Thursday, April 24, 2008

Responsibilities of a Project Manager

To plan and schedule a project effectively, the project manager identifies the following elements:

  • Goal, objective, and expectations of the project, collectively called the scope. When the project is particularly hairy and the goals are hazy, this is called the horror-scope; it can only be established by supernatural means.
  • Required activities, such as luncheons, teas, farewell parties, drinks with the boss, etc.
  • Time estimates for each activity. Said estimates are then doubled, or perhaps tripled, in order to be closer to accurate.
  • Cost estimates for each activity. Ditto.
  • Order of activities. Lord knows you wouldn't want to have the welcome tea right after the farewell luncheon.
  • Activities that can take place at the same time. These are laid out in the Gantt chart. For example, the masseuse can be scheduled to appear during drinks with the boss. It is advisable, however, to be vigilant in scheduling, because arranging for the exotic dancers at the family picnic is sure to bring about problems.

5 Comments:

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Um....did I forget to mention Neo sent me this?

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you forget to mention that neo wrote this when she was supposed to be studying her computer book? :P

~neophyte

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

wys, I always suspected your employees appreciate your ability to properly schedule the exotic dancers.

Do Ozzies say "shedule" or "skedule"?

Or, as Yanks suspect, you fun lovers Down Under don't schedule anything. You simply call your friends for "come as you are" shrimp on the barbie parties.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Scat, generally we say "shedule", although we're so Americanised these days, we respond to either pronunciation.

 

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