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Articles, White Papers and other documents addressing basic concepts of Management. These will cover people and project management topics.

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Documents covering basic management principles.

bulletSkills based resource assignments - I attended the world wide launch of Microsoft Project 2002. One of their new features was this skill based assignment tool. I just wanted to point out some pitfalls for those of you who might consider it.
Skills based resource assignments: Dream come true or Nightmare 784KB
bulletMatrix Management - One of the visitors to this site asked for an explanation of "Matrix Management"/Matrix Organizations". This was my response, and I thought it might be interesting for others.
Matrix Management 162KB
bulletPMO White Paper - This document represents a brief introduction as to what to consider when implementing a Project Management Office (PMO). I wrote a more specific version of this for a client, and felt this more generic version might be useful to visitors to this web site.
PMO White Paper 1,200KB
bulletProject Scheduling Primer - Scheduling multiple projects and sharing resources, how it works.
Project Scheduling Primer  208KB
bulletProject Management Guidelines (A different kind of Methodology) - This is a methodology I wrote with one of my clients. This methodology is applicable for "any" project; and everything is a project. This works whether you are building the Space Shuttle, planning a meeting, planning a trip or handling a continuity issue (putting out a fire). The point being that the phases in this, and actually any, methodology are steps we go through for "any" project we do. In some instances it may take 5 minutes to go through them all; in others 5 years. But go through them all we will. This Methodology helps managers think about their projects in a different way. It teaches managers to ask the right questions to get the information they need. It is all about communication and dissemination of information. There are 2 documents here. The first is the entire Methodology; the second is a Quick Reference Card for that methodology.
Project Management Guidelines 206KB 
Project Management Guidelines Quick Reference 74KB




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