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Project Management and the Small Business Owner
- By Jon McGlothian, PMP
Most small business owners feel they do not have the time, energy, or resources to properly implement project management processes; however, it is exactly because of this lack of resources that entrepreneurs need to implement project management methodologies. The author identifies six key steps that entrepreneurs can take to help identify, analyze, and actively engage their true goals and objectives and achieve success.
Avoid Pitfalls of Small Projects
- by David Robertshaw, PMP
A small project can be a great opportunity to prove your ability, but the stakes can be high. As far as management is concerned, if you can’t succeed at small projects, you can’t succeed at larger ones. The truth is, however, that the cost, quality, and schedule in small projects can be risky for a variety of reasons. This article examines a few of the issues that make managing small projects different than large ones and offers principles for success.
Small Projects, Big Savings by Implementing Best Practices with Earned Value Management (Lessons Learned)
- by Nary Ramahatra, PMP, ITIL
The project manager must adapt and adjust the PMBOK® Guide in order to balance his or her identified competing constraints while integrating the different management processes needed to deliver the expected result as a cohesive whole. The first part of this article discusses the process of “tailoring” small project management practices. The second part of the article presents a case study of best practices as the project manager responsible for a team of eleven people in an IT department.
Project Management: Not Just for Big Corporations
- by Eri Swager, PMP
More and more large organizations are adopting project management these days. So, are small and medium businesses being left behind? Is project management simply not relevant to these organizations? The author has worked predominantly for small- and medium-sized organizations throughout her career, and most of the projects she has managed have been rather small. From her experience, she says that smaller organizations can certainly benefit from project management.