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Project Management Tips and Tricks
 
This section contains tips and tricks that you may find helpful for managing your projects. The material contained in this section is not meant to be a comprehensive guide for managing projects, it is meant to be used piece meal. Check the entries out for tips that deal with project issues you currently face, or that you think may be useful to you.

The material is laid out in 11 sections, 9 of which align with the knowledge areas in the PMBOK® Guide. The 10th section deals with project rescue (thank you Sanjiv Purba), and the 11th deals with special topics. You'll notice 2 things about the entries below:
  1. Some of the entries are captured in more than one knowledge area. That's because the subject they deal with encompasses more than one knowledge area.
  2. Human resources contains by far the most entries. This is not by accident. Managing project human resources is the most important project management endeavor and the most difficult.
The titles are all linked to supporting web pages. To access an article, mouse click on the link embedded in the title.

​PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Integration Management Scope Management Time Management
Change Management Tips User Manuals & Guides Missed Deadlines
CR Buffers Training CR Buffers
Paying for Change Requirements Management Risk and the CP
Managing the CCB Dealing with Late Requirements Taming MS Project
  Who to Solicit Effort and Duration Estimation
Badly Handled Changes Solicitation Techniques Scheduling Relationships
Controlling Change Requests Clear Requirements Correcting Scheduling Problems
"What If" Scenarios Scheduling Activities Earned Value & Time Sheets
  Identifying Approvers Knowing the Score
  Requirements Traceability Calculating SPI
  Prioritizing Requirements Project Decisions
  Choosing an SDC Methodology  
  Incorrect or Incomplete Requirements  
  Writing the SOW  
  Creating the WBS  
  Pilot Projects  
  Software Prototypes  
  CMMI and Configuration  
  Controlling Scope  
  Configuration Management  
  System Cutovers  
  Breaking the Work Down  
  Writing a Project Charter  
Cost Management Quality Management Human Resource Management
Managing the Recession Poor Quality Training
Innovation Quality Management Team Performance
Controlling Software Development Costs Testing Tools Improving Individual Performance
Paying for Change Reviews and Walkthroughs Missed Deadlines
Earned Value & Time Sheets Development Testing Absenteeism
Knowing the Score QA Testing Poor Quality
Budgeting for IT Projects User Acceptance Testing "Needy" Programmers
Budget Planning for Software Projects 9 Tips for Software Testing  
  CMMI and the PMBOK® Resolving Conflicts Within the Team
  CMMI - Requirements Management Resolving Conflicts Outside the Team
  CMMI and Planning Managing the Genius
  CMMI and Tracking Building a High Performance Team
  CMMI and Procurement e-mail Conduct
  CMMI and Quality Common PM Errors
  CMMI and Configuration Bad Planning
  Project Audits Incorrect or Incomplete Requirements
    Badly Handled Changes
    Surprises
    Miscommunication
    Remarkable Project Managers
    Gustave Eiffel
    General George S. Patton
    Frank Crowe
    Roeblings (Brooklyn Bridge)
    General Leslie Groves
    Leadership
    Ethical Project Management
    Ethics & CSR
    Leadership and Management
    Building Trust
    Motivation Tips
    How the "Pros" Manage
    Imitate the Pros
    Coaching and Mentoring
    Sponsoring a Project
    Admitting Mistakes
    The Future of Project Management
    Keeping Your Sponsor Engaged
    Management by Walkabout
    Managing the 50% Resource
    Critical Resources
    Build Masters
    Team Leads
    Software Architects
    Database Architects
Communications Management Risk Management Procurement Management
Project Communications Risk Management Writing the SOW
e-mail Tips Risk Analysis Vendor Management
e-mail Wars Risk Strategies CMMI and Procurement
Public Relations Risk Maintenance  
Stakeholder Expectations Risk and the CP  
Innovation Common Risks  
Meeting Time Keepers Risk Appetite  
Dealing with Gate Saboteurs Risk Workshops  
Successful Gate Meetings Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)  
Gate Meeting Decisions ERM for Projects  
Job Huddles The Gulf Oil Spill  
e-mail Conduct Root Cause Analysis  
Customer Management    
Miscommunication    
Meeting Tips    
Weekly Status Reports    
Steering Committee Presentations    
Creating a Project Scorecard    
Managing Project Issues    
Keeping Your Sponsor Engaged    
Management by Walkabout    
Earned Value & Time Sheets    
Knowing the Score    
Project Rescue Special Topics  
Symptoms of Troubled Projects Project Management Centres  
6 Signs Your Project is in Trouble The Future of Project Management  
Project Rescue Corporate Social Responsibility  
Assessment CSR in the Extraction Sector  
Intervention Planning CSR Lessons Learned  
Intervention Execution CSR Congruence  
Post Intervention Review Not for Profit vs. For Profit  
Enhancing the Framework Outcome Measures  
Risk Management 10 Project Rescue Tips  
Assessment Questionnaire    
Planning the Intervention    
Defining the Approach    
Project Rescue Plan    
Managing the Intervention    
Incremental Adjustment    
Execution Phase Questionnaire    
Deployment Questions    
Training Questions    
Post-Intervention    
Best Practices    
Post-Intervention Questionnaire    
Intervention Techniques    
Additional Tools