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Project Management Meeting If Things Aren’t Going Well, When Do You Want to Know?

Ask people to describe the number one job of a project manager and few will get it right. Payson Hall discusses the most important part of project manager's role.

 

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Payson Hall
Disaster Your Project Might Be in Trouble If...

 As I start my fifth decade working on projects, primarily in the IT and software development space, I wanted to share some patterns I have observed that suggest a project is in trouble, Jeff Foxworthy style.

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Payson Hall
Learning Contracted IT Projects: A Primer for Client Project Managers

If you’ve never managed an IT project for your organization that had significant work outsourced to a vendor, what’s learned on the job can be VERY painful and VERY expensive. Here are some things to watch out for.

 

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Payson Hall
milestone Pandemic Challenge 205 of 7,923: Recognizing Project Milestones

These days teams are compensating as best they can, but some aspects of project life are difficult with remote teams and social distancing. Celebrating milestone achievement is hard but necessary in our current circumstances.

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Payson Hall
poison A Tale of Toxic Sponsorship

It is difficult to succeed without effective sponsorship—and almost impossible if your sponsor is toxic, as this true tale explains.

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Payson Hall
Risk Project Management Schedule Risk Analysis

Building schedules for complex projects is challenging. While the results are never perfect, credible schedules are a useful communication and coordination device. Incredible schedules are a dangerous waste of time and energy that damage a project manager’s credibility and cost an enterprise a fortune.

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Payson Hall
Agile team coming up with three-point estimate for a project 3 Questions for Easier, Less Stressful Project Estimates

In agile development, the idea of precise estimates is unrealistic. But estimates are needed to inform decision-makers about whether it's worth solving a problem as it is currently understood. It sounds counterintuitive, but instead of asking for one estimate of cost and schedule, ask for three. Here's why it's more useful.

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Payson Hall
Project manager analyzing a project and typing Exploring the Benefits of PMaaS

Project management as a service, or PMaaS, is similar to software as a service (SaaS) and IT as a service (ITaaS). In the same way a company might outsource cloud computing or IT work, a company can also outsource its project management process. Here’s a brief look at what PMaaS is and why it’s a worthwhile investment.

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Megan Nichols