Communication Can Make or Break Your Projects

In a 2007 CompTIA web survey, nearly 28 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents to the web poll singled out poor communications as the number one cause of IT project failure.  I would take that result one step further and say that poor communications causes most project failures even today, regardless of the project type.   One […]
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Requirements are a Project’s Essential Ingredient

One often overlooked aspect of successful projects is the quality of its requirements.  About 40% of the originally-proposed features and functions that are defined for major projects actually ever get implemented. Of those that do, they are part of the more than 50% of projects that come in an average of 189% over their original budget estimates. […]
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Creating a Project Management Methodology: Define Your 4 Key Strategies

When building your project management method, it is essential to frame it with at least four key strategies for:  (1) quality management, (2) configuration management, (3) change management and (4) risk management.   Each of these strategic areas needs a well-defined and approved standard in place to govern project activities that typically take place at an organizational […]
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This Project Manager’s Ingredients for a Great 2010!

Happy 2010, everyone! I have been thinking about my recipe for project management this coming year, and here are my top ingredients I plan to add to the mix known as ‘Susan Weese, Project Manager’: A large dash of common sense, used frequently on my upcoming projects 1 tablespoon of patience, added in to all […]
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Add Competent Project Managers to Your Project Management Methodology!

As we get ready to enter a new year, let’s talk a bit about another key element of your project management methodology: the underlying competencies required for effective and successful project managers. I recently had a client ask me to name my top 3 competencies for successful project managers. Here’s my list and why I […]
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