The project manager is the one in charge. #1, Top Dog, the Go-To guy, Project Guru, the Head Honcho, and…of course…the one with the target on his head. No matter what, though, if you are working in the role of a remote project manager, you probably feel like you need to go that extra mile to prove to those on-site individuals that you are fully on top of your game and as in control as is possible. Afterall, these projects can go crazy and chaotic on a moment’s notice...
Good leaders, effective leaders, understand and realize they need to be great communicators. In addition, they understand that the art of two-way communication is imperative in order to be effective. Not only does an efficient leader need to be good at speaking, they also have to be good at listening to feedback, ideas, opinions and constructive criticism, responding accordingly to meet the desired outcome...
In this first installment of this three part series on maximizing project profits, I'd like to consider the overall project manager task of budget management. Let's look at the practice of budget management and how the project manager can skillfully stay on top of the budget forecast and actuals to help ensure that the project budget stays on track.
Just as scope needs to be managed closely to ensure that unplanned work is not hitting the budget and just as resources need to be closely guarded and managed to ensure that they are focused on the important tasks, it is also necessary to continually stay on top of the project budget. All three of these concepts are intertwined, but the best way to ensure that none of these three items are killing the project financially is to be monitoring the project budget on a continual basis. Let’s consider these three steps to effectively and efficiently keep the project on track through proper budget management:...
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How Much QA is Enough QA?
How much quality assurance is enough quality assurance for your project? Not all projects are created equal so I feel it definitely depends on several factors that I present here...
Your customers matter. And getting projects off to the right start matters greatly. But in the big project management scheme of things, many tasks are fairly standard from project to project…some variance, but the general idea is pretty much the same. What I’m going to outline here is five important considerations – and basically steps – to follow to get your project started off on the right foot from the beginning. Do these as carefully and detailed as you can – taking budget and time into consideration, of course – and you likely won’t find yourself a month into the project sorting things out with the customer, team and other stakeholders trying to get them all on the same page and your derailed project back on track...
Delivering successful projects enables organizations to reach their strategic objectives quickly with enhanced long-term commercial results. Connecting projects to organizational strategy can improve projects in several areas including preparation of business cases, request management, planning and resource allocation, risk management, budget control, and collaboration. This post introduces some tools and frameworks – PESTEL and SWOT/TOWS – to help you perform an evaluation of your organization’s current strategic position...
5 project best practices that you aren't necessarily thinking about - plus a bonus one at the end.
Improve your productivity by resting more and doing less. This article reviews productivity challenges, the habits of famously productive individuals, and practical improvements to your daily routine...
In the first installment of this "project management app of the month" series, I'd like to share one of my favorites: BrightWork. BrightWork is a project management solution with best-practice templates and portfolio management dashboards on SharePoint.
The BrightWork solution is built around a framework that helps organizations implement collaborative project management. What I really like about BrightWork is that their “Start, Evolve” approach to project management makes it easy for organizations to get started quickly with project management, delivering immediate visibility and control, with the flexibility to mature their project management practices as the needs of a project or team change.
The solution includes a range of best-practice templates designed to deliver project, portfolio and work management.
Start a free 30-day trial now and see how BrightWork will help you:
1. Track portfolios with reporting dashboards
With BrightWork, you will get the visibility into project statuses, resource allocation and new project requests to successfully manage portfolios of projects.
2. Manage successful projects with intuitive project management templates
The range of templates in BrightWork lets you get a project up and running very quickly with the tools to track, manage and deliver better projects.
3. Collaborate efficiently with your team and deliver results
BrightWork project sites bring all project information together in one place and provide a simple work management system to manage tasks and track work.
4. Improve your project management practices
With the BrightWork template management system, it is easy to capture, reuse and deploy new processes to support the continuous improvement of organizational project management.
With BrightWork, you get a flexible project management solution on SharePoint made exclusively to improve project visibility, collaboration and success.
I highly encourage you to start a free 30-day trial of BrightWork, where you can try out all of the project management templates and portfolio dashboards with up to 5 team members.