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The Fairest Metric of All

I am asked on regular basis which project progress metrics is my favorite. In other words: If I were marooned on an island with a project status report with only one project metric, which one would I pick?     After careful consideration (and I hope I have more supplies than just[...]

Making Earned Value More Valuable

The most powerful — and most commonly misunderstood — measurement of project progress is earned value metrics, the way of measuring actual versus planned progress.   "Earned value" is so attractive because the term conjures positive visions, emotions and expectations on what earn[...]

3 Ways to be a Better Communicator

As project managers, it's easy to get caught up in the technical aspects of our jobs. For example, if you are in IT, there is always a new bit of code, application or hardware that -- if you invest the time in learning about it -- will make your work easier.    But I'd like to [...]

4 Signs to Pull Over and Stop a Project

Have you ever seen the award-winning movie Rush? In it, Austrian Niki Lauda, Formula One World Champion racing driver, lectured fellow competitor from England, James Hunt, on risk management. Mr. Lauda states that he manages to a risk factor of 20 percent; any conditions that pro[...]

Best Weekly Status Meeting Ever

Many project team members prepare for weekly status meetings with a sense of dread and resignation. These meetings often subject people to long motivational speeches, an overly detailed review of project tasks and even the unpleasant prospect of speaking about their specific prog[...]

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