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    The 20 - percent solution member content open

    By Smith, Ronald B. Most recently baselined project plans are inaccurate because they have unrealistic start dates, finish dates, work hours, costs and/or durations. Poor estimating during the planning phase is a big…

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    Measuring delay member content open

    By Rajagopalan, Sriram Project managers can evaluate the cost of schedule delays and proactively manage resources by envisioning delay as a pseudo-resource, measuring the difference between actual finish and baseline…

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    Imposed deadline syndrome member content open

    By Heerkens, Gary Contributing editor Gary Heerkens encourages practitioners to learn to generate bottom-up schedule and cost estimates that deliver realistic goals to senior management, responsibilities that seem to…

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    A taxing project member content open

    Successful projects often share one determining factor: A single project manager who provides strong leadership to the project team and who stands readily accountable for the project's outcome. This…

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    Hit the mark member content open

    By Jackson, Lynne This article features three case studies of companies that have improved their estimating practices. San Jose-based power producer Calpine Corp. cut the time taken to develop schedules for its…

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    Schedule and cost buffer sizing member content locked

    By Leach, Lawrence P. Bias in project performance causes schedule and cost to overrun baseline estimates (your model). Bias is the one-sided tendency of actual schedule or cost to overrun the model. A Guide to the…

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    Critical path or critical chain--combining the best of both member content open

    By Piney, Crispin Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) is frequently compared and contrasted with the more traditional Critical Path Method (CPM) approach. This article offers a hybrid approach called the…

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    Negotiating realistic estimates member content open

    By Pitagorsky, George Negotiating realistic estimates is one of the project manager's most daunting tasks; this article provides several recommendations for dealing with tight deadlines and budgets. There is nothing…

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    PMBOK and the critical chain member content open

    By Globerson, Shlomo Eliyahu Goldratt's introduction of the critical chain concept in 1997 has been influential in project management thinking, but has raised some controversial issues. This article examines three such…

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    Project managers need real-time data--and a couple ERP modules of their own member content open

    By Garrehy, Pat Typically, project managers receive ERP (enterprise resource planning) data in batches at the end of each month. However, unlike other 'business-as-usual' departments, project managers need…

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