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How to manage project planning and evaluate projects, and how to pull the plug if it's not working.

How to manage project planning and evaluate projects, and how to pull the plug if it's not working.

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  • Pulling the Plug Stephen Hedges Laura Solomon Executive Director Library Services Manager [email_address] [email_address] OPLIN http://www.oplin.org
  • SHAME
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  • How do you recognize failure?
  • Failures? Or not?
  • Project Design
    • Scope
    • Cost
    • Schedule
  • Project management triangle
    • “ The Rule of Stephen”
    + 50% = True cost
  • Looking at project planning in finer detail
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    • WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?
    • Will it fit the mission?
  • Check your toolbox
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    • (Already invented)
  • Can you really compete?
  • Check your timing
  • Budget—think ahead
  • Who’s with you?
  • Will you blame PR later?
  • What’s the ROI?
  • How to evaluate?
    • All projects are not created equally
    • Harness your critics
    • Know when to evaluate
    • Keep your team on the team
  • Causes of IT Failures
  • Missing pieces
  • Lack of user involvement
  • Lack of knowledgeable resources
  • Inappropriate tools and methods
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Lack of executive support
  • Lack of planning
  • Poor quality control
  • Some other causes of IT failure:
    • Poor project management
    • Poor communication among the parties
    • Poor processes for identifying and managing risks associated with the project
  • Check for "failure" behaviors
  • Failure behaviors include:
    • Blocking
    • Feeding the trolls
    • Shooting down ideas
  • What can we learn from sales people?
  • When is it time to pull the plug ?
  • Only when…
    • You’ve removed all misunderstandings, failure behaviors, and sloppy expectations
    • After objective evaluation of the quality of the project's output. No emotional/subjective evaluations!
    • If your objective criteria still indicate failure, pull the plug
  • Not every project can succeed
  • Be decisive
  • Don’t send mixed signals
  • Apply what you learned
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  • STRETCH!