Project Management Perspective

2012-11-04_17-05-09I have been involved in Project Management training for more than 15 years, and the image above is one that I return to over and over again.

This image shows the importance of several important factors involved in effective project management:

  • Communication, Communication, Communication
  • Collecting Requirements
  • Stakeholder Management/Engagement
  • Project Quality Management (meeting customer requirements)
  • Project Documentation

You should always take the time during the Initiation and Planning phases of a project to actively listen to your stakeholders, to document the project/product requirements, to establish regular communications, to have a feedback loop for meeting customer requirements, and having enough formal approvals to show agreement during all phases of the project life cycle.

 

Want to improve your Project Outcomes?

I am excited to inform you that we are starting a new Project Management forum as part of Indiana Renaissance Executive Forums.  I will be your forum leader for this new endeavor.

Our next meeting is Thursday morning, February 16th, in Mishawaka, IN.   If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at kriches@executiveforums.com.

This blog is about my Project Management journey, and this is one aspect of this journey.  After 25 years of  Nuclear Power Plant design and construction experience, four years ago I made the foray into the manufacturing environment as a New Product Development Manager.  Guess what? The same issues that were present in nuclear design and construction were also present in a manufacturing environment.  The same questions were applicable for both environments:

Do you have major Projects that are critical to your success over coming years?

Are some of these Projects over budget or late on delivery?

Could your key staff benefit from learning how other companies complete Projects?

While larger organizations, with larger projects and overhead budgets, can afford to organize a Project Management Office, we have found that small to medium size organizations are not structured that way.  The peer-to-peer environment supports my Rip-of-and-Duplicate (what I call R&D) philosophy.  Why re-invent the wheel when someone in our forum, or our member companies, has already experienced that problem/issue.  Our forum format has proven successful in helping organizations solve issues with a direct impact on improving the bottom line.

Our quarterly meeting format, with each four hour meeting being held at a forum member location, will be structured as follows:

  • Welcome & Networking
  • Educational Component
  • Host Company Overview
  • Host Company Tour
  • Roundtable Issue Discussion

Our educational components will be focused on Project Management Tools & Techniques, New Product Development best practices, leadership, business acumen, etc..  I also plan on developing a virtual location for collaboration in-between our quarterly meetings.

Our next meeting is Thursday morning, February 16th, in Mishawaka, IN.   If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at kriches@executiveforums.com.

Apples to Apples Project Management

apples-954928_1280I  have always maintained that project management skills are transportable from industry to industry.  I was able to affirm that assumption this week when I delivered Project Management training to a different organization from a different industry than my current position.

While technical competence in the industry you are working is certainly a benefit, it is not a hard and fast requirement.

Having a common platform, such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), allows all team members to speak a common language and to have a common understanding.

Through the years, I have been exposed to Information Systems/Technology, Construction, and Manufacturing industries and project management projects.  I have incorporated aspects from each of these different perspectives and developed a comprehensive understanding and training package that provides a mix of project management tools and techniques, as well as leadership and management soft skills.

I am so fortunate to be at that stage of my career where I am able to mentor and share my experience and knowledge, to the betterment of various organizations and individuals.  What a fun journey this has been and will continue to be.