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Managing a Project — When You’re not the Project Manager

By: Susan Peterson, M.B.A., PMPCopyright 2010, Susan Peterson, All Rights Reserved Many of us know the challenges related to being the manager of a project. Probably more of us know the challenges of working on a project that is not being managed effectively. A common question is, “What can I do to manage a project […]

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Project Success

Last week I wrote about the value of the PMP® Certification. During the week I received an email asking me if there was a survey which showed this value. Obviously one source of information which was not a survey but a series of case studies, was the Value of PM study performed by the University […]

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Earn Your Value (Part III)

To recap parts one and two of this post, we saw: – how earned value is useful for monitoring both costs and schedule – the basic formulas used to see if our projects are off track (and by how much) – the recommendation that earned value be looked at weekly – the ideal values for […]

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Earn Your Value (Part I)

As I was thinking about what to write this week, I noticed my only mention of Earned Value Management was both brief and some time ago. Its an important topic, so I’m going to devote my next three entries to it. This week, we’re going to look at the basics. Next week, we’ll look at […]

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Sources of Risk

[Note: Over the next few weeks, I’m going to focus on project risk.] Growing up, I knew life was a risky business. In the early cartoons and comedies I watched, safes and pianos fell on hapless victims. Perhaps the most memorable though were the Road Runner cartoons where disaster befell Wile E. (Ethelbert) Coyote at […]

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Creating Project Templates

This week someone emailed me and asked me how I create templates for my pre-written software (PeopleSoft, Clarify, Siebel, INFORM, etc.) engagements, so I thought I would share the thinking and one of its products this week. First, let’s look at why I create them. Effective consultants have tools which enable them to repeat engagements […]

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Look Before the Project – Part I

For the next few weeks I’d like to take a closer look at initiating projects, with special attention to costs. This is an area of weakness for many who jump in to do work before looking at the consequences or rewards. Rather than use a microsope, you need a telescope to see to the far […]

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Keeping Your Project on Track with Earned Value

A lot of folks in San Diego wonder how the construction of Petco Park, a managed project, could have possibly spent all the funding before it was half completed without anyone knowing. While I certainly don’t have proof as to the actual cause, there is one very good way projects can get into this state […]

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When Projects Collide

Thursday was an interesting day, to say the least. In the span of about 12-14 hours I: lost the stone out of my old class ring (just had it fixed!) had a longer than ordinary commute home due to a massive backup on the freeway had someone impatient come up behind me and honk to […]

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Cheapest isn’t Always Least Expensive

When selecting any resource of any type for a project, always keep in mind the automatic selection of the “cheapest” won’t always be the least expensive option. This is why we have competitive bidding for major contracts — we get a peek at the other dimensions. Does the resource meet our need? Will our requirements […]

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