Project Management 101
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"What the PMBOK® Guide doesn't tell you"
A simple explanation of what it all means. Take a refresher course now. To start, click on "1. Introduction" below ...
- 11. Transitioning the Product and Completing the Project
- You may have prepared and carefully followed a brilliant plan, but that is not the end of the project! Your final step is to hand over a completed product to a happy customer. But they will only be happy if you "walk them through it" and show them how to use it to their satisfaction. And even after that you must pay all the bills and complete all the paper work to make all the other stakeholders happy. Then and only then can you celebrate a job well done.
- 10. Achieving Project Success
- Project success is a multifaceted term. It requires careful planning and control
of scope, quality, time and cost. It involves management of information and reference
baselines and, of course, the effective and efficient deployment of the creative
- 9. Corporate Management's Responsibilities
- Corporate Management's job is to identify its project sponsor, provide the
right environment and remove road blocks, as well as foster integrity with a results
and customer focus. It is the sponsor's job to see that the intended benefits
- 8B. Creating a Team to Do the Work
- As well as communication, teamwork is also about dispensing authority and
responsibility, resolving conflicts, solving problems, managing risks, and escalating
thorny issues to higher authority.
- 8A. Creating a Team to Do the Work
- You might not have the luxury of choosing all your people, but you can assign
tasks to those most suited. Unambiguous communication of exactly what has to be
done must then be conveyed to every member of the team to achieve enthusiastic
cooperation and coordinated team work.
- 7. Project Manager's Responsibility
- So what is the PM's job? It is to understand and organize the work, assemble
the right people with the right skills to do it and resolve the inevitable problems
that arise. The job needs appropriate Intelligence, Motivation
and Skills to be successful.
- 6B. Sequencing the Work of the Project
- After all of the planning in the first two project phases, and receiving approval
to proceed, now comes the really hard part of carrying out the work to create
the required product.
- 6A. Sequencing the Work of the Project
- Organizing the activities that constitute the work of creating the product
into a logical sequence makes obvious sense. However, managing the project also
needs to be organized into a practical series of phases. Learn what phases and
- 5. Quality Management
- Do you really understand that in project work, quality is a separate variable
like scope? Do you really recognize that managment of quality is the most enduring?
Read this module to find out why and how and what distinguishes product success
from project success.
- 4. Organizing the Work
- This module explains the best way to discover the challenges ahead and why
and how you have to do what you have discovered. It includes Leadership Reason
#3 - The need to know your destination and Leadership Reason #4 - The need to
know why you are doing the project in the first place and the milestones to getting
- 3. Why Use Project Management?
- The simple answer is because you need a plan and you need some degree of control
if you want to be successful. This module explains what it is all about, including
Leadership Reason #1 - The need to be successful and Leadership Reason #2 - The
need to manage people.
- 2. Logical Sequence
- What it takes to get it done, why it is a challenge, and hence what is really
meant by "project management" as distinct from "technology management" – illustrated
by a stunning graphic.
- 1. Introduction
- Words and labels mean different things to different people, especially in
different organizations and technological contexts. Therefore, any good dissertation
should start out with a definition of terms to be used. In this opening strip
we present our interpretations of the basic elements of project management. More
will be added as we go along in the twelve episodes to follow.
But for those who want a quick visual representation of the whole project management
picture, take a look at My Project in the
summary on the next page, In general ...
1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute, USA