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A Real Project Management Plan May Confuse Many People

Your Task Is To Update The Project Management Plan
We took the official plan document and turned it into a real plan that we used everyday. This was different from the classic plan that was created to meet a checklist requirement. Here is how we made the change and how moving to a real plan can often confuse folks and how we overcame this normal confusion.
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How To Get The Project Management Data We Need

Get The Project Management Tool Data You Need
In the article "Get the Schedule Right" one of the key items is to know the history of how our organization has performed in the past. As simple as this is to say, it can be very difficult to do in practice. Here are three successful techniques for getting the project management tool data we need.
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Project Management Or Anesthetized By Analytics?

Objective project management tools are something we all look for. However, too often the move to become fully objective results in a loss of insights while we are trying to figure out how to become analytical. Here are a few "gut" insights that have helped us avoid this problem.
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Project Management or Death by Detail?

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There is great comfort in trying to know every detail so that we as managers can make sure everything goes right. This desire for working out all the details, using project management tools, instead often results in detail overload that obscures the most important aspects of the project. Instead, there is an often simpler approach that works surprisingly well.
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Four Insights Into The Best Use Of Your Project Management Experience

I talked excitedly about taking a small team of developers and reducing an eight year backlog of change requests to nothing after two years of incremental development. My colleagues at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) were unimpressed. "But Bruce, your experience may not be the definitive one!" This wonderful statement was used to dismiss everything I knew in just the few seconds it took to say it.
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Fixing The Project Management Plan: What Should We Be Doing?

Figuring out the difference between the official project management plan and the actual plan people are carrying out provides deep insights into how your organization is performing. Discovering this difference often provides a launching pad for rapidly aligning and improving your organization's productivity and on time delivery of products and services.
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