Frequently Asked Questions
Project management training helps people to plan, prepare and execute their projects.
Like any training project management training helps people to do things better. This training gives people help with the processes and skills with this soft skills discipline.
There are people who specialise in running projects. These people are called project managers. We find project managers in IT, in construction and many other disciplines such as HR. These experts know how to run projects in their chosen specialist areas. You tend to find they get good at running projects in one particular area, say, building shopping centres. Project Management Training is something these guys have done a lot of. They will have done qualifications like Prince II and others.
Tiger Taming Project Management training is for those of us who are not project managers, but who run some or lots of projects, whether these be large or small.
Category: Project Management Training Explained
Tiger Taming is a brand of ITD Limited. At ITD we’ve been designing and delivering project management training for a number of years. The training has been well received and we’ve had great feedback. But training these days needs to be more than just great, it needs a brand of its own. We had the idea of Tiger Taming in around 2004 when we designed and delivered project management training for a law firm, including partners senior lawyers and all senior roles in business services. The firm told us that projects kept lurking around the firm and whilst their clients were delighted with the service they received, there was too much trauma inside the firm.
Tiger Taming is the idea that projects are like Tigers. Tigers prowl around the firm and if they aren’t tamed they can bite anyone at anytime. Tigers are projects. The Jungle is your organisation. Bites are when projects hurt people. Long grass is the camouflage where the Tigers hide.
This creative approach makes learning more fun. It takes what can be a dry subject into an engaging and interesting session.
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- Double the amount of time you expect to plan and execute the project.
- If a project is an extra piece of work you are taking responsibility for then you will need to decide what other work you will drop.
- Get commitment from all those involved in the project before you start and if possible tie them in with deliverables that matter to them.
Time – how often do you hear about projects coming in on time? So try to give yourself some slack by planning for double the expected time. If you complete sooner, no-one will complain.
Drop work – a potentiality contentious idea, but a bit of a reality check.
Commitment – people may well say they will deliver, but it is much easier to say something than to do something, so if you can tie them in some way you will have a better chance of completing the project.
One way of defining what is a project is to say any piece of work which is not regular. Not something you would do in your day to day role. That way any new piece of work can be thought of as a project.
Another way to define what a project is as follows:
- It takes more than a day to complete.
- It needs more than one person to complete.
- You consider it to be complex.
The tiger definition is:
- Big Teeth – the work is complex.
- Big Claws – the work has challenges which need planning.
- Stripes – the work involves more than one person.
- Long Tail – the work takes more than one day.
It’s similar to the general difference between planning and preparation.
Project planning means the activity in scoping out what you are going to do, when it is going to be done and who is going to do it. Project preparation means activities you need to do before some of those tasks.
So project planning will usually involve deciding on when and where you will have project meetings, who will be involved in the project and what their responsibilities will be.
Project preparation will be activities involved before you have your project meetings. It will probably involve activities before the project starts like briefing customers or key stakeholders.
A project sponsor is someone who is not involved in the day to day of your project but who can help in other ways. They may be able to clear road blocks you encounter along the way, or give advise on how to deal with certain people in your organisation.
The sponsor may be the person who signed off on the project, or who gave the funding. They give you a high level perspective whenever you need it. You may not need to call them at all, but they can be very useful in certain situations. If you have a person who is less than positive about your project, the sponsor may be able to intervene on your behalf.
The project sponsor can also help at the launch of your project, which can help as other people see the senior support your project has got.
Yes, here’s a few tips on setting deadlines:
- Avoid deadlines which coincide with other project deadlines.
- Avoid deadlines which coincide with departmental busy times. For example your finance team will probably be particularly bust at the end of the month and the beginning of the month. So if you need their help it’s best to avoid these times, especially as there is usually a lot of activity towards the deadline of a project.
- Try not to set a deadline for the end of the year. 31 December in many offices and countries is a time when people do not want to be pressured into achieving a deadline. Many people will have time off and you may find key people are unavailable to help.
- Choose a deadline in mid month on a Wednesday or Thursday. Fewer people are likely to be on vacation or taking a day off. Fewer people will have other deadlines mid month. Sales people for example will usually have a deadline at the end of the month.