Project Management (in the real world)

Billed as a comprehensive introduction to planning and managing a research project as well as commercial projects, this seemed like a useful course in light of the project plans that I have been/am putting together. It covered a few days worth of course in a short day, which is exactly how I like courses – very little messing around or padding, a lot of information.

My key take homes: have a goal and a plan; time, quality and cost, which one can you sacrifice?; use three point estimates to calculate time; watch the critical path; you need a WBS (work breakdown structure) and a network diagram; identify risks and disagreements early; all projects fail in planning, not execution.

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