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Blog #3 (week 4)

Updated: Feb 5

Blog Week 4

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Project management is way more than just scheduling. It’s important to know how to manage marketing administration, and many other business types. It’s important to actually manage and not do the work.

The best definition of leadership according to Joseph Heagney (who wrote the Fundamentals of Project management) is by Vance Packard. Vance Packard said, “Leadership is the art of getting others to want to do something that you believe should be done.” The key word here is the word “want.” A leader has people wanting to do the work instead of getting others to do the work, or making others to do the work (Heagney, 5). Without a good leader, people aren’t motivated and do the bare minimum.

The simplest version of a project is it has a beginning, middle, and end. Project management is solving a problem on a large scale (12). Projects fail during the phase of it, not at the end! DEFINITION Phase- Projects without clear definitions are headless chickens. Once the project is defined, you can plan how to do the work.

3 components to a plan: (1)strategy (2)tactics and (3)logistics.

· STRATEGY phase- Overall approach or “game plan”

· Tactics and logistics- Sequence work will be done. Logistics make sure the team has materials and other supplies needed to do job.

· Implementation planning phase- Putting the project plan into action.

· Execution phase and control phase- Beginning the work. While the plan is being implemented, progress is monitored to make sure work is progressing according to the plan.

· Closeout- When all work has completed, the closeout phase requires a review of the project. “What did we do well?” “What do we want to improve next time?” Those are the 2 questions to ask, so learned lessons can be applied to future ones. Do NOT ask what went wrong. “Organizations that survive and thrive in the future will be those that learn faster than their competitors.” Same goes true for projects (14)

Steps in managing a problem:

1. Define the problem

2. Develop solution options

3. Plan the project

a. What must be done?

b. Who will do it?

c. How will it be done?

d. When must it be done?

e. How much will it cost?

f. What do we need to do it?

EXECUTE THE PLAN

MONITOR AND CONTROL PROGRESS

i. Are we on target?

ii. If not, what must be done?

iii. Should the plan be changed?

CLOSE THE PROJECT

iv. What was done well?

v. What should be improved?

vi. What else did we learn?


Reference:

Heagney, Joseph. Fundamentals of Project Management. Fifth, Kindle ed., AMACOM, 2016.

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