Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:46 GMT The Money Files http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/ A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts. 7 Reasons to crash your schedule http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7782/ Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:43:36 GMT Crashing your schedule is hard work and not something that is advisable in many cases. So why would you do it? Here are 7 reasons why schedule crashing might be the right thing to do. 1. To get the greatest schedule compression The main reason for crashing your schedule is to get the project... 10 Expert Tips for Project Budgets http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7771/ Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:27:59 GMT 5 Steps for Make or Buy Analysis (video) http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7746/ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:06:09 GMT 8 Tips for better benefits management http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7732/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:08:34 GMT You’ve got a great project with a ton of benefits coming your way. Everyone’s really happy. And then someone says: “Exactly how much are we going to get from this project?” Suddenly it’s no longer enough just to list benefits – you have to quantify them as well, a... 5 Ways to make better decisions http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7722/ Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:47:45 GMT Projects need lots of decisions and often it can take a long time to get a decision made, especially if there are numerous levels of bureaucracy to get through. Time is money on many projects, and while I don’t often come across project teams sitting around waiting for a decision before they c... Creating a stellar delivery organisation http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7718/ Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:14:13 GMT At the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit last month Donna Fitzgerald gave a presentation about the factors that go to support a stellar delivery organisation. That’s a fancy way of saying getting your project management maturity levels up so you have a better chance of project success eve... Alternatives to prototyping http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7701/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:41:54 GMT One of my videos for this blog was about the 3 steps for prototyping. But what if you can’t prototype, or choose not to? Today I want to consider what alternatives you have. Pretotyping I came across this in the essay by Melanie Rose in the book Business Analysis & Leadership. She ... Make or Buy? Advantages & Disadvantages (video) http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7697/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:36:50 GMT Project Management Metrics: The Hot Topic at #GartnerPPM http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7687/ Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:30:07 GMT The Gartner PPM and IT Governance Summit was held in London last week. Lars Mieritz, a Gartner analyst, gave a good presentation about using metrics for communicating project success and effectiveness. He started out by saying that the top concerns of C-level executives and their direct reports, bas... 6 ways to manage schedule performance http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/The-Money-Files/7676/ Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:48:57 GMT How do you know if your project is going well? Schedule performance is a reliable way of assessing whether you are on track or not. Here are 6 ways to review your schedule performance and see if you are making the progress you expected. 1. Earned Value Earned Value management is probably the...