9 Common Pitfalls When Kicking Off a Project

9 Common Pitfalls When Kicking Off a Project

As project managers, we certainly always want to get our projects off on the right foot from the start of a project, right?  We want to do anything possible that we can do to ensure the success of our project and there’s no better start than having everything in order as we prepare to embark on kicking off the project. 

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Why is it So Hard to Plan Well Up Front?

Why is it So Hard to Plan Well Up Front?

Why is it that time and time again projects end up with bad requirements? Why do the same project experiences and nightmares seem to happen over and over again? Imagine this scenario - and it may hit home with you so it might not take too much imagination. You are an intelligent and confident leader. Let's say you're in charge of the project and you have a leadership role in seeing that requir ...

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The 6 Phases of a Construction Project Life Cycle

The 6 Phases of a Construction Project Life Cycle

Having almost exclusively only dealt with and led IT software projects throughout my career, I’ve always been intrigued by the area of construction project life cycle. Though with my background, getting in the door – even on a consulting basis – to gain that experience just hasn’t happened or the timing was just never right – either in the Midwest or in Las Vegas during the housing boom. So runni ...

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Begin with the End in Mind

Begin with the End in Mind

“Begin with the End in Mind.”  This is a quote from Stephen Covey and it is Habit # 2 of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I was recently reminded of this quote by a post on Twitter and it struck me…this is key thinking for Project Managers and, in fact, all business professionals who have responsibility for success in some facet of their existence.  Begin with the end in mind.

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Defining Project Constraints

Defining Project Constraints

Project constraints are anything that restricts or dictates the actions of the project team. That can cover a lot of territory. The triple constraints - time, resources, and quality - are the big hitters, and every project has one or two, if not all three, of the triple constraints as a project driver

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