NOTES: Project Management for Libraries
May 28, 2011Posted by on
- A project is a temporary endeavor, having a defined beginning and end, undertaken to meet unique goals & objectives usually to bring about beneficial change or added value.
- PMI – Project Management Institute
- PMP – Project Management Professional
- To do “proper” project management, you have to follow a really really really detailed process chart.
- Most critical pieces of PM: 1) Initiating: identify stakeholders, document business need, identify stakeholders, 2) Planning: create project scope statement (triple constraint), develop schedule/budget (triple constraint), risk management
- Librarians are good at mentally pushing over the first domino & watching what follows, good at predicting how things will happen. Librarians are natural project managers.
- Identify stakeholders: who will affect or be affected by the project? who has influence over the project?
- Document Business Need: justification, why is this project being done?
- Determine Project Objectives: what specific product or outcome is wanted? what will be the end result of the project?
- Planning: Create Project Scope Statement: where does the project begin and where does it end?
- Project management triangle
- Three sides of triangle: time – cost ($ + money) – scope
- If one side of the triangle changes, they all change.
- The triangle is sacred.
- The triangle must remain equilateral.
- Hand off completed product: this is your chance to shine.
- Throw a party when you’re done with your project. Celebrate your accomplishment. (Triangle-themed party with pi!).
- Prove you were successful!