Larry Moore Reinforces Project
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David: In my opinion, your analogy suffers from a fatal flaw. You said, "However,
the Project cannot be considered a success unless the animals breed sufficiently
to support the colony in 2 years time." This statement confuses the project itself
with the PRODUCT of the project. The animals, delivered as requested, are the
PRODUCT of the project. Whether they breed sufficiently or not has NOTHING to
do with the project that delivered them. The success or failure of the project
never hinges on the subsequent success or failure of the product (presuming that
the project's requirements for completion are properly defined).
You yourself said, "Captain Cook and his crew of merry men (never forget the
Project team!) can consider themselves successful if they deposit the animals
alive on the island in 2 months." Therefore, the project achieved its revised
target, and the project was successful. What happens after that is NOT any part
of the [i.e. Cook's] project.
For me there is only one thing that amounts to project success. That is, as
a project manager, you are able to roll out the project in line with the agreed
requirements. I always try to make it uncomplicated because the business is really
dependent on you to roll the product out whatever the environment. That's because
this is what the business requires to improve or make the business viable.
I believe my greatest strength as a project manager is:
- Firstly to ensure all of the requirements are agreed between business and
project management and
- Secondly you setup great relationships across the board to work towards the
ultimate goal of rolling out the project.
And I always find that coming to the table with a cup of coffee in hand and
a smile always helps. With this approach I have rolled out a lot of projects over
the years and helped companies to make their targets and definitely improve their
That for me is true success. :)
Moore: Project Management Professional
16. Cliona O'Hanrahan: MPM Prince2 and PMBOK Project Manager
specializing in project delivery for Telecoms, Banking and Digital enterprises