Project Management Lists

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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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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Do These 6 Things Before Removing a Project From Your Portfolio

You should already have a formal mechanism for adding projects to your organization’s portfolio. However, our project management consulting teams have found that some companies don’t follow an established process when a project is removed. It’s common that a project is pulled from the list without a thorough evaluation of the cancelation’s long-term effects. In…

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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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5 Signs Your Project Might Be Unrealistic

An unrealistic project can happen to anyone. It’s one thing to put together a project plan that makes sponsors happy and has a good chance of being approved. It’s something else entirely to craft a plan that’s realistic and workable. Project managers are sometimes left to perform a delicate balancing act as they strive to…

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5 Ways Project Teams Complicate Resource Management

Resource management continues to be a tricky concept for a lot of companies. Problems can spring from all sorts of areas and project teams not only need to look ahead and anticipate where conflicts might exist throughout the entire project lifecycle, they also must be ready to quickly tackle any resource shortages or other issues…

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3 Tips to Master New Types of Projects

Most project teams have a standard repertoire of projects they execute on a regular basis. With a few variations here and there, your routine may consistent mostly of developing new software or retooling manufacturing processes. But companies occasionally encounter firsts—bringing their debut product to market, for example, or adding a function they haven’t supported before.

Project Ignorance Is Not Bliss | PMAlliance Project Management Blog

In the early phases of project planning, there are many things the Project Team doesn’t know. But as the process gets underway, the team needs to make it their mission to ensure they get the information they need to understand where risks exist, to determine the most efficient and effective scope and timeline, and to make the best decisions as they move forward. If the data being used by the Project Team is incomplete or inaccurate, the project could go over budget or even fail to achieve its goals.


Project management professionals are highly attuned to budget obligations—nearly everything they do is with an eye toward meeting budget objectives while adding value at every opportunity. But with all of the other tasks under the umbrella of the Project Team, there are some common practices that often wreak havoc with project budgets. 1 – Not…

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Tips For Sharing Bad News with Stakeholders

Dear Stakeholders: We have a problem. If you dread communicating project glitches to customers, take heart—telling folks your project is facing issues is rarely a fun task, but we have some suggestions on how (and why) to get bad news out in the open.

Project Experience

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