Category Posts: Project Management

Happy Project Manager Day!

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”.

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Avoid Your Projects Getting Sick. Monitor!

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.

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Dynamic Project Management in Response to Changes

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:

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The Importance of Good Project Planning

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.

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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.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part II)

Hello everybody!

We bring back the subject that we started last week and we continue talking about the project management methodologies. If a few days ago, we wrote about their origin and characteristics of predictive methodologies, now it is the turn of the agile methodologies that were born to address weaknesses identified in the predictive techniques.


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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part I)

Hello everybody!

For this last post in September, we want to pick up the thread of posts about the 6 key reasons for the failure in project management. In the next two posts, we are going to take a look to project management methodologies and try to answer the questions that someone may encounter when dealing with this subject.

What methProject Management Methodologiesodologies are there? What are the differences among them? Which one is the most suitable for me?

Rationale behind the project management methodologies

Let’s define a project as the set of linked activities that have a common goal which has to be achieved in a predefined time span and with a particular set of resources. There are 3 key elements in the development of these activities: people, processes and tools/technologies. And therefore, the first step to take is to organize them so that they are completely coordinated.

Project management methodologies started to be defined in a formal way by the US army during the 50s. The goal was to reduce the number of projects that became out of hand and to solve some common problems that appear in most projects:

  • The load of work that is planned is too low or too high.
  • Costs surpass the project budget.
  • The final result doesn’t have the expected quality or value.

In general, project management can be predictive or agile, and as in any other subject, there are supporters of one and the other.

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Set Your Projects Goals

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:

  1. They are the foundation to make decisions in later stages of the project, at the same time that they allow to define what the boundaries of the project are.
  2. If they are agreed upon with the customer, then you have taken a step forward for having the customer’s expectations fulfilled.
  3. They provide to all members of the team with a clear and well defined target. That’s why it is very important to communicate the project goals to everyone in the team.
  4. They constitute the foundation for the subsequent project planning. They help to divide the work into tasks, estimate their duration and assign the tasks to team members. In addition, once the goals are ranked by priority, it is possible to decide what amount of work and effort you want to invest in each one.
  5. Having no goals means that it is impossible to monitor the development of a project or even to determine if it is successful after its completion.

How can you set good goals?

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Football: Example of The Importance Of Teamwork In The Success Of A Project

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.

Spain national Football Team

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. Read more »

6 Key Factors of Failure Projects


Let’s talk about the essential factors that  should guide us to success in project management. But, this time, we want to vary slightly the approach and analyze the most common mistakes that prevent projects succeed and not conform to expectations in terms of results, term or profitability.

What are the most common errors you should avoid if you want to achieve the expected results in your projects?

Project Management Success1. No defining clearly the project objectives

One of the main causes of project failure is the lack of clear, measurable and attainable objectives. You need to know what you want to achieve to conveniently manage the efforts of all parties involved. It is also essential in this process the customer expectations management, whether internal or external, to ensure that the goals are aligned with what is really expected and ensure their satisfaction with the outcome of the project.

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Benefits of the SaaS Project Management Software

So far, we have written about our new application and about the model in which it is based. Why is it important for a company to have a tool to manage its projects? Given the current situation of all companies, we all find the necessity of working harder, faster and in several projects at the same time, optimizing expenses in order to obtain the best profitability possible. To achieve this goal the best movement is to learn how to organize our resources and employee time to maximize the functionality of our company. This is not easy though. When a company deals with several projects at the same time, and is possibly composed by a multidisciplinary or geographically distributed team, communication issues may arise. E-mail, telephone, meetings can be used to improve the situation but they aren’t necessarily the best possible way.

This issue is addressed by a number of software solutions such as video conferences, instant messaging, synchronization tools, social networks, etc. However today we want to comment on a tool that is gaining a lot of traction lately: the project management software on demand.

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