ones. Project manager’s role is complicated. 25 Common mistakes project managers make.

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What We Can Do About It (4)

The Tao of Project Management

Step one was to consider the skills of the project manager, s tep two was to consider the needs of the organisation, and step three wa s to consider the projects and make sure they are business critical. But we can't just stop there, for even if a project is business critical it can still go wrong or cease to be business critical. Ideally this would be at the end of each project stage. Red is critical and urgent: the problem must be addressed or the project will fail.

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The Road to Effective Project Management Governance

Project-Management.pm

What really is project management governance? With countless articles and books in the business spectrum conveying such practice, project management governance is in the sense, subjective. There’s no correct description of it and it’s safe to say that individuals or groups who employ and encounter project management governance have developed their own understanding of it. To be more precise, project management governance. Project Management Governance.

Job Openings

Stepping Into Project Management

So, here are a few: Project Manager (United Health Group)- Hyderabad (India) Project Manager – Job No. Hello there! How have you been? I thought I should let you know on some of the openings in the job world happening right now. I have never done it before, posting it on the blog.however, I thought since I get them a lot, why not put it up for you. If this help you find a job you love, that makes it all worthwhile.

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Document management – enterprise work collaboration software

Clarizen

Keeping documents organized and up-to-date is a challenge when many individuals are participating in a project together and all touching the same documents. Failure to save an updated file, accidental deletion and simple misplacement are regular occurrences in the life of a project. Besides having inaccurate or outdated files there is also the trouble of email inboxes overflowing with Excel sheets, expense reports and any other number of project documentation.

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Gantt Chart is the right tool for tracking all projects even Agile

Binfire

There are many project management methodologies in use today. All have different ways of managing projects and each fit certain projects based on size or complexity. They use different tools and methods to plan a project and track it during project life cycle.

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Project Review

The Tao of Project Management

So step one was to consider if the project manager has the necessary skills to manage projects. Step three was to make sure that only projects that are critical to the business take place and that the projects that do take place are measured on the actual benefits they deliver to the business at the end of the project. This way projects that are going wrong or getting into difficulties get fixed or stopped before they can have a serious impact on the business.

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The 11 Best Project Management Certifications to Consider in 2019

Teamweek

A certificate in project management is a great way to sharpen your skills and bring valuable credentials to your employer, while also increasing your own earning power in the process. The project management industry is growing rapidly, with many opportunities for advancement.

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