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    IT Project Management — When You Really, Really Don’t Like a Stakeholder

    Let’s face it, for all the kumbaya “let’s all get along” talk at management training sessions, as an IT project manager (IT PM) there will come a time when you have a stakeholder who you do not get along with. CIO Magazine recently published an […]

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    IT Project Management — Avoiding Common Pitfalls

    IT project management is a very unique animal that requires more flexibility than other industries. Several methodologies have been developed to help provide improved pliability of the process, but even with the new strategies, some of the same challenges continue to come up time and […]

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    Dealing with Project Delays: Deadlines are Closer than they Appear

    If you are a project manager (PM) in any industry, you know the pressure that an approaching deadline can create and the headache that project delays can create. When I have a big deadline coming up for a work package or a sprint, in my […]

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    Applying for Jobs in Project Management

    Sooner or later it happens to all of us — you will have to apply for a job within the field of project management. You may be looking to upgrade your position or getting out of a toxic situation; you could have been laid off […]

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    Project Managers — How to Advance Your Career

    I think most professionals want to advance their careers and project managers are no exception. As a PM you are always ¬†looking to get larger and more difficult assignments. You want to get those choice assignments from your company that will help you advance your […]

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    Managing Stakeholder Expectations — Keeping Your Job

    Managing stakeholder expectations is all about communicating the progress of your project through the implementation stage. If you communicated with them during the pre-planning and planning stages, key stakeholders and team members should both be aware of your project scope, the WBS, key performance indicators […]

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    Create a WBS — Time to Get Things Done

    Creating your WBS (or work breakdown structure) is a very important step in the planning process and one that you should dedicate significant time to. I have seen planning teams rush through this step only to have to spend additional time as they try to […]

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    How Long Will this Take — Establishing Project Timelines

    The process of estimating how long your project will take you and establishing project timelines reminds me of the old school strategies of drill sergeants where they test the ability of their new enlistee to perform under pressure by asking questions that have no right […]

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    Defining Project Scope — Your Shining Light in the Darkness

    Defining the scope of your project is one of the more important steps in the planning process. Creating a project scope statement will provide you with clarity and guidance as you begin your project and team members or external sources try and modify the direction […]

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    Project Management Software — Is Microsoft Project Your Best Option?

    Project management software is a great way to help you create a work breakdown structure, keep track of your deadlines for various work packages, and monitor the progress of your team members in completing their assigned activities. Automating the administrative side of project management is […]

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