Author: Ronald B. Smith, MBA, PMP

Ronald Smith has over four decades of experience as Senior PM/Program Manager. He retired from IBM having written four books and over four dozen articles (for example, PMI’s PM Network magazine and MPUG) on project management, and the systems development life cycle (SDLC). He’s been a member of PMI since 1998 and evaluates articles submitted to PMI’s Knowledge Shelf Library for potential publication. From 2011 - 2017, Ronald had been an Adjunct Professor for a Master of Science in Technology and taught PM courses at the University of Houston’s College of Technology. Teaching from his own book, Project Management Tools and Techniques – A Practical Guide, Ronald offers a perspective on project management that reflects his many years of experience. Lastly in the Houston area, he has started up two Toastmasters clubs and does voluntary work at various food banks.

<strong>EPM Spelled Out</strong>

EPM Spelled Out

Understand the basics of Enterprise Project Management and how organizations can determine when to implement EPM for better project success.

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Earned Value Management

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Earned Value Management

Learn the fundamentals of Earned Value Management (EVM) and discover how it provides a powerful tool for project managers to measure progress and make informed adjustments.

How to Take Over a Failing Project

How to Take Over a Failing Project

Taking over a failing project is a daunting task. Learn how to assess the situation through interviews and document review, develop a recovery plan, rebuild team morale, and implement strategies to turn the project around and achieve success.

Killing a Major Project is Hard

Killing a Major Project is Hard

Learn how to effectively pull the plug on major projects, exploring real-life examples of failed projects and valuable lessons to be learned.

Setting Up a Project File: Microsoft Project Templates, Shortcuts, and Best Practices

Setting Up a Project File: Microsoft Project Templates, Shortcuts, and Best Practices

Learn how to set up a project file in Microsoft Project 2019 Professional desktop edition using templates, key aspects, and shortcuts.

How Risk and Quality Management are Interlinked

How Risk and Quality Management are Interlinked

Quality management is not independent of risk management. Both should be managed together, and are two sides of the same coin.

Infrastructure Improvements: Guidance on How to Be Successful

Infrastructure Improvements: Guidance on How to Be Successful

Infrastructure improvements are essential for ensuring the reliability and availability of applications and services. This article provides guidance on making decisions about infrastructure improvements, designing for success, and selecting vendors.

Project Information Repository

Project Information Repository

The Project Information Repository (PIREP) is a fundamental tool for managing and administering software development projects. It should be an online database accessible to all team members and contain key information such as milestones, risks, issues, changes, meetings, and decisions