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
Further Readings on Taming Chaotic Project Management: