Managing projects within time, cost, and performance is easier said than done. The project management environment is extremely turbulent, and is composed of numerous meetings, report writing, conflict resolution, continuous planning and replanning, communications with the customer, and crisis management. Ideally, the effective project manager is a manager, not a doer. But in the "real world," project managers often find themselves compromising their time between managing and doing, mainly because of the uncertain nature of the project environment.

In such situations, it is extremely critical that the project manager effectively manage his own time. It is often said that if the project manager cannot control his own time (see Figure 6-1), then he will control nothing else on the project. Disciplined time management is one of the keys to effective project management. Figures 6-2 and 6-3 represent the lack of disciplined time management.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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