Breaking the Code of Project Management by Alexander Laufer (auth.)

By Alexander Laufer (auth.)

This new vintage is an exam of the way to refigure venture administration to be extra effective and potent, relatively when it comes to management. utilizing a case research method, the writer, Alex Laufer offers a selected set of guidance on the way to increase the crew method of any undertaking, be it a brand new airline jet or an IT project.

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I wanted a panel with handpicked expertise and management approval, and that’s what I got . . I tailored my review similarly in that I had two sets of reviews, one for each subsystem, and then one for the system. It was amazing how well it worked . . They would come in and sit around a table and have a dialogue with the engineers. The engineers could show the reviewers hardware, show them test data, and the reviewers could ask anything they wanted . . Having the right reviewers on the panel is important, but I can’t emphasize enough the importance of one-on-one communication .

I remembered how adamantly we had demanded a CPM from the contractor. I also recalled how well the contractor and the rest of the team coordinated and scheduled major project events without the CPM. Not a week went by without my asking the contractor for a CPM, followed by a promise to deliver one ASAP. Fortunately for everyone involved, we moved on to solving those other issues and didn’t let the lack of a CPM become a major point of contention. The more I reflect on it, it seems to me that with so many open issues and uncertainties arising from the nature and pace of the project, it was impossible to submit a comprehensive, detailed and useful plan.

D The next example, from NASA, presents an innovative and efficient way for developing prototypes and demonstrates how prototyping can increase the active participation of the users in project definition. 30 ● Breaking the Code of Project Management It was time to buy the next-generation data storage system for the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. The traditional way of soliciting proposals from contractors yielded a very high price tag of $3 million. Steve Gonzales, who led this effort, had a better idea: I realized that we had to learn first-hand to be better buyers, so I came up with the idea of inviting storage area network vendors to come on site and show us their capabilities and products.

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