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Title Cost benefit analysis checklist

Cost-Benefit Analysis Checklist for Project Managers (Free Download)

Compiling a cost-benefit analysis for different project or investment alternatives can be a burdensome exercise. Collecting data from numerous sources, coming up with assumptions, calculating different approaches, and interpreting the results can be confusing even for experienced project managers. This checklist will help you to conduct a cost-benefit analysis in a structured and well-organized way. …

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Definitive Estimate vs. ROM/Rough Order of Magnitude (+ Calculator)

When the cost of projects (or parts of a project) is estimated, the accuracy of these estimates depends on various factors. These include but are not limited to the availability and quality of information and the estimation technique used. The available options and data to estimate costs typically vary among the phases of a project. …

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How Project Management Software Improves Productivity

The success of a business project relies heavily on a number of factors: individual and collective expertise of the team members, budget, resources, communication, and productivity among other things. Productivity, however, is becoming a serious concern for many project-based firms. According to a recent productivity survey by VoucherCloud that interviewed nearly 2,000 employees, the average …

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Balanced Scorecard in Project Management – Uses, Pros & Cons

The Balanced Scorecard, or Integral Scorecard, is a strategic management methodology used to define and monitor the strategy of an organization. Robert Kaplan and David Norton created this methodology in 1992 (original article). The Balanced Scorecard was originally developed as a tool to implement the corporate strategy and is a common method in companies of …

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Number of Communication Channels (+ PMP® Formula & Calculator)

The PMI methodology, set out in the Project Management Body of Knowledge, introduces the number of potential communication channels as a part of the communication requirements analysis. This type of analysis is a tool and technique of the “Plan Communications Management” process (ch. 10.1.2 in the PMBOK, 6th edition). The goal of this analysis is …

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PMI-ACP® Formulas for 19 Agile Metrics (incl. Explanations)

When you are preparing for your PMI-ACP exam, studying formulas has probably not been your top priority so far. Although the PMI-ACP exam puts less emphasis on calculations than other certifications (such as the PMP, for instance) you should be familiar with a few formulas. As they are not overly complicated, they are ‘quick wins’ …

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Discounted Payback Period: Definition, Formula, Example & Calculator

The discounted payback period (DPP) is a success measure of investments and projects. Although it is not explicitly mentioned in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) it has practical relevance in many projects as an enhanced version of the payback period (PBP). Read through for the definition and formula of the DPP, 2 examples …

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Calculator for rough order of magnitude estimate range

Calculator for the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Range

If you are in the initiation phase of a project or studying the PMBOK for your PMP exam you will find this ROM Range Calculator useful. This tool helps you determine the minimum and maximum values of the range of your rough order of magnitude estimate. Introduction to the ROM Calculator There are numerous estimation …

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What Is Schedule Variance (SV)? Definition, Formula, Example, Calculator

When you are in the process of controlling the schedule of your project, or when you are preparing for your PMP exam, you will likely make use of the Schedule Variance (SV) at some point. This is one of the key indicators of the variance analysis which is part of the earned value management of …

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