I was talking to someone about a job opening recently and he said there was a lot of project management involved. No problem, I said, as I started queueing up examples of past successes in my head.
Then the guy started throwing around a bunch of “project management phrases,” for lack of a better term. No, I had to tell him. I don’t use Gantt Charts, Risk Impact/Probability Tables, Influence Maps, or Critical Path Analysis. Silly me. My approach to project management is far simpler:
Bulldog Simplicity project management is Who Does What By When. When everyone focuses on that simple principle, reporting is easier and everyone understands his or her role. Layer on the constant reminder that People Are the Engine of Project Success and you’re pretty much there. My job as a project manager is to see the threats to project completion when things are going well and make the appropriate adjustments, and to eliminate any barriers to the job getting done the rest of the time.
Make sure everyone does their job and leaves enough time for the next person to do theirs. Recognize people throughout, especially when they make it easier for someone else to succeed.