Project Planning for PMs

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  • Examples of Project Scope Statements
    We'll take a look at actual examples of project scope statements, then discuss them to determine what should be included in a scope statement and what should be left out.
  • Avoiding Four Common Errors of a Cost Benefit Analysis
    A cost benefit analysis can be an excellent decision-making tool, as long as some common mistakes are avoided. Learn four of the most basic errors and how to avoid them.
  • Estimating Time in Project Management: Tips
    Project managers will need to interview members of their team in order to get a good idea of how long certain tasks take to complete. This will also help them gauge when they can push their team to get items done more quickly.
  • Ending Your Project: the Closing Process Group
    The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines five process groups in Project Management. This article defines the Closing Process Group.
  • The Monitoring & Controlling Process Group: A Definition
    Projects get delayed for many reasons, including unforeseen risks, optimistic estimates, and evolving requirements. The reality is that projects rarely go as planned. The processes in the Monitoring and Controlling process group trigger change requests that enable a project to get back on track.
  • Project Execution Process Group: Put Your Plan to Work
    Your project plans are worth nothing without an impeccable project execution. This phase is necessary to make sure project deliverables and project objectives will meet stakeholder expectations. Learn more about the processes defined in the Executing Process Group.
  • Overview of the Project Planning Process Group
    In the Planning Process Group, you will be creating all of the project documents that will enable you to deliver project. This group has the most processes of any other group. Read on to understand the complexity.
  • The Delphi Technique: Will It Help You Get Back on the Right Track?
    The Delphi method is a unique way of obtaining an expert consensus opinion through a process of thesis, antithesis and eventual synthesis. Find out more about the Delphi technique and how to use it in project management.
  • Elements of a Stakeholder Communication Plan
    By looking at project stakeholders the same way that a newspaper editor thinks about his readers, project management professionals can improve efficiency while avoiding conflict. Do this by creating an effective stakeholder communication plan.
  • The Case for KISS: Keeping It Simple in a Complex Environment
    It's so easy for project managers to fall into the trap of over-complicating their planning and structures and losing sight of some basic fundamentals. Whilst it may seem counter-intuitive, the bigger the project, the simpler you should keep the planning and controls!
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