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The Best of Project Management Lessons Learned
By Patrick Howard

  • A solid baseline is essential for the entire project.
  • Projects take a lot of planning…more than you might think initially.
  • Small disasters can lead to costly variances.
  • It is more difficult to put together a project plan without actual people.
  • Hire a project manager to run a project.
  • Making changes on the EVM Report is not easy.
  • The process and process tool cannot be more important than the project output – one may get lost in the elegance of the management tool and fail to spend enough time on working with people to manage the project.
  • It is still people that make projects successful – The best tool in the world can only aid effective people and managers; it is no substitute for competence.
  • It is easier to formulate and define a project in regard to professional topics within your area of expertise – particularly when reviewing risk and task criteria.
  • Save your work – often, often, often.
  • Project 2007 has much better reporting functions than Project 2003.
  • Many of these skills cannot be taught, but must simply be learned as part of “on the job training”.
  • Include all project roles in the project planning process.
  • Throughout a project life cycle, it is easy to underestimate the effort required to ensure a successful implementation of a project.
  • It can be difficult to identify key resources and to ensure those resources are producing the project deliverables as stated in the project plan.
  • Reoccurring tasks need resources assigned per task, not as an overall task.
  • Communication is the most important thing and must be continually worked on and improved.
  • The roles and responsibilities of each team member should be clearly defined, so as to avoid overlapping or duplication of effort, and also to ensure all bases are covered to effectively meet deliverables.

Patrick Howard has a hands-on visionary with advanced technical expertise, powered by a successful record of project management experience, and critical thinking ability, refined by a formal education and specific computer proficiency. Involved in the design, development, implementation and enhancement of computer systems and able to provide technical guidance to staff and coordinate end user training. Patrick’s website can be found at http://dpatrickhoward.com.

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