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Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

I recently sat down with a CIO who was not pleased with a project manager’s performance at a project status meeting because they lacked some information the CIO considered essential.  He told me “I was always a list-maker.

Think about that list-maker statement…

  • List of risks ~ “Risk Register
  • List of tasks ~ “Work Breakdown Structure
  • List of resources and responsibilities ~ “Responsibility Assignment Matrix”
  • List of task successors and predecessors ~ “Schedule
  • List of Stakeholders ~ “Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

Creating these lists is the mechanical or science part of project management.  I don’t want to tarnish your project management certification, but the science part of project management is not that complicated. 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Training, Project Management Training, Team Building.

What is your project’s planning horizon?

What is your project’s planning horizon?

Every organization should establish a target project planning horizon based on the kinds of projects, customers, deliverables and services they provide.  It is essential to minimize time planning schedule details when there is a high degree of uncertainty.

 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Project Management Solutions, Project Management Training.

What is the Trait of a Predator that a Successful Project Manager must have?

What is the Trait of a Predator that a Successful Project Manager must have?

I was surf fishing at sunrise today from the sunny Florida shore using my favorite top-water lure.  The ocean was alive with thousands of mullet (bait fish) close to shore.  I got a massive strike by a shark on my lure about 80 yards from shore… when the lure was 40 yards from shore the shark exploded on the lure again and this time was hooked.

This shark went by hundreds of hundreds of live bait fish swimming around my fishing lure to attack it the second time.  He ate the lure that was in a sea of harmless live bait fish.  Why?  Because the lure is mimicking a distressed, wounded bait fish. 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Project Management Training, Team Building.