When I was in my school, I had a startup idea in my mind and I shared it with my professor in my entrepreneurship class. He listened my story and the idea I was sharing with him, and then said: Why wait? Just Do It!
Since that day, these 3 words always torture me like anything. Anything I want to do, from my mind or anything I Just Do It. Honestly, I don’t know what are the consequences going to be, but at least I am mollified. These words when used at the right time, can make a lot of difference.
So, yeah! JUST DO IT!
I am an avid follower of SCRUM methodologies. Every day at 10AM we have a SCRUM call in which everyone updates to each other in the team. This way not only you are aware that who is working on what, also if you are facing any roadblocks you can direct it to the right person. Yay! How easy is that? You don’t have to buy GoToMeeting from Citrix or anything, just google ‘Freeconferencecall’ and you will get a conference # and a passcode.
I integrate my SCRUM call notes to MS OneNote. If you are not familiar with OneNote, I will post a tutorial for beginners. As soon the call is ended, as a PM I email all the participants who were there in that call some action items, so that its official and everyone knows what the hell we talked about. Hope you like this article.
Okay! This is how it went last couple of weeks in my office. I started out with a great project since its inception. However, things didn’t go as smooth as I thought it would be. Tech Lead on this project got caught up in previous project and he went back to it. Guess what happened? My project got delayed
The impact of this delay effected everyone (including our client). Now they think that when everything was going on smoothly, why 1 week delay? And they are darn right!
Measures to take:
When I say measures to take that means that, whenever as a PM you start a project always assign a full time Tech Lead and one PM at your level. Never let PM or Lead digress into any other projects. This will loose the concentration.
As the heading says: Assigning proper resources with proper time is important to effectively move the project in a timely fashion.
Now I am going back to work. Success!
My background: 2+ Yr of Software Development experience, Master of Science (Management), Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Sc.).
That being said, I am a new bird in Project Management. As I just started my job and its been only 2 weeks, I have been bombarded with post-its and all kind of crazy meetings and deliverable s. Been going to pm.stackexchange.com (please go if you haven’t) for my day-2-day questions.
My other posts will include my own experience in PM. My suggestion has nothing to do with my current job. Its totally aligned with my experience.
Just read this wonderful slide in Auren Hoffman blog. Thanks Auren for sharing this valuable piece:
Alright! Let me start this first…How many of you thought of becoming an entrepreneur and successfully implemented it? I meet with a lot of friends and family members who consistently gives me ideas about making something NEW. Product Management has some tips behind it. Not everyone becomes a successful Product Manager. Remember I said successful, not innovative.
Product Managers tend to be innovative in their own way. They think that the product is like their own baby. They nurture it, feed it and see it. And one day this product comes out in the real world. Lets take an example of Bill Gates Vs. Steve Jobs (I am sure this is obvious one, but what the fish!).
Mr. Jobs idea is simple and straight: WHAT YOU DO?
Mr. Gates idea is: HOW WE CAN MAKE MONEY?
Two business tycoons and two different answers. Both sees their company in a different way and make products in a different manner. I consider personally that Mr. Jobs is NOT a CEO but a Product Manager of all the Products in his company. His idea is to make AWESOME products. SIMPLY AWESOME! As compared to Mr. Gates he will analyze whether this product has enough market cap or not? Recently, the market cap of APPLE>MICROSOFT. Entrepreneurs knew that one day this will happen.
Coming back to the topic (I swayed!), Product Manager or Product Management is a field in which you can learn and apply your own instincts. I think and I also believe that successful Product Managers are born, not made. They see things in a different manner, in a different scale.
I want to write more…Stay put.
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