14 November 2006

High level Project Management

There are two ways to manage a long-running project:
  • n hours on activity 137
  • delivering milestone C3 irrespective of the resource required
There is no question in my mind, in a long running project the milestone approach wins hands down. A milestone is a change of state - something has changed - and the amount of resource required to deliver the change of state is regarded as a subsidiary problem. Over emphasis on individual tasks or activities risks that 100 hours of time is put into an activity without delivering the milestone. Focusing on the milestone makes everyone in the project aware that the milestone is the crucial measure of project success. Make all the milestones and the project is a success.

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