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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...

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,...

The Project Manager is a Leader, No Discussion There

The discipline of project management can be compared to a set of woodworking tools. Both are designed for specific purposes. And both are capable...

How to Survive Your Organizational Structure

Understanding organizational styles is more than an academic exercise because choosing the right structure could provide a competitive advantage for a firm. But how...

What is Your Organizational Style? Here Are Some Examples

Certain firms perform nothing but project work; large construction companies fit this model. The majority of their organization is devoted to specific projects. On...

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