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Comparison of Overall Project Risk Assessments Using Expert Judgment Versus Monte Carlo Simulations

In the Fifth Edition of PMI’s PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide (© 2013 PMI®, Inc.) there is a good comparison (see Figure 11-13 on page 336 and Figure 11-17 on page 340) of the differences between using “Expert Judgment” and “Monte Carlo Simulations” to arrive at the range of overall Project Costs for… Continue reading Comparison of Overall Project Risk Assessments Using Expert Judgment Versus Monte Carlo Simulations

If You Develop Products and/or Services and You Cannot Afford to Miss Project Delivery Commitments You Must Do This!

Do you realize that there is only one (yes, just ONE) Valid Way to effectively manage Project Schedule Risk?   This should not be a surprise to anyone up the management ranks in organizations that conduct complex/risky product development projects/programs and profess to practice sound Project Management practices.   Every certified PMP (Project Management Professional)… Continue reading If You Develop Products and/or Services and You Cannot Afford to Miss Project Delivery Commitments You Must Do This!

When Why and How do We Use Project SRA Output Data?

Here are the quick answers:   When?  Ideally, before and after kicking off projects with schedule commitments that are highly scrutinized (i.e., for most important time-sensitive projects with deterministic requirements).   Why?  To manage project schedule risk in the most effective way (i.e., SRAs are proven to be the best tools and techniques to employ… Continue reading When Why and How do We Use Project SRA Output Data?

Key Chrono Take-Aways!

Ask yourself “Do I really know the likelihood (or percent confidence) of meeting my project schedule commitment(s)?”   If your project is relatively complex, with an aggressive completion date (i.e., is risky), and the schedule is based on single-point task duration estimates, your likelihood of meeting that date may be close to nil – or,… Continue reading Key Chrono Take-Aways!

When Requirements are Important, Changes can be Devastating to Project Success!

Just absorb it, it’s not much of a change!  Everyone is on board, so be a team player! Trust me, I’ll have your back if it causes issues! Just absorb it – your team can handle it!  Why stir up the pot and make things difficult?   The easiest way to handle a product requirement change (i.e.,… Continue reading When Requirements are Important, Changes can be Devastating to Project Success!

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!