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In the Iron Triangle: Resource Calendars & Schedule Coordination

Project schedule management relies on you being able to manage your resources but sometimes you don’t have full authority over your team members’ or tools utilization. I’ve written before about building schedules with the real world in mind and also about breaking things down into smaller pieces to focus effort. These are both good ways […]

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Making Requirements Collection Less Tedious

Whether you’re a developer or a client hiring one, it helps having a straightforward, visual way of presenting your ideas and what you think the software will do. This gets overlooked in the early planning when you’re trying to get requirements right. And it can drain client enthusiasm from a project. Where Frustrations Arise If […]

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Custom vs Customized

Finding an existing solution to customize can often (but not always) save you time and money versus building from scratch. Try and look at your needs from different angles to decide which is the right way to go. What’s the Difference Between Customized & Custom? A customized solution is based on something that already exists. […]

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In the Iron Triangle: Avoiding Protean Scopes

Projects shouldn’t be free-form. You have to put boundaries around what you are going to accomplish. The boundaries define your scope and you need a clear scope to determine schedule & cost. Schedule, cost and scope are sometimes called the Iron Triangle because they are rigid and you can’t change one without changing the others. […]

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What to Do When Your Plans Go to S#!T

At some point, you are going to get it wrong. So wrong that you can’t just roll with it, reschedule it, or bring in someone to fix it. It may be despite your best efforts or because you made the wrong assumptions or because you were hungover when you made the call. But everyone has […]

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Shorter Project Phases to Focus on Key Deliverables

Web project scopes often require similar thinking to what HP is doing with their breakup plan. You have to think about how to deliver the best results from start to finish, and that means focusing key resources (time, team, money) on major priorities. A straightforward way to approach this is to create smaller, integrated task sets. […]

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Smart & Fast: 5 Strategy Questions to Gain Tactical Insights

It’s easy to get fixated on trends and tools for online marketing. But it’s not the applications, frameworks or websites that make you successful…its the strategy and understanding of your customers that guide their use. Marketing tactics without strategy can lead to short-term wins, but won’t move you into optimal market position. Here are 5 […]

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5 Management Quotes for Project Managers

Project Management techniques give you a very effective way to conceptualize and complete projects, but they are not too good about helping you develop a management style that works across personalities and perspectives. Here are some quotes I try to keep in mind when PM approaches lead to conflict, confusion or a lack of buy-in. […]

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Project Processes: Building Real People into Timelines

Incorporating a realistic pace for holding meetings and reviews is one of the best ways to ensure your project timelines work. Add touchpoints as processes to convert idealized vendor or department timelines into people-centric ones. Project Vendors Only Know Their Worlds Vendor timelines are usually based on their person-hour expectations plus a slight buffer. Even […]

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Planning Tip: Don’t Let Your PowerPoint Skip the Point

One of the best ways to avoid planning mishaps, especially project resource constraints, is to put implementation needs in all your PowerPoint decks. You might feel tempted to gloss over some dates and details for the sake of style, but this will come back to haunt you. [box type=”alert” style=”rounded” border=”full”]This is especially important for […]