Planning

7 Essential Project Planning Documents

Solid project planning is a prerequisite for project success. Poor planning, meanwhile, can lead to missed deadlines, budget overruns, poor quality deliverables, frustrated project teams and even project failure. In my previous post, I offered five steps to assist in planning the project-planning phase. One of those steps involved preparing planning documents. To foster a…

Daptiv Forecasts Top Predictions for Project Portfolio Management in 2012

  SEATTLE, WA, Nov 29, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Daptiv, the on-demand leader in project portfolio management software, today announced its top five predictions for project portfolio management in 2012. The role of the PMO has become more critical than ever in supporting strategic business priorities. Success depends on a combination of best practices,…

The project scheduling conundrum

The project scheduling conundrum is simple: We know effective scheduling makes a significant difference to project success and we know what effective scheduling looks like but in most projects, the schedule is ignored, bad scheduling practice is the norm and most projects finish late. These are indeed ‘interesting times’: the business of scheduling and its…

What Microsoft Project Can Do for You

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Sometimes ideas and plans have accidental benefits. This is what happened at Microsoft many years ago when the software giant was creating a number of software packages. One employee saw the need for a software program to help in the creation of the programs and thus MS Project was born. It was serendipity, happenstance. So…

Management support – the importance of and how to get it

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It should go without saying that support for a project from both management and the executives is of the highest importance. The success of any project depends largely on the leadership and support provided by the upper levels of the business. Big companies may have many projects in planning or production at any one time.…

For better project management, think inside the box

Can three boxes transform your organization? Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business, and business leader Brian Goldner think they will, allowing you a strategic and practical way to get your bearings and communicate where your organization is heading. The “three-box” planning method, developed by Prof. Govindarajan and used by Mr.…