The benefits of managing your project sponsor
There is a direct link between the organisation’s decision to make an investment in a selected project and the need for the organisation to adapt so it can make effective use of the deliverables. Dr Lynda Bourne says the key is for project managers and teams to learn to ‘advise upwards’ and manage their sponsors.
Reporting earned value on IT projects
Throughout the project management discipline, earned value has become synonymous with progress reporting. Guy Wilmington suggests, however, that it is impractical for use in IT projects and proposes alternative means for gauging and reporting progress of tasks/deliverables for IT projects.
Schematic design in the project lifecycle
At the end of the outline design stage, with the owner having formally approved the outline design for the project to proceed to the next stage, the next step is to get the schematic design stage going. Paul Sancandi on developing the design across all the design disciplines.
Don’t mistake project reports for communication
While many project communication plans are simply a schedule for the distribution of project reports, sending out information has very little to do with effective communication. Lynda Bourne outlines the difference between project reports and effective communication.