Recently I took an introductory class in Project Management. Much of the material was silly, or irrelevant, or obvious --- but there were also fascinating ideas that struck me as worth remembering, maybe even pondering. Some quotes and fragments from my notes (with ^z asides in italicized parentheses):

The main lesson I learned from the course? Honesty is key to good project management. The prime directive should be to make things explicit --- including assumptions, decisions, and their implications --- so as to avoid unpleasant surprises, especially when working on large-scale, complex, collaborative endeavors.


Proper communication is a vital aspect of project management, yet it's often neglected or just taken for granted.

Many project failures can be attributed to communication breakdowns. Even only a few lapses can prove critical, leading to at best time/cost overrun. -- Bo Leuf

(see also BetterFasterCheaper (29 May 1999), CommonUnderstanding (8 Oct 1999), OneDeep (15 Nov 1999), BigLessons (17 Feb 2001), ProjectManagementProverbs (2 Jun 2002), TripleThink (25 Jul 2002), MotorcycleMaintenance (6 Jun 2003), ...)

TopicOrganizations - TopicLife - TopicPersonalHistory - 2005-01-16

Comment 23 Jan 2005^ at 21:00Z

There are five elements of a project: time, cost, quality, scope, and risk

Quality/Project management courses that I've been on often refer to 3 elements which make up the "Quality Triangle": Time, Cost, and Features. The idea is that whenever you push (squeeze) one side of the triangle, you must make alterations to one or both of the other sides to compensate.

For example, if the Project Manager says that a project must be completed within the time estimate you need to affect Cost or Features. To do this you can do one of 2 things:

- DarrenNeimke -

(correlates: YouCanHaveItAll, Ninjas vs. Pirates, TruckNumber, ...)