101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them: by Tom Kendrick PMP

By Tom Kendrick PMP

Inspite of an awesome venture administration application in position, difficulties can come up to derail your team's labor. the very last thing you wish within the warmth of conflict is educational idea. you would like field-proven fixes, functional solutions to pressing questions, and easy innovations for navigating round hindrances. "101 venture administration difficulties and the way to unravel Them" explores a variety of those real-world demanding situations, together with the way to: retain a undertaking on target regardless of unavoidable interruptions; hinder unreliable outdoor collaborators from jeopardizing the complete undertaking; deal with undertaking groups who've very little undertaking administration adventure; make up for misplaced time with out slicing corners; and reach the face of threatened finances cuts. full of plan-ahead concepts in addition to on-the-fly strategies, this beneficial consultant is the last word undertaking adviser and on-the-job troubleshooter in a single!

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G en er al To pi c 14. How many projects can a project manager realistically handle simultaneously? Depends on: g Team size(s) g Project complexity g Project workflow continuity Understanding Limits on Control The number of projects that even an experienced, grizzled project manager can effectively manage is usually one. There are exceptions to this, but managing several simultaneous independent projects, where any or all of them might need attention at any time, often results in a loss of visibility and control, serious problems, and probable failure of one or more of them.

If the complexity is technical, thorough planning can help. If the complexity is organizational, strong sponsorship and exceptionally effective communications will make a difference. Whatever makes the project complex, a single-minded focus and disciplined project management processes will aid in avoiding disaster. Maintaining Support Work with the sponsors and key stakeholders to verify the business reasons for a ‘‘crash’’ approach to the project. Understand what the benefits of the deliverables will be and document a credible case for why they matter.

What are the key considerations when developing or revising a project life cycle? What should I consider when choosing between ‘‘waterfall’’ and ‘‘cyclic’’ (or ‘‘agile’’) life cycles? Depends on: g Project novelty g Project duration and size g Access to users and project information Considering Life Cycle Types Like methodologies, there are many types of life cycles, which vary a good deal for different varieties of projects. Life cycles are also often used either with, or even as part of, a project methodology to assist in controlling and coordinating projects.

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