Random Acts of IT Project Management

Project Management for Information Technology

A Little Common Sense Goes a Long Way

Posted by iammarchhare on 17 June 2009

Remember that I said, “Don’t Make It Hard”?  Well, it is interesting to note a non-PM’s common sense approach to project management.  In “Project Management Made Easy”, D Keith Robinson wrote:

I think one of the biggest problems with many project managers is that they over complicate things or they force you into an overly ridged or complicated process. This makes everyone’s job harder. The idea is to work on the project, not for the project.

I think Robinson is oversimplifying things a bit, but keep in mind it is important to achieve a certain balance.  Project management should extend beyond just being on time and under budget.  It should also be about future reinforcement of what went right and avoidance of what went wrong.  It should be about sticking with what works.  A huge process that hinders work and adds no value should be thrown out.  A lightweight process that produces low quality products also is in dire need of amendment/replacement.

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