Entries tagged with “project management”.


The most important part of project management is listening. Listen to what your customers are asking for, listen to what the project team is delivering, and listen to what you are communicating to other about your project.

Here’s a cute video about what miscommunication can do to a project:

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continuation of The Three Elephants in the Room (Time, Cost, and Scope)

 

Believe it or not the solution to your elephants is so simple you will wonder why people spend so much time on even thinking about it.

 

At the beginning of the project, ask your project sponsor (boss, organization chair, whoever is the big wig that asked for this whole thing) to prioritize the triple constraint components. Key word here is “beginning” ask questions before the problem arises.

 

Frequently, he or she will say, “They are ALL important.” They are, indeed, all important, but they should not be treated equally! Undoubtedly one of the elements of the triple constraint is more important than the others. For example, is the end date non-moveable due to other business commitments, regulatory considerations or mandatory stipulations? Or, is the budget fixed and your project absolutely cannot exceed the approved budget? Or, is scope critical because you are attempting to obtain a competitive edge and your company wants to be the first in the marketplace with a given product? Find out from your sponsor which element of the triple constraint is most important and why, which is second most important and, finally, which is least important.

 

This will help you when you have to make those critical choices between A and B in the scenarios above.

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Defense AT&L, Jan-Feb, 2008, by Wayne Turk

Good project management: Is it art, science, or just dumb luck? The answer is that it’s not one but actually a little of all three. There is plenty of room for creativity and flexibility, but there are some good rules to follow. And to be successful is going to require at least a little good luck most of the time. But let’s go back to the rules. I would like to present 20 guidelines or key principles that, if followed, will give a project manager the highest probability of success. Sorry, no one can give a money-back guarantee of success. There are just too many variables over which the project manager doesn’t have control.

Here are the 20 project management guidelines I think are critical. They aren’t in any type of priority listing because all are important. Some readers are going to say they’ve heard all this before, that it’s old hat, tradition, common sense, or something similar. Maybe it is tradition because the guidelines work!

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Many people when they think Project Management and Project Mangers they thing big business, huge coorporations, and a lot of work.

They don’t think mom and pop shop, church choir, PTA or local philanthropy group. They also don’t think cost effective, can reduce the number of people needed, smooth and efficient programming and blue prints for years to come. All valuable things that smaller groups can use to improve your everyday operations.

Well this blog is dedicated to you…..

In this blog you’ll  find valuable information on how to incorporate simple project management techniques to help improve your groups programming. 

Sooo What Makes me an expert?

Well I’m not, but I am a certified Project Management Professional(PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute. And I have worked for over 6 years managing IT projects for a leading healthcare institution. But more importantly I have been active member of a community conscious action oriented orgainzation where I have served as fundraising chair, advisor, coordinated community service events etc. Through the years I have found that incorporating some of the skills I aquired as PMP to my local group we were able to achieve bigger and better things. And now I want to share with all of you.

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