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Three Key Project Management Tenets that Improve Team Performance

The 3 Key Project Management Tenets that Improve Team Performance   The 6 Project Constraints “Rule of Thumb” for Establishing and Maintaining a “Balanced” Project Plan The corollary is: “When one Project Constraint Changes at Least one Other Constraint is Affected”.  The 6 project constraints are Product Requirements (i.e., Quality), Project Scope, Project Delivery Schedule,… Continue reading Three Key Project Management Tenets that Improve Team Performance

What is the Limit to Project Risk Absorption? (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2: Overall Project Risk Limits (Part 1 of 2 is on Individual Task Risk Tolerance)!   As mentioned in my original post (Part 1, regarding Individual Task Risks), I believe that almost any Project Plan can be “balanced” if you ignore the Risks. But most high-risk plans would not make sense if team… Continue reading What is the Limit to Project Risk Absorption? (Part 2)

Enable Success in Your Projects by Embracing Project Risk Management!

Participants in this session will learn how to identify, assess, and manage individual (i.e., task-level) and overall project risks then determine overall project risks. We will review relevant Tools & Techniques and provide examples of exercises. The primary learning objectives are: Knowing how to properly Plan, Identity, Assess, Respond, and Control individual task risks Being… Continue reading Enable Success in Your Projects by Embracing Project Risk Management!

Why Chrono?

I recently received the following question about Chrono™, the new Project/Program/Portfolio Management tool released by my company, RTConfidence: “What are the benefits of this tool and why is it different from its competitors?” Here was my reply:   “Most significantly, this tool solves some major problems in the Project/Program/Portfolio Management space. Today, the best tools… Continue reading Why Chrono?

Level-up Microsoft Project!

If you, your employees, or your suppliers are using Microsoft Project and use another program or application to run SRA (Schedule Risk Analysis) Monte Carlo simulations, you should down-load and try the Chrono™ add-in – a revolutionary offering from RTConfidence.com.  You will not regret it – it is not only easier to use than any… Continue reading Level-up Microsoft Project!

“Solving the Impossible” – Find out how!

Going back about thirty years when I was a relatively new Program Manager, I was given an interesting proposition by my manager – “We want you to take on a new project that the executive team knows will be impossible to execute successfully, but it is strategically important, and we would like you to run… Continue reading “Solving the Impossible” – Find out how!

The things I could do if my SRA Monte Carlo Simulation was faster!

What would I (or you) be able to do if the IMS (Integrated Master Schedule) SRA (Schedule Risk Analysis) Model was always set up properly and the Monte Carlo Simulation only took a few seconds to both compute results and provide all the graphic outputs (e.g., the Probability Distribution charts for every task and milestone,… Continue reading The things I could do if my SRA Monte Carlo Simulation was faster!

What does a 3-Point Estimate Give Me?

If someone asks you “How long will it take for you to drive home from the grocery store?” you could probably give a very accurate estimate, especially if you made that drive many times before.  If they ask you “How long will it take you to fix the facet?”, (and you don’t even know what’s… Continue reading What does a 3-Point Estimate Give Me?

Risks vs. Opportunities & Three Point Estimating

I’m a long-time advocate of effective risk management.  I’ve done it, taught it, and written about it.  That said, formal risk management as described in PMI’s PMBOK® Guide has something that annoys me – conflation of risks (potential negative impact) and opportunities (potential positive impact) and suggesting both are equal fodder for risk management planning and management processes.  While I agree that risk and opportunities are related concepts, they tend to emerge and… Continue reading Risks vs. Opportunities & Three Point Estimating

Risk: Why Your Project Will Probably Be Late – and How Three Point Estimating Can Help

Abstract  Completing non-trivial projects on their originally promised date is such a rare occurrence that we often expect them to be late.  Although there are numerous valid reasons for exceeding schedule commitments, some of the most overlooked are structural risks associated with how the schedule was created and expectations were initially set.  This essay explores aspects of schedule creation… Continue reading Risk: Why Your Project Will Probably Be Late – and How Three Point Estimating Can Help