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Franchise Project Management

Here’s a different look at project management–through the lens of running your own business franchise. If you’ve had your eye on the option of starting a business by franchising, you’ll want to review the following insightful project management issues that will present many opportunities–but not without challenges!

Franchise Project Management

Here’s a different look at project management–through the lens of running your own business franchise. If you’ve had your eye on the option of starting a business by franchising, you’ll want to review the following insightful project management issues that will present many opportunities–but not without challenges!

Requirements Management for Big Data Projects

Given the grim statistics for big data projects, it’s clear that something must change in the way we manage requirements. But before we can fix it, we need to understand why it’s happening.

Requirements Management for Big Data Projects

Given the grim statistics for big data projects, it’s clear that something must change in the way we manage requirements. But before we can fix it, we need to understand why it’s happening.

A Theoretical Approach to Traditional Project Metrics-Bridging the Gap Between Earned Value and Critical Path Project Management

Since work completed from tasks not on the critical path does not affect the completion date of a project, it is important to differentiate tasks that are “critical” from those that are not in order to better monitor and control them. The project performance metric, critical path task index (CPTI), offers a more holistic view in terms of schedule performance for tasks directly related to schedule completion.

A Theoretical Approach to Traditional Project Metrics-Bridging the Gap Between Earned Value and Critical Path Project Management

Since work completed from tasks not on the critical path does not affect the completion date of a project, it is important to differentiate tasks that are “critical” from those that are not in order to better monitor and control them. The project performance metric, critical path task index (CPTI), offers a more holistic view in terms of schedule performance for tasks directly related to schedule completion.

State of Requirements Management

Results from a survey offer business analysts, project managers, developers and other project stakeholders information to help transform the way they produce and manage software requirements.

State of Requirements Management

Results from a survey offer business analysts, project managers, developers and other project stakeholders information to help transform the way they produce and manage software requirements.

Project and Change Management: Yin and Yang?

The terms “project management” and “change management” are often used interchangeably. But at best, the core functions and skills merely serve to complement one another. Failing to recognize the differences (and when one and not the other is needed) is a risk—not only for a project, but also for the organization.

A Fresh Take: A New Generation Is Remaking Project Management

The current crop of up-and-comers forced to contend with the most brutal economic environment in recent history.
But many young project managers have geared up to face this brand-new world. In a chaotic climate full of new demands, they’re arming themselves with an upgraded skill set, willing to tackle an array of multifaceted roles.

A Fresh Take: A New Generation Is Remaking Project Management

The current crop of up-and-comers forced to contend with the most brutal economic environment in recent history.
But many young project managers have geared up to face this brand-new world. In a chaotic climate full of new demands, they’re arming themselves with an upgraded skill set, willing to tackle an array of multifaceted roles.

Project Scope Management and the Dynamics of Change

Change is inevitable, and the only thing that is certain is change. While we can all agree to this, it is imperative that all project managers understand the impact of scope changes to projects that are in the pipeline or the execution phase.

Project Management: Not Just for Big Corporations

More and more large organizations are adopting project management these days. So, are small and medium businesses being left behind? Is project management simply not relevant to these organizations? The author has worked predominantly for small- and medium-sized organizations throughout her career, and most of the projects she has managed have been rather small. From her experience, she says that smaller organizations can certainly benefit from project management.

Project Management Process Overview

This presentation lists the processes completed during the lifecycle of a project and what you need to know to get things done within your budget and on time.

Is there an Entrepreneurial Dimension to Project Management?

The emphasis across business and industry on innovation, organizational agility, and customer-centric business models has increased the demand for project managers with entrepreneurial skills. The authors provide a self-assessment that can serve as an indicator of where you are on a project manager–entrepreneur continuum and help determine the kind of education or experience required to advance your professional aspirations.

Impact of Quality in Project Management

Many projects are unsuccessful and fail to get completed within budget and timelines. One of the underlying causes for their failure can be attributed to unaligned and weak processes that result from a combination of problems such as feeble project management, poor cost estimation, poor planning and scheduling, inadequate requirements management, and inappropriate contingency planning, as well as many others. To maximize a project’s performance and enhance the probability of its success, every organization needs to build a better project management process dedicated to meeting the customer’s most important needs.

Risk Management: Quit Harping and Start Affecting

Oftentimes, project managers are talking about risks and it seems that no one is listening. Learn to use the risk management process to affect the project in a positive way using these four guidelines.

On-the-Fly Scope Management

The speed of adoption with technology—specifically in the mobile and cloud environment—is so fast that it’s becoming more difficult to “freeze” the scope and ascertain what scope creep is and what a true change to scope is. This is a challenge the author has faced as a project manager with a cloud service provider…

Risk Management for Program Managers

Program management is a relatively young discipline within the project management profession. That means there are fewer tools and techniques to address the challenges of program risk. At the same time, the larger responsibilities of program managers mean greater disruption from risk events. Consider the following findings about the state of program management…

5 Predictions for the Project & Portfolio Management Industry

As we turn the corner on 2014, it’s time to start thinking about what next year will bring. The project and portfolio management industry has gone through many evolutionary phases, and here are a handful of predictions for what 2015 will offer.

Project Management in Your Hands

You can take it with you after all. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) like Palm Pilots, Handsprings and Pocket PCs have changed the way people manage their lives. Discover how they can also change the way you manage projects.

Process Management Application Rollout Plan

Improve your organization’s process management capabilities by implementing a toolset that stores your customized methodologies as reusable, improvable processes and converts them into detailed project plans. Here’s a Microsoft Project Plan for imple

Extreme Project Management

Extreme Project Management (XPM) is a methodology used to describe how to deliver projects on time and budget based on the scope. Is the theory behind this concept really new, or just another name for what many project managers already know? Either way, this article points out the true “extremes” of project management, highlights the theory behind XPM and provides some guidance on when to use the technique.

Extreme Project Management

Extreme Project Management (XPM) is a methodology used to describe how to deliver projects on time and budget based on the scope. Is the theory behind this concept really new, or just another name for what many project managers already know? Either way, this article points out the true “extremes” of project management, highlights the theory behind XPM and provides some guidance on when to use the technique.

Project Management in Emerging Economies

Globalization has had multiple effects on emerging economies. The per capita income has risen, and the underlying facets of project execution and delivery are subject to these changes in the economy. The emerging nations have provided relatively abundant low-cost, English-speaking labor that could deliver under tough constraints. In these circumstances, project management has been focused primarily on meeting the bottom line, as opposed to focusing on the other values and methodologies required for managing projects. However, the cost-driven outsourcing of earlier years has changed to value-driven outsourcing in more recent years.

Project Management in Emerging Economies

Globalization has had multiple effects on emerging economies. The per capita income has risen, and the underlying facets of project execution and delivery are subject to these changes in the economy. The emerging nations have provided relatively abundant low-cost, English-speaking labor that could deliver under tough constraints. In these circumstances, project management has been focused primarily on meeting the bottom line, as opposed to focusing on the other values and methodologies required for managing projects. However, the cost-driven outsourcing of earlier years has changed to value-driven outsourcing in more recent years.

PMOs and the Advancement of Project Management

What role, if any, do PMOs play in shaping the future of project management? PMOs must not only understand the trends that are occurring within project management as a whole, they must act as the shapers of those trends within their organizations.

In-Between or Neither-Nor? Challenges and Opportunities for Meso Management in Development Projects

International Development addresses a vast array of issues related to social and economic transformation. This article draws attention to the importance of the meso management level, which helps to bridge the gap between the macro level where strategies are defined and the micro levels where the interventions occur. To be effective it must face challenges related to project governance and management competencies.

Portfolio Management from the PM’s Perspective

Many organizations fail to recognize that they are driving significant change to a PM’s job–and even fewer do anything to try and make the transition a constructive one. Here, we look at portfolio management in terms of the impact on PMs–and offer some guidance on how to help ensure that those PMs are champions of the evolution rather than resistors.

Meeting Management: A Sniff Test for Project Success

Team meetings may provide insight into how the project will be managed. In many cases, the same strengths or weaknesses exhibited in conducting meetings will be pervasive throughout the project. Mastering meeting management can establish your reputation and produce results.

Partnership Management 101

In today’s complex business structures, maintaining relationships with partners is an important part of ulitmately serving your end users. Now it’s time to talk about PRM.

Stakeholder Management in SAP Implementation Projects

Stakeholder selection should be a collaborative effort between the client and the project team. In this paper, the author outlines a strategy for conducting stakeholder analysis, classifying stakeholders into broad categories. Action plans for gathering stakeholder requirements and devising a communication strategy provide a reference for project managers implementing SAP or other similar enterprise-wide applications.

Lessons in Change Management

A recent trip to South Africa had this writer pondering how the actions and teachings of Nelsen Mandela correlated to an eight-stage process for creating major change in project management.

Changing Your Management Mindset

If you’ve been promoted or hired to a leadership position, you need to shift your mindset to focus on the new requirements and outcomes you’re being held accountable for. In other words, you need to let go of many tasks that have made you successful thus far and focus on what your team can deliver. If you don’t, you won’t make the leap into your new position successfully.

Stage PCMAActivateChange Management

Huge online community of Project Managers offering over 12,000 how-to articles, templates, project plans, and checklists to help you do your job.

Enterprise Project Management

The definitions and the roles of the project management office (PMO) today are very diverse, and it is therefore important to examine and understand the evolving role of the PMO in a dynamic global business environment. The role of enterprise PMO is as important as any other corporate function, equivalent to other corporate functions such as strategic planning, finance, or audit. In addition, an organization can maximize the value of project management by standardizing the practices and consolidating the initiatives across the enterprise.

Project Management According to Napoleon, Part 6

In this sixth and final article in this series, we’ll discuss Napoleon’s thoughts on post-project evaluation, milestones, global and virtual teams, and the importance of using all available resources.

A Road to Innovation through Project Management

Project management is a very powerful tool that can be integrated with other tools to get results. In this article, the author links project management with Six Sigma to show how it can result in innovation.

IT Project Management: The Role of Lean

Scenario: A particular software development project is underway, but progress is slow, even with the required resources on board. Technical issues are compounded by changing requirements, and planning is complicated by development resources getting pulled into support work on existing products. Quality has been compromised. The problem described above is an example of what we view as a work process issue. This is in contrast to what we have called, in a companion paper (“IT Project Management: The Role of Governance”), a governance issue.

Earned Value Management Study: Is Your Organization Ready?

The goal of this article is to encourage project managers to participate in an academic survey to help determine if an organization is ready to apply earned value management to its projects. If you are interested in learning more about EVM–and providing input into an assessment tool to help determine if an organization is ready to apply earned value–please read on!

Profit = Project Management Partners with Finance to Use EVA

One of the best ways of selecting a project is by utilizing economic value added (EVA) methodology. This methodology is also considered a criterion of project acceptance. EVA requires effective collaboration between finance and project management, an alliance that not only enables the project management professionals to understand how the company’s finance works, but also allows them to assist business leaders in making better financial decisions.

7 Change Management Trends Project Managers Need to Be Aware Of

New perspectives on change management have significant implications for project managers. Identifying, understanding and aligning with them is the best way to meet stakeholder needs and enable project results delivery. Here are seven change management trends that will affect how project managers lead their projects.

Your First Job in Project Management

Many of us go through personal and organizational goal setting at this time of year. What if your goal list includes starting a new career in project management? What’s the first step? Here, you’ll learn about typical entry points to the profession and how you can succeed.

Patient Care – A Project Management Perspective

This article is an effort by the author to relate the application of project management principles to patient care when it is treated like a project. The article helps us understand the relevance and benefits of such an exercise, which can lead to enhanced quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Corporate Politics and Stakeholder Management Communication

Every project has its own share of organizational politics. As a project manager, you have to be aligned with organizational goals. Manage stakeholder expectations and relationships in an agile manner in order to stay on top of the game and make sure that your team performs at the highest possible level.

Project Management Maturity: A Framework Refresher

How mature is your organization, and how mature does it need to be? There are many ways to define maturity. Here is an overview of the major maturity models and how they might relate to the projects, programs and portfolios that you’re working with.

Resolving Conflict in Project Management

All conflicts—no matter how big or small—are harmful to projects. They all impact time, cost and our credibility. Let’s bring into focus the importance of managing conflicts to ensure that our projects succeed.

Change Management: The Paradigm Shift

The key contributor to project success will be the willingness of you and your organization to move the focus from the traditional three-legged stool to one that encompass both benefits realization and change management. This is a significant paradigm shift, but can pay huge dividends.

What Exactly is Agile Project Management?

The words “agile project management” are being used in the industry to describe a new approach to how project management is conducted. The industry and company leaders need to fully understand how project managers can be brought into the agile world to ensure cohesion between these two disciplines.

Freaky Project Management (Part 1)

Solving problems is an integral part of any PM’s job. But how do you solve those problems? The honest answer is, “Not as well as I’d like to.” And this is where being freaky comes in, as a way of improving our ability to solve project problems.

Succession Planning: Essential for Project and Career Management

People are never interchangeable parts. Yet most organizations engage in little contingency planning for the inevitable human downtime. In this article, the author gives an example of poor planning, raises a reminder to managers and gives some practical steps to mitigate the problem.

Primary Portfolio Management Processes

The previous article provided a high-level overview of a portfolio management framework. This article will provide an overview of primary portfolio management processes.

Integrated Team Approach in a Client-Supplier Project Environment: A Value Addition to Project Management?

How do we manage the team in the current project environment when there are many teams involved in one project delivery? In this article we explore a generic project environment in which there is a client (sponsor) project team and one or more supplier (vendor) project teams working toward a common project goal. Practitioners in two different project domains (construction industry projects [capital intensive projects] and IT service sector projects) were interviewed as part of a case study project, and practices are recommended to set up and maintain integrated project teams for a successful project delivery.

Project Management in Drug Discovery: Current Practices and Opportunities

The demand for drug discovery organizations to produce viable drug candidates is critical, as they try to progress pipelines in a pharmaceutical industry facing increased complexity and costs. A survey of drug discovery scientists was initiated. Respondents overwhelmingly point to project management practices as a valuable asset and offer several actionable suggestions.

Improving Business Agility Using the Six Sigma DMAIC Roadmap in a Data Quality Management Project

According to a Gartner report, companies lose, on average, US$8.2 million annually due to issues with their data, a number that can increase when dealing with regulatory compliance and public safety issues. To meet business objectives, improve business agility, speed the time to market, reduce operating costs, as well as demands of the CIO for accurate information and actionable business insight, organizations have come to understand that they need to invoke more systemic strategies to manage the quality of data across the enterprise.

Solving People Management Problems

One of the greatest barriers facing project managers is overcoming people issues. In this two-part series, we will look at two of them: the first centers on coping with new management. It’s a common scenario, but no matter how much advance warning you have, you’re never quite prepared for new management. Here are some helpful hints, and some mistakes to watch out for.

Solving People Management Problems

One of the greatest barriers facing project managers is overcoming people issues. In this two-part series, we will look at two of them: the first centers on coping with new management. It’s a common scenario, but no matter how much advance warning you have, you’re never quite prepared for new management. Here are some helpful hints, and some mistakes to watch out for.

The Product Management Leader

Product management leaders must create an environment in which their teams can succeed. That includes attention to organizational design, behavior modification, and relentless focus on the most important projects. Here are seven ideas for creating conditions that can unleash outstanding product and technical work.

Agile Change Management

While all project planning should account for the possibility of change, Agile projects live by it. They can also die by it if team members don’t embrace change as part of the process and work collaboratively to manage it.

Making Sense of Portfolio Management

By one measure, portfolio management is a specialized discipline best suited for organizations with high project management maturity. How do you know when it makes sense to add a portfolio management function or office to your organization?

Making Sense of Portfolio Management

By one measure, portfolio management is a specialized discipline best suited for organizations with high project management maturity. How do you know when it makes sense to add a portfolio management function or office to your organization?

Ten Change Management Tips for Information Technology Project Managers

The goal of this article is to offer practical strategies that will help you manage change effectively. The background and examples in this document have an IT bias, because the author took many ideas and examples from recent experiences managing change for 2 years in a $US20 million dollar database migration project. This project had it all-extended duration, large number of critical business intelligence applications in scope, two external vendors, and several other “critical” projects taking place in the same time frame. Change had to be managed or change would have devoured the project.

Managing the Program: The Importance of Lifecycle Management (Part 2)

The program manager must be involved in early planning in order to define lifecycle management for the program. Details of the initiative, the maturity and culture of the organization all come into play when researching how projects may be defined and cross-project dependencies identified.

Net Benefits Management: For Life

Benefits management is slowly becoming a more important part of project selection and execution, but there are still too many inconsistencies in how projected benefits are calculated. Here are two of the common ones.

IT Portfolio Management Goals & Benefits

The next few articles will highlight the goals and benefits of portfolio management, and outline a flexible portfolio management process framework. The framework allows organizations to develop their own processes and apply supportive tools and techniques as applicable.

Workmageddon: Project Management

Project management is the application of tools, know-how and skills needed to accomplish project activities, satisfy stakeholders and make a little money, too. These skills are particularly valuable to entrepreneurs in a wide variety of fields. What can entrepreneurs in the hip-hop business teach us about project management?

The Big Change Management Lie

The idea that people always resist change is a lie, and it is extremely damaging to organizations seeking to increase their organizational agility. The truth is that people only resist changes that they either do not understand or for which they do not interpret there to be benefits great enough to offset the costs of their participation.

The ‘3 Bears’ Theory of Project Management

How do you get PM just right? How do we find the balance in making project management work? What constitutes “enough” project management, and how do we make the call? What are we giving up when we compromise the approach we take, and at what cost?

Automotive Embedded Project Management and Product Development

Embedded products for automotive applications typically follow a very rigid development process. The details vary from Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM), however, the need for risk mitigation is the same. Development for vehicle systems can be quite costly. Additionally, mistakes can have a heavy impact on quality perception as well as legal ramifications.