Practical project management

Project management is not easy. A handfull of practical hints from ~20 years of experience:

  • Dont ask for more ressources. Ask for the ressources you were promised, but never got.
  • Dont ask for an extension on deadlines. Ask that the ones you got in the first place are not changed.
  • Never expect anyone to have heard of the iron triangle of project management.
    Even if they actually have heard of it before.
  • Never expect anyone to have any understanding of what the project is about.
    Even if they are in charge of managing it.
  • When, at the beginning of a project, estimations of the necessary ressources are deemed irrelevant by the steering commitee, buy antacids. You will get an ulcer.
  • When someone is given a budget – never expect them to stay within it.