My Project Management Blog

My Project Management Blog

On this page you will find my project blog which is my view on the world of project management. I look forward to reading your comments and engaging with you about project management.

Becoming a Project Manager Many people want to become project managers but struggle with the first step. A quick search will reveal some great advice on how to secure your first entry-level project management job. But there is another way. I will share with you the story of my first project and how I ended up becoming a project ...

Best Project Management Blogs 2016 As we have approached the end of another year, I thought it would be time to share how I keep up to speed on what is going on in the world of project management. Below I share a list of all the great writers who produce really good project management articles. I have put a ...

How to Close Your Project in 11 Steps A project is defined as something with a definite start and finish. Just as starting a project well is important it is also critical to finish it well. A project that never ends is not a project. In this article, I will show you how to finish a project, so it is clear when the ...

Beginners Guide to Managing Project Issues Issues. Nobody likes having them, but unfortunately, you will have them on your project and in this article I will show you what to do when you do have them. This follows on from my last article on risk as some risks can become issues. The first thing I will cover is what an issue ...

Beginners Guide to Project Risk Management Why is it most of the articles about project risk are long, boring and complicated. If you are lucky, you get half way through before falling asleep. The reality is it does not need to be long, boring or complicated. There are only 5 things you need to do once you have identified a risk ...

Create Project Plan in MS Excel with a Gantt Chart in Under 10 Minutes There is a saying that goes “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. Therefore it is important if you have a project that you have plan. The plan will increase your chances of completing the goal of a finished project. In this article I will show you how to create a project plan ...

Why Your Project Status Reports Don’t Work The sad reality is a lot of projects perform poorly due to improper way of tracking and reporting. According to the Project Management Institute, “For every US$1 billion invested, we see US$122 million wasted due to project performance”. One of the reasons projects perform poorly is due to the poor visibility given to stakeholders about ...

Kick Off Meeting Agenda Template for a New Project The Chaos Manifesto by The Standish Group identified that in 2012 18% of all projects fail (are cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used) and a further 43% were challenged (late or over budget). Often the reason why projects fail or become challenged is time is not taken up front to think about ...

How to End a Great Meeting All over the world, businesses are replacing their meetings minutes archive with an action log. Meeting minutes tend to be dry and dense, which is exactly why hardly anyone ever reads them. An action log, on the other hand, boils the information contained in minutes down to simple actions. When updating the action log, you ...

How to Run a Successful Meeting Now that you know how to create an excellent meeting plan, the next step is to learn what to do (and what not to do) during the meeting itself. Even a well-planned meeting will end in failure if you don’t stick to the agenda, designate a facilitator, accomplish the meeting goal and practice good meeting ...

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