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How to Write a Proper Communication Plan

People make projects happen. They solve problems, make decisions, lay bricks, draw models, and so on. It is the job of the project manager...

How to Write a Proper Responsibility Matrix

A statement of work answers many questions about a project, including the purpose, scope, deliverables, and chain of command. There is, however, a need...

How to Write a Proper Statement of Work

Clearly documented and accepted expectations begin with the statement of work (SOW). It lists the goals, constraints, and success criteria for the project—the rules...

How to Write a Proper Project Charter

A project charter announces that a new project has begun. The purpose of the charter is to demonstrate management support for the project and...

Defining the Project Rules

Every project is different. Different schedules, different products, and different people are involved. And, on any given project, the various stakeholders may have differing...

Gain Perspective: Identify Project Stakeholders (Project Sponsor)

Stakeholder roles: Project Sponsor Many projects are organizational anomalies. They cross department and corporate boundaries; they staff up for short periods, then disband; they may...

Gain Perspective: Identify Project Stakeholders (The Customer)

Stakeholder roles: The Customer Whenever a project exists, somebody will be paying for it. And whoever pays usually gets the first and last word on...

Gain Perspective: Identify Project Stakeholders (Project Manager and Team)

Stakeholder roles: Project Manager What does a project manager contribute to the project? Magic, or, more precisely, practical magic. Just as a symphony conductor directs...

Gain Perspective: Identify Project Stakeholders (Functional Management)

Stakeholder roles: Functional Management Working productively with the company's functional management is important to the success of any project. "Management," in this case, refers to...

How To Define Projects and Get Your Stakeholders On The Same...

How do you define projects? Who is responsible for what? Who has authority? What are our goals? How do we communicate? In most organizations,...

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