Team Development Lessons Learned

If the team can apply the lessons learned in the forming and storming phase, the team progress faster to the norming and performing phase. In this second article, I’ll highlight a few useful lessons learned across the Norming and Performing phases.

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Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal Tips

The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is a purchasing process used to elicit service provider proposals for a specific product, service or solution.  In Information Technology, this often translates into the purchasing of IT services, software or the combination of both.   If you have ever been through an RFP purchasing cycle, then you know managing […]

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Build a Better Microsoft Project Schedule with Steelray Project Analyzer

How do you ensure you’ve built a quality Microsoft Project Schedule? Over time, we develop our own set of criteria for what makes a “good schedule” by combining real-world practice with project scheduling theory.  One challenge with assessing project schedule quality is subjective nature of the evaluation as it always isn’t consistent across a project […]

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Visual Status Reporting using a Work Breakdown Structure

Improving Project Status Reports with Visual Reporting

Google has over 13 million pages that describe project status reports.  If you read all of them, you’d find a lot of discussions on the purpose of status reporting, key components and numerous templates.  I’ll save you the time reading 13 million pages and provide three useful formats to include in your project or program […]

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User-controlled scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

User-controlled scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

With the MS Project 2010, project managers have the option of scheduling tasks manually or letting MS Project schedule the task start and end dates using the scheduling engine.  When I first head about this feature, I was convinced this is the dumbing down of project schedule development.  However, I recognize a portion of Microsoft […]

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