Managing Costs on Your Project

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.

What is a Project Plan?

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.

Be sure to download our free Project Management Plan or other Project Planning Templates.

How to Manage Scope Creep

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.

Oh, No! You Gave Me What I Asked For!!

We’ve all experienced this situation at one time or another, either as a project manager or as a customer. A project is started, much work is performed, an exceptional product is delivered – but it just wasn’t what the customer was expecting. Requirements management is a critical component of project management. It starts with understanding the customers’ initial requirements, and possibly even refining the requirements as a part of the project, but most critical of all it is managing the requirements throughout the project lifecycle. Read this article for some common requirements management experiences and tips on how to manage requirements on your project.

Five Pitfalls of Project Planning

Project planning is critical to the success of all projects. However, many project managers struggle with it every day. In this article we discuss some of the pitfalls of project planning and how to avoid them.

Five Tips for Effective Project Management

Project planning is critical to the success of all projects. However, many project managers struggle with it every day. In this article we discuss some of the pitfalls of project planning and how to avoid them.

Top 6 Tips for Passing Your PMP Exam

Test taking can seem overwhelming at times. Especially something as important as PMI’s PMP exam. Our quick six tips for passing your PMP exam is based on experience from both PMP exam instructors and PMP’s who have scored well with the exam. Although everyone has their own unique study habits, you’re sure to find some of our tips helpful to you. These same tips not only apply to taking the PMP exam, they easily apply to all other exams you have to take during your professional career.

Read through our tips and apply some, or all, of our tips to your study routine. With a bit of organized studying you’ll find that taking the PMP exam isn’t too difficult. Before long you’ll have your PMP Certification. We all wish you good luck on your exam!

Roadmaps – Don’t Leave Project Home without Them

In the mass of trees that is your project schedule, it’s way too easy to lose sight of the forest and veer off course while staring at the schedule. What’s a project manager to do?

Do a roadmap! Your project roadmap reminds you of what the forest looks like. When you tend to veer off course, your roadmap is your guidepost. Roadmaps are increasingly used in project management and program management. They are an incredible tool for informing your management and sponsors.

Top 7 PMBOK® Templates

This week we’ve decided to share what we consider our top seven project management templates and the reasons why we consider them as such. These are what we consider the core documents required for project management. Of course we start with the Project Charter – as there is no project without an actual signed Project Charter. Then we selected the Project Management Plan as it’s the core document for managing the project. After that we selected four templates which we feel are important parts of the project plan. Finally, we included the Lessons Learned template because it is often overlooked but is important to improving the success of future projects.