There are almost as many ways to manage a project as there are varieties of wines in the world. Ask a project manager what their preferred way to manage is, and you’ll likely get as many different methods as you can think of.
I recently had this discussion with a few project manager friends and we discovered we all manage our projects slightly differently.
I like to manage my projects in stages, as I feel it gives me the most control. That’s not to say I don’t encourage other methodologies. I do and am a big proponent of Agile for the day to day running at the task level.
When I talk about staging I tend to have three high level phases – planning, delivery and testing. Within those phases, I break the project down into stages. I then plan the current stage in detail, the next stage has milestones and maybe a few of the critical path tasks. Anything after that is a placeholder with very few details.
Why do I like to manage my projects in stages?
- It gives me the flexibility to move things around if needed
- I have a better handle on the current state
- I can adapt more easily to change
As mentioned above, this method works well with Agile. When I manage software development projects, I use the method above for the project management and encourage the teams to use Agile for the actual work.
There is no way one way to manage a project. We all need to find the method that works best for us, our teams and our organisations. An important factor in choosing a method for your project, is probably which one is least likely to drive you to reach for the wine! Although, I can recommend some excellent New Zealand wines if it comes to that…
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