There are problems you are likely to encounter when writing a software business case. The correct term is more likely an IT project business case. Here are the common pitfalls that I see and what you might do to fix them.
Let’s talk about the importance of project foundations. You wouldn’t build a house without solid and stable foundations, so why start a project without the same solid project foundations? What do I mean by project foundations? Listen to this podcast episode to find out. Here’s a run down if you don’t have the time to … Read more The Importance Of Project Foundations
You are spending too much time focusing on Budget, Scope and Timeline when the key to delivering a successful project is focusing on the people. That’s why I’m coining a new phrase ‘People Focused Project Management’. Project Methodologies Have It All Wrong Undertaking your Project Management Certification the key is to focus on budget, scope … Read more Stop Focusing On Budget, Timelines and Scope
When your project ends is there no handover to BAU? Do you dump and run? When project delivery is complete do you think the project ends? You forget about the handover to BAU. Let’s talk about why it’s not good to dump and run! The Reason For a Project When a business wants to make … Read more No Handover to BAU?
Your To lose a key project resource or resources will have a big impact on your ability to deliver. What can you do and how urgently? What makes someone a ‘Key’ resource? A ‘key’ resource is someone on your team with information or knowledge that no one else has. They may be the linchpin between … Read more What To Do When You Lose a Key Project Resource
It’s not always easy to get the best from each team member. Especially when our primary focus is on project delivery. Getting the best from each team member is hard work We all know that team members are individuals and they each have their own personality quirks. Often things that really get on our nerves. … Read more How To Get the Best From Each Team Member
If you track project assumptions you are more likely to succeed. Have you stopped to consider the value of assumptions to your project? They may not have been something that you seriously consider. And yet, there is value in taking them seriously. The assumptions that people make can either support success or create problems for … Read more Track Project Assumptions To Succeed
Defining project scope is important because it sets the boundaries for your project. Project scope is one of the things you are supposed to manage as a Project Manager. Do you really understand WHY it is important? What Is Project Scope? Often I think we don’t fully understand what the word ‘scope’ means. It then … Read more Why Defining Project Scope Is Important
There are of course many reasons why you have schedule problems, today I’m going to talk about three of them. These three problems can impact successful project delivery as each impacts your delivery outcome. How is your resource allocation? Are you over allocating your project resources time? It’s an easy enough thing to do, especially … Read more 3 Reasons You Have Schedule Problems
Build a strong ERP business case using robust analysis. Investigate the following areas as part of building your business case so that each part is strong.
Here are eight reasons why I can openly say to you ‘Your Business Case Sucks.’ These 8 reasons are why you are having problems with getting business case sign-off or with successfully delivering a project. If you are willing to look at each of these eight reasons with an open mind, maybe you can write … Read more 8 Reasons Your Business Case Sucks
Which of these four habits do you regularly display? These habits are harmful to your ability to be a strong and successful leader.
There is value in having a RACI matrix completed for the stakeholders involved in your project. Let’s talk about why they are of value and what the R.A.C.I stands for.
Have you stopped to consider how clear your communication is? You may not even realise that your communication is not clear. Here are four ways things that you may be doing which are impacting on your message. Change them and you will be clearer. Being clearer leads to less conflict, less stress, and more productivity.
Having team members working against you isn’t productive. Here are five ways to get them back working WITH the team and you, rather than against you.
Is your project schedule off track? If your project is not on schedule then you need to go back and understand where it went off track, in order to understand WHY it went off track. Here are four simple steps to gain focus and input from your project team in order to bring your schedule … Read more 4 Steps to get your project schedule back on track
Let’s talk about the negative side of being too focused; how it impacts on the team, you and the project as a whole.
Today we look at one of the 7 Skills of a Strong Leader – How to ask. The key is to ask the right sort of questions based on the response that you are looking for. In this episode, I explain about open and closed questions. I also provide you with some questions to ask … Read more How to ask questions that elicit a response
In this episode, we look at seven skills that demonstrate you are a strong leader. How are you at each of these seven skills? * Asking questions. * Listening. * Wanting to know. * Wanting to learn. * Being open to change and different ways of doing things. * Clarity in your communication. * Treating … Read more 7 Skills of a strong leader
Are you managing an IT project? Do you consider testing nothing but a nuisance task that needs to be shortcut? Think again! This week I explain why testing is ALL about YOUR reputation.
Are you having trouble engaging your Project Sponsor in your project? Here are seven ways that you can get them on board and work with you. These ways allow you to create a strong partnership with your Sponsor so they are there for you when you need them.
“When people are in a group, responsibility for acting is diffused” – A quote from the book Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This is what has me dive into today’s episode; noticing three reasons I see why people don’t want to act or take responsibility for an item on the project. I’ll walk you through … Read more 3 Reasons why people don’t act
Project Managers control everything, right? What a myth. That’s not what Project Management is all about. Let’s break open this myth and talk about what it’s really like to manage a project and lead the team. We explore ‘managing‘ versus ‘being in control.’
What happens when issues become risks? You may not have noticed when this happens. If you don’t track your issues they can quickly turn into risks. In this episode, we look at what an issue is and why it’s of value to track and investigate it BEFORE it becomes a risk and derails your project. … Read more Don’t Let Your Issues Become Risks
Distrust can create difficulties for any team. Mistrust on a project team can make the difference between it being successful or not. And I say that because when team members don’t feel trusted they are less likely to contribute to their best ability. There are three things that show a project team member that you … Read more 3 Behaviors That Show Distrust In Someone
Make risk management easy. Not possible you may say. Risk management is often seen as a task that is only the responsibility of the PM. Why not get everyone involved? Why not have your team feel that it is an important part of their role working on the project? Let’s talk about why this is … Read more How To Make Risk Management Easy
In this episode of Project Management Insights, I explain why conflict is great. Let’s talk about what it means when there is conflict, and why it is a positive thing to have. I also talk about how it benefits everyone on the team to have conflict. Podcast Script Hi. Welcome to this Project Management Insights … Read more Why conflict is great
Have you considered how you can strengthen your relationship with your Project Sponsor? In this episode of Project Management Insights, I offer you ways to go about gaining a valuable understanding of your sponsor and what works for them. It’s all about setting up a win/win situation so that they get what they need, and … Read more Ways to manage your Project Sponsor
You define the project scope to detail what is to be achieved to successfully implement the business change required. It is, therefore, the critical thing to get right, even before project delivery has begun. Let’s look at a way to describe the ‘Scope’ of your project. In this Project Management Insights episode, I explain the … Read more How Solid Is Your Scope?
Tracking a project budget is one of the key responsibilities of a Project Manager. Vendor overspending can be one way that a project budget can very quickly end up looking like a train wreck. Overspending can occur quickly, as work is being carried out on a daily basis. Do you have correct monitoring and tracking … Read more Project Vendor Overspending?
Resourcing problems. I’m pretty sure there are few Project Managers that have never had this problem. You have, right? This episode of the Project Management Insights podcast is all about fixing the resourcing train wreck that you might have. Here are some tips that I have used myself to successfully gain the resources I needed … Read more Ways To Fix Your Resourcing Problems
You’ve probably already tried some time management tips. How have they worked for you? What is time management really, other than you feeling in control. You may often think you don’t have enough time or that there isn’t enough time to do all that you need to do. It’s a myth. We each have the … Read more Time Management Tips
Managing a project with no Business Case, is a problem.
I’m guessing you been in the situation of being bought in as the Project Manager (PM) on a project that has already started. When you start in your role you find that there’s no business case, what do you do?
To identify risks you first need to understand what risk management is. Only then will your ability to see potential risks and document them become easy.
Do you often wish you could improve teamwork on your project team? You may notice that people or groups don’t work together. It may seem as if they are working in opposition to each other. This doesn’t help you when you have a project to deliver. Why there are opposite views of what the world … Read more How to Improve Teamwork
The ability to identify and manage issues on a project is a key task for any Project Manager.
Think of issues as tasks or items to be analysed, resolved, or discussed in order to have decisions made about them. Issues are those things that come up during the life of your project, that stop it from running smoothly.
Project Managers often overlook issues, and that is when they find down the track, that their project has gone pear shaped and is way off track.
A Project schedule is a tracking tool. Project schedules also create a sense of security for your project sponsor and Project Control Board (PCB). That is their purpose.
They are a simple tracking tool only and of no real value. Therefore there is no real need to have one. You can track how things are going making an estimate and report this to your PCB and sponsor.
Pick up the phone to talk to your team members rather than send an email. How many times have you sent an email to another team member and not received a reply? Many I am guessing. And as a Project Manager it is frustrating. Why? Because we have a schedule to adhere to. We need … Read more Why it is of value to pick up the phone
Would you know how to rebuild trust with your project team? Trust is a big thing, especially in the relationships that we have with our team. It is essential to have the type of relationship where people will go the extra mile for you, no matter what. They trust that you will deliver for them, … Read more How to Rebuild Trust With Your Project Team
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I talk to you about the value of exception reporting. I explain what it is and why it is valuable. In order to use exception reporting on your project, you need to have the trust of your Executives, your Project Sponsor or Owner and the Project Control Board. When … Read more The value of exception reporting
Let’s talk about why project change management is important for your project success. If you don’t change the behaviour of the people impacted by your project, the ROI or Return On Investment that was laid down in your Business Case won’t be realised. Change management is a key part of successful project delivery. You can … Read more Why project change management is important
The Project Management Insights Podcast is published weekly. It contains tips on different topic areas of interest to you as a Project Manager. In each podcast, I share my own insights and things that have worked well for me. This includes insights and information on improving your people management and communication skills. I also share … Read more Project Management Insights Podcast
What Project Manager competencies do you need to be successful as a leader and manager of a project? PMBOK has a list of them that are across competencies related to the ‘soft skills’ of people management. Work with this list to assess any weaknesses you have. ————————————————— Download the FREE SWOT Template to undertake your … Read more What Project Manager competencies are you missing?
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I provide you with useful tips for collaborating with your project team. Do you understand the way that people take in information and how this might impact the way that they collaborate? I explain different learning styles and how you can understand the best way to interact with each individual team … Read more Tips for collaborating with your project team
Who ever said an EDRMS implementation needs to be a difficult task?
Here are eight ways to make the task of implementation easier.
Elise Stephens from Fix My Project Chaos and I caught up to talk about ‘How to fall in love with your EDRMS implementation’, or in other words the key tips for a successful EDRMS implementation.
We had fun discussing the similarities between EDRMS implementations and relationships.
The podcast looks at key areas to focus on in your implementation, why you need to focus on them and the value of looking at these key areas.
There are some great reference sources out there which contain useful information on EDRMS Business Case building. Here are my EDRMS business case tips.
My previous blog posts on business case writing generally have covered some of these areas. The key is to understand those things that are more important and relevant for your EDRMS/ECMs implementation.
There are eight key differences that I’ve picked up in writing a business case for an Agile project. This post discusses those 8 differences and what you need to consider when creating your business case using this method.