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Project Creation - The Rysigo Best Practice Series

“What do you mean? I thought you would know!” was the reaction I got from a program mgr that I met at a business social event I attended a few years ago. I had just asked him, “What is a project?”  The result was a 15-minute discussion of how the concept of what a traditional project is, how it can be managed and the way in which that has evolved over the last few years. I’m not sure whether he was speechless after being impressed or bored! 

I’m of the opinion that a project can be anything you want it to be providing it consumes resources, has an objective and timeline in which to get the work done and there is a need to track its financials. Obvious right? That’s what I thought too until I happened to have been involved with some interesting accounts a sample of which are:

  • ·      The movie Star Wars leveraged a project to manage and track the costs for a single scene.
  • ·       A project is used to track the decommissioning of nuclear warheads at this foreign establishment.
  • ·      A project is used to manage the layoff of workers at a car factory.
  • ·      A country was developed using project applications.

 

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Tips for running a successful trade show event

Attending a tradeshow as an exhibitor is no easy task, especially if you are a small business with limited resources and time. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made mistakes as an exhibitor at numerous events but at the same time have learnt a great deal from them. I thought having been involved with the Oracle Openworld team would provide the necessary experience after all I had done that for almost ten years or so. Boy, was I wrong. Nothing prepares you having to make so many decisions based upon assumptions that were poorly defined or not known at all, half of them at the last minute or even on the spot!

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Part 2: The rise of project management, techniques and tools

Technological advances in information and communication management

The last thirty years have radically altered the way in which we work today and in some cases have led to the growth of new industries and corporate powerhouses. As computer hardware became cheaper and offered greater processing power at a reduced cost the applications and systems that companies rely on to run their operations also increased in complexity, speed, and even the types of information stored and processed - from traditional documents to voice, images, maps and even video clips. Access to this information is controlled through the companies’ security policies and how users access the central or distributed computer systems, through communication channels such as the Internet from a remote computer or wireless communication on portable handheld devices that are commonly used today. New industries such as search engine marketing or online stores have not only gained in popularity but also form the core of a companies marketing and IT budgets. This technology revolution will also change the way in which we plan, execute and control projects. New collaborative tools will add to existing project management tools and will change the way in which project information is shared, progressed and knowledge harvested.

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Part 1: The rise of project management, techniques and tools

Most people if asked, would take a wild guess and state that project management is only a recent discipline having been around since the end of the second world war. If that were the case I would argue how then were the pyramids constructed or even the Eiffel Tower. The truth of the matter is that some form of project management process existed since the existence of civilization itself. The Sun Temples built by the Inca civilization, the Pyramids of Giza built by the Pharaohs or even the Coliseum built by the Romans all required the meticulous coordination of resources, carried a financial burden and the challenge of migrating from a concept to reality with limited tools. This initial Engineering or Construction focus for early project management processes would have used some method, system or process to complete the project and evolved further as the need for military campaigns grew that now introduced a significant level of strategic and tactical planning, considerable risk and crucially - timing.

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Increase in Corporate Complexity

As technology has advanced existing business models have changed that enable corporations to reduce costs by transferring the work to regions where local resources are more cost efficient and share the same language – Off shoring. In functions that need to be performed within the same time zone, a corporation may decide to offshore the work to a closer region that works within its timeframe, budget and business practice – a practice referred to as near shoring. Added to this a rise in corporate mergers and acquisitions that may be inked for a number of reasons for example: to obtain local presence, expand a corporations offering, gain access to new markets or to provide specialized expertise. Alliances and Partnerships between corporations that have similar goals or offer complimentary products or services can also rapidly provide new opportunities to a company without acquiring or merging with another company.

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