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What do the worlds best project managers do to be so successful?
You can be sure they don't read a 1,000 page project management book. They have learned what matters most to project success, and begin with the end in mind to do the things that they know matter. Unfortunately, generic project management training and books can not help you separate out the wheat from the chaff. Just like everyone does not need the same size pair of shoes, every project does not need the same set of tools and approaches. Great project managers know how to align what they do with the needs of the particular project. Benefits of the LPM approach include:
- More successful projects (satisfied customers and project team, full-scope, on-time, under-budget).
- Faster project completion.
- Simple project status.
- Reduced unnecessary project paperwork.
- Clear signals on when to take action on the project.
- Reduced pressure on project team members.
- Reduction of the waste that causes project delays: Multi-tasking, Queuing, Student Syndrome, Parkinson's law.
Avoid the mistakes that others have made, and start out doing the right things right
I spent over thirty years managing all kinds of projects, and successfully completed most of them. I was fortunate to learn from real project masters early in my career. I also had the advantage of working in project management companies, so I could see who succeeded, and who didn't. I quickly found the things that the successful ones always did, and the things that the unsuccessful project managers did not do. I had the opportunity to hone this knowledge by working with the world's best project management companies (names you would recognize in an instant), and with their best and most successful project managers. Using what they taught me, I was able to succeed on projects where others were failing. (O.K., one project ended up being canceled for causes that were unpredictable, and beyond my control. When the nuclear reactor blew up at Chernobyl, and I was managing projects to extend the operating life of a U.S. nuclear reactor that had certain design similarities...well, you can imagine how that turned out. There is only so much you can do.) LPM will take you to the solutions you need. Some of the results you can expect from using the eight principles include:
- Align your project stakeholders so they help you achieve project success.
- Create a project solution that really meets your stakeholder's needs.
- Plan your work so that your project team can complete their contributions with little stress.
- Apply simple project measurement to help your project team and assure everyone who cares about your project knows what they need to know, when the need to know it.
- Complete your projects in "half the time, all the time."
Lean Project Management gives a process to do all this. Lean Project Leadership adds detail, provides a reference to refresh and use in training, and adds how-tos for implementing in an organization.