Project Management Basics

Written by Michele Webb

If you have ever had responsibility for managing a project, regardless of how little or how big, you will understandrepparttar many nuances and special considerations that have to be taken into account behind-the-scenes. Project management success stories rarely showrepparttar 142755 struggles, problems or weaknesses ofrepparttar 142756 project or team torepparttar 142757 public. One author, Herbert Lovelace, likened this torepparttar 142758 kitchen, which “…tends to be cleaned up before it is shown to guests! “

Understanding how projects should be managed or “byrepparttar 142759 book” methodology is a good reference guide and tool for everyone. But, in order to succeedrepparttar 142760 project manager must understandrepparttar 142761 myriad of people, their needs, andrepparttar 142762 potential problems and issues that need to be tackled beforerepparttar 142763 project can be called successful. In my own experience, project management is a culmination of allrepparttar 142764 experiences and knowledge I have gained on past projects and is modified based on circumstance. There are, however, some very broad guidelines that can be implemented to help ensurerepparttar 142765 project stays on track.

1.Identification: make surerepparttar 142766 problem, or project purpose, is clearly identified before starting. This is best done by puttingrepparttar 142767 purpose into writing and havingrepparttar 142768 entire team reviewrepparttar 142769 text. Next, solicitrepparttar 142770 team’s agreement torepparttar 142771 purpose in a roundtable meeting. This will also help to identifyrepparttar 142772 customer’s concerns and issues that need to be addressed throughoutrepparttar 142773 project and help to stratifyrepparttar 142774 resources and potential conflictsrepparttar 142775 team may encounter.

2.Preparation: is all about figuring out what to do and how to do it. Although most of us can handlerepparttar 142776 mechanics of preparation fairly well on an independent basis, it may be more difficult to ensure that all project team members are in agreement. It is advisable to have everyone sign off on what is to be done and his/her role inrepparttar 142777 project as part ofrepparttar 142778 preparation. People are far more likely to support something that they understand and have had a role in developing. In our organization we use a document, called a Scope of Work agreement, as part ofrepparttar 142779 contracts and negotiation process that detailsrepparttar 142780 work to be done onrepparttar 142781 project. By using this document we can clearly setrepparttar 142782 project tasks, milestones and timeline beforerepparttar 142783 contracts are finalized. Here’s one tidbit, if you are trying to implement systems, and you can’t explain it easily, don’t implement it!

Is VoIP the 'Next Big Thing' in Telecommunications?

Written by Marvin Bellnick

VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol has been simmering forrepparttar past few years. This yearrepparttar 142556 market has heated up. Many large businesses have jumped onrepparttar 142557 VoIP bandwagon and have realized savings of 50-percent or more off their phone bills. VoIP providers are competing to add to or replace large PBX systems forrepparttar 142558 corporations and add web conferencing capabilities plus wireless VoIP (wVoIP) over LAN’s as well.

Hospitals and other large, fragmented workforces are discoveringrepparttar 142559 value of using wireless VoIP phones to converse with one another quickly and efficiently while in different wings, floors or buildings of a large facility. This kind of wireless VoIP setup can have huge cost savings over cell phones and is more efficient that using pagers.

While business VoIP has caught on inrepparttar 142560 corporate landscape, residential VoIP is still trying to take hold. This is largely because of a couple of current disadvantages of VoIP. First, not all current VoIP systems have power backups. Whenrepparttar 142561 power goes out in a residence,repparttar 142562 landline is still operational. Since VoIP works over a high-speed Internet connection, which requires power, ifrepparttar 142563 power goes down, so doesrepparttar 142564 VoIP connection. This will be of concern to many concerned about emergency situations. The good news is that many VoIP hardware providers are starting to deliver systems with power backup to address just this issue.

The second drawback of residential VoIP is that not all current VoIP service providers offer full, 24-7 emergency 911 service. After hour calls in Florida, may be mistakenly rerouted to Idaho for instance. This is also about to change. The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all phone service providers offer e911 service as standard. According torepparttar 142565 FCC, “All interconnected VoIP providers must automatically provide E9-1-1 services to all customers as a standard, mandatory feature without customers having to specifically request this service. VoIP providers may not allow their customersrepparttar 142566 option to “opt-out” of E9-1-1 service.”

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