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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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    Communication and Project Management

    Communication in business is always important, but communication during the planning and implementation of a project you have just accepted as a project manager is ultimately what will determine if you keep your job or not. If you cannot effectively communicate, you may want 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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    Managing High Performance Individuals

    As a project manager, you have probably been lucky enough to manage high performance individuals on your project team. While in most cases having those individuals on your team can be a fantastic asset and addition, sometimes they can present a special set of challenges. […]

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    Needs Assessment — Your First Step

    To me, a needs assessment and feasibility study is required for effective project management. When they come to me, many of my clients have an idea for a project and that is the extent of what they have done. While this is an important first […]

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