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How to Make Your Project Scoping Process Insanely Accurate

Project scoping is a process that should be undertaken before and during any project being implemented. It goes without saying that it would not make sense for a business to jump straight into a project just with their fingers crossed, their wallets loaded, and/or hoping for the best. Projects simply don’t work blind, and this…

A Sponsor Who Didn’t like Project Managers?!?

As part of MPUG’s 2018 Community Survey, we asked the question, “Are you getting the feedback you need from program sponsors?” The results came in, and we learned that over 50% of you thought this area needed improvement. Another 18% of you said an affirmative “NO” in answer to this question, which led us to…

Oops—Miscalculated Scope!

Dear Elizabeth: Last week my team had one of those “didn’t see it coming” moments, where we miscalculated scope and found ourselves in need of more time and resources to deliver the original project. How do we present this to our board, and let them know it won’t happen again? – Tail-Between-Legs PM Dear Tail:…

Boost Project Planning with Your Big, Monster Piece of Paper

To enhance project planning, my company established a process called the “Big Monster Piece of Paper” or BMPP for short. The BMPP method is a structured, top-down brainstorming approach to develop a detailed project work plan. Inputs The BMPP inputs include all project scope documentation available, such as: Contractual data (statement of work, notes, requirements,…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 4

Think Win-Win While the project schedule is an important tool for many project managers, it is often misunderstood (or not understood at all) by project team members. When building the work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project, you will get a more accurate definition of scope (and as a result, the schedule) by involving the…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 3

Put First Things First Once you have built a solid work breakdown structure (WBS), it’s time to walk the talk and put first things first. Building a complete and accurate dependency network is what makes the schedule truly proactive. When building dependencies, try to think about natural relationships that exist for the scope of work…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 2

Begin with the End in Mind The most successful projects have a deliverable-focused work breakdown structure (WBS) to represent the true scope of the project. Build your schedules with the end in mind by establishing your outcomes/deliverables. This helps you manage scope throughout execution and ensures that the entire team is on the same page…

5 Metrics for Agile Development

Let’s say you were to meet gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt and say to him, “Here’s a great track in front of you. You run. We’ll monitor your running and declare you the fastest!” Would he run? His response would probably be, “Run against what?” If you said, “Just run, man! Don’t worry about the…

Project Management Advice: The Price of Right

This story is called “The Price of Right,” not because it’s about the game show, but because it’s about that toll we pay when it is more important to be right than it is to exercise tact. When I teach project management and I discuss scope creep, I usually tell a story about one of…

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