In 1963 the American government was concerned by new developments that the Russian government were making with their infantry fighting vehicles. They, therefore, started work on a new transport vehicle that could carry 11 soldiers. In a similar approach to handling project management, what would you do if the project scope goes wrong?
There were changes to the scope that hit the American government’s project with numerous delays. The end result was a project that took 20 years to deliver. It did not deliver the original requirement of being able to carry 11 soldiers. In the end, the vehicle could only carry six.
The reason why the project took so long to complete and in the end did not meet the initial requirements was due to changes to the project scope.
There is a funny segment in the film the Pentagon Wars that shows how the scope was changed. It is only 11 minutes long and is very funny and worth watching.
How similar is this to the scope changes on your project?
This week’s Friday video is very funny and less than two minutes long. It reminds me of a number project kick off meetings that I have run. How about you? Does this video remind you of starting up a project?
This week’s Friday video is Sensible Project Management Hangout 33 which is bloggers from Europe who are taking part in #PMFlashblog. This #PMFlashblog is Project Management Around The World where project managers blog on the state of the project management industry in their part of the world. You can find more out about the #PMFlashblog […]
This week’s Friday video is Sensible Project Management Hangout 32 which is bloggers from North America who are taking part in #PMFlashblog. This #PMFlashblog is Project Management Around The World where project managers blog on the state of the project management industry in their part of the world. You can find more out about the […]
This week’s Friday video is funny and about why conference calls do not work. As project managers we are often managing projects with remote teams where conference calls become part of delivering the project. Too often the conference calls end up like this video.
This week’s Friday video is Get More Done With This “To Do List” Tweak by Marie Forleo I am really enjoying the videos produced by Marie Forleo and this is one is great for project managers. Often as project managers we have long to do lists that do not get done. This video will show you […]
This week’s Friday video is a short video on what is PMP and PMI. If you are new to project management chances are you have heard the terms PMI and PMP but may not know what they are. This short video describes these terms.
This week’s Friday video is Improve Your Communication Skills in 3 Seconds by Marie Forleo We all know that the secret to successful project delivery is communication and this video will show how in 3 seconds you can improve your communication.
At the start of a project it is importantant that the scope of the project is clearly communicated and understood. As this video demonstrates it is easy to misunderstand what is being asked for. Imagine the project sponsor asked for “Fork Handles” only for the project manager to think they had asked for “Four Candles”
This week’s Friday video is Father Christmas Meets The Lazy Project Manager I have purchased Peter’s book the Project Manager Who Smiled and I urge you to do the same. Peter’s books are easy to read and really informative. The Project Manager Who Smiled