Management Fix: Project Management Templates Definition and Implementation

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This week’s “Project Management Templates Definition and Implementation” is one of my personal favorites.
By definition, a template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document. When you open a template, it is pre-formatted in some way. For example, you might use a template in Microsoft Word that is formatted as a business letter. … Templates can either come with a program or be created by the user.
(Thanks to https://techterms.com/definition/template)

Think of the last project you had to manage. What documents did you have to create at launch?

There would be a project charter and a communication plan, of course. You’d have a broad project plan, a work breakdown structure, and a Gantt chart. You would also have a risk register and a plan to tackle all upcoming issues.

Creating all these documents from scratch would waste a monumental amount of time. This is why every project manager usually has a trusted arsenal of project management templates. Using templates not only improves your efficiency, but it also brings much-needed standardization to your project management process. Instead of creating documents on an ad-hoc basis, you can have a single template for every function that can be used across the organization.

Borrowing pre-made templates can also ensure that you use best practices in your planning and reporting. If a template has proven to be successful in one organization, there is a good chance it will be useful in yours as well.
(Thanks to https://www.workamajig.com/blog/project-management-templates)

This link has one of the most organized and complete sets of templates for project management, enjoy and support their work.
Remember to learn and share as they did, so that we can grow together.

Known Associates

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This MngtFix has been mentioned concerning several MngtBugs such as…
“Lack of Communication”,
“Lack of Project Planning”,
“Undefined Project Scope”,
“Lack of Defined Processes”,
“Lack of Knowledge Management”,
and of course “Lack of Project Management Best Practices”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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