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If ‘Can I Get my Project Done Quicker’ is the Question, then Planning at the Day Level of Detail is the Answer

If ‘Can I Get my Project Done Quicker’ is the Question, then Planning at the Day Level of Detail is the Answer

If you think about it in its simplest terms, when any project is executed – something tiny like making dinner, all the way up to something massive, like Brexit – the project happens because a sequence of jobs is carried out. To be even more precise, each day of the project, each one of a …

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The 4 Types of Project Manager

The 4 Types of Project Manager

Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review published an article called The 4 Types of Project Manager. The article described how different types of growth opportunities require different types of project managers to run them. It’s a good article. It’s been my experience that there are indeed four types of project manager – though in …

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13 Signs That Your Project May be In Deep Trouble

13 Signs That Your Project May be In Deep Trouble

Obviously, the only way you can know for sure whether your project is in trouble or not is to (a) have a properly estimated plan and (b) be monitoring properly against it. Those issues are discussed elsewhere on www.fastproject.org. However, there are a number of signs I have seen over the years which are guaranteed …

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How to Estimate Anything Accurately

How to Estimate Anything Accurately

Okay, so hopefully we’ve established https://fastprojects.org/2017/08/23/we-dont-have-time-to-plan-it-just-go-do-it/ that planning is a good idea and that the alternative – ‘we don’t have time to plan it – just go do it’ is, to put it mildly, rather dumb. But how can we estimate accurately when estimation is – basically – predicting the future and something that no …

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Affected by Brexit? You’re gonna need this

Affected by Brexit? You’re gonna need this

It’s the classic situation that all project managers find themselves in, sooner or later. The deadline is fixed but the requirements still haven’t been decided. Every day that passes is a day lost than can never be recovered. But this time it’s different. This is the true nightmare scenario. There isn’t just one project – …

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Need More Contingency? Run a Fast Project!

Need More Contingency? Run a Fast Project!

Of the many benefits of running a fast project, a somewhat unexpected one is what it can do to your store of contingency. Contingency is one of the more troubled areas of project management. Sensible industries – such as construction, for example, or filmmaking – expect to see contingency in a plan. Then, there are …

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