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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 ...

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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The Essence of DRIVING The Essence of DRIVING Presentation Transcript

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