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WBS Training – What Are The Project Management Benefits?

WBS Training – What Are The Project Management Benefits?
By Vivian Kloosterman

Developing a work breakdown structure is not always easy. It can be demanding, and require a lot of time and effort. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. You may put off developing the WBS and then rush it through, so that it is over and done. Work breakdown structure training will give you the skills to approach work breakdown structures, even for complex projects, with confidence and ease.

The work breakdown structure forms the foundation for sound project management. Every major planning component of the project kicks off from the work breakdown structure. So, the ability to prepare a comprehensive WBS is an essential project management skill. Work breakdown structure training will help you stop procrastinating and allow you to develop work breakdown structures with certainty. Some of the benefits of work breakdown structure training are that you can:

  • Produce a WBS that is complete and accurate.
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How to Write a Quick and Easy Project Charter That Contains 8 Essential Elements

How to Write a Quick and Easy Project Charter That Contains 8 Essential Elements
By Vivian Kloosterman

So you want to write a quick and easy Project Charter that sets your project off on the right path by outlining the preliminary framework, providing clear guidance to your team and stakeholders and ensuring the organization and senior management are committed to the project.

To achieve these objectives a project charter must contain eight essential elements:

  1. Project Authorization – This includes the name of the project, its formal authorization and a very brief description of the project.
  2. Goals and Scope – The project’s broad scope and high level goals are outlined in greater detail than in the Project Authorization. The preliminary scope describes what the project involves, any high-level resource or requirement descriptions, and what constitutes successful completion. Project goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. SMART goals and objectives make it easy to track and measure progress and success.

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Why Stakeholder Management and Mapping Is Key to Successful Project Management

Why Stakeholder Management and Mapping Is Key to Successful Project Management
By Vivian Kloosterman

If you follow a systematic process for stakeholder management and mapping, then you have taken a key step towards managing your project successfully. Many projects stumble and encounter difficulties due to inadequate stakeholder mapping and management. This can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • It can be as simple as not identifying key stakeholders. If they are left out of the consultation and communication loop, they tend to emerge at a later stage full of resentment about their omission, no matter that it may have been completely unintentional.
  • The influence of stakeholders can be under (or over) estimated. If you want your project to be successful, stakeholders with high levels of influence over your project need to be identified and given high priority at the outset.

  • Getting stakeholder prioritization wrong, so that communication with important stakeholders is too light and communication with less important stakeholders is excessive.

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