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Getting In Over Your Head

By Kenneth Darter, PMP

Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.

3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

By Brad Egeland

Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's about it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman. So why are project managers so eager to jump into a sinking, stinking project when the opportunity arises? OK, yes, some aren't so ready to do that. But I have done it many times and will likely do it again. I've seen many of my colleagues do it willingly as well. So I know I'm not alone.,

How to Make Changes on a Project

By Kenneth Darter, PMP,

It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. There might be personnel who are not working out, or the scope might be wrong or ill-defined, or perhaps the schedule needs to be overhauled; all of these things and others can cause changes on the project. If change is indeed necessary for the project, then the following checklist will help ensure that all bases are covered.

The Project Manager's New Year Wish List

By Duncan Haughey, PMP

As we close the door on another year and look forward to the new one, I thought it would be a good time to look at the top five items project managers should have on their wish list for 2015. With these five essential ingredients in place, you will be well on your way to running successful projects. Without them, it's questionable whether you should start a project in the first place.

My Wish List for Project Management in 2015

By Brad Egeland

This is a first for me…a Christmas list for project management, or maybe a New Year's resolution for the project management world. At any rate, here are a few things that I'd like to see happen for project management in 2015. As you read, please consider the changes, additions or deletions you'd like to see happen and share with everyone so we can openly discuss. Thanks!

A Brief History of SMART Goals

By Duncan Haughey, PMP

Whether in business or your personal life, having a goal gives you something to work towards. It pushes you forward and provides a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Goals provide the motivational energy to carry on even when motivation is low. Academia has written much on the subject. By far, though, the most well-known goal-setting technique is SMART. In this history of SMART goals, I look at where the acronym came from, who developed it and what the critics say.

Get Your Projects on Track: Remember the Baseline!

By Kenneth Darter, PMP

The baseline of a project schedule is the key to monitoring and the reporting of status on the project. Without the baseline, the project manager is just throwing darts at an empty wall with no targets or running laps with no timer going. The baseline is the measurement stick. It's the proof that a project can be finished. It helps you meet the objectives of the stakeholders. In short, the baseline helps you get the project completed.

Get Your Projects on Track: Remember the Baseline!

By Kenneth Darter, PMP

The baseline of a project schedule is the key to monitoring and the reporting of status on the project. Without the baseline, the project manager is just throwing darts at an empty wall with no targets or running laps with no timer going. The baseline is the measurement stick. It's the proof that a project can be finished. It helps you meet the objectives of the stakeholders. In short, the baseline helps you get the project completed.

Portland, Maine…I Don't Know Where That Is

By Brad Egeland

You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? No one has checked out that technology. No one is even sure that what they are asking for is even possible…let alone practical. You're tempted to say, "What are you even talking about?!?" What do you do? You certainly don't want to seem ignorant or agree to something you don't know much about.

The Four Stages of Recovering a Project

By Kenneth Darter, PMP

If a project is in trouble, the project manager needs to work to recover it and get the schedule back on track. Hopefully, it's not too late to still meet the project deadlines and goals. Performing a project recovery is not a fun or easy task, but setting out a simple track to follow will help the project manager recover the project. And it always feels good to save the day on a project.

How to Avoid 12 Common Mistakes in Project Management

By Duncan Haughey, PMP

Every project manager potentially faces countless mistakes that affect projects, cause delays and, in some cases, contribute to complete project failure. In this article, I take a back-to-basics look at why so many organisations run projects poorly. I also offer solutions to tighten up the PM process. Here are 12 common mistakes in project management—and how you can avoid them.