Dependencies Between Tasks

After the project has been broken down into appropriate level tasks in the work plan, any dependencies between various tasks must be determined and defined. As part of this process it is important to examine whether any task is dependent on any other task, and if so, how. People often go astray here and create unnecessary and strange connections between…

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Project Milestones

Along with compiling a detailed list of project tasks, it is necessary to identify and define the various milestones that will help track the project’s progress at the control stage and help ensure communication between the various people involved in the project. Milestones were originally stones placed at constant distance from one another along a road, serving as measurement of…

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Project Stakeholders

The main stakeholder in any project is the client. The client is the one whose needs are the driving force behind the project and is likely to be the one who will derive the most benefit from the project upon its completion. Differentiation must be made between the paying clients and the clients who are the ultimate end users of…

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Who is a Project Manager?

Project management is a profession that requires knowledge, skills, abilities and appropriate management tools. Since it is primarily a managerial effort, the project manager might not necessarily be the best technical, professional person but it is essential that he possess general management skills, the most important being the ability to make decisions. A manager who is not capable of decision-making…

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The Imaginary Planning Trap

All projects exist in order to achieve certain objectives. In order to accomplish these objectives, the project’s plan has to take into account constraints and existing resources. At the same time, the early planning or idea stages are often plagued by a lack of information that limits the ability to plan the project with certainty. Therefore, the project planning process…

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What is a Successful Project?

A successful project is defined as a project that meets its goals, and whose output is of value to the client. It seems, then, that the success or failure of any given project is primarily a function of its goals. Therefore, a clear definition of those goals and an objective way to measure whether or not these goals have been…

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