Project Management Checklists

3 Reasons Project Scheduling is so Difficult (And What to Do About It)

Developing workable timelines can be a big challenge for project teams. In particular, our project management consultants have seen businesses encounter trouble when initiatives are complex, have a long duration, or are still on the horizon but need to have some structure created around them now. If you’re having difficulty developing your project timeline, it…

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8 Risks of Poorly Managed ERP Projects

ERP implementation projects are complex undertakings. Companies often focus on factors such as budget overruns and schedule delays, but the effects of a weak project plan or faulty execution can reach far beyond the project’s primary scope. If your team is preparing to launch an ERP project, consider some risks that come from a poorly…

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6 Reasons ERP Implementation Project Templates Fall Short

Every project starts with a plan. And when it comes to ERP implementation vendors, some have a plan template in their files that they can whip out and put in place to get the project rolling. But while it’s convenient to have a template at the ready, you may find those boilerplates don’t quite deliver…

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7 Steps to Rescue Your Reputation When a Project Goes Bad

Sometimes projects don’t go the way you want them to. That doesn’t mean they’re outright failures, but lower-level problems can still cause big headaches. Maybe you experienced multiple delays, exhausted your contingency budget (and then some), didn’t involve end users as much as you should have, or bumped up against unhappy stakeholders for some other…

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5 Ways Consistency Contributes to Project Success

Executing just one project successfully can sometimes be a challenge. As a trusted project management consulting partner for businesses in a number of sectors, we know that driving a rolling list of projects to successful completions is even more demanding. It requires strong skills, full buy-in from the entire project team, unfailing support from sponsors,…

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Is Your Project Plan Credible?

Have you encountered a proposed project plan that wasn’t considered credible, either by the project team itself or by the organization’s sponsors and executives? Developing workable plans when funding is lean, time is tight, and your group is already buried in other projects can leave you in a precarious spot. But though gathering the right…

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Get Control of Your Project Punch Lists

Punch lists are an important part of the project execution process. Closing the loop on these final tasks helps to ensure that your stakeholders are satisfied with your initiative’s outcome. Completing punch list items is also key to delivering the full value everyone expects from the project. However, between the volume of activities occurring in…

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What Does it Take to Build a Great Project Team?

Assembling a high-performing project team requires more than a recruiter and a handful of job descriptions. To achieve consistent project success, your group must have the necessary skills and experience to execute the kinds of initiatives your company normally undertakes. They must also be committed to maintaining forward momentum in the face of obstacles and…

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Do This Before Your Next Strategic Project

A strategic project can carry significant risks as well as high expectations. They’re often executed as a series, with several linked initiatives driving the company toward better efficiency, an improved financial status, or a more competitive market position. Strategic projects are high-profile, high-impact, can’t-fail efforts, and your team needs to get them right the first…

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4 Reasons to Ditch Your Big Project Tasks

Project task lists are vital to success. They provide guidance on what each team member should be working on and they help PMs confirm that the project is progressing according to plan. But putting together a useful task list is more complex than simply writing down the activities that come to mind. One mistake PMs…

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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.