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What is your project management methodology or process?

Project Managment Methodology

Do you work off a template or....?

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Topic Expert
Linda Wright
Title: Consultant
Company: Wright Consulting
(Consultant, Wright Consulting) |

I have used MS Project among other tools. The key is to have an ongoing refreshing of detailed goals against timelines report and to publish same within the project team meetings. I am a huge proponent of stand up meetings (trained in haz mat duty) and the enforcement of goal owner accountability.

Anonymous
(Manager) |

HI Linda,

What do you think would be an advantage of using MS Project over, for instance, a Google Docs shared spreadsheet with responsibilities, goals, tasks, timeline etc? Thanks!

Topic Expert
David Wittenberg
Title: Director of Financial Strategy
Company: World Vision
(Director of Financial Strategy , World Vision) |

I noticed you tagged the question Strategic Planning as well as Project Management. Does that mean you are also looking for approaches to selecting the right projects or your focus is on implementing projects that are already approved?

Anonymous
(Manager) |

Hi David,

Implementing projects already approved. Thanks!

John P. Hart
Title: Vice Pres - CFO
Company: Nova Pressroom Products, LLC
(Vice Pres - CFO, Nova Pressroom Products, LLC) |

Check out Basecamp from 37 Signals.
Much better than Google or shared spreadsheets!

I was exposed to Basecamp a couple of years ago, and have become a big fan. Have now implemented it in two companies.

Cloud-based, monthly charge based on number of projects - NOT number of users...which is unlimited. Two GUIs - classic with a few more features, or the newer graphic GUI with fewer features (more to come for sure) but works on all mobile platforms. Free 45-day trail. (I'm only a satisfied user - no relationships at all)

Anything to get away from email tumbleweed is a first step in the right direction!

Topic Expert
Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

I like FranklinCovey Co’s 4 Stage model: Initiate/Visualize, Plan, Execute/Control/Implement, and Closing/Evaluation. There are 2 Go/No Go checkpoints, one between Stage 1 and 2, and one between 2 and 3. These are aimed at mitigating false starts or pursuing project that do not have sufficient resources to achieve success. They also employ 2 Maps into the process: the Plan Map and the Vision Map.

If you’re looking for more of a textbook approach, try Harvard Business Essentials “Managing Projects Large and Small”. It’s not even 200 pages long, but packs a whallop!

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