Author: PK Neelakantan

Essentials of Project Management: What they don’t Teach you at Class – Part 3

On to the 4th and the 5th Essential of Project Management. If you haven’t read the first 2 parts you can read it here: Essentials of Project Management: What the don’t Teach you at Class – Part 1 Essentials of Project Management: What the don’t Teach you at Class – Part 2 4. Deadlines Are Elastic This may sound like I am repeating the other principles. I just want to highlight it because it is easy to get boxed into a corner with aggressive deadlines. It is better to delay the delivery of the software if the programs are...

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Essentials of Project Management: What they don’t Teach you at Class – Part 2

In the last part I shared the first essential of Project Management i.e “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders”. If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here. Here’s the second part of my series “Essentials of Project Management” which has the second and the third essential to be a successful Project Manager. 2. Learn to say ‘No’ to the Client (But First Earn the Right To Do So) Let’s face it: the customer is not always right. This may be difficult to accept when you have been bombarded with the opposite ad nauseam. But...

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Essentials of Project Management: What they don’t Teach you at Class – Part 1

Imagine you are the Project Manager for a software project that is being outsourced to your company and you have the responsibility for managing it as an outside consultant. The sale is over and the buyer has become a Client. You no longer represent the ‘Vendor’ but you are now a ‘Consultant’ with all that the term implies. You may or (most likely) may not have been part of the initial phase where commitments were made and papers signed. However, you have to ensure that these commitments are fulfilled. As the Project Manager, you have to negotiate the right...

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