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Project Timeline A project timeline is a visual list of tasks or activities placed in chronological order, which lets project managers view the entirety of the project in one place. Building timelines allows the project manager to visualize and collaborate on projects. Typically taking the form of a horizontal bar chart, where each task is given a name and a Continue Reading
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Project Budget Let’s face it, projects cost money, and proper money management requires strong budgeting to ensure everything goes according to plan. There are direct and indirect costs, fixed and variable costs, labor and materials, travel, equipment, rent and more, capturing each item can be a challenge. Invariably an item arises from left field to add to the financial complexity. Continue Reading
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Project Management and Timesheets Don’t underestimate the benefit and use of timesheets to track vendors and internal resources alike. As the name suggests they record the amount of time an employee works on tasks. Timesheets are a mechanism for payroll used by management, human resources and accounting to record time and pay employees based on the proof of their total Continue Reading
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Avoiding Friction with Work Plans As project managers and a project team focusing on delivery avoiding friction is almost a daily event, whether that be with stakeholders maintaining scope or vendors. But another aspect to consider is being torn between priorities and having to switch tasks at a whim to achieve daily targets. There’s a difference between elapsed hours on Continue Reading
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Essential Project Management Skills I think it can be agreed that Project management is not an easy job. Actually its a few jobs, so project managers can be considered all-rounders, that’s not to mention including the initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing of a project. Adding to the complexity the project is delegated to a team, given specific goals to achieve Continue Reading
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Improving Process Plan Project managers and their teams depend on processes to ensure that a project runs smoothly. Too often processes are relied on as if they were somehow perfect and cannot be touched. That type of thinking is what will quickly send a project off track and possibly cause it to fail, meaning there is always room for improvement. Continue Reading
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