Tips for successful Project Management

Most of the new project managers receive little or sometimes no training on how to manage the projects. All project managers can create WBS, Gantt Charts, estimations etc. and can manage the projects. Unfortunately, this all is not sufficient. Key consists of two important words: Effective & Successful. It is expectation of all stakeholders. Basis my experience in the journey of project management, here is a list of some tips that will definitely help you:

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Progressive Elaboration

Although a project is a temporary endeavors but it cannot be conceptualize or planned in a single day nor it can be completed in a day. It holds true for most of the projects until your project is for buying some vegetables in a store.

Generally, there is a problem statement or concept for business benefit first and then it evolve as a complete plan via requirement elicitation & market research and finally a unique product.

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Best Practices for Risk Management

In my past experience in various organizations, I’ve observed that there is strong need of effective risk management. Lot of project manager do not manage risks rather they manage issues. Once a risks occurs and becomes an issue, they start tracking it. Read more…

Tips for successful Change Management for your projects

One of the critical factors for the success of a project is effective change management. It is very important to manage change as well as expectation from change.

During project execution, you will receive changes from many stakeholders at different phases in the project.

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Management Review – Pre-Meeting Checklist

It is important to prepare for all meetings specially when meetings called by senior management. It becomes more important when there is some bad news.

Before going to meeting try to get answer of the following questions:

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Refresh your skills on Time Management – Activity Sequencing & Earn 15 PDUs for Free !!

Last weekend, I came across an excellent refresher on Project Time Management – Activity Sequencing which give you an opportunity to earn 15 PDUs of category “A” for FREE !! I earned these 15 PDU very easily.

It’s a very simple three step process:

  1. Complete the course within 10 days – You can also complete it within less than 1 hr
  2. Participate in Quizzes – You need to score 80% in the all the quizzes
  3. Claim it on PMI – CCRS page – Now, you earned 15 free PDU !!

As posted @ LinkedIn, some of the persons, earned these PDUs in less than 1 hr. Read more…

Organizational Structure for PMP

Most of the organizations are structured into any of the following five structures: Projectized, Functional, Strong Matrix, Balanced Matrix & Weak Matrix.

In some of the organizations, a composite / mix structure is followed. Below presentation will give you a fair understanding about these various structures from PMP exam perspective.

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Tutorial on Project Risk Management

In continuation to my previous posts on risk management, here is another 56 minutes video tutorial on project risk Management by Prof. Shashi Kelkar of Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Bombay.

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Integration Management Practice Questions

In the PMP series, this is my first post with FREE simulator on practice questions for Integration Management knowledge area. This PMP simulator is having 100 practice questions. This is a time based quiz for two hours.

This quiz has questions from the following six processes that comes under Integration Management knowledge area.

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Create a Gantt chart Using Microsoft Excel

Chart is a helpful tool for the monitoring a whole project progress. Gantt chart looks like a bar chart, it represents whole schedule of the project. By using Gantt chart it is easy to know about the start and end time of each sub task in a project.

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