“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results”
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Medal of Science
“A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.”
Project Management Body of Knowledge
Project Management Institute
To many, project management represents their worst nightmare. The mere mention of the term conjures images of bloated bureaucracies, large consultant-laden teams, and endless meetings where decisions are seldom made and status is often reported as being behind. Executed properly, project management can be an effective tool for aligning the organization to the successful implementation of simple and complex initiatives.
An art and a science, project management is most effective when implemented with a rigor correlated to the scope and complexity of the work to be performed. Regardless of intensity, the management of projects consists of five phases:
- Initiate – initial, high-level project definition and authorization
- Plan – project scope refinement and approval; task identification and sequencing; resource to task allocation; schedule development; project cost estimation and budget development; project plan creation and baselining
- Execute – project plan execution
- Evaluate and Control – project plan execution performance monitoring and reporting; project scope and plan change control; project risk management
- Close – final project activity documentation; financial closeout; overall project performance assessment and lessons learned development; product evaluation; project administrative closure
Focus of the Project Management Forum
Materials in the Project Management Forum are dedicated to discussing the leading practices of companies effectively managing projects for the efficient achievement of mission goals. Additionally, all project management information presented will be aligned with, compliment, and expound on the project management processes described by the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The following articles, podcasts, documents, and resources cover those topics critical to the effective management of consequential projects.
- Post Implementation Productivity [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- What is Critical Chain? [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – The Project Management Intensity Continuum [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Define What is Not In Scope [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Line Management Project Ownership [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Team Calendar [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Define Success First [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – A+ Players [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Use of Administrative Support [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Roles and Responsibilities Matrix [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Identify the Gatekeepers [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Best Practice – Communication Plans [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Warning Flag – Unfunded Activities [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Warning Flag – Breaking-up a Project to Avoid Approval Thresholds [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Warning Flag – Frequent Re-baselining [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Warning Flag – Too Much Time, Too Few People [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
- Warning Flag – Fast Tracking Everything [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
StrategyDriven Expert Contributor Articles
- Adaptive Project Framework is not Your Father’s Project Management by Robert Wysocki
- Managing Your Virtual Team by Elmer Thomas
StrategyDriven Podcast – Special Edition
- An Interview with Michael Bender, author of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management
- An Interview with Robert Wysocki, author of Adaptive Project Framework
- Project Size Determination [StrategyDriven Premium Content]
To supplement the project management information found on the StrategyDriven website, our contributors recommend the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Third Edition (PMBOK Guides). This book is a complete process reference covering all aspects of project management including:
- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Procurement management
In addition to the many benefits of LinkedIn membership (see the Tools for Professionals post, LinkedIn), members of the StrategyDriven LinkedIn Networking Group will have the opportunity to more easily communicate with other like-minded professionals seeking to create greater alignment and accountability within their organizations.
To join the StrategyDriven LinkedIn Networking Group, click here. LinkedIn members will be asked to “Sign-in and join this group” and non-members to “Join LinkedIn now.” Once you have accepted the invitation to join our networking group, a member of the StrategyDriven staff will approve your group membership and you will be LinkedIn!
As always, we hope you continue to enjoy the many quality principle, best practice, and warning flag posts found on the StrategyDriven website and that you’ll find membership in the StrategyDriven LinkedIn Networking Group to be of additional benefit to you and your organization.
I’ll look forward seeing you on LinkedIn!
All the Best,
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