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Getting to the Nuts & and Bolts

The Work Breakdown Structure. In my earlier posts I started to describe all the fundamental organization necessary to use an Earned Value method for performance measurement. I wanted to describe a way to measure how well a team performs using

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Pointers for Starting a Project Using EVM

Getting Started This is a continuation of the posts I’ve published earlier using Earned Value Management as an alternative to what I call the “traditional approach” to performance measurement. When starting a project using (EVM) there are several things that

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Beyond the “Traditional Approach to Performance”.

The Triple Constraint. One of the fundamental concepts of all project management is the idea of the triple constraint. Since basic project management revolves around this concept, and earn value relies on using the triple constraint I’ll describe it here.

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ISS Passes the Torch of Flame Studies | NASA

I can still remember a time when only two or three persons were in orbit above Earth. The current ISS expedition has nine astronauts/cosmonauts on the station plus a robot. ISS Passes the Torch of Flame Studies | NASA.

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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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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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“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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Posted in Project Close, Project Control, Project Execution, Project Initiation, Project Planning

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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