Brilliant Project Management (Revised Edition): what the by Stephen Barker, Rob Cole

By Stephen Barker, Rob Cole

Tasks - and undertaking managers - are failing at an alarming expense. within the IT simply 24% of initiatives prevail in response to the govt. workplace of trade. Railtrack and the improve of the NHS are excessive profile examples of huge undertaking disasters. And there are many low-profile examples to be had too - as any viewer of Channel 4's "Property Ladder" programme will determine. In an ever becoming marketplace, tremendous venture administration sticks out from the gang. This revised version is a part of the excessive profile excellent sequence and the 1st variation redefined the mold for books during this class. via its enticing and pleasing strategy, very good undertaking administration does greater than simply speak you thru the method. It offers functional recommendation and strategies taken from people's event within the genuine international so that you continuously comprehend precisely what to do and say to make your undertaking a hit. fantastic venture administration highlights the components the place your activities and behaviours will make the variation among failure, a normal consequence, and a big luck. no matter if you are continuously not on time and scuffling with to capture up, have not a clue the place to begin, or just wish your initiatives to be extra profitable, this e-book will train you basic and powerful concepts to top profitable initiatives whenever.

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After all, how can you be expected to deliver quality if it’s specified in vague terms? Delivering something that’s of good quality or appropriate quality is as difficult as clapping with one hand. We know from experience that it can be difficult to reach agreement as to what fit-for-purpose really means. This is because a project manager may well disagree with the customer’s view of what’s essential. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t be prepared to debate the necessity of their requirements, but you must remember that ultimately it’s the customer’s final decision as to how fitness for purpose is specified.

It’s essential for you to drive this process on behalf of your team. However, any project team member should be encouraged to flag potential issues and risks for assessment. The whole team also has a role to play in seeing through the actions that are agreed. The risk management process is an iterative one. After the initial identification and assessment of risks and issues have been made, mechanisms should be put in place to keep them under regular review. QXP:M03_BARK2328_01_SE_C03 32 17/10/08 09:14 Page 32 brilliant project management This will include looking out for new risks and issues, and reassessing those that have already been captured.

A brilliant project manager avoids being a victim of chance and circumstance. No doubt you’ll have a reputation as someone who makes things happen. But in this context, you’ll also be known as someone who makes sure that certain things don’t happen! QXP:M03_BARK2328_01_SE_C03 17/10/08 09:14 Page 41 risk and issue management 41 Barker & Cole’s final word on risk and issue management . . ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ It’s not an add-on – it’s an intrinsic part of brilliant project management. Your risks and issues should be clear, succinct and above all else specific to your project.

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