Over a period of time and during one's career projects of various nature do crop up. Over the past 14 years and speaking and working with numerous project managers in any field some cardinal points in project management come up. Here I will tackle this subject via a Q&A session. If you have other question just post them in the comment field.
1-What is a project?
A project is a temporary scheme of work with a defined end date and not of a repetitive nature.
2-What level of detail do I need to plan in a project?
Depending on the project in question the level of detail depends on how much the project will take time and resources and the experience of the project manager. Detail is crucial and the project manager has to be confident that the level of detail is to his or her pleasing usually as a function of time windows to be taken by each task.
3-How do I deal with project changes?
Change is constant and the longer a project takes the more it is prone to changes. Change impact assessment has to be done. Change will impact multiple areas such as resources, timelines, other project concurrent or in sequence and the HR needs.
4-How to cope with managing people you depend on and they have more expertise than you do?
This is the quintessential question. Project managers usually end up managing skilled and professional people on whom they depended for success and they happen to know nothing or next to nothing about what these experts are doing! Easily to feel being taken for a ride! We recommend the hand-shake technique which essentially is a technique whereby each party defines what he expects, needs and ideally have from all the other parties working before him. This system eliminates going round in circles after contractors who blame previous contractors for 'shoddy deliveries' of any nature.
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.”
— H.E. Luccock
Managing Director and Chief Programmes Officer based in Malta and an avid entrepreneur who likes sharing his expertise in various fields with people from all walks of life.
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