Project Management 101

"How to"
- or -
"What the PMBOK® Guide[1] 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.
March 2013
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 work involved.
February 2013
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 are harvested.
January 2013
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.
December 2012
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.
November 2012
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.
October 2012
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.
September 2012
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 why.
August 2012
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.
July 2012
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 it done.
June 2012
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.
May 2012
2.    Logical Sequence and Work
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.
April 2012
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 ...
March 2012

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute, USA
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