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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Using the PMBOK® Guide to Build a Practical Project Management Process

Many project managers, after passing their PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, find it difficult to apply the principles of the PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge,3rd Edition) when managing their projects at work. That’s largely because using the PMBOK® Guide as the basis for real-world project management requires […]
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