ModuleC5-8 - Today's Topics Self-management Managing a...

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1 Module C – Project Management Ongoing Management #1 – Management at the Low Level General Management Today’s Topics ± Self-management ± Managing a small team • As a member • As a supervisor ± Notes about large project activity management PM Control PM Closure Technical Design Technical Execution PM Initiation PM Planning Technical Closure Where does Project Management Happen? PM = Project Management important interactions Today’s Topics ± Self-management ± Managing a small team • As a member • As a supervisor ± Notes about large project activity management Priorities Less Critical Critical Long term Short term 12 ! 3! Why bother? Utility E is the expectancy of completing the task V is the value of completing the task (so EV is the expected return on the project) Γ (gamma) is the immediacy of the task D is your sensitivity to delay Utility is the impetus for you to get the task done. The less the Utility the more the procrastination! Utility = E V / Γ D Prof. Piers Steel, University of Calgary from The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2007 D T h is y o u c a n f ix
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2 Optimizations ± When possible, handle items once. ± Minimize interruptions ± Keep fit ± Keep your mind clear & rested “Trials & Treats” – Ma Anderson Careabouts Spend your efforts on the “careabouts” Pareto’s Law: 80% - 20% • 80% of the work is on 20% of the project • 80% of the return is on 20% of the activity • 80% of the exam is on 20% of the material Do not confuse with Sturgeon’s Law: 90% of everything is crud Thrashing… Having many things to do and spending all your time moving from one to the other, doing a bit of each and making little real progress on any. [Better to finish one thing than have five incomplete] Thrashing… • Phone calls are done at the caller’s convenience only • MSN and email notifications disrupt activity (5-10% productivity loss is the estimate!) Prof. Piers Steel, University of Calgary from The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2007 Mini-Milestones Create mini-milestones to reach each day or every few days • Sense of progress • Supervisor confidence
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3 Dessert Strategy (eat dessert last) Start with the one task you most don’t want to do: • make a call to a client about a missed schedule • talk to an employee about a behaviour problem • give a report to your supervisor about a technical problem Result: Your day should only get better!! Today’s Topics ± Self-management ± Managing a small team • As a member • As a supervisor ± Notes about large project activity management Making it Work Promote the success of the people around you Promote the success of the project as more important than minor differences in opinion As supervisor, listen to opinions, make the fair, ethical and logical decision, explain the reasons for your decision to all and assume the responsibility for the consequences As a Supervisor Problem: Getting others to buy into a decision Solution: Even if you have a solution in mind, don’t announce it. Instead, have a meeting. Explain the situation and ask for solutions. Gently show
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ECE APS112 taught by Professor Weiss during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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ModuleC5-8 - Today's Topics Self-management Managing a...

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