The Essence of “DRIVING”A Crash Course in Project Management<br />Ivo Manolov, <br />Microsoft<br />
Project Management Is a Skill<br />Can be acquired and improved<br />Projects have a standard life-cycle<br />Initiation<b...
“Drive This” == “Be an Effective PM”<br />In other words, exhibit …<br />Independence<br />Ability to construct, communica...
Project Management Template<br />
Proven Project Management Techniques<br />&!<br />
Over-Communicate!<br />Until you hear “you are spamming me”!<br />Scorecard<br />Often presented in time<br />Can track bo...
Trend  (Glide-Path)<br />Indicate important milestones<br />Provide title and dimensions for the axes<br />Use meaningful ...
Backlog / Burn-Down List<br />Provides a centrally visible prioritized list<br />Provides a “parking lot”<br />
“Branded” Status Emails<br />Standardized subject line<br />Standardized “look and feel”<br />Sent to a custom alias<br />...
Schedule in Visio<br />Because Excel lacks scaled time periods<br />Use the “We Are Here” arrow!<br />Lighting fast clarit...
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The Essence of DRIVING

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Project management is a skill that can (as any other skill) be acquired and improved. Really most of our work and a significant part of our personal lives boil down in one way or another to project management.

This deck presents a set of simple and effective techniques for project management or what Ivo means when he says "drive this".

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    1. 1. The Essence of “DRIVING”A Crash Course in Project Management<br />Ivo Manolov, <br />Microsoft<br />
    2. 2. Project Management Is a Skill<br />Can be acquired and improved<br />Projects have a standard life-cycle<br />Initiation<br />Planning and Kick-Off<br />Execution<br />Monitoring and Control<br />Closing<br />Post-Mortem<br />
    3. 3. “Drive This” == “Be an Effective PM”<br />In other words, exhibit …<br />Independence<br />Ability to construct, communicate and get approval for a project plan<br />Ability to set the project in motion, keep it in motion and close it down<br />Ability to reach desired results<br />
    4. 4. Project Management Template<br />
    5. 5. Proven Project Management Techniques<br />&!<br />
    6. 6. Over-Communicate!<br />Until you hear “you are spamming me”!<br />Scorecard<br />Often presented in time<br />Can track both quantities and “gut feelings”<br />
    7. 7. Trend (Glide-Path)<br />Indicate important milestones<br />Provide title and dimensions for the axes<br />Use meaningful colors (red == active bugs)<br />
    8. 8. Backlog / Burn-Down List<br />Provides a centrally visible prioritized list<br />Provides a “parking lot”<br />
    9. 9. “Branded” Status Emails<br />Standardized subject line<br />Standardized “look and feel”<br />Sent to a custom alias<br />Schedule in Excel<br />with “From”, “To”, “Length” columns<br />
    10. 10. Schedule in Visio<br />Because Excel lacks scaled time periods<br />Use the “We Are Here” arrow!<br />Lighting fast clarity<br />Increases confidence that the schedule is real and recent<br />
    11. 11. Questions & Comments <br />?<br />
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