Getting Back to
By Michelle LaBrosse
a lot going on, we often push the fundamentals aside and forget the
basic skills that have been part of our success. Project management
has been a central part of my own success from the beginning of my
career. So, when I’m faced with new challenges or when I’m
wondering why a project isn’t going as well as I’d like, I remember
this acronym: IPEMC.
As the first
quarter ends, you’re probably getting ready to begin some new work
projects or looking at the home projects that are going to be part
of your own spring-cleaning madness. So this is a great time to get
back to the basics with IPEMC.
I Is for
At any point in time, both people and organizations
have more projects than they have resources to do them. During
initiation, we have to prioritize the projects we will pursue, who
will sponsor the projects, and who will staff them.
P Is for
Once you decide to pursue a project, the project
manager and the project team develop the plans to create the final
deliverables. This is your road map you’re going to be living with
until the project is done. Give it the care and feeding it
E Is for
This is where the project team does the work to
create the final deliverables of the project. It is the largest
part of most projects, and it goes far better if adequate time was
taken to properly plan the work of the project.
M Is for
Monitor and Control:
This phase is the
truth factor. It is where you are monitoring the progress of the
project and seeing what is getting done and what isn’t. Make sure
you account for any changes, and make mid-course corrections to keep
the project on schedule and in budget. If monitoring isn’t
truthful, it isn’t helping any one.
C Is for
During this phase, the final deliverable is accepted
by the customer of the project, and the project team documents what
they learned that can be of value on their next project. Whether
the project was a huge success or a flop, a lot was learned either
way. Make sure you take the time to capture the glory and the
place to look is at your organization. Do you have a Project
Management Office (PMO)? Is it functioning well, if you don’t,
maybe you need to explore building one for your organization. A
supportive infrastructure can go a long way to ensuring project
Some of the
smartest and most effective people and organizations I know have a
“back to basics” default button. If your projects aren’t going
well, sometimes that’s where you need to look – both for yourself
and your organization.
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