Battle of the Planning Tools: Gantt Charts versus Burndown Charts

In this article I will look at two useful planning techniques: creating Gantt Charts and creating Burndown Charts. Both have their pluses and minuses. Gantt Charts were named after Henry Gantt, who invented them in the early part of the twentieth century. Burndown Charts are often used in agile environments to track the progress of […]
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Introduction to Gantt Charts: A Tool For Everyone Part One

In my first semester in engineering school in the mid-1970s I, along with a cadre of incoming prospective engineering students, took a course that covered a plethora of engineering topics. One portion of that class actually dealt with project management and Gantt and PERT charts. At the time they seemed like topics one had to […]
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The Fallacy of Project Management

The Great Project Management Myth There is a fallacy in the project management sector that an initiative’s success or failure boils down to processes. However, PRINCE2 and other contemporary process management frameworks are only tools in a project manager’s toolkit. The reality is that process must be aligned with talent, culture and creativity to put […]
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Project Management Without Borders

3 Skills That Extend Across Methodologies Agile, scrum, Six Sigma teams can be built on a wide range of project management methodologies, and many organizations can become so entrenched in how they operate that project leaders end up with highly specific skills that may not be applicable to other strategies. This can be problematic on […]
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Seven Steps to a Successful Project Start Up

One of the greatest temptations in any project is to stop analyzing and planning the project and just get on with the “real” work of creating the products. Wasting time with unnecessary analysis is of course a bad thing, but rushing into the work can actually turn out to be a false economy, leading to […]
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