I was very excited to start doing the part of the PBL-course called Project Management. I know that successful project management is key to success, both in each of the projects individually – but also as a good foundation of any IT-company with more that just a few employees.
However, this is where my eagerness for learning will get a chance to prove itself. For almost a decade I have been using SCRUM as an agile method for completing projects. More or less. But in Noroff, they want us to use Waterfall. Which is somewhat easy at first glance and does not really require too much in-depth study to begin understanding it. But it will require me to change my “thinking” – and that is what I have to take into consideration.
On the other hand, I have learned a few things in this process that might be very useful later. The project management techniques we were supposed to study were divided into three activity sheets – one leading to the next – giving us the ability to decompose the project into discrete activities using the “work breakdown structure”-approach (WBS).
What I have learned from doing this is:
- Drawing a scope-schedule-resource triangle for the project sponsor to give an indication on what is most important. This is a technique I think I will be using in the future when discussing project with my coworkers on internal project.
- Creating a diagrammatic WBS, which is very useful when you are facing a list of things that needs to be done in a project – and making sure that nothing is done before something else should have first. Or, identifying items on the list that you might have overlooked.
- Determining key milestone for a project. Although, this is something I have done a thousand times before – so. Yeah. Moving on.
- Creating a Gantt chart. No, not an index of all my Gant-shirts – but a chart that sets a timeline versus a list of topics your project need to go through. Actually very useful, but I definitively need more practice using it. Also – I have not found the best software tool to use for ut.
- Creating a network diagram. Another very useful technique to see how long a project might take and where you have flexibility in when starting certain stages of your project.
Lastly, there was some time to just relax and take in some information. We looked at this video from Oxford giving a lecture on time management – something I definitively need considering my 1000-hour/week schedule. However, the promised PDF in the video were nowhere to be found. But the quick tips were good enough!
The activity sheet also included two links to websites, both on time management as well – and very helpful. You interested, here they are: