"A well-executed, mediocre plan is far
than a poorly executed, excellent plan."
Lee A. Peters
Skills of a Project Master require proficiency with time, cost, and quality.
Masters relentlessly pursue excellence. They assure understood and clear
agreements. Ambiguity is raked out of contracts. Be competent, be a master.
Instilling Planning Discipline
– Participants look at a project from
different points in time, from strategic, tactical, and operational
references; to plan a project from all levels of reference; to schedule
using linear and/or network techniques; and to utilize the plan, estimate,
and schedule for executing and controlling a project.
– Use the
Work Breakdown Structure to plan the project. Learn Precedence Diagram –
Critical Path Method. Build Durations using six different techniques.
Differentiate effort and duration. Calculate EST, LST, EFT, LFT, Total
Float, Free Float, and Interfering Float. Understand Critical Chain theory.
Build Buffers out of Float.
Estimating the Explosion!SM
Use Work Breakdown Structure in estimating. Translate Methods into
effort into people cost. Understand levels of estimating and risk inherent
in each. Identify risks within estimate. Define price risk, estimate risk,
and productivity (people, tools, materials) risk. Estimate changes and cost
of change. Differentiate between change in scope and change in practice
(constructive) change. Build a budget from estimate.
scope and the abominable snowman are alike: they are both myths and they
both melt when sufficient heat is applied.
Perpetual Improvement in Project QualitySM
– Advocate a quality project environment founded on constructive values.
Structure project quality initiatives extending into all elements of project
delivery. Apply twelve quality concepts to the work of doing the project, to
the project process, and to project management systems.
Negotiate the Project Management RapidsSM
– Acquire commitment, support, and resources for project success. Define
negotiation. Examine processes of negotiation. Establish and internalize
values and principles of effective negotiation. Prepare, prepare, and
prepare for beneficial results. Plan and practice excellent processes.
Conduct productive project negotiations – internally and externally.
Experience the interaction of responses during negotiation through
simulations, exercises, and role-playing. Mentally game your responses and
those of others during the negotiating process.
Project Diagnostic – A consultative workshop – a project leadership
reaction course – designed for testing whether team members are ready to
launch a project. Participants conduct an observed and evaluated simulation.
Then generalize their experience to an upcoming project. This workshop would
lead into Project Launch: Plan-to-Plan®, Plan the Project, and Plan the
Project Management. The workshop is technology-neutral with evaluations
formal, informal or 360°.
Plan-to-Plan® prevents project fires!
Plan-to-Plan® - Projects! – Plan requirements at each
level: Strategic, Tactical, Operational, Task, and Technology. Identify the
issues: assumptions, definitions, information, opportunity, risks,
imperatives, decisions, resolution, results, scope, and performance. Plan a
Work Breakdown Structure for an actual plan