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by dhaughey
Sun 13 Mar 2011 9:45 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Big Problem for a Project Manager
Replies: 5
Views: 8206

Re: Big Problem for a Project Manager

You are obviously in a difficult position, but clearly they have confidence in you as project manager. You say this project has senior management backing. As PM, you should voice your concerns to senior management straightaway. In my experience these types of situation only get worse when left. Make...
by dhaughey
Wed 09 Mar 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Best Practice - Timelines and percent split
Replies: 7
Views: 16478

Re: Best Practice - Timelines and percent split

Hi, I like the whole spreadsheet idea. Much better to have data based on your own firms experience than formulas from academia. Using the Monte Carlo method of estimating can give a result close to the actual time it will take for each activity. It's based on the generation of multiple trials to det...
by dhaughey
Mon 07 Mar 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Best Practice - Timelines and percent split
Replies: 7
Views: 16478

Re: Best Practice - Timelines and percent split

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, by Frederick P. Brooks, gives a rule of thumb for scheduling a software task: 1/3 Planning. 1/6 Coding. 1/4 Component test and early system test. 1/4 System test with all components done. That's 33% spent on planning (before writing any code), ...
by dhaughey
Sat 05 Mar 2011 11:18 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: What's Your Best Project Management Tip?
Replies: 13
Views: 14664

Re: What's Your Best Project Management Tip?

For me, all change must go through a change control process once the scope of the project has been agreed and signed off. Yes, stakeholders do say, 'be a nice guy and do this for me', that's where you need to manage their expectations early in the project. Most of my customers are internal, often se...
by dhaughey
Fri 04 Mar 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: What's Your Best Project Management Tip?
Replies: 13
Views: 14664

Re: What's Your Best Project Management Tip?

Nice tips Stephan - if you can have more than one, I guess I can :-) My next tip is to actively manage stakeholder expectations. In fact, managing expectations is the number one activity of a project manager. All stakeholders carry a certain amount of influence on the outcome of a project. These ind...
by dhaughey
Fri 04 Mar 2011 9:01 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Good Practice as a Project/Construction manager?
Replies: 2
Views: 5302

Re: Good Practice as a Project/Construction manager?

Hi Joe, Your question is quite broadly based, so I'm not totally sure what you are looking for. I would see document control as a key best practice. You need to think about how you manage documentation so it's available to everyone who needs to see it, and doesn't end up scattered around your organi...
by dhaughey
Tue 01 Mar 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: What's Your Best Project Management Tip?
Replies: 13
Views: 14664

What's Your Best Project Management Tip?

What's your best project management tip, the one thing you pride yourself on doing for all your projects. Mine is to define the project success criteria up front. At the beginning of each project, I make sure the stakeholders share a common understanding of how they will decide whether this project ...
by dhaughey
Tue 01 Mar 2011 10:34 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Prince2 Aligned PMO Setup
Replies: 4
Views: 9906

Re: Prince2 Aligned PMO Setup

Hi Srikanth, I've been on both ends of the PMO spectrum. At one end the autocratic policeman (avoid!) - and the other where the PMO works in partnership with project managers to achieve good business outcomes. Here are some of the activities I think a PMO should undertake: ⋅ Initial projec...
by dhaughey
Fri 04 Feb 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: PM Methods
Replies: 2
Views: 4380

Re: PM Methods

PM methods are pretty much the same worldwide. Look at the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which is a global standard for the profession. There might be local variations, but the stages of - initiation, planning and design, execution, monitoring and controlling and closing remain const...
by dhaughey
Wed 26 Jan 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Is this the very worst IT project ever?
Replies: 2
Views: 4898

Is this the very worst IT project ever?

Trawling the old forums, I found this case study of a terrible applications software project. The author considers it might be "the very worst IT project ever." It's well written and worth reading. It has entertainment value, as well as being of professional interest. [link_open=http://uni...