Turnover of key personnel

Having analyzed what we can do, we must now look at past performance to see if there are any applicable lessons learned files that could impact the current project or selection of projects. Analysis of past performance, as shown in Figure 3-2, is usually the best guide for the specifications of the present project. The final box in Figure 3-2 is the decision on whether or not to undertake the project. This type of decision-making process is critical if we are to improve our chances of success....

Informal Project Management

With informal project management, the organization recognizes the high cost of paperwork. Informal project management does not eliminate paperwork. Instead, paperwork requirements are reduced to the minimum acceptable levels. For this to work effectively, the organization must experience effective communications, cooperation, trust, and teamwork. These four elements are critical components of a cooperative culture. As trust develops, project sponsorship may be pushed down from the executive...

The Work Begins

On the first working day in January 1983, a meeting was held with the three vice presidents and Dr. Reddy to discuss the support needed for the project. (West was not in attendance at this meeting, although all participants had a copy of his memo.) Reddy I think we're heading for trouble in accepting this project. I've worked with Peters Company previously on R& D efforts, and they're tough to get along with. West is a good man, but I would never have assigned him as the project leader. His...

Immaturity I Maturity Excellence

Competency models and training. First, the cost of maintaining a full-time project manager on all projects may be prohibitive. The magnitude and risks of the project dictate whether a full-time or part-time assignment is necessary. Assigning a project manager full-time on an activity that does not require it is an overmanagement cost. Overmanagement of projects was considered an acceptable practice in the early days of project management because we had little knowledge on how to...

Project Management as Seen by the Various Departments

The general manager arranged through the personnel department to interview various managers on a confidential basis. The purpose of the interview was to evaluate the overall acceptance of the concept of formal project management. The answers to the question, How will project management affect your department were as follows Frank Harrel, quality and reliability manager Project management is the actual coordination of the resources of functional departments to achieve the time, cost, and...