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.

Tips for Effective Project Meetings

How come some meetings seem so productive while others seem to be a waste of time? By employing a few helpful tips you can ensure that your meetings are productive and everyone feels like it accomplished what it needed to.

As a Project Manager you’re chairing many meetings. Whether it’s with your project team, management or a working group you want to be sure your meeting accomplishes what it needs. While you’re probably already doing some of the the tips listed in this article, you might find a few helpful tips to improve your meetings.

What do Successful Project Managers Have in Common?

Whether you’re working on your PMP certification, or have been a project manager for many years, it’s helpful to know what successful project managers have in common. Not only do we want to know what makes us successful but also to identify areas where we can improve as project management likes continual improvement. After you read our article be sure to browse many of our free templates – they’re a great starting point for many of your project documents.