The following three pages bring you three real-life personal mini case studies.
Each provides an example from which important lessons may be learned.
The first "Project Management in Education" was a seminar project
that a colleague and I undertook to bring this discipline to a publicly funded
organization. It demonstrates vividly how, in spite of a carefully prepared plan
and patient collection of "customer requirements" input, the project
can still go horribly wrong.
The second "Major Airport Expansion" describes how a difficult project
proposal was salvaged and, much to everyone's surprise, secured a contract award.
The key was a simple understanding of the Project Management Institute's body
The third "Facilitating a Major Program Startup" describes how a
major administrative environmental-driven project was successfully launched in
an organization much more familiar with the bricks and mortar type of project.
In this environment the prevailing culture was more attuned to "Tell me
what to do, and I'll do it, but don't waste my time otherwise!" The key
in this case was to hold not one, but several carefully planned startup meetings.