March Management

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

March 2012As we begin the end of the 1st Quarter of 2012, it is prudent to reflect on the Magic of March… and its correlation to PM best practices.

March, the proper noun:

  • Third month in the 12-month calendar
  • End of the Winter season and beginning of the Spring season

March, the verb:

  • To walk with regular, measured strides
  • To proceed in a line, with deliberate steps

March, the noun:

  • Tract of land on the border of a country
  • Border districts

Assess your current performance, to be sure you are exhausting all aspects of March to optimize your Project, Program and/or Portfolio success.

March, the Proper Noun:

Do it Today!… Immediately commit to diligently implementing the tools and techniques of PM standard processes, and apply efficient, effective and proficient PM best practices.

PM Process

Efficient, Effective, Proficient PM-Deliverable

Initiating

Deliverables Diagram

Planning

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) complemented with Resources, Schedule and Budget

Executing

Situational Leadership and Management by Exception;

PM-Controls; Quality Assurance Processes

Monitoring & Controlling

Earned Value Analysis and

Earned Value Management

Closing

Quality Improvement via Lessons Learned Analysis

March, the Verb:

Acknowledging PM-best practices, as the straight line approach to product and services delivery…ie: the shortest time to complete all critical and required project and program tasks…use the deliberate, disciplined and measured strides of PM standards’ tools and techniques to successfully deliver quality products and services, that meet stakeholder functional specifications and performance expectations:

PM Standard

PM Tool & Technique

Initiating

PM-Charter with the Deliverables Diagram

 

Planning

PM-Plan with the bodacious Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) complemented with Resources, Schedule and Budget

 

Executing

PM Vitamin C6 with Conflict Management, Situational Leadership and Management by Exception;

PM-Controls with Quality Assurance Processes

 

Monitoring & Controlling

Progress Reports using Earned Value Analysis

Closing

Continuous Improvement via Lessons Learned Analysis

March, the Noun:

Wrap PM best practice around your Product Delivery Life Cycle (D5) … Border your Product Delivery Process with PM processes and controls.

Product Delivery Processes include the specific tasks to construct a unique product or provide a unique service.

PM best practices include the specific tasks, from each of the PM-Knowledge Management Areas: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Risk, Communications, Human Resources and Procurement, … to ensure quality construction and delivery of products and services that meet or exceed stakeholder functional specifications and performance expectations.

While PM -Process deliverables from each PM-Process stage and Knowledge Management Area, are often produced in every Product Delivery Process phase, the primary correlation is noted in the following matrix.

Product Delivery Life Cycle (D5)

 

PM-Process Deliverable

Definition: What the product/service is

Initiating deliverables for applicable Knowledge Management Areas

 

Design: What the product/service looks like

Planning deliverables for applicable Knowledge Management Areas

 

Development: Construction of the product/service

Executing and Monitoring & Controlling deliverables for applicable Knowledge Management Areas

 

Deployment: Implementation of the product/service

Executing and Monitoring & Controlling deliverables for applicable Knowledge Management Areas

 

Departure: Turnover of the product/service to “Product Life-Cycle Management”

Closing deliverables for applicable Knowledge Management Areas

 

March Management … The magic of PM best practice processes, tools and techniques to optimize performance and attain project, program and portfolio success!

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