Tools – Part One

Here’s an excerpt from a recent E-mail that inspired this Podcast:

Basically Project Management is the skills, tools and management processes that are required to undertake a project successfully.

If we expand on this:

Skills – specialist knowledge, skills and experience are required to reduce the level of risk that a project has – these are used to increase the likelihood of success

Tools – a suite of tools are used by project managers to increase their chance of success. Examples include document templates, registers, planning software, audit check lists and review forms.

Processes – a variety of Project Management processes and techniques are required to monitor and control the triple constraints of Time, quality and scope, plus cost of projects. Examples can include risk and issue management, time management, quality management, cost management etc

Could you please explain some of the Tools you would use in a quality program to make processes work? I guess you use more than a clip board and pencil :-)

Paul Tolenaars

Well, Paul – I dug out my clipboard and came up with a few suggestions. Many thanks your insights and this great program suggestion!

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2 thoughts on “Tools – Part One

  1. Hi Kyle,

    I think the best answer to your question might be to check out Elsmar Cove. I just added their web address to the “Links” section of the opening page of the website. Click on the link and odds are good that one or more of the posts will answer most of your questions, yet be prepared for often widely differing levels of detail.

    There’s another option that may be even better – go to the source! Here’s another link to try:

    Perhaps the FAQ’s you find there will help you.

    Glad you liked the Podcast – I’m working on ideas for two more “tools” programs.

    Okay – I’m off to Irvine, CA for the first of two back to back ASQ conferences. My guess is that another Podcast will arise from those speaking/workshop engagements.

    Be Safe, Kyle!


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