Justifying

Topic Teasers Vol. 53: Make Your Point With 'ilities'

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: This is a small company and I’m very lucky. Rather than just having a project dumped on me, my boss typically describes what he is thinking about doing and he asks my opinion. The problem is that I don’t know how to evaluate his project ideas quickly and I don’t want to give him wrong advice. How can I hold a meaningful conversation without looking stupid?
A. Ask to take the idea back to your desk for a week or so. There you can confer with other employees and do additional research on his idea before you give him your response.
B. The Ilities are the group of mythical Greek women who protected Homer and saw to it that he won every battle. Use the story of the Greek heroes, who found courage by relying on the idea of protectors backing them to mentally allow you to gain the confidence to discuss the project ideas.
C. The responsibility for choosing projects belongs solely with your boss. Tell him that you are flattered that he has asked your opinion, but you feel that your role is just to fulfill the project requirements he sends to you in writing.
D. There is a list of quality checkpoints called the “Ilities”. They are also useful when evaluating a project at conception to see if it is worthwhile to pursue, or if it should be dropped.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Standard Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable
by Michael Wood

Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!

Initiating

Project Purpose Summary Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Andy Jordan

This template aims to help overcome a common problem by providing a simple framework that the PM can use to communicate with the team. This template doesn’t replace discussions and presentations, but it does provide a basic foundation to those discussions for all team members.

Standard Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable
by Michael Wood

Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!

Planning

Project Sponsor 'Contract' Template

deliverable
by Andy Jordan

This template is intended to provide a framework to document the relationship between the project manager and the sponsor. While it is called a contract, it should be seen as a mutual commitment to how both roles will act in order to maximize the likelihood of success on the project.

Standard Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable
by Michael Wood

Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!

Executing

New Problems, Old Project

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

It never fails--at the end of the project, a whole lot of problems start cropping up. Tracking these problems in the flurry of activities occurring at the end of a project can be difficult. How can you handle these appropriately?

Impossible Filmmaking (Part 1)

by Kevin Richardson

Nothing in his impressive experience could have prepared a time-crunched filmmaker for his hectic project in China...except one thing: earning his PMP certification. Read how this international project management consultant got an animated film off the ground in no time flat.

Monitoring and Controlling

Project Documentation Done Right

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

A project will live or die by its documentation. So how can a project manager stay on top of all the moving pieces and emails flying about in the midst of the high-pressure environment of a project?

Standard Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable
by Michael Wood

Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!

Closing

Decompressing Issues

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

In the midst of a project, you do what you need to do in order to get things done and meet the requirements and deadlines of the project. After the fact, though, you may need to decompress the issues that occurred.

Standard Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable
by Michael Wood

Document a business case to persuade upper management to fund your project. Keep it short and succinct enough that the busy executive management audience will read and digest it. It should directly convey the information they need to know with salient, hard-hitting, supporting evidence that addresses the bottom line. This is a basic instructional framework of the information you should include in your business case. Enhance it as you wish!

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