Category Archives: Project Management

Rich Maltzman: Large Public Projects Are the Place for Earned Value Management

Earned Value Management is appropriate for every project, says author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP. But it can be very useful on large, publicly-funded projects – the kind that may otherwise be prone to big-ticket cost overruns.

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Rich Maltzman: Advice on Capturing Lessons Learned

A lot of project managers wait until a project is almost over to go about capturing lessons learned. Au contraire, says author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP – you’ve got to capture those lessons as they occur, and have a system for sharing them with your peers throughout the organization.

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Rich Maltzman: For IT Projects, Contracts Should Be Frequently Updated

The uncertainties inherent in most IT projects make it difficult to project costs accurately. That’s why author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says the best type of contract for an IT project is one that allows for frequent and periodic updates and reconciliations.

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Rich Maltzman: Lack of Visibility is a Problem for IT Project Managers

IT projects are different from construction projects, because you can’t easily see how much progress your team has made. Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says that lack of visibility can make it tougher to manage costs, but he has some suggestions that can make the task a little easier.

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Rich Maltzman: With Outsourced Vendors, You Need to Do Your Homework

How can you be sure that an outsourced vendor is reliable? Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says you can’t rely on a quick-and-dirty Internet search; you’ve got to take the time to talk with your peers who’ve had first-hand experience with the vendor in question.

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Rich Maltzman: Harness the Energy of Hyper-Enthusiastic Team Members

Every project manager wants to have this problem: what do you with a team member who’s too enthusiastic and wants to do too much? Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says it’s important for team members to recognize boundaries and avoid overreaching – but it’s also important for project managers to find a way to harness the energy of their overcaffeinated team members.

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Rich Maltzman: Teams Should Base Decisions on More Than Gut Instinct

When it comes to making good team decisions, you can’t just go with your gut. Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says good decision-making supplement their gut instincts with sound research and plenty of data.

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Rich Maltzman: On Handling Conflict Between Team Members

Effective project managers need to know how to handle conflict between team members. Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, says the key to handling intra-team conflict is being able to ask the right questions.

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Rich Maltzman: There’s No Skipping Stages in the Tuckman Model

Project managers know the importance of the Tuckman Model of team development, but some would probably like to skip the dreaded "storming" stage. But author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, cautions that the storming stage is not only inevitable – it can actually be a source creativity for your team.

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Rich Maltzman: Projects Managers Should Push Back on Cost and Duration Estimates

Accurate estimates of a project’s cost and duration are an important part of getting the job done. Author and project-management expert Rich Maltzman, PMP, argues that project managers shouldn’t be afraid to push back against estimates that don’t sound realistic.

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