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.