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Burning Questions on Execution, Tracking & Control

Tracking and Control is the dual process of detecting when a project is drifting off-plan and taking corrective action to bring the project back on track. It also encompasses detecting when the plan itself becomes faulty and re-planning the project and its goals. Review our answers to the questions and situational problems presented by other project managers to learn how to address these types of challenges before you find yourself in the same situation.

Burning Questions

    Execution, Tracking & Control
  1. How do I track our actual project costs and compare them to the project budget?
  2. Why shouldn't I contribute as part of the development team in addition to managing the project?
  3. We're keeping track of action items but no one seems to be taking them seriously. We review them and say we'll do them, but the dates often just get changed every week. What's the POINT?
  4. What are the signs I should watch for, or tools I should use, to tell if the project is on track as we go along?
  5. I think I'm being snookered. I keep hearing "we're almost done!" But we're not. What do I DO?
  6. All my peers have warned me about the need to manage "scope creep." How can I spot scope creep and what do I do if I see it?
  7. How do the project manager and team judge that we're done? What does it mean for a particular deliverable of a project to be done, and the project itself to be truly complete?
    Solution Analysis
  1. What results does a Cost Benefits analysis provide?
  2. I have estimates around the cost of the solution, but can't seem to find any tangible benefits, now what?
  3. What if the costs or benefits change as the solution evolves?
  4. I think there may be multiple ways to solve the same problem. How do I make sure we're choosing the right one?
  5. How do I know if we've considered enough alternatives?
  6. How can we prove that the solution resulted in the expected benefits?
  7. How does measuring intangible or soft benefits compare to measuring tangible benefits?

Problem Solvers

  1. How do I get two dueling executives to agree on goals and stop delaying my project?
  2. The developers have started developing, but the requirements aren't finished and signed-off. How do I get them to wait?
  3. My project sponsor keeps adding features to the application, but the requirements are already documented and approved. Now what?
  4. Describe a day in the life of a project manager. How should I be using my time each day?

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