Project Management Thinking<br />Simple, Agile.<br />
About me.<br />Sault Ste Marie, ON<br />Assoc. Director VeloCity<br />2 kids (boy/girl)<br />BA, Msc<br />Co-founder<br />
About you?<br />
Observations<br />Project Management: designed by engineers for engineers<br />Software is designed to support specific ty...
A Project is… “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result”<br />	 – PMBOK Guide (2004)...
Typical project<br />Building a few web pages for a department.<br />Developing a simple web application that collects stu...
A Project is… “ongoing, with many false starts and chronic scope creep. Governed by committee(s), success is not often tan...
The Chaos<br />Conflicting expectations<br />Isolated or independent departments<br />“This is my ‘third hat’ I am wearing...
Essential tool #1 – Text editor.<br />
Project definition<br />First meeting needs a “memorandum of agreement”<br />Define the goals, objectives, and/or outcomes...
Triple Constraint<br />Scope<br />Time<br />Cost<br />
Triple Constraint<br />What am I trying to build/deliver?<br />How long will it take?<br />How much will it cost (time = m...
Follow a process, deliver a product.<br />
# S: (adj) agile, nimble, quick, spry (moving quickly and lightly) "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; ...
Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/18091975@N00/<br />
From http://www.flickr.com/photos/orcmid/3879384912/<br />
What about software?<br />Web based or not?<br />How many people are using it with me?<br />Privacy implications?<br />Cos...
There are three choices.<br />Microsoft Project (larger teams)<br />OmniPlan (for the mac users)<br />Basecamp*<br />
Microsoft Project is bad<br />Forces you into a resource driven process<br />Assumes people will do the task assigned<br /...
Gantt charts<br />Allow you to break down the task list to chunks<br />You can assign resources<br />You can management fr...
Hosted solutions<br />Good: Allow for more flexibility on access<br />Good: Monthly costs, do not go for per user model<br...
Ground rules<br />Question the use of gantt charts<br />Organize into short iterations<br />Requirement-based approach<br ...
Track the project.<br />
Use a process that works for you and don’t let software dictate how you do it.<br />
Contact me.<br />Jesse Rodgers<br />Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo<br />Blog: http://whoyoucalling...
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  1. 1. Project Management Thinking<br />Simple, Agile.<br />
  2. 2. About me.<br />Sault Ste Marie, ON<br />Assoc. Director VeloCity<br />2 kids (boy/girl)<br />BA, Msc<br />Co-founder<br />
  3. 3. About you?<br />
  4. 4. Observations<br />Project Management: designed by engineers for engineers<br />Software is designed to support specific types of projects and people<br />Project Management is a people process<br />
  5. 5.
  6. 6. A Project is… “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result”<br /> – PMBOK Guide (2004)<br />
  7. 7. Typical project<br />Building a few web pages for a department.<br />Developing a simple web application that collects student information.<br />Using Twitter/Facebook/Ning for whatever specific reason*<br />Recruiting cycle for students.<br />
  8. 8. A Project is… “ongoing, with many false starts and chronic scope creep. Governed by committee(s), success is not often tangible.”<br /> – Higher Ed.<br />
  9. 9. The Chaos<br />Conflicting expectations<br />Isolated or independent departments<br />“This is my ‘third hat’ I am wearing”<br />Committees.<br />Never ending change requests.<br />
  10. 10. Essential tool #1 – Text editor.<br />
  11. 11. Project definition<br />First meeting needs a “memorandum of agreement”<br />Define the goals, objectives, and/or outcomes<br />Sign it.<br />
  12. 12. Triple Constraint<br />Scope<br />Time<br />Cost<br />
  13. 13. Triple Constraint<br />What am I trying to build/deliver?<br />How long will it take?<br />How much will it cost (time = money, etc)?<br />
  14. 14.
  15. 15. Follow a process, deliver a product.<br />
  16. 16. # S: (adj) agile, nimble, quick, spry (moving quickly and lightly) "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"<br />- http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=agile<br />
  17. 17. Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/18091975@N00/<br />
  18. 18.
  19. 19. From http://www.flickr.com/photos/orcmid/3879384912/<br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21. What about software?<br />Web based or not?<br />How many people are using it with me?<br />Privacy implications?<br />Cost.<br />
  22. 22. There are three choices.<br />Microsoft Project (larger teams)<br />OmniPlan (for the mac users)<br />Basecamp*<br />
  23. 23.
  24. 24. Microsoft Project is bad<br />Forces you into a resource driven process<br />Assumes people will do the task assigned<br />Full time job to use the tool efficiently<br />Expertise is required<br />
  25. 25. Gantt charts<br />Allow you to break down the task list to chunks<br />You can assign resources<br />You can management from a central hub<br />
  26. 26. Hosted solutions<br />Good: Allow for more flexibility on access<br />Good: Monthly costs, do not go for per user model<br />Bad: Does not connect with your directory service (ADS, LDAP, etc)<br />Bad: You don’t know where you data is unless you install something yourself*<br />
  27. 27. Ground rules<br />Question the use of gantt charts<br />Organize into short iterations<br />Requirement-based approach<br />Schedule tasks involving external groups<br />http://bit.ly/psweb_agile<br />
  28. 28. Track the project.<br />
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
  31. 31.
  32. 32. Use a process that works for you and don’t let software dictate how you do it.<br />
  33. 33. Contact me.<br />Jesse Rodgers<br />Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo<br />Blog: http://whoyoucallingajesse.com <br />Twitter: http://twitter.com/jrodgers<br />Email: jrodgers@uwaterloo.ca<br />

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