Category: Templates

How to Use an A3 Report

How to Use an A3 Report

What is an A3 An A3 is more than an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper that is structured into several sections and not all A3’s are created equal. An A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by Lean manufacturing practitioners. What your A3 looks like depends…

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TPS Report

TPS Report

After my little diatribe titled “Project Management Theater” I had a few days to think about the less than stellar status report provided by the vendor to my customer.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized the vendor did nothing to meet the unique customer needs.  The attitude was Well, you asked for a status report.…

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Free Project Team Organization Worksheet

Free Project Team Organization Worksheet

Today I’m going to write about (and provide) a free Project Team Organization worksheet to complement the Project Charter Template so many have downloaded. Both files are free for download, modification, and distribution. [Team Organization Worksheet] [Project Charter Template] When using the Project Team Organization worksheet, note that there are 4 sections:  Structure, Roles and…

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Free Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet

Free Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet

As I look at the logs of the Critical Path website, I notice a trend for what people are searching.  Most visitors coming to this site are searching for project management related templates and worksheets.  If there is one thing I try to instill in other project managers, it is listen to your customers!  That…

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Free Project Initiation Worksheet

Free Project Initiation Worksheet

When you are about to initiate a new project, you should capture the basics of project information.  If you don’t, you’re walking into a minefield.  Even before you write up a charter, you should be able to answer the following: Problem (or Opportunity) Statement – Describe the business reason(s) for initiating the project, specifically stating…

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Free COTS Package Evaluation Template

Free COTS Package Evaluation Template

At my last assignment, I was asked to compare 3 vendors and make a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product recommendation to the client.  The client knew their budget and products they wanted evaluated.  They didn’t know if the product capabilities were all marketing hype or if the products would indeed meet their needs. When doing a…

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