MilestoneTask Project Management Best Practices & PMP Resources.

MilestoneTask offers project management resources for professionals and pmp aspirants. The resources on this blog can help enhance efficiency and also provide an indispensable study reference.

This blog is a compendium of knowledge and skills acquired during real world execution of challenging projects. The blog posts at Milestonetask.Com are nothing but carefully crafted compilation of valuable experience gained in implementing project management best practices.

Atul Gaur PMP, the author of this blog is a certified project management professional. Atul has rich and diverse project management experience of over two decades. An alumnus of MIT-Manipal and MDI-Gurgaon, Atul Gaur PMP is also an Indian Navy Veteran.

Apart from various corporate assignments Atul has also served on-board naval warships and a ship repair yard. To know more about Atul Gaur PMP, please visit the resume page.

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Project Management Skills

Competencies

Capabilities

Profound project management competencies, adept in managing complex naval boiler re-tubing projects to highly demanding engineering, procurement and construction projects. System oriented uses structured approach to solve problems.

Proficiencies

Proficient in using Microsoft Project as scheduling tool, apply global benchmark practices to develop WBS, activity list and activity dependencies. Skilled in applying S-Curve for tracking deliverable and implement EVM for schedule and cost control.

Leadership

Capable of leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in matrix as well as projectized organization structure. Atul can lead a project right from takeover from market segment until handover of the project to end customer.

Methodical

Methodically review projects, work out variances and initiate corrective and preventive actions. Involve project team in the review processes and use interactive presentations to report the project progress to stakeholders.

Value System

Driven by core Naval values that are deeply imbibed in thoughts and action. Absolutely process oriented and unbiased in approach. Believes in fulfilling contractual obligations without impacting project profitability.

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Atul Gaur PMP

Atul Gaur is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) & Ex India Naval Officer with established credentials of successfully delivering critical projects across industry verticals.
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There are a number of project management formulas to perform quantitative analysis, but from pmp exam point of view there are a few important ones. Key areas such as Earned Value Analysis, Critical Path Analysis, and Procurement Management require use of Quantitative skills. Hence, this post enumerates important mathematical formulas required for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

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Project selection methods have a vital role during project initiating phase. In fact during the project selection process a project manager rarely has any involvement. However, knowing the essentials of the project selection process adds value to the overall project execution. Moreover, those aspiring for the pmp certification examination need to know the basics of project selection criteria.

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Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) is a project schedule development and analysis technique that represents a sequence of activities and activity relationship in a graphical format. PERT uses Arrow Diagram Method (ADM) technique to construct the network diagram. Activity-on-Arrow is an example of ADM method. PERT uses three-point estimation technique to arrive at the estimated duration.

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Project schedule network analysis is an analytical technique to identify critical path in a schedule network diagram and generate critical activities. It further specifies the degree of schedule flexibility in a given network logic. The output of schedule network analysis is a schedule model. This project schedule model serves as a basis for project execution, analysis, controlling and reporting.

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Earned value management system is a robust methodology to integrate schedule, scope, and cost baselines of a project. EVM is an analytical tool that also uses variances to track schedule and cost performance of a project. It further uses efficiency indicators to forecast project health. Though EVM analysis offers numerous benefits, implementing this technique offers some challenges.

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Project variance analysis is an important technique that allows project teams to constantly compare planned performance with actual project data. Hence, it assists project teams in identifying and analysing deviations in project performance. In simple terms, variance analysis is the variation between plan and actual project performance. It further helps to identify causes and assess severity of deviation.

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Understanding of earned value project management concepts is critical to successful implementation of this technique in real life projects. Solving earned value management example problems can not only help understand the concepts but also assist project management professional aspirants prepare for the pmp certification examination. This post consists of 3 basic types of evm problems.

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The Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® is an indispensable resource for project managers as well as for PMP aspirants. The guide includes the standard for project management, key concepts and project management processes. The PMBOK guide fifth edition was published in 2013, In September 2017 PMI released the PMBOK 6th edition.

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While developing the project schedule it is imperative that all activities that relate to project success are clearly identified. These identified activities are then analysed for relationships that exists among them so that a well-structured and a logically correct schedule network diagram can be established. Dependencies and logical relationships help to establish the relationships among various project activities.

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Critical path analysis is the process of identifying the longest path in a schedule network diagram. It not only indicates completeness of project schedule but also helps to ascertain degree of schedule flexibility. Moreover, critical path analysis also reveals the minimum duration required to complete a project. Critical Path Method (CPM) is the most popular project schedule analysis technique.

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Critical path method in project management helps to identify a sequence of activities that requires close monitoring. This sequence of activities is known as critical path. It is the most important outcome of critical path method (cpm) network analysis process. Hence, critical path method network analysis technique ensures that there are no schedule slippages and cost overruns.

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Project managers must face questions on future performance of project cost. The most commons questions are (a) What is the remaining work likely to cost? (b) What is the entire project likely to cost? (c) How much will be over or under budget at the end of the project? Earned Value Management technique has a set of highly effective and proven tools to forecast project cost performance.

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Awards & Accolades

Acknowledgement of Skills

Best Suggestion

As Project Manager for Process & Energy Engineering Unit Atul Gaur participated in an organization wide change management program. Atul received the Best Suggestion Award for recommending improvements to Project Management Processes.

PMP Certificate

Atul Gaur is committed to the profession of managing projects successfully and has therefore achieved the global credential in Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in Feb, 2016. The extract of PMP certificate is available here.

Articles Indian Navy

As a commissioned officer Atul Gaur has authored various articles for the Indian Navy. The ones that were awarded are Digital battlefields, weld repairs to water drum of aircraft carrier and titanium fabrication of snort exhaust trunking for submarines.

Mistake? Solution

Atul Gaur expressed his views on common mistakes that occur in project management like blowing cost estimates, failing to escalate, and keeping strategy close to the vest, views were published in PMI Career Central article titled Mistake? Solution.

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