Project Information Cycle


Project information collection & dissemination is a cyclic process & vital one for project success. I collected few points here about project information cycle & thought it is worth sharing with all of you:

•Data collection for a project starts very early in project life cycle

•Lot of information collected in projects from various sources within and outside the project

•Data collection is a continuous process throughout the project life cycle

•Collecting & organizing data and transforming them as information (i.e. project performance) helps in decision making & effective communication

•Data/information can be a written document or verbal statements

•Organizational process assets is repository of information for previously executed projects & provide valuable inputs to other projects

Project Information Cycle

Due to confusion over terms like data & information, PMBOK came up with crystal clear definitions for each of those terms.

•Work Performance Data – data collected on day-to-day basis in project work execution (Example – % of work completed, # of defects)

•Work Performance Information – data collected from controlling processes that are used to analyze the project performance (Example – status of deliverables)

•Work Performance Report – way of representing the project work performance information that delivers intelligence for decision making (Example – status report, project dashboard)

Project Charter – Video Tutorial


Project charter is an important document for every project. Understanding its use, what is required to created it, do’s & don’t of it is a key for a Project manager or senior management. Project Charter is the one and only output of Develop Project Charter process in Initiating process group.

Here is the video tutorial of my earlier blog post. It has rich source of information about Project Charter & has complete details about it. Not only for Project Manager or a PMP aspirant, this is useful to all employees working in any project and students. This tutorial is aligned with PMBOK 5th Edition.

Project Manager’s Essential Soft Skills


In one of my article, I talked about “Roles and Responsibilities of a Project Manager“. In that article, I mentioned more about a PM’s duties related to project execution. In a very basic level, Project Manager is also another human being who is bound to show certain set of behaviors, beliefs and emotions. Selected set of behavioral skills is essential for a Project Manager to make the project run smoothly & successful. I like to cover PM’s essential soft skills in this article.

This list has more similarity with my other articles on Leadership as “Project Manager is the Leader of the Project who carries the project vision & bring team together to work for a common goal”. In this blog’s theme Leadership Rubik Cube, I explained about following skills: Motivation, Trust, Communication, Influence.

Leadership: This skill is crucial for any PM & it comprises of almost all skills listed here. Mainly a Project Manager should work towards getting everyone on same page with him about the purpose of the Project and making everyone work towards the goal even team have differences between them.

PMs Essential Soft Skills

PMs Essential Soft Skills

Conflict Management: Conflict is natural and inevitable. Project Manager should know techniques to manage conflicts & use them appropriate to the situation. I dealt about this topic in this post.

Coaching: This is similar to competency skill I pointed out in the blog theme. Project Manager need to have necessary competency so that they can develop competency in team members which help them to perform their project activities in the expected level.

Negotiation & Team Building: These skills need more personal involvement from a Project Manager than just focus on output. This one identified under “Relationship & Recognition” in Leadership Rubik Cube. Better relationship with the team & other stakeholders creates a positive environment towards successful execution of the project. All other skills like Communication, Trust Building, Conflict Management, Influencing helps in doing better negotiation & team building activities.

Decision Making: A decision by organization’s management gives birth to a new project :-) Facing challenges, finding options, deciding to go with one particular option – are part and parcel of a Project Manager’s day-to-day life. Decisions of a Project Manager at each level affects the project outcome. Therefore it is essential skill for a PM.

Political & Cultural Awareness: Politics in organization is as long as it creates healthy competition among different groups that leads to organization’s growth. PM need to create awareness about the organizational politics & use it appropriately for project success. With increase in global projects, it is inevitable for PMs to understand the cultural differences in the team around the world and work with them accordingly.

Simplification


“It is true intelligence for a man to take a subject that is mysterious and great in itself and to unfold and simplify it so that a child can understand it.” – John H. Taylor

In a technical meeting, John, the architect, was presenting information about new feature they are bringing in a new release. After a while, Kay interrupted him and said “Hey I don’t understand what you say? Kindly repeat or can you make it more easier for me to understand”.

“Okay, let me put it in this way….” said John and he continued.

Simplification is an important & essential quality while present ideas, in which things presented in less complex or complicated way.

Simplification

- makes things easier to understand
- gives way to easy remembrance or recollection
- gives comfort
- brings positive mind attitude
- keeps the momentum
- Allows to act immediately
- gets the result
- gives happiness

There is nothing called over-simplification or under-simplification. Each one needs certain level of simplification to grasp & one person’s definition of ‘simplification’ differs from another.

Simplify your communication, work and life so that you can enjoy!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Leadership & Management Topics Tag Cloud


 

Here is the Management & Leadership topics list that I used to categorize & generate ideas. You can see all these topics in any Self-Help/ Management/ Leadership book.
If you take a closer look at the image Leadership Rubik’s cube which is the theme of this blog, I used 9 topics from the list to build it.

Here is what you can do with this list – Just take one (and only one) topic, generate at least 4 synonyms for each of those – think what idea you have about that particular item. Each one of us have general idea about each of the item listed. The more you dwell on one topic, you develop new ideas on those & you will become the master.

Situational Leadership Decision Making Quality
Excellence Standards Transformational Leadership
Transactional Leadership Authority Tasks
Priorities Style Productivity
“Just do it” Attitude Competency Collaboration
Communication
(Listening, Presenting, Reading)
Commitment Influence
Monitoring Result Oriented Budget
Problem Solving Trust Relation
Recognition Planning Awareness
Motivation Ideas Development
Growth Inspiration Helping
Effective Efficient Conflicts
Dream Big Authentic Stewardship
Servant Leadership Teamwork Accountability
Passion Measurable Action oriented
Purpose Empowerment Vision
Controlling Fun Distributed
Intelligence
(Emotional)
Coaching (Training, Mentoring) Time Management
Humility Culture Traits
Ethics Metrics Networking
Challenge Strategy Learning
High Performance Creativity Innovation
Change Management Knowledge Thinking
Service Skills Empathy
  Risks  

ManagementLeadershipTopicCloud