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Wednesday, 03 September 2008 04:35 Written by David Barrett
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…
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.
I got a very typical call today from someone who wanted my opinion on certification – was it worth it or not? My first reaction was THANKS! I had to write my blog today and I was struggling for a topic. Now I had one.
This is a rant of mine from a year ago, but I think it’s well worth repeating. 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.
Folks, if you can’t communicate properly – get out of the project management business! 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.
Thursday, 03 January 2008 03:30 Written by David Barrett
Are we any closer to full executive support for the role of the project manager? 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…
David Barrett's Monthly Blog I met someone the other day who was asked to roll out a PMO at a large financial institution. I was really impressed with her story. The interesting part was not what she created but how she created it.
David Barrett's Monthly Blog Sounds simple. Almost sounds too basic. But in my travels I can tell you that this is the biggest issue that project managers have. Scheduling is easy. Balancing resource loads is tougher. Managing scope creep is tough and getting tougher. But in the end, it’s the people that make the job the hardest. If you do not know how to manage people, work with people, deal with stakeholders, talk to senior management – then I think you are in the wrong business.
Wow – that was a long flight! But well worth it. If you live in Australia- good on ya mate! If you have never been – you must – it is beautiful. While I was there to run our new event for BAs in Sydney and Melbourne I came into full contact with the project management community there.
ProjectWorld * BusinessAnalystWorld Toronto 2007 is over. This is the largest event if the year that I am involved in… by far. 2700 delegates five days – 3300 bodies all in when you count the speakers, trainers, exhibitors, my wife and my daughter...