Monday, June 30, 2014

Project Management Update: Who's Going To Clean Up This Mess?

Reports from the Project Manager
Project Manager (n.) The person responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives
(definition via Wikipedia)

I guess the answer to the title question is "Me". Hi, I am the Project Manager. After plodding along for a while with ever changing objectives and due dates, the Idea Salesman finally got frustrated and convinced Renee to hire a project manager. As a result, it now falls to me to try to get this train back on the tracks.

Therein lies our first challenge. At the beginning of a project, the project manager's job is to understand the goal, resources, and deadlines and help get everyone organized. Generally, if you change project managers mid-stream, something is very wrong. Also, as you have probably noticed reading the weekly features on this blog, getting Renee and her imaginary friends to work together is a bit like herding cats--wait, that was a different project!

My first task is to take stock of the situation. It's unfortunately clear that we're at this point off track. I doubt I will have the luxury of blaming prior management for long. It's my job to get to help Renee put things back together. During our first update meeting, we assembled this dashboard.

So what do we have here?

  • Guardian is in the "Writing" phase and is currently due for completion on August 22nd.
  • 82% of the time allotted to this phase of the process has passed and only 55.6% of the work is completed. Yikes!

So what does this mean?

  • Guardian will most likely not be finished on time, we'll soon work on setting a new due date.
  • As I take on ownership of the project, I'll try to help Renee add some discipline to the planning and implementation so we can get this thing in the hands of the Inner Editor.

That's enough for this update; I'll be back on a monthly basis to check in and provide updates. Next time we meet, I'll hope to show you a green light in the status box!

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