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 Lynda Bourne

What is the value of value?

What is the value of value?

The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition recognizes the importance of organizations realizing value from their investment in a project. But what exactly is ‘value’?  The PMBOK® Guide (1.6) suggests value is a concept that is unique to each organization and encompasses the total sum of all tangible and intangible ‘value elements’. Determining the tangible elements is [...]

 Guest

Using a Document Management System (DMS) To Manage Project Documentation

Using a Document Management System (DMS) To Manage Project Documentation

It isn’t surprising that with the continuous improvement and development of technology, businesses are also transitioning from traditional, paper-based documentation and manual management to electronic systems. This shift is not just about doing what’s currently in and new. Electronic document management systems or DMS can do so much to improve the efficiency of projects where [...]

 Lindsay Scott

Project Managers Are Up For The Challenge

Project Managers Are Up For The Challenge

Project managers and business planners from across the country are set to meet at Project Challenge Spring Show which takes place 12 – 13 March 2014 at London, Olympia The event is a ‘must attend’ for anyone interested in the latest technology and services to support effective project management. Leading suppliers will showcase the best [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Know when to lose

Know when to lose

“Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit, and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in” (Aesop 620 BC-560 BC). Projects are an arena that can be fraught with conflict. Disputes and ‘fights’ of all types occur, ranging from $million claims, through many types of negotiation, to personal [...]

 Paul Naybour

What is a Gantt Chart?

What is a Gantt Chart?

When Henry Gantt invented his planning chart is was actually used for scheduling resources in a machine tool shop in the 1910s.  Patrick Weaver has an exclent article describing the historic use of a Gantt chart at  http://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PMWJ5-Dec2012-WEAVER-Henry-Gantt-Debunking-Myths-Featured-Paper.pdf. Interestingly Henry Gantt did not work on project management at all, he was a colleague of Frederick Taylor [...]

 Michelle Symonds

Is Any Project Ever Truly Successful?

Is Any Project Ever Truly Successful?

With so many corporate projects of all different types failing to live up to initial expectations you might wonder if any project could ever be considered successful when compared against the original aims and expectations. At the start of a project there is usually a very clear idea of what should be achieved by the [...]

 Michelle Symonds

Making Testing an Integral Part of a Project

Making Testing an Integral Part of a Project

There are so many products, processes and services that are simply not well-designed and do not quite work as they should. Some are not even fit for purpose. This could be anything from a small electrical item such as a kettle that leaks to a major software system that cost millions but fails to resolve [...]

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Project Planning at its Best

Project Planning at its Best

Often a project manager is handed the project and probably some early draft schedule and told to “run with it.”  At least that’s been the case for me for much of my PM career.  I’ve experienced at least some PMO structure in some organizations and also some templates thrust upon the PMs in those organizations [...]

 Paul Naybour

Project Management and Business Benefits

Project Management and Business Benefits

Many people believe that project management is a tool that works only for large corporations to complete big budget projects, but that is a major misconception. Project management offers extensive benefits for businesses of all sizes, regardless of the project’s scale. As a project manager, you should be able to improve your team’s performance levels [...]

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How to Always Make Great Project Decisions

How to Always Make Great Project Decisions

I realize I said “always” in the title and that’s probably a little misleading.  Why?  Because it’s just not possible.  There’s no way we can guarantee that every project decision that we make as project managers on all of our engagements will be great decisions…or even good ones.   However, there are things we can [...]