Category Archives: Techniques

Project Management Techniques

Estimating While Human

You feel good about your ability to create project estimates. You are handy with a spreadsheet, understand the calculations, and enjoy the research. Your estimating challenges are not about all of that. Your challenges come from a condition known as ‘estimating while being human.’ There are some things we do or expectations that we encounter […]

8 Changes You Can Make NOW to Ensure Project Success

Your project might already be in motion, but that does not mean you cannot change your processes and approaches. Continuous improvement is your responsibility. Don’t just watch what happens as your team works toward project completion, be strategic and when you see opportunities for positive changes, make them! These eight recommendations are a good place […]

Keep Asking What

Filed under Scope, Training | Posted by MMeloni

WBS stands for work breakdown structure, but it is tempting to call it what breakdown structure. The reason? The WBS shows what needs to happen in order for you and the team to provide the agreed-upon project scope. And too often it is easy to get caught up in when or how or who? All […]

The WBS Don’t Go it Alone

Filed under Best Practices, Scope, Training | Posted by MMeloni

The project scope is finalized. You feel like throwing a celebration. It took more time than planned, but it seems like all of the stakeholders have agreed on what is really needed to meet project objectives. About five minutes after receiving final scope approval, your stakeholders began asking about more definitive estimates for schedule and […]

Six Steps to an Effective Workflow

Filed under Best Practices, Techniques, Training | Posted by MMeloni

In her previous article, You Need a Project Workflow, pmStudent contributor Sara Sparrow taught us how a project workflow helps manage risks, increases team efficiency, and brings clarity to project work. In this helpful follow-up, Sara gives us tips on how to create your project workflow. Start At The End Believe it or not, when […]

Does Your Project Use Process or Strategy?

Filed under Agile, Misc, Techniques | Posted by MMeloni

Contributed by Sonali Malu  Do you run your projects using process, or strategy? Sometimes we even hear that these terms are used interchangeably. But they are not the same.  A process essentially has certain steps involved to complete it; A strategy may not always have the same set of steps.  A process is always a […]