Project Management Tools and Techniques (presentation & discussion)
What is your interpretation of Project
What is your interpretation of Project Management
Elements of Project Management • Skill and Art transferable to any job • pro-active and organized • a way to know what is and is-not possible • a credibility booster.
Project Management is NOT • a way to squeeze more performance • time management • a way to eliminate risk • a replacement for authority.
Defined Goal Brainstormed Tasks Estimates Sequence and Timing Calendar issues Appropriate Team Appropriate Budget Risk Analysis Tracking and Reporting Project Wrap-Up Necessary Tools
According to theProject Management Institute: By clearly writing down the goal of the project, you are 100% more likely to have a successful project.
Defining the Project • What is the Goal • What is the priority(today) (this hour) • What is the project not • Success and Completion criteria • Assumptions.
Not crucial • Project Management software • a “project office” • methodology • precise estimates.
Avoid at all costs! • Relying on software • Ignoring project plans or data • Doing everything as a project • Trying to do too much, too fast.
Encouraging Success • Have a visible project-management success • Require data to explain/prove claims • Look for pay-offs for every action • Recognize the time required • …do that California thing….
Negative examples • This will stink… • Survey… • Rhyme… • Brainstorm….
Why Project Management Works • With a defined Goal, expectations are managed • Project team responsibilities are clearly defined • If something is unreasonable, there is data to explain • People are kept informed of project status • The opposite of Project Management is….
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans If you can not prove you are using the information, you are not allowed to ask for it.
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans Do not collect information, just because it is easy to collect.
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans Availability is not a skill-set.
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans Nothing is impossible… some things are just highly improbable.
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans A project manager without authority is practically useless.
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans Do not wear lip-liner at any age. -- Oprah, 1997
Project ManagementT-Shirt Slogans Simply listening doesn’t constitute accountability. --The Ottawa Citizen, yesterday