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 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
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.”
Successful project management can then be defined as having achieved the project objectives:
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