Project Delivery is the easy part. Once you have defined and planned your project, the delivery stage is where you can sit back and relax…
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I was managing one large project for a client in central London, working for the consulting firm Deloitte.
‘Mike, what are we paying you for? Every time I see you, you’re sitting on that sofa, chatting to one of the Managers, and drinking coffee.’
‘Well’, I said, ‘that is what you are paying me for.’
The hardest part of a project is defining it well. That’s why we created our Project Manager’s Project Definition Kit.
The next hardest part, once you’ve done that, is to put together a robust plan.
So, now you’ve done the hard part, your job as a project manager is to sit back and watch your team deliver against the plan. Easy.
Well, maybe not.
You also have to meet your team leaders frequently, to check on progress, and help them solve problems and deal with issues. This is monitoring and controlling. The ‘Monitor and Control Loop’ is the beating heart of your project. Monitor what’s going on, apply a tweak or correction, and then monitor what’s changed.
By the way, the delivery stage is also commonly known as the delivery phase, and also as:
There’s plenty more to do… At the core of the Project Delivery Stage is the Monitor and Control Loop. But there’s more besides.
If you want to see the ten ‘Project Heartbeat’ functions, take a look at video 3 of our free 4-part video course on Project Management Fundamentals…
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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