What’s Your Winning Plan for 2023?

Most companies start preparing for the next year, quarter, or season as the current one winds down. When the clock strikes midnight, it’s too late to make any changes to the items or projects already in production, and even modest tweaks to those in flight are difficult to fit into the timetable. Some companies even…

Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Twelfth Edition (2021)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has released its 2021 Project Management Salary Survey. I always find these reports fascinating to read, especially when comparing salaries with other countries. Grab your copy of the report here: Project Management Salary Survey—Twelfth Edition | Project Management Institute (pmi.org) As disruptive as COVID-19 has been, project management skills and…

How to create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

A well-crafted Work Breakdown Structure can be invaluable on a project. Follow this short step-by-step guide on how to create a basic Work Breakdown Structure for your next project. I create a WBS as soon as possible, preferably while the sales team is still busy proposing the solution to a client. Using the approach I…

What is the difference between duration, work, effort, hours, and man-days?

I come from the Microsoft Project world, where schedules are built using duration and work. However, team members often refer to effort, hours, or my pet peeve “man-days”. What are all of these, and how do they compare? My nonprofessional definitions are summarized as follows, with examples below: Duration – the amount of time it…