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What does a Project Manager do?
• Owns the problems.
• Interprets the contract or statement of
• Authorizes the work.
• Demands creation and maintenance
of program baselines.
• Monitors the work.
• Coordinates the work.
• State the objective.
• State the plan.
• Execute your plan.
• Monitor progress and take
Project Management entails
• Planning, Scheduling, Budgeting
• Resource Allocation
• Analysis and Management Reports
• Revisions and Data Maintenance
There is no such thing as a surprise.
Someone knew it a long time ago.
Don’t be afraid to ask
They are easier to handle
than dumb mistakes!
Plans are worthless unless
someone makes them work!
Plan for Success!
Why we don’t plan…
• It’s hard work.
• It forces us to deal with things we don’t
know or understand.
• It forces us to expose our lack of
• It’s more fun to “do” than to “define”.
• Commitment to a plan takes away
your freedom (power).
Q: How does a program get to
be one year late?
A: One day at a time!
Where to start…
• Have a definite project start and end date.
• Read or write the specifications for the
• Make a “to do” list.
• Sort the list into categories.
• Develop a timeline of important due dates
• Fill in the timeline with a projected
schedule so you can meet the milestones.
• Define & specify the product to be
• Communicate the design to the
• Control the design (minimize
possibilities for change).
• Define engineering and production
test requirements and concepts.
1. Define the problem.
2. Who owns the problem?
3. Devise an action plan that follows accepted
process with deadlines.
4. Propose and evaluate solutions.
“Unless one person understands the whole thing, it
won’t go together.” Abraham Lincoln
Project Management Pitfalls
1. Inadequate project definition and planning.
All stakeholders must understand it and but into it.
Spend the time upfront to get it right.
Failure to keep the schedule.
1. Not managing the work plan.
No plan should be changed after implementation.
Status is measured against the work plan.
Most changes are a result of out of scope work.
Failure to have deadlines.
Assigning activities that are too large.
Project Management Pitfalls
3. Poor project communication
Everyone has different expectations.
Team members don’t know what is expected of
them and pass their problems to the next
1. Lack of quality management
It’s in the eyes of the client, not the manager.
Having to redo to get it right.
Project Management Chart
WeBGood, Inc. Mobility Device
Task Leader Oct 11-17 Oct 18-25 Oct 26-31 Nov 1-7
SOW written Joe
Finalize Design Joe/Team
Prototype Built Julie/Team
Test Results Team