Too many project laws lead to lax enforcement. Project management practice, done properly, can enable amazing accomplishment. But when project management practice turns into rules, forms, protocols and procedures that are seen as excessive or punitive, there's a very real possibility that best practice will be thrown out along with the excess. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
When looking at the risk profile of a project, teams primarily focus on the risk of doing the project and -- as mentioned in a prior article -- failure modes regarding product features. In this article we will explore another risk dimension that's just as important. "If you build it they will come" may work in movies, but it does not always work when delivering the product of a project.
I once inherited a project with a significant price tag that the customer told me they would not use even when it was delivered. This project was the brainchild of an executive, but that executive did not take the time to ask for customer input. Instead, software was delivered based on his/her own agenda ... with disastrous consequences.
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Before you decide that your project is too small, too short, too simple, and/or too informal to need a "project plan document," check out this one sheet way to lightly clarify, capture, and communicate what matters on ANY project: The GOALS (surely what we're trying to achieve matters no matter the size of the project!); the PEOPLE (those who need to do work, and those who care about the outcomes); the RISKS (a several week project can be blown out of the water too); and the "PROCESS" (because any project needs at least some target dates and checkpoints). This template includes several versions of a one-sheet project document to let you choose the best for your particular project.
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