An In-depth Look into the Integration Management Knowledge Area

In an earlier article about the nine project management knowledge areas I briefly went over the concept of Integration Management. In this article I will dig deeper into this fascinating area and make sure you get a better idea of what this area contains.

Carsten Howitz 06-18-2012 Read more

How to Know if You Need to Run Payroll In-house

Does it make sense to run payroll in-house or should you consider out-sourcing it? Well, it all depends. Most companies will be well off outsourcing it and saving the headache of running it in-house, while other companies may benefit from running it themselves. Read on to determine which method is better for you and your company.

Carsten Howitz 05-19-2012 Read more

My Experience with Certified Project Management

I have always been very skeptical about certifications in general knowledge areas. I know in technical applications, certifications can truly ensure that the person being certified knows the application. However, for a general knowledge area, I have always thought “why bother, what is the real benefit?"

Tina Noa 04-14-2012 Read more

Time Management: How to Determine the Critical Path

You may have heard about the critical path in a project and how the development of the project schedule is dependent on the critical path. As a project manager the critical path is essential to determine potential issues in our project schedule. So what is the critical path and how do we determine it? Well, let's first take a look at a netowk logic diagram for a simple sample project.

Carsten Howitz 04-12-2012 Read more

What is a Configurator and How Can it Help You?

Do you have salespeople that are building quotes containing many different options in the finished products? Are you often building custom products that require unique bill of materials (BOM's)? Do you want to control and limit your salesperson's ability to make the wrong decisions in the quoting proccess? If you can answer yes to any of the above questions you might need to consider getting a software configurator to help you.

Carsten Howitz 04-05-2012 Read more

Time Management Knowledge Area

This knowledge area is primarily concerned with resources, activites, and scheduling. As project managers, we always want to be in control of the schedule and not the other way around. Using the scope baseline, we build the schedule from the ground up. The key input to the knowledge area is the Work Breakdown Structure or WBS. There are six processes in this knowledge area. Five of these are in the planning process group and one is in the monitoring and control group.

Carsten Howitz 03-21-2012 Read more

Implementing Quality Management in IT Projects

Quality management is an important knowledge area and is concerned with "the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfill requirements". What does this mean? It means that based on specified requirements we need to determine how well the solution fulfills these requirements. When you are manufacturing widgets it might be easy to set some quality standards for measurement, like diameter must have a tolerance of +-1 mm, but how do you measure the quality of the deliverable of an IT project? That's what I will try to explain in this article.

Carsten Howitz 03-15-2012 Read more

How to Draw A Critical to Quality Tree to offer Better Quality

When reviewing a business process, we want to make sure that the process produces a producct or service of the best possible quality. This is because the quality of the product or service is directly related to customer satisfaction. So "who" and "what" determines what is considered quality? "Who" is an easy one. The customer ultimately has the final word on what's quality, not us. If they don't perceive our products or services as quality, then they are not.

Carsten Howitz 03-02-2012 Read more

Procurement Management Knowledge Area

This area deals with processes to handle procurement of goods and services that our organization can't deliver. The overal philosophy of procurement management is that it's formal. This means that we are not just dealing with handshakes and a few emails back and forth. We are dealing with formal and legal contrats with our subcontractors and vendors.

Carsten Howitz 10-14-2011 Read more


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