Fundamentals Of Project Management

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Unformatted text preview: the impossible is not good strategy; it is just a waste of resources.” —BRUCE HENDERSON CEO, Boston Consulting Group This strategy was so effective that it gave Avondale a competitive advantage in the marketplace. No one else could build ships of comparable quality and for such low cost using conventional strategies. The choice of proper project strategy is important. In construction, for example, prefabricating parts of a structure results in higher quality and faster final construction than is possible when everything is built at the site. Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. Fundamentals of Project Management by James P. Lewis AMACOM Books ISBN: 0814478352 Pub Date: 01/01/95 Search Tips Search this book: Advanced Search Previous Table of Contents Next Title In software, many programming languages allow code to be written in modules; an umbrella code is written to call up the appropriate module when it is needed. This is more efficient than having to rewrite the same code over and over in one program. Further, these modules form building blocks that can be used in other programs, thereby reducing development costs. ----------- Some projects are staffed with a core group of full-time people, and temporary staff are brought in as needed. In others, the entire team is physically colocated so that nobody else in the organization can “steal” them from the critical project. What Goes Into a Plan? The minimum ingredients that should be contained in a project plan follow. It is a good idea to keep these in a looseleaf notebook. Initially, the notebook will contain only the plan. As the project is managed, reports, changes, and other documents will be added, so when the project is completed the notebook will contain a complete history of the project, which can be used by others as data for planning and managing their own projects. One suggestion: Until recently, project notebooks were the only way to document a project completely; I suggest that the notebook be backed up with electronic media. It is very difficult to locate data in a notebook; transferring data to a computer database makes them much easier to access. “If you design a really great product, then you don’t need service and support.” —DEBORAH A. COLEMAN VP and CFO, Apple Computer The items that make up the project plan include: • A problem statement. • A project mission statement (see Chapter 3 for instructions on how to develop a mission statement). • Project objectives (see Chapter 3). • Project work requirements (a list of all deliverables, such as reports, hardware, and software). It is a good idea to have a deliverable at each major pro...
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