The phrase Project Management ("PM") can have multiple meanings depending on who is describing it. It has become somewhat of a buzz phrase in business these days, which can cause a lot of confusion. I'm finding that many people and companies who don't understand Project Management aren't applying the techniques correctly. I realize that it can be very overwhelming for someone who doesn’t live and breathe it every day. I want to simplify PM for you and get you what you need. Here at The Happiness Bucket, I focus on teaching techniques that work and that build a happy, respectful and collaborative team. I want to help you see your projects through to the end, successfully. It takes the overwhelm away and breaks the process of managing a project down into manageable pieces.
I use a homegrown hybrid waterfall and agile project management approach meant for
non-developmental projects. I found it difficult to find instructions on how to apply agile to implementation, process improvement, upgrades and other types of non-product development projects because most agile training focuses on product development. I was able to develop my own techniques, which creates successful collaborative teams. It also ensures successful non-developmental projects of all types. Although this is the focus at THB, this method can be used for developmental projects as well.
You will learn more than you ever thought you could about developing a successful project. You will learn:
Overall, the technique is about full disclosure and being above reproach. It’s about learning what works for your environment and your needs as a team. Ultimately, it's about teamwork, adaption, and collaboration.
The one disclaimer I must make here is that The Happiness Bucket is focused on completing successful projects, with a truly collaborative team. It’s not meant to prepare you to take the PMP (or any other) certification exam. I specify this because it would be irresponsible of me to let you think that all these tips and tricks will aid you in that regard. The PMP (and any other) certification exam is not easy and requires a deeper level of thinking and understanding regarding Project Management practices. Its main purpose is to make sure you know ALL the tools in the PM toolbox.
You should know the proper way to use PM tools. Once you do, you can tweak them and/or omit them based on your specific environmental needs. If certification is your goal, I recommend you study separately for that exam. I also encourage you to partake in a PMP certification boot-camp to hone in on the skills you may not know.
Now as always here at The Happiness Bucket, I encourage you to get involved. Ask questions, share your experiences and be a part of this collaborative team. Your tools may help someone else build their toolbox and the conversation is a tool in and of itself. If you don't see a topic that you have a question about post it, so we can continue the conversation.
I look forward to our ongoing collaboration.
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