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Resource Management

Jim Lombardi

Resource Management

5 Common Mistakes We have seen many organizations mistakenly undertake a failed attempt at performing what they routinely call "Resource Management" in the name of organizational effectiveness and accountability. Unfortunately, what we have found is that too many of the organizations espousing the virtues of resource management are really attempting to address internal problems that they are not tackling head-on -- namely, what are all these people in my organization doing? The first step in an effort to do real resource management is to ask the hard question "What problem are we trying to solve with resource management"? Let me...

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Monthly Subscription Plans Now Available

Jim Lombardi MPMM

Method123 has introduced affordable monthly subscription plans for our award-winning project management methodology software - MPMM. Starting at just $10/month customers can subscribe to our 3 most popular editions - Educational, Standard, and Professional. Sign up today and manage projects more easily and effectively than ever before!

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Zombie PMOs...don't be that guy.

Jim Lombardi

Zombie PMOs...don't be that guy.

For several years now the phrase 'Zombie PMO' has been used to describe a PMO organization that is barely alive -- more focused on mundane self-serving practices than delivering business value.  Be sure that well before the 'Zombie' reference was born, this has been a crisis in the PM community.  For years we've seen PMOs come and go in and out of fashion, not because the concept of a PMO lacked business value, but because those executing the PMO have failed to focus on the business value they should be delivering. We staunchly support the idea of embracing best-practices, standards,...

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Project Management Templates Building Teams

Jim Lombardi

Build Teams with Project Management Templates So you’re a Project Manager on a new project and you want to build a high performing team using project management templates? Excellent, this is a great goal to strive for. But it’s not easy, especially in the project environment which has its own challenges. To do it, take these tips for... Building high performing teams What exactly is a high performing team? It’s “a team that exceeds the goals you set, by working hard and smart, as a group, not individuals.” Whether you’re in IT, construction, engineering or another industry, building a high performing team...

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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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