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Project Management is no rocket science.

Project Management is no rocket science. Nevertheless, for some strange reason it is almost never done right.

Project Management is 80 % communication and may be 20 % methods, but for some reason we do not communicate at all when it would be important or we communicate the wrong way. Sending multi-hundred page documents to people who asked a simple question, sending out URLs of web pages not working anymore or completely unrelated to a given topic are examples of failed communication attempts. Typing sloppy e-mails that fast that almost nobody else can read them, using a lot of abbreviations only you know, not writing a proper subject line and hiding essential information somewhere in a lengthy and bad structured writing are other great examples of failed communication via e-mail. Starting conference calls without any agenda, not allowing people including yourself to prepare, not distributing minutes afterwards so that everything said during that call is lost forever are more examples of failed communication.

I plan to start blogging a bit more about project management and especially project management lessons learned in the near future. I would think this might be interesting for many here in this community since many people, especially IT folks, work in projects nowadays. Nevertheless, not every endeavor called a project these days really is a project. This could be actually a nice topic for my next posting: "What again is a project ?"

4 blog comments below

if i am the only person in a project, who do i communicate with?
badai on Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:43 pm
Communication in a project occurs within a team and with the stakeholder of the project. Stakeholder is anyone who is somehow affected by your project.

If you really have a 1-man-project and no stakeholder then you might re-think about the value of your project. May be you just do it for yourself as a learning experience ? However, in this case you are project manager and team in 1 person. In this case you can focus 100 % on methods Wink .

If there are some stakeholder then you should maintain a good communication with them, e.g. about how they perceive your project, what their wishes and concerns are.
amagard on Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:32 am
1 man project with 1 stakeholder, still holds 80%?
badai on Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:54 am
Probably not. One challenge with communication in project management is the number of communication channels a project manager has to handle / monitor. If you have a team of 5 there are 5 * 4 / 2 = 10 different communication channels. With a team of 8 you get 8 * 7 / 2 = 28 channels.
With just two people involved - you and 1 stakeholder - you have only 1 communication channel. In that case life is much easier for you.
amagard on Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:49 am

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