Project Toll Gating – Why It’s Needed

Project Toll Gating – Why It’s Needed

Successful leaders need to develop the self-discipline of auditing projects. These audits, referred to in sources as project phase gates, stage gates, or tollgates, allow senior leaders to scrutinize whether their organization’s funds are being well spent. A gating process sets the expectation for project teams that project health will be assessed and projects that have veered too far off budget, schedule, and or scope may be cancelled in favor of other projects.

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Successful Leaders’ Guidelines For Minimizing Their Projects’ Rework

If too many projects are ending up behind schedule and/or over budget, if too many of them are plagued by issues that delay work or cause rework, that’s symptomatic of an organizational issue and not just bad luck. There are many steps that can be taken to make your projects the success that your organization expects them to be and needs them to be. Here are only a few of those steps.

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The Ever-Greening Project

The Ever-Greening Project

Many projects, especially IT-related ones dealing with infrastructure or product development, take on a life of their own and seem to go on forever, draining important resources like capital and staff. This doesn’t have to happen; business leaders need to develop a basic understanding about the nature of projects and what it takes to make them successful. Once done, they’ll develop a better understanding of what they should demand from those working on projects and see a marked difference as a result.

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Is Risk Management For Your Projects Really That Necessary?

Is Risk Management For Your Projects Really That Necessary?

Project risk management is far from being a misuse of corporate investment dollars. Rather, project risk management can keep the cost of poor quality down by preventing errors from being presented in your projects. The extreme option, resulting from not taking any preventative measures, can result in nonconformance being detected by your customers, leading to replacement costs, repair costs, a loss of goodwill, tarnishment of your corporate reputation, and litigation.

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Top 10 Steps to Minimizing Project Rework

Top 10 Steps to Minimizing Project Rework

Whether it is you or someone on your staff, the project manager manages the communication, manages the project interfaces, manages the scope, oversees the management of risk and of quality, and manages the expectations of the client, whether that client is internal to your company or external to it. Following these 10 steps can see your projects being conducted with less need for rework and less money, time, and effort applied needlessly on them.

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Control Your Projects And Don’t Let Them Control You

Control Your Projects And Don’t Let Them Control You

The latest report on IT project failure rates by the Standish Group shows that managers felt that 32% of their projects were successful. With the pressure on hospitals to demonstate “workable” EMR systems in place by 2015, hospital and other successful leaders must realize that they can do many things to ensure their projects don’t fail and end up costing tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they should. Be well ahead of many of your competitors and your chances of coming in on the correct side of the next set of statistics published by the Standish Group will be greatly enhanced.

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3 Bid, 5 No-Bid – A Lesson On Contracting For Local Governments and Busineses Alike

3 Bid, 5 No-Bid – A Lesson On Contracting For Local Governments and Busineses Alike

The village president of Dolton, IL is in the news for wanting to give a contract award to his daughter and her partner for $1.4 million. Following the process that Federal Government contractors have to abide by–simple, yet effective–can surely mitigate this from happening in local governments. What is that process? Something known as 3 Bid, 5 No-bid along with a well-managed contract management process.

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What A Movie Can Teach Us About Project Management…

What A Movie Can Teach Us About Project Management…

What can a movie teach us about project management? Plenty, if that movie is Lost in La Mancha. Throughout the movie we can experience the pain that its producer and production team go through by not having a well-planned project plan in place and we can learn vicariously through the movie what deleterious effects lack of project planning can have.

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Emergency Plan Millions Over Budget, Behind Schedule

Emergency Plan Millions Over Budget, Behind Schedule

A Government-sponsored project is over budget and behind schedule. It’s easy to point fingers at the Goverment over their inadequacies but how many organizations have taken a good, hard look at themselves? There is a great lesson to be learned here for organizational leaders whose organizations conduct in-house projects.

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