This is one of the another set of notes for passing PMP Certification. I am pretty sure these notes will help in your PMI PMP exam prep. These series of notes for all the knowledge area currently being tested in the PMI PMP certification exam are just for your review and will serve as keystone for the next series of articles where I will be teaching project management using a real world example. The real world project example series will help you understand the Project Management Methodology better and also help you for your PMP CERTIFICATION EXAM PREP.
Portfolio, Program, Project and PMO – Understanding The Org Hierarchy
Now this is the second series of article in Real World Free Project Management Training with Example. If you are new to this series, then let me tell you in brief that it is my effort to help new project managers on how project management processes are carried out in real world with the help of real world examples.
Now before we move forward its very necessary to understand some key concepts.
This Real World Free project management training series is primarily aimed for new project managers who are searching for ways to understand how things are done in the industry. The internet is full of resources but as my per my knowledge no one teaches you how things are done really. In this series we will be working on a real world project plan not just snippets of a MSproject file or already made WBS we will start from the Business case. We will go into insights, plan it, sign it, talk to stakeholders, schedule it using MS project and close it with lessons learns and review. Full real world working project, isn’t that awesome and I bet you couldn’t find such resource on internet anywhere.
The stature of projects have changed in the last decade. Project costs have gone from millions to billions of dollars, from 100 members to 1000s of team members,from one office to global. With the humongous sizes of project its easy to commit a mistake or overlook some important aspects of a project. The point which may look trivial at one point in the project could lead to a total catastrophe and damage the outcome.
CIO.com surveyed a lot of project management gurus and companies for the common project management mistakes and found that there are some common mistakes to every project. Based on the list here are some of the common project management mistakes and you should avoid those for the success of your project.
I Want to Manage Large Projects.Every Project Manger
Be careful what you wish for.
Managing a large project is a complete different story than managing multiple small projects. For eg. managing a deck project at home is completely different than making a dam. Imagine the number of stakeholders, the risk factors, cost, political and environment factors etc. It takes several years of experience to effectively manage a large project. Some of differences I have explained you in above lines but there are more which makes large projects different and more complex to manage.
Monday morning – I open my email and see an email from Tim, business analyst hey saying “Hey AKASH we have bagged another Mobile application project and by the sounds of it, is going to be the next big thing”. The e-mail gave tears of happiness to accounts team, the sales manager and business development manager. I was also in tears but not happiness but what I call is tears of fear. To be very honesty every project manager gets those tears of fear irrespective of the experience they have in their pocket.
By definition change request is a procedure to edit the scope of a project.
Sounds simple but by experience its one of the most challenging tasks for a project manager. Change request could be due to a variety of reasons its not just because of the lack of clarity in scope or someone missing our a requirement in the scope document. It could be well due to market conditions, change in technology etc. A change request could have a deep impact on your project in terms of scope, time, cost etc and could lead it to a failure.