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by dhaughey
Mon 07 Mar 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Best Practice - Timelines and percent split
Replies: 6
Views: 13166

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: 12965

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: 12965

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: 4502

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: 12965

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: 8292

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: 3837

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: 4163

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...
by dhaughey
Fri 21 Jan 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Is Prince2 Practitioner the way forward or PMP?
Replies: 2
Views: 5179

Re: Is Prince2 Practitioner the way forward or PMP?

Hi Jay, Both qualifications are valuable and it's difficult to say one is better than the other. Having said that, PMP is more difficult to obtain than PRINCE2 Practitioner, because of the depth of knowledge and hours of project management experience needed. In those terms I value it more highly. Yo...
by dhaughey
Fri 14 Jan 2011 9:23 am
Forum: General Project Management
Topic: Made Redundant and NO HOPE - Well there is!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 4243

Re: Made Redundant and NO HOPE - Well there is!!!

Great initiative Stephan. I have several colleagues and friends who were recently made redundant, many in their late 40s and early 50s. Their biggest worry was finding another job. Would anyone want to employ them at their time of life? Interestingly, most decided gaining a project management qualif...