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What Is a Stakeholder in Project Management? A stakeholder plays a very important role in any project management situation.

Learn what a stakeholder is in regards to project management with help from a social media manager and brand designer in this free video clip. Comparison of Primavera P3 & P6 Primavera Project Planner -- also referred to as P3 -- was project-management software developed by Primavera Systems. Oracle Corporation purchased Primavera in 2008. In 2011, Oracle replaced P3 with Primavera P6 Professional Project Management. Although P3 and P6 are designed with the same intended users and large-scale, capital-intensive projects in mind, the products differ somewhat in terms of usability, database technology and features. How to Use a Desktop Project Manager & the GTD Method The Getting Things Done (GTD) method created by consultant David Allen provides a structured way to organize tasks and to-do lists. Allen encourages the use of the GTD Outlook add-in as a desktop project management solution. The GTD add-in allows you to organize your projects and tasks in Outlook into effective categories to get things done. How to Use Flare Skins in RoboHelp If you choose to migrate a project from Flare to RoboHelp, you might want to export the skin files from the original application to the new one. This will allow you to use the existing skin without needing to develop a new one from scratch. Both Flare and RoboHelp, two programs that allow developers to create help files, support skins. You can import skin files from Flare to RoboHelp by first exporting it into a compatible format and then adding that skin to your RoboHelp Project Manager. The Roles & Responsibilities of a Commercial Project Manager A commercial project manager is the individual in charge of a business undertaking that usually has a distinct beginning and an end. For example, project managers typically oversee construction projects, software development teams and similar product design and implementation efforts. Its a complex job, with a . a total of 49 areas of competence required, according to the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management. Joomla and Project Management Joomla provides Web developers free tools for Web publishing and online applications. These tools allow Web developers to customize Web and software projects hosted in the cloud by CloudAccess.net. The Joomla! Project is composed of two groups that attract hundreds of volunteers. One group focuses on production and the other focuses on community. The Joomla! Project is funded by nonprofit organization Open Source Matters, Inc. Ten Things to Avoid During Project Management The Project Management Institute based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, defines project management as "the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently . . . a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals -- and thus, better compete in their markets." It further divides the project management process into five stages: initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing. Proper project management leads to successful completion of a project by ensuring effective implementation of each of these processes and reducing project risks. How to Become a Project Management Intern for a Video Game Developer A project management intern for a video game developer company likely needs a bachelor's or masters degree. An internship at the management level may require previous experience in management as well as extensive knowledge and experience in video game development. The key to landing the internship you want, which may be highly competitive, is to build your resume to reflect your talents and skills and prepare well for the interview. How to Control Revisions in Solid Edge Insight Solid Edge Insight is a a productivity software platform that allows teams to efficiently collaborate on a single project in Solid Edge. Solid Edge Insight works by giving different members of the same project permission to revise, edit and save changes on different project documents. The software also allows users to control, track and manage the revisions of project documents through the "Revision Manager" utility. The Strategies a Project Manager Uses to Ensure a Successful Project Successful completion of a project relies heavily on how the project is managed. The project manager must understand the key objectives and goals of the project for him to execute his duties effectively and efficiently. A project manager must possess great

leadership qualities and excellent communication skills to enable him to relate and interact well with all the stakeholders of a project. How to Link a Report to a Transaction Code for SAP The SAP solutions business suite is a software suite that includes many separate applications. SAP allows you to create projects that can be used both internally by your office staff and externally, via the Internet, for your clients and customers. With such a large network of opportunity, you may find it useful to link different items together, if they have a direct correlation. When creating role menus in Identity Management, you can link reports to other items such as transactions. This is not necessary, but you can do it if you wish. What Is Flowcharting in Project Management? Flowcharts use special symbols connected by lines to visually represent the flow of almost anything. There are flowcharts which describe everything from the physical movement of materials through a supply chain to maps of theoretical decisionmaking criteria. In project management, flowcharts are used in several specific ways. What Does a Project Manager in Manufacturing Make? Project managers serve an important purpose in a variety of industries. These management professionals generally take the lead in various projects in fields like construction or engineering. A project manager can be anyone serving in a managerial role in fields where large-scale projects are undertaken regularly. Some serve primarily as cost estimators, while others take a more hands-on approach to project management. Salaries for those in manufacturing project management depend upon the specific industry in which they work. Things to Remember in a Project Manager Interview Many of the questions in a project manager interview will be about your work experience and abilities as they pertain to the position you're applying for. Though honesty and good communication skills are the paramount aspects of conducting a good interview, there are also some key things to remember when answering interview questions that will help you showcase your project management skills, and will thus increase your chances of getting hired for the position. Practice various questions in advance of the interview to ensure that you are fully prepared. Budgetary Responsibilities of a Project Manager A project manager creates, monitors and controls the "three-legged stool" of project management: scope, schedule and budget. It is the project manager's responsibility to define the boundaries of the project and keep the project scope within those boundaries. Similarly, the project manager ensures that the project comes in on schedule and within budget. Career Day Presentation Ideas for a Project Manager As far as job titles go, "project manager" can mean many things. It can be used to describe someone who manages people in an office, runs an independent research project, or coordinates a decentralized online project. If you are being called up to present on career day, you need to convey both your job and the nature of the projects you manage. Plant Manager Grain Engineer Projects Despite no increase in cultivated farm land over the last century, the United States produces far more grain than it ever has before -- enough to feed itself and much of the world. With the same amount of acreage in cultivation, America produces 10 times the agricultural exports it did a century ago while feeding three times as many people in the United States. Grain processing facilities do not just process and ship grain, such as corn, wheat and oats; the engineers constantly work on projects to help increase the yield per acre and make more efficient use of grain The Salary of a Junior-Level Project Manager Junior-level project managers provide support to senior-level project mangers in various industries, including the construction management field, computer and information systems management, and consulting. Junior-level project managers typically earn considerably less than senior-level project managers, but this often depends upon the level of responsibility of that has been delegated to them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list a separate career category designated for "project managers," so determining a project manager's salary requires an examination of the specific industry in which the manager works. Pay Rates for an Entry-Level Project Manager According to WetFeet.com, a project manager "oversees the planning, implementing, quality control and status reporting on a given project." These often certified individuals perform these functions in various fields of work, ranging from information

technologies to construction. The pay rates for members of this valuable occupation vary according to a few factors, such as education. The Route to Take to Become a Project Manager Project managers do not always need education, with experience playing a more important role. However, education can help project managers. One way to get more experience is to volunteer when possible. Also, the aspiring project managers should pay close attention to the current project manager and try to help the manager whenever possible. What Are the Duties of the Project Manager in a Marketing Consulting Firm? In today's business world, organizations are often inundated with responsibilities. As a result, they may not have the time to internally address issues like marketing. Luckily, these companies have the option to turn to consulting firms. These firms rely on teams of employees, led by project managers, to complete an assigned task. Although marketing firm project managers' duties vary from client to client and job to job, some of the things they must know and do are universal. If you wish to employ a marketing firm, or are curious if you qualify to apply for a project manager position, it Salary of an IT Project Manager at a Law Firm An IT, or information technology, project manager oversees and coordinates computer and networking system projects. In a law firm, IT project managers ensure a high level of technology security for the projects they oversee. In May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated salaries for an IT project manager under the broad occupational title of computer and information systems managers in the legal services industry. The Six Categories of Influence Methods for Project Management A project manager's true job is twofold. The first task is to ensure that the project is technically sound. That requires knowledge of tools, software, metrics and charts that can evaluate and control the project. The second task, though, requires more finesse. The project manager must be able to motivate his team to work efficiently and effectively. There are six established influence methods that can help a project manger capably manage and motivate the project's staff. Salary of a Drywall Estimator Project Manager Drywall estimators can serve as project managers in the construction industry. Their primary responsibility is to accurately determine the cost for a drywall project and see that the project is carried out according to specifications. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 183,790 cost estimators were employed in the United States across various industries in 2010. Nearly 60 percent of these worked in the construction industry. Salaries vary by the specific industry in which the estimator works and by location. Ways a Project Manager Can Motivate the Team Motivated employees work hard and help their organizations become competitive, but it takes a lot of effort to accomplish that. Employees look to their manager for more than just direction on the tasks to be completed. You must be able to transfer the enthusiasm and excitement about a project to your team members. How to Become a Mechanical Project Manager Project managers oversee specific tasks that companies undertake to accomplish some specific purpose. Unlike other managers, project managers do not deal with the same recurring operations that businesses deal with every day. Rather, they deal with specific projects that last for a limited amount of time. Various kinds of project managers exist, all with their own specializations. Mechanical project managers deal with projects that relate to mechanical engineering. The Different Leadership Styles of a Project Manager Project managers use different leadership styles to complete the task. An especially effective leadership approach is to put together a team, with the manager creating a project plan that sets forth the objectives the team will achieve. After assigning roles to team members, managers track progress by estimating the duration of the project and establishing milestones. An essential element of project management is employing a leadership style that motivates team members to finish the job in a timely fashion. How to Become a Telecommunications Project Manager Telecommunications projects managers, also commonly referred to as telecom project managers, are typically responsible for planning and managing a wide variety of projects in the voice, Internet and video communications industries. These professionals work in a number of different types of establishments, including wireless, wired, satellite and telecommunications

companies, in permanent or contract positions. If you're planning to pursue a career as a telecommunications project manager, you must have one of several specialized degrees, as well as specific personality traits and skill sets. What Does an Entry-Level Project Manager Make in Houston, Texas? Project managers supervise employees, balance a project budget and follow a strict schedule to get a single project done, whether it is only a week-long project or several months long. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies project managers as construction managers working on projects such as building and engineering, as well as computer and systems managers who work on technological projects for businesses, implementing computer systems. The salary for each profession differs greatly in Houston, Texas, according to the bureau. Rate of Pay for a Project Manager Construction managers, often referred to as project managers, are responsible for coordinating projects to construct buildings, homes, roads, bridges, plants and other structures. The rate of pay for a project manager depends largely on the size and type of project he is overseeing, as well as his level of experience and the cost of living in his location. How to Manage a Project Block Knowing how to handle project problems when they occur is the key to meeting deadlines and keeping your project development on track. Project blocks are any events, which delay progress on a project or prevent a project from developing according to the initial plan. Managing these surprises requires quick reaction that includes assessing the situation, developing a solution, managing deadline changes and regular reassessment as the project team works to solve the problem and keep the project progressing after the issue is resolved. How Much Would an Associate Project Manager Make? Project managers organize and facilitate. Their jobs are to start and complete projects on time. High-quality work that comes in under budget is one of its top priorities. To hire contractors, coordinate suppliers and workers and maintain the overall project schedule requires a significant amount of organizational assistance. In almost all industries, associate project managers lend the extra hand project managers need to ensure a project is successfully completed. Salary for a Litigation Project Manager Litigation project managers provide law firms with necessary leadership and organization that helps the firm complete legal projects in a timely manner. Litigation project managers are generally senior lawyers who have considerable experience in handling large-scale and complex legal projects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 560,000 lawyers employed in the United States in 2010. Litigation managers' salaries typically differ by firm size and location. 7 Traits of Effective Project Managers Complex projects, whether they involve traveling to Mars or building a skyscraper, require project managers to coordinate the efforts of the people working on a project and to ensure that the project's objectives are met. To do so, a project manager must translate the specifications set by the client into clear and achievable goals. Many of the traits project managers must display depend on the industry and the particular project; however, effective project managers must share some general personality traits. Telepresence Project Managers Telepresence installations, unlike video conferencing systems, use large, wall-sized, flat screen monitors to create the illusion that everyone dialing into a meeting is actually in the room. The monitors present each person as a life-sized figure, and the voice is projected through a surround-sound communications system. Telepresence project managers are charged with overseeing the installation of these detailed and sometimes complex telecommunication systems. How to Manage a Project Portfolio A company looking to expand its operations or branch into a new line of business finds itself with many projects on its plate. When poorly managed, the company runs the risk of raised operational costs due to delayed progress on the projects. A project portfolio therefore comes in handy to help the organization prioritize its project therefore tackling them from the most important task to the least. Support Needed for Effective Project Management

Project managers lead complex, multifaceted projects from feasibility through budgeting, team building, implementation and closure with effective analysis. Project managers need support from many people at every stage of every project they undertake. A project manager who can garner an essential support structure is much more likely to fulfill his goals. EEOC Classification of Project Manager Project managers span various industries. You can find project managers working in information technology, business operations, insurance, construction, human resources and marketing, among other industries. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission maintains job categories and classification for many specific job titles. The project manager title is not clearly defined into one job description and neither is the EEO classification for this title. The EEO classification largely depends on the job specifics and industry. Generally, most project managers will fall under EEO classification for "Professionals." How to Calculate Schedule Variance in Project Management In the earned value method of project management, which provides objective and timely data for effective decision-making, schedule variance is the difference between earned value and planned value. Earned value, or the budgeted cost of work performed, includes the aggregate budgeted costs of the work actually completed in a period. Planned value, or the budgeted cost of work scheduled, includes the aggregate costs of all scheduled tasks in a period. A positive schedule variance means the work is ahead of schedule, while a negative variance means that the work is falling behind. Cost-Benefit Analysis for Project Manager Migration Supervisors have a number of points to consider when deciding to move a project manager. Supervisors may think of the repercussions for organization, the project manager's new team, the project manager's old team and the project manager herself. The aspects of a cost-benefit analysis often revolve around the individual circumstances of the company and the project manager's situation. Supervisors combine organizational skills with decision-making skills to conduct the analysis. 6 Advantages of Project Portfolio Management Project portfolio management is a system for companies to manage several projects. The system allows the company to look at how each project affects the company in terms of profit and expenses, and to prioritize current and upcoming projects. In addition, it gives the managers a clear understanding of how the projects work together to meet the goals of the company. Salary of a Roofing Project Manager From slate and tile to metal shingles, roofing is an important part of several types of construction industries. A roofing project manager typically words in a field office and on-site during a roofing project. His salary depends on the type and complexity of the project he is managing. The Four Stage Model of Project Management The discipline of project management attempts to systematize getting things done. One of the prevalent models in project management, the four stage model, breaks the act of completing a project into four chunks: definition or start-up, planning, implementation or execution, and closure. Although the traditional conception of this model treats each stage as separate and distinct, some project managers allow some overlap and even backtracking, as necessary. Salary of a Street Project Manager A street project manager is a person who manages projects relating to street construction, maintenance or renovation. Street project managers are classified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) under the broader career category of "construction managers." Salaries for street project managers and construction managers in general vary by employer and experience, among other factors. Salary Range of a Lean Project Manager Every company, regardless of industry, wants to increase its efficiency and reduce costs. One of the ways a business can achieve this goal is by hiring a lean project manager. Lean project managers are specially trained to identify and reduce "nonvalue-added" business activities. Due to their specialized skills, lean project managers can command significant incomes. The Salary of an Environmental Chemist & Project Manager in New York An environmental chemist and project manager is a skilled chemist who oversees other environmental chemists on specific research projects. These professionals research, test and analyze environmental sources to ensure safety for public use and

compliance with government regulations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled estimated salaries for these professionals as of May 2010. How to Calculate a Schedule Performance Index (SPI) Schedule performance index is a project management tool that assesses one aspect of a project's efficiency by calculating an index of earned value to planned value. The earned value represents the cost of work performed, either actual or budgeted, while the planned value represents the actual or budgeted cost of work scheduled. The optimal index should be at least 1.0. This means the project is moving along as scheduled or better. Such a project would be efficient. An index of less than 1.0 suggests that the project is not performing as scheduled and re-evaluation is necessary to prevent further loss The Salary of a Procurement Project Manager in Chicago Procurement project managers implement, manage and streamline a diverse range of procurement activities at all levels of their organizations. Procurement project managers must be familiar with the external firms they interact with and able to collaborate with other managers across their organizations. These professionals must also be well-versed in bidding procedures, budgeting, contracts, negotiation practices, pricing alternatives and scheduling. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies procurement project managers under the "Purchasing Managers" category for salary data. How to Use SPI to Measure Progress Schedule Performance Index (SPI) is one of the tools that project managers utilize to determine the overall efficiency of processes and progress of particular projects. At any point in time, managers can calculate up-to-date SPI by dividing the work completed at that point on a project by the total amount of work that the project should contain. Salary for an Assistant Construction Project Manager in New York Assistant project managers can be essential to the completion of various construction jobs. Many times these positions are entry-level positions that allow the assistant construction manager to get his feet wet before taking on greater levels of responsibility. Assistant construction project managers in New York can expect to make salaries nearly as high as the average salary for all construction managers nationwide. How to Install Primavera on TSS When Oracle purchased Primavera they gained an expansion portfolio of project management tools that enable project and program managers to effectively and efficiently manage change. Within the vast assortment of tools were items designed to manage supply chain systems, reduce infrastructure costs, manage resources and project expansion needs. Primavera's Timesheet and Approval system was included within this tools and is considered a valuable tool for tracking billable hours, expenses and auditing. The Best KPIs for a Call Center Call center key performance indicators, or KPIs, are metrics that enable management teams to monitor how effectively and efficiently a call center is operating. Traditionally, KPIs have focused on efficiency, measuring productivity factors such as average call handling time. However, customer-focused organizations recognize that customer satisfaction is as important as productivity. To put the emphasis on call center effectiveness, they use KPIs such as revenue per call and first call resolution. The Top Three Most Effective Attributes of an IT Project Manager Successful IT projects require strong management, effective teamwork and a clear understanding of customer needs. An IT project manager must be able to lead and motivate a team and keep them focused on outcomes that deliver benefits for the business and a good return on investment. The top three attributes of an IT project manager are good leadership and communication skills and a focus on results. Steps in a Business Analyst Project The job of a business analyst is to determine a business's needs and provide solutions to those needs. Whether you're working as a consultant or executing an in-house project plan, try to view your business analysis project as simple assessments and solutions so you don't overcomplicate things. There are a few critical steps to be mindful of when you lead your project in order to ensure you've accurately captured the needs and provided feasible solutions. How to Improve Schedule Robustness

Scheduling is critical in many industries, including process engineering, manufacturing and construction management. A wellplanned schedule ensures projects stay on time and on budget. Some schedule-management techniques adjust for changes once a delay occurs. Robust, dynamic scheduling anticipates disruptions will occur and makes plans to minimize them. Clinical Project Manager Salaries Pharmaceutical companies continually strive to launch new medicines into the marketplace. The industry is extremely competitive, with each company trying to beat the others to the marketplace with their new products. These companies perform ongoing research to design new drugs for treating chronic health conditions and reducing side effects. These companies put each new drug through a series of clinical trials and analyze the results of these trials. Pharmaceutical companies hire clinical project managers to oversee these trials and tabulate the results. The Difference Between an Engineering Manager & a Project Manager An engineering manager is an engineer who holds a management position. He may be in charge of an engineering project, program, team, division or department. A project manager is a manager in charge of administering a project. These projects may include, but are not limited to, construction, software development and landscape architecture development. Free Courses in Project Management Project management is an important skill in business. It has applications to any work that requires a structured process. Yet, courses by professional training companies can cost $500 and more. Free courses in project management are readily available on the Internet. However, many free courses are limited in their scope, often only describing the use of a free project-management tool. This article lists some courses which feature somewhat more content. How to Develop a Computer-Related Project Small businesses offer individuals an opportunity to express themselves creatively while generating a profit and contributing to the world's economy. Many different types of businesses are created each day, some of which are highly complex and others are less challenging. Developing a website is a moderately challenging project that is computer-related and can be transformed into a small business as it follows the same standards of rigor for application development and business origination. The Difference Between a Team Leader & a Team Coordinator The workplace uses teams to accomplish many of the company's goals. These goals include implementing new software, developing new products or building new equipment. Each team requires employees devoted to the success of the project and a leader to oversee the progress of the project. Many teams use both a team leader and a team coordinator to manage the work of the employees. These two roles serve different purposes on the team. What Is a Project Manager's Process? Projects of any size require management to complete to the satisfaction of those involved. At the very least, a manager should think out a project with consideration of all of the time and money needed to finish it properly. A project can be as simple as renovating a closet or as complicated as the launch of a business. Knowing the steps will help a manager move forward with as few obstacles as possible so that the project gets done smoothly. What Are the Three Main Objectives of Integrated Change Control in Project Management? Stakeholders may ask for requests regarding changes to certain company projects. These changes could involve improving the project anytime during the design phase to final completion. Coordinating these change requests is vital for the project management in determining which changes are necessary. Integrated change control allows the project management to evaluate every change request in relation to the project. The integrated control change's objectives involve managing corrective and preventive changes to prevent additional issues, ensuring those requests fit within the project's management plan, and that the requests can be integrated into the work. The Phases Of Consulting A consultant is generally hired as someone who, through engaging in a collaborative process with her employer, provides advice and suggestions based on the information she gathers. Learning the different phases involved in the consulting process can help consultants ensure they're meeting their client's needs and completing their projects to the best of their ability. Kinds of Estimation Methods The project estimation method is used by professionals to estimate how much a project may cost and how long it may take to complete. Some professionals have bias when they make estimations about their projects. These professionals need to bring in a

third party observer who is familiar with the type of work the project entails so he can give a more objective estimate of the project. How to Encourage Employees to Work Harder One of the ultimate goals of an organization is consistently high productivity. But the same goal is not necessarily true for an organization's employees, meaning employers have to find ways to motivate workers to work harder and perform at a higher level to achieve organizational goals. Intrinsic differences between employees mean that no single "right way" exists. Instead, management should offer a variety of motivational tools -- including both economic and noneconomic strategies -- to reward top performers and encourage employees to work harder. The Salary of an Account Manager in Internet Advertising Advertising mangers play vital roles in most businesses and are responsible for producing companies' advertising and promotional campaigns. As the Internet becomes more prevalent in today's society, advertising account managers must also develop new ways to promote their companies' products and services online as well as in print. Role of R&D in an Engineering & Manufacturing Company Research and development is a critical activity in an engineering and manufacturing company. The R&D team focuses on improvements to existing products and development of new products to ensure that the company maintains its competitive advantage in the market. In larger companies, the R&D team may carry out fundamental research into new materials or technologies that do not have an immediate commercial application. Project Manager Salary in Nonprofits Managers in both profit and nonprofit businesses are responsible for planning, directing, delegating and coordinating tasks for employees when completing a project. Project managers are required to inform the business owner or CEO of daily operations to ensure that both the management and the employees are completing work that helps the company reach its goals. Project managers are paid for work completed in both profit and nonprofit corporations. How to Forecast the Outcome For a Project One of the greatest challenges of project management is keeping your thumb on the pulse of the project. Figuring out what worked and what didn't work after a project is complete is relatively straightforward, but assessing the progress of a project while it is ongoing can be difficult. You can minimize the challenges of forecasting project outcomes and avoid problems by planning an ongoing assessment as part of the project. The Salary of a Certified Energy Manager The Association of Energy Engineers certifies energy managers. The certification exam costs between either $300 or $400 depending upon whether the test is taken in person or online. Training programs cost between $1,695 and $1,895 depending upon membership in the Association. There are pre-requisites in order to qualify for certification, including education levels and years of experience, but typically, the certification will increase salary $5,000 the first year and incrementally each year after, by demonstrating increased profit margins from energy savings. Project Coordinator Pay Project coordinators work in a multitude of industries, such as marketing services, construction, IT or Internet technology and the medical field. They are primarily responsible for ensuring timely completion of all project tasks. These professionals often work with project managers in planning projects, delegating work and employing the use of outside agencies. A marketing research project coordinator may hire a marketing research agency to conduct surveys. Construction project coordinators may ensure that all contractors are present for construction jobs. Most companies pay project coordinators with annual salaries. A List of Coding Professions Many professionals deal with different coding techniques based on the industry. A medical coding professional takes a doctor's diagnosis and convert it into special codes called current procedural terminology for medical billing services to insurance companies. Other professionals create computer programs and software applications by creating codes that carry instructions for the computer to process. A list of coding professionals includes the following four career options. How to Commission a Project Marketing deals with a wide range of projects, many of which are not managed in-house through lack of time, personnel or the specialized expertise that may be required. As a result, the project is often commissioned out to a small business or freelance

person who provides the service and completes the project. However, the business that commissions the work cannot just turn over the project and hope that the outside party will complete it well. Certain steps need to be followed in order to ensure success. Difference Between a Team Leader & an Assistant Manager Team leaders and assistant managers can be used to extend the power, control and oversight of employees. However, assistant managers have more ability to make decisions when compared to team leads who follow established policies. The decision to use assistant managers and team leaders depends on how much decision-making power is needed. Certified Cash Manager Certification The certified cash manager (CCM) credential is awarded to financial professionals who pass the certified treasury professional examination administered by the Association for Financial Professionals. The association notes on its website that certified cash managers are well-versed in cash management topics and financial topics such as risk management and corporate governance. What Steps Does a Manager Need to Implement a Project? A project often starts with just an idea. For a manager to get from idea to implementation, proper project planning is necessary. The manager must first understand the ultimate goal of the project and the desired outcomes. Working backward, with a final due date, the manager can design project tasks and timelines around the project's goals and budget. To achieve timely implementation, the manager must bring together the appropriate people and resources to complete the individual tasks that make up the project. What Is the Difference Between a Project Manager & Business Analyst? Business projects often require the cooperation of several different professionals and departments within a company. While project managers and business analysts usually work together on such projects, the two jobs require very different skill sets, responsibilities and approaches. The Average Wages for a Project Manager Three common types of project manager include construction, marketing and technical project managers. Those working in construction hire contractors and manage residential and commercial construction projects. Marketing project managers coordinate and manage projects like customer surveys, new product introductions and the development of visual sales aids. Technical project managers work in fields like engineering or Internet technology, connecting company employees to interoffice email and the Internet. Ultimately, project managers must complete all projects on time with their available resources. 10 Steps to a Federal Job for Students The U.S. federal government employed approximately 2.75 million people in September 2009, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This was an increase of almost 55,000 over federal staff working in 2008. Federal employment provides certain advantages over some private-sector employment, including seniority in promotion and protection against arbitrary dismissal and age discrimination. The Business Value of Agile Software Methods Agile software development methodology relies on a few key principles that can be applied to other business contexts for added value. Agile methods, as the name suggests, are based around adaptable methodologies that can readily respond to changes in project requirements and business or client needs. Project Coordinator Classes Project coordinators pull together the various facets of a venture. They develop a project's schedule, allocate resources, follow a project's status and implement change orders. A good project coordinator can be the difference between the success or failure of the venture. Depending upon the industry, the title of project coordinator often increases a person's hourly wage or salary. Current company employees and job seekers alike can enhance their resumes by successfully completing project coordinator classes. The Salary of a Technical Program Manager A technical program manager oversees a group of technical products and services for an organization or client. They ensure optimal performance, cost-effectiveness and the integrity of technical products or services. A technical program manager often specializes in a specific type of technology or discipline. Salary.com estimated salaries for this occupation in May 2011. Yearly Goals for Project Management

A project manager should approach her job as if her name is on the door of the company. She should spend money as if each check written will come out of her own bank account. She should view the product, service and tasks involved to complete the project as if it is her child -- totally dependent on her to succeed in life. By taking an ownership attitude, the project manager can develop strategic and achievable goals to make this the most successful year ever. How to Create an Implementation Time-line for a Marketing Plan Business project managers may handle project plans for teams such as marketing. Marketing project plans may cover a specific initiative, such as new branding or a website redesign, or as a component of your client's program. Having an experienced project manager create a marketing plan implementation timeline and manage the project will prevent lack of confusion and ensure a smooth project implementation. What Makes a Good Sales Project Manager? Business administrators hold sales managers responsible for project goals. Traditional sales project mangers are responsible for managing and controlling the sales force. Some modern sales managers take a more flexible approach to project leadership. Flexible project managers put sales objective responsibility in the hands of the employees, choosing to lead and guide them instead of controlling the team. Focus on employee empowerment can result in increased motivation and increased sales. Excellent sales managers understand how the team's goals fulfill the overall strategy of the entire business. Lack of Teamwork in Project Management Problems on your project team can develop in a variety of ways, from lack of communication to confusion on roles and goals of your project. As a project manager, you can take steps to solve these problems by identifying the right roles for your team members and making sure everyone on your team is communicating as the project progresses. What Are Three Characteristics of an Effective Emergency Manager? When emergencies occur, including natural and manmade disasters, communities and citizens look to their local, regional and national emergency managers for help. These professionals work in a wide variety of settings and conduct many types of activities to prepare for, prevent and respond to all kinds of emergency situations. If you are considering this type of career, you must have three specific qualities to be successful in this high-pressure position. Certified Construction Manager or CCM Certification Construction managers coordinate projects for residential, industrial and commercial structures. Construction managers who are certified enhance their professional status and employment opportunities. Professional associations like the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America award Associate Constructor, Professional Constructor and Certified Construction Manager designations to qualified candidates. In 2009, the average annual salary for construction managers was $82,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Effects of Encouraging Team Work Teamwork involves working together to achieve shared goals. Teamwork involves striking a balance between effective communication, coordination and contributions from each member while acknowledging that each team member brings something different to the team. Teamwork has been in vogue since the 1980s but was not a new concept even then. Prior to the popularization of teamwork in the 1980s, examples of project-based, self-managed teamwork were found within the mining industry, farming and factory settings. Difference Between Project Manager & Project Coordinator Project managers and project coordinators have similar roles in a project. Both must have leadership skills and serve in management roles in a project. However, the details of both roles create a few differences. Specifically, project managers and project coordinators have slightly different objectives and duties in their daily work routines. Attributes of an Effective Project Manager Project managers have the tough job of coordinating people and assets to make sure that projects get finished on time, on budget and to customer specifications. Success requires establishing goals, making a high-level plan of how to meet goals and mobilizing resources to get the plan in motion. Being an effective project manager not only requires industry-relevant experience; it also requires a considerable set of general business skills. Computer Information Management Projects

Computer information management projects can involve software implementation, software development, hardware, networks and business process change. Choosing which projects to perform should be guided by the strategies and business requirements of the company. Centralization of the control and management of projects is important to avoid resource issues and duplication. Fun Games for Project Managers In 1965, psychologist Bruce Tuckman defined the stages teams go through. Teams begin with a "forming" where team members get to know each other. Next, the project manager guide team members through a "storming" stage where the team discusses how it wants to function. During the "norming" stage, the team works out their roles and responsibilities, and, during the "performing" stage, the project manager leads the team to complete project tasks. During each stage, the project manage can alleviate some of the tension at team meetings by conducting games and fun activities to promote collaboration. How to Design a Project Report Project reports are a professional component of any project, big or small. They provide important information to clients and team members regarding the project's scope, milestones, time-line, assigned tasks and progress. The report need not go into fine detail on every aspect, but its content must be robust, useful and easy to comprehend. Designing your report to highlight key initiatives and deliver progressive information through the use of charts or other visual elements will make the report more engaging and easier to follow. What Is a Sample Salary of a Project Manager? Project managers work for consumer products, computer software companies, restaurants, construction and other types of businesses. They primarily plan the details of projects, then dole out tasks and assignments to other employees. Project managers in marketing research agencies may coordinate phone surveys and the data collection process. Construction project managers make sure contractors stick to the details and specifications of the building plans. Project managers must have strong communication and leadership skills. They are typically paid with annual salaries. Assistant Project Manager Salaries Assistant project managers usually work with construction and project managers at building sites. They maintain quality control standards by reading blueprints and ensuring construction workers are following the correct building specifications. They also recommend alternative solutions to contractors to correct mistakes or resolve design problems. These professionals also help train new assistant project managers and project managers. Assistant project managers typically earn annual salaries. Some also receive incentive payments, like profit sharing and bonuses. Career Goals for Project Management Setting career goals for project management is important. There are many careers in which you might find a job, including information technology, government, defense contracting, construction, engineering and planning. The ability to get projects done on time and within a predetermined budget puts in demand. Four Roles of a Project Manager A project is best defined as a one-time effort that produces a specific result. As a direct result, project management, which is the planned effort toward the success of a project, ensues. The project manager is the one who is at the head of a particular project and the team is a group put together for the sole purpose of fulfilling a project's goals. As a project manager, your responsibilities include displaying your ability in four different roles. The Salary Range of a Project Manager Project managers work for corporations, construction companies and government agencies. They primarily coordinate the tasks, time frames, resources and personnel involved on various projects. Their duties include establishing project budgets, setting start and completion dates, and assigning tasks to the most qualified individuals. These professionals also monitor the progress of each project, ensuring that projects do not go over budget. Additionally, these professionals may write reports and present project results to upper management. Most project managers are paid annual salaries. Salaries of Project Managers in Washington, D.C. Project managers are often viewed as the leaders of departments they work in. They help to ensure that work flows smoothly and is completed on time. Solid communication skills, time management and organizational skills help project managers in Washington, D.C., to earn higher wages. Salaries of project managers in Washington, D.C., are also impacted by the industry that they work in. What Is the Meaning of Cash Flow in Project Management?

Project management is a set of principles or techniques to manage a single business activity. Multiple projects can fall under a company's project management system. In many cases, companies will set up projects as cost centers, revenue center or profit centers. Each one has specific rules for operating, especially in terms of cash flow. Cash-flow management is slightly different among each of these centers. What Are Reasons for Cost Overruns in Project Management? Most projects exceed costs estimates and complete later than scheduled. According to a recent study, "Chaos Report 2009," by the leading research organization on project management, the Standish Group, only 32 percent of the evaluated projects met cost, schedule and feature requirements. The Texas Quality Assurance Team evaluated 48 state projects and found that 32 of the projects failed to meet cost and schedule. No single reason explains all of the cost overruns on projects. However, similarities in projects studied point to a few common project management mistakes. Salary of a Technical Project Manager Technical project managers work on various IT or information technology projects for major companies, universities and government agencies. They primarily set up network solutions or applications for companies or clients, determining ways to increase productivity and efficiency. These professionals may also install systems for specific business functions like payroll processing or bill collection. Technical project managers are also responsible for hiring and training project team members. They typically earn annual salaries. Principles of Agile Project Management Project management techniques are transforming as rapidly as the change they are commissioned to implement. Traditional development methodologies, or styles of working, are no longer attentive and accommodating to the continual change in business and customer needs. The rigid and structured focus on planning, controlling and monitoring has given way to a new breed of project engagement that's flexible, fast and functional. Agile project methodologies follow an iterative, or repetitive, and incremental style of development that dynamically adjusts to changing requirements and enables better risk management, as defined by Hoda, Noble and Marshall in their research study "Agile Project Management." What College Degree Is Needed to Become a Project Manager? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the requirements for project managers have evolved significantly over the last several decades. In previous decades, project managers obtained much of their training through hands-on experience and obtained formal education only as necessary to continue serving as project managers. Today the situation has changed as the project management role has become increasingly specialized. How to Know When to Pull the Plug When Managing Projects Managers may scratch their heads and await divine intervention before sounding a much needed death knell for a resourcesapping project which, at its origin, may have promised innovation, improved brand loyalty or a top market share. After all, identifying projects which will never find an audience requires leadership capable of scrutinizing each program against corporate objectives. Such managers recognize that some projects must cease to exist on the basis of end products, teams and financials and that each of these can be judged using a fairly small set of criteria. Advertising Project Manager's Salary Range Advertising project managers lead, supervise and monitor advertising campaigns. They oversee the work of the personnel who create the ads; prepare project budgets and work with finance departments; collaborate with sales managers to determine the target markets; and come up with specific advertising ideas. In addition, these managers might be in charge of finding and negotiating with media companies that place the ads. These specialists might be employed in-house, as well as work for advertising and media consulting firms. Their salary range depends on employer and location. The Characteristics of an Effective Project Manager Project management sometimes becomes a catch-all description for a person whose basic role is to coordinate the execution of a complex series of tasks. Whether a project manager's role is leading a 20-person team deploying a $10 million software package, or whether the manager is responsible for getting new asphalt in a parking lot, a good project manager, also known as a PM, displays several skill sets. Project Manager Checklist

Skimping on the details can lead to project failure. Before beginning a project, detail explicitly the purpose, goals, and expectations. Have a with honest conversation about the reasons for a project. Do this to prevent future misunderstandings among sponsors, stakeholders and other members of the project team. Project Management Metrics for IT Projects Project management metrics for information technology (IT) must focus on information that is measurable, actionable and presentable. IT project success can be measured with certain project metrics that can measure processes, activities, resources and delivery scope. IT managers can use data from project metrics to make decisions and take corrective steps on projects when necessary. The success of IT projects depends on knowing the right project management metric to successfully monitor, control and deploy them on time, under budget and within scope. What Are the Four Stages of the Project Management Life Cycle? Project management is a discipline that involves planning, organizing and monitoring a project within the constraints of time, budget and resources allocated for it. Projects begin by defining a goal based on a demonstrated need, and conclude with demonstrating that need has been effectively met by the project and the goal achieved. To do this, the project is guided through the definition, planning, execution and delivery stages. The Best Project Management Courses Project management courses have gained popularity as project management skills are increasingly being viewed as essential to an organization's success. Training in project management is required for several professions at executive and managerial levels, as well as for key professional, non-managerial employees who are involved in project implementations, such as information technology (IT) staff. There are several popular professional project management courses to choose from, as well as tailored courses, which are a good choice for organizations. IT Project Management Options Information Technology (IT) projects require managers to be more flexible than they may be required to be in other business disciplines. Much of this demand has to do with the fact that IT projects involve art and design as much as they involve logic. As a result, a project manager is best served by having a good deal of patience, a stubborn persistence to keep going despite challenges and an ability to change a project's direction when necessary, even if it may seem the hardest decision to accept. Project Manager Goals & Objectives Project managers serve as the point of contact to management, vendors and clients for each project. Project managers fulfill the role of organizing resources, developing a project plan, directing tasks and monitoring the projects status and budget. The goals and objectives of a project manager are successful completion of each project on time, within budget and to customer satisfaction. Project Management in Construction Projects Construction project management is the art and practice of bringing together disparate resources and people to build a high quality structure in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner. It involves many skills, including resource management, leadership, scheduling, problem solving, math and software skills. Effective project management can mean the difference between success and failure in a construction project. Because of this, it is a key skill for builders, contractors and civil engineers. Vendor Management in Projects Businesses frequently rely on other businesses to complete projects. Selecting vendors for particular projects requires research, a bidding process and open communication. Establishing a long-term regular relationship with select vendors involves awarding multiple jobs based on a combination of performance, reliability, positive feedback, cost efficiency and a stellar track record of job turnaround time. Job Responsibility of General Contractor Superintendent Vs. a Project Manager The superintendent and the project manager roles are often intertwined and sometimes the same person fulfills the responsibilities of both roles. In this case, they are simply called construction managers. The roles, however, can be different in that the superintendent often works with the construction crew, while the project manager is often a member of the administrative management staff. Steps in Managing a Project

Managing a project can seem daunting at first, until you break it into concrete steps. For the project to be successful, everyone involved in executing the project should be involved from the beginning and understand the steps required to reach the final outcome. Strong management involves working effectively with people as well as completing the necessary tasks on time. Differences Between Project Management & Construction Management Construction management is a practice that is applied to construction projects and programs. Planning, design, construction and postconstruction activities are all included in construction management. Project management is a practice where a manager oversees an entire project by hiring subcontractors, ordering materials and managing the work on the project. Salary of an Assistant Project Manager Assistant project managers assist project managers on various construction projects, including the building of homes, offices, schools, treatment plants, roads and bridges. They also read blueprints and analyze specs for jobs to ensure projects are accurately completed. Assistant project managers help coordinate the delivery of building materials, and provide technical explanations of construction projects to subcontractors. What are the Qualifications to Be a Project Manager? A project manager oversees every aspect of a project, from choosing materials to assigning employees to specific tasks. A project manager must be well-rounded, skilled in both the technical and human relations aspects of leading a team. Because the job duties are so far-reaching, and so diverse, project managers need expertise not only in their industry or in management techniques, but also in communicating with employees and building relationships among their team members. How to Access Project Estimates Before embarking on any large project for your business, you need to consider the costs of the project. Although this may seem straightforward, with new technology and various economic variables, project estimation has become a managerial science. Often called project management, the process of crafting project estimates includes a calculated success rate with parameters, resource costs, hours and capital invested, and the time-frame for the project. Managers can employ a number of techniques that will accurately measure project estimates for their business. The Average Salary of an Assistant Project Manager The occupational title of assistant project manager is most commonly found in the construction industry. Under the supervision of a construction manager, these professionals oversee one or several construction projects to ensure projects are running efficiently and completed within required timelines and financial budgets. In March 2011, PayScale reported average salaries based on 1,705 individuals working in this occupation. A Project Management Motto An effective project manager focuses on planning, scheduling and risk management. Often project managers work hard to ensure that time lines are met, neglecting the risks of the project. As major or minor catastrophes start to unfold, the project management motto of "be flexible" can come in handy to find alternative solutions to avoid having the project fall apart. How to Manage Project Delivery Project delivery management aims at successful completion of projects within the required time and budget while meeting the required standards. It focuses on providing solutions to problems that affect the success of projects. Project delivery management demands the application of necessary skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to deliver the project successfully. How to Define Problems With Project Management Clearly defining the problem a project team seeks to solve begins with the project manager defining the business need. Business needs include improving efficiency, providing new products, delivering better quality service or responding to a crisis. By gathering information and conducting research, the project manager determines the root cause of the problem so the team can design a solution. For example, using project management methodology, disaster relief teams define reconstruction projects by defining objectives, identifying success criteria and evaluating risks in a document known as the project charter. How to Start a Project Management Office Starting a project management office function at your company enables you to establish a structured approach to project management, including standard business documents, such as plans, status reports and metrics. To implement a centralized project management office, identify a core team of project management professionals to lead the organization, begin mentoring

employees on how to use project management methods, establish a standard training curriculum on project management topics and evaluate your program's ability to improve product and service quality. How to Use Benchmarking in Project Management One of the main objects of a project management plan is to define goals and set steps and action plans to ensure that the goals are met. Benchmarking in project management refers to setting specific smaller goals that contribute to the overall goal of the project. Benchmarks are sometimes called Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). KPIs allow project managers to see a full view of the project's progress and identify areas that need additional assistance or team members who may require guidance to successfully perform project tasks. Develop Project Portfolio Management Project portfolio management is the selection and management of a set of projects to meet specific business objectives. Project portfolio management involves selecting projects from a cross-section of business units, allocating adequate organizational resources and monitoring and evaluating the projects constantly. The projects in the portfolio must be aligned with the overall corporate strategic objectives, and the projects must be viewed and managed as an integrated whole. Salary for a Certified Project Manager A certified project manager is a professional who works in an information technology discipline, and obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential administered by the Project Management Institute. This credential is highly recognized by employers and in February 2011, Indeed.com listed over 18,000 job openings for PMP certified project managers. PayScale.com reported average salaries for approximately 16,375 individuals holding this credential in February 2011. Corporate Project Management Corporate project management is the planning and implementation of various business strategies by specified parties within a corporation in order to accomplish a specific goal, such as developing a new product or constructing a new structure. Project management can fall on the shoulders of one person or an entire team of people, depending on the size of the project involved. Project Management Course Advantages In its earlier days, from the 1960s through the 1980s, project management as an area of endeavor was relegated to industries such as aerospace, defense and construction. In other industries, any defined project management was less of a necessity. The project management training courses available too were not customized to meet the needs of specific industries. Nowadays, as project management activity has become more widespread across various industries, companies are more geared to finding out what benefits their employees get from participating in project management courses. How to Manage Flow in a Project Business projects can involve large numbers of sequential activities, multiple departments and numerous employees. Managing flow in a project is crucial to maximizing efficiency, lowering project completion times and keeping costs under control. The more you plan and manage flow in a project, the more likely the project is to be successful in meeting or exceeding its objectives. Online Project Management Budgeting Online project management budgeting tools allow managers to define, manage and track spending associated with their projects. Project managers also use software to automate project management budgeting tasks such as tracking and linking personnel, preparing financial data and ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures. These policies include local, state and federal accounting regulations. How to Create a Project Schedule for Implementing Project Portfolio Management To analyze and manage groups of projects efficiently, business professionals use project portfolio management methods. These techniques allow them to identify the best set of projects needed to achieve the company's strategic objectives. By focusing on the projects that create the most return on investment value, you can better control operational costs, optimize resource allocation and handle project inter-dependencies. Build a schedule for implementing project portfolio management based on your organization's readiness to adopt these management techniques. Project Management & How to Calculate SPI Project management is about guiding projects from inception to completion on time and on budget. It involves scheduling, budgeting, supervising team members and providing progress reports to clients and senior management. Earned value analysis

(EV) is a project performance measurement tool that provides insight into project risk areas, such as schedule slippage. The schedule performance index (SPI) indicates a project's rate of progress and is the ratio of the budgeted work accomplished to the work planned, expressed as a percentage. Popular Project Management Topics A project manager is responsible for establishing and communicating goals of a project, as well as designating tasks and overseeing progress to ensure the work being done helps reach the project goals within a reasonable amount of time. Project management has many aspects. Before you begin work as a project manager, it is important to know your company's or client's guidelines for how certain aspects of a project are handled. There are a variety of topics to discuss with your boss or peers if you are unsure or confused about your role as a project manager. What Are Technical Abilities a Project Manager Should Have? Project managers are hired to plan and control a project for a business. Their responsibilities include creating a timeline for the project, managing and guiding other employees working to complete the project and updating the business owner or executives on the progress of the project. Some technical abilities and skills are required, so the manager can successfully complete his job. Project Management Control Issues One reason projects are not completed on time or cost more than estimated is because critical control issues are not addressed. Understand the key control issues you face and set up your project with appropriate controls to help assure your project is a success. Project Management Theories Project management, techniques for planning, organizing and completing work that achieves short-term goals, requires comprehensive skills and knowledge to execute effectively. Project managers typically study different theories before choosing a strategy to implement on their own projects. Project managers use these theories to manage people, processes and technology effectively in their work. Names of Project Managers Project managers prepare a list of detailed tasks--called a work breakdown structure--and an associated schedule for a business operation. Project managers oversee project resources and report on project status. Project managers develop budgets and control expenses. A project may have a few people or several hundred people working on large, complex development efforts. Types of Project Management Powers Project managers are hired by companies to manage employees and the schedule of the project. They are assigned to ensure that the project is completed on time with the best result possible. Being a project manager does provide you with some power, as you need to make decisions that are beneficial for the project so it is completed by the given deadline. How to Schedule Project Management Scheduling is an important element to project management for a number of reasons. Scheduling helps give project team members and shareholders an idea of how long a project will take to complete. It also gives project managers a base to compare actual progress to see if the project is on schedule or not. Project schedules also dictate what work will be done when, and by whom. If you are a project manager in the planning stage of a project, do not skip the scheduling step. It is relatively easy to create a project schedule. Project Management Estimation Methods Using customer requirements, project managers estimate costs and materials needed to complete a task. Because a project estimate often results in a contract, project managers combine analysis, data and experience to construct a reasonable estimate. Inputs to a project estimate include project scope, schedule, a human resource plan and risk mitigation, according to the book "Project Management Body of Knowledge." Project cost estimates include both direct and indirect costs. Top Project Management Companies Project management is used to accomplish the completion of particular project objectives and goals by using the disciplines of securing and managing resources, organization and planning. It accomplishes engineering goals within the constraints of time, scope and budget. Historically, project management was done by individual architects and engineers, but as more companies recognize the benefits of dedicated project controls, project management companies are emerging and answering the call. Project Management Projects

Project management exists in many different industries. Typical project types include IT projects such as software and hardware installation, marketing projects and construction projects. Though each detail is quite different, the core of project management for each type of project is the same. Essentially, the project manager oversees scheduling of tasks, directs resources, monitors task milestones and ensures achievement of outcomes within budget. The Requirements for Project Management The time-limited nature of projects distinguishes them from operations such as manufacturing or support services, and requires a combination of skills acquired through training and experience. Effective project management includes technical understanding of the problem, the solution and exceptional people skills. Project managers interface and must work effectively with senior managers, customers, project staff and organizational entities to accomplish the project objectives. Ethical Issues in Project Management Professional training curricula in business, medicine and engineering have added ethics training to prepare professionals for workplace challenges (see Resources). Ethical issues revolve around relationships with other people and acceptable standards of professional conduct. Offering ethics training and establishing clear policies and procedures gives employers and project managers the most effective way to encourage ethical workplace behavior. What Conditions Can a Project Manager Accept in a Change Request? A Project Management Office (PMO) global research study conducted by Business Improvement Architects includes 750 PMO participants. The study indicates that organizations experience crisis in relation to how projects are managed. Dynamics that play a part in the crisis are managing and adapting to change and strategic evaluation and alignment to organizational goals. In short, project change is inevitable. Therefore, solidifying a change request process will pay dividends. How to Teach Project Management Project managers are charged with the serious task of planning and overseeing the completion of business projects. Learning the skills necessary to be an effective project manager isn't easy. If you aim to educate a future project manager on how to complete this duty, you must not only tell this individual what to do but also provide her with practice opportunities. By doing so, you can ensure that she concludes the study ready to manage whatever projects may come her way. Essential Components in Managing an R&D Project Research and development, or R&D, projects require the synchronization of many different components. It is important to spread your resources over several different R&D projects rather than a single project because not every project is successful. The amount of money you should spend on your project depends on the size of your business, the industry you work in and the importance of the project to the future of your business. Regardless of the size, every R&D project needs to include a few core components. How to Manage Art and Science Projects For high school and college students, there will be a time when you will have to juggle two projects at a time. When this happens, you need to maintain a strict schedule. This will test your ability to stay on task. However, you must stay on task so that you will not fall behind. Financial Advice for a Non-finance Project Manager A project manager supervises the work of subordinates, making sure personnel work according to plan. The manager meets periodically with corporate leadership to review task progress. If you're a project leader with no or limited expertise in finance, paying close attention to specific elements can help you run an efficient project. Difference Between Corporate Strategy and Project Management Marketing gurus write sometimes of a "hierarchy" into which projects must fit. The idea is that the projects must match an over-arching vision. Consider a common military analogy. Projects represent individual battles. But strategy is a view of how you plan to win the war. Success in battle can prove fleeting if your strategy is not a wise one. Likewise, business project success can prove fleeting. For example, a company may launch a new product quite successfully -- only to find that the new product is appealing to many of the same consumers as did one of its old established How to Charge for Project Management

Project managers may work as self-employed consultants or for a consulting firm that places them with clients. Several ways exist to charge for project management including invoicing an hourly rate, flat rate per project, retainer or consulting fee, or in phases of project completion. Research comparable project management rates so you do not undercut your fees. Don't accept and begin work on a project before getting the fees and details of the payment arrangement documented in an agreement signed by you and the client. How to Design & Manage a Research Project Innovations in science and the development of new products in business and industry depend upon research. Careful design and thoughtful management of a research project may be the difference between a worthwhile and useful discovery, or wasted time, energy, human resources and money on useless pursuits. Research projects require funding: so consult specialized sources on how to obtain internal or external funding. Research project stages include preparation, design, management and conclusion. How to Manage Project Documentation Project leaders manage projects using documentation tools. At a glance, the project manager must know the status of project milestones. She also needs to know who is responsible for what tasks. Using a work breakdown structure (WBS) -- a hierarchical description of a project's work, project plan, logs and reports -- helps PMs qualify and quantify the work of a project. Managing documentation is a critical role of the PM and keeps the PM on task herself. Coordinator Vs. Project Manager The roles of a project manager and a project coordinator are closely related. Take for example, an information systems project with all of its complexities of design, quality management and training. A project manager is responsible for the overall project. A project coordinator implements the system by building networks of cooperation for each segment. The project coordinator works with the project manager as his ally. The project manager provides leadership while the coordinator puts the team and process together for project implementation. Problems of Project Management All project managers experience the common themes of project failure. Problems in project management span all types of projects and industries. Project success is not easy and with issues such as poor leadership, lack of communication, lack of resources and unrealistic demands, it's easy to see why projects can fail. Recognizing the problems of project management early instead of deep in the trenches will help to resolve issues and lead to successful outcomes. How to Measure Progress in Community Projects Funding such as grants often make possible community projects. Many community projects help impoverished neighborhoods on environmental or social levels. The projects heavily rely on some sort of sponsorship, whether from a private sector grant or a grant from a government. Many grantees, however, have a vested interest in the community projects they help fund. If you are a grantee, you usually should monitor the progress of community projects to make sure the projects follow your guidelines or expectations. Questions to Ask at a Project Management Interview After years of attending classes and studying for tests, college graduates embarking on a career in project management feel proud of their accomplishment and excited about working a real job. Before getting hired with a firm, they must pass the interview. One of the best ways to demonstrate their interest in the position is by asking good questions during the interview. Leadership & a Project Manager Leadership is a necessary part of project management that directs and motivates project team members to take on the tasks needed to complete the project. Effective leadership in project management can ensure that team members have what they need to perform while knowing what to do and how to ask questions if they encounter problems. Without effective leadership, team members can encounter confusion, production obstacles and interpersonal problems that can cause expensive project delays. Project Management Philosophies Project managers hold the responsibility of organizing a plan for project completion and coordinating workers to get the task done. Although no two project managers approach their job exactly the same, there are some commonalities in the way project managers direct their workforce. The proper selection and implementation of one, or a combination, of the philosophies of project management might play a role in how effectively your project ultimately gets completed. Rules for Project Management

The function of a good project management team is to build a set of solid plans to guide the project from its start to a successful finish. An effective project management plan can help an organization avoid costly errors or delays that can cause a project to go over budget. Understanding good project management includes some basic rules for project management that promote successful planning. The Average Salary of a Marketing Project Manager in Baltimore, MD Marketing project managers are specialized marketing professionals who are assigned to complete specific tasks for large organizations. Many multinational corporations assign a marketing project manager to oversee initial pricing and distribution for new products while nonprofit organizations may employ a marketing project manager to publicize a new service. Most marketing project managers have a bachelor's degree in business or marketing in addition to direct experience in their field. Job Salaries for Project Managers A project manager (PM) leads a project from idea to implementation. PMs oversee the completion of tasks associated with a project and ensure completion on time and on budget. PMs direct resources and manage the day-to-day issues related to each project. Many project managers start as project coordinators, responsible for scheduling and coordinating project team reports and meetings. The salary range for PMs depends on experience, industry, specialty and certification. The Average Salary for a Project Manager in Construction Project managers working in construction are responsible for all aspects of construction jobs. Many project managers are tasked with selecting individual sub-contractors--such as roofers, electricians and plumbers--for their assigned projects. Experienced project managers often oversee numerous, simultaneous jobs at different work sites and are responsible for keeping all jobs on time and on budget. There are many different career paths to becoming a project manager in construction, but the two most common are a bachelor's degree in engineering or an associate's degree with direct experience in the trades. How to Do a QA Testing Project An organization performs quality assurance (QA) testing to verify that projects and services are meeting specified requirements without any problems. Quality assurance teams create test scenarios to systematically monitor and check the process, identifying issues that can be improved to produce an efficient project. A quality assurance project generally consists of a QA team with a team leader, a test team, a project team with a project manager, a key user and an implementation project manager. Time Management of Work Projects If you are responsible for managing projects, how well you manage your time and the time of others is a determinant of bringing the project on time and on budget. As a project manager, you should set the example for other members of your team. Time management begins with how well you manage your own time and extends to managing the time of others. By simply focusing on a couple of methods for managing project time, you can exceed the expectations of your manager. Communication Between Project Manager & Project Leader A project manager is responsible for directing and coordinating human and material resources, and administration. A project leader focuses on vision, motivation and innovation to enable, develop and challenge a team. In the planning phase, leadership is a more important function, while in the production phase, management is more appropriate. Together, the project manager and project leader trust each other for accountability and for the well-being of the project. How to Encourage a Team at Work Work teams are groups of employees chosen to collaborate on a project. Well-functioning teams improve productivity and increase company performance. Work teams are created by management and require monitoring and encouragement. These individuals work together to achieve one objective, each person utilizing his own skills. Together, a work team can be extremely successful if organized and encouraged properly. Tutorial for How to Use Primavera Professional 7.06 Primavera P6 version 7.06 is a project and portfolio management software system that is designed for departmental and enterprise-wide project management. Primavera P6 is able to manage very large projects over multiple years as well as handle complex scheduling and work balancing required for large multinational projects. Primavera P6 is able to help optimize resources, manage complex projects beyond other established platforms, and adjust for risks in project portfolios. However, Primavera requires a strong understanding of project management requirements and support from corporate information technology departments.

Project Management Knowledge Topics Projects have specific beginning and ending activities, which differentiates them from manufacturing and production management. Project managers need knowledge and skills to help them deal with the competing expectations of stakeholders while meeting deadlines and budget constraints. Because projects have a lifecycle, managers must work through the challenges of each phase from initiation and planning through execution, monitoring and closing. How to Master Project Management Mastering project management takes years of experience and education. Project managers need strong leadership, communication and organizational skills to manage projects. Additionally, mastering project management requires an understanding of IT principals, implementation concepts and business operations. Adept PMs create requirements, manage budgets and resources, meet with team members, clients and managers and make sure targets are met timely and within budget. On-the-job experience is the best way to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to master project management. Negative Communication in Project Management You have taken the time to carefully manage a project by creating a purpose, delegating tasks and setting time lines, only to discover that your project completion date has to be delayed because someone misunderstood part of the planning criteria, or didn't feel comfortable asking questions. Perhaps you, as a project manager, didn't take the time to track progress or follow up with the team to make sure all members remained on schedule with their assignments. In project management, failure to communicate is unprofessional and causes delays that can have negative consequences for a company. Project Management and Communications Without clear and frequent communications, projects will fail. Strong project leaders communicate with a variety of individuals--their project team, project sponsors, stakeholders, management, clients and vendors. Project leaders use communications as a tool to manage their project. From meeting with the project team to relaying status to stakeholders to creating a project plan, communication is essential to project management. Case Management Project Ideas Case management provides a better quality of life for the community by offering services and programs to disabled, mentally challenged and homeless individuals. The professionals involved in case management are called case managers. These individuals serve as liaisons between their clients and the assistance provided by community programs. Case managers help individuals and families set plans of action to achieve their goals. They maintain communication with their clients and provide them with methods to solve complex life situations. Reasons for Poor Project Management Without take-charge project managers, projects will flounder. An adept project manager needs to implement basic project management principals to achieve success outcomes. Poor project management including lack of communication, lack of team management, inability to reign in project demands and setting unachievable target dates will lead to project failure. Good project management includes a skillful project leader that works closely with their team and diligently manages project schedules. How to Create & Manage a Project Portfolio Project portfolio management is a process by which organizations and enterprises can arrange, view and analyze their current projects. It is commonly used to prioritize the various projects; they are usually sorted into different categories such as finance, growth and benefit. Project portfolios ultimately allow the board or a managing director to get a wider view and a deeper understanding of the company's current undertakings. Projects Manager Job In business, projects are the tasks or jobs that a company has received a contract to complete. Each year, about one-fifth of the world's gross domestic product, an amount equivalent to roughly $12 trillion, goes toward the completion of projects, according to the Project Management Institute. Project managers oversee the completion of projects for their employers and work in a diverse range of industries, including construction, information technology and health care. The Roles & Responsibilties of a Project Manager The project manager plays a vital role in the success of many businesses. Project managers' responsibilities are not the same with every company, but they typically have similar duties from one project to the next. Project managers oversee teams that are working on a project, keeping them on task and on schedule.

School for Project Management Project managers oversee a task or job for their companies, ensuring that projects reach completion on time and within budget. Educational requirements for project managers vary, but most employers prefer applicants with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a business-related field. Some post-secondary schools offer programs specifically in project management that culminate in certificates or undergraduate and graduate degrees. Roles & Responsibilities in Project Management Project managers are required to organize and direct projects they are assigned. That may include tasks such as starting and ending the project, coordinating workers and managing money to ensure the project runs smoothly and is done on time. Project managers are required to work long hours and to be on the job site almost every day to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Interview Questions for Project Management Companies that engage in ongoing project work hire project managers. According to the Business Dictionary, project managers allocate time and expenses on projects and set performance milestones and expectations. They must also utilize software and planning tools available to plan, control, monitor and review progress and the completion of projects they manage. Project management interview questions are used to test one's ability to perform these tasks. IT Project Management Ideas Project management is the planning and organization of available resources to accomplish your objective. Information technology project management involves the effective organization of a complex series of engineering activities. This typically involves technology professionals in many different fields. Successful project management entails finishing your projects with high quality, on schedule and within budget. It is essential to brainstorm as many IT project management ideas as possible to get your technology project on track to succeed. Project Management Professions Project managers guide business missions, allocate resources and ensure achievement of benchmarks while adhering to budget and time constraints. According to the Project Management Institute, "there is a growing shortage of project talent as organizations have begun to recognize that project managers can improve business performance in any industry." Project Manager's Responsibilities Project managers have many responsibilities. Before a work on a project begins, the project manager creates a schedule. Then, she assigns employees to team member roles. The project manager oversees the project throughout the production process, guiding team members, maintaining accountability, reporting progress to supervisors and generally guiding the team toward success. When the project is complete, she organizes project materials, documents the project and evaluates team performance. Project Management & Communication Effective communication is a key determinant of project success, and all stages of project management require a medium of communication, which should be interactive and facilitate comprehensive distribution of information. According to Computerworld, "different methods and different levels of communicating depend on the audience." You, therefore, must consider your audience and your communication medium to achieve effective communication and thus lead a successful project. How to Get a New Project Underway & Implemented As a Project Manager Project managers take new projects from idea to implementation. Once an idea is approved, the project lead steps in to begin documenting the project scope and organizing resources. PMs are responsible for getting the project off the ground, managing the progression of project tasks and day-to-day operations. Finally, all this work culminates in successful project implementation, which is led by a strong project leader who manages a team to complete tasks on time and on budget. Project Management Priorities Fundamentals of project management include making team management, communication, project documentation and keeping projects on target and within budget a priority. Project managers bear the ultimate responsibility for a project's success. As a project manager, you must be adept at managing day-to-day resources, staying aware of the project's status and risks and communicating project expectations and outcomes. How to Telecommute as a Project Manager

Project management is one career that lends itself well to telecommuting. Much of the project manager's role is to oversee a project's tasks and make sure they adhere to a time line and budget. Since most of a project manager's time is spent explaining project needs and following up on tasks, the work can be done through conference calls and emails. Communicating through channels, rather than face-to-face, is common. Many IT professionals telecommute. With the right tools and self-discipline, working remotely may increase your productivity, allowing you to avoid the interruptions that occur in an office. What Is Effective Teamwork With a Project Manager? Project managers are responsible for leading project teams and working collaboratively with other parties, such as architects and investors. Teamwork is essential for completing projects on time and for implementing a smooth process from start to finish. Key Factors of Communication in Managing a Project Effective communication is the cornerstone of project management. Productive exchanges of important information propel a project toward success. Likewise, poor communication brings an assignment to a standstill. Key factors of communication in managing a project include drafting a detailed communications plan, knowing how much data to share and relying on appropriate communication vehicles. How to Use PERT for Managing Projects The PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) is a tool that is used in project management. PERT was developed in the 1950s for the U.S. Navy's Polaris Project and entails a series of events that must be performed to complete a project. Network models are produced by using this technique and illustrate the tasks and milestones involved in the completion of a project. PERT and network models help project managers reduce a project's time and cost. Education for Commercial Project Management Throughout a project's life cycle, the presence of uncertainty contributes most significantly to the likelihood of failure. Project management as a discipline focuses on controlling such uncertainty through solid planning and scheduling, as well as continued progress tracking on the project, as defined at the WordIQ website. The Average Salary of a Project Manager Project managers bear the responsibility for the success of a project. From the planning stages to implementation, they manage the tasks and resources involved in the project. The lead project manager may or may not have oversight of a team of project managers, each project team and supporting staff. Annual income depends on industry, experience and certification levels. The Average Salary of a Marketing Project Manager Marketing project managers research the market conditions. Their goal is to figure out the potential sales of a product or service. These experienced professionals also study their company's competitors and seek to understand their customer base. Marketing project managers may conduct surveys to figure out customer purchasing patterns. Project managers can also be known as market research analysts, according to O*Net, a website sponsored by the Department of Labor. Project Management for IT Related Projects IT Project Managers wears many hats. They may not even be IT professionals, but they are responsible for many aspects of the projects, including overseeing IT teams, managing resources, managing budgets, developing and adhering to timelines, meeting targets and communicating project statuses to team members, clients, leadership and project stakeholders. Project management involvement in IT-related projects is key to a successful implementation that is on budget and on time. Medical Store Management Projects Medical supply store management includes creating projects that help attract business. Those who manage the medical store must find out ways to draw new customers into the store and please existing customers so that they return to the store. Holding sales and offering discounts are ways to entice people into buying supplies. Product demonstrations and displays offer customers the opportunity to see the equipment prior to purchase. How to Interview a Prospective Employee for a Project Manager in Construction Project management is a relatively new phrase in the world of construction. In the past, the title "Construction Manager" simply meant you were the foreman. During the late 20th century a number of changes were made that increased the responsibility of foremen and required them to obtain additional training. These changes have, in many states, become a set of standards for employing qualified project managers in the construction field. What Is a Linear Responsibility Chart?

A linear responsibility chart (LRC), otherwise known as a responsibility assignment matrix (RAM), is a special type of matrix used in project management. The rows of the matrix list the activities to be performed, while an adjacent column identifies the party responsible for that activity. Project Management Courses in Minnesota Many Minnesota schools and companies have project management courses. The courses can last as long as a few months or just one day, depending on the particular management subjects being taught. Some courses will help you prepare for the certification exams while others provide an introduction to the subject. According to "The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management" book, some courses prepare you for the Certified Associate in Project Management exam, or CAPM, which is for people with little project management experience, and the Project Management Professional exam, or PMP, which is for experienced project managers. The classes are available How to Write the Requirements for an Asset Management Project Tracking assets requires knowledge of any associated physical, contractual and financial data. Writing requirements requires knowledge of the industry or an individual's investment options and risk tolerance. The requirements should eliminate redundancy and maximize effectiveness in order to achieve long-term growth. Ultimately, a company's or person's portfolio should prosper with proper planning. The Importance of IT Project Management IT project management provides a competitive advantage for organizations seeking to improve their technology service capabilities. The goal is to manage the project's triple constraint--schedule, budget and scope--while delivering value to the business. Project Management Coursework Project managers require very unique skills that are acquired through a combination training and experience. Training begins with project management coursework. Although many coursework variations exist, all project management coursework generally teaches the technical and leadership skills required to function effectively as a project manager. It Project Management & Estimating Objectives A project is a one-time, temporary effort to create an original service or product. The temporary nature of this approach creates different demands and skills for management than do repetitive products or services. Project management aims to organize and manage the resources necessary to complete the project as defined by time, scope and budget constraints. Agile Project Management Tutorial Agile project management is a high-paced software development methodology for planning software releases. Agile software development depends on small, fast product development lifecycles that produce software with full features every one to four weeks. The software is delivered to and tested by a customer team. Sometimes, the customer is an internal team consisting of project managers and other employees; otherwise, it is the actual customer. Tips for Managing Project Integration Managing all aspects of a project in a timely and resource-efficient manner is important in project management. A project has many resources, components and teams working simultaneously. Project integration management creates a system by which these diverse, yet interrelated, factors can function efficiently to product an end-goal, commonly called "deliverables." When managing project integration, there are tactics that can help keep the team well-informed and focused while maintaining the project's scope, budget and schedule. Building Project Management Courses Building project management courses provide participants with an overview of the essential skills needed to conduct project risk assessments, use project management tools such as work breakdown structures to manage construction projects, and use effective cost management and budget controls to successfully management a project throughout its entire life cycle. The University of Toronto offers a construction project management course. Accredited project management courses can be taken independently or as part of certificate or degree programs. Project Scheduling & Management

Proper scheduling and management is at the core of project management activities. If properly done, the project will be completed on schedule and on budget. If not done properly, project managers will waste critical resources and time. Project Management Course Objective Project management is a lucrative profession, and project managers who receive advanced certifications position themselves to excel in this profession. To secure a certification, project managers have to take the necessary project management courses to study and prepare for the certification test. The Role of IT in Project Management A company's leadership initiates short-term and long-term projects to improve operating processes and manufacturing systems. Central to these projects are information technology (IT) mechanisms, including computer hardware and software along with network systems. Difference Between Construction Manager & Project Manager A construction manager supervises the work of personnel on a construction site and ensures that safety measures are adequate. A project manager helps a company improve operating processes or information systems. How to Accommodate a Conflict in Styles Living and working with people often generates tension and conflict. Conflict is a common occurrence in the workplace. This is particularly the case when the stakes are high and two parties have strong disagreements about how to achieve a particular goal. The source of the disagreement typically involves a difference of style. Style itself is a general term that can cover a spectrum of issues. Conflict in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. Conflict, if managed properly, has the potential to be a source of creativity and productivity. When a manager chooses to accommodate two conflicting styles on a Definition of Agile Project Management Agile project management emphasizes short cycles of product development, delivering incremental updates of the product rapidly based on the changing needs of the customer. This is the opposite of waterfall project management, which values extensive planning and pre-production. Problems With Project Scheduling Creating a realistic project schedule is one of the biggest challenges a project manager faces. There are some common problems with project scheduling that can be anticipated and prevented, giving everyone involved with the project more confidence in the schedule. Project Management Business Requirements All projects have three unique requirements that should be met in order to be successful: the resources utilized for completion of the project; the time it takes to accomplish the project and its objectives; and money, since all projects require some type of monetary cost and profit outlook. MS Project Management Courses MS Project management courses help you reach your project goals using standard project management procedures. The progress, scope, scheduling and resources for the project are managed and tracked using Microsoft Office Project software. A comprehensive plan incorporates broad project management activities or deliverables and the associated details. A project plan identifies risks interfering with the completion of your goals. Microsoft Project provides the tools for mapping and managing every task related to the completion of a project. Green Roof Certification Green Roofs for Healthy Cities offers a certification exam to test the proficiency of professionals in designing and specifying "green roofs." Green roofs are complicated systems that integrate the "black arts" of engineering, architecture and waterproofing, with the "green arts" of landscape architecture and horticulture. Part Time Courses in Project Management Project management is a discipline that can be applied to many fields, such as software development, engineering, architecture, and more. It is loosely defined as managing a project from start to completion, while making the best use of resources. Project management requires people skills, as well as strong knowledge of the industry at hand. A number of institutions offer part-time courses in this discipline.

Challenges in IT Project Management The projects managed by an IT project management team may vary from implementation and installation of new hardware or software, installation or upgrade of technical equipment, product upgrades and enhancements to implementation of new networks. The IT project manager (PM) faces several challenges from project inception to implementation, including meeting project targets and budgets and fully understanding the scope of the IT project. How to Manage an ERP Project Enterprise resource planning incorporates all aspects of a business into a single software package. Changing ERP software will impact all phases of a business, so managing the project successfully is a key goal. Other goals include ensuring that the business can adapt to the change and ensuring that the new software doesnt impede productivity. Managing an ERP project requires detailed planning and research. You will need to analyze all aspects of the companys operations to see how the software change will affect the way they conduct business. What Are the Functions of the Project Management Institute? Founded in 1969, the Project Management Institute, or PMI, is a nonprofit professional organization for project managers. The organizations website reports that it has more than 500,000 members. In addition to providing project management professionals with resources to enhance their career, the institute also establishes global industry standards and offers certification for professionals in the field. Therefore, the PMI serves several functions for project management professionals. Why Is Project Scheduling Important? Project scheduling is important because it is an integral part of the project planning process. A project can not run without a project plan. Scheduling establishes the timelines, delivery and availability of project resources, whether they be personnel, inventory or capital. For this reason, any project without a schedule is a project doomed to issues down the road. The Difference Between Project Management & Program Management Project management is a subset of program management and serves as the bottom-level tier of the program management hierarchy--a hierarchy that consists of bottom-, middle- and top-level managers who make sure the company meets its strategic vision. As part of program management, project management ensures that team successfully carries out a string of tactical objectives in order to accomplish a one-time project. How to Manage Project Documents By updating, saving, storing and sharing documents, employees working on a project can access the latest information. Management of documentation is also key to ensure that project team members are not duplicating work, so that projects get completed more quickly and efficiently. Effective Communication in Project Management Project management is the oversight of a specific task such as running a factory, planning for an event, or creating the layout and design for a magazine. Project management relys on effective communication skills because most of the directives come directly from the project manager and her team. If the communication used in project management is not effective, it can lead to an unorganized project, lack of direction among workers and poor quality results. How to Write a Project Management Report Project management reports provide a progress update on a specific project. They are generally written at project milestones, but may be requested by the client or a supervisor at any time. Project management reports are important because they allow the project manager to assess the progress by comparing it to the original plan. This allows the manager to communicate and explain any changes, delays, problems and positives to all stakeholders. Project management reports need not be lengthy, but should address all aspects of the project. How to Document a Design Process Even the most accomplished designers have problems describing their "process." If your boss requires you to commit your design process to paper, it's time to adopt a method for doing so. While you use your best right-brain skills to work out creative kinks, enlist your left-brain to capture, in correct order, the highlights of your journey. You're in for a surprise when you take this road: not only will your final design win kudos, but the methodology you used to accomplish this fete will earn plenty of respect as well. The Definition of IT Project Management

Project management is the application of modern management techniques and systems to execute a project from start to finish, and to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, quality, time and cost, according to The Ohio State University. Furthermore, IT project management applies these techniques to projects that include the design, development, installation and implementation of computer technology, such as applications and networks. Examples of Project Management Goals According to the Free Management Library, project management is the process of using a series of objectives to reach a single goal. That goal may be an improvement in a production process or cutting overhead costs for office supplies. A project management goal should be something that can be measured using a variety of indicators. In many cases, the objectives used to reach a goal are a series of milestones that can help the project manager monitor progress and alter the plan as needed. In order to understand how to create a project management goal, it helps to examine a Health Care & Project Management The health care field is full of growth and transformation. As such, health care administrators have become more involved with project management. Part of the growth process in the health care industry has to do with developing new patient programs, patient databases for medical charts and technological advances. Thus, there is an industrious connection between health care and project management. IT Project Management Methodologies The information technology business is highly competitive. A company is only as good as its latest piece of software or hardware, and many of those products seem to be obsolete within months of entering the marketplace. The constant pursuit of better technology is a major expense for any information technology business, and having a solid project management methodology in place can help with that pursuit. Project Management Class Exercises Traditional project management involves planning, executing and managing resources to complete project goals within a defined scope, timeline and budget. To learn about project management methods, read industry standard guidelines for your business and think about how you can apply those practices to enable the development of the products, processes or services for your company. For example, utilize standards such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) to learn about managing IT projects. As you gain experience, you can apply that knowledge to your own real-world scenarios to manage projects to successful completion. Project Manager Procurement Activities A project manager is responsible for making sure all of the objectives are addressed and completed in a specific project. Project managers need to be analytical and detail-oriented to ensure the project is accurately finished. Procurement is the process of acquiring certain services and goods through a written letter of request based on a company's needs. As a result, a project manager in charge of company procurement must be able to obtain goods and services for the lowest price, in the correct quantity and by a specific time. How to Negotiate a Fair Severance Agreement Losing your job is almost never good news. Your company may be making cutbacks. Your position may be getting phased out, or your boss may just decide that he no longer values your work. No matter what the reason, you put in years of service to your company, and you deserve to be fairly compensated for your time and effort. If you're being let go, you need to learn to negotiate a fair severance agreement. Six Steps in Managing a Project First-time project managers may feel a little bit overwhelmed when they are put in charge of the decision making. They likely have participated in projects in the past but never saw all the complexities involved in overseeing a project, from the initial idea to the completed job. But if they follow some guidelines, project management can be done smoothly. Project Management Success Factors In the business world and other areas, competent project management is the key to completing any project involving more than one person. A successful project manager will have the support of the organization and be able to encourage cooperation among team members. Strong organization and task management are also important to keep the project on track. How to Forecast IT Project Management

Forecasting for IT project management presents its own challenges as specific tasks have often not been undertaken previously and estimates must be based on experience of coding on past projects, allowing time for reassessments and rewrites. Management of an IT project is more of a coaching role than direct leadership, letting individuals and teams develop their own short-term schedules within an overall strategy. It becomes an exercise in short-term estimation and reiteration--revisiting early estimates to improve the accuracy of later ones. What Is Agile Project Management? Business these days requires project managers to be flexible and respond well to change. Agile Project Management is a specific approach to project management that attempts to deal with projects that need to change quickly and address change effectively. How to Use Microsoft Project Manager Microsoft Project is a software application designed to help you manage complex projects by allowing you to generate a project plan that reflects all the work that needs to be done to accomplish the goal. Use Microsoft Project to organize, assign, track, budget and report your project activities. Using Microsoft Project allows you to create critical path schedules necessary for ensuring that your project proceeds smoothly. Use built-in functions like calendars, tables and filters to view different aspects of your project so that you can troubleshoot any problems that arise. Begin by using basic features, and use more advanced functions How to Best Create and Organize a Project Management Checklist or Checklist Template Project management checklists are important tools that can help you start, manage and run projects successfully. Some people like using ready-made project management checklist templates to manage projects. While this could be a good start, it is only a first step. A good project management checklist will help you stay focused and make sure you do not forget steps during the various stages of project management. In order to write a successful project management checklist, you must make sure to do your homework ahead of time and enter all pertaining information into the checklist. Once you create a few project Project Management Exercise for Job Assessment Assessing job performance is a process that is critical to ensuring that employees are performing at satisfactory levels. Additionally, this is important in coaching employees to higher levels of job performance; virtually every organization requires this to occur at least once a year. Creating an exercise to assess project management job performance requires a thorough understanding of project management and what is expected of the position. How to Create Timelines in Managing a Project Creating a timeline for a project or event can be a daunting task, especially over a period of several months. This article will help you develop a timeline for any project, whether it be launching a new product or planning a wedding. What Is Project Management (PMBOK)? In 1986, "A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge" (PMBOK) was developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMBOK Guide documents generally agreed upon information and standards related to project management. According to the PMBOK Guide, project management is defined as the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. In short, project management is the planning, executing and controlling of project activities aimed at the fulfillment of project requirements. How to Start being a Project Manager In this article you will learn how to: Step 1: What is a project manager to become a project manager IT Project Management Tutorials Step 2: What a project manager does Step 3: How

Project management is the process by which a business defines, produces and distributes a new product. The earliest known examples of project management were documented during the Industrial Revolution, and there have been dramatic improvements ever since. Because of the complexity of project planning and the vast amount of data included in a plan, many companies use project management software to assist with the design and documentation of the project. What Is a Project Management Framework?

Every company, large or small, completes projects throughout the normal course of business. Some projects are completed without any problems while some never get off the ground. The projects that are completed successfully were usually started using a project management framework to break the project into manageable pieces. How to Create a Project Management Office The Project Management Institute, a not-for-profit professional association, has 425,000 members as of 2009 (see References 1). Its membership consists of credentialed professionals, but even without these credentials your company could probably still benefit from a project management office. It can serve as the center of streamlined, efficient project operations. The Project Management Institute and CIO of CXO Media, Inc. conducted a survey and discovered that 67 percent of employees work at a company with a project management office. Of those 67 percent, 50 percent said their project success rates increased because of their company's project management offices (see References What Are the Best Practices in Project Management? Understanding project management principles is one thing, but implementing them in a real-world situation is another. Seasoned project managers have learned, through trial and error, project management best practices. While no two projects are the same, there are certain things you can do to make your project successful. Agile Project Management Methods Agile Project Management methods refer to a set of software development strategies based on iterative development; that is, adapted to current circumstances. The idea is that requirements and plans evolve through the collaboration of many teams. These methods employ regular reviews. The general philosophy is that teamwork results in quality delivery. The goal is for rapid development that complies closely with customer requirements. Agile project management is related to other methodologies such as Six Sigma and lean manufacturing. The Difference Between an MS Project & Project Management A common misconception is that MS Project and Project Management are one and the same. Rather, MS Project is an application that allows project managers to efficiently manage projects. How to Manage a project using Cost, Resources and Timeline This brief article discusses how to manage a projects using cost, resources (People) and timeline. 10 Steps of Project Management Project management is a process dedicated to making sure a project is completed on time and on budget. The key to effective project management is organization, and a part of that organization is having a series of steps that you follow each time you begin a project. The Project Management Life Cycle Project development is the part of the life cycle where a project is born. This stage usually starts with the generation of an idea. From there, time is spent assessing feasibility as well as weighing the challenges and benefits associated with moving forward with the project. Once all aspects have been considered, the project plan is ready to be generated. How to Manage IT Projects Much like running a business, managing Information Technology (IT) projects requires you to coordinate men, money and machines. Properly managing these elements helps to achieve project goals on a fast track. Managing an IT project, however, also resembles walking through a minefield: one misstep or the lack of a map can spell disaster. The core elements of mapping a good project plan are a scope document and a business requirements document. Developing a plan central to these documents will help avoid disasters. Basics of Project Management Project management is important to the success of a business. When projects are planned and implemented well, the business has the potential of advancing. This can happen with the help of a project manager. How to Manage e-Business Projects Managing e-business projects requires pulling together and engendering cooperation among a team of subject matter experts (SMEs). Typically the core players include a Line of Business (LOB) manager, an Internet Technology (IT) architect and a vendor representative. Other team members include managers from departments that will be impacted by the project. The team

members may have competing interests, but it is the role of the e-business project manager to keep everyone moving toward a common goal. How to Write KPIs KPIs are "key performance indicators." These indicators are gauges that help those in business management ascertain how near (or far) the company or department is from reaching a predetermined goal or set of goals. Writing KPIs can help a manager and employees see what still needs to be done and motivate them to achieve these objectives. The process of writing KPIs in and of itself is not difficult. However, creating KPIs that will be effective requires consideration. How to be successful at Project Management Effective project management techniques can make the difference between completing a project on time and under budget and not completing it at all. Project management is important to operating a business and maintaining good relationships with clients and employees alike, according to the book "The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management." Even though project management can be formally studied at colleges like the Wentworth Institute of Technology, formal classes aren't necessary. Project management can be improved as you take on more projects. How to Manage a Work Project Managing a work project, whether simple or complex, involves planning, setting goals, taking a look at the bigger picture and then identifying and prioritizing the key stages to be completed. Before you can start, though, you need to determine the overall scope of the project and then map out a structured approach before executing the project. To effectively manage any project, first you must clearly define the project, followed by setting the standards for management. What Are the Key Steps for Project Management? A project is a defined work effort with start and end dates. The key project management processes provide a framework for a project manager to successfully complete a project on time and within budget, while meeting or exceeding stakeholder expectations. How to Manage a Project Budget First-time project managers may be surprised at the complexities of managing budgets once they are approved by executive boards. Every project budget must be reconciled with a company's general ledger to ensure that every cent is accounted for. Project budgets involve the flow of contractor wages, product purchases and revenues that must be watched carefully. An inexperienced project head can avoid accounting problems by practicing due diligence during regular reviews of a project ledger. Phases of the Project Management Process Consider the phases of the project management process before you construct a plan. You'll know when it's time to move to the next phase when the parameters are clearly defined from the beginning. There are four main phases to any project that begin with the initiation phase, when you identify the problem or idea. Think about how the solution will work, what problems it will solve, how it will generate income or make the business run smoother. Consult with those managers and employees who will be affected by any changes the project may include. Get input from a wide range How to Become a Project Manager for United Health Group United Health Group is one of the largest companies in the health industry, and they hire many project managers every year. Project managers working for the company specialize in areas such as clinical trials, research, case advocacy, and at their health centers. These managers handle projects on a case by case basis, working with employees and handling administrative tasks such as ensuring the budget and deadline is met. Those interested in working in the field must have the proper qualifications to handle the job. How to Manage Lists Americans have an obsession with list making. Dave Letterman has his top 10, People magazine has its lists of most beautiful people and Fortune magazine publishes a 100 Top Companies to Work For. Millions of others make daily to-do, project and grocery or shopping lists. List makers either manage their lists, or their lists will manage them. The list management steps below can help new or seasoned list makers manage any type of list. How to Become a Project Manager The project manager role is to manage a specific project. An example of this is telemarketing companies who have a different person manage each campaign or client. The project manager does not actually do work such as take calls, compile payroll or

hire employees. Her duties include supervising workers, reporting progress to the management, conferring with the client and implementing the client goals. The skill set of a project manager includes leadership, motivation, time management and organization. Project Management Jobs Project management jobs focus on efficiently completing a series of tasks within a given period of time. These jobs require time management skills, as well as leadership and budgeting skills. Work with a variety of companies doing project management jobs using advice from a marketing and business management professor in this free video on project management. Project Management Tips Project management requires fixing problems with a project immediately, treating colleagues and employees with respect, delegating tasks, and not using paperwork as an excuse. Lead by example as a project manager using tips from a marketing and business management professor in this free video on business. Project Management Methodologies Project management methodologies should focus on three key areas: initiation of the project, delegation of tasks and closing of the project. Adapt project management methodologies to be efficient and meet the needs of the company and the client with help from a marketing and business management professor in this free video on project management. How to Be a Good Project Manager Modern day companies are commonly set up in a group of small teams or departments that are responsible for meeting specific goals for the business. For example, many companies have a marketing team that works towards the goal of bringing in new business. Because of this new team-centered environment, it is important for prospective and current managers to understand the nuances of project management and how to guide, reward and monitor their team members. How to Achieve Your Project Management Goals Project management is a process for planning and controlling projects that is different from general management procedures. It differs, in part, because it aims to deliver sudden and revolutionary changes within an organization during a finite time period. Projects tend to require organizations to allocate more resources than would be required for general management processes. Successful projects are those that achieve predetermined goals and objectives within time, cost and quality standards set by project managers. How to Define Span of Control Span of Control: How many people answer to whom? How to Manage Project Profitability Project management is a bit like being a juggler trying to keep all his balls in the air. One of the most important balls is profitability. If the project does not make a profit then it could signal mismanagement, which doesn't look good on a resume or during a job review. While it is a challenge, anyone can manage a project's profitability if he or she follows a few guidelines and tips. How to Manage Successful Consulting Projects Managing and delivering large consulting projects on time requires effective planning. Organization, result meetings and commitment to a tight schedule are all key to a successful consulting project. Read on to learn how to get the project delivered on time. How to Use EVM to Manage a Project Earned Value Management, or EVM, has been used by the department of defense since the 1960s. It is a management system that compares actual costs to predicted costs and measures schedule performance against cost performance. Earned value is also known as the Budgeted Cost of Work Performed or BCWP. It is how much should have been spent to accomplish the work you actually got done by a given date. How to Do Project Portfolio Management Project portfolio management can help your company make better use of its resources so you get projects done on time, have less-stressed employees and keep better track of your company's progress toward its goals. If you feel you have too many

projects to keep clear track of them, project portfolio management can organize your company's resources so you can put them to their greatest use. How to Use PERT Chart for Project Management A PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) chart is often used in project management. It can determine a start of a project, and it then depicts branches that represent tasks within the project. This chart is time-based, showing a clear start and completion date, basing all tasks on those dates. The steps below will step you through creating a PERT chart for your next project. How to Create a Successful Presentation in the Workplace Many professionals find themselves in a career in which they are called upon to complete a task that requires a professional presentation. These presentations may be given to co-workers, clients or even customers. If you are commonly in this type of position, it is ideal to learn the steps involved in creating a successful presentation in the workplace. How to Become a Certified Project Management Professional Nowadays project management isn't just about big construction or aerospace projects. It's making its way into every industryfrom medical to information technology. Anywhere goods are produced or services are provided, there's a call for projects and project managers. Becoming a certified project management professional is the quickest way to get in on the action and start running projects. How to Manage a Project Everyone manages projects, both at home and at work. Managing a project successfully is similar to being the conductor of an orchestra - you have to make sure all the different threads tie together and make beautiful music. The steps below give you some good pointers to doing that. Sponsored Links MSc Project Managementwww.liverpool-degrees.com 100% Online Masters Degrees. Students From 140 Countries.Join us Distance Learning MBAucpmarjononline.co.uk/MBA Earn an Internationally Recognised MBA Degree Online. Apply Now! Two-Days Interactivewww.ccl.org/APAC Leadership Course in Feb'13 in SG @ Only US$1910. Find Out More Here!

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