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Using a Project Charter Template

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Using a Project Charter Template

By using a project charter template you will have a jump start on completing the task you have undertaken. The template is designed to assist you in the creation of this document so the final product will be formatted as expected. The use of the project charter template will also make it possible for the project manager to complete this task with greater accuracy but in less time than if it was done by scratch. This is made possible by the template itself. By having the formatting and order already in place inside the template, the project manager only has...

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) - Foundation of Project Success

Jim Lombardi

Developing Effective Work Breakdown Structures The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is an often misunderstood and underappreciated tool of project management.  I would argue that it is a critical piece of the foundation of any project management methodology.  Many misconceptions exist about what a WBS is, how it is used and why it is such an important part of the project management process. A WBS is a deliverable-oriented, hierarchical grouping of the work to be executed by the project team to accomplish the project objectives and create the required deliverables.  It organizes and defines the total scope of the project. Each...

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Conducting a Business Case Analysis

Jim Lombardi

he conducting of a business case analysis is always done by the stakeholders of a project. This is because they will be financially responsible for the success or failure of this business venture. They will also be the ones that have the greatest chance of losing money if the right decision is not made. There is another person in the organization that should also do a business case analysis. This is the project manager. This will allow them to thoroughly understand just what is needed, to gain approval from the stakeholders. The first step in a business case analysis is...

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Delivering Project Management Templates on Time

Jim Lombardi

Project Management Templates - Delivering projects on Time As a Project Manager, you are always pushed to deliver your projects on time, by using project management templates.  Not a day goes by that you don’t worry about whether you are on, behind or ahead of schedule. To help you to boost your chances of success, we’ve described here... How to Deliver Projects On Time On a project, it is easy to get bogged down with the details, and forget about the “helicopter view”.  Other than completing Project Status Reports at the end of each reporting period, many Project Managers adopt...

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5 Things a PMO Should be Doing Now

Jim Lombardi

Project Management Offices (PMO) are defined by their ability to deliver value to their organizations or clients. As PMO organizations mature it becomes harder for them to demonstrate their business value to the organization. Below, we have identified 5 things that PMOs should be focused on to get themselves to the 'next level' of maturity and business value. 1. Make sure you can deliver clear, measurable objectives beyond ROI We have observed that many project proposals are submitted to the PMO organization -- complete with management approval and funding -- but without any clear measurable business objectives. By insisting that...

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