Does your current status report measure up to Best Practices standards? This article lets you size up yours by outlining what project management experts consider essential in creating the most effective project status report. You’ll also learn how you can get a FREE customizable project status report template designed to meet those standards, courtesy of Project Management Docs.
It’s happened to nearly every project manager sometime in their career. They’re given the requirement to provide detailed performance reporting on a project and end up spending most of their time entering hours worked into work packages in Microsoft Project and estimating percent complete on these packages – on a daily basis. Whether the requirement for that level of reporting was real or perceived, the project manager finds that he’s unable to manage the day to day activities of his project because he’s too busy trying to measure the project’s performance.
Don’t let distractions control your meetings. As enjoyable as some distractions may seem, they result in an unfocused and off-topic meeting which results in not accomplishing its goals. By having a structured and professional approach to conducting your meetings you’ll get more accomplished by keeping the meeting focused and on-topic. And – the participants just may end up enjoying your meeting without the distractions.
As project management has grown as a profession over the years, we’ve seen that projects may vary widely in scope, cost, and timelines. While there is great variety in these areas, projects also share a similarity in many other areas. One area in which all projects share similarity is the area of stakeholders and stakeholder management. What is a stakeholder? Who is a stakeholder? How do we identify and manage stakeholders? The answers to these questions are an important part of successfully managing any project regardless of its complexity.
The last thing a Project Manager wants to risk is his career. When an unexpected risk surfaces in a project his career may be at stake. By conducting a risk assessment meeting the Project Manager will be able to identify the greatest number of risks for a Project. The key to a successful risk assessment meeting is to be sure that the Risk Assessment Meeting includes Key Project Team Members and Key Stakeholders. Additionally the Project Manager Should Conduct Expert Interviews and Review Historical Project Information.
Cost management is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of project management. As project managers we are well practiced at acquiring resources, assigning work, tracking progress and completing projects. But since there’s a cost associated with nearly everything our job becomes much more complex and difficult. We need to be sure the cost of the project is estimated accurately at the beginning, budgets are assigned for various parts of the project and we have the tools to control costs throughout the life-cycle of the project.
The one question I’m most frequently asked is what is a project plan? While there is no one single correct answer to the question, most can agree that in a nutshell it’s a document which provides the framework for how a project will be managed. But the bigger question is what should be included in it and to what level of detail. In today’s blog I discuss the answer to the question of what is a project plan. Whether you’re newly PMP certified, new to project management or an old hat, I’m sure you’ll gain some insight with today’s blog.
Managing Scope Creep is difficult at first; however, if you practice it daily it will become second nature. Not only does it become a part of your personality, you also gain the reputation as a project manager who doesn’t allow unmanaged scope creep which further diminishes attempts at unnecessary scope creep. Practice it daily and soon you’ll be able to manage scope creep and chew gum at the same time.