Adding Value Beyond the Traditional Measurement Approach

The Earned Value Approach In my last post I discussed the traditional way of measuring progress on a project. This approach involved having a PM compare the “actuals” the team members expended on tasks versus what the task was “budgeted”

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The Hidden Indicators of a Failing Project

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Measuring Performance – The Traditional Approach

The Traditional Approach For the longest time teams were provided a yearly budget based on the scope of anticipated work and the quantity of people available to work on projects. In my early days as a project engineer, I was

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Are We Performing Yet?!

Some projects never really seem to get off the ground correctly and the teams working the project stay in a constant state of “storming”. Have you ever been on a team that had issues with communications, project deliveries, product quality,

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“Radar Contact Established, Climb and Maintain….”

The most wonderful words to a pilot who has lifted off a runway into instrument meteorological conditions are “radar contact established”. The words confirm that someone at air traffic control is tracking you, guiding you, and helping you reach your

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CAMs – Who needs them?

One of the arguments I hear almost daily it seems, is that project management is an expensive proposition. I mean to say that with technical teams at least, there seems to be a perception that the tech leads have it

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Project Schedule Creation – Part 4

This is the last installment of the series on scheduling without using software. At the end of this post if you read parts 1 through 3, you pretty much know the logic that goes into the scheduling process. In the

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A personal project bucket list

We’ve all been asked at one point or another in our careers, what’s your perfect job? Or, when you grow up what do you envision as the one thing you’d like to be, or do? I’ve been blessed to have

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Project Schedule Creation – Part 3

In my last article I discussed ADM – PDM, and Constraints. In this post I’ll continue with relationships, and network creation. Scheduling Relationships There are four logical relationships used when planning tasks on a project schedule. These relationships are: Finish

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Your next Project Manager might have been be a scout

Your next Project Manager might have been be a scout. Really!? I’ve heard this phrase said on more than one occasion by a few people in middle and executive management circles. “Scouting is the best corporate training youth leadership program

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