• 11 NODs (Note of Distinction)
  • Managing Projects: Think Process not Methodology
  • The Art of Productive Laziness Workshop
  • Justify Project
    Having worked internationally for several years with different clients. consultants and markets exposed me to various cultures and mind-sets. The only thing that was common between all is Presenting the Business case. Care should be taken when preparing the business case, especially linking the project description to the desired objectives of this proposal.
    Create Business Case
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    Identify Project Team Member Requirements and Critical Knowledge Sources
    I've worked on many large scale projects where identifying requirements and critical knowledge sources was not easy at all. In some cases we used to breakdown this task into phases in order to make sure that we accounted for almost everything required.
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    Present Business Case
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    Plan Project
    Planning the project is the key to success. It is exactly like planning your career or planning your kids future. The more effort you put in obtaining the best plan, the more is the tendency for this plan to succeed. The team and managers involved in this should be very knowledgeable and highly experienced because this will draw the path towards the success of the project.
    Define Project
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    Determine Project Objectives
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    Define Project Scope
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    Select Project Approach
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    Make Project Plan
    This is one of the most critical steps in any project. Decent effort should be spent on each task as the more precise you are, the more successful your project will be in terms of proper resources allocation, efforts estimated, schedule activities and all others. If care was not taken while doing this step, sometimes the Control and Monitor Process might not be able to save the project if all these item under this step were under estimated.
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    Define Work Breakdown Structure
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    Estimate Effort
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    Obtain Project Plan Approval
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    Activate Project
    I've learned a few golden rules from being exposed to various decent projects:

    1- Communicating with stakeholders at all times, understanding their needs and being transparent with them plays a pivotal role in the project success.
    2- Investing in your team members will payback on the short run towards the success of the project. Training is a core task.
    Publicize Project
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    Equip Project
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    Train Project Team
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    Control Project
    I've worked on projects where sometimes we faced some slippage in schedule or we ran over budget so we had to do mitigation plans to overcome these situations. The last thing you need to consider if everything else fails is to add more manpower to resolve delays. This will incur additional cost and will definitely affect the productivity. Motivate your staff, acknowledge them and above all assign tasks properly based on skills and capabilities. I always believe in the rule that General Moltke created which is categorising individuals based on their smartness and diligence and then assign tasks accordingly. This comes with experience of course and a piece of advise: It is not always an asset on site when someone is physically energetic but mentally dull as this category of people will always create problems faster than they could be managed and will require full time supervision.
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    Assign Project Tasks
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    Motivate Project Participants
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    Track Project Progress
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    Revise Project Plan
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    End Project
    If all stages preceding this stage were monitored and controlled properly, you will find closing the project the easiest part no matter what was the project scale but if there were slippages in the previous stages especially the quality control then you will end up with an endless punch list and this could delay the handing over of the project to the customer if there were some serious items on the punch list.
    One more thing I've learned: Always make sure to archive and documents every single document properly and never under estimate the power of such task should any future problems arise.
    Prepare Completion Report
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    Turn Over Results
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    Release Project Resources
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