project manager armaments

As we anticipate of Project Management in the ad hoc bag environment, we anticipate of processes, resources, tasks, and all the accepted sense needs of Project Management. Armaments are a far cry. After all, armaments are fabricated for killing or cleaving.

For Project Management, you can statement armaments. You can annihilate with them, statement them to advice bodies, and you can dispense situations with them. Nonetheless, there is a limit on what the Acute Project Employer (EPM) can act.

Accomplish not confuse armaments with tools. A weapon is used to contend against an opposition. A tool is used to all a assignment. For archetype, Microsoft Project is a tool, while Chicken feed Ascendancy is a weapon. The EPM will statement the tool, and actualize the weapon. However, alone a few tools must be used at a age, otherwise you will overwhelm the client, and your project staff.

One must always accumulate in apperception that as a Project Employer your primary duty is to bring the project in on age, and on budget. The operative chat is to ace shot, as we all apperceive that the above objectives are considered in the realms of fiction in certain Project Management circles. But trying, and its precursor, the intention of bringing the project in age, certainly goes a continued road in actually realizing those goals.

For archetype, Chicken feed Ascendancy requires forms to be filled out, advice to be channeled interdepartmentally, ascendancy numbers to be assigned, scope creep data to be managed and tracked, and so forth. In other words, each weapon that you actualize will generate some extra assignment for the project staff.

Abounding bodies are slightly taken aback by the confrontational attributes of Acute Project Management. It really is not confrontational at all. In actuality, it is designed to avoid confrontations before it is realized. It keeps the EPM two steps ahead at all times of everybody else.

Chicken feed Ascendancy

Our aboriginal and the most big weapon is Chicken feed Ascendancy. We will alpha with Chicken feed Management, as I am always fighting about it in virtually every project that I accomplish. In Chicken feed Ascendancy, our primary algid is to combat scope creep. Scope creep is the steady addition of requirements, which were not stated originally.

The action of Chicken feed Ascendancy starts with the person manufacture the chicken feed. This person is usually on the bag side (or whichever side that owns/initiates the project). The chicken feed initiator fills out a anatomy, which is passed along to the accumulation advance of the module/function being affected. Once the chicken feed seems technologically feasible and makes bag sense, it is passed along to the project employer. At this point, the accumulation advance and Project Employer decide how much age should be added to the project, or how much almighty dollar should be added to the budget to add the all-big resources (or both).

Once this accommodation is fabricated, the project employer signs the anatomy and the anatomy is forwarded to the person, who originally initiated the chicken feed. The originator’s department then approves the access in the resources, and the chicken feed is created, by assigning it a ascendancy figure.

There are some documents that adeptness Chicken feed Ascendancy. The aboriginal is the Chicken feed Ascendancy Anatomy, which is created in MS Chat. The anatomy must accept enough entries to analyze the chicken feed in detail, the possible appulse on the technological and the bag sides, and spaces for remarks and signatures. The second piece of document is the Chicken feed Ascendancy Tracking Database, which is created in MS Access. The database mirrors the Ms Chat anatomy exactly. The database is updated every age a ascendancy figure is assigned.

Affair Ascendancy

Affair Ascendancy is a bit simpler then Chicken feed Ascendancy. The Affair Ascendancy is charged primarily with the Affair list. The Affair list is basically fabricated up of defect that can be put aside for further discussion between the stakeholders and the EPM, for a second date. Usually, non-critical defects, which accomplish not accomplish the Chicken feed Ascendancy list, borderline up in Affair Ascendancy.

Agnate to the Chicken feed Ascendancy, Affair Ascendancy must be managed professionally by the EPM. The two documents needed for proper Affair Ascendancy are the Affair Ascendancy Anatomy, and the Affair Tracking Database. The rite of passage to Affair Ascendancy is a bit altered. The accommodation is usually fabricated between the EPM and the stakeholder and the Affair is moved to Affair Ascendancy.

It is recommended that the forms and the tracking styles are purposely fabricated altered to avoid confusion, as a lot of advice in the forms and the tracking databases may seem agnate. Again, the numbering system in Affair Ascendancy is slightly altered. Whenever a defect is not fixed, and moved off to a “holding area” somewhere, the stakeholders amuse a babyish afraid about the approaching of that defect. As of this astuteness, the Affair figure is the selfsame as the Defect Figure. This is done to avoid ‘misplacing’ any defects.

Cloud Surprise

Okay, I am going to push the envelope a bit here. This is where we alter to “acute” and sometimes amuse into a tiff. But it is worth it. Cloud Surprise is a weapon that is added psychological then functional. But it is incredibly able every age it is used.

Cloud Surprise is a pretense, which is unleashed on the basket position to dampened bad statement, amplify acceptable statement, or simply to color dull statement.

It will be absorbing to declare how I came up with the chat, Cloud Surprise. Then you will accept the astuteness for its existence.

A few age ago, I used to fly with a acquaintance of mine, who was certainly a daring aviator. Although I avoid roller coasters, I am certainly an excitement junkie, when it comes to flying. Cloud Surprise basically entailed us flying straight into the clouds from the bottom, till we broke chargeless on the other side… All of a sudden being blinded by the ablaze sunlight; or, sharply diving from the top till we broke out from the clouds, and saying the ground approaching at a aerial speed, to fill our appearance inside the cockpit.

Although we knew exactly what lied on the other side, it was affectionate of a surprise to beam the ablaze sunshine, or the approaching ground. We were so engrossed in speeding buttoned up the clouds, and having a able action of anxiety and apprehension that our adeptness of what lied on the other side was temporarily forgotten: hence, the agname Cloud Surprise.

I statement this weapon when I accept to deliver statement, which the staff is expecting, but not all-big with abundant anticipation. For archetype, when I accept to inform the IT staff that they will accept to assignment on Advanced Year’s Eve to detector the network, I would aboriginal indicate to them that they may all accept to assignment a 12 hour shift, maybe even 16. I usually qualify this statement by adding a bit of detail to it, such as advising them to wear comfortable clothes, and to charge their cell phones. Then a few hours before the shift, I will proclaim that they alone, in actuality, accept to be there for a four-hour period, aloof to detector the chicken feed of date. This is usually met with cheers of appreciation! Amuse the abstraction? Cloud Surprise!


Accumulate your ears accessible. There is no charge to actually spy on your coworkers. An EPM keeps all issues at a aerial akin, delegating authority to the adapted staff members. Hence, baby details should be left to the accumulation leads. However, it does not aching to be informed. If you spot two bodies, who are sensitive to your project, having a conversion, casually airing within earshot, and accomplish some child’s play assignment, according to tying your shoelaces, or pretending to accept a conversation with another coworker.

Accumulate your eyes accessible too. Carefully check out everything that goes within your scope of eyes. Documents are actual able. Abounding companies action to abundant lengths to arrange that the adapted bodies attending at the adapted things. For archetype, Motorola has a entire methodology on how statuses are assigned to the documents in the hierarchy of privacy, and how the employees arm those documents.

In general, be aware of everything that goes around you in the alignment. This may seem according to a frivolous advice. But by trying a bit harder and practicing surveillance techniques, you will accept a fantastic advantage over the rest of the managers.

The statement of some of these armaments may sound a bit draconian, but they assignment. Always bethink, the final algid of an EPM is the greatness of the project.

About the Author

Shaun H. Ajani is the author of books “Acute Project Management” and “Action Wizard – Advance Action Management”. His book, “Soul Management – Sorcery of Absoluteness” is in the works. He has been published in abounding state and international magazines. Shaun has worked with aviation, IT, retail, HR, finance, education, and training industries, in companies according to Motorola, Washington Mutual, Boise Waterfall, and Sears. Shaun Ajani consults as a Certified Project Employer in Chicago at Spherion.

Originall posted May 1, 2012