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Vendor Management

Vendor Management

Managing projects were vendors are playing a significant role can offer its challenges. When vendors are depended on to provide a design, infrastructure or software installation and configurations you will always have a risk you cannot completely control. As you would expect, some vendors are better than others. You have vendors that are well organized,…

Project Schedule Development

Project Schedule Development

Schedule Development Tips… Keep project schedules simple Tasks names to be based on deliverables Tasks names to be descriptive nouns and begin with verbs Do not put check lists into schedule. Use note feature for including details Require project schedules to follow principles of “Dynamic Schedules” All individual tasks have dependencies (predecessors and successors) Chose…

Planning Your Project Kick-off Meeting

Planning Your Project Kick-off Meeting

The Project Meeting Kick-Off: Preparing for your project kick-off meeting can help set your project on the right track. Being organized, establishing roles and responsibilities and laying out the project objectives will go a long way in positioning your project for success. Here are a few tips for planning your project kick-off meeting: Prepare and send…

Project Risk Management

Project Risk Management

  Planning Responses: Strategies for managing negative risk or threats are: Avoidance – involves changing the project management plan Transfer -Transfer the risk effects “to a third party” Mitigation – Implies a reduction of probability and/or impact of an adverse risk event to an “acceptable” threshold Acceptance – Do nothing Contingent response strategy tries to…

Managing Your Issues

Managing Your Issues

  A few tips for managing your issues… Maintaining an Issue Log: Assign owners to issues who can resolve the problem. Establish issue priority – Low, Medium, High. Who should work on what issue first? Track issue reported date and estimate target date for resolution. Communicate status to sponsor and key stakeholders in a timely…

Working with Your Project Sponsor

Working with Your Project Sponsor

Your Ally: The Project Sponsor Managing your relationship with your project sponsor is key to your success with managing your project. A strong, active sponsor can make a positive difference for the program or project. A project sponsor who may be funding the effort can be the “big stick” when you need someone with authority…

Building Effective Project Teams

Building Effective Project Teams

Working with people will be a challenge that requires careful planning. As a Program or Project Manager your “people” skills will be tested to build an effective project team willing to work together to achieve one goal – project success. Project team members will have their egos and character quirks. You will need to be…

Effective Project Team Leadership

Effective Project Team Leadership

Be an Effective Project Team Leader During a recent project I really appreciated the importance of being an effective leader to guide a project team. The project that I recently took over was a mess. It did not have a plan and there was a lack of an effective leader on the project team. You could sense the team…

Taking Over A Troubled Project Part 2

Taking Over A Troubled Project Part 2

Progress continues to be made to right a troubled project I recently took over. A project schedule has been established and the team is better organized as a result.  In addition we restructured our project management approach by: Establishing daily “War Rooms”. These are extended daily meetings for our technical teams to troubleshoot stubborn issues/defects….

Taking Over A Troubled Project

Taking Over A Troubled Project

A few weeks ago I was asked to take over a project from another project manager. The project was troubled and the key stakeholders were incredibly frustrated. There was no solid plan in place. The execution activities were initiated and there are problems with the product that has frustrations boiling over. I knew the first…

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