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7 Questions To Ask About Project Scope

When starting a new project, the amount of work to do can seem overwhelming. There’s planning, resourcing, budgeting, communications and quality to manage. But the place to start is with the project scope. The scope of the project is what you are actually going to deliver. Scope defines what the project team will be working on and can help you set priorities if you hit conflicts on the project. You will work with your project stakeholders and your sponsor to define the exact scope of the project. It can be quite tricky, especially if they aren’t very clear about what they want. Here are...
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7 PMP Study Tip

It might be some time since you last were in a classroom, let alone taking exams, so the idea of studying for several months to achieve your PMP® qualification can be a bit daunting. The PMP credential is a great asset to your career, so it is worth spending the time preparing properly for the exam so that you have a good chance of success. Here are our top 7 PMP study tips to help you get ready. 1. Build A Study Schedule Every good project starts with a plan, and studying for your PMP exam is no different. Put together a project schedule, detailing what you will study, how long you will st...
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How To Manage Your Various Customers

What sort of project customer do you have? The customer is the person whom you are building your end product for. This is likely to be a business representative and might even be your project sponsor. He or she is the person with the most interest in getting the project completed successfully, but that doesn’t mean that they will always be helpful! In fact, some customers can be downright difficult to work with, even though you are supposed to be on the same team. Here are 6 types of project customer that you may come across, along with some tips about how to manage them. 1. “I want...
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9 Time Wasters

Do you risk spending too much time on non-productive work? Watch and see if any of these 9 time wasters resonate with you. ...
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6 Challenges For Planning a Project

Planning a project is an exciting time. There are tasks to collate, people to talk to, resources to secure. It’s also the time where you get to show off your scheduling skills and make sure that everyone knows that you are taking the lead on this new piece of work! But planning a project is not without its challenges. Here are 6 challenges that you might face when you come to start scheduling your project. 1. Project Resourcing The best plan in the world won’t get delivered unless you have some people available to do the work. You might be able to do some of it, but generally you’ll...
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5 Project Team Challenges And How To Fix Them

I bet your project team always works together effectively, and they love coming to the office to spend time with each other. Right? Well, if you agreed, you’d be a project manager in the minority! Most project teams go through some challenging times. There’s conflict in every working environment as different personalities and experts come together to solve problems in different ways. Team challenges also take different forms – it doesn’t always have to be the large-scale disagreements about the project that create tensions in the team or difficult situations for the project manager to ...
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5 Tips For Better Lessons Learned

“When is the lessons learned meeting?” I asked a colleague who had just finished a difficult project. She looked at me blankly. “Oh, one of them,” she said eventually. “I don’t bother with those. They just turn into an opportunity to criticize my working style.” A lessons learned meeting is what you hold at the end of a project, and should certainly not be solely an opportunity to criticize the project manager. I pointed out to her that she could be managing the meeting more effectively in order to tease out what was learned during this project. Then those lessons could be ...
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5 Ways To Manage Risk

Let’s face it, however confident you are that your project will be a success, there is always a chance that something might go wrong. The things that might go wrong are called project risks, and a wise project manager identifies them early at the beginning of the project so that he or she can do something about them. Of course, risk management is an ongoing activity, so you should carry on identifying and recording new risks as they come up. Creating a list of risks is a good starting point, but it isn’t enough in itself. You also need an action plan per risk in order to be able to mana...
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Project Planning & Execution

Our project management expert shares her learning on project planning and execution. Learn why self-discipline is key and the importance of the three qualities of willpower, hard work and persistence. ...
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5 Steps For Confident Project Closure

When you start a project, you and the team are full of energy. By the time it comes to closing it down, things are moving at a different pace and you may well not have the enthusiasm to give 100% focus to the project, especially if you are already working on the next one. However, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult to close a project. Here are the 5 steps that you should take in order to close your project professionally. They won’t take long and you can easily add them to your project schedule today. 1. Plan A Handover Who is going to be managing the deliverables once ...
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