Project Management for Mountain Climbers and those whose job title doesn’t include project manager
A few month ago a dear friend of mine asked me about the key elements of project management, because she would be embarking on a large project around about now. She is an avid mountain climber and hence that is what I called my mini-update. In fact I had a long debate with my camera guy on whether to record a full blown course or just a quick update and for now I have settled on the update, mainly because I found some great gamified software application, which has all the key elements included that any project manager would need.
Every project manager will be measured on the same 3 core indicator, namely is the project delivered on time, on budget and in scope, doing what the project set out to do. The very nature of a project and the difference to business as usual is that there is a beginning and an end, usually with lots of interesting events happening in the middle, which need to be managed by the project manager.
The great tools that can help a project manager are as follows:
- A project plan
- A statement of works (if your project is small, the project plan may cover all essentials)
- A risk assessment and solutions if risks occur
- Change tracking
- Resource tracking
- Quality factors at which you know whether to sign off or not
In my search for great gamified tools, I came across a great project management app “Props to you” and highly recommend it. The hardest part of project management is rewarding those that work hard at completing on time and to keep others that are falling behind on track, this app allows you to have praise happen where it is due and reminders for where it is needed also. I like the very positive nature of the applications and how it would motivate me to deliver on my tasks. Equally as the project manager you can see at a glance what is outstanding in tasks and where you are in terms on project planning. Personally I believe this can be your pocket motivational tool, to help you in addition to regular status meetings.
The introduction of scrum and agile project management techniques to sprint to shorter term wins and resolutions, has clearly shown that project management and gamification can work well together. These methodologies are more adaptable and flexible than the traditional PMBOK and Prince 2 methodologies, which all still have a good reason to exist, because having a structure and framework or in game terms rules of the game helps everyone potentially to set themselves up for a win.
Well I sure hope to have shared some helpful tips for those mountain climbers out there, who occasionally apart from scaling Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest (big awe…. brilliant achievement!!!!!) also run other projects.