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Proactively Managing Expectations

By:  Susan Peterson, M.B.A., PMP Copyright 2011, Susan Peterson, All Rights Reserved All of us have expectations in life.  Some are attainable without much effort.  Others take considerable personal effort and a huge dose of good luck.  Still others will never be realized regardless of the effort expended.  Project owners, sponsors, customers and clients are […]

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Ready, Set – – – Implement!

By: Susan Peterson, M.B.A., PMPCopyright 2010, Susan Peterson, All Rights Reserved Near the end of the project executing phase project plans display that elusive milestone designated as “final implementation”. When many project managers see that milestone looming on their Gantt charts, they often feel that their work is nearing completion. However, the challenges may have […]

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Strategic Thinking to Improve Expectations and Innovation

Much of project planning requires an ability to think strategically, yet this is a step often left out. It means we need to think not just about our immediately desired outcomes, but look at what some of the other options are going to be.According to the Philadelphia based Center for Advanced Reasearch (CFAR), “Strategic thinking […]

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Look Before the Project – Part II

Last week we looked at the BCR — Benefit-Cost Ratio as a way of evaluating a project. This week I’d like to look at a related technique — Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The purpose of many projects is to introduce a new product or service. Often this new product or service has a later […]

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