David Barrett (16)
Aim low – deliver high. There I’m done!
Actually it seems simple doesn’t it? But let me tell you where it can go very wrong:
- You never ‘aimed’ in the first place – so no one, especially you, knew what to expect.
- You ‘aimed’ – but you never communicated it to anyone. Whoops!
- You aimed nice and low and delivered way high – great but what kind of planner does that make you?
- You aimed well, you communicated the plan really well to start with but you never got back to the rest of us to tell us how it was going... therefore denying us an opportunity to adjust our expectations.
As I sit on this flight from Sydney, Australia to Wellington, New Zealand I am thinking about the Business Analysts I met in Sydney and Melbourne and that I am about to meet in Wellington at two day symposiums I am running for BAs in each city.
These folks are really struggling – for recognition, for job security, for a well defined career path and for a recognized set of defined core competencies.
The summer is finally here! This is the time of the year that I try to relax – but I do find it difficult.
This is the time of the year that I plan, meet and regroup. I schedule all my team meetings for the summer months (working around everyone’s holidays) and review the past, look at the current status of work in progress and plan or re-plan the next few months.
It’s April 28 and I am sitting in a breakout room at ProjectSummit * BusinessAnalystWorld in Philadelphia, PA – our first event in this beautiful city – and thinking about the keynote we just heard as well as the keynotes at our Toronto event two weeks ago.
There are some very strong messages in all of them.
Many industries, organizations, departments, divisions and people find our professional world of project management intimidating, confusing and all too much to be able to apply to their projects.
It is imperative that we learn how to get a message across to an individual, a group of people or a community. We have to understand how to package the information that someone requires or that we need them to have.
The easy answer is yes. The tougher answer is… it depends. Typical.
I think that the position of the project manager within today’s organization has certainly improved. The project manager is an indispensable commodity within most systems departments out there today. No senior executive who is in touch with the IT division could ever suggest otherwise. Mess with this role and you will seriously jeopardize the success of your IT projects. I cannot imagine any executive today not getting this. So yes, this is big improvement from just three to five years ago.
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Let’s start with… PMBOK is not a methodology – it is a body of knowledge. Many organizations in North America have spent a lot of money training their project managers on the pillars of knowledge as described by the Project Management Institute. This is a good thing. I liken this to the knowledge we all gained between grades one and 12.