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In the Cloud for Project Management: A Good Idea?
It seems that cloud computing is all the rage. Who wouldn't like the idea of being able to access a virtualization of many resources: applications, servers, data storage and services, and networks, all of which you have on-demand access to. Cloud computing comes with many benefits that make it so attractive to many end-users, including: access to a wide range of applications without having to...
Will Popular Methods Work for You?
Whether you manage projects in information technology or automotive manufacturing, or anything in between, your task is to deliver success to all stakeholders.  The allure of trimming inefficiencies and cutting wasteful spending is strong, especially in a down economy.  Budgets are tight and sales volumes are down.  Pressure to increase productivity and profit is high.  Can popular...
Expensive Lessons in Contract Project Management
Would you be shocked to find that, in a down economy, project budgets are tight and performance standards for project managers are even more demanding?  Short of running projects in "The Mexican Miracle", most managers are pinching every penny and scrutinizing every dollar to simply break even, let alone turn a profit or beat the schedule.  The customer or organization who is willing to risk...
How to Give Your Project a Reality Check
When it comes to project management, no project will run perfectly.  It's easy to get caught up in the bigger picture, but the smaller working parts are forever changing when it comes to projects. A client might want to do something a bit differently, a member of your team might run into unforeseen trouble, or things might simply just not go according to plan. It’s therefore important to...
Scope Creep: What to Do to When Project Requirements Change
According to the IT analyst group Standish Group, only 34 percent of IT projects are actually completed on time and within their budget. Some 51 percent overrun their schedules and go over their budgets. In addition, Standish reports that a startling 66 percent of all projects are significantly delayed, well over budget, or cancelled altogether. One area that contributes to such daunting...