Our speaker at our October 14th AM on PM was Don Pillittere, MBA, Subcontract Program Manager at ITT and author of the book, “Are we there yet? Diary of a project manager”. Don discussed his four “P’s” of project success; People, Process, Parts, and Phenomena and how the application of these can either hurt or help your project depending on how you execute them. He provided us with the background of a project he was asked to take over where there had been very little process used but how he was able to apply the four “P’s” successfully and saw improvement.
Regarding the People portion, he saw that very few team members had ever been given any type of formal training, something that he felt was important to not only make them more successful in their jobs but to improve their morale. Additionally, there were only 16 people but at least 16 projects at any given time. Far too many to support all 16. This led to the Process portion where he provided them with a mechanism for prioritizing their projects so that resources could be applied towards those high impact projects. He also helped them institute a phases and gates process as well as other project management-related processes such as the use of action items, metrics, weekly project reviews, and monthly reporting.
Regarding the Parts portion, he helped them with supply chain issues, and regarding Phenomena he advised us that the Murphy’s Law phenomena is still alive and well.
Don describes this all in detail in his book, Are we there yet? Diary of a Project Manager. If you attended October’s event you had an opportunity to purchase it there but it’s still not too late, we’re offering it on our website at 20% off. Additionally, all of Dons’ proceeds for sales through the end of year will go to Hospice that supported Don’s sister and family (2009) during her final days fighting cancer.
See you in November!