Characteristics Of A Project Management Method

A method is a system for getting something done. If you are doing a project on your own, you can use whatever system works for you. However, when you work with a group of people, you need a common project management method because the project team must work together. There are two approaches the team could use for coming up with a method. One, they could invent one themselves, or two, they could use an already developed, proven methodology. The value of using a proven method is that the work of...

Defining The Subprojects

How do you figure out what subprojects you should have The best method is to group the interim deliverables together into similar types of work or work that requires similar types of skills (see Figure 6.3). Do this by moving the self-stick notes of the interim deliverables you developed in the last step into groups. (Group the interim deliverables in horizontal, not vertical groups. This will make it easier to create the subproject tree diagram for the project later on.) Usually, grouping work...

Project Management Staff Effort

Project management (PM) staff effort is the time required to plan and manage the project. Ask each team member to estimate the time he or she will spend on project management tasks, such as completing status reports, attending team meetings, meeting with stakeholders, to get a total PM staff effort estimate for each person or subproject. Add the deliverables and project management staff effort estimates together to get a total staff-effort estimate for each person or subproject. One of the...

Participatory Project Management

Participatory Project Management

Participative project management represents the newer management technology for projects. The project leader facilitates the project management process, leading the team through the steps of planning. The team, under the direction of the project leader, monitors the progress of the project as the work is completed. Decisions about the work are made with the involvement of the team and communication flow is not only up and down from team members to the project leader, but across the team as...