Why Completed Projects Aren’t Cause For Celebration

It’s true, some project management professionals don’t look forward to the day their project moves from “in progress” to “complete.” While most project wrap-up activities bring with them a sense of relief and accomplishment, there are aspects of a project’s completion that can sometimes make the event less than festive. What is it about completing…

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WHEN ESTIMATING GOES WRONG

Even the most seasoned project management professionals can draft estimates that miss the mark. When they occur they’re usually off by just a little, though occasionally they’re off by miles. But because so much of the project management process relies on these estimates, even a minor flaw can have large impacts on the team’s ability…

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6 THINGS TO DO WHEN A COWORKER LEAVES

In addition to the standard exit interviews most organizations carry out, there are also a handful of additional items the project team should close the loop on whenever a project management professional or other key Project Team member leaves. By working through the following 6 items, the project office will be ready to continue moving forward…

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WHAT CAN YOU ACCOMPLISH IN TWENTY MINUTES?

Setting aside small amounts of time every day to accomplish big things is a popular strategy. With the hectic schedules that are typical for most project management professionals, it can be tremendously effective. The tasks PMP®s can tackle with this simple approach are as diverse as they are impressive. If you’re looking for a way…

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TECHNOLOGY CAN INCREASE Project Team PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE PROJECT RESULTS

Technology has done wonders for the field of project management. From enabling our penchant for anytime, anywhere communications to the need to track burgeoning sets of detailed benchmarking data, technology tools help teams boost productivity and improve results. But there are still areas where technology isn’t always used to its maximum potential. See if your…

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Benchmarking Blunders

Most Project Teams have encountered them: those times when benchmarking data is either lost, doesn’t make sense, or just flat doesn’t support the business case the project team is trying to make. See if your organization has stumbled into any of these benchmarking blunders. We’ve also included tips for finding a resolution to each of…

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Motion Graphic – The Control Process

The foundation for successful projects is the use of a formal, proactive control process continuously over the life of the project.  Though most studies agree on its importance, the control process tends to be the single most common element that project teams underemphasize. PMAlliance can help implement a best in class, proven control process that…

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How to Be Successful at Breaking Large Projects Into Many Smaller Ones

Breaking large or complex projects into many smaller projects has quite a few benefits. But there can also be a few pitfalls project management professionals should be aware of—some that can cause headaches for your Project Team, and others that can derail a project entirely. Make sure your project managers know about these lurking traps and how to…

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Communication strategies and pumpkin pie

Turkey, stuffing, and pie are Thanksgiving staples, but communication? It turns out that good communication channels are crucial to putting on a first-rate holiday event. Here we’ll look at the strategies Thanksgiving planners use and how they jive with good project management.

IDEAS INTO ACTION: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BRAINSTORMING?

Many project management teams are good at brainstorming new ways to make their processes more efficient and to devise strategies that allow them to have repeatable successes. But sometimes moving those innovations into practice is harder than coming up with the ideas in the first place. How good is your Project Team at turning all…

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Project Experience

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Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
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Manufacturing
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
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IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
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Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
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Energy
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
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Aerospace
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
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Cross-Functional
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
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Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
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Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
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ERP & SAP
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.