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Managing the Impacts of Testing and QC on Manufacturing Projects

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Testing and QC programs are a useful and necessary part of the manufacturing sector, but PMs need to be ready to address the significant impacts these activities can have on projects that are already in progress. Once the results of a testing or QC program are released, the effects on the project can range from delays in downstream activities to changes in the project’s scope. Successfully executing tasks in spite of these impacts—sticking to the target completion date and approved budget—can be tricky. But while juggling mid-project changes is often challenging, there are strategies organizations can use to ensure that testing and QC efforts don’t put the project’s success in jeopardy.

Solid Planning is the Answer to the Brexit Uncertainty

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Companies worried about the future should instead turn their focus toward planning. Contingency planning has long been a core skill behind successful project management, and it’s a competency that organizations can turn to as the Brexit process moves forward. After reviewing the firm’s goals and where the changing environment might intersect (or interfere), project managers will be able to lay out several contingent paths that can guide the business through the uncertain years ahead, leaning toward one or another of these potential paths as information about the future becomes more clear.

The Schedule Challenges Behind Manufacturing Projects

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  Scheduling challenges exist in every type of project, but manufacturing efforts bring with them some unique risks and obstacles. Outside influences and unexpected developments can impact timelines in surprising ways, putting the team in a difficult position. Frustration arises when a schedule goes off track, sometimes pushing PMOs to cut corners as they try…

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Maintain Quality in Your Manufacturing Project

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There are many potential challenges hiding within manufacturing projects. Without the right kind of planning and preparation, issues can crop up with little warning and cause PMOs to compensate by cutting corners, either in the level of work being performed, the materials used, or even in the overall scope of the project.

Why Your Manufacturing Project Needs a Work Breakdown Structure

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Teams tasked with executing manufacturing projects have a lot on their plates. To get things underway as soon as possible, it can be tempting to skip over the development of a work breakdown structure and go right to carrying out tasks. But any perceived time savings gained by avoiding this step will quickly come back to haunt PMs, often in the form of delays, critical activity conflicts, and tasks left uncompleted.

Partnering with an External Consultancy: Facts & Fears

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Executive groups and internal project team members are often unsure what it means to partner with an outside project management firm. There may be concerns about job stability for PMO staff or the potential for damage to the team’s reputation. Some people worry about the logistics of working with an external expert and how it might contribute to a difficult environment, where workloads, time pressures, and stress levels are already high.

These are reasonable concerns but they’re typically based on the unknown. They don’t reflect the reality of partnering with an experienced outside consultancy. We’ve compiled some of the most common fears we hear from potential clients and balanced them against the facts of how a relationship with an external expert functions in the real world.

If your organization is considering an external consultancy but fear is holding you back, see how a partnership with an outside project management expert really works.

FIND THE RIGHT ADVANCED PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING

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The benefits of ongoing education within the project office are numerous. Savvy PMP®s know that the learning never stops, and they’re always interested in finding better ways to gain new expertise. Some skills and disciplines, though, are more difficult to teach than others. If you want to cultivate an advanced project management skill, you may…

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WHY DON’T PMP®s PURSUE TRAINING?

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Continuing education is crucial in the project management sector. Best practices are always evolving, new thought leadership is always emerging, and PMO teams are always tackling projects that require new skills and expertise. Unfortunately, project management training isn’t always at the top of the priority list. There are many reasons PMP®s may not chase down…

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BIG PROJECTS: HOW TO AVOID BECOMING OVERWHELMED

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If your PMO isn’t accustomed to handling large projects—or if you manage them routinely but are now facing one of truly epic proportions—it can be easy to find yourself overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. Simply figuring out where to start might feel like more than you can handle. Unfortunately, the longer the…

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EXPAND YOUR LEARNING HORIZONS

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Project management teams often oversee projects that are similar in nature. They may deal primarily with the needs of just one industry, they might focus on the same few groups of end users, or they likely require the same subsets of competencies—construction management, IT development, etc—from one project to the next. This is good for…

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