Project Management Research

Earned Value in Projects

The current posting contains considerations about defining and collecting earned value concerning fuzzy and usually large tasks. Defining and collecting earned value are essential aspects of project management [1]. Here are two scenarios where this kind of task appears, usually on an extensive program. One might appear in the situation of integrating into the program […]

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Working with Difficult Stakeholders

The current posting contains lessons I acquired as a lead engineer—these lessons concern working with difficult stakeholders. As a project lead, the first job I secured was with a major technology company. I was a consultant. I had in abundance the professional skills required to do my job, but the specific domain knowledge lacked depth, […]

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Lessons Learned About Stakeholder Management

The current post contains a few valuable lessons learned about stakeholder management I came across during my 15 years working as a project and program manager. The palette of particular situations concerning stakeholder management is huge: deciding when and how to share setbacks concerning the project; how to make an effective executive presentation; how to […]

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Lessons Learned About Milestone Documentation

The current posting contains lessons learned about milestone documentation coming from my experience of working on large programs. I keep a list of internal milestones leading to the release of a deliverable, reported on a weekly basis, not necessarily baselined with the program (only the final delivery baselined), but valued by the customer in the […]

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Project Resource Allocation Issues

Dr. George Gafencu, DBA, PMP, DTM Project resource allocation issues are the topic of the current posting, having as source PMBOK[1]. Resource allocation, loading, and leveling is a thorny problem in the life of a project or program manager, impacting many aspects of the project or program (schedule, cost, quality, customer satisfaction, potentially even the […]

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MS Project Custom Dashboard Reports

MS Project Custom Dashboard Reports Dr. George Gafencu, DBA, PMP, DTM Over the years, I implemented several custom MS Project custom dashboard reports, and in other instances MS Office automation scripts. I wrote these macros Microsoft VBA, accumulating data in an Excel spreadsheet, or generating reports. In recent months I got back together with my […]

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Dijkstra’s Method and CPM Evaluation

Dr. George Gafencu, DBA, PMP, DTM Dijkstra’s method and the Critical Path Method (CPM) evaluation is the topic of the current posting. The condition of the experiment is a relatively small schedule (17 tasks) developed rigorously based on the Project Management Institute’s guidelines [1]. Meanwhile, Strategy & Innovation, LLC needed a safe and fast method of […]

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Genetic Algorithms versus Critical Path Method

Dr. George Gafencu, DBA, PMP, DTM A comparison between the critical path implemented via Genetic Algorithms versus Critical Path Method is the topic of the current posting. The conditions of the experiment is a relatively small schedule (17 tasks) developed rigorously based on the Project Management Institute’s guidelines [1]. All tasks have a predecessor and […]

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