Archive for the ‘Project tools’ Category

Effective Project Status Meetings

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One of the duties of a project manager is to find out from team members where they are at on their project tasks. This can be done in a lot of different ways including automated or email-based solutions. I have found that these type of solutions generally do not work very well because team members are people and progress is not just a matter of percent complete…

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Project Risk or Issue?

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Uh-oh. This is a show-stopper. We can’t complete the project on time because the part that we need won’t be available for another 3 months! What will we do?

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When Things do not go as Planned (in MS Project)

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“A plan never survives contact with the enemy.” If you are using Microsoft Project and things do not go as planned, your project has “issues”. :) You can track these issues as tasks in the project schedule. How do you do this in MS Project?

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Work Breakdown Structures are Useful If Done Right

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A work breakdown structure (WBS) is often done incorrectly and even the PMBOK has a bad example of it. This is how to make it useful and do it correctly.

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