Gabrielle Guerrera

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Global Project Management--5 Tips to Manage a Global Team

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Feb 17, 2011

Announcement: Dear loyal readers, thank you so much for your continued interest in the IT Project Blog! While it has been a fun experience for all involved, our blog staff is currently needed for other projects, so there will be no new articles for some time. We encourage you to continue to come back and utilize existing articles and tools, as we do not intend to take down the page. We will also ... Read More

Project Fun Competition Closed

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Feb 10, 2011

The results are in! After hundreds of public votes as well as a decision from our judging panel, the winners have been chosen. Here are the top ideas for bringing fun to your projects:

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Project Management Skills: Making Change Stick

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Feb 3, 2011

IT Project Blog Guest Article by Michelle LaBrosse

Are you tired of hearing people say the only constant is change? I think we all need to keep saying it to remind ourselves we have to always be ready to keep changing. Here’s the rub: how do we make change stick? How can you, as a project manager, use your skills to create business processes that have staying power?

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Combating the Challenges of a Matrix Company

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Jan 27, 2011

When project teams are built in preparation for an upcoming assignment, the structure of the surrounding enterprise organization can greatly affect how easy it is to gather resources and how a project is managed from start to finish. While tradition has it that businesses are usually organized around functional groups – i.e., the sales team is managed by a sales manager, the finance team is ... Read More

How to Measure ROI On Branding Projects

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Jan 20, 2011

Creating a business case for a brand marketing or management project is completely different from doing the same thing for a new construction project or for a new software implementation. Bean counters like myself who may be a little obsessed with quantifying a dollar-for-dollar return on company investment find the task of putting a number on how much money a new branding strategy could make for ... Read More

Project Analysis Tool: The SWOT Chart

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Fri, Jan 14, 2011

We often talk about how best to develop the foresight a project manager needs to identify factors that are important to meeting organizational objectives, both internal and external to the project. Instead of relying on chance or worse yet, the appearance of project-threatening risks to alert you to impending issues, there are some methods that can be used to analyze project circumstances to ... Read More

How to Write an Executive Summary For Primary Stakeholders

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Jan 6, 2011

Welcome back, all!  I hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating holiday.  Now that your projects are back in full swing here is something to consider:  How do you best communicate progress, successes, or problem points to primary stakeholders? Here are a few tips on managing communication in this regard.

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3 Tips For Training End Users Before Rollout

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Dec 16, 2010

What points are often considered when identifying changes that should be made to a business process or to an application that a business uses?

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Are You Backsliding? How To Deal With Project Setbacks

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Dec 9, 2010

Thanks to our readers for all of your feedback and comments on the “Project Changes” article series. It is clearly a topic that is deliberated on by many project managers to help keep their projects running smoothly from start to finish. One topic of consideration that we covered is how to manage changes to project schedules. This sort of adjustment is often needed when project setbacks are faced ... Read More

Managing System Cutovers

by Gabrielle Guerrera on Thu, Dec 2, 2010

IT Project Blog Guest Article by Dave Nielsen

Is the System Ready?
Before planning the cutover there are some questions that need to be answered, such as "What will the system perform like in the production environment?", "Do we have all the data we need for production?", "Can the new system support all the users who need to use it?" These are questions ... Read More