Validating Solutions to Meet Business Needs

One key business analysis task in the BABOK® Guide’s Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge area is taken straight from the name: Solution Validation.  It is essential that you make sure that your new solution addresses the business and stakeholder needs that triggered your project in the first place. You must compare your solution and its […]
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Developing Transition Requirements

A successful project ends with a controlled close to make sure that the solution transitions to its operational business use as seamlessly as possible. In the BABOK® Guide, the Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge area focuses on ensuring a solution is successfully implemented.  After all, if we can’t produce the desired end result of our […]
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The Stick, the Carrot and the Hug

Dealing with power is part of being a project manager.  Most days, I find myself facing a situation where power is being used or applied to shift, change or influence the outcome and the course of my project.  Sometimes the power is being used on a particular team member from a more senior project stakeholder […]
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Susan’s Pick for a Cool Project Planning Tool: WBS ChartPro

Sometimes I find myself struggling to see a hierarchical WBS representation of my project plan when I am using my favorite project planning tool.  Luckily, there is a way to get that “traditional WBS” view of things and still interact with your main project planning tool. WBS ChartPro is the tool that I use often in […]
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Seven Skills for High-Performing Project Teams

Successful project managers know that effective teams get the work done and then some.  The trick is to build and maintain an effective project team within your organization.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a team as “a number of persons associated together in work or activity.”  Sounds good to me. When I looked up this […]
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