quality management process

Essential Elements in a Quality Management Process

We all know that a good quality project is one in which the final outcome or deliverable meets the needs of the stakeholders and is “fit for purpose”. So a Quality Management Process aims to ensure the final deliverable does just that by focusing on quality throughout the project lifecycle; by incorporating it into the […]

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How To Build A Successful Project Team

There are many components that come together to ensure you are successful as a project manager, from communicating effectively, to managing a schedule, to controlling the budget and handling risks. Nevertheless, most people would agree that an important first step is putting together the best project team. If you don’t have the right people in […]

creating a robust schedule

One of the sample questions is “List and describe five steps in creating a robust schedule. I’m struggling with this one as can’t decide what a ‘schedule’ is?  Is it a WBS, precedence diagram, gantt chart, resourse schedule etc?  Or is the question referring to combination of them all?

Explain The Primary Use Of Earned Value. (10 Marks)

Earned value allows you to understand whether the performance of the project is making good progress or not. It is a term used to describe products that have been delivered to a project and cannot be taken away. It uses a calculation to multiply what has been delivered by the planned completion, the actual time […]

Explain The Term Resource Levelling And Resource Smoothing.

Resource smoothing is making sure resources are not over allocated on a project. It means that the project manager cannot compromise the project end date. So, if the network, the critical path, interdependencies are all correct and the resources allocated are also correct, then the only thing you can do is to modify the schedule. […]

Explain What Is Meant By Resource Management (10Marks)

Resource management is the proactive approach of managing resources on a project i.e. human and other project resources. The project manager will need to make sure resources are managed efficiently and will need to consider things like the availability of the resources i.e. when people are available to work. Also, if there are any limitations […]

List And Describe 5 Components – Information Management Process

1.Collection  2. Storage 3. Dissemination  4. Archive  5. Destruction  Information management is about the organisation collating information from the start of the project. Information is key to the lifeblood of any organisation. The information plan is written by the project manager to establish the process.  Collection – this is where the project will collect data […]

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Managing A Remote Project Team

Managing a project team is difficult enough, but when you have to contend with your team members being geographically dispersed, it becomes even more difficult. Not only do you have all of the challenges that you typically face during a project, for example, scope creep and managing client expectations, but you also have a unique […]

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The Politically Astute Project Manager

In this post, we return to the topic of politics in projects. Politics has a bit of a dirty name. It’s associated with false promises, backstabbing, alliances and manipulating others. The worst weakness of Politics is its failure to deliver on its promises. Time and time again we see public politicians or business leaders failing to deliver the […]

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The Importance Of The People In Projects

Pure project management is about planning, communicating, monitoring, controlling, reporting etc etc but it is also about risk management and change management because few, if any, projects are without risks and change. But it can sometimes seem that change management, in particular, is an afterthought or only concerned with changes to the project plan, business […]

Barriers To Cooperation In Your Project Team

Have you ever worked in a project team where someone, or sometimes multiple someones, seem determined to create conflict, no matter what? When you say black, they invariably say white, and when you try to make a decisive move to get something done it appears that they want to block you every time. If you […]

How To Achieve A Good Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve but it’s important to ensure we are always able to perform our best at work, and yet still enjoy everything life has to offer us. Here are some tips to help achieve a good work-life balance. Work/ life balance can often seem completely unachievable when you’re a project […]

Project Management – Keep It Simple

Project management can be extremely complicated, but it needn’t be. And it is beneficial for us all to simplify our processes from time to time. Here we look at how to do this. Project management, as anyone who has watched The Apprentice knows, is one of the most difficult professions there are. In fact plenty […]

Asking The Right Questions About A Project

We all know that few projects run smoothly but, as a project manager, you can help your project to avoid too many serious problems by making sure you have asked the right questions upfront and obtained a clear, accurate answer. By asking detailed questions you can avoid ambiguity, ensure the aims are clearly articulated, ensure […]