Shirley was critical to
the success experienced by the functional team. Her experience and skills in
PM helped the team to get and stay on track. She helped us with problem
solving, defining our requirements and development of test cases. Because of
her system background, she knew exactly what had to be accomplished and the
order/timeframe that it should be accomplished in.
-System Deployment Project Leader
Shirley's system experience
helped the team understand issues outside most of our expertise.... Her
planning skills help us develop a timetable for implementation and project
plan. Her facilitator skills help to draw team members out and encouraged
the team to take responsibility for the project.
- System Administrator
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At companies that aren’t
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On average, about 70% of
all IT-related projects fail to meet their objectives.
- both stats from 2003
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Project Success and Failure paper by
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Below are links to a couple of interesting items from the new OPIE e-book (see
right column). The process stages of O.P.I.E. are Open, Plan,
Implement, and End.
Before trying to develop a project plan,
assemble a Project Team of people that have something to contribute to the
overall project. The Project Manager may already have a team assigned
before he builds his plan so he can better estimate his resource budget and
have the team participate in designing the project schedule. Alternatively,
the team may not exist until implementation, after the project has approval
and a preliminary plan is established.
Read more in 2bProductive blog post:
OPIE Planning Process and the Project Team
On Twitter, @amirfendi said the project team post was "One of the best I
ever read about project management."
Once a plan has approval, the project manager
has to implement the plan by executing the schedule, getting the resources,
and controlling the budget. Read more at
OPIE Implementation Process and the Project Manager
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lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project
management is the train engine that moves the organization forward." -
Project Planning and Implementation for Teams
A quick study in general project management
processes and related outputs that helps to guide project managers and team
members through a simple process called O.P.I.E. (Open, Plan, Implement,
End) for project management.
This is a must-have
guide for personal
in the 21st century.
TAPP Print Version
A Meeting Wizard's Approach
A no-nonsense and
much-needed guide to planning and conducting meetings so that they are as
productive, effectual, and smoothly run as possible.
RARA Print Version