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Five Important, but not Obvious, Project Manager Responsibilities

A project manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Understanding the key project manager duties are in relation to the functions of management framework will help you lead your projects to a successful outcome. Continue reading

Learn How to Convince Executives of the Value of Project Management

Project management is the value driver that helps organizations get the most out of their performances. Good project management discipline is the way to overcome shortcomings. Having good project management skills does not mean you have no problems. It does not mean that risks go away. The value of good project management is that you have standard processes in place to deal with all contingencies. Continue reading

Use These Five Easy Steps to Create a Communication Plan

If you’ve ever been told you’re going to need a communications plan to do change management, but you don’t really know what that means or where to get started, you’re not alone. Project communications plans follow the basic questions of who will receive information, what information needs to be communicated, how will information be disseminated and how often, and finally who on the project team will be responsible for delivering the information. Continue reading

Let’s Review the Benefits of Quality

Quality has to be in place in order to ensure that the final product is the highest quality possible. The process of quality includes all of the measures that are needed to verify and control the quality of the product or service that is being offered to the customer. Continue reading

Address Performance Problems with an Early First Meeting

No one should go to a performance review meeting without already knowing about their performance. Managers are responsible for telling employees the company performance standard. They should also be providing regular coaching and feedback to employees regarding their performance. So, the meeting shouldn’t be a surprise. Continue reading

Practice These Nine Ways to Manage Your Projects (Part 2 of 2)

Every project takes place in its own specific context - a project may be stand-alone, part of a greater body of work, or it could be one in a series of projects. It may bring together as a project team a group of people who have never worked together before or give responsibilities and roles to people who are new to them. All of these factors need to be identified and considered in order for a project to be completed successfully. Continue reading

Practice These Nine Ways to Manage Your Projects (Part 1 of 2)

Managing Projects gives you the foundation, techniques and tools to manage each stage of the project life cycle, work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals tied directly to stakeholder needs, get the most from your project management team, and utilize state-of-the-art project management tools to get the work done on time and within budget. Continue reading

Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Gate Review

Gate Reviews are conducted to ensure that projects, as they move through their life cycles, are fully complying with relevant project management requirements. Most importantly, Stage Gate Reviews determine that the project is ready to advance to the next Phase. Continue reading

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