In PART 1 of this case study, we described the planning of a very personal project involving "downsizing". According to Wikipedia, amongst other interpretations: "Downsizing is being regarded by management as one of the preferred routes to turning around declining organizations, cutting costs, and improving organizational performance."] That sounds like a good description of this project as a case in point.
This article was originally published for the Breakthrough Newsletter.
"You have a choice. You can promote and support adversarial advocacy, politics and division or collaboration, synergy, exploration and excellence.",1
Managing the Stakeholder - the Negative Kind as well as the Supportive Kind - Part 3 By George Bridges, PMP
I have outlined a series of articles to discuss the topic of stakeholder management in a project environment. As we stated in Part 1 of this series; Stakeholder Management can be described by using the following diagram (Figure 1), developed by Dr. Harold Kerzner, Senior Executive Director with International Institute for Learning, Inc:
"I was just assigned my first project! Now what?" By Terry Quanborough, PMP, FCMI, DMS, MBCS, CITP, MNZCS
Congratulations on your assignment. At this stage you are possibly overwhelmed after the initial adrenalin rush. There is so much to consider and this paper provides a few prompts to ensure that you start on the right track and get some traction!
When project managers accept the responsibility for all aspects of project performance, including the technical quality, costs and schedule performance, they in effect put their careers on the line. If things go well, management knows precisely whom to credit. If things go poorly, management also knows precisely whom to blame.
Adapted from Earned Value Project Management (Quentin – Koppelman) pg. 152
Starting Your New Project on the Right Foot! A New Project Manager's Interview with their Mentor By George Bridges, PMP
New Project Manager: I was just assigned my first project! Now what?
Mentor: Well congratulations you are now a project manager so what do you need to do? Perhaps you need to get yourself organized as a project manager.
New Project Manager: Ok, I think I am organized so what do you mean?
Often times I have a vivid imagination. When I thought about the focus of this month’s publication and what to write to help project managers who are managing projects for the first time, my attention was turned to the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name “Dr. Seuss.” Perhaps you are familiar with Dr. Seuss’ books written for children: “Green Eggs and Ham,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “The Cat in the Hat.” The “Cat in the Hat” is my favorite. I have a copy of the book in my office primarily because The Cat in the Hat, in my vivid imagination, is a picture of what not to do as a project manager.
You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. Yet you still persist in making mistakes. Project managers are not infallible. Most project management training courses, even those focusing on the PMBOK® Guide, stress “generally accepted best practices.” What is not taught are discussions on what not to do as a project manager.
One of the most common symbols used to represent risk is a question mark (“?”), reflecting the uncertainty associated with all risks. Since risk is defined as “uncertainty that matters”, there will always be at least four important questions to answer about every risk:
- What is the uncertainty?
- How uncertain is it?
- Why does it matter?
- How much does it matter?
Much has been written about leadership and how to become an effective leader. There is so much material about leadership available that it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to read and, for me, what to write about. I recently entered the word “leadership” in Google and there were 155,000,000 results in less than a second. Near the top of the page was a link to www.nwlink.com. I decided to take a look at that link and I was brought to a page entitled “The Art and Science of Leadership – A complete Guide to Leadership.” The page included a rather comprehensive list of things associated with leadership. Things like direction, communication, motivation, character, change and growing a team. There were quite a few items to select from but, near the bottom of the list, was the selection shown as OODA. I had read about something called the “OODA Loop” and decided to take a closer look.
- Ask Harry: The Fundamentals of Survey Development and Analysis By Harry Rever, PMP - Director of Six Sigma
- Are Program Managers on the Career Path to the C-Level? By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson
- Planning, Doing and Expecting By George Pitagorsky, PMP
- Job Opening: Stakeholder Analysis and Management By Jacqueline Dennis, PMP