As I remind everyone each year: if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to update your project schedules with non-working days for 2017. Below is a list of commonly observed national and religious holidays, and the dates they are commonly observed. Naturally, you’ll need to confirm which holidays apply to your project team.
And here are instructions for updating the working calendar in MS Project.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t effectively communicate your measurements if there are no well-understood units of measure. I explain the rationale for selecting project-relevant dimensions, in addition to the usual schedule, budget, and quality, in order to make the status report meaningful and actionable. I also include an example of a complete scope description of one dimension, and how each RAG status will be determined. I also include guidelines for transitioning from one color to another and considerations for reporting trends.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as ‘TripAdvisor’for project management training industry.”
Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.
Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.