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Learn more about project management topics, including tips for project managers, project teams, project management training, and project terminology.

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Dealing With Project Team Turnover

There are several specific phrases that Project Managers tend to get anxious about and one of them is “I quit”. Admittedly, we have all been in a situation where this can have a good impact...

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Problem: Project Assumptions Not Documented

Project assumptions, that have not been validated, discussed or documented can seriously impact a project effort with respect to the schedule, the budget and the scope of the effort. Recently I had a discussion with...

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Don’t Forget Your Project Stakeholders!

Recently I received a note from one of my project management colleagues who told me that he, and the project team, never completed a thorough stakeholder analysis at the beginning of the project. The result?...

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Problem: Project Tasks are Incomplete

We have all been there before! Various project tasks are incomplete, or late, because a Project Team member didn’t know that they were responsible for the tasks or didn’t know how to complete the tasks....

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Project Terminology – What Does That Mean?

How many times have you been in a meeting where someone was using project terminology, or acronym, that was unfamiliar to you? It has happened to all of us! As a matter of fact, I...

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Onboarding of Project Team Members

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you didn’t have the information you needed to make informed decisions? You didn’t even know who could help you or answer your questions? This has happened...

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Your Role as a Project Sponsor

While teaching a project management workshop recently, we were discussing the roles and responsibilities of the project team. One of the participants raises the issue of disengaged Project Sponsors and understanding their roles. I am...

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Why Are We So Bad at Managing Software Projects?

The Standish Group conducts regular studies of project success rates which provide interesting insights into the project outcomes for software initiatives. Some of the data seems logical, but some of the findings took me by...

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Project Management Training… For Non-Project Managers

Recently, while speaking at a conference, I asked the question “How many of you have the title of Project Manager?” There were about 35 people in the room and no one raised their hand. Okay....

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Personas – The Key to Project Success?

Have you ever heard a statement similar to “Customer service is just not like what it used to be” or “Good customer service is a thing of the past”? Even if you have not, it’s...

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Writing Great Acceptance Criteria

When it comes to acceptance criteria, you want just enough detail that the customer can accept the work item as “done” without telling the team how to do their work. People frequently ask about tips...

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4 Hybrid Project Lifecycle Models that You Need to be Aware Of

Have you ever been in a situation where someone said: \"we are not an Agile shop…we are following a hybrid approach\"? I must admit that I have heard this statement many times over the past...

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