The Variables for Success

Predicting Project Success
 Most common elements managers go by:
a) Time
b) Cost
c) Performance parameters

 “BUT” the three main “Actions” are:
a) The project manager and team
b) The parent organization
c) Customer’s organization

“Examples on what team managers can do to stimulate success on page

What do the “3” main “actions” do
 Top-level managers/management
a) Willing to commit
b) Provide support (administrative)
These characteristics help the project get familiarized from “day to day” with in the
 Parent Organization
a) Develops atmosphere within company ( ex: good working relationships)
Relationships between: project mangers, parent organizations, client
b) Maintain structural flexibility
c) Adapt to change
d) Effective strategic planning

 Customer organization/ client organization
a) Willingness to coordinate efforts
b) Link maintenance
c) Establish procedure for change
d) Commitment of client resources

Failures in Project Mangement
 Selecting a concept that is not appropriate.

 Selecting wrong person as project manger

 Upper management that is not supportive

 poorly defined tasks

 Misused management techniques

 Project termination that is not planned

Project Management Effectiveness
 Dealing with upper-level management
a) Credibility (ex: give credit to others, be believable, emphasize facts
rather then opinion)

b) Priority (ex: sell importance of project, secure testimonial support to

c) Accessibility (ex: ability to communicate with top mangers, show your
proposals are good for total organization, be logical)

d) Visibility (ex: be aware of visibility you really need, make good impact
when presenting project, use team members, conduct meetings that
are informational)

 What top managers expect from project managers:

a) Accountability
b) Provide effective reports and info.
c) Keep a good balance in creating project( no arguing, miss
communication, disruption on some sort)
d) Have recommendations not only alternatives
e) Be able to solve interpersonal problems
f) Demonstrate growth (after a project is completed)

 Project managers from top-level
a) Provided clear decision channels

b) Take actions on request

c) Assist in conflict resolution

d) Provide adequate, sufficient info

e) Provide feedback

f) Give advice
 Project team expects from project mangers
a) Assistance in problem solving
b) Give clear and proper directions
c) Interaction
d) Reduce conflicts

 Project manger expects from project team
a) Demonstrate membership self-development
b) Capable of innovation ,creative behavior
c) Communication
d) Committed to project
e) Change oriented

 What the team members need …
a) Sense/feeling of belonging

b) Interest in the work they are doing

c) Respect for the work they do

d) Protection

e) Security /job continuity

f) Potential for career growth

Best practice
 .. “Are those actions or activities that are undertaken by the
company or individual that lead to a sustainable competitive
advantage in project management.”

 Misconceptions of project management :
a) Is a scheduling tool
b) Designed for government projects only
c) Must be engineers with top degrees
Best practice
 Getting in out there
a) Sharing knowledge only internally
b) Hidden from all but a selected few
c) Advertise to your customers

 Examples of “Best Practice” by a company
a) Help to avoid failure
b) In a crises help to avoid a vital situation
Levels of Best Practice
Industry Standards
Professional (PMI) Standards
Page 366: Results on implementing best practice
(table chart)
Having a Best Practice library
 Transfers knowledge to employees( future employees)

 Case studies can be made

 Able to reevaluate situations

 Learn from mistakes (not repeat)

 Updating

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