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Project Management 101: What is the DICE Framework?

Posted by on 2:52 pm in PM 101

Project Management 101: What is the DICE Framework?

The DICE framework is a tool to help assess how likely a change management initiative or project is to succeed. It was developed by the Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, in the mid-1990s in an effort to develop a more effective approach to change management. DICE has been adopted by over a thousand companies and PMOs since. How Do I Compute DICE? DICE works by measuring four factors, each of which is a letter of the acronym: Duration: This is the duration of the project being measured. In addition to measuring an entire...

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What Skills Do Self-Taught Project Managers Commonly Lack?

Posted by on 3:59 pm in Project Management

What Skills Do Self-Taught Project Managers Commonly Lack?

I’m a self-taught project manager. All the project management skills I have, I learned either on the job or through online resources. And I was good at my job, too. I was promoted twice and recognized as the top employee in the department two years running. But there are certain skills I wish I had when I first started out. And after observing and talking with other similarly self-taught colleagues, I realized that many of us had the same gap in our knowledge. Project Management-Level Planning “Planning” is one of those grossly underestimated...

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Streamline Your Workflow with Project Templates

Posted by on 2:26 pm in Project Management

Streamline Your Workflow with Project Templates

When I used to work at a marketing agency, we did projects for a wide variety of clients from different industries. Each had their own messages and campaigns, but they all boiled down to the same media—websites, animated videos, whitepapers, brochures, and the like. They were all different, of course: some videos had a particular style, or some websites needed a specific functionality. But because we did so many of them, we were able to streamline the project creation process and get it out of the door fast (while still making it look good)....

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Project Management 101: What is a project stakeholder?

Posted by on 3:17 pm in PM 101

Project Management 101: What is a project stakeholder?

In a nutshell, a project stakeholder is someone who is either involved with the development of a project, affected by the outcome, or both. They can be internal or external to the organization, and can usually exert some degree of influence over the project’s activities and objectives. There are various types of stakeholders, some with direct involvement in the project, and some without. Some of the most common are: Project Manager – You and your colleagues, who are in charge of organizing the project and its participants and seeing it...

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Help! I Can’t Find the Right Project Management Methodology!

Posted by on 11:00 am in Project Management

Help! I Can’t Find the Right Project Management Methodology!

There are lots of project management methodologies out there: Waterfall, Agile, and PRINCE2 are just a few, and that doesn’t even count all of their sub-types. But despite all this variety, many PMOs have trouble finding a method that perfectly fits their team. Either the process is too rigid, too unstructured, too complex, or too simple for their needs—sometimes all at once. So what can a project manager do? Answer: Mix and match! The idea isn’t as intimidating as you think. Organizations do it all the time; why do you think Waterfall...

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Project Management 101: What is Float/Slack?

Posted by on 10:45 am in PM 101

Project Management 101: What is Float/Slack?

In project management, “float” or “slack” is the amount of time that a task can be delayed without affecting the deadlines of other subsequent tasks, or the project’s final delivery date. The former is called “free float”, and the latter is called “total float”. How Do I Find Float? The simplest way to compute slack is to subtract the time you’ve allotted to complete a task from the time the task actually takes. For example, if you’ve allotted 10 days for a task, but it only takes you 6 hours to complete, then your slack is 4 days. Tasks that...

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How Can I Create a Repeatable (and Successful) Project Management Process?

Posted by on 3:52 pm in Project Management

How Can I Create a Repeatable (and Successful) Project Management Process?

Are you tired of managing a project in a different way every time? Does shooting from the hip result in late and low-quality projects? Are your teams so scattered and directionless that completing a project is more a matter of luck? Maybe you need a repeatable project management process. “But wait!” you say. “All projects are unique, so we should adapt our process accordingly!” This is true, but all the more reason for you to establish a consistent process. Here are some tips on how to do that: Find the Gaps The problem with doing things...

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Do Freelancers and Project Management Mix?

Posted by on 1:32 pm in Project Management

Do Freelancers and Project Management Mix?

On the surface, freelancing and project management are kind of polar opposites. On the one side, you have a lone wolf who operates as an independent consultant, and on the other you have a group of people who pool and coordinate their efforts. But in reality, freelancing and project management can and frequently do mix. In fact, the relationship of between these two concepts can be very beneficial to both the freelancer and their client. Ad Hoc Project Management Whether it’s web development, events management, marketing, or anything else,...

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Project Management 101: What is PERT?

Posted by on 3:56 pm in PM 101

Project Management 101: What is PERT?

PERT stands for the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, and is a graphical tool used to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks. It’s often used in conjunction with the critical path project management method. Task Sequencing and Durations One of PERT’s key components is its use of nodes and arrows to represent task dependencies and sequences. Sequential tasks are indicated by connecting arrows, whose lengths also correspond to the tasks’ projected duration. Using these tasks sequences, project managers can identify and prioritize the...

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4 Signs You’re Actually a Micromanager

Posted by on 11:00 am in Project Management

4 Signs You’re Actually a Micromanager

The term “micromanagement” has such a poor connotation these days that it’s almost like a bad word. But we’re such poor judges of our own performance that we can’t tell whether we’re micromanaging unless someone tells us. Except, that is, if we can spot the signs. Signs like: Nobody Can Do Their Job Right Are you so frustrated with your team’s performance and work habits that you have to constantly correct them? Does it sometimes seem like you’re the only one on the project who knows what he’s doing? Heads up, friend. You might be the...

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