Projects Lifecycle – Pill 015

Project lifecycle are different based on the objective, the team and the scope of a project. Here a summary of the possible different Project lifecycle: Predictive / Waterfall, where all work can be predicted at the start, including decisions between options, technologies, sequence changes will be managed.Iterative / prototype, in which part of the work … Continue reading Projects Lifecycle – Pill 015

Projects and Programs – Pill 014

We all know the definition of a Project and Program. Sometime I hear some definition of program that are quite confusing (and wrong). Below you will find a summary of areas of difference in addition to the general differences (table below). In a Project the Team - made up of people committed to delivering deliverables … Continue reading Projects and Programs – Pill 014

Project’s constraints – Pill 012

Projects are full of constraints, it's important to know where are they and the possible pitfalls that a project might stumble on: A list of project's constraints • What to actually Do (and what to do not do) • Deadlines, not only the final one, even intermediate; • Economic ones (budget) perhaps distributed over the … Continue reading Project’s constraints – Pill 012

The Kick-off – Pill 011

The moment when the project "really" begins: the kick-off meeting. This is when the project officially starts, and should be organized right after the approval of the Project Charter and not after the plan (the plan should be one of the first thing to do right after). The goal should (must) be to share the … Continue reading The Kick-off – Pill 011

(Multi)Project Management – Pill 010

On his table, Weinberg (1992) tried to quantify the time lost "jumping" within projects. A lot of researches show and affirm that multitasking kills efficiency. Weinberg table of project switching waste Unfortunately, in nowadays world, is impossible to do one thing at the time so how to be efficient while managing several projects? First we … Continue reading (Multi)Project Management – Pill 010

Contingency – Pill 008

That is a term widely used in project management, most of the time misused to justify a not well done planning or analysis. In project management Contingency is generally (and wrongly) used when talking about Times (when duration is uncertain) or Costs (the famous "safety bearings" to absorb some cost oscillation). Actually that usage of … Continue reading Contingency – Pill 008