Project Initiation Monthly Initiation Weekly Management Daily Management Monthly Closure Project Closure Post-Project Management Appoint the sponsor A01 Appoint the project manager A02 Appoint the key team members A03 Describe the project A04 Identify and plan the deliverables A05 Identify risks and plan responses A06 Have project initiation peer-reviewed A07 Make a go/no-go decision A08 Kick off the project A09 Conduct a focused communication A10 Revise and refine the plans B01 Have the monthly cycle peer-reviewed B02 Make a go/no-go decision B03 Kick off the monthly cycle B04 Conduct a focused communication B05 Measure and report performance C01 Plan responses for deviations C02 Kick off the weekly cycle C03 Conduct a focused communication C04 Manage risks, issues, and change requests D01 Accept completed deliverables D02 Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction E01 Capture lessons and plan for improvements E02 Conduct a focused communication E03 Hand over the product F01 Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction F02 Have the closing activity group peer-reviewed F03 Archive the project documents F04 Celebrate! F05 Conduct a focused communication F06 Evaluate the benefits G01 Generate new ideas G02 Conduct a focused communication G03

A02 - Appoint the project manager

This management activity belongs to the Project Initiation group. This group of activities are run at the beginning to prepare us for the project.

At this time, the sponsor discusses the project with potential project managers, and comes to an agreement. It’s important to have a project manager who believes in the objectives and targets of the project.

In the case of internal projects (those without external customers), the project manager should come from the business/management side of the organization rather than the technical side. Managers from the technical side are team leaders in P3.express.

Besides realizing the project goals and meeting the targets, the project manager is also responsible for the health and safety of the project team, and for creating a pleasant working environment in which team members can advance in their careers.

Purpose

While it’s possible for small teams to have a distributed project management system, it’s more practical and productive for most projects to have centralized coordination, and the project manager is the head of this centralized coordination system. In this way, the technical experts will not be distracted by management responsibilities and can stay focused on the technical aspects of the project.

Common pitfalls

Consider the following to avoid some of the commonest problems in this area:

Principles

The following principles play a significant role in this management activity:



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