project management

Deb Paylor

Triple Constraint – Customer Satisfaction within Scope, Budget, Time

The triple constraint in Project Management refers to the scope, timeline, and budget of a project. Change one and you impact the others. But where does customer satisfaction fit into that triangle? Without it, can a project be considered a success? Here are 7 ways to satisfy your customer while staying within budget, within scope, [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Critical Success Factors of Projects

A recent Gartner survey finds that somewhere between 20% and 28% of all IT Projects fail. This survey goes on to document the main reasons for failure, the top three of which are: “Functionality Issues”, “Substantially late”, and “High cost variance” (Gartner, June 2012). However, these are only the symptoms of deeper problems that stay [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Higher Ed Website Redesign

After recent experience with several higher education website redesigns, I’ve come up with a list of the top ten ways that you, as a higher education client, can prepare for an upcoming website redesign project.  Though these items aren’t technically required right at the beginning of a redesign project, they are all eventually needed and the [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

5 Ways Google Docs Makes Project Management Easier

As a PM, the one critical thing is communication. With all the moving parts in a project, it is your responsibility that the everyone, from the client to your company resources are on the same page. Changes, issues, and statuses must all be communicated quickly and effectively across a large group of people. There are [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Finding the Critical Path: 7 Simple Steps to Better Manage Project Timelines

For project managers, it’s sometimes hard to know exactly how a delay in one part of a project will affect the others. Even if a small delay won’t have any impact on the final deadline, where is the line in the sand and how do we know when we’ve crossed it? How late can one [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Cycles and Phases

In a recent book review I read, the author proposed that the Big Bang might be cyclical. The premise is that given enough time, everything in the universe starts over again. That is a long cycle for sure. We have some time before the cycle is complete and begins again. Until then, the universe will [...] read more »