Pre-Planning Archive

  • Lean Six Sigma

    The Lean Six Sigma Project Management Methodology

    Lean Six Sigma is a project management methodology that is focused on process improvement in an organization. I know, I know. The first blush of the definition of Lean Six Sigma is that PMBOK would not define it as falling within the confines of project […]

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  • waterfall project management

    Waterfall Project Management — Can It Work for You?

    Waterfall Project Management (Waterfall PM) is one of the styles of project management that I discussed in an earlier article. It is like any of the other models of project management — you need to study the process represented by the particular style to understand […]

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  • agile project management

    Project Management Styles — What is Right for You?

    Did you know there are several project management styles that can help you be more effective depending on the industry you are in? A lot of what I write about is related to following the rigid rules of project management as they are presented in books […]

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  • managing stakeholder expectations

    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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  • WBS Sample

    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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  • project management

    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

    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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  • project management

    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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