Category: "Project Planning"

The Simple Things of Project Communications

Announcements, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Good communications can make a project a great success and bad communications a project disaster. Despite the wide range of technology to manage and control project communications, such as shareware, document… more »

Risk and Uncertainty-Are They The Same Thing?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Britain’s Royal Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, has selected 12 key issues, which they believe will shape science in the 21st century and might gives us some idea of what we can expect… more »

There’s Nothing New Under the PM Sun

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous English Franciscan friar and philosopher Roger Bacon (c. 1214-1294) must have worked in project management. In a well known quotation of his, he stated a critical factor that is relevant to managing a… more »

Cognitive Biases in Project Decision Making

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Planning, Project Scope Management, Project Estimating
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Cognitive biases are mental errors caused by our simplified information processing strategies. The human mind is limited in how much information it can process and in how much detail it can remember. In order to reduce… more »

4PM.com - Project Planning: The Highly Creative First Step

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: In project planning, the PM should lay the groundwork for controlling the scope, begin the process of controlling expectations and also build his/ her credibility with the sponsor. Achieving those… more »

4PM.com - Critical Path: Optimizing Your Project Schedules

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Everybody's heard of the critical path but too few project managers actually use it to shorten the duration of their projects and identify which problems they have to address and which they can safely… more »

4PM.com - Project Planning: A Creative and Highly Political Task

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Project managers must apply a different tool set when they plan a new project with executives. The thinking techniques are much more strategic, require big picture vision and include more than a little… more »

4PM.com - Custom Tailor the Plan for Your Boss or the Client

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Project managers build their credibility when they spend a lot of time listening during the planning process and then pick out the key achievements or business results that the sponsor wants. Then they… more »

Time and Complexity in Project Management

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, believed that we live in a universe of clocks and clouds. Clocks are predictable and unchanging, but clouds change all the time in a complex manner, with their existence… more »

Project Simplicity

Project Management, Time Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A famous cricketer once said: “Cricket is a simple game, if you play it simply”. Similarly, project management is simple, if you keep things simple. The most famous commentator on simplicity was probably the 14th… more »

The Scientific Method and Project Management

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, Project Reporting, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The scientific method is what keeps scientists busy and earns them a living. Using established principles and processes of discovery and demonstration, they observe nature and physical phenomena, formulate hypotheses… more »

Johnny Cash’s Piece-By-Piece Motor Car

Project Management, Time Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary This article uses the song 'One Piece at a Time' by Johnny Cash, where a car is built over 20 years using components from different years, as a metaphor for ensuring that changes in project parameters are… more »

The Role of Value Management When Choices Have to be Made

Value Management, PM Articles, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary: Decision-making when there are multiple choices can be extremely difficult and can lead to great frustration. There are two types of decision-makers: maximisers, who only want the best and satisficers, who… more »

Gathering Project Requirements

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: How you gather project requirements affects the amount of scope creep on the project and the odds of finishing on time and within budget. It also determines whether you have happy stakeholders. Read… more »

Why Do So Many Projects Fail?

Project Management, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Project failure is not always the fault of the Project Manager. Most of the lessons learnt analysis we do identify problems with the performance of executives and team members as well. The solution is… more »

The Hidden Costs and Dangers of the Shortcut

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Planning
Source: Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP - Founder of Cheetah Learning Summary: We live in a world where we are often pressured to take shortcuts to save time and cut costs as much as possible. However, if you’re not a skilled and experienced… more »

4PM.com - Project Planning - The Really Creative and Highly Political First Step

Project Management, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Project Planning The very traits and talents that earn people their promotion to Project Management often prove to be the barriers to effective project planning. Poorly done planning leads an otherwise talented… more »
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