You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t effectively communicate your measurements if there are no well-understood units of measure. I explain the rationale for selecting project-relevant dimensions, in addition to the usual schedule, budget, and quality, in order to make the status report meaningful and actionable. I also include an example of a complete scope description of one dimension, and how each RAG status will be determined. I also include guidelines for transitioning from one color to another and considerations for reporting trends.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25. And this week’s video: psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Just 12 minutes, safe for work, but people will crowd around to see why you’re laughing uncontrollably.
Mike Clayton describes Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases model of organizational change, which is predicated on the notion of driving forces and restraining forces.
Esther Derby collates a list of questions that could lead to more effective organizational change, if they were only asked.
Ryan Avent scans past the disruptive trends of automation replacing humans to ask the question: what will a world without work be like and how can we make it livable?
Elizabeth Harrin celebrates ten years of blogging by following up on the best articles from each of those years (and the most popular so far from 2016).
Harry Hall tutors us on the management reserve for project budgets.
Shuba Kathikeyan summarizes the steps in project cost management, and recommends several good practices for project managers.
John Goodpasture makes the counter-case: measuring everything may be more detrimental than no measurements at all.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Davis on achieving benefits realization management. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.