Managing Difficult Projects: Techniques to Sail Through (Or Around)
The Perfect "Project" Storm (i.e. Limited Resources, Lack of Time, And/Or
with Anthony R. Reed, CPA PC
Inn - Somerset, NJ
Wednesday - 17 Oct 2012
Agenda - 8 PDUs
When was the last
time that you worked on a project under perfect conditions? That’s to say
that there were no constraints, such as
- Resources (Human,
Material, and Money/Budget)
All of the unlimited resources were available at your beckoned call. You
had more monetary resources (budget) than you could spend. You had so many
people (human resources) clambering to get on the project that you had to
turn people away. And all of your materials, such as software and hardware,
arrived on time, was installed without any problems, and was ready to run
out of the box. There were no delivery dates or deadlines. And the project
scope/requirements never changed because scope creep never occurred. Or you
were able to change the deadline to correspond with scope changes.
Chances are great, that you worked on projects that went through the “perfect
storm.” You faced resource problems. Too little money was allocated, the money
evaporated too quickly, or the budget was cut for more important projects.
Hardware was delivered late and there were problems with installing the software.
And you either didn’t have enough people, the right people weren’t available,
and/or you experienced turnover of key people during the project. Furthermore,
you faced the quagmire of an unmovable deadline and a movable scope. For the
most part, we must manage projects during the perfect storm.
This presentation is based on over twenty years of first-hand, project management
experiences. This includes fifteen years of upgrading and implementing Oracle
applications on high profile, multi-million dollar, and/or international projects.
The projects were for small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, quasi-governmental,
and governmental agencies.
Sometimes, our ship capsized during the storm (i.e. the project was abandoned).
Other times, we sailed through the storm and survived (i.e. the project was
in trouble, but we recovered and it was implemented on time). And we even
sailed around the storm and had the perfect project (i.e. a $12 million project
was completed for $2.6 million).
Each situation represented learning experiences. We examined what happened
(both the good and the bad), why it happened, and how we could prevent it
in the future.
You’ll learn how to:
- Educate the stakeholders
(and team members) about project management
- Address budget and
- Gain control over
and stopping project creep
- Manage problem resources
(i.e. vendors, contractors, and employees)
- Identify and cost
justifying project risks and contingencies
- Renegotiate the
- Manage the stakeholder
anxiety and expectations
Anthony R. Reed, CPA
- Over 25 years of
global project management and executive-level experience.
- Managed and delivered
multi-million dollar, international projects to be on time, to specifications,
and under budget.
- Made history after
running a marathon on all seven continents. (Fewer than 250 people in the
world had completed this feat.)
- Completed over 100
marathons (26.2-miles), including winning age and weight division trophies.
- Member of 100 Marathons
- Won age group trophies
in biathlons (running and cycling).
- Competed in bicycle
races from 50 to 100 miles.
- Completed the Texas
Marathon Challenge (five marathons in four months).
- Ran a marathon a
month while 50 years old, including a 50K (31.1 miles) ultra-marathon.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR POSITIONS
- Dallas White Rock
Marathon (since 2009).
- Jubilee Theatre
Board (2007 thru 2009).
- Oracle Applications
Users’ Group (2003 thru 2007).
- MS, Accounting,
University of Texas at Dallas (TX)
- MBA, Management,
Abilene Christian University
- BA, Management,
Webster University, St. Louis, MO
- BA, Mathematics,
Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Collegiate Classes Taught
- Project Management
- Business Organization
- Information Technology,
including database design
End: 4:30 (8
Fees for the Seminar:
$249 - Early Bird
Special* (Prior to Sept. 15)
$299 - Open Registration (Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 5)
$349 - Late Registration (After Oct. 5)
Hampton Inn Somerset
/ New Brunswick,
255 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873