We all have both individual and team projects. While it is possible to take on an individual project, the team approach is almost always more efficient, as you would find on a PRINCE2 Course Glasgow.
Understanding project management requires that you recognize there are four activities that contribute to successful delivery of a project, in full – the “Four P’s” of the PMBOK Guide. This sounds very “ricture” and technical sounding. However, it is useful to consider that the PMBOK poses four learning solutions for any specific project in the context of how they interact and overlap (inter-depend) with one another.
The project maturity model is about “five total” learning points to maturity. By identifying this from the beginning – even before the project starts – you can see the impact of a modular approach to project management and identify the key components of the project. By using this model, you begin to see yourself continually taking on new challenges.
Often we find ourselves working on projects that are more challenging than we thought. With a dynamic challenge, we learn and realize that the other four “P’s” are essential if we are to succeed.
Although we consider “project management” and/or “project management methods” as a separate skill, the models described below are based on those seen as integral to project management.
The project startup stage has several activities involved. Here are the main activities that are common to all “time-sharing” and project-related activities:
There is no perfect way to do this but good software is available for both sides to aid in the monitoring. However, it is not usually worth a spend if the monitoring is poor or done badly.
This process makes sure that the project documentation is developed by considering the project benefits, including the benefits to the organization, to the customer, and to the team. Planning also takes place at this stage:
This involves problem solving, managing resources, ensuring that sponsors are understood and informed, ensuring that plans are realistic, effective, and control risks, and ensuring that resources are available, and relevant.
There are nine key components to allocation. These are: planning; resources; people; timing; scope; standards; approach; benefits; risk and issues. Again, a good project management tool will suggest these resources/time/required but make sure that these are all used.
Once allocation has been controlled – there are three key key elements to control. These are: investment of resources/time; utilizing staff/management; controls and milestones. Although there are others, this is key for the project to continue to manage itself.
There are four key elements to the review process. These are learning; control; learning and the organization project management techniques (some seem to comprise in more than others – but these are the essentials) occur on average every 3 days. The 3-20% of project managers have successfully achieved this qualification.