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Every project manager and team member knows there are a slew of forms used throughout the life cycle of a project-that is, if the project is managed right. From the beginning scope statement to the final closing documents, forms are a big part of effective project management. They act as a method to keep everyone involved, literally, on the same page. At BrightHub, our project management writers have been working diligently to provide you, our readers, with standard form templates that you can download and customize to your own individual projects. One of our most popular articles is Eric Stallsworths How to Write a Scope Statement. Beyond giving the reader a link to a downloadable free scope statement project management form, Eric talks in detail about the importance of an effective scope statement, the sections of a scope statement and gives you some great hints for minimizing scope creep. Writer Natasha Baker continues the theme of getting a project charter with her Project Charter Example for Every Project Manager article. Like Eric, Natasha offers up a link to a related, free project management template that you can download for your own personal use. Once you have a defined scope statement and or project charter, agreed upon by project stakeholders and team members, alike, you are ready to begin building your WBS. And, while that often seems like a simple task on the surface, building a successful work breakdown structure is an art form. Ann Gordon has penned a great three-part series aptly titled, What is a Work Breakdown Structure?. Throughout this article, Ann offers of a plethora of examples and how-to tips for building your own WBS. After you have built your WBS, what do you do with it? The answer for many project managers often points to tracking your WBS using a Gantt Chart. Toward that end, we have a couple of targeted articles. In Michele McDonoughs article, How to Make a Gantt Chart in Excel, the author details the steps involved in creating a Gantt Chart using Microsoft Excel.
A cover letter is a quick way for you to summarize who you are, what position you are applying for and what skills and knowledge you have. But can not they just get the majority of that information from my resume? Yes, but at the same time, a cover letter is a great opportunity for you to introduce information that is not in your resume! Most people fail to realize this and just use the cover letter as an opportunity to regurgitate everything that is in their resume. Not only are they just doubling up useless information, they are missing out on a huge opportunity to engage a potential employer as well as showcase other skills or outside experiences that might not be on their resume but which are perfect for the position. You do not need to include every skill you possess in your cover letter, rather you use your cover letter to specifically target both the job and employer. Using the cover letter as a way to express to your potential employer what it is about the position that appeals to you and why you want to work for them is a great way to both introduce yourself and get them curious enough about who you are to keep reading.
Before you start your actual work, defining a creative brief is an inevitable step. It represents a clear picture about the wishes and goals of your clients. Not only does it define the goals they want to achieve, it also predicts budgets and crafts messages you want to convey. It gives you an overview of what you are aiming to accomplish during your project, and you can keep using it further down the line. Among other things, a creative brief contains the clients Unique Selling Point (USP), which summarizes the qualities that separate your clients from their peers. These strengths and weaknesses are important to figure out-because you always need to take your clients competitors into consideration. To fully understand your clients, it is not only helpful to screen the clients themselves, but also their backgrounds and surroundings. Eventually, a creative brief contains a whole analysis of your clients-categorized into their backgrounds, the qualities that make them stand out, their objectives, and their target audiences. It is an overall breakdown of the major characteristics and properties that matter most to your project.
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