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Taming Chaotic Project Management - Knowing when you have a project and when you don't

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:02pm

As you begin to move from a Chaotic Project Management Culture, one of those struggles for the organization is going to be how do I know when do I have a project? PMI's definition is a bit nebulous for the staff trying to accept a project management methodology. PMI defines a project as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Those trying to understand the project management methodology take a little bit for the enlightenment light bulb. Those passive aggressive dissenters never cross this river and use this concept as a political barrier.

However, the good news is that this obstacle is easily overcome. The easiest technique is to provide a pm cookbook recipe approach.

I know I have a project when several (not all) of these conditions are met:

  • I am going to need a team of people to get this done

  • I am going to need to tell my boss and my customer the progress of this over a month or longer

  • I have a business executive who wants to get this in to improve the way his department works

  • Our goal is to provide this objective by adding this or really change that to this

  • I am really going to need to coordinate everyone's task to get this done

  • Someone has to keep track of the funding to buy and install this

  • We are creating or installing something net new, which we have not done before here

  • I am going to have to train people to use this

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