Three Types of Project Management

Getting better at project management begins with understanding the things that we can control, in other words taking responsibility to be PROACTIVE. In the introductory session we looked at three categories of projects, it does not matter what type or size of project, we still need to communicate the end in mind.  The following slide shows examples of project briefs. This is the project team initial documentation that aims to communicate what the project is all about. It will help the project team develop a shared purpose but also help the stakeholders of the project understand the aims, objectives and direction of the project.

Depending on what type of project you are running will define how complex the project brief document will be.  Most briefs will include the following:

  • Project Title
  • Project Goal
  • Project Start and End date
  • Project Team Members
  • Project leader or Manager
  • Sponsor of the project or Agency funders
  • Key Objectives, or Key Performance Indicators
  • Identification of Stakeholders

In addition to this more advanced projects will include:

  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • The Problem Definition
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Some thought provoking points:

  • Think about projects you have been involved in and where would they fit in to these three categories.
  • Can you identify a project you were involved in that fits between any two of these project categories?
  • Which category of project is more to your preference 1) as a manager 2) as a leader 3) as a resource?