Earned Value (EV) helps me to control costs and schedule performance, but it does not answer the question: How much effort do I need to finish on schedule? The Burn Rate shows how much effort is needed going forward to finish on time, and it is expressed as a percentage of remaining planned hours. Burn … Read more
Looking for some tips in Resource Management into Projects I found this blog that talks about Agile techniques in PM. This conceptual framework has developed some methods that works as guidelines on project management and this post review some interesting ones.
There is a moment in the software projects where you have to change the pace and the main goal of the work you are developing with the team. First, you are working in different functionalities separately and you need the team open their minds looking for technical solutions that make the project reach the defined … Read more
During the Project I’m currently managing I’m learning about some practices that I should improve. Basically these are: I had to define the third level of the WBS, only two levels were not enough, with three levels some assignments should be clearer and the monitoring of the project should be easy for me. The estimation … Read more
Pod cast episode 024: successful negotiation skills (part 1 of 2) from pm411.org gave me some tips for the internal negotiations: Prepare your meetings, Understand your priority, What alternatives do you have?, Make sure that your consistency plan has time & resources, Be careful with the relationship, Get agreement between all parties, Build relationships in … Read more
There are people who are able to start all kind of Projects, offerings or ideas. This start usually comes with a great motivation. After a while the responsibility assigned is delayed and you really don’t know the real reason. Finally you understand that these people really never finish anything. What to do with them?
Delegation can be defined as assigning work, responsibilities and authority so others can make the maximum utilization of their abilities. With it, often people understand what’s the meaning of “a task is assigned to a person” but sometimes other people don’t understand the meaning of responsibility and accountability. That’s being a problem for me during … Read more
Once again I’m working in a Project Planning compressing the schedule due to a sponsor’s requirement about the end date. I have defined the critical path and I have changed some ‘finish to start’ activities by ‘start to start’ activities (I assume the mistake). Until then there is not a big problem. In addition I’m … Read more
When a decision is required of you, there is a lot of things you need to take into account: set an appropriate deadline, make your decision, and accept responsibility for the results; One of them is the time you have to take that decision. Now I’m waiting a decision from a stakeholder and I’m already … Read more
Companies spend a lot of money working in management procedures that try to guarantee the maintenance of the systems by anyone in the group. With it, the service is guaranteed all the year independently of the holidays, organizational changes, etc. Managers stress the importance of these procedures and methodologies when they have the opportunity of … Read more