In PMBOK’s phases of project management, the third phase (Execution) and the fourth phase (Monitoring and Controlling) often feel as though they are one and the same. But, make no mistake – they are not, no matter what methodology you are using. Although, they are tied extremely close together. In fact, it’s sometimes necessary when you reach Phase four to return to Phase two and begin planning again. However, it’s probably more realistic to look at phase three and four this way: In Phase three, you execute your original project plan. But, it’s pretty rare that all of your project tasks are happening simultaneously. So, it’s quite possible that while you’re executing Task 2 (Phase 3), you’re monitoring Task 1 (Phase 4) to make sure the work is going according to the project plan (Phase 2).
One of the biggest problems that can come up in a project is difficulties with vendors or contractors. Learn some rules to follow when working with vendors in order to avoid issues.
Large projects often rely on outsourcing to complete tasks, which becomes increasingly difficult to track and monitor as the project grows. It’s critical for companies to have well-trained Project Managers on staff in order to manage unwieldy projects.
Motivation is very important for maintaining focus on an issue. Have you ever been in a situation where you had no interesting in continuing a project? Do not panic, here are some tips to overcome your vagaries of motivation.
Most products benefit from a pilot launch where the product is offered to select customers before the official launch. This endeavor needs to be managed for optimal results.
Part of your job as Project Manager is to keep concerned stakeholders up to date on the progress of your project. This is where Earned Value Analysis comes in. Become familiar with these definitions and processes.
Part of being a project leader means understanding how to manage a project. If you are the type where every phase, element and task is deemed urgent, how well are you really managing the endeavor? Your teams will fight you and soon—may not even listen to you. Jean Scheid explains.
Learn how to match your body language with your words to send the right message every single time. If you know how to read others' body language correctly, you’ll know how to make the proper adjustments to your own. Mastering this skill is a win-win for career success.
A project manager relies on periodic feedback sessions to keep a team on track, within budget and cohesive. There are three techniques that promise success – if you know how to properly apply them. Be aware that user error can result in project management nightmares!
This guide to the project monitor and control process provides a collection of insightful articles on these important project management stages. They encompass a detailed overview of the topics, strategies and best practices, tools and techniques in use and much more.
You are required to terminate your project. What are the different criteria for project termination that you will consider before taking this step? Read on to find out more about about the basic requirements that have to be met in order to terminate a project.