Project Management Basics

Articles sharing the basics of managing projects

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Closing or... Learning how to Learn

Project closures tend to be executed in a quick & superficial manner. People want to get rid of the project and move on to something new, as soon as possible. Unfortunately, doing this, means you are wasting a great opportunity to learn and improve. In this article, I would like to go through they key steps of a good project closure and argue that, doing this right, is key to learning and development.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Executing & Controlling a Project

The standard project management methodology does not spend too much time documenting and recommending what to do when executing a project. And this is not surprising. Executing & controlling a project is all about doing the work you planned and taking the time to step back and think about what you are actually doing, compared to your plans. There’s no need for a big framework. Let’s see how all this works together.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Cost Management Planning in Three Questions

When planning the cost of a project, you can use lots of tools and calculations to estimate things and take decisions. However, if you strip everything down to the basics, it is all about answering a few simple questions, in the simplest way available to you. For most projects (low to medium complexity), you won’t need anything else.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Time Management Planning Simplified

I want to continue our series on stripping project management to its core, with an article which tries to summarize time management planning in a series of simple questions. Answering them should give you enough information to create a good project schedule. Lets go through these questions and see if they make sense.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Evaluating Project Risk with a Few Questions

If you read through all the specialist literature, risk management planning is about creating lots of documentation, making plenty of complicated calculations and taking some decisions at the end. All this based on rather subjective evaluations. That’s why I prefer to transform this complicated framework into a small number of logical questions, which are easy to answer and powerful enough to help in creating a good risk management plan. Let’s go through them and see if they make sense.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Planning Happiness

Two important areas in project planning are called planning quality and planing communications. In this episode, I would like to argue that they are the two most important elements that contribute to making & keeping people happy throughout the duration of the project. Let’s see why.



Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Planning What You Need to Get Things Done!

When you think about project planning, there are both simple and complex areas included in it. Once you get your scope planned correctly, the easy next step is to clarify what you need to get it delivered. Let’s see how it works, if you ignore for a bit the standard order of steps and think about it in your own logical flow.

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