2016 is here! Now it is the moment to think about how the last year was and to gather all the resolutions for a new period full of new projects.
We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new year’s resolution list to improve how projects are managed in 2016:
This post will deal with the key capabilities that allow you to achieve the success and recognition you are seeking at your job.
All necessary skills to achieve it, both technical and interpersonal, may be grouped into 4 major pillars, management, leadership, communication and organization:
Today, Thursday November 4th, we celebrate the 12th edition of the “International Project Management Day”. This day was established in 2004 by Frank P. Saladis and since then it has been held the first Thursday of November each year, with the aim of giving greater visibility to the value contributed by the project management and highlighting the work of project managers around the world. Therefore, it is considered further the “Project Manager Day”.
We will look below at the importance of project monitoring during implementation. With this one, we close the series of articles on the 6 key factors of project failure about the most common mistakes in project management and how to avoid them.
Just as we go to the doctor regularly to monitor our health and make sure there is no problem, our projects require a continuous and comprehensive “check” to detect possible “diseases” during execution. Without constant monitoring of the project progress, it is impossible to identify errors in planning or deviations in implementation or redirect the project towards meeting the objectives.
In a rapidly changing environment like this, where the level of uncertainty in organizations is high, it is essential to carry out an appropriate management of internal and external changes that may happen in a project to ensure its success.
Therefore, we know that the project is a dynamic, affected by a big amount of factors, some of them unpredictable. Only then, we will be able to respond to them quickly and avoid deviations that prevent us from meeting the expectations of stakeholders.
The keys to successfully carry out a “dynamic management” of the project are:
Let’s continue with the series of posts on the keys of failure in project management. Of those 6 key factors that we identified, we have had already the opportunity to talk about the importance of teamwork, the definition of the project objectives and the use of appropriate methodology. On this occasion, we will analyze the risk of planning the project in the wrong way and its impact on their subsequent implementation and monitoring.
One of the most common mistakes in this area is given by the mismatch between project objectives and the resources and time to reach them. Sometimes, ignorance or lack of experience in the execution of a particular type of project may lead to underestimating the time and resources needed for its realization. To avoid this it is necessary to identify the tasks to be carried out and anticipate any possible deviations that may occur within the natural discourse of the project.
We continue the series of posts about the 6 key factors for the failure of your projects. Last post we talked about football and the importance of team work in a project’s success. Now we go for the first item of the list: setting the goals as the first step to make a project successful.
Why are goals important?
There are five main reasons:
How can you set good goals?
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Our last post (6 Key Factors of Failure Projects) initiated a series of articles on the most common key factors for failure in project management and how to avoid them to be successful. Let’s start with the last of those mistakes listed (6. Giving the team a minor role in the project management) talking about football.
Well, what has a football team to do with project management? A lot, you’ll see. A football team is not very different from any other group of people working together to achieve a common goal.
As you know, our tool Doolphy is based on the SaaS model. Let’s get some insights into what this model means since it is getting a lot of buzz lately.
There are many definitions of SaaS, but this one is the preferred by us:
SaaS is a software distribution model by the means of which an information technology company (IT) provides the services of maintenance, daily operation and user support for certain software
With this model, the traditional concept of software license disappears and users subscribe to the service. In that sense, the customer just pays for the use of the service not having to incur in expenses related to hardware or software maintenance. The first direct benefit from this is that it is possible to keep the software expenses to a constant level, and some times these expenses are lower than in traditional software.