Project Management Battlefield - Sun Tzu's wisdom on project management


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If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. This famous quote from the 2,000 year old military classic, The Art of War, has been applied to business as much as warfare in modern times. PMBOK®, the Project Management Body of Knowledge, published by PMI®, is an international standard, recognized worldwide for enabling professionals and organizations to deliver value.

Learn the Art of Project Management
Project managers need a warrior’s strategic thinking
Project managers must constantly remain vigilant against risks
Project managers must be able to lead the team like a general and instill discipline as a general does

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  • ProjectA project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets.Webstera state or period of fighting between countries or groupsa situation in which people or groups compete with or fight against each otheran organized effort by a government or other large organization to stop or defeat something that is viewed as dangerous or bad
  • assumptions, dependencies, risks, business needs, sponsors, ownership, attrition, costs, politics, Issues, Problems, operating environment, organizational environment, culture, deadlines, wishes of executives, changes, bring-me-happiness culture, decisions.
  • Project Management Battlefield - Sun Tzu's wisdom on project management

    1. 1. Project Management Battlefield An Introduction 19-November-2013 For Masters’ students the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India
    2. 2. Project Management Battlefield • Contents – The PMBOK® – The Puzzle – The War – Project Management Battlefield 2
    3. 3. Project Management Battlefield The PMBOK
    4. 4. Context • • • • What is a project What is project management What is war Why is project management similar to war 4
    5. 5. The PMBOK® • PMBOK® - A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge • The Project Management Institute (PMI®) published it in 1983 as white paper • First edition was published in 1996 • Revisions every four years • So far five editions have been published 5
    6. 6. The PMBOK® • It describes the project being managed as a collection of processes • Processes overlap and interact throughout a project or its various phases • The project management life cycle has five process groups and nine knowledge areas • Consistent with ISO 9000 and CMMI 6
    7. 7. The PMBOK® - Contents • Process Groups Initiating Clear Closing Concise A foundation for daily tasks Project Management Lifecycle Monitoring and Controlling Planning Executing 7
    8. 8. The PMBOK® - Contents • Knowledge Areas – – – – – – – – – Clear Integration Management Scope Management Time Management Cost Management Concise Quality Management Human Resource Management Communications Management A foundation for a Risk Management Procurement Management solid Project Plan 8
    9. 9. The PMBOK® - Contents • Knowledge Area – A set of processes that focusses on special area to control a specific aspect of the project • Each knowledge area is comprised of many processes that addresses the planning, executing, controlling and deliverables • Each knowledge area has – inputs – tools and techniques – outputs • The processes in knowledge areas occur in more than one phase of the project management Lifecycle. • The project management Lifecycle phases may overlap, consequently, impact the deliverables 9
    10. 10. The PMBOK® - Contents The Processes in the Knowledge Areas have to be completed in the overlapping project management Lifecycle stages Initiating Overlapping Phases Closing Changes Planning Budget Scope Conflicts Monitoring and Controlling Integration Management Scope Management Time Management Cost Management Quality Management Human Resource Management Communications Management Risk Management Procurement Management Executing 10
    11. 11. Project Management Battlefield The Puzzle
    12. 12. Project Manager on a break 12
    13. 13. Project Management Battlefield The War
    14. 14. What is War 14
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    16. 16. The War • • • • • • • • Must have objectives Must contribute to the growth of the nation Results in expansion of boundaries Needs planning Demands cost estimates and resource planning Requires a General who can lead with courage Requires information gathering Needs to be waged in such a way that helps in capturing advantageous positions • General must be aware of the environment in the battlefield • Emphasizes on not repeating the mistakes 16
    17. 17. The Art of War • Sun Tzu wrote it around 2500 years back • Comprised of thirteen chapters on various aspects of war • Meant for experienced generals • Considered as a bible of ‘management’ • Teaches about winning wars without fighting • Is a mandatory reading in many organizations • Has helped in developing organizational strategies world over 17
    18. 18. Project Management Battlefield • • • • First in the trilogy Rest of the two books are being written Compares the ‘The Art of War’ with PMBOK® Each Knowledge area of PMBOK® is covered and has similarities with The Art of War • Provides evidence that the essential philosophy behind the strategies of war and the project management remain the same • Goes beyond PMBOK® and delivers valuable lessons for the project manager 18
    19. 19. Project Management Battlefield Project • Objectives • Expansion in the new markets • Market share and share price • Profits • Investments • Skills are a must War • Objectives • Expansion of nation's boundaries • Political gains and prestige • Profits • Investments • Skills are a must 19
    20. 20. Project Management Battlefield Project War • Flexibles plans to meet the objectives of the projects • The alliance must be with the right partners • Dependencies on Project Manager • Flexible Plans to gain advantage on the battlefield • The alliance must be with the right partners • Dependencies on The General 20
    21. 21. Project Management Battlefield Project • Doesn’t work without the team • Time bound • Organization’s and the project’s environment affects the project’s outcome • Long projects are not good for Co. War • The army must act like a team • Time bound • Environment of the battlefield and the nation affects the outcome of the war • Long wars usually bankrupt a nation 21
    22. 22. Project Management Battlefield • The book has two parts • Part I is about the similarities between war and projects • Each process in every knowledge area has similarity with the Sun Tzu’s The Art of War • The last chapter is dedicated to the lessons to the project manager that go beyond PMBOK® • Part II is the reader’s free copy of The Art of War 22
    23. 23. Project Management Battlefield Q&A
    24. 24. Project Management Battlefield Connect LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: Email: Website: Newsletters: Summary: Minimal PM and Niti