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Book details
  • Genre:BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • SubGenre:Project Management
  • Language:English
  • Pages:179
  • eBook ISBN:9781620955468

The Project Is Dead... Long Live The Project!

The Way to Successfully Handover an IT Project Into Production and How to Avoid Runaway Projects

by Andreas von Grebmer

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Overview
Why did I write this book? It seems to me that a lot of money is wasted in projects that are not well concluded and inadequately handed over to production. Mistakes during the whole project are causing this. Lack of project methodologies, under trained associates and “hidden agendas” are other typical factors. To give an analogy, an airplane flight doesn’t just end for all those on board with the landing. Some of the staff will have additional tasks and duties while others just leave the plane. This has to be kept in mind. Project money is not monopoly money either. It’s not your own money, but you have to treat it as if you have been working for it very hard. It’s not my intention to give you clear instructions on how to avoid these and other issues. So this is neither a cook book nor a clear working guide to follow, except perhaps the included checklists and form examples. My intention is to show some situations every project is at some time faced with and some ideas on how to avoid them.
Description
Why did I write this book? It seems to me that a lot of money is wasted in projects that are not well concluded and inadequately handed over to production. Mistakes during the whole project are causing this. Lack of project methodologies, under trained associates and “hidden agendas” are other typical factors. To give an analogy, an airplane flight doesn’t just end for all those on board with the landing. Some of the staff will have additional tasks and duties while others just leave the plane. This has to be kept in mind. Project money is not monopoly money either. It’s not your own money, but you have to treat it as if you have been working for it very hard. It’s not my intention to give you clear instructions on how to avoid these and other issues. So this is neither a cook book nor a clear working guide to follow, except perhaps the included checklists and form examples. My intention is to show some situations every project is at some time faced with and some ideas on how to avoid them. I’m well aware that there is no perfect project closure phase. Several circumstances, like shift of scope, staff rotation in the project or in the line management organization etc., can lead to a bad result in project closure, and which eventually cause problems in production. My belief is that an ambitious project manager should try to excel at each task in project management, each time this task has to be performed. So the motto is “Keep on trying!” or “Get a higher level of maturity”. You should follow the “principle of structure”, as one can see on page 66. You might or might not have a clear project management methodology (e.g. CSC Catalyst, RUP, PRINCE I, II or some other) in your company to follow already. The bad news is that even if you have one, this is no guarantee that you will not be faced with one of these phenomena early or later in your career. Almost all project management methodologies foresee actions to close a project in one way or another. For sure you will not pay to much attention to these tasks in the launch phase of the project. Purpose and scope 8 You might then say “Another thing to care about during the hectic times”. Well this statement is true for the first project where you try to implement positive extracts of this book, but hopefully your next one will be easier. In all following projects closure issues can become daily business for you. Organizations are very limited in their ability to learn, but you can. If you are a trained/certified project manager handling this task better increases your excellence and your reputation. But being certified does not mean that you yourself are a good project manager. Being certified assures that your project manager back pack has been initially filled with the essential knowledge in that area. “Dreamland Corporation” is a chapter of fantasy, describing what I would expect in a perfect environment. It just describes my expectations and not what the consequences would be if I would get what I was wishing for. So I have just described the layer that I’d be acting in. Golden rules can be printed and pinned on your office wall. Golden rules are also “golden questions” you should ask yourself from time to time.
About the author
Andreas von Grebmer. Born 1965 in Kiel Germany. Dedicated Quality and Project Manager from and by heart. Since 1997 specialist in software testing. Worked as deputy team leader of software testing group in the test center for the global IT end user platform of a Swiss bank. Built and speed up processes. Responsible for process streamlining and designing after a huge merger. 2001 passed special Swiss education for IT project manager. Contributed to several projects especially e-business in global banks and insurance groups. Published a German guidebook about practical testing with a quality lexicon (currently being translated into English). 2002 switched to a leading global pharmaceutical company. Acting as project quality manager observing and implementing of company wide project standards and methodology. Set up roll-out processes for corporate end user platform. June 2003 until April 2007 Group Information Security Officer (CISSP in 2005) responsible for maintaining the policy framework and performing project and system risk assessment globally. Since May 2007 member of the HR Business Excellence Team.
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