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by James P. Lewis
ISBN: 0814478352 Pub Date: 01/01/95
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How to Make Project Management Work in Your
It is one thing to know how to manage projects effectively. It is another to get people actually to manage them
that way. Running by the seat of the pants seems a lot easier than doing all that planning, scheduling, and
monitoring. Even when people invest three or four days in project management seminars, you find that they
soon forget what they have been taught and go back to the old ways.
I have struggled with this problem for over fifteen years, and I finally have some answers. Here are
suggestions on how to make the principles of project management work in your company.
• Dr. Edwards Deming learned more than fifty years ago that if you don’t get top management
involved in a program, the program will be short-lived. That doesn’t mean just having top management
pay lip service to it. As Tom Peters suggested in his book Thriving on Chaos, if an executive wants
something to happen in the company she has to change her calendar! Spend time talking about project
management. Sit in on project planning or review meetings. Start asking to see people’s project
notebooks. Ask questions about how projects are doing. In other words, show an interest in the subject.
• Build into performance appraisals items that evaluate a project manager’s use of the tools of effective
project management. Reward people for practicing the methods. If necessary, sanction them when they
do not. But be careful. Be sure upper management is not keeping managers from practicing good
• It helps to have the entire team trained in the basics. After all, when you tell members of your team
you want them to do a WBS for their part of the project and they have never even heard the term
before, they can’t very well deliver. I have found that project managers generally need a minimum of
three or four days’ training in project management, and team members need about two days’ training to
learn just the tools.
• Senior management should have a one-day overview of the principles of project management so that
it knows what is realistic to expect. One of the ten most common causes of project failures is unrealistic
expectations on the part of senior managers.
www.erpvn.net • After the training is complete, pick a project that already has a pretty high probability of success.
Don’t pick your hardest job; it has too...
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