How to great a simple project plan in Excel

project plan excel template

How do you create a good project plan fast? It’s really not difficult and you don’t need MS Project or any other complicated tool. Let me show you how I create my project plans. Why a good project plan should be simple By simple I mean several things: First, the project plan should be accessible … Read more

Where you can find help as a project manager

Have you ever been in a situation where things got totally out of control? A time when you thought your project had already failed. It can be REALLY scary and frustrating, especially because you are the only one who cares about the project. You’ve put your name out there, and everone is expecting you to … Read more

I took over a new project. These were my initial questions

Project questions teaser

I recently decided to do some freelancing. To be precise, I wanted to work as an independent IT project manager. The opportunity to gain further experience and make some extra income while being flexible really appealed to me. I also wanted to have enough time to write for you on TacticalProjectManager.com. So I asked within … Read more

What does a project manager actually do?

project manager what do they do

Many people are drawn towards project management, yet they find it hard to confirm what the role actually involves. Join me on this journey through a typical day. Every day is different If you were born in the 70s or 80s, you’ve probably seen the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray is playing a news anchor … Read more

Dealing with new customer requirements (a step-by-step guide)

customer scope changes

When the customer calls to inform you about a needed addition to the scope, there is no point in getting nervous. Follow the process I’m giving you below. This is probably the situation project managers fear the most: It’s when the customer asks for changes when you’re already going in full speed. You have worked … Read more

Stuck in a boring job? Here is what you can try

Imagine playing the piano on only two keys. Ding-dong. How would that sound? Pretty dull, right? Not only that. A piano has got 64 keys, and not using them would be a terrible waste! The real beauty of a piano only emerges once you put it to its full use. When you combine notes in … Read more

How to Organize Yourself With These 4 Systems

How to organize yourself

With the right systems in place, you don’t have to worry that something important gets forgotten. Here I show you the systems I use to stay on top of things.  There are 4 parts that we’ll be looking at: Tasks Emails Documents Meeting decisions Tasks: Only what gets managed will get done These are the individual … Read more

How to start a project: Going from zero to green lights

How to start a project

The start of a project is one of the critical phases. You want to do it right. A lot of your future success depends on how you start off. Unfortunately things can get hectic and you usually don’t have a lot of time to sit down and think. In this article I walk you through … Read more