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Picking a Project Management Methodology

Written on October 17, 2017 by and

Companies that perform project after project usually pick a project management methodology, such as PRINCE2 or Agile, and stick with it. That way, all their projects follow approximately the same project management processes. Teams learn what works and what doesn’t, and everyone learns what to do and expect. The approach you choose depends a lot…

Common Issues in Project Management #3: Micromanaging the Team

Written on October 16, 2017 by

In this article I would like to explore a key issue that many Project managers struggle with. It’s an exploration into the term “Micromanagement”. There is a lot you can find on the subject, and I will end the article with some references to earlier articles on MPUG and other sources for you to enjoy….

Custom Visual Reports for Project 2013 and 2016

Written on October 10, 2017 by

Every time a new version of Microsoft Project was launched, there were a mix of excitement and enthusiasm to discover, explore and understand the new features that were made available with the new software. Personally speaking, I remember the level of satisfaction I had when Microsoft Project 2013 was first released, because it finally had…

Breaking the Wall between Users and Tools: Project Online, chat-bots and machine learning

Written on October 9, 2017 by

The portfolio and project management area, for the last years, has improved considerably in many aspects: frameworks, processes, methodologies and even the tools, like Microsoft Project and Project Online, which is now supporting agile in the standard product. But even with all these improvements, we are still doing everything in the same way. We are…

4 Secret Ingredients to Pass the CAPM Exam

Written on October 3, 2017 by

Are you interested in or starting your career in project management? Are you looking for a way to gain credibility with project managers and employers? Then taking the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam should be on your “to-do” list. The CAPM exam is developed and administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® to…

PMI’s Talent Triangle: Making Gurus into Leaders

Written on October 2, 2017 by

Ever had a manager who is a technical guru but has poor leadership skills? I think we’ve all been there at least once. Technical gurus are rock-solid at what they do. With a unique skillset and “get it done” mentality, they’re the people you love to have on your team. And, it’s probably critical that…

Common Issues in PM: Managing Project Documentation

Written on September 26, 2017 by

In this MPUG article we’re going to step away from Gantt charts and baselines for a change and talk a bit about documentation. I can think of no project methodology that does away with documentation. By “documentation” I mean documents, Excel sheets, AutoCAD drawings — you name it. But the deal is, where should you…

What is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

Written on September 25, 2017 by

A work breakdown structure or WBS is a common term in project management. The concept is used each time a new project is designed — and is created before entering any data into a Microsoft Project file. Yet even though the WBS is an important construct to project managers, creating and using a WBS in…

Rise of the Project Bots

Written on September 18, 2017 by

It seems like every other day we read something new about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the ultimate demise of post-industrial work as we know it. It used to be that stories about factory workers being replaced by robots dominated the news. Now, in 2017, its driverless vehicles, clerk-less retail outlets and digital…

5 Tips for a Better Design Phase

Written on September 18, 2017 by

Communications in business, generally, should be designed for optimal readability by their audience, to cut risk. Miscommunication in business is bad. This means you we need to put some think-time and design-work into your plan-related communications. If you and your organization haven’t circled back around just yet, to make sure you’re doing it right, this…

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