In my last post, I talked about failing projects in “Three Reasons Failing Projects Continue to Fail.” But what about the projects that are doing well or at least moping along at a decent pace? This post is about those projects.
Some new years bring great hope for better projects and project teams that function more efficiently. This year didn’t seem to be one of them. I began the year feeling jaded about where many industry projects are headed and in the way that teams work together. Speaking with others in the industry didn’t make me feel any more confidence, either. I had the feeling that I was the ONLY person left that wanted to talk about consulting ethics or working together more effectively. Now, while we all know that we’re never the only person who cares, it’s not an easy feeling to shake.
Implementation is best done in phases. Period. This used to be an important topic to write about but I think most of us stopped writing about this because we thought we got our message across. I suspect it’s time to start writing about this, again.
It’s a problem as old as time that businesses worry about marketing themselves properly so that potential customers will understand what services they provide. Recently, I wrote a post asking how I got myself pigeonholed, where people seem to have rigid ideas regarding what I do, and with some being incorrect.
I’ve been travelling around the New Jersey area (inevitable in the laboratory informatics industry, I think). Because of that, last night, I had supper with a couple consultants I hadn’t seen for a couple of years. Our conversation was not entirely about work, but the parts that were led us to the usual conclusion — nothing really changes.
Having just last year worked with a mammoth clinical (i.e., regulated) project to currently working with a fairly small non-pharma, non-bio manufacturing project is a big switch. Projects, Large and Small, Need Structure Some people claim that small projects need no structure and no real project management but I would disagree. I’ve noticed that the … Read moreLaboratory Informatics Project Sizes and Management
An article entitled “A Succession of Failures” tells how “vendors and customers can avoid the communication errors that occur during…implementations.”
One of the hardest times on a project is the gap between the major activities of the project phases.
As part of this week’s “back to work” theme, here in this project management posting, one will consider the aspects of project management. Projects need varying amount of management. The larger the project, the more likely it is to need formal project management. Mid-sized projects might have a part-time project manager that is shared with other projects, while large projects usually have a dedicated project manager.
Between this blog and my newsletter, my last few items have all revolved around project management. I thought I’d continue, today, with some reminiscing on the topic.