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

By Tom Kendrick PMP

Inspite of an excellent undertaking administration application in position, difficulties can come up to derail your team's exertions. the very last thing you wish within the warmth of conflict is educational conception. you wish field-proven fixes, functional solutions to pressing questions, and easy techniques for navigating round stumbling blocks. "101 undertaking administration difficulties and the way to resolve Them" explores quite a lot of those real-world demanding situations, together with tips on how to: hold a undertaking on target regardless of unavoidable interruptions; hinder unreliable open air collaborators from jeopardizing the complete venture; deal with undertaking groups who've very little undertaking administration adventure; make up for misplaced time with no slicing corners; and reach the face of threatened finances cuts. choked with plan-ahead concepts in addition to on-the-fly options, this useful advisor is the final word venture adviser and on-the-job troubleshooter in a single!

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Life cycles are also often used either with, or even as part of, a project methodology to assist in controlling and coordinating projects. ’’ A waterfall-type life cycle is an effective option for well-defined projects with clear deliverables. This life cycle has a small number of phases or stages for project work that cascade serially through to project completion. For novel projects that must be started in the face of significant unknowns and uncertainty, however, a cyclic life cycle that provides for incremental delivery of functionality and frequent evaluation feedback may be a better choice.

Excessive change will guarantee disaster on complex, high-pressure projects. Monitoring and Communicating Finally, effective tracking and communication is essential. Aggressive plans must always be tracked with high discipline. Set status cycles to be at least weekly, and increase the frequency whenever things are not proceeding as planned. During times of high stress, schedule short fiveto ten-minute stand-up or teleconference status meetings each day to stay on top of evolving progress. Handle problems and variances from plans within your team when possible, but do not hesitate to escalate situations where resolution is beyond your control, especially for any case that could endanger the success of the overall project.

The specifics of the project life cycle may be dissimilar, and there are often differences in processes, such as those related to testing and scope change control. Defining Life Cycles Software projects, especially those with very novel deliverables that are relatively small, may elect to use an ‘‘agile’’ or cyclic life cycle, as discussed in Problem 7. Hardware projects and larger software projects generally employ a more traditional waterfall-type life cycle, but the names of the life-cycle phases may differ.

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