Category Archives: Project Management

Project Management Risks

Here are some management-related risks that need to be considered on projects… Strategy Organizational / Staffing / Turnover Agency Dispute Resolution / Conflict Management Client Relations Reputation Resources Communication Information Health Safety Environmental

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More Thoughts on Project Risk Management

The downside risk on projects is almost always more than the upside risk. Managing this risk is one the fundamentals of good project management practice. I have found that the more complex, large, constrained and mission-critical a project is, the … Continue reading

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Factors in the Selection of Project Managers

Selecting the right project manager is one of the most important decisions that will be made on any project.  There are no cookie-cutter templates that are available.  It really boils down to having the right person take the reigns so … Continue reading

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Construction Scheduling > Fundamentals

I cannot fathom any project type, contract methodology or client structure that would not want to have a monthly schedule submitted on a monthly basis. The following are basics that should be adhered to on all construction projects – 1. … Continue reading

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The Nature of Contracts > Lessons Learned at Polytechnic

Project Managers know that a thorough understanding of contracts and agreements is fundamental to project success.  We have heard the axiom that contracts are meant to be broken.  Well, that is a generality and is not always true.  However, we … Continue reading

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Change 101 for Project Managers

Change is the only constant both in nature and in project management. We are biologically structured to adapt to change and to deal with it. Good managers not only understand that change is inevitable, they expect it and are therefore, … Continue reading

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Root Causes of Project Failure

Projects fail because of issues related to poor management. Project failures are invariably the result of one or more of the following factors:  • An ill-defined business case. • Poor planning.  • Poor estimation.  • Absence of leadership. • Mismanaged … Continue reading

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The Importance of Communication

The essence of good project management is communication.  The ability to communicate well differentiates project managers from their colleagues, and is a strong indicator of upward career mobility.    Because project managers generally start their careers in a technical area of … Continue reading

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Independence and Objectivity Within Project Organizations

One of the key indicators of the project management maturity of an organization is the level of independence and objectivity that its project and program managers display in reporting and assessments.   Executives in well run firms recognize that lack of … Continue reading

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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Senior Project Managers / Program Managers

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1. Specifically, what do you believe are the most critical responsibilities of a Project Manager? 2. What tools have you used to manage people, processes and projects? 3. Can you provide examples of when and how you used … Continue reading

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