Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What is Project Management?


“Project management is the planning, organizing, directing, and controlling of company resources for a relatively short term objective that has been established to complete specific goals and objectives.”

Deliverables:
Deliverables are outputs. Deliverables are measurable outputs and can take such forms as:
 Hardware Deliverables: These are hardware items, such as a table, a prototype, or a piece of equipment.
 Software Deliverables: These items are similar to hardware deliverables but usually paper products, such as reports, studies, handouts, or documentations.
 Interim Deliverables: These items can be either hardware or software deliverables. An example might be a series of interim reports leading up to the final report.

Project Manager’s role:
 Responsible for coordinating and integrating activities across functional lines to:
 Develop a project plan
 Execute the plan, and
 Make changes to the plan
 Understand operations of line organizations

Successful Project Manager:
A successful project manager is someone who has:
 Strong communication skills
 Strong interpersonal skills
 Ability to
 balance technical and managerial functions;
 overcome organizational constraints;
 cope with and survive risks
An executive with a computer manufacturer stated that his company was looking externally for project managers. When asked if he expected candidates to have a command of computer technology, the executive remarked: “You give me an individual who has good communicative skills and interpersonal skills, and I’ll give that individual a job. I can teach people the technology and give them technical experts to assist them in decision making. But I cannot teach somebody how to work with people.”

Project Success:
 Successful project management can then be defined as having achieved the project objectives:
 Within time
 Within cost
 At the desired performance/technology level
 While utilizing the assigned resources effectively and efficiently
 Accepted by the customer
 “Success equals met expectations!”

The Many Faces of Failure:
 Failure is when the final results are not what were expected.
 For simplicity’s sake, let us define failure as unmet expectations

14 comments:

  1. Excellent post Admin. Now I have to really think about what I say here ;)
    I think it's important for people to also think about how powerful an effect comments can have, especially for new bloggers. A comment is both a validation that someone has read the content and connected with it - that can inspire someone to continue on interimmanager, or if too negative, make others consider shutting down.
    At any rate, I'll give this more thought but I'm bookmarking this post to share with Friends. Thanks again.

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  2. Thank you, Mr. John Davis. It is my pleasure to have readers like you. The readers' comments are valuable for me.
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  3. Thank you, Mr. John Davis. It is my pleasure to have readers like you. The readers' comments are valuable for me.
    Thanks again.

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  4. Admin , very Much Thanks to You..
    I am newly joined Engineer working for Project . I really Understood it well what exactly role of our team.
    Also It is good to read about how exactly project is done and what its success measurement .. I like it .. thanks again
    --
    Tushar D.

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