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In this lesson, Subject Matter Expert (SME) Kelly Handerhan discusses ten best practices followed by successful Project Managers: 1. Planning the work by using a project definition document 2. Creating a planning horizon 3. Defining Project Management procedures up front 4. Managing the work plan and monitor the schedule and budget 5. Looking for warning signs 6. Ensuring that the sponsor approves any change-in-scope requests 7. Guarding against scope creep 8. Identifying risks up front 9. Continuing to assess risks throughout the project 10. Resolving issues as quickly as possible You will learn that: - proper planning helps ensure that a project will meet all its goals - the Project Definition is the primary deliverable from the planning process - the elements of the Project Definition - the importance of variance analysis in quality control, in monitoring the schedule and budget, and in correcting problems - how to identify risks - keeping a look out for signs that the project is having troubles - the importance of regularly monitoring the project through audits until the end of the project Handerhan explains: - how change requests and scope creep can make or break a project - that all changes must be formally approved by the appropriate person - the answer to scope creep is to have a change management process that is robust and comprehensive - that you must establish a new baseline for any change - why you should create a risk register before the first task is undertaken - how to use your risk register to help in deciding how to resolve issues - the importance of communication sharing and learning from past mistakes