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Preventing Problems: Identifying and Managing Risk

 

One of the objectives of project management is risk avoidance, but a project manager must always have a backup strategy to deal with the unavoidable risks. When project managers use risk management, they have developed a contingency plan for what to do if a negative risk occurs on the project.

 

 

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Program and Portfolio Management

 

A project that is too complex or has been identified as potentially taking a long time cannot easily be managed and has a propensity to go over budget and underdeliver on value. It would be better to break it down into smaller projects or to call the “project” a program with many project components. A program is a group of interrelated projects managed in a coordinated way.

 

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Network Diagram

 

The network diagram shows which activities are dependent on others and how the project will flow from beginning to end. See the in-depth explanation in this e-book and have a clear understanding of this concept

 

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Monte Carlo Analysis

 

The value of Monte Carlo analysis is in its ability to provide iterative evaluations of data using sets of numeric inputs. By changing the inputs, the project manager is able to graphically model the most accurate estimations of the project.

 

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Project Scope

 

The project scope statement helps to document the project so that everyone involved is aware of what is expected during the project’s life cycle. The project scope statement also links the project’s objectives with key business strategy and vision.

 

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Measuring Success Post-Project


How does a project manager avoid technology adoption failures and concurrently measure the project’s impact on the business? Build the measurement metrics into the project management plan.

 

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Lessons Learned

 

The historical information file needs to contain a final report based on the team’s project debriefing. The debriefing session takes place soon after the project is completed in order to capture critical feedback while it is still fresh in the minds of the team.

 

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How to Resurrect a Failed Project?

 

Projects fail for a variety of reasons. Some IT projects, however, absolutely must be resurrected and completed. A company cannot let its communication systems be non­operational. What should a project manager do when handed a business critical project that is being relaunched?

 

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How the Boss Can Help

 

After studying this material, it may seem like the project manager is shouldering a heavy burden. The project manager acts as a maestro, coordinating and facilitating all the different resources needed to take a project from concept to completion. There are numerous ways executive management can support the team to be successful in its endeavors.

 

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Historical Information


An organization can continue to improve its project initiatives by keeping records of past projects and making this knowledge base available to all of its project managers. Historical information is the body of documents that makes up the project management knowledge base.

 

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Effective Project Communication

 

A communications management plan is crucial for IT projects. Consider the following example of how one workgroup technology change can have a ripple effect throughout the entire IT organization.

 

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Reserves

 

Budget added to the project cost to cover specific risks that remain after risk response planning, and to cover potential risks not identified in the plan

 

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Reporting

 

The ongoing project reports and status updates are sent to the executive sponsor and project stakeholders. But who should receive the final reports? The report that addresses the business problems the project solved, with the metrics to demonstrate the business impact?

 

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